Saturday, September 28, 2013

31DC2013 Day 22 - Inspired by a Song

Today I would like to show you my manicure for Day 22 of the 31 Day Nail Challenge. The challenge today is to be inspired by a song. I decided to go with one of my current favorites, Merry Go 'Round by Kacey Musgraves. If you have not heard this song before, you can listen to it on YouTube. The lyrics of the song really resonate with me. I was so excited that I got the chance to see her in concert this summer...

"Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go,
Where it stops nobody knows...
And it ain't slowin' down, this merry go 'round..."

We are all on this crazy merry go round of life and it really doesn't slow down. A simple fact of life that truly freaks me out...

For this manicure I started out with a base of Pipe Dream Polish Pink Elephants and Lemonade. I then added self made decals, painted the tips using Maybelline Bold Gold (70) and added dots of acrylic paint to match each unicorn.

For the decals I first stamped the horse from Mash plate Mash-42 using Essence Stamp Me! White. I then added the details using Maybelline Bold Gold and acrylic paints...

I am so excited for how this manicure turned out. It is just as I pictured it in my head...

Pink Elephants and Lemonade is a teal crelly base with pink and yellow glitter. This polish is just so gorgeous. I love the combination of colors. It applies easily with nice distribution of glitter. A lot of the larger hex glitter seems to have settled on one side of the bottle so I will be storing it upside down for a while to bring that back up for next time. I used three coats for these swatches although it was opaque at just two coats. Swatches are with a top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Pipe Dream Polish
Collection: core
Color Name/Number: Pink Elephants and Lemonade
Number of coats: 3
Top Coat: Yes

Big3Free - Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

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P.S. I'd love to know what you think of this manicure! :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. It looks amazing! reminds me of childhood

  2. Wow! So cute - I love it! Enjoyed the song too.

  3. Really WOW!! I love both the manicure, the Pink Elephants and Lemonade and the song!

  4. OMG This is the cutest! Love the carousel decals!

  5. This is BEYOND! Your decal skills are amazing!

  6. This manicure is supremely well thought out and gorgeous!! I can't wait to try homemade decals but for some reason I keep puttig it off...

  7. Wow... That is super amazing! Looks like a lot of work... Gorgeous!

  8. This is amazing, you're so talented. :)

  9. These are just stunning - the art work is fab and the base shade you picked is so perfect - you don't loose any of the design detail in it and the gold tips remind me of the base of a great merry-go-round!

  10. The detail in this is just amazing, fabulous mani.

  11. Fantastic mani, beautiful! Very creative use of that stamp...brilliant! :)

  12. Wow!!! How inventive, what an awesome mani in every way. Perfect and beautiful :)

  13. This is such a aborius detailed manicure! It's amazing I <3 every bit of it!
    How do you ever take this off??

  14. Thank you so much everyone! I'm so overwhelmed by your positive response! I had fun making these decals and they do take me back to my childhood. Making me want to go ride a carousel :)

    @natalia, I had these on a peel off base, so I still have them! Need to toss them though since it's kind of weird to keep something like that! LOL


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