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!

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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

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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

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Song – Golden Touch Nails

Another gradient, I know… I was trying to do these as quick as possible and with my non-dominant hand on top of that, so I went with the easy route. But anyway, excuses aside — these nails are based off of Namie Amuro’s song, Golden Touch. After her announcement that she plans to retire next year, I knew I had to do some nails inspired by one of my favorite J-Pop artists.

Sinful Colors The Royal Me
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age
Essie Golden Nuggets
Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles

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31DC2017 Glitter – Autumn Sparkle Nails

I love these nails! In person they look so much shinier and the colors are more vivid too. They were super easy to do and I only used one nail polish and craft glitter. I began by applying two coats of L’Oreal Raven’s Strength, a metallic shimmery black. I let that dry for a couple of minutes then while they were still tacky, I dipped them into the different colors of glitter. Making sure they were fully covered, I pressed down to make sure none of the glitter was sticking up, then brushed away the excess using a fan brush.

For the gradient, I dipped the nail little by little, going in the color order I wanted to show up on the nail. I didn’t use any top coat so I don’t know if that would dull the glitter. There is a small section on the thumb near the cuticle where the glitter looks different. That’s because I originally tried to dip the nail in glitter using a clear coat. But once I realized that it looked much better with the nail polish alone, I didn’t use any clear or top coat on the rest of the nails.

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31DC2017 Polka Dots – Gold On Burgundy Nails

One of my least favorite prompts of the challenge is polka dots. I always feel so uninspired when doing it, and looking back at my old nail art I’m only happy with the two most recent ones because I incorporated more than just the polka dots. I tried to create a spiral with the dots, but they just look randomly placed. Still, I like the combination of burgundy and gold and how the accent nail turned out. As usual I applied the glitter using a sponge for better coverage.

As you can see, my nails are much shorter here than they were yesterday. I’ve been doing the designs almost daily since I didn’t have any prepared ahead of time, and my nails have gotten pretty dry from all the nail polish remover. I was really pushing it before because my middle nail has two breaks, one on each side, and it was super close to breaking off. I can’t cut it down because the breaks are too far in, so I trimmed them all to lessen the stress. I’m really hoping I won’t have any more breaks for the remainder of the challenge!

Ciaté Can Can
Finger Paints Key To My Art
Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles

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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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31DC2017 Green – Succulent Plant Nails

Here are some cute succulents for today’s prompt! I love these plants and have two of my own that have been doing pretty well.

I’ve had this design in my head for a while, and though it’s not exactly what I imagined, it’s close. The white lines in the background are meant to represent a window mosaic. I wanted to keep the focus on the plants themselves, so I kept it simple, using only one coat of glitter for the background. The white lines turned out thicker than I wanted, but I was kind of rushing to get the nail art done on time, so I didn’t redo it. My favorite is the one with the little pink flower!

Color Club Edie
Sinful Colors Envy
Kiss Nail Art Bikini Green
Sinful Colors Smoking Hot

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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.