Neiru Workshop “Redefine Fine Lines” 1

This month has been pretty hectic for me, but throughout it I’ve managed to find time to take part in another Neiru workshop. It’s finished now and I’m proud to say I got a cute certificate for my efforts :)

The workshop was split into three different sections, each featuring a nail design we had to recreate. We were also supposed to create three new designs inspired by it, and finally an entire five-nail design. Suffice to say, it was work!

This is my final design for the first section:

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My top coat caused major smudges, which surprised me because I hadn’t had smudging problems with it before. I also think the gray to white gradient in the background didn’t help matters since fixing mistakes was trickier. As you can see, not all of the lines are thin as I wanted some of the outer portions emphasized.

neiruworkshop1-2These are the three separate designs I came up with.

I’m really happy with the color combinations even though the majority of my lines are uneven. As you can tell, the first part of the workshop was all about curved lines and Pucci-inspired designs.

Curved lines in general are hard work for me, and when I have to focus on making them thin, it’s even more challenging. But, I think they turned out pretty well.

Sorry for all the smudges by the way! I’m looking for some new top coats so I can find one that won’t smudge, is fast drying, and affordable. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Finally, below is my (second) recreation of the original design. When I had finished all my nails and looked back at the first one I couldn’t upload it, it was just so bad >.< So I re-did it and I think this one is still not great, but it’s way better.

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Spring Floral Nail Art

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Sorry my posts have been a bit sporadic lately, but this past month has been hectic for me, so I’ve been trying to think of easy and quick designs to do. I only used the polish brushes for this nail art and a white striper for the outlines. To give the background a watercolor effect, I chose several colors of polish then wiped the brushes so only a little bit was left when I dabbed them on the nails.

Revlon Peachy
Revlon Sassy
Revlon Charming
Ciaté Hidden Gem
Ciaté Talent Scout
Fresh Paint Passion Fruit
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme

I’ve recently started working on a new Neiru Challenge that I’m really excited about! It’s more involved than the last one I did, but I can’t wait to share the nails I’ve created :)

Sunday Comics Newspaper Nail Art

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Newspaper nails are so easy and fun, and using comic strips makes it even better. I love that these are both colorful and slightly faded so they don’t just look like regular nail wraps or stickers.

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I began with a white base, let that dry, then used 50% alcohol to transfer the paper strips. I messed up a few times and had to redo some nails because I kept shifting the cotton pad with the paper by mistake, resulting in blurry images. It was all worth it though, because I’m loving the end result! Would you do newspaper nails using comic strips? Which would you use?

2 Sticker Manis: Cats, Chevrons, & Gingerbread Men

Normally I’m not a fan of stickers or decals because I find they don’t stick well, and end up peeling off the nail. But lately I’ve been seeing so many cute designs that I bought a few and decided to give them a try.

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For the above design, I used Scratch & Sniff Nail Wraps (Watermelon) that I bought from my local pharmacy. These come with 12 nail wraps of varying sizes and designs. I was able to do both my hands, but had to adjust some of the wraps with scissors. They were easy to apply, though as you can see, they’re not perfect. In pressing them down I got some tears I tried to fix with nail polish. When I first applied them I noticed a light floral scent (not really like watermelon, but still nice), but that went away once I top coated them. The instructions don’t say to top coat, but I like to anyway to avoid chipping and wrinkling. For the $2 I paid for these I’d say they’re pretty good!

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I did these about two weeks ago, but couldn’t upload them sooner because I had misplaced my camera cable. Sorry for the bad lighting, but I didn’t take any more because I removed them right away! I bought the cat stickers at Five Below (they’re just called Crazy Cats Nail Stickers – I’m pretty sure they’re from the same brand as the nail wraps above) and I love them. But they just weren’t properly sticking to my nails. I used Sparitual Magnify as a base color, and waited until it was nearly dry before applying them. At first they would stick, but then in a few seconds the edges would pull up. I really hate how that looks especially since they catch on everything. It was kind of a bummer since they’re super cute. I still have a lot left (comes with 1 sheet), so maybe I’ll try again at some point. Here’s a link for them, though mine have slightly different packaging.

