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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

31DC2014: Day 17 - Glitter Nails

I wanted to do something that I hadn't done before today's prompt, Glitter. I first saw this technique on Chalkboard Nails. I had seen similar techniques before but Sarah's was the easiest and had the coolest result. The result of my design is more subtle but still blingy!




I started with two coats of China Glaze Bat My Eyes. I've had this polish since last year and just got around to wearing it - it's amazeballs! Such a gorgeous blackened bronze gold. I was loathe to cover it up. For the distressed part I used two colors: Sinful Colors Black on Black and Revlon Gold Coin. The technique is really simple and quick: You take your bottle brush, wipe off the excess (I took the excess off by wiping across a piece of tissue) and brush across the nail.




I wish my photos could do this justice. In pics they look very subtle but they are far more blingy in real life!