Sunrise Palm Trees Nail Art

The second prompt of the Glam Nails Challenge June is palm trees. I really wanted to do a green and yellow gradient, so I went with a sunrise theme.  The palm trees themselves weren’t that hard to do. I used a black polish to color in the land, then a liner for the trees. They ended up a little messy, but I don’t mind it, because it makes them look windblown.

Kleancolor Neon Yellow
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil

Easter Floral Bunny Nail Art

This month’s been pretty hectic for me, and on top of it all I also broke three(!) nails nearly all at once, so I just didn’t feel like painting them. But yesterday I got an idea for some Easter-inspired nails and did them right away!

I’m not sure how obvious it is in the photos, but I was trying to go for a radial gradient. I used three colors and painted them in a bullseye shape on the sponge. I began with Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, a bright yellow, for the outer circle. I then applied Revlon Peachy in the middle and Sinful Colors Pink Forever in the center.

Before sponging, I prepped my nails with two coats of white polish so the colors would be more intense, and did three coats of the gradient. Next time I need to make the bullseye much smaller though since the yellow did get cut off a bit on the sides.

I’ve painted bunnies and flowers plenty of times before, so they were quick to do, especially the flowers since I just used a dotter. I think this design turned out pretty cute and I’m glad to have some nail art on my nails again after a while of not having any!

Stamped Christmas Pattern Nail Art

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Merry Christmas! These nails were kind of a rush job which is why they’re wrinkled in a few areas. I started with Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, a metallic white, on all of the nails except the accent. The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L008. I love all the holiday designs on it and they’re so well done. The green I used is more on the turquoise side, Revlon Ocean, and the red is Essie Sweet & Delicious, both metallic polishes. When stamping, I applied both colors to the image for a gradient effect. For the accent nail, I applied the Revlon and Essie as the base colors, then topped it off with glitter: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Sephora by OPI Be-Clause I Said So, and ELF Love Me.

Stamped Geometric Print Over Gradient Nails

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I love this nail art! My stamping has improved a lot over the last few months as I’ve been doing more of it.  Continue reading

31DC2016 Half Moon – Contrasting Colors

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I’m not too happy with these nails – they were sort of an experiment that failed. I was trying to create a gradient half moon, but I didn’t think it through and it ended up being a mess. The colors wouldn’t blend well and I had to sponge on many layers. When I finally managed the gradient, the color was too muddy and the transition still not obvious enough. The half moons were also not as rounded as I would have liked. If I ever tried this design again, I would do the gradient over a white base and choose colors that didn’t blend into a muddy shade.

Although the design was a fail, I love the actual nail polishes. Revlon’s Parfumerie line is one of my favorites as they have great coverage and the scents are always spot on (although the bottles can be a pain to open). I’m not sure if they’re being discontinued or not, but I’ve seen nearly all the colors on sale at Big Lots and similar stores, and have picked up a ton!

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain
Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom

31DC2016 Delicate – Fading Leaves

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Delicate is one of those prompts that always manages to cause me some frustration. Thankfully this year it wasn’t as bad, though I did spend time debating with myself if these were “delicate” enough. Continue reading

31DC2016 Gradient – Dried Flowers

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I’m so happy with these nails, they’re definitely one of my favorite designs so far in the challenge.  Continue reading

Summer Nail Art – Stamped Beach Accessories

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I decided to do a couple stamped designs for my summer nail art series. Stamping is always so tricky for me and I don’t practice it nearly enough. The polishes I have aren’t meant for stamping, so they’re not as thick and consequently don’t transfer the images as well. This took me several tries, especially since I kept stamping the pattern on wrong – either lopsided or only half the image. After having to carefully wipe off the white and fix the gradients several times, I finally managed a look I was okay with, though the accent nail still bugs me.

For the gradient I applied four OPI Color Paint polishes: Primarily Yellow, Chromatic Orange, Pen & Pink, and Purple Perspective. I love this sunset color scheme and did something similar on my recent Tropical Sunset Palm Nails. In contrast to the rest of the design, my accent nails feature a block gradient where I just used the polish brushes to blend the colors. To stamp the images, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On, though I hope to eventually buy stamping polishes in white and black. Sorry for the chip on my middle nail by the way – I couldn’t take photos of these right away and by the time I could, it had chipped.

Summer Nail Art – Glittering Seashore

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This is the second design in my summer nail art series. I knew I wanted to do a beach, and I definitely wanted to use some tint nail polishes to create a watery gradient.  Continue reading