31DC2014 Stripes: Dried Flowers

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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.

31DC2014 Polka Dots: On Pink

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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.

31DC2014 Gradient: Reverse Gradient

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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.

31DC2014 Rainbow: Flecks of Color

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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 ColorsGrecian Sun (blue), Let’s Talk (purple), and Hot & Sour (red).

31DC2014 Metallic: Foil Flowers

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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.

31DC2014 Black and White: Broken Glass

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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).

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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.