Stamped Woodland Animal Nails

For these woodland animal nails, I decided to go for a subtle color to focus on the stamps. I used Revlon Romantique, a dusty pink, that from certain angles blends with my skintone. I then stamped a variety of images from Harunouta plate L018. These are really cute and I like how they perfectly fit the nails. I considered coloring in the stamps, but I prefer the simpler white outline look for this particular design.

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Floral Decal Mirror Nails

A few years ago I bought some floral water decals, and while I used one, never got around to using the other ones (you can see that design here). I finally grabbed them the other day and I’m so glad I did, because I love how they turned out!

They were much easier to apply than how I remember from back when I first did it. I just cut up the sections I was going to use, removed the plastic covering, then put each one in room-temperature water for about 20 seconds. After taking them out of the water, I used tweezers to separate the clear design from the white paper backing.

Since I knew they’d be clear, I first painted two coats of white on the nails, letting it dry almost completely before applying the decals. To do that, I just placed one on the nail, adjusting it so I could get the part of the picture that I wanted, then applied top coat. That melted the decal enough that I could easily remove the excess with the tweezers. I’d also recommend making cuts along the outer part of the decal so it lays flat when you’re applying it.

For the mirror nails I used a nail powder and gel top coat with the UV lamp I got for Christmas last year. I’d actually done those for another design I wore for a few days before deciding I didn’t like it. I took photos of it, but I doubt I’ll post them – I just wasn’t happy with it. But I liked the mirror nails, so I decided to keep those and change the rest.

As a finishing touch, I added the rhinestones to complement the floral nails. The rhinestones are stickers that already come in that design so it was super easy to apply them.

Earth Day 2018 Nails

Happy Earth Day! I was going to do something a bit more involved, but liked this idea better; a sunset landscape inspired by a photo I took. I began by painting one coat of white polish, then let that dry. I then sponged on a gradient of 5 colors: Sinful Colors Pull Over, OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow, Sinful Colors Beverly Hills, Ciaté Chinchilla, and Orly Snowcone.

Even though I covered most of the yellow with the black, I like the amount that peaks through, especially when the grass slopes down. I didn’t add the trees right away, but it looked too empty without them. I was originally going to do pine trees, then I realized I’ve done too many of those before, so I went with something a bit more tropical-looking.

I thought I had been doing Earth Day nails every year, but when I checked I only had one for 2014! If you want to check that one out, click here!

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.

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!