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

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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

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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

31DC2015 Water Marble – Abstract Floral

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Water marble day is usually a pain for me, but it is supposed to be a challenge! I usually spend most of my time trying to find polishes that spread well in the water. This time was no different. My first attempts at creating a flower failed because they were all too big for my nails. Finally I realized I should just work with the inner parts of the bullseye instead of the whole thing, and then I started getting some floral designs that could actually fit on my nails.

My favorite is the middle nail, which reminds me of a fern. The flowers look okay, but I don’t like them as much as my pastel warble marble I did a couple of years ago. I love the touch of glitter I added though – I think it makes it look much better.

Revlon Peachy
Revlon Sassy
Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?
Essie Golden Nuggets

31DC2015 Floral – Flowers on Warm Gradient

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For this year’s 31 Day Challenge, I’ve been trying to do nail art that is quick but doesn’t look too simple. This design took me less than an hour to do and I did it exclusively with the polish brushes, so I’m really proud of it! I did it a few days ago and unfortunately I can’t remember all the polishes I used, but the colors can be easily substituted.

I began with a three-color gradient of oranges and yellow. I unevenly layered the colors using the brushes and they blended well. I then drew in stems and leaves using Revlon Eclectic and Sinful Colors Envy. So the stems wouldn’t look too thick, I cleaned the majority of the polish off the brush first then made sure to apply little pressure.

For the flowers, I dabbed on Sinful Colors Hot & Sour and ORLY Pink Waterfall to form the petals. As a final touch, I added yellow dots in the centers.

31DC2015 Polka Dots – Ornate Design

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I’m glad to be getting back into the 31DC2015 after a month of Halloween designs. I didn’t really have a plan for these nails, so I just picked out a few colors I wanted to use together and winged it – I love how the gold glitter looks with the orange!

Fresh Paint Passion Fruit
Hurricane Nail Art Yellow
Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold
Kleancolor Sangria Burst
Sinful Colors Pull Over

Halloween 2015 – Jack-o-Lanterns Nail Art

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I’m taking a short break from the 31DC2015 during October to do a Halloween themed challenge. I might still upload some 31 Day Challenge nails in between though. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I’m very excited about this! I found the challenge through Instagram, but I’ll also be uploading my designs on here as usual. Here’s more info:

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This Jack-o-Lantern mani was super quick to do since I did it last minute. I just used two coats of Ciaté Hopscotch, a bright orange. This wouldn’t have been my first choice if I had a burnt orange color, but unfortunately I don’t. Using black acrylic paint, I added the faces. For some weird reason I couldn’t remember how Jack-o-Lanterns looked like so I had to do an image search to jog my memory. They were looking too plain with just the orange and black though, so I added Hurricane Nail Art Yellow to make them look lit up. Finally, since I wasn’t too happy with the orange, I added stripes of a shimmery orange (Sinful Colors Nail Art Sunset) to make the background less flat.

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