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.

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Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Pumpkins Nail Art

This month I’m participating in the Glam Nails Challenge October from Instagram. I’ve previously participated in this challenge for the months of January and June and it’s always a lot of fun (and way less pressure than the 31 Day Challenge!). I won’t be doing it in order, but I will get to all the prompts before the month is up. I have some separate Halloween-themed nail art I want to do as well that’s not included on there.

As you can see, this first design is for the pumpkin prompt. I really wanted to use the Halloween stamping plates I got since I received them too late to use last year, and there are several pumpkin images on them. I began with two coats of Salon Perfect Traffic Cone, a neon orange, then topped it with two coats of Sinful Colors Devil’s Stare, a beautiful red flakey-glitter. You can make this glitter more orange or red depending on the color you use for a base.

I used stamping plates BPX-L007 and BP-L057, which I’ll probably be using a lot for this challenge since there are many images and patterns I like.

I have plenty of other Halloween nail art that you can check out by clicking the Halloween tag on the sidebar. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here!

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

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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 Orange – Retro Gradient Nails

Unlike last year, I didn’t think of any designs ahead of time, so today’s prompt took me a few tries to figure out. Eventually, I decided on using a retro inspired color scheme of browns and oranges in a block gradient. The design itself was quick enough to do — I just used the polish brushes and painted straight, thick lines down the nail.

Essie Meet Me At Sunset
Revlon Parfumerie Chocolate Truffle
Sinful Colors Clementine
Ciaté Hidden Gem

Previous years’ nail art:

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Sunflowers Nail Art

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It’s still super cold out, but I’m already thinking about Spring! I meant to post these much sooner since I did them a while ago, but I was pretty busy during February. Anyway, I’m loving this Zoya polish! It’s called Zoya Annie, and it’s an orange with golden shimmer. Before adding the flowers, I wore it alone for a few days. Normally I don’t think orange suits my skin tone, but I think this color works well, maybe because of the shimmer.

For the sunflowers, I used acrylic paint – first using white to paint the shapes, then adding the colors on top so they could stand out more. I like this effect because it almost looks like I added stickers to my nails, but they’re actually painted.

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 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

Recreating My First Nail Art: Tiger Stripes

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When I was getting into nail art the first design I did (not including French tips) was tiger stripes.  Continue reading