Saturday, March 21, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race 7 - Episode 2 // Pearl's Jet-Set Couture

Hi everyone! :) I'm back from my ski trip to Sweden! It was so nice to get a change of scenery and breathe in some fresh, ice-cold air! Now that I have returned, it's time for the second nail design in my RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 series. As I explained in my previous blog post, I'm completely and utterly obsessed with this tv show - and the art of drag in itself - so for me to be doing this project is really exciting and it makes me so happy! Thanks for welcoming my ideas with open arms :)

Glamazonian Airways was the title of the second episode, and this time we watched as the girls took on a very special challenge inspired by the incredible artist Lypsinka! Lypsinka is a legend; she was one of the first queens ever to create full sets of mash-ups of songs and clips with spoken words, performed to perfection. The girls were divided into two groups lead by the winners of the mini challenge, with each their set to prepare live for the main stage event - it was an incredible arrangement of dance, music and acting! Following the group performances, the girls were asked to present their best jet-set couture for RuPaul and the judges, and oh my goodness, I'm as always blown away by the gorgeousness of these queens! It's hard to process so much beauty at once! :)

My favorite outfits from the episode were worn by Max, Pearl, Violet, Katya and Miss Fame. For my top pick I ended up choosing Pearl's elegant 30's inspired look with the flowing peach pastel skirt, white lace top, wrapped scarf, round sunglasses and gold accents! So yeah uhm, can I borrow this outfit? I promise I'll return it, ahem, very soon. Anyway, when I scanned the clothes and accessories, my eyes saw the potential for another simple nail design. The color and the matte texture of the skirt had me like, I need my nails to look like that! So to do this, I used the peachy nude Secret #625 by Chanel, and it took me 3 flippin' coats to reach full opacity! All T all shade it was quite disappointing; it took forever to dry, and it was so patchy on both first and second coat. I wouldn't recommend this polish if you're going to do nail art on top of it. Just NO! Anyway, to mattify my nails I used the Matte Finish Top Coat by Butter London - it's the best! I incorporated gold accents in the form of triangular shapes, as seen on the clutch Pearl was holding. As very yellow toned golds do not compliment my skintone, I went for a more coppery gold shade - the beautiful Chanel nail polish Delight #607. To keep it very metal-looking and shiny, I added these accents last. You know, minimalism and doing simple designs is kinda my style, and I like it! But I'm going to try and push myself further in the upcoming weeks, so let's just see what will happen :) Now on to the photos! :)

▲ How to do this ▲

  1. Prepare by cutting at least 20 pieces of scotch tape in sizes about 1" long. 
  2. Now start by applying a layer of your favorite base coat to your nails and let dry.
  3. Apply a couple of coats of a peachy nude opaque color - let dry in between coats.
  4. Get your matte top coat ready and you know, put it on!
  5. Your nails need to be completely dry before completing this step; criss-cross 2 pieces of scotch tape so they form a v-shape. Kind of like a stencil, position it so the pointy part is placed in the exact middle of your nail. If your tape is super sticky it might rip off your nail polish when you remove it, so dab it on the back of your hand a few times to soften its grip.
  6. Grab a gold lacquer of your choice and paint the exposed bit. While the polish is still wet, gently remove the tape and preferably with tweezers! For best results, follow this procedure one nail at a time :)
  7. Using a tiny nail art brush, I dipped it back into the gold polish and touched up where needed for a neater look. If you don't have a brush like that - use a toothpick in a stippling motion :)
  8. Clean up around your nails with a flat nail art brush or a q-tip dipped in acetone or remover. You might have spots on your skin from your polish, and it just looks so much prettier without those! :)
  9. To keep the mattified look don't use a glossy top coat :)

I have to say again that I think the new queens are showing very modern styles of drag - each with their own take on classic eleganza extravaganza! I really like Pearl's aesthetic and perception of glamour and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us! Max's Old Hollywood style, oh gosh, she's still sweeping me off my feet - it was a close call between her look and Pearl's this week! It was last week as well! :) Katya was serving serious Barbie doll realness in a complete floral stewardesse inspired outfit - so cute! Unfortunately she ended up in the bottom two and had to lip sync for her life, but she turned it out!!! That slow split though! She absolutely killed it and I'm happy she stayed in the competition! :)

Before I round off the blog post, I'm showing you some of my favorite moments from this episode - some gifs I found here and there, and I'm living for them! :)

BTW! If you watched episode 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 ShakesQueer, then which look was your favorite? Tell me here in the comments, on InstagramFacebook and Twitter - all at @nailescapades :) Maybe it's my favorite too!

Stay polished!<3


  1. Finesse and elegance.
    Easy but it still works

  2. This was absolutely my favorite look of that week, she slayed! Great nail-terpretation :)

  3. I can't say I am a fan of the show but I am a fan of these fashion inspired nails! It sucks that Chanel had such a crap formula but at least the end result is pretty! Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  4. Very very beautiful and stylish nails art !!! Are you a professional master of manicure))