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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Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Half Moon Sparkles Nail Art

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The third prompt for the Glam Nails Challenge is “sparkles.” Although a general prompt, I figured out what I wanted to do quickly. I knew I wanted a half moon design over a glittery black background. I added the rhinestones last minute, since my original idea was to draw white diamonds on the nails. I’m glad I added the rhinestones instead! Not only do they add the sparkle, but they make the design feel more complete. I love these nails and I’m super proud of how well the half moons turned out since I didn’t use any guides.

Sadly, the design didn’t last long on my nails. I’ve been trying UNT Ready for Takeoff Peel Off Base Coat, but I still haven’t mastered it. I either apply too little and I have trouble peeling it off, or (like in this case) I use too much and it pops off too easily. Still, these nails were great while they lasted.

Kleancolor Metallic Black
Sinful Colors Watch It Shine
Color Club Apollo Star
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

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 Black & White – Half Moon

 

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A simple nail art design for today’s prompt. I began by applying two coats of Sally Hansen White On, then waited for it to completely dry. I used sticker guides when painting in the half moons with Sally Hansen Black Out. The rhinestones add some texture to the look and in person they stand out more than the photo captures.

31DC2016 Orange – Fishtail

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Sorry I didn’t post this yesterday – I had some issues with my laptop and couldn’t access the photos. I’ll still be posting yellow later in the day.  Continue reading

Summer Nail Art – Marble Nautical + 31DC2016

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This is the final design in my series of summer nail art. I had planned to post a different set of nails using a nautical stamping plate, but I wasn’t happy with the result. 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.

31DC2014 Half Moon: Glow in the Dark Moons

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From the beginning I’d planned to use a glow in the dark polish for Half Moon day, because I wanted to make it look like moons in the night sky. So, I was a bit disappointed when I tried Sinful Colors Glow in the Dark for my Halloween Nails, because I couldn’t see any glow. I read up on it, and found out I had to “charge” them by holding my nails up to a light source. As soon as I did that, I could definitely see a green glow. I’ll also mention that I didn’t apply any base color to that section, and used 2-3 coats of the glow in the dark polish.

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For the rest of the nails I used China Glaze Eyes Like Sapphires, a rich blue with silver shimmer. To make the half moons, I used hole reinforcements, applied the layers of glow in the dark polish, then peeled off the stickers before the polish was entirely dry. I then used the China Glaze polish, which is more opaque, to color in the rest of the nail and correct the half moon shapes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good photo of the nails in the dark, but they looked really cool.

Black & Red Half Moon Nails

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I wanted to do a simple and quick design, so I went with a half moon. I started using hole reinforcements, but it was taking too long, so I did the rest of the nails free hand. I considered whether or not I should add the gold dots, and finally did. I like how they turned out, though without the gold dots they were also nice.

Kleancolor Bite Me
L’Oreal The Raven’s Strength
Maybelline Bold Gold

Red & Green Half Moon Nails

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Revlon Jaded
Revlon Parfumerie China Flower
Maybelline Color Show Gold’s Night Out

I have to say China Flower is one of my new favorite polishes! I bought it along with Autumn Spice, but I love this red so much more. The scent lasts about 1-2 days, and I think there’s a hint of cinnamon to it. Even without top coat, it’s really shiny.