I’m on the fence about these nails. I had a different design in mind, but when I finished it, you could barely tell the stripes, so I decided to save it for the floral day of the challenge.
I was excited to use the dried flowers in the Ciaté Flower Manicure – Strike A Posy, which comes with two containers of dried flowers, tweezers, a speed dry top coat, a nail file, and Ciaté mini Candy Floss, a bubblegum pink I used in the design. The flowers were really easy to apply. Once my nails were nearly dry, I applied some top coat (not the Ciaté one) on the area where I wanted the flower to be, then applied the flower with the tweezers. I cut some of the bigger flowers in half, but for the rest I just got rid of the excess using the sharp end of the tweezers. With my finger, I pressed down on the flowers and they stuck well to the nail, since the dried flowers are thin.
The other nail polishes I used in the design are Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Art Club Nail Art White, and an unnamed purple polish by Chic + Pretty. I liked the design before the flowers, but I think the problem I have with it is that from far away the flowers kind of look like blobs, since being natural they’re not too defined. I think they would look better on nails with only a base color, like in the promotional photos.
I didn’t have too many ideas for polka dots, so I went with something easy. I used Wet ‘n’ Wild Tickled Pink on two-thirds of my nails, and once that had dried, I layered Sinful Colors Tutu, a perfect sheer pink, over it. For the white polka dots, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme White On. I had meant to do a gradient as the background, and was hoping the sheer pink could blur out the darker pink a bit, but that didn’t work out. Next time, I plan to definitely use more than two shades, or use a sponge for blending.
I noticed I’ve been doing a lot of triangle designs this year for the challenge. I love geometric designs, so I’m pretty happy with all of these so far! For this one, I began with a gradient of Sinful Colors Most Sinful, Brucci Kathy’s Baby Blues, and Sinful Colors Espionage. I sponged two coats of that before applying a fast-drying top coat. I was kind of impatient and didn’t want to wait long, so after about 10 minutes, I applied the pieces of tape; thankfully the nails were dry by then. Over the tape, I sponged another two coats of the same gradient, but upside-down. I had to fix some bits here and there where the tape didn’t stick well, but other than that it was pretty easy.
With today’s challenge, I wanted to do something that would be similar to the design I did for Black & White, but in color. Actually, I thought Rainbow came before Metallic, so I was a bit disappointed when I checked and realized it was the other way around. This looks messy in the purple and red parts, because the top coat I used smeared some of the color (it was Ciaté Speed Coat Pro by the way, which came with the Flower Manicure Kit).
The gold base is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold, and over that I applied Maybelline Color Show Sequins Gold’s Night Out, an amazing gold glitter polish with some holo effect. I then drew triangle shapes with a white nail art striper, filled them in, and applied the colors over that. The green is Icing True Beauty, and the rest of the polishes are by Sinful Colors: Grecian Sun (blue), Let’s Talk (purple), and Hot & Sour (red).
This is one of those designs that looked better in my head. I wanted to use colored foil to create an ornate design, but I ended up with too much black space. Some of the foil didn’t stick well either, so there were a few ‘bald spots.’ The base is Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme, and I also used black to outline the shapes. In person the colors look much brighter, and the foil looks more metallic. My two favorite nails are the pinky and ring finger. I think the gold flowers look really cute, and I love the effect of the rainbow foil on the thin lines of the ring finger.
I’m really happy with this design! It took a while to do, but it was worth it. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme White On. Then, using a black nail art striper (Salon Perfect Black Ink), I drew a vertical line down the middle of the nails with the exception of the accent nail. From that line, I made diagonal lines on each side similar to a feather design. The last step was to randomly fill in the spaces leaving some visible triangular shapes. I think this design would be great with a matte topcoat as well (I would have tried it, but my matte ran out).
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.
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.
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.
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.