The Tortoise and the Hare...

So it's been a while. I know. I apologize. It was part laziness, part exhaustion, part lack of inspiration, and part internet at home not working for a while. Enough excuses though, it's nail art time. I almost put off posting until tomorrow night, I've been on a 'Six Feet Under' kick today, but I promised my colleague Prob that I would post this weekend, and so I shall. :)

Today's design kinda popped in my head the other day, and I knew that I had to try it out. I tried a combination of using a crumpled paper towel and a brush to apply to get the effect that I wanted. It's not exactly how I pictured it, but I'm reasonably satisfied with how it turned out. :)

I used H&M Rust as a base, with a mixture of Seche Vite top coat and American Apparel Raccoon to create shapes on the background color. For the next layer of shapes, I used a mixture of Seche Vite top coat and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious. Finally, I used a mixture of Seche Vite top coat and American Apparel Hassid. I topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Square Dancing

You know me, I love my mod, geometric patterns. This puppy is no different, with its brightly colored square outlines over black. I actually wore this one day, then redid it. This is v2.0. The first version had looser, bigger squares, but I prefer the smaller, more tightly woven squares I think.

I was going to post these last night, but I made marinara sauce instead. From scratch. I've made sauce from 'scratch' to an extent before, meaning canned tomatoes, and the rest from scratch, but this time I used fresh tomatoes. Truth be told, it's kind of a pain in the ass, but man was it worth it! I blanched the tomatoes to remove the skin, then diced them, cooked them down, and added them to garlic, mushrooms, olive oil, and onions and simmered them til all the flavors melded. I was actually pretty stoked the recipe I was using didn't include basil (I hate basil). It DID call for carrots, celery, and bay leaves, but I didn't have those, so out they stayed. All in all, it was a total success, and much better than paying $5 for a jar of Ragu, which tastes like a monkey's butthole. Best part? Enough food for the two of us for two meals, and one more serving left! (all for the low, low price of $3.50- yes, that includes the 3 lb of fresh tomatoes!)  Next time I make it, I'm definitely doubling or tripling the recipe so I can freeze some for easy meals. Can you blame me? ;)

BTW- Wanna hear about my New Year in India? Read all about it on Just Another Day in India...

On to what you came here for... the nails. ;)

I used American Apparel Hassid as a base, with white acrylic as a base for the design, covered with American Apparel MacArthur Park for the green, and Zoya Robyn for the turquoise. Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Homer New Year!!

My buddy Homer wanted to wish you all a happy 2012, so he asked me to paint my nails for the occasion! He donned his best party hat and posed for his nail portrait, and away I went to painting him!

My first new year celebration in India was certainly an exciting one- I'll share that on the 'Just Another Day in India' blog tomorrow, complete with video, so keep an eye out for it! :)

Homer and his nail art likeness. He looks worried or sad. Maybe he doesn't like them. :(

I used Zoya Robyn as a base, with white and black acrylic paint for homer, a mixture of Lotus Herbals Brownie Glaze and American Apparel California Trooper for the ears, and a little American Apparel California Trooper for his cheeks (he's a rat terrier, so he has tan spots on his cheeks). For the milk bones on the other 4 nails spelling out '2012', I used American Apparel Trenchcoat with American Apparel Raccoon to shade. Topped all nails off with a coat of OPI Rainbow Connection, and 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

I wish you all the most amazing 2012, and to quote a friend, 'May your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!'