Merry Christmas! These nails were kind of a rush job which is why they’re wrinkled in a few areas. I started with Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, a metallic white, on all of the nails except the accent. The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L008. I love all the holiday designs on it and they’re so well done. The green I used is more on the turquoise side, Revlon Ocean, and the red is Essie Sweet & Delicious, both metallic polishes. When stamping, I applied both colors to the image for a gradient effect. For the accent nail, I applied the Revlon and Essie as the base colors, then topped it off with glitter: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Sephora by OPI Be-Clause I Said So, and ELF Love Me.
I wanted to post these earlier, but it’s been so gloomy outside that none of my photos were turning out well. Finally I caved in and took them indoors. I’m loving these nails, though it took some work to get the end result. Originally I did this same design with a red glittery background, and while I loved how the glitter looked, the designs were barely noticeable. So I redid it using Ciaté Mistress, a bright tomato red. Unfortunately, it’s not very opaque, and after four thin coats I could still see my nail. I was able to cover the sheerer areas with the black at least. To draw the vampire pattern and blood, I used Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black. For the vampire I was inspired by a Born Pretty stamping plate. I actually ordered a few new plates with Halloween designs, but I don’t think I’ll get them before Halloween sadly.
Since I normally do leopard or zebra prints for this prompt, I wanted to do something completely different this time. Continue reading
The first day of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge is here! I spent last week planning and doing a few of the designs ahead of time (might be cheating a bit…) so I could do my best to post daily. Actually I’d meant for these to go up earlier in the day, but at least I got them in before midnight.
I’m trying to keep the first round of the challenge pretty simple in terms of design, so I went with color blocked nails for Day 1. I’ve kept some of the areas sheer using Sparitual Idyllic, my current favorite sheer pink polish. It glides on smoothly without causing streaks, which is a problem with many of my other sheer polishes. In order to do the design, after applying the sheer pink, I made a cross dividing the sections, then filled those in with the following colors: Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, a bright red, Milani Cool Vibe, a violet, and
I’ve really looked forward to the challenge this year and I can’t wait to see everyone’s designs!
The “candy cane” prompt took me so long to get done. I started off making a pattern of mini candy canes, but it looked terrible. Then I did something abstract that just ended up looking like DNA. I think it finally looks good like this.
Kleancolor Sheer Red
Sinful Colors Nail Art My Day
Pure Ice Super Star
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
My Santa looks so cute! I considered painting reindeer or elves, but didn’t really want to, so even though the theme is “Santa and Friends” it’s just Santa and rhinestones for now!
Today I was so excited to finally receive the metal ring nail deco I had ordered in gold and silver. I kept seeing these on nail art all over, but had no idea where to get them. I found mine on ebay and I’m really liking them so far, though they’re a bit tricky to pick up. I ordered 4mm and my standard size rhinestones fit perfectly in the center. They look amazing on the accent nail.
For the colors, the red is a combination of two polishes: Sparitual Aroused, a dark brick red, and Sparitual Improvisation, a red tint with blue and pink shimmer. On its own it would have been too sheer for what I was going for (though the tint is well pigmented), so that’s why I applied it over a red base.
Sinful Colors Espionage (skin)
Ciaté Snow Virgin (beard)
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink (cheeks)
This stained glass panel is called “Turkish Delight” by Robert Sowers (you can see more info on it here). I love this panel because the colors are eye-catching and the basic geometric shapes work so well together to form a complex design. I began with a gradient of blue, white, and red using Sally Girl Epic, Pure Ice Super Star, and Ciaté Mistress, respectively. Since the red was looking too bright on its own, I added an unnamed maroon polish by Cosmetic Arts at the top to darken it slightly. I then drew the dividing lines using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Diamond. I really wanted to use my regular black liner, but I couldn’t find it, so I had to use my shimmery one instead.
I used Sinful Colors Clementine and Hurricane Nail Art Yellow for the dots on the sides. This part was tricky because I wasn’t sure how to transfer it to the nail. I thought about making lines between the yellow circles like in the original glass panel, but I felt it would clutter up the design too much, especially since the black lines were already thick. Lastly, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, another bright red, to fill in the remaining middle and side panels.
I guess it’s pretty obvious what song I’m doing . . . Macklemore’s “Downtown”! This song is so catchy and I love the music video. I thought of the design instantly – it’s simple but I think the moped turned out really cute. I used the same red from my last design, Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper. I’m in love with Color Club 24 Below, the metallic gold. I used it in messy strokes here, but it applies so well. Lastly I used my Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pens in White and Black for the letters and moped. These pens are great for writing, I have been using them a lot lately. I wouldn’t trade in my brushes for them since you can’t do a lot of detail work due to the thicker points, or smooth lines, but they are a nice extra to have especially when you’re feeling lazy (like me ;).
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.
We’re almost finished with this month’s Halloween nail challenge – only one more after this! For Oct. 22’s (I’m a little late posting :S) nails we were supposed to do blood and gore. I personally love Halloween, but I’m not much of a gore fan, so I went with a simpler design: blood dripping over french tips.
I began with a coat of Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Sugar Coat, a sheer soft pink. Once dried, I used Pure Ice Superstar to draw a thick french tip, though it’s been mostly covered with the red – the white is easier to see on my right hand nails, above. Lastly I took Kleancolor Blood (perfect name!) and painted the drips, then connected them.