31DC2015 RED – Flames

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I’m starting the 31 Day Challenge a little earlier this year in hopes I’ll actually get it done on time! I’m really exited for these next few months weeks and can’t wait to see other bloggers’ amazing nail art! Last year I sketched out some designs in advanced so I’d have an idea of what I was going to do, but I haven’t really done that this year, so I’ll just have to think of ideas day by day.

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I tried out a few different reds for this before finally deciding on combining two: Sinful Colors Hot & Sour for the base, then Sparitual Intention, a shimmery red, to go over it. I applied the Sparitual polish lightly, as I didn’t want the shimmer to overpower the rest of the design. For the flames, I first outlined the shapes with Phantom Frights Nail Art White, then filled them in using Sephora by OPI Hi Def, an orange polish. At this point, a bit of the orange leaked onto the white, so at the end I went over the outlines with the white striper again. I used another striper polish to add the yellow to the fire: Hurricane Nail Art Yellow.

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I’m really happy with how it looks, but a bit bummed I’ll have to take it off right away. I already have an idea for tomorrow’s design though! Hopefully I can keep up this year :S

Diamond Nails + 31 Day Challenge 2015

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I did these a while ago and submitted them to NAIL IT! for the gemstone theme for this year’s Nov/Dec issue. I only used one polish for this design, e.l.f Liquid Metal, and applied striping tape to get the ‘negative space’ sections. I wasn’t sure if the theme referred to just the color or the use of rhinestones, but I went for both. I didn’t apply any top coat over the rhinestones so that they’d remain shiny. Unfortunately, they didn’t last long, but I figured that would be the case anyway. Still, I think my nails looked really pretty while they were intact.

On another note, the 31 Day Challenge is just around the corner! I wasn’t going to do it this year as I was getting bored of some of the themes, but I changed my mind because I really do enjoy it overall. I think what I’ll do is look for an alternate version of the challenge, or maybe switch out some of the days I’ve grown tired of. Any suggestion on a good 31 Day Challenge I can try?

Blue Kitty Nails

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These are so cute, I love them! I used Orly Snowcone for the base color. It’s one of my favorite blues – just looking at it now makes me wish I had a pool. The kitties and paw prints are Pure Ice Super Star, and the black I used for the bows and eyes is Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink. The little bit of pink for the nose and ears is Orly Pink Waterfall. I had originally drawn in some whiskers, but they didn’t look that good because they were too cramped.

Black and Red Bubble Nail Art

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Not sure what to call these, but the red blobs kind of remind me of bubbles. A while I ago I did a similar design, but turtle inspired (you can see it here). I prefer this one, because I think the color combination works better. I used Sally Hansen Black Heart for the base, let it dry, then added a thicker second coat. With Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, I immediately dotted the nail with the polish brush. I love how each nail is unique, but they all match. This is also a super easy design to do on your non-dominant hand! I think both hands overall took me less than 20 minutes, which is pretty fast for me!

Tropical Gradient Nails

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This isn’t what I had in mind when I got the idea to do a gradient the other day. Originally I wanted to go for a deeper look – a dark red and green combination. But somehow, in picking out the polishes, this came out. Not too happy with it, but I don’t hate it either. I first applied a white base, then sponged on two layers of Kleancolor Sangria Burst and Kleancolor Bikini Green, two of my favorite almost-neon polishes. Since it looked brighter than I wanted, I applied a bit of Sparitual Yes, I Can over the Kleancolor. I’ve been really into funky gradient combinations lately, so I’ll have to try again soon.

Fourth of July 2015 – Glitter Sandwich Nails

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Here is my mani for this year’s Fourth of July! I haven’t done a glitter sandwich in forever, so I figured this would be a good time to give it another shot. My previous Independence Day manis (here and here) were a little more involved than this one, if you want to check them out.

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I began with a thin layer of Kleancolor Sheer Red, let it dry, then dabbed on Hard Candy pop-arazzi, and let that dry before repeating. I really like this glitter as it’s so colorful and dense. I have a few glitters that are similar, but they also contain glitter dust, so the effect isn’t the same. On my index nail I applied Sally Hansen Complete Open Mica Night. The holo isn’t as obvious in the photos, but it looks amazing in person. As a finishing touch, I used a white striper polish to paint a star.

Happy Fourth of July!

Stamped Fruit Nail Art

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I love fruit manis and I think this design came out really cute! Even though it’s been kind of rainy lately, this just reminds me of eating fruit on a hot summer day. The plate I used is number Y004 by Ya Qin An, and it has several fruit designs. I bought it off the Born Pretty Store website, and you can get it here. They’ve also got some nail art photos that use the plates if you want some ideas on how to use it.

