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Monday, July 2, 2012

My Little Twin Stars manicure

To put this bluntly, the following manicure makes me think of what might happen if Kiki and Lala (of Sanrio Little Twin Stars fame) threw up all over my nails. I didn't set out to create a Kiki & Lala inspired manicure, but this design quickly turned into what I'll call a Little Twin Stars tribute. (PS: Little Twin Stars is my favorite set of characters from Sanrio, in case you were wondering.)

I wanted to utilize my long-ago discontinued NYX Girls Special Glitter polish (pearl-colored stars!) and I thought it would be fun to do a blue jelly sandwich with them. After I did that, it felt like it needed more, so I decided to add some pink french tips. Those tips didn't seem right, so I covered the tips in frosty pink, and then added a bunch of holo glitter on top of that

Here are all the polishes I used for this mani:

pa Nail Polish in A134
NYX Girls Special Glitter Nail Polish in White Stars (discontinued)
Salon Perfect Professional Nail Lacquer in Bubblegum
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in Pulled Sugar
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Shooting Stars

Here's the final outcome:






Is this manicure befitting of a grown woman? Probably not. Could I wear it to work? No way. Do I care? Absolutely not, because that's what the weekends are for! Mr. G thought it was way over the top and my reply? "That's the idea!"

Sometimes, ya just gotta have FUN with your nails. Life's too short to always wear nude cremes, am I right?

Have YOU ever sported an over-the-top manicure, even if it was just for the weekend? I'd love to hear all about it.

Some of the polishes featured in this post were given to Nouveau Cheap for previous reviews.

70 COMMENTS:

  1. I love it. And honestly, I have always wondered at the "not suitable for work" nail polish idea. It's polish, it's hardly the first thing people would notice, and it's not permanent. Honestly I'd think companies should be more concerned about the ability of their employees instead of the wearing of small, happy, non-permanent art.

    But then I am weird like that :)

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    1. Thanks!

      And yeah, I mean, I get it if you're working in a conservative environment where you're dealing with clients or customers and the company wants you to project a certain image, but if you're working in an office where you never even SEE the public, I think things should be a bit more lenient. :)

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  2. This is so cute! I wish that one wasn't discontinued, I kind of need it.

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    1. Thanks! I think you can still get this on Amazon and Ebay if you really, really want it. :)

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  3. Those are some crazy awesome nails. I love them.

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  4. Gah, this is so adorable! I love this manicure! :)

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  5. omg! i need to try this! super cute! love.

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  6. Beautiful!! I really like these posts where you show us manicures that you've done, like this one and your galaxy nails one. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy these types of posts, hun! :)

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  7. What a fun mani! And Little Twin Stars--I had a diary with them on it back in the day. :) With my love of glitter, I tend to go over the top fairly often. I got an especially high number of comments the time I wore rainbow skittles with multi-colored glitter on top.

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    1. Rainbow skittles with multi colored glitter?!? That sounds amazing! Going on your blog to check it out NOW. :)

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  8. Those are fabulous!! I might have to try this out and use something else for the stars :)

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    1. Thank you!! I think hearts would be equally cute if you have them. :)

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  9. I love it G! Plus it is summer!!!! What better time for wearing fun colors!!!! I truly don't care what my clients think of my nail color. As long as it isn't all chipped up I wear crazy colors all the time! How hard was it to get the stars placed so precisely?

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    1. Thanks, honey!!

      I had to do some digging in the bottle to get the stars on the brush, but placement wasn't too bad...just requires a bit of coaxing. :)

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  10. it is just a cute take on a french mani, not bad at all. Now if you added hello kitty decals or something then it would be LOL

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    1. Omg can you imagine if I topped the whole thing off with decals?? Lol!!

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  11. Wow, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this manicure! I think it's one of the cutest I've ever seen. Love the analogy you made to the Twin Stars too. :D

    I'm a law student, starting to work in a study soon, and I'm not sure if I would hold back on my polishes just because it's work... I love nail polish too much and I honestly can't see why my nails would bother anyone (unless there's like offensive symbols or something!).

    Thank you for sharing this manicure! I really enjoyed it!

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    1. Aaaw, thank you SO much for that!! And I was really hoping someone would get a kick out of that analogy! :) xo

      PS: lots of luck in law school! I know its not easy! :)

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  12. Oh, I love this manicure! I don't know what I would do if I had to wear "office appropriate" nail color. I mean, I did a TMNT nail art for a friend's pizza party once, and I highly doubt that would pass in most offices. haha

    You always inspire me to get super creative with my manicures!

    I honestly don't see the line between what is appropriate for children and what's appropriate for adults. I like fun things and sometimes I want to jump in a bounce house or a ball pit or whatever! Of course, I restrain myself, but come ooon... I know when to be appropriate, I'm sure most acquaintances would think I'm super polite and even stuffy, but once you get to know me, I'm super silly! By the way, I'm 30 and I don't see myself growing up anytime soon. haha

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    1. Thank you SO much for saying I inspire you. Wow, that means so much!

