Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Once upon a nail...

Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on here! I'm back at uni now so I've been super busy with presentations and all sorts. Making prosthetics this term and I'm so excited, although it's a lot of work so I need to keep my head down. I am however still making time for my nails.

This week's theme is Disney! Yay! Been a big fan of Disney since I can remember, especially the classic Disney princesses. We've got an offer on at hmv for buy one get one free on selected Disney DVD's and Blu Rays at the mo so that gave me inspiration to do a bit of promoting.
I've only selected Disney films that are actually in the offer so there are some awesome classics which are missing for that reason, like Sleeping Beauty (my personal favourite) and The Little Mermaid. I have however chosen some pretty good classics which most people recognised.
I wanted to put small symbols or items on my nails that are obvious references to their films, as opposed to whole characters or scenes as thats a bit too much detail.
Most people have been able to recognise which films all the nails are from and its been quite fun seeing if people can get them all. A lot seem to get stuck on the 'Wall E' one. Here is the list of all them; Up, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story, Wall E, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aristocats and Aladdin. I wanted to do the symbol for the Disney castle and the Walt Disney signature (like on the beginning of all the films) on my thumb nail but I just never gave myself enough time to do it.
I also got a mention on Twitter for these nails as well which I'm quite proud of. This is how it went:
I tweeted "Promoting the Disney buy one get one free at work this week! " with a pic of one hand.
hmvtweets then replied " those are amazing!!!" and they retweeted as well.
I then wrote "Here's the other hand. Do I get a bonus for going the extra mile ? :D" with a pic of my other hand.
To which they replied " haha you'll have to ask your manager about that! ::)". Which I am still yet to do, however I have actually sold DVD's in the promotion because of these nails so here's hoping.

Friday, 7 October 2011

RiP Steve Jobs

Sad to hear about the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yesterday. He was certainly a leader in the world's latest technology. Since my first ipod about 6 years ago, I have been converted to the world of Apple products and I am hooked. I can only hope the company remains as strong without him.

President Obama made a very nice tribute:

"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. The world has lost a visionary."

This blog is a tribute of my own to show my appreciation in my own creative way.


I decided to dedicate one hand to the ipod as it was the first Apple product I ever owned. Plus it was also one of his most innovative designs because although many take it for granted, a lot of people would be lost without their mp3 player and the ipod certainly paved the way for them.
The other hand is a bit more general. Mostly dedicated to the mac and the iphone (the other two Apple products I own).
I wanted to be colourful with these nails because apple products are known for their wide colour range, especially with ipods. Plus I'd rather celebrate his life not his death.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Nobody f***s with the Jesus!

Created 30th September.
Went bowling this week with a few of my closest friends. It's something we've been doing a fair bit over the summer, mainly on a Tuesday as it's half price bowling and half price drinks, nothing like bowling after a couple of shots and a beer! I'm not that great at bowling but my game has gradually been improving. Got some pretty good scores this week and I actually got a spare at one point, which is rare for me.
I wanted to do some simple bowling nails this week as I have a bit less time on my hands now I'm officially back at uni. However I can't do anything simple, plus I've been a bit ill recently so I had some spare time to do something different, so I decided on 'The Big Lebowski' nails. This meant I could still do the bowling theme but have a bit more variety with what to paint on each nail.
If you've seen the film hopefully you'll get the references. If not then go see it immediately! It's a hilarious cult classic, one of Jeff Bridges' finest roles.
So for the bowling pin nails I decided on the bright green background, you only need to see the DVD cover to get that reference. For the rest I did the Dude's sunglasses with the rug reflection and the catchphrase of the film 'The Dude Abides', a bowling shoe and the Dude's jumper on my left hand. On my right hand I did a little White Russian, the Dude's favourite cocktail (and mine), the Dude's bowling shirt and for the thumb I wanted to write the quote "Nobody f***s with the Jesus!" over the purple colour of his outfit but it didn't look so good as it's very tough to write teeny words using your left hand when you're right-handed. Instead I opted for a plain purple, my first plain nail in a very long time. I also went the extra mile and painted my toe nails green, hopefully I'll be keeping all my toes though.

I'm gonna go watch that film again now because it's awesome. Next time I go bowling it'll be White Russians all round!

Back to School

Created on 21st September.
As I was soon to be enrolling on the second and final year of my university course I decided to create some school themed nails this week.
I already knew that I wanted to try the notebook style background on most of my nails but I couldn't think of what to put on them so I went to Facebook to find some help and inspiration.
This was my status: 
"Decided this weeks nail art theme is 'back to school' so I need a little help... What did you used to write/doodle on your pencil cases and homework diaries?".
Thankfully I got a few replies and that's how the designs on my left hand were created. These include the stars, the Pacman ghost, the name tag and the teeny penis (which got lots of attention). The other hand were things that I used to doodle in my own school books. (Although I never actually got an A+, that's just wishful thinking.) Unfortunately this hand got a little smudged when I applied the clear top coat.
Finally I decided to do the apple and the school uniform because I don't like all my nails looking the same, plus I wanted to add some colour in there. The colours in the tie were the same ones I used to wear in my upper school.