Earth Day 2018 Nails

Happy Earth Day! I was going to do something a bit more involved, but liked this idea better; a sunset landscape inspired by a photo I took. I began by painting one coat of white polish, then let that dry. I then sponged on a gradient of 5 colors: Sinful Colors Pull Over, OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow, Sinful Colors Beverly Hills, Ciaté Chinchilla, and Orly Snowcone.

Even though I covered most of the yellow with the black, I like the amount that peaks through, especially when the grass slopes down. I didn’t add the trees right away, but it looked too empty without them. I was originally going to do pine trees, then I realized I’ve done too many of those before, so I went with something a bit more tropical-looking.

I thought I had been doing Earth Day nails every year, but when I checked I only had one for 2014! If you want to check that one out, click here!

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Pink Ombre Nails

Nothing too exciting, but I felt like doing a simple paint job. I had planned on doing more Valentine’s Day designs this month, but I was busier than usual. Below are all the polishes I used for these nails. I actually bought them all in one trip to the store – I couldn’t resist! The only one that gave me trouble was the palest peach. It was a little thick and streaky, but I find that’s the case with a lot of paler shades, especially if they’re matte.

Salon Perfect
She’s a Peach
Practice What You Peach
Strawberry Spritzer
Freedom Foil
Under the Tuscan Sun

I also bought a beautiful green, Mermaid of Money (and a couple of base coats which I might review in the future), but it literally shattered in the bag! I had to remove the green polish off all the other bottles. I’m definitely being more careful with Salon Perfect bottles in the future.

I have a similar pink ombre design I did a few years ago using Wet n Wild polishes here if you’re interested.

Stamped Hanukkah Nails

I meant to post these a couple days ago, but I wasn’t happy with how the photos were turning out. Originally, I had done a different background for the stamping. Instead of a gradient, I used a dry brush technique to create lines on half the nail. I thought it would be too harsh once I stamped over it, however, so I softened it by sponging a gradient of Revlon Dreamer and Fresh Paint Blanche on top.

For these nails I used a pattern from stamping plate BP-L056 and a silver nail art polish to stamp with. I only have white and black stamping polishes currently, so I had my doubts about whether the silver would work, especially with my jelly stamper, but it did a pretty good job.

Check out my previous Hanukkah inspired nail art from 2016 and 2015!

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Candy Corn Nail Art

Candy corn has always been representative of Halloween for me. I’m not a fan of the taste, but I do think it has a cool design. I’m a little disappointed in myself for messing up the color order (orange is in the middle), but I double checked once the design was completely finished and I didn’t feel like redoing it. I still really like how it turned out though!

I began by drawing two diagonal lines down the nail to form a triangle. I then filled in the top section with the white, then proceeded to fill in the remaining sections using Hurricane Nail Art Yellow and Sinful Colors Clementine. I did these on my bare nails without using a base color.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Black Cat Nail Art

Freehanded black cat nails for the Glam Nails Challenge! These took me a while to do, but once I finished I was super happy with the result. Unfortunately, a while after applying Seche Vite, the edges shrunk a bit and some of the white from the background came through. Not a major issue, but still annoying.

For this design, I did a radial gradient to resemble a street light. I used three polishes for the gradient: Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil, Kleancolor Neon Yellow, and Ciaté Talent Scout, applying them like a bullseye on the sponge. To draw the black cats I used my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens in various colors.

31DC2017 Inspired by a Color – Meet Me At Sunset Nails

Simple gradient nails inspired by Essie Meet Me At Sunset, a bright orange polish, for the inspired by a color prompt. I always like to do this prompt based on the name of a polish and I thought this one would be perfect. I had intended to do more than just a gradient, but I was pressed for time so I left it at that. Not the most inspired, but it happens.

Essie Meet Me At Sunset
Wet n Wild Haze of Love
Kleancolor Neon Yellow

Previous years’ nail art:

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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.

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2017 Animal Print – Grand Imperial Butterfly Nails

This year for the animal print prompt I did a design based on the Grand Imperial Butterfly. I think there are different types of it, but the ones I saw have wings featuring an orange to white gradient and black details. I thought the wings would be perfect for some nail art so I gave it a shot. I like how the design turned out even though the gradient could have been smoother. The spots remind me a bit of leopard print the way I did them, but on the photos they resemble waves more.

Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom
OPI Primarily Yellow

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2017 Gradient – Strawberry Nails

I love how cute these look! I really wanted to use pink and green for a gradient and once I had the colors down I instantly thought of strawberries. I added some simple white dots and while they don’t look like perfect strawberries, it’s more of an abstract design.

Salon Perfect Pink-y Swear
Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money

Previous years’ nail art:

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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

Previous years’ nail art:

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