March 10, 2011

Glitter Nails

A couple of weeks ago, the winter blues were hitting me especially hard. Then I was looking at the Sephora catalogue one night and saw this image:



See their take on a french manicure on the end? Loved it. A big complaint with french manicure is that it's tacky, so why not just run with that and just make it really tacky?

Or better yet - why not just add glitter?

So I did.

Essie Rock Candy on the nails, OPI Mad As a Hatter on the tips


I don't keep my nails long (kept them short for so many years playing piano, it's just habit now I think - plus it just looks better to me), so the glitter "tips" extend past the actual white part of my nail. Given the colors I used, its not like you can tell so I think it works fine. I did it free hand, which you can tell with the close up pics but again, when you were looking at it from a distance I think it was fine. Is it perfect? No. But it was fun :)


If something in a magazine or on TV or wherever looks fun and inspires you, find a way to do it yourself and just go for it. I smiled every time I looked at my nails for a week. Seems like a good way to pull yourself out of the winter blues to me!
I'm off to enjoy my last day as a 27 year old and gear up for Viva La Birthday Weekend. How does one do that? I think I'll go shopping. Seems like a good plan. 

43 comments:

Kayla said...

Love the nails. Adore them actually. I'll be trying this soon!

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Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Such creative nail decoration!
When having the winter blues I get myself painterly yellow flowers for my table and have a banana in the morning. One would be surprised to know the happy effect yellow has on one's mood;-)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

awesome, the last thing I could ever do would be that but it looks amazing :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

OOh these are such a fresh, fun take on nails!

I always keep my nails short from playing piano too! I can't stand long nails at all!

Krystal said...

It's so fun!

Collette Osuna said...

I love it.....my nails are about the same length...I cant operate if they are much longer, lol..gotta be able to BBM!!!!

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Karen said...

Love the nails!!! I think glitter makes anything look good!!

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Lee Oliveira said...

Very creative Katie.. any more colours coming up?
Lee x

Megan said...

haha i would totally try this! i have had my frustrations with glitter polish because it is near damn impossible to remove, but if i applied it to only 1/3 of my nail, it would only be 1/3 of the hassle! anyways i think it looks great and totally appropriate for bday week!

<3 megan

Moniek said...

Very stunning!

Audrey Allure said...

Love the glitter - it looks great!

Courtney Erin said...

I really love this - such a cool idea and I adore the dark glitter shade that you used for the tips!

I usually start off my birthday with shopping so I'm all for others doing the same.

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wobblinbetty said...

love your take on the french nails!!!
and wish you a wonderful Bday weekend :)xxxxx

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

hee hee, i did my nails in fuschia with gold tips the other day, and the hubbers thought it was just the most ridiculous thing. :P i loved it! i'm adding the gold to my hunter green nails today, i think.

Jenny said...

It looks great! Happy Early Birthday!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This is so cute. The glitter really is unique!!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh they came out great! Love them :D
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la petite coquine said...

I'm just so impressed you did that free hand-girl, you're good!

Josie said...

I think they're adorable! I don't mind French manicures as long as they're short; yours is perfect!
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GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

That's the best use of glitter polish I have ever seen!

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Valerie said...

These are so fun! I agree that fun nails can cure the winter blues (at least temporarily). Enjoy your birthday eve!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous mani!

And I definitely need an orangy-red lipstick for spring!

xoxox,
CC

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Nice! love multicolored glitz!
Yay~ I'm a March baby too!

xo*

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Your nails are gorgeous! What a fabulous idea! :)

Elle Sees said...

Viva la birthday wk!
Hope ur feeling better.

Natalia Lynn said...

Have a great birthday weekend!! Love the nails. And I love the last thing, you see inspiration, just do it! Thanks for the push!

Mary ♥ Mur said...

♥Love your blog♥

Christine said...

How is that not perfect!!!! I can't believe you did that free hand - that is soo good. I've tried to do that before (even with nail pen) and its been a total disaster!!! haha.. Got nail polish everywhere lol..

Christine said...

How is that not perfect!!!! I can't believe you did that free hand - that is soo good. I've tried to do that before (even with nail pen) and its been a total disaster!!! haha.. Got nail polish everywhere lol..

shealennon said...

The nails look awesome. Seriously. Could you paint mine? I suck at painting my nails!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

You know I love this, right? And happy almost bday :) xoxo

Jess said...

Yay for birthday weekends! We're going out to celebrate Saturday too! I'm one year behind you ;)
Happy birthday girl! Have fun!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Very cute!!! Love your nails.

xo

Jammer said...

I love! How fun! Now just do green glitter for St. Patty's day!!

Marie said...

I think it is pretty cute.:D

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E said...

That is such a rad manicure! I'm so impressed!

ryan said...

I LOVE your nails, and happy (early) birthday!!!

Stacey Kay said...

Love the makeup photographs. So inspiring!

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Leia said...

Oh I just love your nails! I think they are very neat for a freehand design :)

Jen said...

Oh so pretty! Do mine! Do mine!

Happy Friday Dear! xo

janettaylor said...

Just gorgeous!

Meg said...

Such cute nails! They look lovely.

Jessica said...

Fantastic idea! I'm definitely giving this a try!