31DC2017 Polka Dots – Gold On Burgundy Nails

One of my least favorite prompts of the challenge is polka dots. I always feel so uninspired when doing it, and looking back at my old nail art I’m only happy with the two most recent ones because I incorporated more than just the polka dots. I tried to create a spiral with the dots, but they just look randomly placed. Still, I like the combination of burgundy and gold and how the accent nail turned out. As usual I applied the glitter using a sponge for better coverage.

As you can see, my nails are much shorter here than they were yesterday. I’ve been doing the designs almost daily since I didn’t have any prepared ahead of time, and my nails have gotten pretty dry from all the nail polish remover. I was really pushing it before because my middle nail has two breaks, one on each side, and it was super close to breaking off. I can’t cut it down because the breaks are too far in, so I trimmed them all to lessen the stress. I’m really hoping I won’t have any more breaks for the remainder of the challenge!

Ciaté Can Can
Finger Paints Key To My Art
Sinful Colors Twilight Twinkles

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31DC2017 Red – Floral Nails

The 31 Day Challenge is here again! I’m very excited that this is my sixth year doing the challenge, so let’s get right into it!

I started off with a relatively simple floral design. It’s not super obvious in the photos, but I did do a gradient using two shades of red. In hindsight I feel like I should have switched the dark and lighter red, or just sponged on the colors randomly, since I’m not loving the darker red on the tips. The flowers were easy to do — I just used a dotter for the petals and a nail art liner to make the branches.

OPI Malaga Wine
OPI Big Apple Red
Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen Yellow and White

Previous years’ nail art:

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Stamped Christmas Pattern Nail Art

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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.

Halloween 2016 – Vampire Pattern Nails

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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.

31DC2016 Animal Print – Red Turquoise Discus

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Since I normally do leopard or zebra prints for this prompt, I wanted to do something completely different this time. Continue reading

31DC2016 Red – Color Blocking

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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
Revlon Peachy.

I’ve really looked forward to the challenge this year and I can’t wait to see everyone’s designs!

Themed Thursday December – Candy Cane Nail Art

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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!

Themed Thursday December – Santa Claus Nail Art

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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!

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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)

31DC2015 Inspired by Art – Stained Glass

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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.

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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.

31DC2015 Inspired by a Song – Downtown

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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 ;).