31DC2017 Inspired by a Flag – Slytherin Banner Nails

As usual, it took me a while before I figured out what I wanted to do for the inspired by a flag prompt. I think I would definitely prefer if this prompt was more general — after doing it a few years it just feels repetitive. But anyway, this year I decided to go the fantasy route and based my nails on the Slytherin banners from Harry Potter. I had to do Slytherin of course since that’s my house!

In my search I found a variety of different designs, so I just took the general look of them which usually featured green stripes and a snake. I like how even though they’re matte, the metallic snake still stands out.

Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Eclectic
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

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31DC2017 Stripes – Distressed Blue Nails

For today’s stripes prompt, I did some distressed inspired blue-green nails. These were pretty easy to do and they didn’t take long. I painted stripes using shades of blue and green and went over them with sheer colors to further mix them. I love this nail art and might do it again in the future with a warm color scheme.

Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby
Sinful Colors High Strung
Sparitual Emerald City
OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?
OPI Purple Perspective

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31DC2017 Rainbow – Stripes Pattern Nails

This year I went with a more straightforward approach to the rainbow prompt. In the past I’ve placed the colors randomly but I really wanted to follow the color order this time. I wasn’t going to add pink originally, but without it the pattern would always be the same. I’m not sure how I feel about the white lines. I like how they break up the colors a bit, but they’re not as clean as I would have liked. Still a really fun and colorful design that I’m happy with overall!

OPI Big Apple Red
Ciaté Hopscotch
Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass
Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money
Orly Snowcone
Milani Vivid Violet
Salon Perfect Pink-y Swear

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Metallic Gold Kwanzaa Nail Art

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A simple but elegant design for Kwanzaa representing the kinara. I actually made this more complicated than it needed to be since I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when I started. So instead of applying the gold first then adding the candles on top, I actually applied the colors first, waited until they had dried, applied double pieces of striping tape and then added the gold last. Unnecessarily complicated, I know! But I love the end result regardless.

For the candles, I used Sparitual Radiant, a shimmery red, and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, a black with silver shimmer. I used two different polishes for the green. I began with Sinful Colors San Francisco, a metallic green, but that was too sheer even after several coats. So I applied Ciaté La Dolce Vita, a darker green on top. But that was too dark for what I wanted, so then I added another layer of San Francisco over it to brighten the green. Finally, after securing the striping tape, I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold. Next time I do a similar design, I’ll think it through before I start so I don’t wind up with a ton of layers!

31DC2016 Inspired by Fashion – Betsey Johnson

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For the fashion prompt I did a design based on Betsey Johnson’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear CollectionContinue reading

31DC2016 Inspired by a Song – Beyoncé’s Lemonade

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I couldn’t decide on just one song for today’s prompt, so instead I went for the album itself: Beyoncé’s LemonadeContinue reading

31DC2016 Stripes – Baby Ducks

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I love these nails! They’re similar to the frog ones in my last post and I really like how cute the design looks. Continue reading

Simple Stripes Pink Nails

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I did these nails a couple of weeks ago, but I was waiting until the holidays were over to post them. They’re simple, but I really like them. I wanted a bright pink mani with just a small detail. The pink is Revlon Parfumerie African Tea Rose, and the green stripe is Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven.

Purple and Gray Striped Nails

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Some time ago I did a striped design using different finishes for each color and I really liked it, so I decided to do something similar. Continue reading

31DC2015 Inspired by a Tutorial – Simply Nailogical’s Reciprocal Gradient

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I love these nails so much! These are inspired by Simply Nailogical’s Rainbow Reciprocal Scaled Gradient. Although her design is ten times more amazing (and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already!), I’m really proud of how my nails turned out. I was a bit lazy and only did two out of the four gradients, and only in purple – though if I had just done an accent nail I probably would have ventured to do all the gradients, but since I had to remove these the next day, I simplified it. I used Fresh Paint Passion Fruit for the light purple and Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier for the dark purple. The darker polish went on opaque, but the light purple gave me a bit of trouble, because it didn’t sponge as opaque as it normally applies. My gradient also didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but it still looks great. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day!

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