Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

Instead of going with my usual four-leaf clover designs for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day nail art, I did a simpler, nude design with green accents. Continue reading

Neon Blue Nail Art

I wanted to do a neon blue design for a while, but I couldn’t find any neon blue that I liked. Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby is a bright turquoise with subtle blue shimmer. I applied it over a white base, and it took about 3 coats for full opacity. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’s pretty close.

I used a zebra pattern stencil for the accent nail, and applied Kleancolor Sangria Burst, a neon orange, and Kleancolor Bikini Green. I tried mixing the colors in the middle for a gradient effect, but the green just isn’t dark enough to stand out against the blue properly. For the middle and thumb nails, I used Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish for the diagonal accent design. Now, for it to actually work, I had to first apply the base/top coat that comes with it over the blue before using the mirror polish on top of that.

The two silver glitters are: Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter and Kiss Nail Art Rock Star.

Sunflowers Nail Art

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It’s still super cold out, but I’m already thinking about Spring! I meant to post these much sooner since I did them a while ago, but I was pretty busy during February. Anyway, I’m loving this Zoya polish! It’s called Zoya Annie, and it’s an orange with golden shimmer. Before adding the flowers, I wore it alone for a few days. Normally I don’t think orange suits my skin tone, but I think this color works well, maybe because of the shimmer.

For the sunflowers, I used acrylic paint – first using white to paint the shapes, then adding the colors on top so they could stand out more. I like this effect because it almost looks like I added stickers to my nails, but they’re actually painted.

Valentine’s Day Mirrored Nails

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Some quick and easy Valentine’s Day inspired nails. I did these using Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish, which I recently bought and love! I’ll be posting a more in-depth review of that nail polish soon. These have more of a chrome finish because of the top coat, but I’ll get more into that in the review post.

After applying the mirror polish, I used Kleancolor Bite Me, a shimmery red, to paint the hearts. I just used the polish brush, drawing the hearts in a V motion. To outline them, I used Hurricane Nail Art Silver, which I also used to draw the smaller hearts on the index and pinky nails. I like that they don’t look super obvious, but are more of a relief effect.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Stamped Rose Nail Art

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Finally, here’s the last post for the Glam Nails Challenge! This design ended up being a headache and a half to do, and the above photo is from my third try. The prompt is ‘favorite color,’ so I debated between red and purple, but since I figured I’d be doing several red-toned designs now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I went with purple.

Originally I did this same design as a decal using a stamping mat and different polishes. Everything was working out fine until I colored in the leaves and roses, at which point the colors would overshadow the outline, and it all looked like blobs instead of flowers. I tried with several different polishes until I grew so tired of it, that I just stamped on the image the regular way, then used a thin brush to quickly color them in. I don’t think it came out terrible, but I’m not happy with it either. The image is from the Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L014 plate, one with Valentine’s Day designs.

Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Kleancolor Metallic Fuschia
Color Club 24 Below

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Winter Wonderland Nail Art

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I really enjoyed today’s prompt of winter paradise. I had already planned out what I wanted to do and made some minor adjustments to the design when I actually got to work on my nails. This nighttime scene was surprisingly easy and quick to do. I began by applying Sinful Colors Most Sinful, a deep blue, on all the nails. For the mountains I mixed the blue with white polish (Pure Ice Super Star) and painted large triangles in the middle of the nail. After painting in the snow and dotting the stars and moon, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, a dark green, and KISS Nail Art Bikini Green, the lighter green. As a final touch, I included the little figures and the deer using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Penguin Nail Art

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I’m kind of surprised I haven’t done any penguin related nail art in the past since they’re so cute and easy to do. I began by applying one layer of Kleancolor Metallic Black, an opaque black that applies so smoothly, I love it! Towards the edges it could have used a second coat, but I didn’t bother since I was going to cover them anyway with Pure Ice Super Star, the white. I used some leftover sticker guides I had for the chevron tips, and they remind me a little of abstract ice or snowy mountains, which definitely fits the penguin theme. Finally, for the yellow accents I used Hurricane Nail Art Yellow.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Icicles Nail Art

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I’m so late with this post, but here it is! This design was for the icicles prompt! I love how the twigs turned out, since I was worried they wouldn’t be thin enough, but I was very careful with the brush. I haven’t used any top coat on these nails since I wanted to keep the background matte versus the shiny silver of the ice. The gray is Icing Matte Gargoyle and for the silver I used Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Mittens Nail Art

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I’m really liking this challenge so far. I’ve had so much fun doing these winter inspired prompts. Continue reading

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Half Moon Sparkles Nail Art

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The third prompt for the Glam Nails Challenge is “sparkles.” Although a general prompt, I figured out what I wanted to do quickly. I knew I wanted a half moon design over a glittery black background. I added the rhinestones last minute, since my original idea was to draw white diamonds on the nails. I’m glad I added the rhinestones instead! Not only do they add the sparkle, but they make the design feel more complete. I love these nails and I’m super proud of how well the half moons turned out since I didn’t use any guides.

Sadly, the design didn’t last long on my nails. I’ve been trying UNT Ready for Takeoff Peel Off Base Coat, but I still haven’t mastered it. I either apply too little and I have trouble peeling it off, or (like in this case) I use too much and it pops off too easily. Still, these nails were great while they lasted.

Kleancolor Metallic Black
Sinful Colors Watch It Shine
Color Club Apollo Star
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer