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.

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Back To School Nail Art + 31DC2017

I love how these school themed nails turned out! I wasn’t planning on doing back to school nail art, but then my sister gave me some nail deco she wasn’t using anymore, including cute apples like the one in the photo, which inspired me. I used a matte top coat on all the nails and I love how it makes the chalkboards look more realistic.

Sparitual Body
Sparitual Blue Lagoon
Revlon Sassy
Sinful Colors Clementine
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink
Hurricane Nail Art Silver

On another note, tomorrow is the first day of 2017’s 31 Day Nail Art Challenge! Last year I completed most of the challenge in September, only going over a couple days. I think I’ll take it slower this year though (not too slow!). As a reminder, below are the usual prompts. The image is from More Nail Polish,  who is leading the challenge this year!

Turtle Nail Art

Last design for the June Glam Nails Challenge! This one, like the one I just posted for the waves prompt, is similar to nail art I’ve done in the past (this one). I don’t mind it since I like how water looks using Sinful Colors Green Ocean and Sparitual Emerald City, but if I had more time I would’ve done something different.

I think the turtle definitely came out better than the crabs I did (mainly since I used a stamp then colored over it), but it was a very quick, last minute thing. The rhinestones make it less flat and if I had even smaller green rhinestones I would have added those near the bottom to fill it out. For the sand I used Color Club Apollo Star, a glittery tan. On the previous beach nails I did I used a creme polish, but this one resembles the texture and look of sand more.

Beauty and the Beast Roses Nail Art

This is the nail art I did on my right hand for the Beauty and the Beast inspired nails. I think I like this one even more than my other design!  Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast Silhouettes Nail Art

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney princess movie, so I was super excited to go see the live-action version last week and did these nails for the occasion!  Continue reading

Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

Instead of going with my usual four-leaf clover designs for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day nail art, I did a simpler, nude design with green accents. Continue reading

Neon Blue Nail Art

I wanted to do a neon blue design for a while, but I couldn’t find any neon blue that I liked. Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby is a bright turquoise with subtle blue shimmer. I applied it over a white base, and it took about 3 coats for full opacity. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’s pretty close.

I used a zebra pattern stencil for the accent nail, and applied Kleancolor Sangria Burst, a neon orange, and Kleancolor Bikini Green. I tried mixing the colors in the middle for a gradient effect, but the green just isn’t dark enough to stand out against the blue properly. For the middle and thumb nails, I used Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish for the diagonal accent design. Now, for it to actually work, I had to first apply the base/top coat that comes with it over the blue before using the mirror polish on top of that.

The two silver glitters are: Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter and Kiss Nail Art Rock Star.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Half Moon Sparkles Nail Art

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The third prompt for the Glam Nails Challenge is “sparkles.” Although a general prompt, I figured out what I wanted to do quickly. I knew I wanted a half moon design over a glittery black background. I added the rhinestones last minute, since my original idea was to draw white diamonds on the nails. I’m glad I added the rhinestones instead! Not only do they add the sparkle, but they make the design feel more complete. I love these nails and I’m super proud of how well the half moons turned out since I didn’t use any guides.

Sadly, the design didn’t last long on my nails. I’ve been trying UNT Ready for Takeoff Peel Off Base Coat, but I still haven’t mastered it. I either apply too little and I have trouble peeling it off, or (like in this case) I use too much and it pops off too easily. Still, these nails were great while they lasted.

Kleancolor Metallic Black
Sinful Colors Watch It Shine
Color Club Apollo Star
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

31DC2016 Honor Nails U Love – Dry Marble

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I’d say it’s the last day of the challenge, but I’m a couple days late.  Actually, all this time I thought the challenge took place completely in September,  since I never finished it in time, but it officially ends October 1st, so go figure. But anyway, onto the final design!

I’m a big fan of esNAIL and for a while now I’ve been wanting to reproduce this beautiful dry marble nail art. As you can probably tell, mine is slightly different: I used a white background instead of a sheer one, square and round studs instead of triangular ones, and my dry marble is more chaotic looking. I tried to copy the original style as much as possible, but I need more practice.

Sinful Colors Most Sinful
Sinful Colors Navy I Do
Milani Cool Vibe
Kiss Nail Art Soft Blue
Pure Ice Super Star

Either tomorrow or the next day I’ll post the summary. I had a lot of fun with the challenge this year! It was hectic at times getting all the designs and posts in, and I had to do some of them in groups, but I’m glad I was able to do it. And now that I don’t have to worry about the challenge, I can focus on Halloween nail art!

31DC2016 Inspired by a Book – Sailor Moon

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When I was little, I would watch Sailor Moon every afternoon after school, and years later I finally read the manga and loved it. It’s still one of my favorite anime/manga, so when I saw a Born Pretty Sailor Moon stamping plate, I had to have it!  Continue reading