Swirl Border Nail Art

Here are some simple border nails on a nude background. I used a coat of Sparitual Idyllic, a sheer pink, as a base, then painted the borders and swirls on with white acrylic paint.

I was on vacation last week and planned to post the nails I wore then, but kept forgetting to photograph them, and by the time I got back they were pretty chipped. I really like the design (zebra print), so I might redo them, but this week I definitely felt like something less intense. These border nails didn’t take long, but I did have some trouble with the brush I was using since it wasn’t thin enough. A thinner brush would have made the details much sharper.

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Stamped Easter 2018 Nail Art

This design took me a while, but I love it. I used stamping plate L033, an Easter-themed one with several bunny and decorative egg designs. Since I bought stamping polish in different colors a while back, I had intended to use my jelly stamper which I really enjoy, but it would not fully pick up the images. I’m not sure if they’re too shallow or if it’s something else, but I had to switch to my rubber stamper.

To color in the images I used a mix of OPI Color Paints and Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in various colors. There was some smearing when I first added the color over the black stamp, but I solved this by applying top coat after stamping.

Video Game Nails – Classic Tomb Raider

Apart from doing my nails, I also really enjoy playing video games, both on PC and consoles. So, I thought I would do a few nail art designs inspired by some of my favorite video games. I don’t plan on posting these one after the other, but every now and then I’ll continue this theme.

The first design in this series is inspired by my favorite video game franchise, Tomb Raider! These are based on the classic games, specifically 1-3, but I love the reboot as well. I primarily used acrylic paints for these nails, with the exception of the glitters: Sephora by OPI It’s Real 18K Gold Top Coat and Sinful Colors Devil’s Stare. While I like the effect the Sephora polish gives, it’s a pain to get any real glitter payoff since there is so much clear base in the bottle. I was much more sparse with the Sinful Colors glitter since that is more dense and I only wanted a hint of the red.

I based the design on some of the artifacts Lara collects in the games (can you tell which ones?) and I’m really proud of how they turned out. This took a bit longer to do than I had anticipated, but I wanted to make sure I got the artifacts (mostly) right.

I’m super excited for Shadow of the Tomb Raider to come out in September – I can’t wait to play it! Once release date rolls around I might do some nails for it.

Betty Boop Nail Art

I love how these Betty Boop nails turned out! I was inspired to do them after I saw a few episodes the other day. It had been such a long time since I’d seen it so I couldn’t remember much of the other characters. Drawing Betty Boop was a little difficult, especially since I had to file my nail to an awkward length after a break, but I managed it pretty well. I used Revlon Ravishing for the red and Ciaté Cream Soda for the gray. For the rest of the design and details, I used a combination of nail art liners and pens.

Pink Ombre Nails

Nothing too exciting, but I felt like doing a simple paint job. I had planned on doing more Valentine’s Day designs this month, but I was busier than usual. Below are all the polishes I used for these nails. I actually bought them all in one trip to the store – I couldn’t resist! The only one that gave me trouble was the palest peach. It was a little thick and streaky, but I find that’s the case with a lot of paler shades, especially if they’re matte.

Salon Perfect
She’s a Peach
Practice What You Peach
Strawberry Spritzer
Freedom Foil
Under the Tuscan Sun

I also bought a beautiful green, Mermaid of Money (and a couple of base coats which I might review in the future), but it literally shattered in the bag! I had to remove the green polish off all the other bottles. I’m definitely being more careful with Salon Perfect bottles in the future.

I have a similar pink ombre design I did a few years ago using Wet n Wild polishes here if you’re interested.

Valentine’s Hearts Drag Marble Nails

Here’s an easy heart and rose petal drag marble design for Valentine’s Day! I applied two coats of China Glaze Rose Among Thorns (Neon) for the base color then let it dry. Once I was ready to start the drag marble, I applied a third coat and then quickly dotted Sinful Colors Tutu, a sheer pink, on the sides. Using a thin liner brush, I dragged through the middle of the dots to form the petals. Then, using Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, I added two small dots in the middle of each pair of petals and dragged down to create the heart shape.

I’m happy with how it turned out and it wasn’t that time consuming. A design like this would also work well as an accent nail if you don’t want to go through the trouble of doing it on all of the nails.

Valentine’s Freehand Floral Nails

For my first Valentine’s themed nails this year I went for a mix of things. I combined Salon Perfect Pink-y Swear, a neon pink, with Revlon Coy, a pastel. It turns out once I had applied the pastel pink, I didn’t like it at all. So I left it on just one nail and partly covered it with a freehand floral design. The other two pastel nails I replaced with Sinful Colors Supernova, a rose gold metallic. The heart and stripe accents are actually Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer, which is slightly more cool toned.

I really like these nails! My plan for this month is to do several Valentine’s Day designs using different techniques, so we’ll see how far I get. I did this and the next design on both hands too, and neither was that time consuming, although my left does look significantly better!

Snow Sports Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Last day of the January Glam Nails Challenge! I know it’s now February 1st, but that’s almost on time. Anyway, I really enjoyed this prompt because it’s so different from anything I’ve done. I chose to portray skiing and sledding, neither of which I’ve personally done, but maybe one day!

I began by applying two coats of Diamond Lacquer Blue Cotton, then with Hurricane Nail Art Silver drew in the background trees. After adding the snow slopes with Pure Ice Super Star, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven. Finally, I drew the people using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens.

Butterfly Glitter Globe Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

The snow globe prompt gave me so much trouble. I first tried doing a neon design and stamped some snow globes on it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I tried freehanding moon and stars in the globes, but I didn’t like that either. I took a short break and tried again with this design, which I feel slightly better about.

For the base colors, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower and Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money. I didn’t want to do globes on every nail, so I chose a geometric print for the red ones using plate Harunouta L040, which also has the butterflies. The globes themselves are from Harunouta L001, and I just removed the snowman which was inside. I top coated the globes with Essie Golden Nuggets for that glitter globe effect. I’ve been really liking the matte look lately, so I also used a matte top coat for these.

Desert Rider Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

This is the final prompt for this month’s Liga Nailista Challenge, and I love these nails! The theme was desert vs tropical, and I chose desert because I’ve done a lot of tropical nails, but no desert ones before. Now that I think about it, it kind of surprises me because I love learning about ancient Egyptian history, but I’ve never done nails inspired by it.

I began by applying Revlon Peachy as an all over base color. I then used an unnamed tan polish from the brand S&C to paint in the sand. Using a dry brush technique, I added strokes up the nail to resemble sand blowing and background detail. I added the pyramids using Sparitual Mind and Sinful Colors Nirvana. After dotting in the sun with Sinful Colors Pull Over, I used OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow to give a sunset effect to the sky. I think the rider looks good, but is that a camel or a horse — who knows?! I wanted a camel, not sure what happened, but these are my favorite from this challenge either way!