Butterfly Glitter Globe Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

The snow globe prompt gave me so much trouble. I first tried doing a neon design and stamped some snow globes on it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I tried freehanding moon and stars in the globes, but I didn’t like that either. I took a short break and tried again with this design, which I feel slightly better about.

For the base colors, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower and Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money. I didn’t want to do globes on every nail, so I chose a geometric print for the red ones using plate Harunouta L040, which also has the butterflies. The globes themselves are from Harunouta L001, and I just removed the snowman which was inside. I top coated the globes with Essie Golden Nuggets for that glitter globe effect. I’ve been really liking the matte look lately, so I also used a matte top coat for these.

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Stamped Penguin Nails – Glam Nails Challenge Jan 2018

I wasn’t too excited about this prompt since last year for January’s challenge penguins were also on the list and they’re not really my favorite. Still, it didn’t take long to do and it looks alright. The pattern is from plate BP-L063, which is full of cute animal images. For this design, I began with a white base, then sponged on Sinful Colors Pull Over to represent the accents of yellow on penguins’ bodies and beaks.

New Year 2018 Nail Art + Gel Top Coat

Happy New Year 2018!

I got a 12W Kedsum LED Lamp for Christmas, so this is my very first try doing gel nails, at least partially since I only used a gel top coat. As a disclaimer, I wanted the lamp to try out nail powders, not for long-wear gel nails, so I didn’t follow all the recommended steps for a regular gel polish application.

I began by applying UNT Peel-Off Base Coat since I didn’t want to deal with the complicated process of taking them off after only a few days. Then I used a coat of regular black polish and let that dry. Once that was done, I applied OneDor Gel No Wipe Top Coat, cured it for 30 seconds, then rubbed the powder on the nails (Born Pretty Chameleon Holo Flakes Powder in blue). I struggled a bit with this step. I’m not sure if the bigger flakes made the application less smooth, or if it was something I did wrong, but there were a few spots that didn’t take the powder evenly. After stamping on my design using plate Celebration BPX-L013, I then applied another layer of the gel top coat and cured for another 30 seconds.

For a first try I think they came out decent, though I don’t love this powder as much as I thought I did – maybe I just need to play around with it more. I have some more nail powders I ordered that I want to try eventually, but I think I’ll stick to regular polish for the most part.

Stamped Kwanzaa Nails

I really love how these festive Kwanzaa nails look! The only thing I would change would be to use a greener green – the one I used for the stripes, Revlon Wild, looks more like gold. For the red stripes I used Revlon Ravishing, a bright tomato red. I really like how the accent nail turned out, considering I’m not a huge fan of bar glitter. It took about 4-5 coats of Revlon Golden Confetti for almost full coverage without a base color.

Stamped Snowflakes on Glitter Nail Art

For these snowflake nails I used stamping plate BP-L056. I first applied two coats of a lavender polish by Academy of Colour. Over that I used Julep Ani, a purple and pink glitter, which doesn’t show up too much in the photo, but in person looks nice. I hadn’t realized until I looked back on my old winter designs that I did similar nails last year, but on a red background. These are more on the simple end, but I do still like how they turned out.

Autumn Leaves Nail Art

I’m really loving these autumn inspired leaf nails! These took me a while since I did a couple different techniques. For my thumb and pinky nails I did water spotting using spray hand sanitizer. The pinky nail looks more like a water marble, but I just experimented with the water spotting to get different designs. I love how the thumb nail turned out, it’s definitely my favorite!

For the leaves, I used stamping plate BP-L001 which has several nature and floral themed images. Once stamped, the leaves were a bit faded, so I painted a brighter orange on some sections. I’m glad I also added the gold touches here and there because it brings the design together. I used a lot of polishes for this nail art, but below are the major ones.

Sinful Colors Envy, Copper Pot
Revlon Raven Red, Sassy
Sparitual Improvisation, Mind

Stamped Halloween 2017 Nail Art

Here are my nails for Halloween! There were a ton of images on the stamping plates (BPX-L007 and BP-L057) I loved and was saving to use all together in one design. I had planned to color these in, but due to time I just did them in black and white. I’m actually glad I didn’t color them in because it has a coloring book style that looks really cool. I used Pure Ice Super Star for the white, and Pueen Black Jack as the stamping polish.

Have a Happy Halloween everyone and stay safe!

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Ghosts Nail Art

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do ghost nails again since I recently did ones for the 31 Day Challenge (here), but since I wanted to complete all the prompts, I just took a different spin on it. I applied two coats of Revlon Silver Dollar, then once that dried, stamped on the ghosts image from plate BPX-L007. In person it’s a bit hard to tell since the white doesn’t stand out as much against the silver, but I like how subtle it looks.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Haunted House Nail Art

I love these nails so much I don’t want to take them off! But I still have a few more Halloween designs to do before the month is over. As with my previous stamped designs this month, I’ve used the plates BPX-L007 and BP-L057. I love the images on them and want to use as many as I can while still keeping a good balance of freehanded and stamped nail art posts.

These nails didn’t take long to do at all since the stamping was so quick. I began by applying one coat of Fresh Paint Firefly, then sponged OPI Color Paints Landscape Artist over it. Once the stamping was done, I started sponging Icing Gargoyle to resemble fog, but I didn’t like how it was turning out so I stopped before making it too intense.

Glam Nails Challenge Oct – Stamped Skeleton Nail Art

I love these cute stamped skeleton nails! If you look closely, you can also see that I used newspaper print for the background. I wanted it to have a vintage look, so that’s why I chose a sepia palette using Essie Case Study and Milani Creme Brulee.

For the newspaper background, I cut out sections of random text from the paper, then using a cotton ball soaked in hand sanitizer (because I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol), I pressed it to the newspaper and that to the nail. It transferred the print really well. I then applied a top coat to seal in the ink and keep it from fading. Once that dried, I stamped on the skeletons using stamping plate BP-L057.