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!

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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

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!

Glitter Placement 2017 New Year’s Nail Art

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Couldn’t resist doing another New Year’s design! This one is much simpler, using only Sinful Colors Supernova, a metallic rose gold, and the year written in hex glitters. For my thumb, I used silver glitter to represent the Times Square ball.

Happy New Year everyone!!

New Year 2017 Blue Marble Nails

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For this New Year’s I wanted something bright and different from the dark color scheme I usually do, so I went for blue and white. I think drag marbling is such a great alternative to water marbling because you get a similar effect in less time and without the trouble. This design reminds me of water and feels refreshing for welcoming the new year.

I began by applying two coats of Sparitual Full of Life though you can’t actually see it anymore since it’s under the dry marble. For the marbling, I dabbed the nails a couple times with each color: Ciaté Snow Virgin, Orly Teal Unreal, and Sparitual Blue Lagoon. The glitters I used on the accent nail are Cover Girl Disco Dazzle and OPI Lights of Emerald City. To draw the numbers I used Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in White and Blue.

Metallic Gold Kwanzaa Nail Art

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A simple but elegant design for Kwanzaa representing the kinara. I actually made this more complicated than it needed to be since I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when I started. So instead of applying the gold first then adding the candles on top, I actually applied the colors first, waited until they had dried, applied double pieces of striping tape and then added the gold last. Unnecessarily complicated, I know! But I love the end result regardless.

For the candles, I used Sparitual Radiant, a shimmery red, and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, a black with silver shimmer. I used two different polishes for the green. I began with Sinful Colors San Francisco, a metallic green, but that was too sheer even after several coats. So I applied Ciaté La Dolce Vita, a darker green on top. But that was too dark for what I wanted, so then I added another layer of San Francisco over it to brighten the green. Finally, after securing the striping tape, I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold. Next time I do a similar design, I’ll think it through before I start so I don’t wind up with a ton of layers!

Silver Foil Hanukkah Nail Art

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Last year I did Hanukkah nail art for a holiday challenge, but that design was simpler than this one (you can check it out here). I really like the combination of blue and silver, and I especially love this blue in particular. I used two coats of Julep Pepper, a shimmery blue on all the nails except the accent. Before applying top coat, I pressed on pieces of silver foil. I bought this foil a while ago, and it’s great because it doesn’t require glue and both sides are usable. I also dabbed some of the blue on the edges of the foil to blend it in more. On the middle nail I cut striping tape to represent the menorah and fit as many pieces as I could on the nail.

For the accent nail, I used Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter, which is actually a scattered holographic silver. Then, using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Blue, I drew on the stars. I’m super happy with how the foil nails turned out and want to do something like that again soon with different colors.

Stamped Christmas Pattern Nail Art

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Merry Christmas! These nails were kind of a rush job which is why they’re wrinkled in a few areas. I started with Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, a metallic white, on all of the nails except the accent. The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L008. I love all the holiday designs on it and they’re so well done. The green I used is more on the turquoise side, Revlon Ocean, and the red is Essie Sweet & Delicious, both metallic polishes. When stamping, I applied both colors to the image for a gradient effect. For the accent nail, I applied the Revlon and Essie as the base colors, then topped it off with glitter: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Sephora by OPI Be-Clause I Said So, and ELF Love Me.

Stamped Snowflakes Nail Art

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Simple stamped snowflakes over CND Vinylux Patina Buckle, a dusty red duochrome. I absolutely love this nail polish! Duochromes are some of my favorites but most of the ones I’ve bought are too sheer. This one was nearly opaque on the first coat. The stamping plate I used for the snowflakes is Born Pretty’s Celebration BPX-L008. For stamping, I used Sally Hansen White On. I’ve had it for a while now, so it’s pretty thick and great for stamping.

Christmas Wreath Nails

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A quick holiday nail design! Sadly (and painfully, too) I tore my middle nail two days ago and it’s going to take a while to heal and grow back. I’ll have to focus on my right hand for a while! I do have some swatches for a Julep review coming up that I did before though.

Anyway, for this particular design, I began with Wet ‘n’ Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel in All That Jazzy! for the background color. It doesn’t require any UV light but it does take a long time to dry. I bought two other colors from that line mainly because I really liked the shades, and I might post more on that later. The wreath is Sinful Colors Pine Away, a shimmery forest green, and for the bow I used Kleancolor Bite Me.