Quick August Update

Hey everyone, I just wanted to post a quick update about my lack of posts recently. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much chance to do my nails. I’m also going on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I probably won’t be posting any nail art until late August. I do plan on participating in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge this year as usual though, so I’ll most likely have a ton of posts starting in September. See you then :)

Blue Arc Nails

Just some quick nail art I did! This was simple and only took me a few minutes to do. I really like the combination of the blue, rose gold, and light green.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue
KISS Nail Art Bikini Green
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

Turtle Nail Art

Last design for the June Glam Nails Challenge! This one, like the one I just posted for the waves prompt, is similar to nail art I’ve done in the past (this one). I don’t mind it since I like how water looks using Sinful Colors Green Ocean and Sparitual Emerald City, but if I had more time I would’ve done something different.

I think the turtle definitely came out better than the crabs I did (mainly since I used a stamp then colored over it), but it was a very quick, last minute thing. The rhinestones make it less flat and if I had even smaller green rhinestones I would have added those near the bottom to fill it out. For the sand I used Color Club Apollo Star, a glittery tan. On the previous beach nails I did I used a creme polish, but this one resembles the texture and look of sand more.

Abstract Waves Nail Art

Halfway through this nail art I realized it’s really similar to the wave nail art I did last year (here). I even used some of the same polishes! The waves on that design are narrower though, and I wanted more of a marble look here.

Sorry for the photo quality not being that great, but I was trying to get these done as fast as possible for the challenge. It’s not June anymore at this point, but at least I only have one more nail art to post, and that will be up soon! June was pretty hectic for me and some personal issues came up, but this challenge served as a nice distraction. So even though I kind of tumbled through it I’m glad I took part!

Sinful Colors Navy I Do
ORLY Snowcone
Sparitual Full of Life
Pure Ice Super Star

Colorful Crab Nail Art

I have mixed feelings about these nails. I like how colorful they look and how I was able to mix some of the sheer polishes, but overall the design is a mess. I was trying to do the challenge prompt for ‘crab’ but the crabs look more like blobs. The star studs are cute though, and they gave me an idea for a 4th of July design.

I used OPI Color Paints in Primarily Yellow, Magenta Muse, Landscape Artist, and Indigo Motif and OPI Sheer Tints Don’t Violet Me Down to mix the colors for the background. I like how it gives it a jelly look. I painted the crabs with Color Club Apollo Star and added the blue glitter accent on the middle nail with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.

PLL Liar’s Lament Game Board Nail Art

I had to take a quick break from the Glam Nails June Challenge to post these PLL nails! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might have seen the first Pretty Little Liars nails that I did back in 2015 – if not, you can check them out here. I love the show and have been watching it weekly since season 3 (after binge-watching the first 2 seasons). I’m super excited about the series finale (happening tonight!), but also sad the show will be over. So, for this last ever episode of PLL, I painted my nails in honor of the amazing Liar’s Lament game that was the focus of this half-season.

I began by sponging OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow and Landscape Artist over white to represent the grass. I also sponged Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, a darker green, on the two middle nails so the name would stand out. I then used Sinful Colors Navy I Do to make the roads, and Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in White, Orange, and Green to add the letters and the other details.

I can’t wait to find out who A.D. is! Although I was wrong last time, I’m still sticking to Spencer’s twin for this reveal, with Melissa as a close second. Who do you think A.D. will be?

Tie Dye Nail Art

These are definitely my favorite so far from the challenge! I hadn’t done tie dye nail art before now, so this took me some practice. This design is actually my second try, because my first, blue and white swirls, didn’t look like tie dye at all. I took some photos and might post it eventually, but it’s not very good.

Because I didn’t know how to do tie dye nails, I looked up some tutorials. I ended up following this one by Nailistas. Although the nail art itself looks complicated, it’s actually easy to do. Basically, you start with a white base, then apply top coat. Once dried, you apply 3-4 thin layers of different colors, letting them dry in between. Then you take a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover and lightly rub over the nail so the colors will show through. I applied a matte top coat like in the tutorial, because I really loved how it looked.

Apart from the white, I used three nail polishes: CND Vinylux Be Demure, a light pink, Salon Perfect Purple POP!, and OPI AmazON…AmazOFF, a dark teal. I’m so happy with how these nails turned out and the color combination I used. I want to try more tie dye nails in the future!

Pool Party Nail Art

I was really excited when I saw the pool party prompt on the challenge since I hadn’t done anything like it before. It was also a great opportunity for me to practice painting water. At first I was just drawing long, curved white lines for the reflections, but that wasn’t looking right. So, I googled some photos of water and noticed the reflections were made up of smaller sections. I made the white lines shorter and connected them. I also did several layers for a more translucent water effect. The blue I used, Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money, is not particularly sheer, but with a light coat it left the lines partly visible.

For the lemonade and the floats I used a white nail art liner and the accent colors listed below:

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
Salon Perfect Let’s Not Coral
Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair
Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

I’m really happy with how the water looks and the nail art in general. I want to keep practicing the reflections, but this one’s definitely one of my favorite designs so far for this challenge.

Neon Splash Nails

The third prompt of the Glam Nails June Challenge is neon. It’s such a general theme that I wasn’t sure what to do at first. Originally I tried colorful neon stripes, but I wasn’t satisfied with it so I started over. I pared down the amount of polishes I was using from five to just three: Salon Perfect Yowza YellowSalon Perfect Pink-y Swear, and Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby, a sky blue. For the accent glitter, I used Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold.

To get the look of the abstract rainbow, I applied each of the three polishes in quick strokes using the brushes over a white base. I then added more layers until I was happy with how the colors mixed. In person they’re very bright and slightly darker.

 

Sunrise Palm Trees Nail Art

The second prompt of the Glam Nails Challenge June is palm trees. I really wanted to do a green and yellow gradient, so I went with a sunrise theme.  The palm trees themselves weren’t that hard to do. I used a black polish to color in the land, then a liner for the trees. They ended up a little messy, but I don’t mind it, because it makes them look windblown.

Kleancolor Neon Yellow
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil