31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 24

Today’s theme is INSPIRED BY A BOOK. I really struggled with this one, not because I don’t read but because I read copiously. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but couldn’t execute it in a way that did my favourite series of all time, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, justice.

I went to another book I really enjoy…

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is a book I bought a few years ago while I was looking for books to share with potential classes. It has however become one of those books I go to again and again when I have nothing new to read. It follows the ‘real’ story of Alice in Wonderland – Alice is actually Alyss, the Cheshire Cat is a lean mean killing machine. I highly recommend it!

I chose not to replicate the cover, but to incorporate some of the main colours from the sleeve here. Starting with one coat of Cairuo #14(I’ve used so many of these since I started this polish, but they are genuinely amazing for $2!) I then randomly sponged on a light blue – QY #27, an orange – Cairuo #24, and a gold glitter – Miki #19.

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I really like how these turned out, and it was nice to do something a little less complicated than the last few days!

You are my Sunshine…

So today I went and spent some time with my amazing Aunt, who is a nail technician. She let me sit in on a client’s visit, and watch how she applies acrylic nails… Who knows… Maybe this is something I might branch out into later? She also fixed up my nails a little, and I just had to give my newly shaped and buffed nails a little makeover.

I tried about three different things before finally convincing myself I didn’t need to do anything complicated. I ended up with something to reflect just how excited I am about summer coming.

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This little something just makes me so extremely happy. Yellow is such a delish colour, that just screams joy to me. Not to mention, just the other day I had a very special little boy sing me “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine…” So that makes me just extra happy.

I started off with my base coat, then dived right in. The first colour is from the 1,2,3 selection called Yellow which is just a generic $2 shop cheapie. It goes on like a cheapie too. It’s thick and gluggy,and I will probably end up adding a little thinner to it soon. The next was from Miki, a gorgeous butter yellow, that sadly has no exciting name – just No.25. Both these polishes took about three coats to go opaque, but the Miki polish has a much nicer consistency than the other. Finally, I plopped on a couple of layers of Kleancolor’s Gold Caviar. Gold Caviar is a thick yellow jelly that is jam packed with tiny gold glitter, and larger gold hexes. I really like that with this one I don’t have to layer it so much that it never dries, it is that full of sparkles.

I topped it all off with a fast drying topcoat, and am now revelling in the warmth of the sun… On my fingers.