Friday, December 31, 2010

My Favorite Manicures and Posts of 2010

Since I listed my favorite polishes of 2010 yesterday, I thought I'd look back over the year at my favorite manicures. As much as I wish every post could be the best I've ever written, I know that's just not going to happen. Overall, though, I'm pretty satisfied with how the blog has progressed. It's been a wild ride, and shows no sign of stopping soon!

Before we get started, I have to share. I learned something just now, actually... all this time I thought I'd been blogging since March. Instead, my first post was June 24! I've come a long way in 6 months! :D

Let's start with manicures. I have to include the one I was wearing for my very first post. Man, I was so nervous to post that! I'd spent days working on getting the blog to look right, to build my tag for posts and get things set up the way I wanted them. I kept fiddling and tweaking, and realized if I didn't just bite the bullet and post something I could nitpick myself into never posting at all.

So, I took a deep breath and posted this- a night sky manicure that my husband actually suggested I do. I remember using silver and my Gosh Holographic for the stars...

Not long after that, I posted my Pride of the Wild nails, a manicure that is one of my favorites, ever. It's not even anything that difficult, but I love it lots. I have a big thing for gradients... you may have noticed. :D

These spent a while on Etsy but haven't found their forever home yet. I haven't decided if I'm going to put them back up or not. I may save them as a prize for a giveaway. What do you guys think... save or sell? :D

I couldn't leave out my splattered nails. These were a fun idea that I definitely plan to revisit now that I have better tools to create the splats with. I was hoping the holographic base would show nicely under the splats, but unfortunately it was pretty overwhelmed by them. The shiny rainbowy goodness just didn't show much at all.

I also did a version of these using black as the background and a vivid rainbow of splats. I'm not quite sure which version I like better. I think I need to do a few more attempts before I make a decision! :D

Then there's the monster nails. Omg, do I even have to tell you how much I love these guys? It all started with a simple, "What if...?"

Some to think about it, lots of things I do start with "What if...?" Kind of scary, when you think about it. Now I understand why my husband sort of cringes when I say it!

These took a long time to create, but a good portion of that was me being too anxious to finish them. I was afraid I couldn't finish them and make them look as good as I hoped for. I couldn't, but I finally realized that's ok. They don't have to look exactly like what I was planning.

And finally, there's the nail art that took me forever to finish- the black lace nails, with actual lace embedded into the polish. No, I didn't use acrylic or gel to embed these. That would have made more sense, perhaps. No, I used good old nail polishes and a lot of elbow grease.

They're worth it, though. They got me noticed for something I can't talk about just yet. You'll know soon, though... as soon as I can talk about it, I totally will!

And that's my favorite manicures of 2010. Do you agree? Do you have a favorite I've done that you don't see here? If so, post a comment and tell me. I'd love to hear!

As for next year, I've got some great things planned, and even started! I can't wait to share!

Til next time...