July 31, 2013

Around the World Challenge: Tokyo

Wow... this week completely got away from me. It has been pure chaos in my life lately... I'm finishing up my last week of work and then heading to Germany on Saturday with my best friend! :D And as soon as I return I will be hitting the road for Halifax (where I will be living and attending school for the next two years). So this week has been filled with packing, scheduling posts, and trying to find and update all of my immunization records (the least fun of all).

But don't fear, I have several posts lined up for the next month, ready to keep all of my lovely readers entertained :)

Today I have the second last travel destination of the Around the World Challenge: Tokyo!! :)

It was VERY difficult to settle on a theme for this week's manicure. At first I thought of Japanese script or symbols, but I knew I wouldn't be able to paint them correctly and it just seems like something that should be done perfectly or not at all. Then I thought of the beautiful city of Toyko at night.. but how do you portray that on nails?! And finally I settled on some Japanese pop culture... more specifically Hello Kitty! :)

Hello Kitty (ハローキティ Harō Kiti) (full name Kitty White (キティ・ホワイト Kiti howaito)) is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, first designed by Yuko Shimizu... The character is a staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture. At age 36 as of 2010, Sanrio has groomed Hello Kitty into a global marketing phenomenon worth $5 billion a year. - Wikipedia

I started with a white tip on each nail using paper reinforcers and Finger Paints Paper Mache. Then I added the stripe of pink with a nail art brush using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Presto Pink. The details on hello kitty were done with a dotting tool/nail art brush and Finger Paints Black Expressionism, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening, and Presto Pink. 

Stay tuned... I have a few more posts for you this week before I take off on my German adventure!! :)

And don't forget to head over to Guilty as Charged to check out the other entries! :)