31DC2017 Inspired by a Pattern – Mermaid Scales Nails

This nail art is one of my favorites from the designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge. I love the combination of turquoise and gold and I’m really happy with how the scales turned out. I used nail vinyls, sponging a few different shades of teal and green on top to achieve a shiny, metallic look.

OPI That’s Hula-rious!
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, The Royal Me, Savage
Maybelline Gold’s Night Out
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Revlon Ocean
Sparitual Yes, I Can

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31DC2017 Metallic – Autumn Inspired Nails

For today’s metallic prompt, I did a design that was inspired by the changing of the seasons. I was originally going to use all warm colors, but then I saw a moss green foil that I love and knew I had to incorporate it as well. I should have started with a metallic green base, but I didn’t so I had a few bald spots I covered up with polish.

The accent nail features a pattern of copper leaves I did using nail art stencils. I kept them over a neutral background since I thought adding them over the green would be too distracting. Finally, I added metal studs between the silver and copper on the middle and little fingers.

Revlon Copper Penny
Revlon Silver Dollar
Sinful Colors Pine Away
Sparitual Mystic

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31DC2017 Black & White – Sketched Grid Nails

Looking back at my previous nail art for this prompt, I love nearly all of the black and white designs I’ve done, especially this one. In my first attempt, I used checkered stencils and added rhinestones over the black sections. It was terrible — I hadn’t placed the stencils straight enough, the rhinestones didn’t stand out, and on top of everything the top coat I was using smeared the black polish. I took everything off except the black accent nail and started over.

This time I kept the design much simpler and freehanded the grid instead of using stencils. I debated with filling in some of the squares, but I’m glad I didn’t because I prefer it this way. Apart from a few smudges thanks to my top coat, it looks much cleaner and less busy. I think it looks even better in person since the imperfections of the lines aren’t as noticeable.

Pure Ice Super Star
Sally Hansen Black Out

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31DC2017 Violet – Fading Lace Nails

This bright, almost neon purple is one of my favorite nail polishes and I think it pairs so well with a gold accent. I chose the colors before I actually knew what I wanted to do with the design which doesn’t happen often. Once I had the colors down, I looked through my nail art stash and decided I’d use some stencils since they wouldn’t take long. I chose a delicate spiral pattern and sponged over it with the background purple and a darker purple so it would fade out. I prefer using a sponge when dealing with stencils because it helps to avoid any leaks. I love how the gradient looks and I’m super happy with this design overall!

Salon Perfect Purple POP!
Julep Regina
Wet n Wild Disturbia
Sinful Colors The Royal Me

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Colorful Crab Nail Art

I have mixed feelings about these nails. I like how colorful they look and how I was able to mix some of the sheer polishes, but overall the design is a mess. I was trying to do the challenge prompt for ‘crab’ but the crabs look more like blobs. The star studs are cute though, and they gave me an idea for a 4th of July design.

I used OPI Color Paints in Primarily Yellow, Magenta Muse, Landscape Artist, and Indigo Motif and OPI Sheer Tints Don’t Violet Me Down to mix the colors for the background. I like how it gives it a jelly look. I painted the crabs with Color Club Apollo Star and added the blue glitter accent on the middle nail with Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.

Metallic Blue Ribbon Accent Nails

Pretty simple and quick nails. I really wanted to wear Kleancolor Metallic Aqua and added a couple  more touches to give it some pop. I really love the polishes from Kleancolor’s metallic collection – the shades are super vivid and look great on the nails. On top of the blue I added two coats of Milani Jewel Fx Fuchsia. The glitter’s not that dense, but that’s the look I was going for, so I didn’t layer on the polish too much or sponge it on. For a final touch, I added gold ribbon studs I bought on ebay. They’re very cute and I love them as a focal point for the design.

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.

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 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 Half Moon – Contrasting Colors

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I’m not too happy with these nails – they were sort of an experiment that failed. I was trying to create a gradient half moon, but I didn’t think it through and it ended up being a mess. The colors wouldn’t blend well and I had to sponge on many layers. When I finally managed the gradient, the color was too muddy and the transition still not obvious enough. The half moons were also not as rounded as I would have liked. If I ever tried this design again, I would do the gradient over a white base and choose colors that didn’t blend into a muddy shade.

Although the design was a fail, I love the actual nail polishes. Revlon’s Parfumerie line is one of my favorites as they have great coverage and the scents are always spot on (although the bottles can be a pain to open). I’m not sure if they’re being discontinued or not, but I’ve seen nearly all the colors on sale at Big Lots and similar stores, and have picked up a ton!

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain
Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom