Motorcycles.

I’ve done a few fall nails- leaves and some flannel-inspired ones are underway, but for some reason, I was just feeling Motorcycle-y!

I really enjoyed riding a motorcycle when I lived in Asia, but there are a lot of bikes on the road there, so drivers are more aware and used to sharing the road. Here in America, bikes seems like more of a rarity and a lot more people are on the phone when they drive. I don’t want to be riding along merrily and then get smooshed by someone who just had to check their Facebook comments. I mean, we’ve all gotta go sometime, but I don’t want it to be that way. I want to fall into a grain silo of Swarovski crystals or something.

So, being motorcycle-less but still longing to vroom away, it came out on nails:

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For a  more traditional take on autumnal nails:

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I’m getting myself ready for the Tokyo Nail Expo at the end of this month, so that’s something to look forward to. Not sure what this year’s nail theme will be, but there are sure to be a few standouts and some nailists who will do flowers no matter what the theme, but we’ll have to wait until the 24th to see what’s what.

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Fall Feelings

Fall is my favorite season, and now that I’m back living in a place that has seasons, I’ve been doing my best to enjoy it. Not many trees here, but fall foliage can always sneak onto my nails. Christmas stuff is all up here already (since before Halloween, actually) but poor old Thanksgiving gets seriously neglected. My nail goals this week include making some designs that aren’t Christmassy but festive for the in-between mashup Hallowmas season. I can’t go straight from Halloween to red and green glitter. Difficulty: no turkey designs. I am a big fan of turkeys as wild animals and wouldn’t eat em, but if you are going to, do you really want to see cute cartoon ones? Or worse- the cute cartoon ones looking scared? Kinda grisly, if you ask me.

So I’ll put my thoughts on festive in-between season designs, as well as a couple custom sets that are in the works.

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Coming Back Around Again

Well, after a frustrating relationship with Instagram and other more visual-based social media, I find myself drawn back to blogging.

I spend months (years?) trying to figure out how to “get”  Instagram and other social media, but was not successful. The nail world is now centered on IG, but I hate the weird self-aggrandizement, grubbing for likes, and all-round phoniness that permeates it. Not to mention the really disturbing messages flogging everything from diet-based pyramid schemes to “partnerships” where I could pay “influencers” $500 to make a video.

So after a lot of useless anxiety and resentment (crummy plain ol French tips getting 10,000 likes!) and grumpy soul-searching, I’ve decided to scale down my IG use and step away from posting to get likes and just doing whatever the heck I want. That’s the spirit of NTMG and why I started doing nails and blogging way back in 2007. Nails were an outlet for my creativity and I did them for the sheer enjoyment. Fast forward to 2018, when I’m trying to figure out which crappy shade of matte rose will be the most Instagrammable and…nope. No wonder the pleasure was totally sucked out of it.

I’m good at just being my weird self and bad at figuring out what the general public wants, so I’m just going to go back to embracing that. Overall, I’m not sorry I tried Instagram and will continue using it, because I connected with some wonderful people, though. But the resentment and despair spiral (which, I realize is totally my issue, not the fault of IG) iput me into was just not something I wanted to continue subjecting myself to. Despite not having much of a following on IG, I have been doing editorial work (TV, movies and magazines), so the right people do somehow still manage to find this old dinosaur.

If you’d like your own set of press on nails, I’m still going strong on Etsy. Still working on a stand-alone website as I’m looking to transition to an independent shop, but that will likely take until next year.

In the meantime, if anyone’s still reading, thanks. If not, this will just be my online diary. Oh, and Tokyo Nail Expo is coming later this month, so that’s something that should be fun to share with however’s still out there. ❤

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A Goodbye To WordPress And A Hello To NeverTooMuchGlitter.com

I’ve come to the end of an era…it’s time to say goodbye to this blog, and to WordPress.

I’m a relative dinosaur, starting in the nail art world in 2007! I spent most of those years in Japan, some in Singapore, now temporarily in NYC. In those years, there has been everything from earthquakes, nuclear meltdowns, international moves, job losses to magazine features, making friends with some amazing folks in the nail art world, and honing my glittery craft on a daily basis.

It’s been a struggle to keep blogging, with most of my social medial time going on daily updates on Facebook, Instagram @nevertoomuchglitternailart, plus Pinterest and Tumblr.

I hope you will follow me on one of those platforms, if you’d like to stay in touch.

