Snow Sports Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Last day of the January Glam Nails Challenge! I know it’s now February 1st, but that’s almost on time. Anyway, I really enjoyed this prompt because it’s so different from anything I’ve done. I chose to portray skiing and sledding, neither of which I’ve personally done, but maybe one day!

I began by applying two coats of Diamond Lacquer Blue Cotton, then with Hurricane Nail Art Silver drew in the background trees. After adding the snow slopes with Pure Ice Super Star, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven. Finally, I drew the people using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens.

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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.

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.

Pine Tree Forest Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Why did I think I could tackle two challenges this month?? I still have several prompts left to do and the month is almost over! Anyway, here are the nails for the pine tree prompt. I’m not sure if you can tell they’re pine trees or not – I kept adding detail, then taking it away, then adding it again, and I’m still not 100% happy, but I do like the color scheme.

I used Ciaté Loop the Loop for the pastel yellow background and several green nail art polishes for the trees. I like that yellow, but as with all pastel yellows I’ve tried it’s pretty streaky, and took me about three coats for almost full opacity.

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!

Silver Wave Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

I love this nail art, but it definitely took some trial and error. I used two polishes: ILNP Mega (S), a linear silver holo, and Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish. I couldn’t get the holo to show up much even with outside lighting, but in person it’s definitely holographic.

I first used a peel-off base coat which was a mistake, but it totally slipped my mind until it was time to peel off the vinyls. Once I switched base coats, the mirror polish became the problem since it requires a special base coat. Once the base coat dried it kept sticking to the edges of the vinyls so by the time I applied the mirror polish itself it would pull up when removing the vinyls. I solved this by sponging on the base coat instead of just using the brush. This is a subtle design, but it looks really cool especially up close.

Pink Winter Wonderland Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

This is my third try with this prompt! I knew what I wanted the design to look like, but I kept over-complicating it by adding too many details. Finally, I decided to keep it simple, using just white for the foreground, and only Fresh Paint Passion Fruit (pink) and OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow for the sky (originally I had done a gradient with multiple colors). I then used Julep Arelene, a pink shimmery polish, to go over the pink and yellow. I think this looks much better matte and in person the snow almost has a 3D effect. Instead of using a regular matte top coat, I used Revlon Matte Pearl Glaze, which is a matte with pink shimmer. I really love these nails!

Click here if you want to see last year’s Winter Wonderland nails!

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.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Frankenstein Nail Art

Here’s the last prompt of the Glam Nails Challenge October and I think these nails are so cute – I love them! At first I wasn’t sure what to do for the Frankenstein prompt, but then I got the idea to do the monster’s different facial expressions. I started with two coats of UNT Olive Branch for the monster’s face, then used Sinful Colors Lavender for the accent nail. I drew the expressions using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens in black and white, although you could get the same result with a liner or a similar brush.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and I was able to do several Halloween designs I hadn’t done before. I only regret not posting more earlier in the month since I had hoped to do a few more non-challenge Halloween designs, but I do have one more to post.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Ghosts Nail Art

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do ghost nails again since I recently did ones for the 31 Day Challenge (here), but since I wanted to complete all the prompts, I just took a different spin on it. I applied two coats of Revlon Silver Dollar, then once that dried, stamped on the ghosts image from plate BPX-L007. In person it’s a bit hard to tell since the white doesn’t stand out as much against the silver, but I like how subtle it looks.