Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wu Tang Clan and H.P. Lovecraft nail sets

I recently did two sets of nails on myself that are my favorites so far.  Currently there is an acrylic overlay on my natural nails that I put after I broke a few nails in one day.  I sculpted over three of my nails to make the length match  

These are my Wu Tang Nails!  From left to right I will list what I did or used for each nail:
1. OPI Candlelight base, Cult Nails Nevermore with a striper brush to make bumble bee stripes.
2. Cult Nails Tempest base with Dollish Polish Urban Camo on top.
3. Reverse french with Tempest and Nevermore with rhinestones and studs glued on top.
4. OPI Candlelight base and Nevermore striped for my Tiger Style nail!
5. Cult Nails Quench with OPI Man With the Golden Gun real gold topcoat, I had to bring some gold to the Wu-Mani.
6. Candlelight base and Nevermore painted around the yellow to make the Wu Tang W.
7. Quench with a black rhinestone.
8. Candlelight and Nevermore to paint my cute lil Killa Bee!
9. Nevermore base and a black chain glued in a pile on top.
10. Reverse french with Tempest and Quench and a bunch of rhinestones on top!

This was a manicure that I really didn't want to take off, I even left it on two days, which is unusual for me.

This H.P. Lovecraft manicure is the one I am currently wearing.  From left to right again:
1. Nevermore with Girly Bits Magically Delicious gradient.
2. Dollish Polish Toxic Avenger, one of my favorite polishes ever!  All the symbols on different fingers are from the Necronomicon, any circles I replaced with rhinestones.  All of the symbols were drawn on with a Kiss nail art pen in black, since I was working on my non dominant hand I figured a pen would be easier than a brush.
3. Cult Nails Nevermore with three 5mm silver spikes.
4. Liquid Glam Lightning Storm, I will be swatching this polish on its own soon. 
5. OPI Just Spotted the Lizard
6. Cult Nails Tempest base, then I painted a cute Cthulhu with China Glaze Budding Romance and I used Nevermore and a dotting tool for the eyes.
7. Just Spotted the Lizard again and a spike for the arrow on the symbol.
8. I should make my own water decals sometime, but I just printed out a picture of Lovecraft and top coated it down.
9. & 10. Toxic Avenger and Necronomicon symbols on both.

I think this was the first time my right hang made an appearance on the blog!  The complicated manicure post is done, so that's all for now.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Love Will Tear Us Apart-Black Cat Lacquer

My unplanned blogging hiatus is over and I have an amazing polish for my first post--Love Will Tear Us Apart by Black Cat Lacquer!  I needed a Joy Division polish in my life.  Love Will Tear Us Apart is a clear base with red shards, black micro glitter and BLACK HEARTS!

I used one coat of Love Will Tear Us Apart (with some additional heart placement at the end, though plenty of hearts where coming out on the brush) over two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff.  My thumb has one coat of Cult Nails Nevermore, my new go-to one coat black polish, with Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures cover art painted on with Cult Nails Tempest.  

Love Will Tear Us Apart, along with all Black Cat Lacquers, applies smoothly, with an amazing glitter payoff.  Sabrina of Black Cat Lacquer (available here) gets inspiration from all the same bands, shows and movies that I love as well and it is always exciting to find polishes like this one.  It gives me a great starting point for fun manicures.  

Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs ever written and is about love, depression and the stress on a relationship that such a strong love brings.  This polish is a perfect deconstruction of the song, and I am absolutely in love with it.

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