Valentine’s Hearts Drag Marble Nails

Here’s an easy heart and rose petal drag marble design for Valentine’s Day! I applied two coats of China Glaze Rose Among Thorns (Neon) for the base color then let it dry. Once I was ready to start the drag marble, I applied a third coat and then quickly dotted Sinful Colors Tutu, a sheer pink, on the sides. Using a thin liner brush, I dragged through the middle of the dots to form the petals. Then, using Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, I added two small dots in the middle of each pair of petals and dragged down to create the heart shape.

I’m happy with how it turned out and it wasn’t that time consuming. A design like this would also work well as an accent nail if you don’t want to go through the trouble of doing it on all of the nails.

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Valentine’s Freehand Floral Nails

For my first Valentine’s themed nails this year I went for a mix of things. I combined Salon Perfect Pink-y Swear, a neon pink, with Revlon Coy, a pastel. It turns out once I had applied the pastel pink, I didn’t like it at all. So I left it on just one nail and partly covered it with a freehand floral design. The other two pastel nails I replaced with Sinful Colors Supernova, a rose gold metallic. The heart and stripe accents are actually Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer, which is slightly more cool toned.

I really like these nails! My plan for this month is to do several Valentine’s Day designs using different techniques, so we’ll see how far I get. I did this and the next design on both hands too, and neither was that time consuming, although my left does look significantly better!

Valentine’s Day Mirrored Nails

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Some quick and easy Valentine’s Day inspired nails. I did these using Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish, which I recently bought and love! I’ll be posting a more in-depth review of that nail polish soon. These have more of a chrome finish because of the top coat, but I’ll get more into that in the review post.

After applying the mirror polish, I used Kleancolor Bite Me, a shimmery red, to paint the hearts. I just used the polish brush, drawing the hearts in a V motion. To outline them, I used Hurricane Nail Art Silver, which I also used to draw the smaller hearts on the index and pinky nails. I like that they don’t look super obvious, but are more of a relief effect.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day 2016: Stamped Love Nails

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I didn’t really have any ideas for a Valentine’s Day design this year, so I decided to go for another stamped look. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day 2015: Metallic Gradient & Roses Nail Art

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Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks away, but I thought I’d get started on a few Valentine’s designs. I love how this one turned out, I think it looks super delicate. I began by applying a very thin coat of Sinful Colors Lively in Lilac, a semi sheer purple with pink glitter, on the index and middle finger as a base for the flowers. I outlined the roses with Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink, and filled them in with Sinful Colors Dancing Nails and Sinful Colors Vintage. To accent them, I made a few dots with Cosmetic Arts (an unnamed silver polish). I used the same silver and Dancing Nails to create the gradients on the thumb and ring fingers. I’m really proud of how they turned out. I didn’t use the sponge technique, but instead applied quick strokes with the nearly clean polish brushes. For the pinky, I used one coat of Dancing Nails, and dabbed two coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Fastdry Atlantis on top.

Valentine’s Day 2014: White Hearts

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Sally Hansen White On
Sephora by OPI Bare to Be Different
Ying’s Color Pastel Cocoa

To get the swirls, I painted the hearts, then dotted Pastel Cocoa on the corner to give the impression that it was my natural nail color, then dotted white slightly higher.

Accent Heart Nails

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m really happy with how clean the hearts came out on this one. I followed Michelle Phan’s tutorial, where you use bandages to make the stencil. It was a bit tricky not making the hearts too big.

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Finger Paints Scenery Greenery
Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Sinful Colors Rain Storm
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Valentine’s Stripes & Dots

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For the thumb and middle finger I used OPI’s Mod About You. Unfortunately it’s the last I will be using of it as it’s gotten extremely thick and too difficult to work with. I added thinner not too long ago, but that didn’t help much. I bought it about three years ago, but I have older polishes that still work fine. In general, I’m not a huge fan of OPI, because the brush is too big. I do love this color though! For the ring finger I used Sinful Colors’ Pink Forever which is slightly brighter in person. And on the index finger and little finger I used Revlon’s Flirt, which I just bought today and love! The only downside is that it’s very runny, so I had to do a lot of clean-up. For the white I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White Out.

I still have one more Valentine’s Day design I plan on doing that I’m really excited for!

Valentine Heart Nails

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For the gradient I used Brucci’s Kathy’s Baby Blues and an unnamed nude from The Color Workshop that came in a gift set. For the hearts I used Mattese’s Pink Royale. I had been trying to think of what designs to do for Valentine’s Day for a while now, and for the first design decided to go with something relatively simple. I was disappointed with how the gradient turned out, but I think that’s largely because the nude I used isn’t too opaque so the blue overpowered it. For the hearts I just used the brush from the polish.