Monday, July 21, 2014

Modcloth Nail Klub and Dresses Challenge - Galaxy Nail Art

I am so excited for today's post! I was recently contacted by Modcloth and invited to participate in their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge. The challenge is pretty simple: pick one of their summer dresses and interpret it through nail art. As you all know I love incorporating fashion into nail art so I jumped at the chance to participate. The Modcloth Nail Klub has some great examples and inspiration on turning pretty dresses into nail art here. For my own post I chose this gorgeous Heart and Solar System Dress as my inspiration. It's so different and fun for a summer dress, and I love how unique the galaxy pattern is. 

For this design I used:

Base Color:
Bondi Midnight Mystery 

Colors used for Galaxy Pattern:
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Lacquer Lust Topaz
American Apparel Pinto
China Glaze Manhunter
Wet N' Wild Kaleidoscope
Top Coat:
Butter London Matte Top Coat

I started by painting two coats of my base color. Once dry I used a makeup sponge to apply blotches of the various colors. I used a dotting tool to recreate some of the larger dots and splotches in the pattern.  I then took a clean makeup sponge and lightly applied Kaleidoscope over each nail in random patterns for a light sparkle effect. I applied my matte top coat to echo the matte texture of the fabric in the dress. 

I am so in love with how this turned out. I love galaxy nails because they look incredibly complicated but really aren't!  Another great thing about them is that there is really no right or wrong way for them to turn out. Whatever your imagination comes up with is great. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

July Ipsy Bag Review

Happy Friday peeps! Earlier this week I received my July Ipsy bag. I haven't had a chance to try anything yet but I didn't want to wait until the end of the month to show you everything I received. This is the second bag I've received since signing up (check out June's Ipsy bag review here) so I was really excited to see what I got. See more pics after the jump.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inspired by Fashion: Burberry Prorsum Pre-Spring 2015 Nail Art

I have really been inspired by abstract art lately and while looking for inspiration for today's post I came across this amazing trench coat from Burberry Prorsum's Pre-Spring 2015 collection. The whole collection is amazing, and this coat is one of my favorite pieces.

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Top Ten Favorite Polishes: Number Three - Nails, Inc Hampstead Garden

Hi, my name is Ameerah and I like fugly nail polish colors. I do. I can't help it. Give me a weird acid green or a dingy yellow and I'm all over it. This is evident in the third pick of my Top Ten favorite polishes list, Nails Inc Hampstead Gardens. The moment I saw this color in a blog post way back when I fell in love. It is in my humble opinion the perfect combination of all things fugly - and awesome! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Accidents - Matte Abstract Nail Art

Sometimes you sent down with a definite idea or inspiration for nail art...and then things just kind of go pear-shaped. Sometimes these minor disasters turn into happy accidents. My original inspiration was very different from what wound up on my nails but I actually like what I came up with better!

The original inspiration was a groovy 60's pattern that resembled a lava lamp. I was drawn to the colors - a navy background with bright sky blue and lime green. This is where the similarities end. My pattern is a bit more abstract and random and I incorporated more navy blue to make the other colors pop. 

Base color: 
Butter London Royal Navy

Pattern Colors: 
China Glaze Def Defying
American Apparel The Valley

 I started with two coats of Royal Navy and then used my striping brush to apply random shapes of Def Defying and The Valley. I then went in again with Royal Navy to define the shapes more.  I applied a coat of Butter London Matte Top Coat to finish.

Halfway through this I almost stopped because it wasn't turning out exactly like the print inspiration but I decided to just go with it and see what happened. I'm glad I did because I love the end result. So yay for happy accidents!