31DC2015 Inspired by a Book – Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle is both one of my favorite movies and books. I own the movie (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) and have seen it many times. But only this year did I have the opportunity to read the book written by Diana Wynne Jones that the movie is inspired by. I love both versions and considered doing this design for the movie prompt, but since Howl’s castle looks different depending on the version, I thought the one I drew matched the book’s description better. I also took some inspiration from the book’s cover for the background, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The swirls on top of the grass and sky give it a whimsical feel. My castle’s a bit messy, but I think the idea gets across :)

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Revlon Dreamer
Fresh Paint Steampunk
Sinful Colors Broadway Star
Color Club Edie
Sinful Colors High Strung

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31DC2014 Galaxy: Watercolor Galaxies

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Not sure how I feel about these nails. I was planning on doing pastel galaxy since I’ve done regular galaxies in the past, but I think the design came out kind of messy. Still, they didn’t take me long to do which is nice, especially since I’m trying to do these daily. It’s pretty challenging, but I guess that’s the point!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Shine French White Creme
Ciaté Sugar Plum, Kiss Chase, Loop the Loop
Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty
ORLY Snowcone

Silver Stripes Nail Art + 31 Day Challenge 2014!

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I love this design and it was super easy and quick to do. I used 2 coats of essie Full Steam Ahead, a light purple with barely perceptible silver shimmer. The silver glitter is Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. To apply it, I wiped the brush nearly clean, so only a bit of glitter would transfer. This is one of my favorite polishes because it’s so versatile – sometimes I like to layer a couple of coats over bare (only base coat) nails and it makes my hands look really delicate. Finally, I free-handed the stripes using Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

I’ll soon be starting the 31 Day Nail Challenge! This will be my third year doing it, and I’m excited to see what designs I can come up with. Normally, I take forever, though I’ll try to go at a quicker pace this year.

These are the prompts from Chalkboard Nails‘ website:

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Violet Flowers Nail Art Water Decals

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I love these! I wanted to try water decals for a long time, and a couple of weeks ago I finally ordered three different floral designs off of ebay. This is the seller for anyone who’s interested – I received them fairly quickly, by the way.

Application was a bit tricky at first. For the base color, I used Ciaté Poppet, a matte pastel purple that comes in their Doll House collection (it’s showing up a bit too bluish in the photo). The accent nail is Orly Pixie Powder over 2 coats of Milani 3D Hi-Res.

The decals come in a tiny envelope, and consist of one sheet for all 10 nails. If buying more than one from the seller, I would recommend  ordering them together to save on shipping. To get the decal on my nails, I used a cup of warm water and a pair of tweezers (I also watched several YouTube videos to get ready). I cut the decal to the size of my nail, then peeled off the plastic that’s attached. Using the tweezers, I dipped the decal under water for about 15-25 seconds. After pulling it out, I used the tweezers to separate the transparent decal from the backing paper, and placed it on my nail. Finally, I top coated, and cleaned up the extra around my cuticle with acetone.

Some things I learned while doing this:

  • Cold water won’t work (at least it didn’t for me). It has to be warm.
  • The decals come in between 2 sheets. The top one is the transparent plastic that you need to take off before placing it in the water. I forgot to do this on my second nail, and couldn’t get it to work after it had been in the water. There is also a white backing paper that you need to separate the decal from after it has been in the water.
  • I had some trouble getting one of the decals to stick onto my nail, so I pressed it down as best as I could, then top coated it quickly. The top coat helped to melt it onto the nail.

Once you practice applying these a few times, it becomes pretty quick and easy to do. I think these are great for when you don’t have time to make an elaborate design, or just don’t feel like it.

Easter 2014 Nails

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I really love this design! It didn’t take me that long to do both hands either, which is a plus. The base colors I used are: Sinful Colors Mauve (thumb), Sparitual Epiphany (index), Sinful Colors Unicorn (middle), Brucci Kathy’s Baby Blues (ring), and Sinful Colors Olympia (pinky). For the details, I used the Phantom Frights Nail Art Pens in Black and White. I love these so much and have been using them constantly! It’s so much quicker than using a brush.

Originally, I had applied black rhinestones for the eyes, but I didn’t like the look at all. So, I removed those and painted the eyes instead. I had a difficult time fixing the yellow base afterwards, so it looks a bit messy from up close.

Pearls & Pastels Half Moon Nails

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Sinful Colors Beverly Hills (purple/pink)
Sinful Colors Cool Grey (actually, the bottle I have is nameless, but after doing some research I’m pretty sure that’s the color)

I bought both of these polishes recently at a local dollar store. Cool Grey is two coats, and so is Beverly Hills, though you could get away with just one. For the half moons, I used paper reinforcement stickers; they give a really clean line, though for this design it’s not too important, since the pearls cover it.

Pastel Flower Water Marble with Rhinestones

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I had hoped to upload this design sooner, but I was having problems with my camera. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I think it looks much better in person, but I tried to get the colors of the polish as accurate as possible in the photo. I only used 2 colors for this design (over a white base – 1 coat), both from Revlon: Dreamer and Flirt. Before, I experimented with several colors and brands, such as Ulta, Wet ‘n’ Wild, and Covergirl, and while those were okay to work with, I found that the Revlon polishes were best. I love how the blue and pink mixed to form the purple. As a final touch I added the rhinestones to the middle of each flower.

Pastel Polka Dots & Stripes

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Sort of inspired by spring, but mostly because I really wanted to do polka dots again! It kind of reminds of candy.

wet n wild megalast Private Viewing (nude base on thumb)
Sinful Colors Innocent (green), Nirvana (brown)
wet n wild Wild Shine Tickled Pink
piggy polish Blue-ming Romance
Hurricane Nail Art Striper White