So there will be a lot of changes in 2017!  One thing that has and never will change is my commitment to cruelty-free beauty. I’m proud to say that all my materials-down to the brushes- are vegan and not tested on animals.

So, let’s have one last What I’ve Been Making for old time’s sake. Obviously a lot of holiday stuff, but oddly enough, most of it’s about snow. After living in the tropics for the last 5 years, the fact that seasons still exist is kind of amazing. I feel pretty much done with winter (ha!) but the chance that it might snow still feels pretty odd.

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Wishing everyone very happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

I’m deeply grateful for all of you who have followed along on my nail journey. I’d really appreciate some Instagram follows or FB likes so we can still keep in touch. And don’t forget to sparkle in your own way! March to the beat of your own drummer and leave a little (biodegradable, cruelty-free glitter wherever you go. 😉

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Tokyo Nail Expo 2016 Art Tip Awards Part 4- Some NSFW

All right, I’m powering through the last 50 entries of the Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Awards. The theme is Japanese Textures, and we’re seeing lots of geisha/maiko figures, cranes and the dread Flowers No Matter What. There are a lot of flowers in this round, as well as a VERY not safe for work image for entry #94. At least it’s not more flowers!

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#76. A very pretty color combo with abstract art and flowers surrounding a koi pond. The color and detail work is really nice. The shape of the nails on the left and right adds some interest too.

#77. Floral and crane details on a red base. Pretty but not the most original entry we’ve seen.

#78. Flowers. Just flowers. Folks, with Japan’s incredibly rich history of art and culture, could you not have found anything else to choose? So tired of flowers…

#79. See #78.

#80. Doodly figures with flowers and maple leaves. It takes a lot of practice to be able to paint realistic figures, make sure you’ve got it down before you attempt it on nails, or it may look a bit cartoony. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be that way or not.

#81. Goldfish bowl in front of shoji screens. Something a bit different at least!

#82. Maple leaves on a black base with some gray stones. I like the use of color and the stones but the technique needs some polishing.(Hey-Yo!)

#83. Noh figure on a background that’s just a bit too busy for my taste.

#84. Manga style figures with temari balls and…flowers. Still, nice 3 work and it works well together

#85.Dragon and oiran figure, plus the nearly ubiquitous crane. Nice use of color, though.

#86. ? I have no idea, can anyone help out? Kind of looks like a mandala and a molting caterpillar.

#87. 2D flowers. No mas.

#88. Florals and traditional 2D patterns on a red background. Coming up a bit short here…

#89. Abstract mandala, flowers and what kinda looks like a tiny Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

#90. Anime type figure (which is unintentionally terrifying) and marbles and splashes. Also, random tiny hands imploring the viewer to take some marbles.

#91. Crane, geisha, maple leaves. Nice work all around, though.

#92. Flowers, butterflies, knotwork. We’ve seen all these elements but this is good quality work that makes a cohesive whole. I can’t see the individual nails, but I guess they’re in there somewhere.

#93. Red base. Florals. Ukiyoe figures.

#94. NSFW. WOW! While I don’t really want to think about the X-rated textures of Japan, at least there are no tentacles here. Well done work and high points for uniqueness. Not a flower to be found here! Does it make me totally out of it if I’m not sure what those body parts or devices are?

#95. Flowers. Cranes. Maple leaves. More flowers.

#96. Mashup scene with goldfish, woman in kimono, maple leaves.

#97. Flowers. Who’da thunk it?

#98. More cranes n flowers, but this work is extraordinary. Look how fine the details are. I just wish they’d chosen something more original, but I can’t fault that craftmanship.

 

#99. Autumn scene but needs more attention to detail to make it work.

#100. Maiko/geisha n flowers.

Well, at least one entry is really memorable! I think #98 is best in this round. Those circular chrysanthemums are incredibly difficult to do and the outlining is out of this world.

And…the last entries, #101-125.

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#101. I like the bold color palette, but I have serious geisha + goldish fatigue. I do not want to think about the texture of goldfish.

#102. Very nice detail work on Japanese folklore figurines. Here’s a closeup.

 

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#103. Dragon, Mt. Fuji and flowers. The dragon has great detailing. I’m partial to dragons, but this is especially nice work.

#104. Flowers, yes. Goldfish, yes. But a Hokusai woodblock print wave and utterly stunning detail work still make this a wonderful entry.

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#105. Oiran figure and flowers. We’ve seen this theme loads, but the painting and sculpture are very good on this entry.