      That TMNT mani sounds awesome!!

      PS: you're still waaaay young in my book. ;)

      PPS: I dream of jumping in a bouncey castle too! Only i'm scared to because that's how a friend of mine tore his ACL. Lol! Sucks to be an adult...

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  13. Little Twin Stars!! ♥ Oohh I might try a My Melody mani! You're never too old for adorable Sanrio characters/excessive glitter. :D

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    1. A My Melody mani would be ADORABLE!!!!

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    2. I love Little Twin Stars, but My Melody is also my fav! I second a MM mani!!!!

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  14. I love this manicure and I so want to do it, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to dupe it! I am so bad at that!

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    1. All you need is a sheer blue jelly, some star glitter polish (or hearts would work!), a pink frosty polish for the tips and a holo glitter top coat! :)

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  15. Haha, I am dying! I love this so much. Great job!

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  16. So cute! I'm a huge HK fan and anything Sanrio. I remember being a kid and never being able to find Sanrio stuff. Now that waaayyy grown. It's everywhere! I think you inspired a chococat mani

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    1. Omg, I remember that too! For years, the only place I could find Sanrio stuff was one random hallmark store in my town. And now its everywhere I turn! Lol!

      And pleeeeease do a chococat mani! I would love to see! :)

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  17. I think it's beautiful. I'd wear it to work! :)

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  18. Love this nail look! Wish the NYX White Stars polish was still available.

    So did you only wear this for 2-3 days? D: I'd want to keep them on for at least 5, but my job is too conservative for manicures like this anyway.

    That's why I rarely paint my nails anymore plus the fact that my nails get ruined and chip easily. I think my dish scrub is too harsh...some metal mesh thing. x3 But it scrubs really well. Getting off-topic, haha.

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    1. You need to wear d/w gloves!

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    2. L: I totally agree with D.A.!! I always wear gloves if i'm worried about messing up my mani. I don't wear yellow dishwashing gloves though...I have a Costco size box of latex gloves that I keep on hand for coloring my hair, so I just slap on a pair of those and they really save my manis. :)

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  19. THIS IS SOOOO CUTE LOL. I loveee sanrio! :D

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  20. You really don't wanna know how fast I clicked on this once I saw "Little Twin Stars" haha. I LOVE it though! I'm also inspired to try out other Sanrio manicures after reading some of the comments here. I think you inspired a new trend, G!

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    1. LOL!! I'm sooo glad you like it, and even more thrilled that I may have inspired you to do a Sanrio mani!! Thank you for that, hun! :)

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  21. Grown woman here who absolutely loves this mani! <3

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    1. Lol!!! Thank you SO much for that!! xo

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  22. I'm a high school teacher and I constantly change my nails from one awesome mani to the next. Sometimes my kids are more obsessed with that than what we're learning. I got voted "teacher with th most unique style" among my 8th graders!

    Thanks for posting, you've inspired me to do something super awesome after I remove my 4th of July polish! :)

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    1. I loved reading your comment! Thanks SO much for sharing that. :)

      And I can't wait to hear what you come up with! :)

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  23. After seeing this my statement from twitter still stands: You can never have too much glitter! lol I love it and think it looks great!

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  24. Starry starry twinkle twinkle *_* made me giddy!! Your mani is so stunning I can't take my eyes away! Really wanna do my nails now! :3

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    1. Wow! Thank you SO much for that! I'm thrilled that you love it, and you should definitely give it a whirl on your own nails!! :) xo

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  25. This is adorable! I love it!! Little Twin Stars were my favorite Sanrio characters! I wish they were easier to find nowadays. I don't think they're avilable in the US anymore. :(

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    1. They still are! If you can't find them in your area, Ebay, Amazon, etsy, etc have a TON of Little Twin Stars stuff. Also, Demeter even makes a Little Twin Stars perfume! :)

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  26. I think women that have to wear "professional" shades of polish these days have it pretty good now, with all the newer, but still adult, shade out there. Greige and Chanel's Paradoxal (& it's dupes) and the right shade of olive creme looks very professional to me, just not conventional, and the two are not one & the same.

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    1. I toooooootally agree!!! It's sooo not like how it used to be, when the only options were beiges and dusty roses! :)

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  27. Hi!! I have read your blog for sooooo long and never posted but this manicure deserves an "TOOOO ADORABLE!!! I LOVE IT!" haha. I am now on a hunt for glitter stars and am so excited to try this out. Thanks so much for teaching us about makeup and inspiring us to do what we find joy in. Seriously, this is the cutest most amazing manicure ever.

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    1. Aaaaw, thank you so much for all the kind words! You totally made my day, and you are soooo very welcome!

      Its so mice to finally ”meet” you! :)

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  28. This is too cute! Do you find that these star nail polishes lift really easily? My stars come off within 1-2 days, even with a top coat! grrr =[

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