31DC2017 Metallic – Autumn Inspired Nails

For today’s metallic prompt, I did a design that was inspired by the changing of the seasons. I was originally going to use all warm colors, but then I saw a moss green foil that I love and knew I had to incorporate it as well. I should have started with a metallic green base, but I didn’t so I had a few bald spots I covered up with polish.

The accent nail features a pattern of copper leaves I did using nail art stencils. I kept them over a neutral background since I thought adding them over the green would be too distracting. Finally, I added metal studs between the silver and copper on the middle and little fingers.

Revlon Copper Penny
Revlon Silver Dollar
Sinful Colors Pine Away
Sparitual Mystic

Previous years’ nail art:

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Tropical Foil Nail Art

The weather’s still a little cool in my area, but I really wanted to do some Summer-inspired tropical nails. These are loosely based (mainly the plants) on this esNAIL design. Instead of using pearls, I incorporated gold foil. Although I have nail art foil, this time I used Heidi Swapp Foil Flakes. I actually bought these with the intention of using them in my bullet journal, and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized these were practically identical in both shade and texture to my nail art foil flakes.

For the background, I dabbed on OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow, Turquoise Aesthetic, and Pen & Pink using a sponge. I like how they blended, but I was hoping for a more pastel look, and they turned out too dark. As for the palms and flowers, I used various nail art polishes and some of my Sally Hansen nail art pens. The palms looked good in the beginning, but I kept trying to make them better, and they just got messier. Next time I’ll have to stop myself from overdoing it on a design! But, overall I’m pretty happy with these nails.

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

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.

31DC2016 Metallic – Foil & Caviar

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This design reminds me of a globe, with the water and continents – I love the color scheme!  Continue reading

31DC2015 Half Moon – Burgundy & Gold Studded Nails

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I’m really loving this color combination! The gold foil perfectly complements the metallic burgundy (Essie Sweet & Delicious). Since I wasn’t sure whether or not the foil would completely cover the nail (and it didn’t), I applied Color Club Pearl District, a metallic gold with a hint of olive, as a base. I considered adding black rhinestones instead of the gold studs, but I think the contrast between the shiny smooth gold of the studs and the textured foil looks really good.

31DC2014 Nails U Love: New Year’s Nails

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Happy New Year’s everyone!

I kind of rushed this design a bit so I could get it done before midnight or else I’d have to tag it 31DC2015! I’m happy with how the nails turned out though. They’re a bit simpler than the design they’re based on (this one by esNAIL), and I changed a couple of things. The stars in the original have sequins and some caviar beads, but I did without them on my own nails. I also switched up the sequins on the index nail for rhinestones, since I don’t have the ones they used in the design. In the photo it looks like I’m missing some rhinestones on the right, but it’s just the light making them clear. I’m not sure if they used foil on the original nail art to get the mirrored effect, but I thought some silver, holographic foil would be a nice choice. Unfortunately it crinkled with the top coat.

Under the rhinestones and foil I used a metallic silver from Cosmetic Arts (it’s unnamed). The red accent nail is Milani Paint the Town Red, the white is Ciaté Snow Virgin, and the black is Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink.

See you in 2015!!

31DC2014 Inspired by a Color: Finger Paints – Sailor’s Lure

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I’m not too happy with this one. I bought Finger Paints Sailor’s Lure and Underwater Enchantress (green) some time ago, and hadn’t really used them until now. I love the colors, especially the blue which turns kind of purple in the light, but I wasn’t expecting the texture. I had a design in mind, so I was a bit disappointed when I had to alter it because it wouldn’t work over the textured surface. Still, as texture polishes go, I think they’re pretty good.

I used Underwater Enchantress under the fish scales, though you can’t really tell, plus some gold holographic foil on the edges. I wanted to give it more of an underwater feel.

EDIT: I recommend applying top coat over these polishes for longer wear. I applied top coat on my right hand, but not on my left, and my left-hand nails have considerable chipping and wear (second day), while my right-hand nails have no chipping. I should also note that I can still feel the texture, even with the top coat.

31DC2014 Metallic: Foil Flowers

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This is one of those designs that looked better in my head. I wanted to use colored foil to create an ornate design, but I ended up with too much black space. Some of the foil didn’t stick well either, so there were a few ‘bald spots.’ The base is Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme, and I also used black to outline the shapes. In person the colors look much brighter, and the foil looks more metallic. My two favorite nails are the pinky and ring finger. I think the gold flowers look really cute, and I love the effect of the rainbow foil on the thin lines of the ring finger.

esNAIL Inspired: Floral Checkered Nail Art

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These nails were inspired by this design from esNAIL. I tried my best to recreate it exactly, but I don’t have acrylic for the flowers, so I just used nail polish. I began by painting the areas that would be white, then used black for the checkers. I freehanded them, going back a few times with both the black and white to fix any mistakes. I then added the color sections. For the red, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower. I love the scent of this polish, and the ease with which the color goes on.

For the blue, I used Sinful Colors Rain Storm, and the yellow is Sally Girl Canary. Once it was pretty dry, I applied the foil. It was a bit tricky to achieve the same effect as in the original design, and I had to fix some parts that ended up with too much foil. After that, I painted the flowers, and glued on the rhinestones. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, though it took forever, especially for both hands!