I used mainly sheer colors to fill in the fruit so I wouldn’t cover up the black outline. But since I don’t have many sheer tint polishes, I ended up mixing a few to get the colors I wanted. Last minute I decided to add the little heart rhinestone as a cute detail so the grape nails wouldn’t look as empty.

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Sparitual Emerald City
Kleancolor Sheer Red
Ciaté Loop the Loop
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
Pure Ice Super Star

2 Nail Art Designs Using Born Pretty Stamping Plates

I’m so excited because my Born Pretty stamping plates finally arrived this week! I don’t stamp often, so I only had a couple of older plates that just weren’t catching my eye anymore. I ordered these off the Born Pretty Store on Amazon.

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I didn’t use any polishes specifically meant for stamping, but I think the images transferred well. My nails are really curved, so I did have some issues with patchy areas. I think I just wasn’t rolling the stamper on properly since I didn’t have as much of a problem on my thumb nail which is flatter.

For the watercolor background, I applied nail polish on a piece of paper towel, scrunched it up, then dabbed that onto my nails, making sure I didn’t overdo it with a certain color or cover up all the white.

Pure Ice Super Star
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Black Heart
Sinful Colors Pull Over
Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance
Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper
Sinful Colors Most Sinful

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This is the first one I did, when I was mainly just trying out the stamping plates. I’m not a huge fan of the color combination, but I think the design turned out nice. I love how the red bikinis look on top of the words.

Revlon Sassy
Sparitual Yes, I Can
Sinful Colors Most Sinful
Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper

Below is the plate I used. It has a nice mix of both full and accent images. Not only do I love the beachy/summer theme, but I see myself using all of it. I’ve passed on a lot of stamping plates in the past because there are always a few designs I don’t like, but that’s not the case with this one.

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This is my other favorite – the nesting dolls are so cute and I’m a sucker for sweater patterns. I think I’d use this one more during the holiday season.

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The plates all come with a blue protective cover that needs to be peeled off. The large rectangular plates also have a white backing attached to them. I’m not a fan of the backing because there ends up being more I have to clean later. Each plate (both large and small) also comes with a patterned slip cover for protection. Since the pattern doesn’t continue on the back, I wrote the themes on that side so that in the future I don’t have to pull them all out to find the one I want to use.

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My order also came with a pink organizer for the small round plates. I didn’t specifically order it, so I’m not sure if that’s always included or not, but it came in handy to store my other plates that don’t have covers. I can’t wait to try out all the different designs!

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Neiru Workshop “Redefine Fine Lines” 3

These are the last designs I did for the Neiru Workshop. I love geometric/tribal inspired nail art, so I was really happy this was a theme. All of the nails I created did take me quite a long time, and several tries, to complete but they’re my favorites out of all the ones I’ve done for this workshop.

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I’m so proud of this design, I love it! I had to do a lot of corrections with the white and black to thin out some sections, but thanks to the top coat that’s not too obvious. I did this design on both hands (though the right is nowhere near as neat) and I ended up splitting it between two days because it was so time consuming for me. The red polish is one of my favorites, Revlon Parfumerie China Flower. I could still smell the fragrance a couple of days after I painted them which was nice.

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Above are my three designs inspired by the theme. I like the first and second one the most since I’m not too happy with how the color combination looks on the third one. I was tempted to use tape to make the lines straight, but I didn’t want to “cheat” so I stuck to my liner brush. I’d like to eventually do a full set of nails with these designs, though maybe use them more as an accent.

navajodusk_step1The original design is called “Navajo Dusk,” and this is my recreation of it. The white part should be a bit smaller than what I did, but it ended up covering a lot of the nail. I should’ve done it over so the background could be more visible (especially since I spent a while layering colors), but you can see more of it in the middle, so that’s okay.

That was it for the workshop! With so much nail art to do it became stressing at times, but I’m really glad I was able to complete it. This makes me want to do more challenges, though preferably ones that are slightly less involved!

Part 1
Part 2

Spring Peach Floral Nail Art

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I know . . . another floral design, but they’re so easy to do! :) I’m never completely satisfied with how my petals turn out, but I didn’t have much difficulty with them this time around. The flowers are more abstract, which I like. I used Sinful Colors Cinderella, a light blue with pink shimmer, for the base color. That took about two coats, and it applied  thickly and unevenly. Even though I really like the color I don’t use it often because of the consistency. I’m not sure if it’s just my bottle or what – I’ll put some thinner in it and see what happens. Apart from white, I used  Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven for the leaves and Kiss Nail Art Soft Blue for the flower centers. The peach in the flowers is also from a Sinful Colors striper polish, but unfortunately the name was torn off when I bought it, so I don’t know what it’s called.