The Nail Files: I Don't Give A Hoot. No Wait, I Actually Do.

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This week, I was inspired by a video tutorial on Pinterest. I've never really done "nail art," per say and thought I'd give it a try. I mean, she makes it look so easy!

Spoiler Alert: it was slightly tricky. And by slightly, I mean considerably. 

Source: youtube.com via jennie on Pinterest

China Glaze For Audrey, Sally Hansen Xtreme White On, OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It, Finger Paints Black Expressionism, Right Stripe Gold.

Two coats of For Audrey on every nail, to start.

Then, Swimsuit...Nailed It for the base of the owlWhile still wet, I used the brush end of my dotting tool to make the ears.

With the end of a makeup brush, I made two big dots in White On for the eyes (this was where it started to get tricky because it was basically impossible to get two even circles. There were many retries. 
Many. Retries.)

Then, using the same make-up brush, two dots of Black Expressionism over White On. It did not get easier and still took a lot of retries.

Back to the White On, I used the dotting tool to make a smaller pupil. Thankfully, this only took one try.

Then I poured a glass of wine because those four steps took over an hour but I'd already come too far to stop.

The tutorial said to make three dots underneath for the feathers and then layer the base colour over them to make crescent moon shapes. Yeah, that wasn't happening as I'd been burned by having to do a thousand re-tries of the larger layered dots. Therefore, I used the brush end of my dotting tool to do some swoops. 

Black Expressionism on the sides for wings and then a little Gold for the triangular beak. 

The rest of my nails looked mucho-boring next to Hoo-bert (my owl's name) so I decided to genuinely copy the Pinterest video and put dots of White On on the Hoo-bert-free nails.

Even though it took me the entire day because I'd get frustrated and throw a mini-tantrum a while to finish, I'm still a fan. Not only is Hoo-bert super stylish, but he makes it easy to work puns into everyday conversation. And I love me some puns.

For instance:

When saying goodbye to someone = Owl'll be seeing you later.

Ordering dinner in a restaurant = Owl'll have the baked penne.

When singing along to Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles = W-hoo says you can't go home?

So as you can see, I had a pretty good week. The Remix, however, is more than ready me to switch it up. What a party-hoo-per.

Thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!


  1. These are awesome! Great job! Oh, & I Love your watermark on your photos. Too funny. LOL

  2. Wow...I am seriously impressed! These are amazing!

  3. I get a hoot out of your antics "then I poured a glass of wine because those four steps took over an hour..."! They did turn out amazing though, the owl is so cute!

  4. The owl is super cute! I could never do that.

  5. So cute! I'm super impressed-I'm sure if I attempted my owl would look like he was melting. This is gorgeous!

  6. I would have cut off all my fingernails trying to do all that! But, I really do think your nails look great! W-hoo knew you were such a great nail artist?

  7. Oh my GOSH! That is adorbs. I'm a huge owl lover. Looks great!

    -newest follower! :)

  8. How completely darling is this!? So cute!! You're very talented!

    Here from The Nail Files :)

  9. Oh wow! Great job! Some of these YouTubers do nails on other people's nails so the tutorials are much harder to do on yourself :/

  10. Oh. My. God. I'm gonna die. This is soo cute! I'm going to "have to" try this asap!

  11. Those look great!! I never would've attempted that so great job!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following back!

  12. *dies* cutest nails everrrr!!!

  13. Oh my your nails look amazing!!!!!

  14. This came out great.. I love the colors you used and how cute is that Owl!

  15. Unbelievable! I love it! Great job!

  16. that is adorable! you did such a great job!

  17. OMG! This is so impressive! I can't believe you did that! That OPI blue color is so so pretty as well - is it recent/can I still buy it?

  18. You did a great job! I don't think my hand is steady enough for nail art, but I might try polka dots next!

  19. Seriously this is the awesome!! I'm in love with your owl nails! Looks very challenging. You did fantastic! I even love the polka dots.

  20. I love this hoo-le post :) I need to try the owl now that I have my dotting tool. For Audrey is probably one of my most-wanted polishes right now. It was perfect for this mani!


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