Monday, October 24, 2011

Frankenstein Inspired Nail Art

Hey guys!

Last night, I didn't know what the heck to do with my nails. I must have cleaned nail polish off of my nails about 4 or 5 times before I finally settled on the color I'm wearing now, Sally Hansen Xtreme wear in Green With Envy. I don't often wear green polish, but I really liked this one. After looking at it for a while, I was reminded of Frankenstein. At first, I wanted to do an accent nail with the face of Frankenstein. Unfortunately I didn't have the time or the dexterity for such fine detailing, due to the consumption of a couple of after work celebratory beers ;). In the end, I decided to just draw stitches, and they look awesome!
I'm pretty sure I've seen something like this done before, but as usual, can't remember where I saw it originally. Please pardon the appearance of my cuticles in these pictures. I take my best pictures in my mother's little garden, but I usually I don't make it over there until after nearly a full day of work. I wash my hands almost every 5 minutes at work, so my skin dries out really quickly during the day. I can never remember to lotion my hands after every hand wash, so my skin suffers for it :(.

 I used a Kiss nail art pen to draw the stitches, but I'm sure a fine tipped sharpie would work just as well. Just make sure that the underlying polish is completely dry before you try to draw on it. I made the mistake of drawing on nail polish that wasn't completely dry yet, and ended up having to clean the dented mess off my nail and start over.
Frankenstein Inspired Nail Art
  I decided to use the glow-in-the-dark top coat on a whim. But I realize that the glow in the dark factor isn't even that big a deal,  now that I'm actually wearing the polish. I'm not in the dark often. I found myself closing the bathroom door and turning out the light just so I could see the glow in the dark effect, and felt like a total idiot both times.

These nails proved to be quite a distraction to some of my co-workers. I work with mostly women, so my nails get looked at a LOT. People think I'm absolutely crazy. And I'm just crazy enough to be happy about that :)
 Materials Used:
Orly Bonder Basecoat
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy (2 coats)
China Glaze Ghoulish Glow-Glow in the Dark Top Coat (1 coat)
Kiss Nail Artist Fine Art Pen in Black (to draw stitches)
Seche Vite Top Coat
I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't announce that The Walking Dead is back on AMC! And the second season is proving to be as awesome as the first so far. The show follows the life of Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes, who was shot on the job, fell into a coma, and woke up maybe a month later in the hospital to find that the world had been taken over by flesh eating zombies, or "walkers". It's a fantastic show, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a horror fanatic and an even bigger zombie fanatic. The show is about so much more than zombies. It's about people and their struggles, while in a hopeless situation. It shows both the ugliness and the beauty of the human spirit when pushed to extremes. I love love love it!! The first season is available to watch instantly on Netflix, but I'm sure free episodes can be found online. If you felt like just jumping in and watching from where it is now, new episodes come on every Sunday at 9PM EDT on AMC. If anyone out there already watches it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love it! Simple, easy and practical ^__^ Great for this years Halloween :D The walking dead is screaming somewhere on your nails!

  2. These are too cute! Love that base polish! So bright and fun!

  3. They look great, I love that green!

  4. Whoa! These are awesome. How in the heck do you get nail art pens to create such perfect lines? Every time I use them I get little blow-outs (like what happens with tattoos sometimes... I don't know if that's a common word, but that's the only way I know how to describe what happens to me haha!)

  5. This is so simple yet so cool-such a great green-reminds me of frankenstein!

  6. Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm so glad you guys like it :)
    @ nevorpurify: I know exactly what you mean by blow-outs! My suggestion is to try not to apply too much pressure with your pen when making your lines. Ideally, you shouldn't have to press down too hard at all. AND I didn't draw directly on the nail color, I applied a coat of Seche Vite first, THEN drew on them. Hope this helps!

  7. I luv that looks really cutey!!

  8. this is so cute I really like it, I didn't get to watch the walkin dead but all my co workers just love it!