Monday, September 22, 2014

31DC2014: Day 22 - Inspired by A Song

I was really excited for today's prompt since I knew for awhile exactly what song I wanted to use for my inspiration. I am a huge Sia fan and have seen he in concert numerous times. She is an amazing singer and  songwriter who has written for a ton of huge music stars. She wrote Diamonds for Rihanna and Pretty Hurts for Beyonce, fyi. I personally love it when she keeps her amazing song for herself because her voice is just beyond. I highly suggest looking up video of her singing Diamonds on YouTube - you will never hear it the same way again. The song I chose for today is Chandelier from her 1000 Forms of Fear album. The lyrics and really poignant and her voice...like I said. Beyond.


I decided to mimic the swoops of a chandelier in a nod to the title of the song. I started with two coats of Zoya Genevieve. I have to say that I wasn't a huge fan of this color when I first swatched it but it has really grown on me. I then applied a thick layer of top coat and applied my rhinestones. I mimicked the crystal drops on my index and pinky. 


My top coat for some random reason had a strange reaction as it dried after I applied the stones. It began to wrinkle a bit which has never happened before, which really bummed me out since I didn't notice it until I started taking my photos. 



Here are the lyrics to Chandelier and a link to the video. The girl who dances in it is amazing!

Party girls don't get hurt
Can't feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I'm the one "for a good time call"
Phone's blowin' up, ringin' my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw 'em back 'til I lose count

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight
Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw 'em back 'til I lose count

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

But I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight
Help me, I'm holding on for dear life, won't look down, won't open my eyes
Keep my glass full until morning light, 'cause I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight

On for tonight
'Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
Oh, I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight
'Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
'Cause I'm just holding on for tonight
Oh, I'm just holding on for tonight
On for tonight
On for tonight


Sunday, September 21, 2014

31DC2014: Day 21 - Inspired by A Color

We are on to Day 21 of the challenge and today's prompt is Inspired by A Color. I immediately thought of teal since it's one of my favorite polish colors. I never get tired of it and it's one of my go-to colors when I can't decide what to wear. For some reason, whenever I wear teal I think of tone on tone stamping - I love it in general but I especially love it with teal. And this gave me an excuse to use my new Bundle Monster plates again!


I started with two coats of American Apparel Peacock. For the stamping pattern I used China Glaze Deviantly Daring and BM Plate 502.




So what do you think of the tone on tine stamping look? I'm kind of obsessed with it!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

31DC2014: Day 20 - Water Marble

There is one prompt in the 31 day challenge that feels me with dread. Water Marble. Ahhh water marble how I hate thee. Not the end results. I often gasp in awe and wonder at some of the amazing water marble designs other bloggers come up with. I alas am not one of them. Today's design features only one water marbled nail. Is this a cop out? I assure you it is not. After two failed attempts I surrendered and altered my original design idea. 




  I started with painting my middle, thumb and pinky with Zoya Ryan. I then used Mundo de Unas #43 and two images from my new Bundle Monster stamping plates (!), #509. I used American Apparel Poppy and Meteor Shower on my ring finger. For the water marble I started with a coat of NY & Co. Millionaire and then incorporated the other colors along with Elevation Polish Limestone. I applied a cute little nautical-themed decal in the corner of my nail.



This design isn't too far off from what I originally wanted to do. I simply modified it a bit. It just chafes a bit to know that I fought the water marble and the water marble won. Kind of. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

31DC2014: Day 19 - Galaxy Nails

Late day post folks! Didn't get around to doing my nails last night so had to do them when I got home from work. Which I hate doing since it can be stressful to be on such a strict time frame. Luckily today's prompt is Galaxies. Which are some of the easiest bits of nail art you can do. I have talked about my love of galaxy nails before so there's not much more I can say about them. They're awesome.


I started with a base of black polish. I then sponged on the following colors with a small piece of makeup sponge:

Zoya Veronica
Zoya Genevieve
Color Club Williamsburg
Sinful Colors Snow Me White

I lightly added some sparkle with Wet N Wild Kaleidoscope. I pretty much only use this polish when I do galaxies - it's the perfect amount of sparkle for them. I added a few random dots for stars with my dotting tool and Snow Me White




These turned out really nicely - I daresay perhaps my favorite ones that I've ever done. You can check out some of my other galaxies here, here and here to compare!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

31DC2014: Day 18 - Half Moon Nails

We're on Day 18 of the 31DC, Half Moon nails. Today's nail art is half moon-ish, more in the spirit of the design than a literal translation. It's very rare that I get the urge to bust out the striping tape so I figured I'd go with it!


This design was relatively simple to do. The thing that took the longest amount of time was cutting the striping tape. Which is always my least favorite part of striping tape nail art. I started with a clear base coat, KB Shimmer Basic Training. Once dry, I applied two piece of striping tape in a V shape and applied two coats of Chick Polish Hen House. I removed the tape while the polish was still wet. For my middle finger, I did an accent detail and doubled the V shape. I waited a few minutes before applying my top coat to avoid smearing the design.




 So yeah...half moon-ish. But they're turned out so pretty, so I'm okay with that.