Saturday, November 26, 2011

What am I missing?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I follow blogs that have hundreds of followers. How did they go from 0 to 652 (or however many)? I have 6 lovely followers, and it always makes me inordinately excited when one of you comments on my posts.
But I can't help but wonder - what am I missing? Is it swatches? Nail updates every day? Give-aways? Nail designs from popular shows and books? Are my posts poorly written? My nails badly designed? My finished work sloppy and uninteresting? My blog layout uninviting? Or am I just invisible?
I'd love to hear your theories and suggestions of how to get more noticed. Thank you. :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

11/25/11 - Stash Update

Well, I finally got around to taking pictures of my updated stash. This includes some bought polishes and some ones that I found in my mom's dresser.

Here's one of the polishes from my mom's dresser. Needed a bit of polish thinner, but isn't it adorable? A really solid gold glitter, in a super-cute cat-shaped polish bottle. No brand, but definitely usable!

I also finally took some pictures of my Migi Nail Art Pens for you. I don't have swatches of them, but, the bottles are pretty colour accurate and you've seen them in action on my nails often enough. They're really great, if you have any interest in nail art you should check them out!

Lastly, I thought you might think it cool to see how I plan out my manis. You might recognize some things I've done. Some things that were rejected. Some things that ended up slightly different. And of course, the big corner where I make sure my nail art pens are working before I use them on my nails. xD I've been using this paper since a little after I started my blog, I think. It's almost time to retire it!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

11/19/11 - Happy Thanksgiving!

My mom requested that I do turkeys for Thanksgiving. Initially I wasn't fond of the idea, but I decided to do turkeys on my thumbs and something fall-coloured for the rest of my nails.
These pictures are not very color-accurate, particularly for the China Glaze - Seduce Me, which is the starting colour of the fingernails. It's really much more of a lovely berry colour. To finish off the colours of the fingernails, I applied via makeup sponge after the CG: Sinful Colors - Timbleberry, then Dabble - Sand. I'll post something later with a stash update, but that last polish and a couple others I got from reviving some of my mother's ancient polishes. Fun. :) Anyway, for the thumb, it's a base of SC - Timbleberry, then Sally Hansen - Wet Cement for the tail, with lines in between of Five Star - Hot Red. The body is Loreal - Bronze. The eyes, feet, and wings are Migi Nail Art Pen white, black, orange, and copper.

I think the turkeys came out adorably. Unfortunately, my fingers don't really go with my thumbs as much as I had thought they would. Oh well.
By the way, last week I received a wonderful suggestion from Misty about doing something forest-inspired on my nails. That is still in the mental process, but I figured I'd celebrate the holiday on my nails first. By the way, if anyone has any more suggestions, I'm all ears!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11/12/11 - Rainbow Streaks and Flowers

Okay, finally got this done! I was late doing it for a couple reasons, including being very busy, four of my nails breaking, and a huge lack of inspiration. (Anyone have ideas for me for the future?)
This was directly inspired by this Youtube video, except I did it all with nailpolish.
The white is Claire's white (except for the centre of the flowers, which is a Migi pen), and the colours are all Migi Nail Art Pens (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). Topped it off with Sally Hansen - Diamonds for some sparkle. One hand is pictured with flash, the other with out.
I think it's fun and colourful. My mom is not fond of not doing the same design on every nail. I've gotten some compliments from my friends, though. What do you think? :)

Please feel free to post opinions and suggestions for future designs to try! (Especially the second one!!)

Friday, November 4, 2011

10/31/11 - Halloween!

Okay, this is super late. I apologize.
But anyway: Halloween! I dressed as Alice and Wonderland, and trick-or-treated with my boyfriend. :)
Here are my nails and the costume that inspired my nails.
Nailpolish: Love and Beauty Taupe as a base colour, with Santee Sky Blue on the tips and Migi Nail Art Pen black and white for the ribbon. :)
The costume is made by my mom and the hair is grown out of my head.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!