#106. A wagon wheel and traditional patterns with a nice color palette.

#107. This owl and samurai may be from a story I’m not familiar with. Don’t care, because this painting is fantastic.

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#108. I also have no idea what this is about. Obviously, jewels. Other than that, I don’t know really. BUT LOOK AT THAT PAINTING. Almost photorealistic.  Look at the facets on the jewels. Extraordinary. Probably the best 2D painting in the whole show.

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#109. A really fierce looking dragon with hair like That Guy In The News. Uh..let’s move on!

#110. Red background with florals, maple leaves and a bit of kiriko cut glass. It’s nice but has nothing on the other cut glass entry we saw earlier.

#111. Crane. Flowers. Fan. Umbrella. Nice work but I got fatigue.

#112. Moth n flowers. Step it up, we’ve got some great entries to beat!

#113. New Year’s scene. Not the most original, but nicely sculpted. The bamboo tubes are especially good.

#114. A giant red sea bream. Or maybe catfish?

#115. Dunno the story, but the guy looks like he is about to sneeze. That is all I see when I look at the figures. Nice sculpting work. A-CHOO!

#116. Red. Flowers. Free me from this prison.

#117. Goldfish n flowers.

#118. A cartoony geisha. I got to give them credit for attempting the hand, it’s very difficult. If it’s not perfectly done, it looks weird. Hands are very tricky.

#119. Cranes!

#120. Not sure, some ruby red nails with red jewels. Looks a bit haphazard.

#121. More white birds. I just can’t.

#122. Forgivable flowers, with fantastic detail and some temari balls thrown in for good measure. A theme I can’t stand, but this is well done. Please use your talents for original ideas, people! Challenge yourself to paint something with NO flowers. Try. You can do it!

#123. I don’t know what this is supposed to be, but the middle figure looks like the love child of  my ex co-worker Yuko and Michael Jackson. I’m sorry, Yuko. I shouldn’t out you. I never knew you had an affair with MJ. I won’t tell your husband. Better not let him go to the Nail Expo. Ever.

#124. Flowerrrssss.

#125. Flowers n butterflies, but the amazing palette of colors saves it from getting side eye.

Aaand… I’m spent. I hope everyone enjoyed looking at these entries. What are your picks for the top prizes?

 

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Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Award Part 3

The nail art rolls on…here are entries 51-76 from the Art Tip Awards. Here, we see some totally outstanding entries, which are among some of the best I’ve seen. And as far as I’m concerned, I need a little shiny joy in my life. I’m not going to harp on politics, but I need a distraction from all the crazy stuff that’s going on. So let’s take a look.

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#51. A bit gothic, with some darker greyed out purple and 3D flowers. Like the color palette, bored to death by florals.

#52. Some maple leaves on white, pretty but not rising to the level of the other entries.

#53. Butterflies n flowers. Please. No.

#54. This entry is fantastic. While the nail base is crazy large (as it it would fit almost no actual human), the design stuns. It’s “kiriko,” or Japanese cut glass. It’s a traditional art form, where hot glass is slashed to put clear geometric designs onto colored glass. These nails look just like it and are fantastically well done. Let’s check the close up!

These get my pick for technique, uniqueness and matching the theme.

#55. Very well done geisha/maiko look. We’ve seen a lot of these entries, but this painting stands out for its detail and quality. The 3D floral look is well done too.

#56. More gesiha/maikos on parade, with some excellent 3D umbrellas and knotwork. Very nice use of color as well. Very nice job all around.

#57. ? Some blood n guts. And flowers. I’m mystified.

#58. Sumo wrestlers and a very drunk dog. I bet we won’t be seeing any more like this, so points for uniqueness. Well sculpted.

#59. Nicely done cranes that do a 2D to 3D transition, along with some maple leaves. Very nice detailing here.

#60. A butterfly and some frilly bits.

#61. Some Japanese “yokai” folklore characters and very Japanese looking flames. Beautiful detail.

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#62-65. All Japanese geisha/maiko figures. I’d say #64, shown below, is my favorite of the lot. All well done, but we’ve seen soo many of these.

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#66. Bees, cotton ball clouds and sculpted strawberries. Unique but I’m not sure these really fit in with the theme. Another generic kawaii entry.

#67. Nicely done overall, with especially good sculpture. Little random bits and bobs from Japanese culture, including dolls, sea bream, goldfish and a daruma. Not sure how the circus monkey fits in. I’m not sure they were going for the Monkey Shines look.

