Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Negative Space Tribal Nail Art

There comes a time in every girl's life when she must conquer the unknown and yesterday was that day for me. Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed an extra day off and decided to sit down and do some nail art. But not any nail art, no. I decided to do the nail art that I have avoided like the plague since I started this blog two whole years ago. Tribal nail art.

 I recently ordered these vinyls from Nail Vinyls and was so excited to try something fun and different with them. Negative Space manis have been everywhere lately and they are incredibly cool-looking without being too complicated since the need to apply a base color is eliminated. 

I started with simply applying my regular base coat , HK Girl Stuck on Blu. Once my base coat was dry I applied the nail vinyls and two coats of white polish. I removed the vinyls while the polish was still wet (very important otherwise the vinyls will lift your polish up when you remove them). I then edged out the white chevron in black polish. I used my thin striping brush to apply the black detailing in the chevrons to create my "tribal" patterns. 

I am still obsessed with pastels at the moment so I opted to use pastel color to fill in the design. 
Colors used:

China Glaze Def Defying
American Apparel L'Esprit 
The Balm Hot Ticket Sky Blue Right Past You
Savina You're My Sunshine
Sinful Colors Starfish

Overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. For a first try it's not too shabby! But it was incredibly time consuming! I don't know how girls who are always doing tribal nail art manage it. Practice makes perfect so I guess the more I do it the faster I will get!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pastel Leopard Print Nail Art

Today I have a bit of nail art that I wore over the weekend. The weather has been so nice these past few days that it is finally feeling like Spring, which of course puts me in the mood for Spring colors! I have been wanting to do a fun spring leopard print nail art design and this is what I came up with!

I started with two coats of Lime Crime Milky Ways. For the spots I used:

American Apparel Office, L'Esprit and Coney Island
Savina You're My Sunshine

To create spot outlines I used my dotting tool and white polish.I applied a coat of HK Girl Top Coat and once completely dry I matted the design with Butter London Matte Top Coat.

I love how velvety and soft my nails look matted. The design looks so pretty and feminine!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Valiantly Varnished Turns 2 Giveaway Extravaganza!

I honestly can't believe it's been two whole years since I started this blog. It feels like it was just yesterday that I came up with the wacky idea to start a nail art blog. A lot has happened since that time both in my life and here on VV, but I still find myself feeling like a newbie a lot of the time. There is still so much to learn and do and try and that is what keeps it both exciting and challenging. In celebration of my 2 year blogiversary I was planning on doing a giveaway. But I couldn't decide on a prize. I kept having multiple ideas and going back and forth and then finally it hit me: why not do them all? And so...from now until June I will be doing a giveaway a month! Each month will feature a new giveaway with a new prize! This month's prize is pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Subtle Gold Stamping with Hare Polish Return To Nature

Quick nails of the day post for you all today! I finally got my hands on, Hare Polish Return to Nature, which has been on my wish list for sometime. I wore it to work on it's own and oohed and ahhed over it the entire day. I don't usually wear any polish for longer than a day but I wanted to wear this one and tweak it a bit. So I decided to add a little stamping to it.

I started with two coats of Return to Nature and a coat of HK Girl Top Coat. Once dry I used MoYou London Suki Plate 05 and NY & Co. Millionaire for the stamping design. 

I am such a huge fan of subtle stamping designs and I love the way this looks when the light hits it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Nail Art with Nicole by OPI Dove Chocolate Set

Let me preface this post by saying I never win anything. Well not ever - but I can count on two fingers the things I have won in various sweepstakes, contests, giveaways, etc. So you can imagine my astonishment when I opened my mailbox and found a small box containing the Nicole by OPI Dove Chocolate set. I had entered this giveaway waaay back in January and had just assumed that like any other giveaway I have entered I hadn't won. The set features two gorgeous brown polishes, Better After Dark and Promises In The DarkI felt like crap on Saturday and spent most of the day in bed but nothing gets me going like new polish and winning something! I was originally going to just swatch these for you all but I wanted to do something fun and decided to do some simple nail art with them!