Funky Pineapple Nails

As a flute teacher, I have to be inventive while teaching my students. One of the rhythms that has been somewhat problematic for them is the one with an 8th note followed by two 16th notes, so to try to help them out, I tell them to think of saying the word “pineapple,” emphasizing the “pine” part so that they hold that syllable a little longer. It was only a matter of time for me to do nails based on the fruit, seeing as I end up saying “pineapple” during the day quite a bit!

I decided to swatch this bright shimmery yellow polish from Sally Hansen’s HD collection called Lite. You’ll see that I ended up changing the colors on two of my nails after taking this photo, but I have a goal of trying to get swatch photos of all of my polishes. I think it’s going to take awhile, though!

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2 coats of Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color in 05 Lite were applied for the perfect shimmery canary yellow shade here.

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Burgundy and Gold French Manicure

I had to go tame with the nail art for a concert over the weekend, so I stayed classy, San Diego with this simple French manicure in classic fall colors.

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I started by painting my nails with Define Good… by China Glaze.

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After allowing my base color to dry, I painted the tips of my nails with Wrapped in Ribbon from Finger Paints.

I did not paint the tip of my ring finger so that I could turn it into an accent nail with some stamping.

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I used the pattern from the bottom row, 4th image from the left on plate BPL-024 from Born Pretty Store to create a fall looking accent nail.

Initially I stamped the full image from the plate but then removed extraneous parts around a single vine from the stamper with some tape.  The idea was to let the vine curve along the tip of the nail in place of the classic French tip.

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I used Ya Qin An polish in Gold to do the stamping.

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As an afterthought, I applied Rich Gold from Sephora + Pantone Universe over the entire ring finger for some additional bling.

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Macro shot from the other side so you can see the detail of the vine creeping up the side of my nail.

The look is elegant with just enough sparkle for the holidays.

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More than anything, I wanted to take advantage of the fact that my nails have been growing out longer and healthier since my departure from a job that required some very hand abusive activities!  It was nice to be able to paint some French tips, which is something that I haven’t done in a long time.  Now let’s hope all this cold and dry weather doesn’t ruin my hands instead!

Happy polishing!

 

Musical “Cornucopia” Nail Art

It’s been a busy week, but I still managed to force myself to stay up to paint my nails last Thursday night!

For this week, I was thinking that it would be nice to have the themes of fall and music combined.  I’ve been playing for a lot of orchestra services lately leading up to having concerts last Friday and Saturday, so I figured it would be fitting to have musical nails for the performances.  Add to this that my French horn playing friend was sitting right behind me, and voilà, I decided to go with a musical cornucopia theme with endless notes coming out of a horn.

The colors for this mani are few, but they do the job.

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Left to right: craft smart Acrylic Paint in Black, Born Pretty Holo Polish in Color 5, and Finger Paints Nail Color in Wrapped in Ribbon.

After applying a base coat, I applied the holographic polish from Born Pretty Store to all my nails.  It doesn’t look overly holographic, but I liked that it had a nice pumpkin spice color to it.

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Born Pretty Holo Polish in Color 5.

For the next part, I painted music notes and rests all over my nails and painted the French horn on my thumb with black acrylic paint and a detail brush.

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The black horn will be filled in with gold glitter polish, so this was just to get the basic shape.

Using a dotting tool, I dabbed Wrapped in Ribbon within the black outline of the horn.  I approached it this way because it’s a lot easier to fill gold in between black lines rather than paint the black outline around the inner and outer section of a gold base.  Plus, if I was sloppy with dotting on the gold glitter polish, I could simply go back and paint the black outline to touch it up.

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The horn that keeps on giving! A true musical cornucopia.

It’s not exactly one of my hardest designs so it was pretty easy to put together, even though I was half asleep when I painted this.  I’m still busy with rehearsals and things this week, so forgive me if I don’t get the chance to post anything for awhile.  I will have to switch up my polish soon enough, though!  😉

Happy polishing!