You Lie Like a Rug!

Hey there, kids! Despite the rather unhappy sounding name of this post, I’ve got a fun design for you–at least I think so!

When I’m uninspired, tired, or just plain lazy, I tend to turn to textiles for inspiration and ideas. In fact, this design came from a rug that I found online. I LOVED the color combination, and it looked retro to me, which I can rarely resist, so I added it to my inspiration archive, knowing that it would soon make it onto my nails. :)

It’s kind of funny to me how the designs that seem like they’d be relatively straightforward and simple, easy even, take the longest time to paint. I guess when a design is simple, you notice flaws easier, so you have to do your best to make sure it’s as neatly done as possible. Who would’ve thought that concentric circles would take so long to do?! Lol The changing colors added time too, but man! When I was painting, I was like a 6-year-old in the backseat of the car on a long road trip…is it DONNNNNEEE YETTT?! I rushed the end a bit, and I think you can kinda tell, but Homer was dancing around (he was very bouncy last night) to go outside to play, and I reaaaally wanted to go to bed. :) (After I finished watching Mean Girls for the 1,000,000th time, of course–don’t judge me!)

Anyway, now you know why the post is named so negatively, because of the inspiration, so now we must go on to the actual NAILS! :)

I used MAC Rich Dark Delicious as a base, with (starting from the center of the circles) American Apparel The Valley, American Apparel Lopez Canyon, Barielle Aura Angora, American Apparel Trenchcoat and American Apparel Cotton mixed, Essie Very Structured, Zoya Tamsen, American Apparel Army Jacket, and Barielle U Concrete Me. Topped everything off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you're feeling uninspired?!


  1. Haha! I love these colors, they work great together! Nice design :o)

  2. Gorgeous design. So intricate - I definitely admire your patience and determination!!

  3. I like how it goes with your henna :)

  4. Oh, I wish I had patience to do something like that.

  5. super love this - the colours are really Aztec too xx

  6. great nail work, love the colours and your henna!

  7. This is such a great mani!! I love your colors choice and I love the pattern!!! I'm going to save this one as a future reference :-D

  8. This nail design is so awesome, and it goes fab with your henna! Great work! I know you said to not add links, but I would be so honored if you checked out my lastest blog post, What Do Your Nails Say About YOU?? Here it is://

    You are such an inspiration! :)

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