31DC2014(!) Summary

I was looking back through my old 31 Day Challenge summaries when I realized I never made one for 2014. At first I wasn’t going to post it since it’s been so long, but I figured that for continuity’s sake I might as well! Photos with links to the posts are below! Continue reading


31DC2014 Nails U Love: New Year’s Nails


Happy New Year’s everyone!

I kind of rushed this design a bit so I could get it done before midnight or else I’d have to tag it 31DC2015! I’m happy with how the nails turned out though. They’re a bit simpler than the design they’re based on (this one by esNAIL), and I changed a couple of things. The stars in the original have sequins and some caviar beads, but I did without them on my own nails. I also switched up the sequins on the index nail for rhinestones, since I don’t have the ones they used in the design. In the photo it looks like I’m missing some rhinestones on the right, but it’s just the light making them clear. I’m not sure if they used foil on the original nail art to get the mirrored effect, but I thought some silver, holographic foil would be a nice choice. Unfortunately it crinkled with the top coat.

Under the rhinestones and foil I used a metallic silver from Cosmetic Arts (it’s unnamed). The red accent nail is Milani Paint the Town Red, the white is Ciaté Snow Virgin, and the black is Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink.

See you in 2015!!

31DC2014 Inspired by a Tutorial: Simple Chevrons


I love how these nails turned out, though my right hand is a lot messier looking. I had a difficult time in general making the pointed tips for these, and I couldn’t figure out why. Just now I’ve realized that I did the design upside-down! I did these late last night, so who knows where my mind was. I followed this tutorial by NailObsessionn on YouTube for the technique to make the chevron shapes using only the polish brush, and no tools.


I love the color combination, and actually picked the colors out before choosing a tutorial because I wanted to use them together. Ciaté Hidden Gem is the mustard I used as the base color. I’ve been on the search for a good mustard polish for a long time, and while this one isn’t 100% the shade I imagined, it’s pretty close. It requires two coats. The middle greenish-brown is Sephora by OPI Happy Earth Day To Me. This one was a bit streaky, so it also needed two coats. The shimmering dark teal is Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again, one of my favorite teals. This polish applied super smoothly and only needed one coat. I also don’t have any top coat on these because I couldn’t find it at the time.


31DC2014 Supernatural: Will-o’-the-Wisps


I recently saw Brave, and it gave me the idea to do the Will-o’-the-wisps from the movie for “supernatural” day. I always get stuck on this one and end up thinking about Halloween-themed manis. I think these characters are so cute and mysterious, and they make a great nail art design. To start off, I applied two coats of L’Oreal Raven’s Strength, a black with subtle shimmer. I then filled in a rough outline of the Wisps with Sinful Colors Most Sinful, a deep blue. I drew a more obvious outline with KISS Nail Art Light Blue on top of that as a guide. I filled in the outlines with messy strokes of the light and deep blues plus also added Brucci Kathy’s Baby Blues and Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance. To finish them, I dotted the eyes in white.

31DC2014 Inspired by a Flag: World Flags


I figured out what I wanted to do for “Flag” day last month, so I was excited when I finally got to do it. Originally, I had planned on doing much smaller flags, and more of them, but ultimately I settled on a medium size so I could do more detail. They’re still a bit messy, but I love how they turned out, and from far away they almost look like nail stickers. I was going to do a shiny top coat, but went with matte to change it up.

Ciaté Snow Virgin
Sinful Colors Nail Art Simple But Fun (green), Be My Valentine (red), Sunset (orange), No More (blue)
Hurricane Nail Art Yellow
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink
Revlon Matte Top Coat

Only 3 more to go before I finally finish the challenge!

31DC2014 Inspired by Artwork: Traditional Chinese Art


I didn’t have a clear idea of what artwork I wanted to do for this design, so I browsed through different kinds of art styles. Finally, I decided to create something inspired by traditional Chinese paintings. I first used two coats of Sephora by OPI Neutral Beauty for the base color, then used Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink to outline the branches and birds. With Phantom Frights Nail Art White I drew the petals and partly filled in the birds. I wanted to add some more color to the design, so I chose two polishes from Sinful Colors Nail Art: Lagoon, a semi-sheer blue/purple for the birds, and Be My Valentine for the petals.

31DC2014 Inspired by a Pattern: Tulips


This design is actually inspired by another Oscar de la Renta dress. Not only do I love the style of the dress, but also the combination of the blue and silver. And when I saw that he used the tulip pattern for several other pieces, I knew I had to use that pattern for today’s challenge!

I’ve been a bit under the weather the past couple of days, and on top of that I found out I have pink eye, so I haven’t felt like doing my nails. But, thankfully this nail art hardly took any time at all, and I didn’t have to pull out a million polishes either! Just Revlon Dreamer for the base color, and Hurricane Nail Art Silver for the petals. I’m hoping to do some swatches this weekend to post my favorite Christmas and Winter polishes, and I hope you look forward to it. I feel like I have a ton picked out, so it will be some work shortening the list.

31DC2014 Inspired by Fashion: Oscar de la Renta


This design was inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection; more specifically, the two dresses below.

Even though the snow’s piled up high here, all of the tiny floral patterns make me want to pull out my Spring dresses. I think the gingham pieces are a nice touch too. You can check out the entire collection here. My favorites (apart from these two) have got to be looks 46 and 53 – they remind me of upside-down flowers!

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, Sunlit Grass
Ciaté Apple & Custard
ULTA Peach Parfait
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink

31DC2014 Inspired by a Book: 2001 A Space Odyssey



The most recent book I’ve read is Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, so I thought it would be fun to do some nail art inspired by it. I think this one, like the Winnie the Pooh design I did yesterday, could go in either the movie or book category. I like both the book and movie versions of 2001 and was tempted to try to recreate some scenes, but decided to go a more abstract route. The colorful backgrounds on the thumb, index, and middle fingers make me think of when Bowman travels through the Star Gate (especially in the movie version), and I love those in contrast to the Star Child and (matte) monolith nails. By the way, the words are “TMA-1,” “HAL 9000,” “Discovery,” and “Japetus.”

I thought I was going to have a harder time writing the words (I used a striping polish) but I had a surprisingly good amount of control with the brush – the Neiru Workshop definitely helped.

Kleancolor Neon Yellow
Sinful Colors Hot & Sour
Sally Girl Epic
L.A. Colors Circuits
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme
Sinful Colors Nail Art Be My Valentine, Simple But Fun, Me First, Anxious Azure
L.A. Colors Art Deco Flamingo
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink

31DC2014 Inspired by a Movie: Winnie-the-Pooh


I’m trying to get back into the swing of the 31 Day Challenge, and hopefully finish it before the year actually ends!

I LOVE how this nail art turned out, and since the design is pretty simple, it didn’t take me long at all. As you can probably tell, it’s based on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, though I also drew inspiration from Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, which I love even more than the movies.

I used black acrylic paint for the outlines and white acrylic paint for some corrections, but the base is Ciaté Snow Virgin, a very bright white. I wanted to give it the feel of being on a page, so I kept my colors to a minimum, using Sparitual Intention, a pretty, sparkly red, for Pooh’s shirt. I gave the balloon a watercolor effect by mixing some polish thinner into Sephora by OPI Natural Environ-mint to sheer it out. I decided to go matte with top coat, using Revlon Matte Top Coat.