Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Stamped Rose Nail Art

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Finally, here’s the last post for the Glam Nails Challenge! This design ended up being a headache and a half to do, and the above photo is from my third try. The prompt is ‘favorite color,’ so I debated between red and purple, but since I figured I’d be doing several red-toned designs now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I went with purple.

Originally I did this same design as a decal using a stamping mat and different polishes. Everything was working out fine until I colored in the leaves and roses, at which point the colors would overshadow the outline, and it all looked like blobs instead of flowers. I tried with several different polishes until I grew so tired of it, that I just stamped on the image the regular way, then used a thin brush to quickly color them in. I don’t think it came out terrible, but I’m not happy with it either. The image is from the Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L014 plate, one with Valentine’s Day designs.

Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Kleancolor Metallic Fuschia
Color Club 24 Below

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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.

Stamped Geometric Print Over Gradient Nails

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I love this nail art! My stamping has improved a lot over the last few months as I’ve been doing more of it.  Continue reading

31DC2016 Inspired by a Book – Sailor Moon

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When I was little, I would watch Sailor Moon every afternoon after school, and years later I finally read the manga and loved it. It’s still one of my favorite anime/manga, so when I saw a Born Pretty Sailor Moon stamping plate, I had to have it!  Continue reading

31DC2016 Inspired by a Song – Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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I couldn’t decide on just one song for today’s prompt, so instead I went for the album itself: Beyoncé’s LemonadeContinue reading

31DC2016 Delicate – Fading Leaves

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Delicate is one of those prompts that always manages to cause me some frustration. Thankfully this year it wasn’t as bad, though I did spend time debating with myself if these were “delicate” enough. Continue reading

31DC2016 Stripes – Baby Ducks

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I love these nails! They’re similar to the frog ones in my last post and I really like how cute the design looks. Continue reading

31DC2016 Polka Dots – Cute Frogs

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I think this design turned out pretty cute. I wanted to stamp the frog faces, but the stamp I had in mind turned out to be a duck’s face instead, so I just freehanded them. Luckily I did have one frog stamp from my Born Pretty plate (BP-L 001) that I used on my ring finger nail. In hindsight, I think the polka dots would have looked better if they were slightly bigger and more spread apart, but I’m still happy with the results.

Sparitual Weathered the Storm
Ciaté Apple & Custard

Summer Nail Art – Stamped Beach Accessories

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I decided to do a couple stamped designs for my summer nail art series. Stamping is always so tricky for me and I don’t practice it nearly enough. The polishes I have aren’t meant for stamping, so they’re not as thick and consequently don’t transfer the images as well. This took me several tries, especially since I kept stamping the pattern on wrong – either lopsided or only half the image. After having to carefully wipe off the white and fix the gradients several times, I finally managed a look I was okay with, though the accent nail still bugs me.

For the gradient I applied four OPI Color Paint polishes: Primarily Yellow, Chromatic Orange, Pen & Pink, and Purple Perspective. I love this sunset color scheme and did something similar on my recent Tropical Sunset Palm Nails. In contrast to the rest of the design, my accent nails feature a block gradient where I just used the polish brushes to blend the colors. To stamp the images, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On, though I hope to eventually buy stamping polishes in white and black. Sorry for the chip on my middle nail by the way – I couldn’t take photos of these right away and by the time I could, it had chipped.