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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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 Kwanzaa Nails

I really love how these festive Kwanzaa nails look! The only thing I would change would be to use a greener green – the one I used for the stripes, Revlon Wild, looks more like gold. For the red stripes I used Revlon Ravishing, a bright tomato red. I really like how the accent nail turned out, considering I’m not a huge fan of bar glitter. It took about 4-5 coats of Revlon Golden Confetti for almost full coverage without a base color.

Stamped Snowflakes on Glitter Nail Art

For these snowflake nails I used stamping plate BP-L056. I first applied two coats of a lavender polish by Academy of Colour. Over that I used Julep Ani, a purple and pink glitter, which doesn’t show up too much in the photo, but in person looks nice. I hadn’t realized until I looked back on my old winter designs that I did similar nails last year, but on a red background. These are more on the simple end, but I do still like how they turned out.

Abstract Christmas Nails

I’m really loving these nails, I think they look so festive! They were quick to do and I didn’t use any special tools. On Cyber Monday I purchased this year’s Julep #Coveted set of mini nail polishes (I’ll have swatches and a review of that up soon), so I used several of those in this design.

For the pink glitter nails I used Julep Azalea, a pink holographic glitter with a yellow/gold sheen. I didn’t use sponging for the glitter since it was pretty dense, but I did apply three coats which made it nearly opaque.

For the striped nails I used Julep Fran, a bright red, and a rose gold nameless polish from Academy of Colour. I like the red, but it takes several coats to achieve full opacity. I did two coats on these nails and there were some areas that still looked semi-sheer. What I should have done was use the red as a base, then paint the stripes with the rose gold, but instead I did all the stripes separately which ended up being more work.

Finally, for the Christmas tree nail (my favorite), I began by applying two coats of Julep Yixi, a pretty mint shimmer for the background. Using Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil I then painted a curvy line down the nail to resemble the tree shape. To give it more dimension, I painted a thinner line over it with Julep Jolene, a greenish-gold metallic. I added the star by dabbing Julep Marisol, an orange shimmer, on the top of the tree.

Burgundy Nails with Gold Accent

There’s not much going on in these nails except for the accent, but I was in the mood for something simple. The burgundy is Julep Hayley, and I really like the color though it took three coats for full coverage. I used a mixture of glitter and foil for the gold accent nail.

I’ll be posting some Christmas and holiday nail art soon!

Autumn Leaves Nail Art

I’m really loving these autumn inspired leaf nails! These took me a while since I did a couple different techniques. For my thumb and pinky nails I did water spotting using spray hand sanitizer. The pinky nail looks more like a water marble, but I just experimented with the water spotting to get different designs. I love how the thumb nail turned out, it’s definitely my favorite!

For the leaves, I used stamping plate BP-L001 which has several nature and floral themed images. Once stamped, the leaves were a bit faded, so I painted a brighter orange on some sections. I’m glad I also added the gold touches here and there because it brings the design together. I used a lot of polishes for this nail art, but below are the major ones.

Sinful Colors Envy, Copper Pot
Revlon Raven Red, Sassy
Sparitual Improvisation, Mind

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Pumpkins Nail Art

This month I’m participating in the Glam Nails Challenge October from Instagram. I’ve previously participated in this challenge for the months of January and June and it’s always a lot of fun (and way less pressure than the 31 Day Challenge!). I won’t be doing it in order, but I will get to all the prompts before the month is up. I have some separate Halloween-themed nail art I want to do as well that’s not included on there.

As you can see, this first design is for the pumpkin prompt. I really wanted to use the Halloween stamping plates I got since I received them too late to use last year, and there are several pumpkin images on them. I began with two coats of Salon Perfect Traffic Cone, a neon orange, then topped it with two coats of Sinful Colors Devil’s Stare, a beautiful red flakey-glitter. You can make this glitter more orange or red depending on the color you use for a base.

I used stamping plates BPX-L007 and BP-L057, which I’ll probably be using a lot for this challenge since there are many images and patterns I like.

I have plenty of other Halloween nail art that you can check out by clicking the Halloween tag on the sidebar. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here!

31DC2017 Inspired by a Pattern – Mermaid Scales Nails

This nail art is one of my favorites from the designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge. I love the combination of turquoise and gold and I’m really happy with how the scales turned out. I used nail vinyls, sponging a few different shades of teal and green on top to achieve a shiny, metallic look.

OPI That’s Hula-rious!
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, The Royal Me, Savage
Maybelline Gold’s Night Out
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Revlon Ocean
Sparitual Yes, I Can

Previous years’ nail art:

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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

Previous years’ nail art:

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