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Friday, October 31, 2014

My Spooky Scene Halloween Manicure.

     Happy Halloween Everyone! So you might remember from my post on Wednesday about how tired I was after taking care of sick children and the household duties. Well right after I finished that post I tried to go to bed, I say tried because as soon as I closed my eyes the idea for this years spooky scene Halloween manicure popped into my head. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Of course I couldn't just fall asleep then. I had to really think about the idea and how I would create it on my nails. And then I was wide awake, over thinking the manicure and ended up with this.
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     Taking my inspiration from all those black lace manicures that have been floating around the internet lately, I tried for a foggy, haunted house look. Trust me this looked amazing in my head. Turns out I didn't have the exact images I wanted in my stamping plate collection. Guess what I will be working on in the next few months. You guessed it, picking up some holiday themed stamping plates.

     For this manicure I started out with 2 very thin coats of Sally Hansen Big Smoky top coat. After that was dry, using Zoya Black Swan and image plates BM-213 (bats) BM-305 (house) and SH-207 (tree) I created my spooky scene. I topped everything off with a healthy coat of Seche Vite.

Halloween-Nail-Art

     I actually like the ring finger best and it was a bit of an accident. I ended up bumping the tip of the finger before it was dry. In my attempt to fix it I dabbed on a little more of the Big Smoky top coat. I like the way it looks like there's actual ground there and not just VNL. It made me wish I'd stamped the other images higher up on the nail so I could make the same effect on all of them. I'll have to remember that for next time.

     I still really love the concept for this manicure, I just wish I would have executed it a bit better. One thing that I am proud of is that this turned out much better than my attempted Halloween manicure from last year. That shows I'm making progress in my nail art ideas and skills. And that ladies and gentlemen is why I started this blog. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!





22 comments :

  1. I love the ring finger! I think if I were to try this one, I'd probably start with a grey or white base (I'm not a fan of visible nail lines) and then do exactly what you did! Really cool concept :)

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    1. Thank you. I was actually thinking the same thing about using a white base. I think its the visible nail line that is really bugging me about this manicure and throwing the whole look off.

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  2. I actually really like this! I do agree it would have covered up more of the VNL if you added some of it to each nail but either way this is really cool!

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    1. Thanks. I wanted to do something different and loved this idea the minute it popped into my head.

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  3. I really like this! You've inspired me to rifle through my unorganized nail polish stash to do this for tonight. :)

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    1. Awe awesome! I love hearing that I inspire people. It's part of what makes this really fun. Id love to see what you come up with!

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  4. Are you kidding me? This looks flipping great!! :)

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    1. Awe thanks. I think I just had a much better idea in my head and the VNL is throwing it off for me.

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  5. It looks so ghostly since its sheer.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Thats the exact feeling I was going for.

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  6. I know exactly what you mean by having inspiration strike you right before bed!!! I have to at least jot it down or get it accomplished because I'm always so worried I will forget! I'm absolutely IN LOVE with how this turned out!! I agree, a bit more on your tips would have covered up the VNL but regardless this is an amazing and creative concept! Very 'Dark Shadows'! I hope you're feeling better!

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    1. Thanks Dani. I have a little notebook by my bed to write ideas down and that usually helps. This manicure had me thinking forever. Should I stamp first, add the top coat? Could I work some color into it, make it glow in the dark? Every time I got it out of my mind something else would pop up. I actually have today off so Im being very lazy. Treated myself to a pedicure and now Im off to take a nap before the kids get home. That should get me back to 100%.

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  7. These are awesome!! I love the way they turned out. I think you really killed it.

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    1. Thank you. I like this manicure Im just not in love with it like I hoped Id be.

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  8. I love the ghostly effect on these! Great job!

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    1. Thank you. This manicure I was really excited about when I came up with the idea.

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  9. I like this! Mainly because it's not a common one to see. Very original

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    1. Thanks. That's exactly why I got excited about this manicure. I hadn't seen anything like it floating around and I wanted to do something original. Maybe have one of those manicures I could be known for..

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  10. Love that polish! I've seen a lot of the jelly black manis on instagram and love them!

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    1. I have too. but only really the lace ones. I thought this would be a unique take on that style.

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  11. This is brilliant! I also often have ideas popped up in my head when I was already comfy in bed, and bed always wins, haha. I think you nailed the spooky look here!

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    1. Thank you! I have horrible insomnia a lot of nights and any thought that pops into my head usually wins. Even if it pops in just as I'm falling asleep.

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