Curiouser and Curiouser!

Today I was honored with one of the ten winning nail art entries in OPI’s Go Goth Giveaway on their Facebook page. Since my nail design was the Nightmare Before Christmas that I posted about on the 27th of September, by the beloved Tim Burton, I wanted to do another Tim Burton design. I decided on Alice In Wonderland, but I rather wanted to do the cartoon version since it was more nail artsy, so its a tribute to Lewis Carroll, too!

I’m Late, I’m Late, I’m Late!!!

For this manicure, I started out with two coats of Color Club’s Smooth Operator Ridge Filling Base Coat.

For the thumb (ALICE) , I used two coats of China Glaze Snow as a base. I then used a mix of Snow and Color Club’s Best Dressed List for the skin tone, a mix of Snow and OPI’s The IT Color for the hair, China Glaze’s Snow for the eyes and apron, Sinful Colors Black On Black for the outlines, and Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova for the eye centers and the collar.

For the index finger (THE WHITE RABBIT), I used two coats of Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova as a base. I used China Glaze Snow for the white, a mix of Color Club’s She’s So Glam and Snow for the eyes and ears, Color Club’s Ms. Socialite for the eye centers and nose, Sinful Colors Black on Black for the outlines, and a mix of Bossa Nova and Snow for the spectacles.

For the middle finger(THE DISAPPEARING CHESHIRE CAT), I used two coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black as a base, Color Club’s Ms. Socialite as the face, Color Club’s She’s So Glam for the lighter pink on the face and the stripes after the rest of the body has disappeared, Color Club’s Uptown Girl for the darker purple stripes on the paws, Color Club’s Charity Ball for the tongue, China Glaze’s Snow for the teeth, OPI’s The IT Color for the yellow eye centers, and Black on Black to outline.

For the ring finger (THE MAD HATTER), I used two coats of Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova as a base. I used Nina Ultra Pro’s Salsa for the hat, Salsa mixed with Sinful Colors Black on Black for the dark green stripe, OPI’s The IT Color and China Glaze Snow for the 10/6 card in the brim of the hat, a mix of Color Club’s She’s So Glam, Color Club’s Best Dressed List, and China Glaze’s Snow for the pink skin, Color Club’s Charity Ball for the dark lines on the face, China Glaze’s Snow for the white details and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the outlines. I used a mix of Bossa Nova and Snow for the tie.

For the pinkie (DRINK ME SHRINKING BOTTLE), I used two coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black as a base. I used a mix of China Glaze’s Frosty and Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova for the bottle, Color Club’s She’s So Glam for the placard, China Glaze’s Snow for the outlines, and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the “Drink Me.”

I topped off with two coats of Color club’s 0-60 Speedy Top Coat. So far, so good with the top coat, it still behaves like Seche Vite, so I am pretty darn sure I’ve been converted and the ridge filling base is a godsend since my nails are so uneven.

Whew!

So Happy unbirthday, and be what you aren’t, so that when you aren’t what you are, you’ll be what you weren’t when you were….

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please see my disclosure policy.

Oh Bother…. Thats What Makes It…

Good Eats!!!! (Insert Theme Song In Here)

I happened upon one of my favorite Food Network Shows on hulu.com today and as a tribute, I decided to do the logo!

Good Eats
**If you have never seen Good Eats or are in another country that doesn’t have this show, Image Search on Google “Good Eats” to see the logo :)**

For this manicure, I started with Color Club’s Chip Free Pre Base and two coats of Color Club’s Smooth Operator Tinted Ridge Filler. I then used one coat of Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova as a base. I used a mix of Bossa Nova and Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud for the diamond background, a mix of Lavender Cloud and Zoya’s Renee for the “G” background, a mix of Bossa Nova and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the background of “ood”, OPI’s The IT Color for the background of the “E”, Sinful Colors Mint Apple for the background of the “ats”, and Black on Black and Lavender Cloud for the lettering.

For the thumb, I used the same base blues, Revlon’s Matte Suede in Powder Puff for the plate, the same mix of blue for the plate details as I used for “ood”, Zoya’s America for the tiny tomato, Claire’s Kelly Green for the tomato leaves, Color Club’s Charity Ball for the hams and bottom tomatoes, Color Club’s High Society for the mushrooms (mixed with Black on Black for the details) and then FINALLY topped off with one coat of Color Club’s 0-60 Speedy Dry Top Coat. After the picture, I used Color Club’s Cuticle Soothe Cuticle Oil.

I love Color Club’s Chip Free Pre Base because it works better than nail polish remover to remove dust and oil from the nail. Luckily, I rarely deal with chips because I change my polish so frequently, but when I wear a shade for an extended period of time, I intend to start with this product and let you know how it holds up.

I’ve used Color Club’s Cuticle Oil before, and let me tell you how thankful I am to have it now. My cuticles are so ripped up from the drilling/picking/acetone soaks, so I wear this all day- once after my morning shower, once before I go to bed, and right after I put on any polish. I’d recommend it up there with Crabtree and Evelyn’s La Source Hand Therapy Lotion and well above Burt’s Bee’s Cuticle Cream. And more? It smells like roasted ALMOND!! YUM!! But… Rafik keeps catching me smelling my fingers….

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please read my disclosure statement.

My Lucky Dragon

Chinese culture has always been intriguing to me- much of it is so ancient!! One aspect which has always had my respect is Chinese mythology….. in particular, the dragon. The dragon is a symbol for greatness, nobility, protection, and power, among many other auspicious characteristics. So, today is Dragon Day! PS it looks waybetter if you zoom in by clicking on the image….

Respect The Dragon
For this manicure, I started out with two coats of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat (out of habit since these are gels) and two coats of Nina Ultra Pro’s Mermaid as a base. I used Sinful Colors Sweet Treat for the dragon skin, OPI’s Golden Rules for the spikes and facial details, Sinful Colors Black on Black for the scales and the other facial details, and a mix of Golden Rules with Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud (outlined the scales) for the underbelly. I topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.
I like this dragon design, but I really didn’t do it justice. Apparently, in China, if you disfigure a dragon image you can get into a ton of trouble. I read that the Nike ad that had a celebrity slaying a dragon was banned for the disrespect it displayed (rightly so!) SO please don’t hurt me for not doing the dragon justice!!!
Trip to NYC tomorrow (getting up at 3am for the drive :-)) so I probably won’t be posting a design tomorrow since we’ll be getting back late. However, if I do, feel free to let me know what you’d like to see. Gracias.
Peace.
-T
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