I'm going to pretend that I'm not doing these out of order, and while my Summer Love mani is finished, I wanted to bump this mani up to today because public school in my county starts today! I don't have kids, but the collective cheering of all the moms is deafening.
So, I've wanted to do a pencil mani, and I found this tutorial by Cutepolish that had the pencil tips, too! I couldn't resist.
Her tutorial is really good, so I didn't do step-by-step pix. The only thing I changed was to switch the order of the erasers. She did pencil, metal, eraser. I did pencil, eraser, and then the metal part because I knew I'd need the denser silver to cover any mistakes I'd made!
I'm totally excited about this mani. I'd wear it again when University starts for me in a couple of weeks, but I'm not sure my students have ever seen, much less used, a pencil. Maybe I'll do tablets or cellphones... lol
Here's the bottle shot of all the polishes I used for this mani: Bondi Brick Road, Zoya Flynn, stripers in orange and black, Above The Curve Michelle's Pink Polish, and Revlon Sequin.
If I don't have kids, how did I know that school starts today? Well, my friend Toni wanted a new mani to start school. She chose these adorable pandas!
I couldn't find the Instagram account she used for the tutorial, but this mani looks like the template I used. I used Essie Shop Till I Drop for the pink base, and Cult Nails Tempest and Nevermore for the art.
Even though this is a simple mani, I'm proud of it.
Toni's mom, Jill, is quitting smoking, and her nails and cuticles have taken a beating. Jill didn't think she had enough nails to paint, but I wanted to do something for her, and she loves black nails. I used Liquid Sky Lacquer Rain Cloud with a tip of Cult Nails Nevermore and a bit of silver nail art glitter striper.
Her nails and cuticles may bear the brunt of her nicotine withdrawal now, but I think her tattoo speaks louder -
Love lives here daily.
Be good to each other.