Snow Sports Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

Last day of the January Glam Nails Challenge! I know it’s now February 1st, but that’s almost on time. Anyway, I really enjoyed this prompt because it’s so different from anything I’ve done. I chose to portray skiing and sledding, neither of which I’ve personally done, but maybe one day!

I began by applying two coats of Diamond Lacquer Blue Cotton, then with Hurricane Nail Art Silver drew in the background trees. After adding the snow slopes with Pure Ice Super Star, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven. Finally, I drew the people using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art pens.

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Butterfly Glitter Globe Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

The snow globe prompt gave me so much trouble. I first tried doing a neon design and stamped some snow globes on it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I tried freehanding moon and stars in the globes, but I didn’t like that either. I took a short break and tried again with this design, which I feel slightly better about.

For the base colors, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower and Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money. I didn’t want to do globes on every nail, so I chose a geometric print for the red ones using plate Harunouta L040, which also has the butterflies. The globes themselves are from Harunouta L001, and I just removed the snowman which was inside. I top coated the globes with Essie Golden Nuggets for that glitter globe effect. I’ve been really liking the matte look lately, so I also used a matte top coat for these.

Desert Rider Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

This is the final prompt for this month’s Liga Nailista Challenge, and I love these nails! The theme was desert vs tropical, and I chose desert because I’ve done a lot of tropical nails, but no desert ones before. Now that I think about it, it kind of surprises me because I love learning about ancient Egyptian history, but I’ve never done nails inspired by it.

I began by applying Revlon Peachy as an all over base color. I then used an unnamed tan polish from the brand S&C to paint in the sand. Using a dry brush technique, I added strokes up the nail to resemble sand blowing and background detail. I added the pyramids using Sparitual Mind and Sinful Colors Nirvana. After dotting in the sun with Sinful Colors Pull Over, I used OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow to give a sunset effect to the sky. I think the rider looks good, but is that a camel or a horse — who knows?! I wanted a camel, not sure what happened, but these are my favorite from this challenge either way!

Pink Winter Wonderland Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

This is my third try with this prompt! I knew what I wanted the design to look like, but I kept over-complicating it by adding too many details. Finally, I decided to keep it simple, using just white for the foreground, and only Fresh Paint Passion Fruit (pink) and OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow for the sky (originally I had done a gradient with multiple colors). I then used Julep Arelene, a pink shimmery polish, to go over the pink and yellow. I think this looks much better matte and in person the snow almost has a 3D effect. Instead of using a regular matte top coat, I used Revlon Matte Pearl Glaze, which is a matte with pink shimmer. I really love these nails!

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Tutorial – Pink Tie Dye Nails

Recently, I did a tie dye design based on a tutorial by Nailistas (you can check out mine here). I love how it turned out so much that I decided to try it again for this prompt, but using a color scheme closer to the one she used in the tutorial. This is such a fun and easy nail art to do that doesn’t require you to be so neat. It’s just a matter of applying several layers of polish, then using a Q-tip to remove the top layers. If you’re interested in trying it out, be sure to check out her tutorial!

Ciaté Cupcake Queen
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil
Sinful Colors High Strung
ORLY Lemonade

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31DC2017 Supernatural – Ghost Nails

I’m starting my Halloween designs early with these ghost nails for the supernatural prompt! They’re not scary at all, but kind of cute, and the best part is that they were super quick to do. Once the black base had dried, I painted on blobs of white with the brush, then dotted in the eyes and mouth.

Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sally Hansen White On

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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 Book – Corduroy Nails

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman was my favorite picture book growing up (and still is). I remember actually reading it in a laundromat for the first time which was super appropriate too. Since I love the Corduroy books, I did the inspired by a book prompt based on him, and I love how it turned out! I think the overalls look so cute and I definitely had to include the pocket! Writing out the title with my left hand was harder, but I managed by dotting out the letters. After a few designs I’m not that satisfied with, I’m very glad I put more time and care into this one.

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Kleancolor Bikini Green
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven
Wet n Wild On a Trip
Revlon Flirt

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31DC2017 Galaxy – Pastel Skies Nails

A few years back I did another pastel design for the galaxy prompt, but I ended up not liking it. I’m much happier with how this one turned out and I think it’s mainly because of the matte top coat. I just love how purples and pinks look when they’re matte. I was also more deliberate with my sponging, trying to create nebulae and stars instead of just randomly dabbing. I’m proud of my previous two galaxy designs I did for the challenge, but I’m glad I decided to tackle a pastel version again.

CND Aqua-instance
Orly Pink Waterfall
Revlon Charming
Zoya Hudson

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31DC2017 Yellow – Matte Rainbows Nails

I love how this nail art turned out! I’ve been really liking the matte look recently. For this design, I painted on the clouds just using the polish brush, then added the rainbow with the different nail art liners. I wanted to keep it simple, so on the purple nails I just put pearls.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow
Revlon Charming
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink, Soft Purple, Soft Blue
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven

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