4th of July Nails + Update

I love how these 4th of July inspired nails look! It was really fun doing them too, since I was just randomly applying foil without worrying about a set pattern. For the base color, I used one coat of Kleancolor Metallic Aqua, a super opaque and pretty shade. I then applied the silver foil which didn’t require foil glue, and finally the red last, which did need glue to stick.

As for the Glam Nails Challenge for June, I unfortunately wasn’t able to finish it, and probably won’t. I did do the bird design and will upload that soon, and I might do a couple of the other prompts in the future.

For now I’ll be taking a short rest from nail art due to possible Tendinitis, but I do have a couple of recent nail art designs to post in the meantime. I hope to be actively doing nail art again by August!

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Nail Polish Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

I think these turned out so cute! These nail polish nails are for the freehand prompt of the Liga Nailista Challenge. I could have done something a little more complex, but I got the idea to do this pattern and just went with it! I used my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens over Ciaté Chinchilla, a gray-blue. As you can see from the index nail, I started drawing them more randomly then changed my mind and decided on more of a fixed pattern, which I prefer.

As a side note, I would definitely recommend the Sally Hansen pens if you have a harder time using nail art brushes. The pens are much easier to use, but they’re a bit pricey so I’d wait for a sale. I’ve bought all of the colors and the only one I would not recommend is the Pearl White since it never shows up properly. I get the most use out of the White and Black ones in general.

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!

80s Pattern Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

Here are some 80s inspired nails for the second prompt! I really like this type of pattern and I think it can be done so many different ways too. I used four nail polishes for the base colors: Salon Perfect Purple POP!, a neon purple, with LA Colors Just Radiant, a shimmery purple layered on top; Milani Power Periwinkle, the blue; and Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?, a hot pink. For the designs I used a variety of Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.

Snowman Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Another year, another challenge! I wasn’t planning on doing one this month, but I looked at the prompts and realized snowman nail art was the first — and wouldn’t you know it, I had these ready to go! I was going to post them last week when I remembered I hadn’t done New Year’s nails and put them off.

I like how the snowman turned out, but I’m not loving the rest of the nails. A bit too plain for my liking and the dotting turned out messy. The light blue is Diamond Cosmetics Blue Cotton, a shade I bought recently that I really like. For the silvery accents in the snow I used BNC 717.

Stamped Hanukkah Nails

I meant to post these a couple days ago, but I wasn’t happy with how the photos were turning out. Originally, I had done a different background for the stamping. Instead of a gradient, I used a dry brush technique to create lines on half the nail. I thought it would be too harsh once I stamped over it, however, so I softened it by sponging a gradient of Revlon Dreamer and Fresh Paint Blanche on top.

For these nails I used a pattern from stamping plate BP-L056 and a silver nail art polish to stamp with. I only have white and black stamping polishes currently, so I had my doubts about whether the silver would work, especially with my jelly stamper, but it did a pretty good job.

Check out my previous Hanukkah inspired nail art from 2016 and 2015!

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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31DC2017 Flowers – Yellow & Blue Floral Nails

I didn’t want to have to take a break during the challenge this year, but my nail that was on the verge of breaking finally broke off. I couldn’t paint it so I had to wait a few days for it to grow back at least a little bit. In the meantime I prepared some of the designs for the other prompts on my right hand nails, though I’ll still have to do triple the work to actually finish in time. I’m determined to do it though, since I want to do a bunch of Halloween designs this year and not have the 31 day challenge only half completed.

Anyway, for the floral prompt I went for a yellow on blue color scheme with simple four-petal flowers and silver leaves. If I’m being honest, I don’t love it and the shortness of the middle nail doesn’t help, but I kept messing up on my right hand so I just did it on this one. If I had taken more time it would have turned out better, but I just wanted to get this design posted so I could move on to the other ones which I like more.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue
Sinful Colors Pull Over
Hurricane Nail Art Silver

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2017 Stripes – Distressed Blue Nails

For today’s stripes prompt, I did some distressed inspired blue-green nails. These were pretty easy to do and they didn’t take long. I painted stripes using shades of blue and green and went over them with sheer colors to further mix them. I love this nail art and might do it again in the future with a warm color scheme.

Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby
Sinful Colors High Strung
Sparitual Emerald City
OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?
OPI Purple Perspective

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2017 Blue – Leopard Print Nails

I’m a day late, but here are the nails for the blue prompt! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I went with leopard print which I haven’t done in a while. I’m really happy with how it looks and I love the holographic touches. I took the photos outside, but it wasn’t that sunny so the holo isn’t as obvious.

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain
Sinful Colors Navy I Do
Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter
Sally Hansen Nail Art Purple

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