Butterfly Glitter Globe Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

The snow globe prompt gave me so much trouble. I first tried doing a neon design and stamped some snow globes on it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I tried freehanding moon and stars in the globes, but I didn’t like that either. I took a short break and tried again with this design, which I feel slightly better about.

For the base colors, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower and Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money. I didn’t want to do globes on every nail, so I chose a geometric print for the red ones using plate Harunouta L040, which also has the butterflies. The globes themselves are from Harunouta L001, and I just removed the snowman which was inside. I top coated the globes with Essie Golden Nuggets for that glitter globe effect. I’ve been really liking the matte look lately, so I also used a matte top coat for these.

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Desert Rider Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

This is the final prompt for this month’s Liga Nailista Challenge, and I love these nails! The theme was desert vs tropical, and I chose desert because I’ve done a lot of tropical nails, but no desert ones before. Now that I think about it, it kind of surprises me because I love learning about ancient Egyptian history, but I’ve never done nails inspired by it.

I began by applying Revlon Peachy as an all over base color. I then used an unnamed tan polish from the brand S&C to paint in the sand. Using a dry brush technique, I added strokes up the nail to resemble sand blowing and background detail. I added the pyramids using Sparitual Mind and Sinful Colors Nirvana. After dotting in the sun with Sinful Colors Pull Over, I used OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow to give a sunset effect to the sky. I think the rider looks good, but is that a camel or a horse — who knows?! I wanted a camel, not sure what happened, but these are my favorite from this challenge either way!

Winter Berries Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

I’m so proud of this nail art! Even though I’ve been trying to get the challenges done as fast as possible, I don’t want to post anything I’m completely unhappy with so I’ve had to redo a few of the designs this month. This is my second try at these nails and I’m so glad I didn’t stick with the first version. I looked at several winter photos online to get inspiration and one in particular had a blue jay, and I love birds so I had to add it!

Originally I used a white glitter background, but decided to tone it down for the second version and just applied three coats of Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl. I dotted in the berries using Revlon Ravishing, a bright tomato red. I freehanded the blue jay using nail art liner polishes in a couple different shades of blue, black, and white.

Polar Bear Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Here are some polar bears for the Glam Nails Challenge! I wasn’t sure how to go about this prompt at first since polar bears are kind of tricky to draw, but focusing on the silhouettes made it much easier. I used Kleancolor Metallic Aqua for the background. This is one of my favorite metallic polishes, and the Kleancolor Metallic line in general is very good. I added patches of white in the background to represent ice and an igloo in between the bears for fun!

Stamped Penguin Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

I wasn’t too excited about this prompt since last year for January’s challenge penguins were also on the list and they’re not really my favorite. Still, it didn’t take long to do and it looks alright. The pattern is from plate BP-L063, which is full of cute animal images. For this design, I began with a white base, then sponged on Sinful Colors Pull Over to represent the accents of yellow on penguins’ bodies and beaks.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Black Cat Nail Art

Freehanded black cat nails for the Glam Nails Challenge! These took me a while to do, but once I finished I was super happy with the result. Unfortunately, a while after applying Seche Vite, the edges shrunk a bit and some of the white from the background came through. Not a major issue, but still annoying.

For this design, I did a radial gradient to resemble a street light. I used three polishes for the gradient: Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil, Kleancolor Neon Yellow, and Ciaté Talent Scout, applying them like a bullseye on the sponge. To draw the black cats I used my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens in various colors.

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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Turtle Nail Art

Last design for the June Glam Nails Challenge! This one, like the one I just posted for the waves prompt, is similar to nail art I’ve done in the past (this one). I don’t mind it since I like how water looks using Sinful Colors Green Ocean and Sparitual Emerald City, but if I had more time I would’ve done something different.

I think the turtle definitely came out better than the crabs I did (mainly since I used a stamp then colored over it), but it was a very quick, last minute thing. The rhinestones make it less flat and if I had even smaller green rhinestones I would have added those near the bottom to fill it out. For the sand I used Color Club Apollo Star, a glittery tan. On the previous beach nails I did I used a creme polish, but this one resembles the texture and look of sand more.

Colorful Crab Nail Art

I have mixed feelings about these nails. I like how colorful they look and how I was able to mix some of the sheer polishes, but overall the design is a mess. I was trying to do the challenge prompt for ‘crab’ but the crabs look more like blobs. The star studs are cute though, and they gave me an idea for a 4th of July design.

I used OPI Color Paints in Primarily Yellow, Magenta Muse, Landscape Artist, and Indigo Motif and OPI Sheer Tints Don’t Violet Me Down to mix the colors for the background. I like how it gives it a jelly look. I painted the crabs with Color Club Apollo Star and added the blue glitter accent on the middle nail with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.

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!