Beauty and the Beast Roses Nail Art

This is the nail art I did on my right hand for the Beauty and the Beast inspired nails. I think I like this one even more than my other design!  Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast Silhouettes Nail Art

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney princess movie, so I was super excited to go see the live-action version last week and did these nails for the occasion!  Continue reading

Metallic Gold Kwanzaa Nail Art

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A simple but elegant design for Kwanzaa representing the kinara. I actually made this more complicated than it needed to be since I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when I started. So instead of applying the gold first then adding the candles on top, I actually applied the colors first, waited until they had dried, applied double pieces of striping tape and then added the gold last. Unnecessarily complicated, I know! But I love the end result regardless.

For the candles, I used Sparitual Radiant, a shimmery red, and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, a black with silver shimmer. I used two different polishes for the green. I began with Sinful Colors San Francisco, a metallic green, but that was too sheer even after several coats. So I applied Ciaté La Dolce Vita, a darker green on top. But that was too dark for what I wanted, so then I added another layer of San Francisco over it to brighten the green. Finally, after securing the striping tape, I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold. Next time I do a similar design, I’ll think it through before I start so I don’t wind up with a ton of layers!

Christmas Wreath Nails

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A quick holiday nail design! Sadly (and painfully, too) I tore my middle nail two days ago and it’s going to take a while to heal and grow back. I’ll have to focus on my right hand for a while! I do have some swatches for a Julep review coming up that I did before though.

Anyway, for this particular design, I began with Wet ‘n’ Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel in All That Jazzy! for the background color. It doesn’t require any UV light but it does take a long time to dry. I bought two other colors from that line mainly because I really liked the shades, and I might post more on that later. The wreath is Sinful Colors Pine Away, a shimmery forest green, and for the bow I used Kleancolor Bite Me.

31DC2016 Inspired by a Tutorial – Herringbone Print

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I was inspired to do this design after watching HannahRoxNails’ Herringbone Print tutorial on YouTube. Her nail art designs are amazing, many of them super intricate, and always with clean lines. Since I only wanted the Herringbone print on two of the nails, I did the other two in a simpler style, dragging the wiped polish brushes across the nail for a fade effect.

Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather
Color Club 24 Below
Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age
Sally Hansen Black Out

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.

31DC2015 Glitter – Feathered Blue on Gold

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Abstract designs like this are so much fun to do because there’s really no “wrong” way of going about it. The glitter here is more subtle than in past challenges, but it still works. I started with a coat of Sparitual Gratitude, a shimmering bronze with a matte finish. I then added random curved lines using Sparitual Circle of Life, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go for Gold, and Sinful Colors Nail Art Anxious Azure. The glitter I used is Ciaté Party Shoes, a festive gold and blue/green glitter. It’s also not too dense so it can go all over the nail without covering up the design underneath.

I think I’ve been doing a good job now of staying on track with the challenge! Sure, it’s way past September, but I might actually finish before December this year! Let’s hope I can keep it up.

esNAIL Inspired: Gold Gradient Nails with Rhinestones

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I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do with my nails, so I was browsing for some nail art to recreate when I saw these esNAIL silver gradient nails. I love how smooth the gradient looks, and the glitter they used on the tips. I decided to do a gold version since I haven’t done a gold gradient in a while. I didn’t use a sponge as I blended the colors with the nail polish brushes. I used several different gold toned glitters, and they helped to blend as well. Finally I added some AB rhinestones (though they just look clear in the photos), yellow and orange rhinestones, and a few yellow caviar beads, which unfortunately fell off by the time I took the pictures :-/ I’m really happy with these overall though!

Fresh Paint Steampunk
Maybelline Bold Gold
Finger Paints Key To My Art
China Glaze 5 Golden Rings
Sinful Colors All About You
Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age

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31DC2014 Rainbow: Flecks of Color

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With today’s challenge, I wanted to do something that would be similar to the design I did for Black & White, but in color. Actually, I thought Rainbow came before Metallic, so I was a bit disappointed when I checked and realized it was the other way around. This looks messy in the purple and red parts, because the top coat I used smeared some of the color (it was Ciaté Speed Coat Pro by the way, which came with the Flower Manicure Kit).

The gold base is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold, and over that I applied Maybelline Color Show Sequins Gold’s Night Out, an amazing gold glitter polish with some holo effect. I then drew triangle shapes with a white nail art striper, filled them in, and applied the colors over that. The green is Icing True Beauty, and the rest of the polishes are by Sinful ColorsGrecian Sun (blue), Let’s Talk (purple), and Hot & Sour (red).