#68. Haphazard lips.

#69. A bird of some sort fading into the most threatening cherry blossoms ever.

#70. While I’m getting crane burnout, this may be the best crane we’ve seen so far. The cherry blossoms are very well done, too. Grade A sculpting.

#71. Simple Mt. Fuji, crane, flowers.

#72. Cranes n flowers.

#73.  Futuristic flowers. Please no more flowers.

#74. More geisha, but very well done.

#75. Mix and match Japanese folklore- look at this painting and the level of detail!

 

My pick is #54, for the excellent execution and uniqueness, but this #75 is also a stunner. I hope everyone’s enjoying the entries. I have about 50 more to go through. There were a few flowers and a couple entries that weren’t really up to par, but there were also some great entries. I’m getting a little burned out on geisha and cranes, but they’re a common Japanese culture theme, so I’m not surprised we’re seeing a lot of them.

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Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Awards Part 2

I’ll just get right into it, here are entries 26-50 of the Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Awards. The theme is “Japanese Textures” and we’ve got quite a few nice entries in here. As always, click to enlarge.

Here’s 26-50:

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Here’s some of my notes on the entries:

#26. Very lovely detail painting of geisha, a bit short on 3D elements but solid 2D painting.

#27. Flowers. We all know how I feel about that.

#28. Geish and fish.  Nice work but we’ve seen a few of these so far.

#29. Goldfish. A good piece overall but I don’t want to think about the texture of goldfish. Especially those vile ones with the huge bulgy eyes. But that’s just me.

#30. More flowers. So tired of flowers.

#31. Very prettily painted scene and nice maple leaves, but the outstanding part is how the red umbrella transitions from 2D to 3D. This type of illusion is very difficult to pull off.

#32. I am mystified. Lips, red white and blue with stars. This one is so random I can’t figure out if it was even meant to be entered.

#33. Hearts n butterflies. This one is not even close to being in the same league as other entries, though we’ve all got to start somewhere.

#34. Butterflies and sakura on monochrome red. The knotwork is pretty, but these aren’t doing anything for me.

#35. This kind of looks like a tragic scene. Is it a shower suicide? Is the hand reaching for drops of blood? Rose petals? While I don’t really understand it, I can appreciate the skill it look to do the 2D-3D transition with the hand.

#36. Flowers. Nice use of color but I am so sick of flowers for every theme.

#37. Gorgeous detail work and museum-quality painting…of? There’s a snake involved and classical Western figures, but I’m coming up short on the corresponding story.  Can anyone help me out on this? Amazing technique but I’m baffled on the meaning.

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#38. Oiran figure with maple leaves and wagon wheels. The wheels definitely took some skill, as round things are the hardest to get right. Nice use of color, too.

#39. Goldfish are swimming in something green and white. The background is too busy to appreciate all the detail.

#40. Monochrome flowers. Needs something else, color or bolder detail.

#41. Cute 2D work but needs way more to compete with the other detailed entries.

#42. Lots of jewels and rich colors, but not sure what this is about or how it keeps with the theme.

#43. Flowers. Black/red leaves and red 3D tsubaki flowers.Flowers. Gah!

#44. Another goldish n geisha mashup, with some flowers thrown in for good measure. Nice transition between the “scenes” on each nail but needs something else to make it pop.

#45. Nice work on the 3D crane, it’s hard to make birds look good, but the background is much simpler than the other entries we’ve seen.

#46. Red with floral/vegetation details. Nice detail work but you know…

#47. Mix n match scene with maple leaves, geisha Mt. Fuji and temari balls. I’m beginning to feel like I’ve seen these quite a few times, but the work is nice on each entry.

#48. Traditional Japanese figures, very nicely painted but are just not grabbing me since I’m on Oiran Overload at the moment.

#49. Lots and lots of red beads and studs. Are they whips? Am I a pervert? They remind me of cat o’ nine tails. These seem like something you’d see in a video that you had to show ID to rent. At least there are no flowers. 🙂

#50. Nice floral scene (gasp!) The 3D irises are very well done. At least there’s a crane and some rhinestones to add some interest.

I meant to do another round of 25 entries, but I’m getting to that state where I keep staring at the same photos over and over again because I forgot what I was just looking at. I’m going to chip away at the rest slowly but surely. 🙂

#37 is my pic from this round, due to the excellent details and great use of color. I just wish I knew what it was depicting. Seems very mysterious, but no matter what the story, the work is top class.

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