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

Neon Oranges Nail Art

I decided to do a summer-inspired challenge this month similar to the one I participated in back in January: Glam Nails Challenge June. I’m a little behind but I’ll try to get them done in time. The prompts are fun and definitely very summery.

I went with a simple design for the oranges prompt, choosing a sky blue and neon orange. I’m not in love with it since I don’t think the oranges turned out that well, but I do like how bright it looks and the contrasting colors. Before adding the orange, I painted the circles in white so the colors would pop more.

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
CND Vinylux Aqua-intance

Here are the prompts and dates for the rest of the challenge if you want to take part!

glamnailschallengejune

Yellow Dot Nail Art

I’ve been really feeling the color yellow lately, so I did some simple bright polka dot nails. The lighter yellow is ORLY Lemonade and the darker yellow is Sinful Colors Pull Over. I wasn’t sure how opaque the ORLY would be, so I first applied a coat of white, but it only took me two coats. I don’t have the best luck with pastel yellows so I was pleasantly surprised with this one!

Tropical Foil Nail Art

The weather’s still a little cool in my area, but I really wanted to do some Summer-inspired tropical nails. These are loosely based (mainly the plants) on this esNAIL design. Instead of using pearls, I incorporated gold foil. Although I have nail art foil, this time I used Heidi Swapp Foil Flakes. I actually bought these with the intention of using them in my bullet journal, and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized these were practically identical in both shade and texture to my nail art foil flakes.

For the background, I dabbed on OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow, Turquoise Aesthetic, and Pen & Pink using a sponge. I like how they blended, but I was hoping for a more pastel look, and they turned out too dark. As for the palms and flowers, I used various nail art polishes and some of my Sally Hansen nail art pens. The palms looked good in the beginning, but I kept trying to make them better, and they just got messier. Next time I’ll have to stop myself from overdoing it on a design! But, overall I’m pretty happy with these nails.

Born Pretty Mirror Polish Review

I meant to post a review of Born Pretty’s Mirror Nail Polish months ago, but I kept putting it off. I wasn’t happy with the first set  of photos I took, and then things kept coming up. But I finally sat down and got it done! As a disclaimer, I bought this with my own money, and these are all my honest opinions from my personal experience. Anyway, it’s pretty long and has a lot of photos, so click to read more! Continue reading

Metallic Blue Ribbon Accent Nails

Pretty simple and quick nails. I really wanted to wear Kleancolor Metallic Aqua and added a couple  more touches to give it some pop. I really love the polishes from Kleancolor’s metallic collection – the shades are super vivid and look great on the nails. On top of the blue I added two coats of Milani Jewel Fx Fuchsia. The glitter’s not that dense, but that’s the look I was going for, so I didn’t layer on the polish too much or sponge it on. For a final touch, I added gold ribbon studs I bought on ebay. They’re very cute and I love them as a focal point for the design.

Easter Floral Bunny Nail Art

This month’s been pretty hectic for me, and on top of it all I also broke three(!) nails nearly all at once, so I just didn’t feel like painting them. But yesterday I got an idea for some Easter-inspired nails and did them right away!

I’m not sure how obvious it is in the photos, but I was trying to go for a radial gradient. I used three colors and painted them in a bullseye shape on the sponge. I began with Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, a bright yellow, for the outer circle. I then applied Revlon Peachy in the middle and Sinful Colors Pink Forever in the center.

Before sponging, I prepped my nails with two coats of white polish so the colors would be more intense, and did three coats of the gradient. Next time I need to make the bullseye much smaller though since the yellow did get cut off a bit on the sides.

I’ve painted bunnies and flowers plenty of times before, so they were quick to do, especially the flowers since I just used a dotter. I think this design turned out pretty cute and I’m glad to have some nail art on my nails again after a while of not having any!

Beauty and the Beast Roses Nail Art

This is the nail art I did on my right hand for the Beauty and the Beast inspired nails. I think I like this one even more than my other design!  Continue reading