31DC2017 Summary

Here’s the summary of the designs I did this year for the 31 Day Challenge! I feel like I started off pretty strong, until I broke a couple nails and had to focus on my right hand. Although that wasn’t ideal, it was definitely good practice in using my non-dominant hand to do nail art.

Some of my favorite designs are the black and white grid nails, the blue striped nails, and the mermaid print. I think the ones I like least are the inspired by a color and inspired by a song. They’re nice designs, but I know I could’ve done so much more with them if I’d had the time. Let me know which designs you like best!

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31DC2017 Honor Nails You Love – Autumn Waterfall Nails

Finally, the last prompt of the challenge! So I didn’t complete it in time, but a couple days over isn’t that bad, right? I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the challenge this year, but I’m glad I went through with it. As always, there are moments where I have lots of fun with it, and others when it becomes frustrating, but overall it’s a great experience.

For the last day of the challenge, I based my design on the amazing landscape nails of Piggieluv, @narmai on Instagram. I didn’t choose any one in particular, but just based it on the general idea. I found some beautiful pictures of waterfalls and one specifically which featured autumn trees, so I used that as inspiration. I used primarily acrylic paints for the design and added a few touches of polish here and there. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it, and I think it’s a great end to this year’s challenge.

I’ll upload a summary of all the challenge nails soon, and then get right into some Halloween-themed designs!

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Tutorial – Pink Tie Dye Nails

Recently, I did a tie dye design based on a tutorial by Nailistas (you can check out mine here). I love how it turned out so much that I decided to try it again for this prompt, but using a color scheme closer to the one she used in the tutorial. This is such a fun and easy nail art to do that doesn’t require you to be so neat. It’s just a matter of applying several layers of polish, then using a Q-tip to remove the top layers. If you’re interested in trying it out, be sure to check out her tutorial!

Ciaté Cupcake Queen
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil
Sinful Colors High Strung
ORLY Lemonade

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31DC2017 Supernatural – Ghost Nails

I’m starting my Halloween designs early with these ghost nails for the supernatural prompt! They’re not scary at all, but kind of cute, and the best part is that they were super quick to do. Once the black base had dried, I painted on blobs of white with the brush, then dotted in the eyes and mouth.

Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sally Hansen White On

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Flag – Slytherin Banner Nails

As usual, it took me a while before I figured out what I wanted to do for the inspired by a flag prompt. I think I would definitely prefer if this prompt was more general — after doing it a few years it just feels repetitive. But anyway, this year I decided to go the fantasy route and based my nails on the Slytherin banners from Harry Potter. I had to do Slytherin of course since that’s my house!

In my search I found a variety of different designs, so I just took the general look of them which usually featured green stripes and a snake. I like how even though they’re matte, the metallic snake still stands out.

Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Eclectic
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

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31DC2017 Inspired by Art – Pop Art Nails

I’m almost at the end of the challenge now, only a few more designs to go! This year it’s been way more hectic than in the past, so I’m glad that I’ll be able to wrap it up soon. This design in particular took me a bit of time to do, but it wasn’t that difficult. I was inspired by pop art, specifically the art of Roy Lichtenstein, and I think it looks pretty good. The stamping plate I used is BP-L062 and features a variety of similarly styled images.

I finally bought some stamping polishes which made a huge difference when picking up the images. They came in a Pueen stamping kit which works really well and I might review later. I also bought a clear jelly stamper from the Born Pretty Store which made stamping the image on my curved nails easier. Once the stamps were down, I used sheer polishes to color them in.

OPI Color Paints
Primarily Yellow
Magenta Muse
Landscape Artist
Indigo Motif
Turquoise Aesthetic
Pen & Pink
OPI Sheer Tint Don’t Violet Me Down

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Pattern – Mermaid Scales Nails

This nail art is one of my favorites from the designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge. I love the combination of turquoise and gold and I’m really happy with how the scales turned out. I used nail vinyls, sponging a few different shades of teal and green on top to achieve a shiny, metallic look.

OPI That’s Hula-rious!
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, The Royal Me, Savage
Maybelline Gold’s Night Out
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Revlon Ocean
Sparitual Yes, I Can

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31DC2017 Inspired by Fashion – Carolina Herrera 2018 Nails

This year for the fashion prompt I was inspired by a design from Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2018 collection. I began by applying a nude base color, let that dry, then painted sections with blue and yellow. Finally, I used a variety of different polishes to dot the colorful specks over the nude. I didn’t use any tape, but doing so would have made the color blocked sections much neater. You can see the design that inspired this nail art below!

Wet n Wild Private Viewing
Milani Power Periwinkle
Kleancolor Neon Yellow

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Book – Corduroy Nails

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman was my favorite picture book growing up (and still is). I remember actually reading it in a laundromat for the first time which was super appropriate too. Since I love the Corduroy books, I did the inspired by a book prompt based on him, and I love how it turned out! I think the overalls look so cute and I definitely had to include the pocket! Writing out the title with my left hand was harder, but I managed by dotting out the letters. After a few designs I’m not that satisfied with, I’m very glad I put more time and care into this one.

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Kleancolor Bikini Green
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven
Wet n Wild On a Trip
Revlon Flirt

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Movie – Cinderella Nails

For the inspired by a movie prompt I went with Cinderella. I wanted to do nail art that involved clocks and gears, as well as the silhouette of Cinderella. I don’t think it’s very noticeable, but I did stamp her on my ring finger in blue. For the rest of the design, I used the plate BPX-L023 from Born Pretty. My middle nail is kind of a mess though. I tried to stamp the edge of the clock, then some blue florals in the background, but it doesn’t really look like anything.

Ciaté Ferris Wheel
Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar
Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold
Kleancolor Metallic Black

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