Hello! One of the reasons I originally started the blog was to share book cover manis and I really fell off that wagon recently. Since this month Kylie and I have a bagillion giveaways planned and I ran out of post ideas, I decided we needed to do some manicures this month! Well it seemed my giveaway stack was heavy on Sci-Fi books so I thought “why don’t we both create our own galaxy manis?!” and I think this was one of my best ideas yet. Make sure to check out Kylie’s mani from yesterday (plus a giveaway for a signed copy of This Shattered World!)

My one dilemma when planning out my galaxy mani was I didn’t want ours to look too similar. Most people go for the dark colors: navy blue or black with purple accents. I love this look but knew I had to go a different route. Well just so happens I have a giveaway for a copy of Illuminae today so what better basis than the cover?? It isn’t your typical “galaxy” mani but it definitely fits the book plot. With out further ado…



I always start any mani with pulling any and all colors from my collection that could possible work. I usually only end up using a few but I like to have my options open, plus you would be surprised what colors end up working best! IMG_0407IMG_0408

I ended up sponging on all the colors for this. I got a bag of make-up sponges from Sally’s Beauty. I started with the lightest color/the color I wanted to just “peak through”, for this I used Zoya Pippa. From there a moved to a solid orange (Zoya Arizona) and then an orange with some sparkle (China Glaze Riveting) and I ended up dabbing a bit with the brush out the utside edges to get an extra pop of color. IMG_0409

With the sponging, there will be some mess on your cuticles! I wait until the end to clean all at once. From there I took a dotting tool (you can use a toothpick or any thing similar with a fine point) and did some random white dots. Before I put top coat on, I did a quick sweep of a clear glitter to give it one last little bump.


I am SO HAPPY with how this turned out!! There was no rhyme or reason to my dabbing and sometimes randomness turns out looking really cool.

IMG_0426My final color choices from L-R Zoya Pippa, Zoya Arizona, China Glaze Riveting, Essie Shine of the Times, Essie Blanc

If you haven’t read Illuminae yet I HIGHLY HIGHLY reccomend it! If not make sure to enter the giveaway below!! Also if you are in the US make sure to check to see if Amie and Jay are stopping in your town for Illuminae!!


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