Galaxy Mani + This Shattered World and Starflight Giveaway

Funny story. When I first met Katie on Twitter I though her handle, @polishedpage, was because she is Polish. I’m not proud of it, all I can say is I was blinded by my own Polish-ness and, well… you know the stereotype. But, I saw the error of my ways and admired Katie for combining two of my favorite things, nail polish and books! When I joined the blog I was pumped to start doing more bookish manis, but lack of confidence and adult life has been holding me back. Since this month is special and we’re trying to make every giveaway post unique and awesome we agreed to live up to our name. Today we’re giving away a copy of This Shattered World signed by both Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner and an arc for Starflight byMelissa Landers. Space-y huh? Hence the galaxy mani πŸ˜‰

I was going to do a orange and pink pastel galaxy, to match the book, but I love blues and when I found this tutorial I had to try this one, and I was not disappointed!

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Ta-Dah!

I started with searching the world wide web for the tutorial that didn’t totally scare me, and one that I liked. I found this one by Nails by Kizzy and I was like ‘yeah.. I can do that, maybe’.

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I started on Monday with a base coat of Blue Freeze by Maybelline Color Show (one of my fave drug store brands). I did the base two days early because I always run into the problem where I don’t let my nails dry long enough and then I get smudges like 20 minutes after I think they’re dry. So by laying down the first two coats of the dark blue I could make sure to avoid those mistakes. Success! So today I was ready to get spacey.

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First I had to sponge on some white to lay the groundwork for the galaxy, I used a little baby sample of OPI. I sponged Onyx Rush by Maybelline Color Show along the edges of my galaxy. This was perfect because since I did the blue on Monday it was starting to wear at the tips of my nails. I easily covered that up with the black.Β  Sponging on the polish was so messy and I was so worried I was totally messing up, but in the end it was magic. I used Blue Me Away! by Sally Hansen and Aquamarine Azulino by Color Club for my blues. Then went back over the blue with the white again before finishing it up with Disco Ball by Sally Hansen and some white dots for bigger stars.

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I had a lot of fun doing this and now I’m more confident that I can actually do more nail art as long as I focus and take my time. Things I learned after doing this galaxy mani; less is more. I couldn’t find any sponges like the ones used in the video (although I didn’t look that hard, just at Walgreens… which does not carry sponges like this) so I had to be extra careful while using small pieces of a normal sponge which globbed on a little more than I would’ve liked, especially the last coat of white on the top. I feel like it covered up too much of the blue and I’m sad. BUT now I know for the future. Don’t skimp on the sponges people! Head my warning.

Giveaway time! Click the pic below to enter to win a duo-signed copy of This Shattered World (my fave of the series) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner and an arc for Starflight by Melissa Landers. And next time you’re feeling adventurous and want some galaxy nails, give this one a try! It’s fun and easier to do than you would think. Enjoy!

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Stay tuned for more giveaways and more sweet sweet nails!

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22 thoughts on “Galaxy Mani + This Shattered World and Starflight Giveaway

  1. _Sandra_ says:

    I really suck at any kind of nail art, let alone bookish. LOL!! It’s an achievement to get even nail polish on all the nails. πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  2. Melissa says:

    I love doing nail art! For holidays I try and google ideas and then do it myself~ on Valentines Day, a waitress complimented my nails and asked where I got them done, and I did them myself! That made me so happy! πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried bookish nail art yet but I should try it πŸ™‚

  3. isisthe12th says:

    I love to paint my nails and I just purchased some nail wraps and I’m looking forward to trying them. I never wrapped my nails before so wish me luck. Thank you

  4. Ellie says:

    SO pretty!!! I love doing my nails, but they ALWAYS chip off within a day or two. *shakes fists* My nails are just so brittle. This makes me want to try so bad though.
    Thank you for the giveaway! I haven’t read Starflight, but I would love to!

    • Kylie says:

      Thank you! I totally get that about the brittle nails. I’m in the same boat.. these galaxies started chipping in two days and I was so upset. But, that’s my nail life. Just gotta keep painting!

  5. roverandomreading says:

    I’ve never tried any book nail art – I usually keep it pretty simple. I’m a little disappointed because I tried out my new Smith & Cult nail polish two days ago and it smudged and chipped up so badly! I had to take it all off and I’ll have to try something new this weekend. Love this idea though! I should watch more YouTube videos about nails…

  6. Misty Christiansen says:

    I personally have never tried my hand at book nail art but I’ve made my sister do my nails but they didn’t turn out so well (neither of us can draw very well with polish).

  7. theresajs says:

    I haven’t done any nail art, though I would love to have it done. I have great nails but unfortunately, I work in food service so I can’t wear nail polish. I rarely ever get a manicure, only for special events or if I have a week off from work. I really, really wish I could get my nails done more often!

  8. La La in the Library says:

    I only do nail art at Halloween time. It is always something to match my costume. I was a Harlequin clown a few years ago and I did black and white checkerboard nails. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway contest. πŸ™‚

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