31DC2014 Violet: Half-Way Stripes

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For this design, I only used two colors. The base is Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous, a deep violet with fuchsia shimmer that doesn’t actually appear once applied to the nails. For the lines, I used the striper polish KISS Nail Art Soft Pink. I like how it turned out, but I think it would have looked even better if I had put in some thinner lines in between the thicker ones.

31DC2014 Blue: Curves

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I love this nail design! It was so simple and quick to do, but I think it looks really elegant. Originally, I’d planned to add glitter and rhinestones along the silver lines, but decided against it. I began with two thin coats of Ciaté Chinchilla, a blue-gray, then topped it with Ciaté Twinset and Pearls, a sheer pearl color. The darker blue on the edges is Sparitual Circle of Life, and the silver is Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

31DC2014 Green: Diamonds

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I’m back with green! For this design, I started with two coats of Revlon Jaded. Then, using Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me to Heaven, I drew the diamond shape, filling in the outside parts. With Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, the darker green, I painted the edges of the diamond to give it a gradient-like effect. For the metallic dots, I used Sephora by OPI Queen of Everything. At this point I had planned to be finished, but thought it looked too empty in the middle, so I added the tiny diamonds.

31DC2014 Yellow: Sunflowers

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This design came out kind of messy, and not like I had planned it. I was tempted to do it over, but I just want to move on to green now! The yellow, Sally Girl Canary, wasn’t as obvious as I wanted it to be against the white, so I used an orange, Kleancolor Sangria Burst, to make it stand out more. The leaves are Sinful Colors Athens and Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean. For the insides, I used Sinful Colors Nirvana with dots of the Kleancolor. I had planned on using some nail art stripers for this, but I was away from my house and forgot to grab them, only taking the white one. I would like to retry this one in the future.

31DC2014 Orange: Watercolor Triangles

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This post is kind of late in the day, although I did these last night. I wish the photo had been clearer, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to post it. I first started with 2 coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Fastdry Magic Trident, a shimmering orange. Then, using a striper, I outlined the triangles with white and filled them in. Over that, I applied one thin coat of Sinful Colors Cinderella, a light blue with pink shimmer. In order to achieve the watercolor effect, I mixed individual polishes with a bit of non-acetone remover to dilute them. The polishes I used are Kleancolor Neon Yellow, Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?, a magenta color, and Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean, a sheer blue-green.

31DC2014 Red: Plaid and Flowers

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First day of the challenge! Now, when I first thought of this design, there was way more red in it. But, when I actually sat down to do it, I only used red for the background. I love the design though, even if the red isn’t too prominent. The dusty red I used is Sinful Colors Bordeaux. I wanted a slightly sheer color for the plaid base, so I went with Sparitual Emerald City, a pretty, sheer teal. I outlined that with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, a bluish green, then accented with Hurricane Nail Art Yellow. It was the same process for the floral nails.

Silver Stripes Nail Art + 31 Day Challenge 2014!

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I love this design and it was super easy and quick to do. I used 2 coats of essie Full Steam Ahead, a light purple with barely perceptible silver shimmer. The silver glitter is Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. To apply it, I wiped the brush nearly clean, so only a bit of glitter would transfer. This is one of my favorite polishes because it’s so versatile – sometimes I like to layer a couple of coats over bare (only base coat) nails and it makes my hands look really delicate. Finally, I free-handed the stripes using Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

I’ll soon be starting the 31 Day Nail Challenge! This will be my third year doing it, and I’m excited to see what designs I can come up with. Normally, I take forever, though I’ll try to go at a quicker pace this year.

These are the prompts from Chalkboard Nails‘ website:

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Tweed Nails

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I had seen several “tweed” and “fuzzy” polishes around but had been hesitant to pick any up because I knew it would take several layers to achieve the “tweed” look. I’m always tempted by stick glitter, because it looks so pretty in the bottle, but when I apply a coat or two on my nails, I think it just looks weird. I finally decided to give it a chance, and bought Revlon Tweed Mini. I applied it over two coats of China Glaze Holographic Don’t Be A Luna-tic. It took a lot of coats! I ended up applying between 5-6. I love how it looks when it’s densely packed, though next time I think I’ll try it on a darker background. I added the lime green rhinestones as accents.

Bright Abstract Nails

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I’m not sure I love this nail art as a whole, but I’m really happy with the blue and green designs. I used a lot of nail art stripers and polishes for this. Here is the list:

Sinful Colors Lavender, Charge It Up, San Francisco, Athens, Silver Belle
Sinful Colors Nail Art Anxious Azure, Take It Easy, Simple But Fun
Sparitual Imaginarium
Kiss Nail Art Soft Blue, Bikini Green

Red Floral Nail Art

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I’ve been on vacation this past week, and didn’t really have a chance to paint my nails. I did wear essie sweet & delicious, a dark, slightly metallic red, which looks great on the toes (I posted a picture of it on my instagram if you’re interested).

For these nails, I started with 2 coats of Ciaté Paper Doll, a matte white. It comes in the Dolls House Collection with four other pastel colors that are supposed to have a ‘porcelain finish,’ though they just seem like matte polishes to me. It took 2 coats for an even application, since the first coat was streaky, which might have been because the polish is so fast drying.

For the flowers, I used Sparitual Aroused and Sparitual Weathered the Storm. With the polish brush, I did quick strokes for the leaves with Revlon Sassy, and added some glitter with Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me Top Coat.