EDIT – I just noticed on their website that they advise sticking them over wet polish, but the instructions that came with the one I bought say to apply over dry polish, and then to top coat. I’ll have to try them on wet polish to see if they stick better.

Have any of you used stickers like these before? How did you get them to stick to the nails properly?

Easter 2015 Nail Art

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I’m a bit late with this post, but I’ve been really busy and haven’t had much of a chance to upload my nails. For Easter nails I tend to do more pastel designs, but this time I wanted to do a design that was bright and more cartoon-ish. I think the bunny turned out super cute and I love the big egg on the middle nail. I kind of messed up on the yellow nail egg pattern and had to fix it with some white polish, which unfortunately looks really obvious, but I’m still proud of it!

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Kleancolor Neon Yellow
ORLY Pink Waterfall
KISS Nail Art Soft Blue
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, Sour Grapes
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink
Sally Hansen Nail Art White

Spring Purple Glitter Nails

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Purple is one of my favorite colors as well as one I associate with Spring (which is thankfully here!). I wanted to keep these pretty simple, but still fun, so I added the glitter. I used two purple polishes, both from Milani: Vivid Violet, and Hi-Res, an amazing holographic purple. You can’t tell much from these photos, but in direct light it’s very obvious. For the glitter, I first applied a diagonal stripe with Art Club Nail Art Fine Silver then topped it using KISS Nail Art Rock Star.

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Pretty Little Liars Nail Art

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Who else is excited for Big A’s reveal in the Pretty Little Liars season finale? I know it’s still a week away, but I hope we’ll be getting some major hints in tonight’s episode! I’m so excited I decided to paint my nails for the occasion. I’m really happy with these and love how they turned out.

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For base colors, I used Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme and Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar, which does smell slightly sweet. For my pinky and the blood around the A, I applied Ciaté Mistress. As accents, I used Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous, a deep violet, and Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold. To get the purple stripes to show over the black, I first drew them in white, then painted over them. By the way, excuse my thumb nail, it cracked and I had to cut it short.

Who do you think A is? My bet is that one of the girls has a twin – I’m thinking Spencer, but really, it could be anyone.

St. Patrick’s Day 2015: Two Nail Art Designs

I always have a hard time coming up with St. Patrick’s Day designs. I wanted to do something different from what I’ve done in the past, but I don’t think that really worked out.

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For this nail art, I began with curved white tips, then topped them with a few layers of Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean, a semi sheer blue-green duochrome. Originally, I wanted to create a gradient, but liked how the green tips looked. For the clovers, I applied a layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold and then Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven on top.

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I prefer this design over the other one – I like how the clover pattern turned out. I first applied two coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast A Latte Love, a color I got recently and love! It’s a milky cream with a tiny hint of lilac. The regular clovers are Sinful Colors Open Seas, and for the accent clovers I used the same polish as in my other nail art: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold.

Spring Yellow & Green Color Blocked Nails

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I’m so glad the snow is finally melting where I live – it was nice for a while, but Spring can’t come soon enough. In anticipation of the warmer weather, I decided to break out my greens and yellows (colors I love but don’t use enough) for a more lively look.

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I went with Sally Girl Canary and Ciaté Apple & Custard. The green applied well, but I had to do a couple extra coats of the yellow because my bottle is almost empty and half dried out. I got some slight bubbling and it took forever to dry, but I really like it. I free-handed the white lines with a striping polish.

Nail It! Magazine Cover Inspired Nails

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When I saw the cover for the latest issue of Nail It! I instantly fell in love with the nail art (you can kind of see it in the background of the photos). The original design is by Ashley Craig, and the magazine includes several of her amazing rock-inspired nail art looks. I really wanted to recreate it but in a greenish/blue color scheme.

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I began by applying a coat of Sparitual Emerald City, a semi-sheer teal polish. I wanted the nails to be less opaque in certain areas to give the impression of layers, like in Ashley’s original design. Using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink, I then drew the curvy lines across the nails, trying to keep them “natural” looking. Finally, I added Hard Candy Emerald’s Eve, a super dense green and gold hex glitter in some of the sections. I love it! The original has bunches of Mylar as accents, but since I didn’t have that and didn’t want to use rhinestones, I just decided to leave it as is.