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 Violet – Fading Lace Nails

This bright, almost neon purple is one of my favorite nail polishes and I think it pairs so well with a gold accent. I chose the colors before I actually knew what I wanted to do with the design which doesn’t happen often. Once I had the colors down, I looked through my nail art stash and decided I’d use some stencils since they wouldn’t take long. I chose a delicate spiral pattern and sponged over it with the background purple and a darker purple so it would fade out. I prefer using a sponge when dealing with stencils because it helps to avoid any leaks. I love how the gradient looks and I’m super happy with this design overall!

Salon Perfect Purple POP!
Julep Regina
Wet n Wild Disturbia
Sinful Colors The Royal Me

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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.