Friday, October 31, 2014

On Fridays We Wear Army Nails and Flip Flops

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeen! Thumbs up to the universe for allowing October 31 to fall on a Friday this year - that works out nicely, hmm? 

You probably don't remember this, but for the last 2 years I've been wallowing in self pity on Halloween rather than doing something awesome and costume-related with my buds. My friend Jrod throws an annual Halloween party in Boston, but having been in Vancouver for the last couple of years, I've been missing out. #FOMOnightmare.

SO you can imagine my delight that I'm able to attend this year :)

My costume is going to be a mish-mash of Mean Girls references - army pants and flip flops, and a tank top with the boobs cut out. Sidebar - cutting the boobs out of a shirt is a more daunting task than you might think. Go ahead and try it if you don't believe me. Symmetry is a cruel mistress.

Anyway, to go with my army pants, and to incorporate the Plastics' love of pink, here are the nails I'll be rocking tonight:

Pink nails with army print accent nails

I kiiiiiind of love 'em! This was my first time trying an army print, so I looked up a few Pinterest pictures and YouTube tutorials before launching into the project. This is the tutorial I relied upon most heavily in the end.

Starting off, I painted my pointer, middle and pinky nails two coats of Sinful Colors Pink Forever.

Next, I applied one coat of Essie's Case Study (also used recently in this leopard print mani) to my thumb and ring finger and allowed it to dry. Then, one by one, I applied the following polishes by stippling them into random overlapping squiggles with my dotting tool, allowing each to dry a bit between colors:
  • Essie Sew Psyched (muted green)
  • Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir (dark green)
  • Forever21 Love & Beauty Hunter Green (bright green)
  • Revlon Stiletto (black)
Pink nails with army print accent nail

I love when relatively easy nail art looks really detailed or difficult - like this army print, or leopard print, or even polka dots. People - these army nails are literally just a bunch of different randomly sized squiggles of different colors. You could use a toothpick to stipple them on, if you don't have a dotting tool. Or you could even go directly from the nail polish bottles and just use the regular brushes. You can do eeeet.

Completely random sidebar, this video made my day yesterday when I saw it. I watched it several times and laughed out loud each time:

Anyone else love Flula and Mamrie and Grace Helbig and Miranda Sings and that whole gang of YouTube misfits? Who honestly needs cable these days? WHO?

Alright now I obviously want to know if you're dressing up for a costume party this weekend and what your costume is! Will you be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters? Tell me everything.

{Linking with The Nail Files and Friday's Fab Favorites}


  1. Aw yay so glad you get to finally attend again this year! Such a detailed mani--totally agree about simple things looking so detailed are my favorite! have fun!

  2. I love all the green polishes you chose! And that pink polish is sweet. Have fun at the party :D

    1. Thanks Raine! I do have kind of a lot of green polishes in my stash to choose from haha.

  3. Camo is much easier than it looks! I did it earlier this year on someone who loves camo and aside from having to use a variety of colors, it's really simple. lol LOVE the mani though!! And great costume choice!!

    1. Oh my gosh, I bet that person LOVED their camo mani! And thank yoou - you can see a couple pics of my costume on Instagram if you're interested! ~>

  4. LOVE the camo nails! You did a great job, girl!

    1. Why thank you! I like them a lot too - and I've gotten lots of compliments on them, so that doesn't hurt either ;)

  5. The camo nails turned out so nice! I may be one of the few to have never watched Mean Girls.

    1. Oh no way! One of the VERY few ;) I think it stands the test of time - you'd probably enjoy it if you saw it today!

  6. I hope you'll post pictures of your costume! What a great idea. :)

  7. I have NEVER tried camo print nails before! Yours look awesome! And yes, I was wondering how they were able to make the boobs so symmetrical. I hope you had fun at the party!

    1. I hope you'll try it out now!! Seriously couldn't be easier.

  8. "Symmetry is a cruel mistress." <-- Literally made me laugh out loud. Haha!

    And these are legit the best camo nails I've seen. I can't handle their awesomeness! And with the pink? AMAZING. You're so good with the colour combos! Hope you had a fantastic time at your partayyyyyyyyy!


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