30 June 2011

Some pride manis (pic heavy!)

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Thursday! One more day until a long weekend for Canadians, right? :) And Americans get Monday off, I imagine... ;) It's a good weekend, I think! I leave for my cruise for Alaska on Sunday, yay! I have some posts prepped for while I'm away and Nicole will be looking after everything for me! :) I won't be online at all during the week I'm away, leaving the laptop behind and making sure to keep my phone off!

Today I have a couple of rainbow manicures. Today is the last day of LGTB pride month. I'm going to try not to get too political here but I can't help it - I believe all human beings are equal, regardless of who they love or who they are.

As some of you might know if you follow me on twitter, my previous roommate, Kaydee, is a lesbian. I often referred to her as "my lesbian". Obviously I don't do this because I define her solely by her sexuality - she is one of the best friends that I've ever had and I love her to bits. It just seems to be the thing that people remember about her.

Kaydee came out when we were still in middle school. She dated my best friend at the time. And it wasn't really a big deal to our group of friends, but to other people it was. The city we graduated in is part of the Bible belt of BC. I'm not going to sit here and talk smack about religion, but the way some "Christians" behave to gay people is straight up horrifying to me. I wasn't originally from that city, but Kaydee grew up there. It saddens me to see so much hatred in the world, especially over something like who a stranger loves. I have quite a few gay friends and I love them all. Gay marriage was legalized in all of Canada in 2005 (it had been legal in eight provinces and a territory since 2003). I was fifteen and it was amazing. I knew that someday I'd be able to watch all of my friends get married, not just the straight ones. And I knew then, and still know now, that I will be there, wishing them a lifetime and happiness of love. I don't care who's packing what below the belt, love is love. And that's all I'm going to say.

So for this first mani, I was dying to try out one of those awesome splatter manis inspired by one of my favourite people. Jen posted an awesome tutorial on how to get this look, so after I got some straws, I went to work! I used quite a few colours for these rainbow manicures, obviously. For this one, I used Revlon Red, Color Club Wham! Pow, Color Club Almost Famous, Color Club Pucci-licious, China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada, China Glaze Towel Boy Toy and Color Club Warhol. All of this was over one (thick) coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear blah blah white. I topped with a Fast Forward and Seche Vite combination. I'm sorry about the lack of sunlight pictures, it was a miserable day when I wore this!





What do you think? Not bad for my first attempt, eh? I think if I were to go back I wouldn't put every colour on every nail... Pucci-licious seemed to take over quite a bit whenever I used it!

For the second rainbow mani, I used the same colours. I just swapped Towel Boy Toy for Color Club Chelsea Girl, because I thought it would work better. I started out by laying down a coat of white, then dabbed colours on in random spots on my nails. This is what it looked like when I was done.


Bit weird on its own, of course, but I had never intended to just leave it! Then I stamped over it using Konad M57, of course. I love animal print and I wanted to rock some fierce nails in support of my gay friends, who I generally lovingly refer to as "my homos". <3


Then I wanted to add some sparkles, so I went over that with a coat of China Glaze Wireless Holographic topcoat.








Sorry for the different sized pictures but I didn't want this to take all day to load LOL. Hopefully it helps! I wanted to show individual shots of each nail because each one looks different!

So that's it from me today! What do you lovelies think? Have you tried out a splatter mani yet? Did you do any rainbow manis this month? Have you tried any blobbing (clearly the technical term) and stamping manis yet? I really want to try something like this - it's one of my favourite posts that Kari's ever done and I loooove her blog and have for ages. She's such a sweetheart too - last week she tweeted at me out of nowhere to say that she was proud of me - she was one of the first blogger friends Nicole and I made on twitter, and she was right there celebrating 50 followers with us, and she's still celebrating with me now. Last night was a straight up lovefest on twitter and it just reminded me of what a great community I've become a part of. <3 ANYWAY, mushiness over!

 Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

29 comments:

  1. I looooooves me some colourful nails ♥

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  2. Both of those look awesome. My favorite is the glittery multi-colored leopard mani! I love the look of all the splatter manis I've seen lately, but I know if I tried it I'd make a giant mess.

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  3. AAGGHH love the first splatter mani, i HAVE to try that technique out! and the leopard and spotty one are both super fun too, how awesome! luv ya to pieces :)

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  4. I did try the splatter mani last week, but now I can't remember the colors I used. LOL It's been a long week. Anyway...I love the rainbow splatter mani (I like them all but I like that one best).

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  5. funny nails!!
    I really like them!
    xoxo

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  6. I love both of these manicures. I'd like to think you were as messy as I was at the splatter manicure...I got it everywhere.

    Also, I love me some leopard print so ...yeah. LOVE all around.

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  7. It goes without saying that I LOOOVE the multicolored animal print one the most (I have a small animal print fetishy/preference). I enjoy all of your manis but in all honesty I look equally forward to your write-ups (you're really good at articulating your thoughts and you've yet to get boring ;) ) enjoy your trip away!

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  8. love love love the splatter mani!

    shel xx

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  9. Both manis look great! I've been meaning to try a splatter mani.

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  10. Oh man, yours is the first Pollock-esque spatter mani that's made me want to try it myself. And really both your pride manis are fabulous!

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  11. awesome
    my fave is the second one :) and then you kept layering with prints and holo.. gorgeous!

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  12. I love love love your Splatter mani!

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  13. Lots of colors! I love both but the animal print one.....gahhh!

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  14. So much love. It's like a party on your nails. In love! <3

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  15. @kelliegonzo You're too sweet lovahhhh, I would love to see a splatter mani on your awesome nails! <3

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  16. @Elizabeth I made SUCH a mess, rest assured. I should've taped my entire finger each time LOL! Thanks babayyyy <3

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  17. @Marta Ahh thank you so much, Marta, you leave the best comments! <3

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  18. Thank you all for your lovely comments! :) You know I don't try to do more arty manis very often so they mean a lot to me! <333333

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  19. Love them both. Especially like the green, blue and yellow on the little finger. Gotta try me a splatter mani next time. Looks fantastic

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  20. You certainly went crazy with the colors, I love them! You should check my pride mani too, straight-up rainbows!

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  21. Your a wonderful friend and person. Canada is much more progressive than we are here in the States. Love all the manicures. I've neve tried any of these rainbow manis. I suck at nail art.

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  22. @Lucy Thank you so much, Lucy, what a wonderful comment to see when I wake up! You are too lovely!

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  23. Hey it looks great. I wad wondering how do you know the names of your color club polishes? The ones that I got have no names on them so I dont know what they are named when I go to look for the do they usually come with names on them?

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