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.

Abstract Waves Nail Art

Halfway through this nail art I realized it’s really similar to the wave nail art I did last year (here). I even used some of the same polishes! The waves on that design are narrower though, and I wanted more of a marble look here.

Sorry for the photo quality not being that great, but I was trying to get these done as fast as possible for the challenge. It’s not June anymore at this point, but at least I only have one more nail art to post, and that will be up soon! June was pretty hectic for me and some personal issues came up, but this challenge served as a nice distraction. So even though I kind of tumbled through it I’m glad I took part!

Sinful Colors Navy I Do
ORLY Snowcone
Sparitual Full of Life
Pure Ice Super Star

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.

Pool Party Nail Art

I was really excited when I saw the pool party prompt on the challenge since I hadn’t done anything like it before. It was also a great opportunity for me to practice painting water. At first I was just drawing long, curved white lines for the reflections, but that wasn’t looking right. So, I googled some photos of water and noticed the reflections were made up of smaller sections. I made the white lines shorter and connected them. I also did several layers for a more translucent water effect. The blue I used, Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money, is not particularly sheer, but with a light coat it left the lines partly visible.

For the lemonade and the floats I used a white nail art liner and the accent colors listed below:

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
Salon Perfect Let’s Not Coral
Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair
Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

I’m really happy with how the water looks and the nail art in general. I want to keep practicing the reflections, but this one’s definitely one of my favorite designs so far for this challenge.

Sunrise Palm Trees Nail Art

The second prompt of the Glam Nails Challenge June is palm trees. I really wanted to do a green and yellow gradient, so I went with a sunrise theme.  The palm trees themselves weren’t that hard to do. I used a black polish to color in the land, then a liner for the trees. They ended up a little messy, but I don’t mind it, because it makes them look windblown.

Kleancolor Neon Yellow
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil

Neon Oranges Nail Art

I decided to do a summer-inspired challenge this month similar to the one I participated in back in January: Glam Nails Challenge June. I’m a little behind but I’ll try to get them done in time. The prompts are fun and definitely very summery.

I went with a simple design for the oranges prompt, choosing a sky blue and neon orange. I’m not in love with it since I don’t think the oranges turned out that well, but I do like how bright it looks and the contrasting colors. Before adding the orange, I painted the circles in white so the colors would pop more.

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
CND Vinylux Aqua-intance

Here are the prompts and dates for the rest of the challenge if you want to take part!

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Tropical Foil Nail Art

The weather’s still a little cool in my area, but I really wanted to do some Summer-inspired tropical nails. These are loosely based (mainly the plants) on this esNAIL design. Instead of using pearls, I incorporated gold foil. Although I have nail art foil, this time I used Heidi Swapp Foil Flakes. I actually bought these with the intention of using them in my bullet journal, and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized these were practically identical in both shade and texture to my nail art foil flakes.

For the background, I dabbed on OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow, Turquoise Aesthetic, and Pen & Pink using a sponge. I like how they blended, but I was hoping for a more pastel look, and they turned out too dark. As for the palms and flowers, I used various nail art polishes and some of my Sally Hansen nail art pens. The palms looked good in the beginning, but I kept trying to make them better, and they just got messier. Next time I’ll have to stop myself from overdoing it on a design! But, overall I’m pretty happy with these nails.

Summer Nail Art – Marble Nautical + 31DC2016

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This is the final design in my series of summer nail art. I had planned to post a different set of nails using a nautical stamping plate, but I wasn’t happy with the result. Continue reading

Summer Nail Art – Stamped Beach Accessories

summeraccessoriesnailart

I decided to do a couple stamped designs for my summer nail art series. Stamping is always so tricky for me and I don’t practice it nearly enough. The polishes I have aren’t meant for stamping, so they’re not as thick and consequently don’t transfer the images as well. This took me several tries, especially since I kept stamping the pattern on wrong – either lopsided or only half the image. After having to carefully wipe off the white and fix the gradients several times, I finally managed a look I was okay with, though the accent nail still bugs me.

For the gradient I applied four OPI Color Paint polishes: Primarily Yellow, Chromatic Orange, Pen & Pink, and Purple Perspective. I love this sunset color scheme and did something similar on my recent Tropical Sunset Palm Nails. In contrast to the rest of the design, my accent nails feature a block gradient where I just used the polish brushes to blend the colors. To stamp the images, I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On, though I hope to eventually buy stamping polishes in white and black. Sorry for the chip on my middle nail by the way – I couldn’t take photos of these right away and by the time I could, it had chipped.

Summer Nail Art – Rio Olympics 2016

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I would have done Olympics nail art sooner but  it completely slipped my mind, until a friend showed me her nails and I realized I hadn’t done any.  Continue reading