Pine Tree Forest Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Why did I think I could tackle two challenges this month?? I still have several prompts left to do and the month is almost over! Anyway, here are the nails for the pine tree prompt. I’m not sure if you can tell they’re pine trees or not – I kept adding detail, then taking it away, then adding it again, and I’m still not 100% happy, but I do like the color scheme.

I used Ciaté Loop the Loop for the pastel yellow background and several green nail art polishes for the trees. I like that yellow, but as with all pastel yellows I’ve tried it’s pretty streaky, and took me about three coats for almost full opacity.

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Autumn Leaves Nail Art

I’m really loving these autumn inspired leaf nails! These took me a while since I did a couple different techniques. For my thumb and pinky nails I did water spotting using spray hand sanitizer. The pinky nail looks more like a water marble, but I just experimented with the water spotting to get different designs. I love how the thumb nail turned out, it’s definitely my favorite!

For the leaves, I used stamping plate BP-L001 which has several nature and floral themed images. Once stamped, the leaves were a bit faded, so I painted a brighter orange on some sections. I’m glad I also added the gold touches here and there because it brings the design together. I used a lot of polishes for this nail art, but below are the major ones.

Sinful Colors Envy, Copper Pot
Revlon Raven Red, Sassy
Sparitual Improvisation, Mind

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Frankenstein Nail Art

Here’s the last prompt of the Glam Nails Challenge October and I think these nails are so cute – I love them! At first I wasn’t sure what to do for the Frankenstein prompt, but then I got the idea to do the monster’s different facial expressions. I started with two coats of UNT Olive Branch for the monster’s face, then used Sinful Colors Lavender for the accent nail. I drew the expressions using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens in black and white, although you could get the same result with a liner or a similar brush.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge, and I was able to do several Halloween designs I hadn’t done before. I only regret not posting more earlier in the month since I had hoped to do a few more non-challenge Halloween designs, but I do have one more to post.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Haunted House Nail Art

I love these nails so much I don’t want to take them off! But I still have a few more Halloween designs to do before the month is over. As with my previous stamped designs this month, I’ve used the plates BPX-L007 and BP-L057. I love the images on them and want to use as many as I can while still keeping a good balance of freehanded and stamped nail art posts.

These nails didn’t take long to do at all since the stamping was so quick. I began by applying one coat of Fresh Paint Firefly, then sponged OPI Color Paints Landscape Artist over it. Once the stamping was done, I started sponging Icing Gargoyle to resemble fog, but I didn’t like how it was turning out so I stopped before making it too intense.

31DC2017 Inspired by a Flag – Slytherin Banner Nails

As usual, it took me a while before I figured out what I wanted to do for the inspired by a flag prompt. I think I would definitely prefer if this prompt was more general — after doing it a few years it just feels repetitive. But anyway, this year I decided to go the fantasy route and based my nails on the Slytherin banners from Harry Potter. I had to do Slytherin of course since that’s my house!

In my search I found a variety of different designs, so I just took the general look of them which usually featured green stripes and a snake. I like how even though they’re matte, the metallic snake still stands out.

Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Eclectic
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

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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 Water Marble – Shimmery Twist Nails

This year I didn’t have any struggles with the water marble prompt. I was definitely dreading it, but once I sat down to do it everything worked out pretty well. I picked three polishes, two shimmers and one creme. I wasn’t sure how they would perform in the water, but thankfully I had no issues and they spread well. Instead of using a regular sized solo cup, I used a mini one. That also helped make the process easier since the polishes didn’t have to spread as far. One thing I would change would be to choose a darker red, or use more drops of it in the water. Since I started with a white base, it came out much lighter than I wanted, but other than that I have no complaints.

Ciaté Hidden Gem
Sparitual Improvisation
Sinful Colors Pine Away

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31DC2017 Half Moon – Berry Green Nails

I went for a basic half moon design this year, just using the polishes and no rhinestones or other embellishments. I used sticker guides to make the half moons, but unfortunately they didn’t turn out as clean as I wanted. I still really like the color combination and that green is one of my favorites because it’s so vivid. The berry polish I used is a creme, so I sponged some shimmer on the tips to create a subtle gradient.

Milani Cool Vibe
Color Club Edie
CND Patina Buckle

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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

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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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