Good morning, lovely readers!  I haven't seen you in a while.  I just got back from attending my cousin's wedding in southern California... it was certainly exciting, to say the least, if not overly well-organized.

I'm still working on catching the blog up to what I'm actually wearing on my nails at the moment.  This manicure is probably a few weeks old, since I haven't really been posting things in any particular order.
Anyway.  My friend Christine gave her senior recital a few weeks ago, and asked me to paint her nails for the event.  This was my brainstorming while I tried to figure out a good way to do what she wanted.  I painted my nails with 2 thin coats of Wet n Wild Private Viewing.  Then I started by painting white french tips, lining them with blue (Pixel Humdinger), and stamping them with one of the new Bundle Monster tip designs.  I also added blue rhinestones (I was going for something like this, a la Tartofraises)

And I didn't like it.  The stamps wouldn't center, and I felt like it looked uneven and messy.  So, I painted over the tips with blue (Sinful Colors' Midnight Blue) and stamped with BM220 and Essence Stamp Me! White.

Ah!  Much better!  I neatened up the lines again with a fine brush and more Midnight Blue and cleaned up around my cuticles.

...I think I like it.  Midnight Blue is just bright enough to prevent the nails from looking black at a distance.  Of course, I would have liked smaller blue rhinestones, but it was what I had!  I think this design would be good for prom or a similarly dressy occasion, especially if you switched out the colors for colors that went with your dress & jewelry.

Requisite Bottle Shot

All photos indoors with Compact Fluorescent lighting
I ended up doing something simpler for Christine's nails, and, of course, I ran out of time to take pictures...  I just did a foundation with Private Viewing, then made tips with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On and lined them with Sinful Colors Midnight Blue.  I added blue rhinestones to the ends of the smile lines on her ring fingers and thumbs.  I thought it turned out quite well.

Whew.  That was a long post.  I'll try to post a little more regularly to get through my backlog!