Constellation Manicure

This month has been all about the stars, and I’m not talking about the Hollywood kind. It being the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, Mercury being in retrograde pretty much for the whole month, to the recent obsession with Area 51, it’s hard to not be thinking about outer space lately! Here’s an easy nail art design you can put together to join in the madness.

My first step was to paint my nails with this cool glittery black jelly polish from Julep called Celeste. I needed to apply 3 coats to get good coverage as jelly polishes can be pretty sheer. I love the iridescent glitter combination that they used because it sparkles and really looks like a built in galaxy.

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Outer Space Starry Nails

NYC experienced a very strange phenomenon last Thursday. It’s being dubbed the Astoria Borealis, and it was the result of an “arc flash,” so says Con Edison, although initial reports said that it was because a transformer exploded at the power plant, which is located in Astoria, Queens. What resulted was that the sky lit up bright as daylight with blue and orange lights that flickered much like they do when a fluorescent bulb starts to go bad. It was very alarming to see as it was after 9 pm when the sky is normally very dark, and the flashes continued for about 2-3 minutes. This light could be seen from miles away, and social media lit up with all sorts of images and videos from all over the area after it happened.

My initial thoughts were that either aliens had landed or that a bomb had gone off. So naturally that inspired some outer space nail art.

I chose a pretty jelly polish from Pretty & Polished called Don’t Be A Drag for my base color. It kind of looks like a galaxy with all the different kinds of glitter in the polish. You need to apply 3 coats to get good glitter coverage, otherwise the color is very sheer.

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Magnetic Galaxy Manicure

Today I’m going to show you a cute little galaxy manicure that was inspired by a nail polish that I recently obtained. Because it’s a magnetic polish, I first painted my nails with Johnny from Julep to provide a dark base.

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2 coats of black polish (Johnny from Julep) were applied over a base coat prior to doing anything.

The stunning polish I’m about to show you is Aurora Borealis from the Born Pretty 3D Magnetic Aurora Series, and it’s absolutely beautiful! It has a chameleon effect that shifts from turquoise to a reddish purple in addition to having magnetic qualities. I applied one coat of this over the black polish and then immediately held a cat eye magnet over each nail at a diagonal angle for a few seconds while the polish was still wet so the pattern could form. I swear that my nails actually do look like a real aurora borealis!

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Aurora Borealis is a very appropriate name for this polish from Born Pretty.

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Review of Born Pretty Store Glow in the Dark Powders

Today’s review is going to focus on some really cool glow in the dark powders that I got from Born Pretty Store. They’re not much to look at in the container, but they pack a punch once they’re applied!

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Born Pretty ships the set of 6 powders in a plastic baggie. The photo on the left shows the undersides of the containers while the photo on the right shows the top view. Each jar is “sealed for your protection” just like a bottle of vitamins. This keeps the powder from leaking out.

These little containers have screw on tops, and they can get messy, so it is advised that you work over a sheet of paper or a paper towel for easy clean up. Also, the powder is very fine, so if you are sensitive to dust, wearing a mask while you work with this product is recommended.

The website claims that there are 2 grams of powder in each container, but from my previous experience, 2 grams usually fills up this size jar completely. Either the powder is very dense, or the website is making up some stats because these jars were just a little over half full, and some colors appeared to have slightly more or less powder inside than other ones. However, if you consider that you are getting 6 colors here for a very affordable price, this is hardly an issue.

There isn’t any branding on the containers, so you have to come up with your own system for how to identify the powder colors for later unless you want to have to turn off the lights first every time you want to use them! As you can see, the powder itself mostly looks like various shades of white with the greenish colors giving off a slightly yellow tint. I chose to label each container with a numbered sticker on the bottom so I can keep track of the colors in my tutorials, but it also so you can see how they swatch.

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These powders don’t look like much of anything in normal light but are surprisingly bright once the lights are turned off! To be honest, 2 is more of a purple color than it appears here in the photograph, but you basically get 4 blue toned shades and two yellow-green shades in this set. 3 is slightly lighter than 1, and 4 is slightly lighter than 5.

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Glow in the Dark Outer Space Nails

Today’s nails were inspired by some glow in the dark powders that I received from Born Pretty Store. Please look for my review on them in the next few days! But what I associate glow in the dark stuff with the most is those stickers you can buy of stars and planets that you can use to decorate your ceiling, so I wanted to make the nail art equivalent of that.

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These glow in the dark powders are mostly white in color and give no hint as to what they will look like once the lights go off!

I used white gel polish base here to give the glow more pop, although to be honest, I’m not sure how much the base color affects the luminosity of the powder. However, because the powders are mostly whitish shades, I figured it would be the best color to apply.

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This polish is called button down from b.m.c. nail lacquer, and it’s fully opaque in 2 coats. Each layer takes 60 seconds to cure.

After fully curing each coat of white gel polish, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat and cured it for about 10 seconds to ensure that it was still sticky enough for the powder to adhere to. I then used a small brush to loosely apply the bluish colored powders (numbers 1, 2, 3, and 6 from the swatch photo) to my nails, applying each color in patches to form a type of gradient. After dusting away the excess powder with a fan brush, I finished curing the top coat and powder layer and then applied another layer of top coat over everything to seal in the powder and fully cured that.

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What the color combination of powders looked like was a surprise to me, too! They do aptly resemble the atmosphere here.

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Galaxy Nail Art

I’ve been slacking terribly on updating the blog!  My apologies for being a month late with this post.  Something about doing a lot of hand painted nail art makes me very burned out.

I did a Star Wars collaboration with @thehumblebear on Instagram, and we both agreed to only paint our left hand nails because of the amount of work that would be required.  That’s all fine and good for a picture, but in real life, I can’t just have one hand done!  My solution was to do galaxy nail art on my right hand and also use the galaxy nails as the background for my Star Wars characters on my left hand.

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For this look, I used a black/blue/purple color scheme. From left to right: Estelle by Julep, Sailor’s Lure by Finger Paints, White Hot by Sephora by OPI, Make A Change by Nicole by OPI, and Indi-go With the Flow by Sephora by OPI.

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I started out by painting all my nails with Estelle by Julep. It has holographic glitter piece embedded into the polish, so it really sparkles.

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Step by step: how to make a galaxy.

The first few steps consist of using a gradient technique.  I used a small make up sponge to apply Sailor’s Lure at a diagonal in the middle of each nail.  I dipped the sponge into White Hot and highlighted various areas.  Then I sponged on Make a Change to add more dimension to my galaxy.

To make stars, I dipped a dotting tool into White Hot and varied the sizes of my dots.  On a few of the points, I used a detail brush to draw in a plus sign.  I finished up by adding Indi-go With the Flow, a chunky multi-glitter top coat, to make it shine some more.

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After some top coat, these nails really look out of this world.

I also tried to take a video to show how the holographic glitter shifted in the light, but Instagram compressed it and ruined the quality.  Trust me, it was full of rainbow sparkles!

Hope you all have a great week!  Happy polishing!