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November 11, 2009 2:57 PM   Subscribe

 
I should note, my own nails/hands are are almost always some raggedy-ass bits of hot mess, so this post is filled with wondering admiration for people who are on it. And anyone who uses the fifth nail to portray the favorite pizza of the ninja turtles is a ok in my book.
posted by peachfuzz at 3:03 PM on November 11, 2009


I hate it when people post a profile picture with another person in it.
posted by keep_evolving at 3:14 PM on November 11, 2009


Nail art is insane, at least, coming from somebody who can barely paint a straight line.

Favourites: bacon nails, knuckle-tat nails, Mondrian inspired and the Victorian nail.
posted by darlingmagpie at 3:17 PM on November 11, 2009


I was in CVS maybe a year ago and I saw a fake nail kit that spelled out "TEXT ME" in rhinestones across the eight nails visible on the same plane when hands are open and flat. It made me think of suicide by carbon monoxide and the giant garbage reef in the middle of the Pacific.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 3:26 PM on November 11, 2009 [10 favorites]


Oh puhlease -- or is it just me who is struck by the following facts -- Ms. TheDailyNail came up with her brilliant plan less than two months after the release of Julie and Julia, her goal is oddly reminiscent of Jule Powell's, and yet unlike Powell she can neither write nor spell? I would add that I think all her nail designs are mildly terrifying.
posted by bearwife at 3:36 PM on November 11, 2009


Yay let's piss all over anything that isn't 100% original in conception and isn't to our personal tastes! Woo!
posted by Barking Frog at 3:39 PM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


I don't think Julie Powell invented the whole "one-a-day-on-the-internet" concept.
posted by muddgirl at 3:43 PM on November 11, 2009


Plus, Julie Powell couldn't write her way out of a paper bag.
posted by peachfuzz at 3:50 PM on November 11, 2009


Plus, Julie Powell couldn't write her way out of a paper bag.

"Your favorite author sux!", eh, peachfuzz?

How outré! How hip!

Can we please get past the mandatory slamming of absolutely every artist we don't personally enjoy? (And, yes, a professional writer is an artist, just as a professional painter/sculptor/singer is, whether or not you appreciate their work.)
posted by IAmBroom at 4:03 PM on November 11, 2009


Can someone clarify for me how this can be done daily without damaging the nails?

Don't your nails erode over time with this kind of behavior?

That aside, I like this project. I'm happy to see that people completely outside my normal experience have a fun outlet for their creativity.
posted by poe at 4:08 PM on November 11, 2009


I did this back in 1997.

(No pictures, 'cause who knows where they went, and I'm sorry for the color combinations.)
posted by Lucinda at 4:15 PM on November 11, 2009


The state of her cuticles distracted me from appreciating her nails but I absolutely love her halloween costume.
posted by jamaro at 4:33 PM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


heh, IAmBroom, it was just a flip response to a silly accusation leveled in a pretty non-consequential thread. I have no interest in defending this blogger, tearing down Julie Powell, or taking part in some kind of debate about the relative legitimacies of nail art and food writing, and my comment was not meant in a spirit of competition. I mean...what?
posted by peachfuzz at 4:34 PM on November 11, 2009


Don't your nails erode over time with this kind of behavior?

She mentions it's destroying her cuticles. I think I'd be alternating with a few sets of artifical nails myself.
posted by gomichild at 4:45 PM on November 11, 2009


one-a-day-on-the-internet...
a new picture of your toe or your pet?
celebrity lookalikes that you've met?
a running tally of your gambling debt?
the daily sunrise, and/or set?
have you gotten your idea yet?
somebody's already done it, I bet!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:58 PM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


This is really neat. I wish I could paint my nails to look like that- heck, I wish I could paint my nails to look even semi-decent. But I can't.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:50 PM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


I see what you did with the title up there.
posted by padraigin at 6:58 PM on November 11, 2009


I looked at this so I could mumble to myself how stupid this is. But it was kinda cool.
posted by beccaj at 7:08 PM on November 11, 2009


Damn - does she do them herself? And she can make a pumpkin pie from scratch on the same day? My hat is off to her.
posted by smartyboots at 10:19 PM on November 11, 2009


Oh, I also like that she has normal length, natural nails rather than giant freakish acrylic billboard nails. That's classy.
posted by smartyboots at 10:23 PM on November 11, 2009


In addition to the baseline level of awesomeness of someone doing something reasonably creative (if in a minor way) in enormous volume over a period of time, there's also the fact that SHE DRESSED UP AS A LICHTENSTEIN. That should earn a lot of bonus awesomeness points, if you ask me.
posted by majick at 2:00 AM on November 12, 2009


The Lichtenstein costume is slightly less brilliant when you take into account that it was one of MAC's Halloween looks this year. It's still cool, just not unique.

Also when I read that, I thought she'd dressed up as Liechtenstein, which would impress the hell out of me. Maybe next year!

Nail art is a lot of fun and I admire her creativity. Her execution is not always perfect, but it's freaking hard, especially when you're painting the nails on your dominant hand, so given all that she's pretty good. And I am so very jealous of her for having a Konad.

And I hope her nails stay strong. I went through a year when I changed my nail polish weekly, and my nails got all soft and peely.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:31 AM on November 12, 2009


I looked at this so I could mumble to myself how stupid this is. But it was kinda cool.

Yeah, I pretty much thought the same thing when I came across it. I have this weird fascination with hand care - I feel like there is this tribe of women who are born getting it, and a parallel tribe who couldn't keep their nails in shape if their lives depended on it (I'm one of those). I broke a nail two days before I had to go host a how-to television show, and I was totally panicking. I went to the manicure ladies, and they were like, "Oh, we'll just put on a tip! Why are you so worried?" I had no idea you could do that. It felt really thick and weird, but it looked completely normal. Who knew?

I bow down before women who get it.
posted by peachfuzz at 8:24 AM on November 12, 2009


Today's design is mustaches!!! Love it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:25 AM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


let's piss all over anything that isn't 100% original in conception and isn't to our personal tastes! Woo!

Oh, MeFi, is there no project you cannot shame me into acknowledging and considering? After reading this response to my snarky comment, I went through denial (no, I was right!), anger (I'll fight for my right to be snarky!), bargaining (I'll support your snark if you support mine), depression (oh, who cares what she did with her nails and how badly she writes about it), and finally got to acceptance. Yeah, this is kind of cool. I might pull this off with one or two fingernails but definitely not all 10 and not for 365 days.

I do continue to view Julie Powell as a more competent writer -- maybe not one for the ages, but I appreciate her grasp of grammar and spelling, and she is often very funny.
posted by bearwife at 11:01 AM on November 13, 2009


I bow down before women who get it.

Ooooh yeah. I read a few fashion blogs, and I always wondered how some people do such perfect nail jobs on their dominant hand with no accidentally-painted cuticles.

And when I asked someone, she was like, "Duh, I touch up with nail polish remover. There's even a specially-designed pen just to do that." Doh!
posted by muddgirl at 11:06 AM on November 13, 2009


muddgirl: I always get polish all over my cuticles when I paint my nails. What I do is take a bath or soak my hands - after a few minutes the polish rubs off the skin but stays on the nail. Lotion works similarly but not quite as well.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:13 AM on November 14, 2009


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