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
Malene

Saturday, March 14, 2015

RuPaul's Drag Race 7 - Episode 1 // Max's Fall Runway Look

Girls, guys and everyone in between! I've been considering this fun idea for a nail art project slash challenge for months, and now I'm ready to RuVeal it to you. You might not know this about me, but I'm the biggest fan of RuPaul's Drag Race! I have watched every single season including All Stars and it's fair to say that I'm OBSESSED! :) The makeup, the hair, the outfits, personalities - basically everything!! I'm so fascinated by the amazing transformations; it's truly an art form, and in my opinion, RuPaul's Drag Race is one of the absolute best tv shows out there! :) So what's the idea then? Well, I'm going to challenge myself to do a weekly nail art look inspired by one of my favorite outfits from the latest episode of season 7! (Not counting the indisputable queen of queens RuPaul's outfits - or I'd want to choose hers every time!) The first episode already aired, and I was glued to the screen through the entire thing! I think I have a top 3, well maybe 4, or 5, I don't know haha, but I'm not going to tell you who they are just yet! Anything can change - we're only at episode 1! :) Well, actually episode 2 by now, but I'm trying to keep up shhh! :) So yeah, this is going to be a chatty, introductory and just absolutely fun, laid back blog post, so get your cuppa tea ready and your comfy on and read along! ;)

Born Naked was the title of the first episode, and the girls each showed us 4 different looks! They all arrived in full drag of course, and as always we have some outrageously stunning queens! Here they wore their first outfits of this season. Their second and third outfits were shown off during a challenge of creating a 2015 Spring and Fall look for the runway, channeling fashion week extravaganza. The fourth and last outfit was of course modeled at the main stage event, and here they were challenged to create Resort wear that tears away to a nude illusion! Gasp! They did wear clothes underneath like full body suits though (except for Violet Chachki) and some of those were actually contoured and highlighted to create a realistic appearance of a naked woman's figure! Crazy fun haha!

My top pick from the first episode is Max's stylish Fall look! We were seeing minimalist couture on the runway, damn right channeling Jil Sander realness! I want to wear her outfit right here and right now; my body is ready, make it happen! Those black high-waisted pants, leg-lengthening boots and the nude bralette, wow, just wow! I'm also living for oversized coats, and this color-block version was right up my alley! I practically instantly saw mental pictures of a super simple and easy way of transferring this style into a nail design, and I'm kinda digging it! It's inspired by the breathtaking, minimalistic silhouette of the black high-cut pants paired with the nude top. At the same time it's also hinting at the idea of color-blocking - inspired by the coat! The black polish I used is Black Satin #219 from Chanel, and it's a one coat wonder! Instead of using a nude colored nail polish for the other part of the design, I elaborated and thought hey hey, why not go nude as in naked! It fits with the theme! To be honest, this is probably the easiest nail art I've ever done, but that doesn't change how cool it looks! Wouldn't it just go hella good with Max's outfit? It's a new favorite look to me, and I'll be wearing it a lot from now on! On to the photos! :)






▲ How to do this ▲

  1. Prepare by cutting at least 10 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. Your nails need to be completely dry before completing this step; place a piece of scotch tape about halfway up your nail - place it sideways for a cleaner edge. If your tape is super sticky it might rip off your base coat when you remove it, so dab it on the back of your hand a few times to soften its grip.
  4. Grab a black polish of your choice and go for it! Paint the exposed bit and gently remove the tape while the polish is wet - preferably with tweezers! :) For best results, follow this procedure one nail at a time. Just a tip ;)
  5. Using a tiny nail art brush, I dipped it back into the black polish and touched up where needed for a neater look. If you don't have that - use a toothpick in a stippling motion :)
  6. 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! :)
  7. Now finish off with a thick fast drying top coat, and you're good to go ;) 

I really like Max's whole Old Hollywood glamour concept and the fact she's bringing complete consistency and fierceness; for example by always (so far) fashioning beautiful grey hair! God I loved the main stage look too - those crutches ahahaha! That's committing to your character! Love!

Honorable mentions to ALL of Miss Fame's sharp tailored outfits! I can not get enough of her! She’s a supermodel drag queen, a living piece of art with a dash of attitude! :) Actually, I already knew about her before this round of RuPaul’s Drag Race - I’m subscribed to her YouTube channel where she does SICKENING (stunning!) makeup tutorials! Girl, her clothes in this episode! Every outfit was on point; she was channeling classic expensive couture, and the makeup OMG! I could go on and on about the makeup! On all the queens in fact! It really inspires me and makes me want even more to get further into makeup!

I also want to mention my love for Pearl’s super elegant and kinda urban chic style! Every single outfit was awesome, and her sultry bedroom eyes are really out of this world beautiful! God, I also loved all of Violet Chachki’s clothes! Can we just talk about her runway looks? I'm living for them! It really took me by surprise when her “sequins'd dress” went all ninja turning into a tartan jumpsuit! Btw, bold move on her part for going actually nude for the main challenge sporting nothing but a piece of tape down there! :) Anyway, let’s round off this blog post! :)

I think it’s really amazing to keep seeing all these new sides to drag, it’s so refreshing! With every new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race, I feel like the art of drag evolves and it expands! The whole world now has bigger access than ever to learn about drag, and catch a glimpse of this rather mysterious genre of performance arts :) I’m so stoked to see how well the queens (my queens!) on RuPaul’s Drag Race are representing this art form, it’s so overwhelming to sit by and experience with every season! My passion and love is real!

I’m just really excited and so so ready to see what’s going to happen this time around! We have some fierce queens all set to show their potential! So gentlemen, start your engines - and may the best woman win! :)

Stay polished!<3
Malene

Ps. If you watched episode 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 Glamazonian Airways, 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! Kisses!<3