Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Get your Aussie on! - Flag and something else

Happy Australia Day  people.

I couldn't help myself, I had to go with the classic flag nail art for Australia Day.


I used a custom blue holo polish I made for the blue base. I stamped individual stars in special white polish using Bundle Monster plate BM11 to make the Southern Crosses.  For the Union Jack, I used a nail art brush and free painted the white and red lines using Nfu Oh 61 (so its actually silver not white) and Hits Ares.  All topped off with a coat of Seche Vite.

This is such an amazing holo mani, but it has been really overcast here today (stupid cold summer!) and I can't get it to show how pretty it is.


Here is an indoor photo I took with a lamp, although it doesn't really show the holo any better.  But it shows how much the blue pops.


Now yesterday, at the end of my post I said I was off to do something a little silly on my nails.  I have an EPIC NAIL FAIL that I'm going to share with you.  I couldn't bear to post this mani in it's own post because its just so god damn awful.  If you have a weak stomach, look away now.

What I was attempting was "shrimp on the barbie". I was happy with the base, which I sponged on grey orange and red holo polishes to represent the coals.  But then I couldn't be bothered using tape to make the grill lines nice and neat so I just freehanded them.  WRONG!

Then I attempted to add the prawns to the BBQ, which I had made using the transparent water decal paper.  The thing is, you really have to have light coloured nails to use the transparent decals. Because you can't print anything white, it relies on the background nail colour to provide the white contrast.  What I tried to do was paint a tiny bit of white on my nail where the decal would go.  FAIL.  I then tried to paint the back of the decal.  I finally got the hang of doing that for the prawn on my pinky!

Here is the prawn on my pinking, this was the only decent looking one.  All the others look like they have way too much butter and garlic on them!!  Arrrggghhh garlic butter prawns *wipes drool from mouth*


Anyway, I hope you have a giggle and my dreadful and epic nail fail.  Aussies, I hope you have a great day off, and to those that are taking tomorrow off too, have a great extra long weekend.

Girls,  I expect to see some links pasted below to your nails for Australia Day!

41 comments:

  1. I ♥ your shrimps on the barbie... everything about them! The grill is totally creative and the shrimp look deeeelish! :)

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    1. Thanks, your too kind! Just don't look too close!

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  3. I don't know what you're talking about fail but I looooove your shrimp on the barbie!!!

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    1. Fail = wobbly and different thickness grill lines and the white paint all under the prawns. Thank you, your very kind!

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  4. hehehe I've been waiting to see what you'd come up with. I asked my hubby last night what I should paint on my nails for Australia Day and he said a BBQ and I was like 'you want me to paint meat on my nails!'. I just couldn't see a way to make it look good but I love your shrimps and I don't even eat the things :)
    The holo flag rocks though!

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    1. I sure hope you did put some lamb on your bbq nails. Thanks, I'm really happy with the flags, and the lady at the post office commented how patriotic they were.

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  5. Haha that's pretty funny with the shrimp. Looks like real one as well. :D

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    1. Thanks, the idea was good, but the execution was pretty poor.

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  6. Glitter Gal is asking that people post Aussie themed mani's to their Facebook page. You should upload yours, they're AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks you so much. You know what, I'm not even on facebook (I must get on that train someday!) But I notice that some sweetie has posted a link to my blog (thanks Meg Smith)

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    1. LOL - not when I look at my nails, but when I think of them yes!

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  8. Happy Australia day for you ;o)
    The first nail art combination is stunning, like always.
    Tuli

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    1. Thanks Luli, I'm very happy with it and its received lots of comments. I'm proud to wear the flags today.

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  9. Hy! I love the australian design! I nominated you to this award, hope you don't mind --> http://lililalanailblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

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    1. Thanks Lililala, I've never done awards, but I love reading them on other peoples pages, so I might just create a page to put them all on.

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  10. Those are the BEST shrimp on the barbie nails I've ever seen!

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    1. You probably haven't seen any before right, cause really these are a bit icky! Thanks though, that's so sweet!

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  11. Happy Australia Day! You've had some killer manis this last week, even your barbie shrimp nails rocked!

    Below's the link to some of my aussie green&gold pride mani, not quite as good as any of yours though!

    http://illusionail.tumblr.com/post/16424317325/australia-day-pride-in-time-for-the-26th-a-green

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    1. Kimi - Love your green and gold pride and that Koala is just the cutest thing ever! Great free hand work.

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  12. Fabulous patriotic nails and I just wish I could fail as well as you!! :) Those shrimps are hilarious.

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    1. Thank you. I guess the prawns are ok, just not what I had pictured in my head.

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  13. Yep your Union Jack is neater! :)

    I've loved all the Aussie nail art you've been doing. That water decal paper is great!

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    1. Love yours - great minds think alike! People check out Alanna's Aussie flag too: http://www.prettypurplepolish.com/2012/01/australia-day-mani.html

      She also has a giveaway on right now with some great Aussie brands. GET OVER THERE NOW

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  14. This looks fantastic. Love the shrimp too.

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    1. Thanks sweetie - Love your Aussie day mani too. Peoples, check it out http://thekhromazone.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-australia-day.html

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  15. These look awesome! I like your shrimp look fantastic too!! I think using tape for the grill lines would have made it TOO straight if you know what I mean!

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    1. Thanks Em! - And I love what your doing over there in the desert!

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    1. Thanks, the truth is, the sparkles are the best bit!

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  17. I bow down to your skillz, have loved your Australian themed nails & I think the shrimp on the barbie are cute

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    1. Thanks sweetie, your too kind! I'm totally have shrimp on the barbie for tea.

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  18. OMG that blue is to die for!!! Puts my Aussie mani to shame ... you are inspiring!!

    I still maintain that no Aussie in their right mind says "Shrimp on the Barbie" :D HA HA HA ... but prawns are so yummy!! Way to be creative

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  19. Awesome traditional Aussie mani and I got a laugh out of your prawn mani. I don't think it was that bad at all, but the fact that you had the idea at all is hilarious. Never would have thought to do that. Maybe next year?

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  20. Loving the prawn mani! It's epically awesome! Here's my Australia Day effort... http://little-nails.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-hottest-100-day-aka-australia-day.html I went for a Hottest 100 themed mani, with Gotye triangle pattern things all over the place!

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    1. Very unique idea for your Aussie day mani!!

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  21. The flag design is fantastic! That's exactly what I had in mind for my Australia Day nails, but I completely ran out of time in between all the party planning!

    Here is what I ended up with instead, as a quick fix. Very messy, but my guests still paid me compliments! :)

    I love those shrimps too! Very cute.

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    1. Love your mani too, great union jack and the glitter looks fantastic.

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  22. I'm sorry but I laughed out loud at the shrimp mani. Repeatedly. :D

    Shrimp decals wtf, I never even knew such a thing existed!

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  23. ...and now that I read the post again, I see you made the decals yourself. I was thinking it's a weird pattern for a company to make. :) Anyway, I didn't know you could make your own decals either! Wish I had a colour printer, hmm...

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