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31 Day Challenge 2014: *25*

Sadly, my Uglies nails are gone. Boooooo. That's the one bad thing about this challenge. Sometimes, you actually want to wear your creations for a little bit longer, but I've done that soooo many times, I'm 5 days behind. So, without further ado or lament, here are my nails inspired by FASHION...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Sally Hansen White On
SinfulColors Black on Black
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

My fashion nails were inspired by all the clean lines and simple black and white manicures featured at NYFW 2014. Only, I kinda failed in my attempt to recreate the look properly. In a couple of ways... O.o

I should've used smaller dots. I should've waited longer before applying top coat. I should've had more patience. But I didn't, and this is what I ended up with. Clean white nails and streaky black dots. I let the dots set for a good 10 minutes before I put on clear coat, so, I'm not exactly sure what ha…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *24*

Happy Monday! Today's nails are the next prompt in the 31 Day Challenge... and I know, I'm soooo far behind! This weekend was just so very busy! I kept my movie nails on for an extra day, and I lost another day when I painted the bases for this mani... my nails inspired by A BOOK...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Bonita Florence
3 Coats Sinful Colors Timbleberry
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

1 Day of Wear

Bongo Diva 'Til Dawn
Sally Hansen White On
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Milani Peri-Wink
Sinful Colors Coral Reef
Sally Hansen Coral Reef
Wet n Wild Ferris-Wheel Romance
Sinful Colors Muse
Pure Ice Kiss Me Here

The book that inspired these nails is Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It's the first book in the Uglies Series, and if you like dystopian young adult fiction, you'll LOVE it. Even if you're not a fantasy young adult fan... give it a try. It's such a great series, and it's really well written.

So... what…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *23*

The odds are definitely in my favor today... so much so, that I don't really want to take this manicure off tonight! Saying goodbye to my song nails wasn't hard at all last night. But these? I've been wanting to replicate Effie Trinket's reaping nails for so long! Here they are... nails inspired by A MOVIE!






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SOPI All About Me
Bongo Diva 'Til Dawn
SOPI The Golden Age
SOPI It's Real 18K Gold
1 Coat Confetti Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Finally! I've been wanting to paint my nails like Effie's for a long time, but for whatever reason, I just never got a round to it. But with a little help from the 31 Day Challenge? Done.

Just for reference, here are Effie's nails in The Hunger Games...


These nails are actually really simple. You don't even need to add glitter to achieve the same look, but we all know that I've got serious glitter issues. Sooooo... rather than just pink and gold, we've…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *22*

It's a different day and that means a new prompt for the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge. Yesterday, my nails were inspired by a color. Today's nails are inspired by A SONG...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Pure Ice Kiss Me Here
2 Coats SOPI Flurry Up
1 Coat Sally Girl In Love
2 Coats SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Remember how I said I had all those ideas for a manicure inspired by a song? Once I actually started thinking them through... most of them didn't work. Then, I was going to use my franken Glittered Concrete, but I could nawt get the bottle open, no matter how hard I tried! I had used Kiss Me Here for the base of that franken, and thankfully, I had a spare bottle.

The inspiration for this mani was Heads Will Roll by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. If you've never heard it before, check it out... it's an awesome song!

Kiss Me Here is a true gray. It has a slightly jelly finish to it, so it looks su…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *21*

I'm not even gonna try to sugar coat it... I did a little happy dance all over the room when it was time for the water marble to come off of my nails. From here on out, the prompts are a little more obtuse. (such a good thing!!!) In all honesty, I wasn't sure what to do for this one, even as I was soaking in a hot bath last night. So, I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed for inspiration. I settled on plum, wine, or berry for my inspired by A COLOR manicure...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet N Wild So Berry On Trend
3 Coats Rainbow Honey Sugarberries (accent)
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Somehow, I managed to nail all three... plum, berry, and wine with just one color! I know, I know... someone call the overachievers club of America, STAT! :)

After the past couple of manicures were so involved, I needed a little simplicity. The glitter gradient came to me at the last possible moment, when I remembered that I hadn't…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *20*

I've moved past the galaxies to... (duh, duh, duh...) the dreaded WATER MARBLE manicure...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Black On Black
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
Sinful Colors Black On Black
Bonita Miss Piggy
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
2 Coats Seche Vite

What. A. Mess. That's how I'd sum up the whole process that is the Water Marble manicure. It's a complete and total mess. A cool looking mess, sure... but a mess, none the less!

Since this was my first time marbling, I decided to keep the effect relegated to my accent nails. I can't imagine having to do all 10. I definitely had to go back and redo 2 of my nails a second time, and I never did get my thumb to look quite right. I'm pretty sure there's some cotton ball fibers in there, but texture is a thing, now... right? (just say yes, please!) Honestly, if I had tried to do all 10 nails, I'd probably still be working on it. O.o

That bei…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *19*

Half Moons have given way to the GALAXIES...







Polishes Used:

3 Coats Milani Ink Spot
Sally Hansen White On
SinfulColors Blue La La
SinfulColors Mint Tropics
Wet n Wild Careful Its Vine-tage
SinfulColors Black on Black
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat OPI Pirouette My Whistle
1 Coat Seche Vite

Did I originally promise to complete this challenge in a timely fashion? Because, honestly? It's been really difficult! September has been a crazy month so far. I had very little ambition to paint my nails on Sunday night, let alone tackle the dreaded water marble of Day 20. So... I just decided to wear this one for a 2nd day. Then, I completely forgot about posting it until I was mid-manicure last night, and that just was nawt going to happen.

So anyway...

I've never done a galaxy manicure before, but I've used the sponging technique before on some of my gradient manis. I started with a base of navy blue, then sponged on white, light blue, light green, and purple to create the …

31 Day Challenge 2014: *18*

Moving on from glitter was definitely hard. I could've worn that mani for a lot longer. BUT... the challenge goes on, and I'm already 2 days behind... so, here we are with HALF MOONS for Day 18 on what's supposed to be Day 20 of the #31DC2014.






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Smokin'
2 Coats Sally Hansen Jell-ous?
2 Coats Sally Hansen Grape Jelly
2 Coats Sally Hansen Jell-ous?
1 Coat Sally Hansen Grape Jelly
1 Coat OPI Pirouette My Whistle
2 Coats Sally Hansen Jell-ous?
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm seriously loving this manicure, so much so, that I'm sad to take it off. I'm definitely going to have to try another half-moon mani in the the future. Hard to believe this was my first one!

To create my half-moons, I used binder reinforcement stickers. I painted on 3 coats of Smokin'... a charcoal gray creme polish. Varying between coats of Jell-ous, a sheer pink jelly, and Grape Jelly, a sheer jelly purple polish, The gray turn…

31 Day Challenge 2014: *17*

Gone are the angles and lines of my geometric mani... and in their place? Some sparkle, a dash of flakies, a little jelly, and glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!!!






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Sally Hansen Purple Pizazz
1 Coat SOPI Indi-Go With The Flow
1 Coat Sally Girl In Love
1 Coat L.A. Girl Provocative
1 Coat Fingerpaints Twisted
1 Coat SOPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild
1 Coat Sally Girl In Love
2 Coats Fingerpaints Twisted
2 Coats Sally Hansen Purple Pizazz
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Thank goodness there's no limit on layering for a Jelly Glitter Sandwich. Because honestly, where would I be if there were? Certainly in a place with a whole lot less sparkle, that's for sure! Technically, if you don't count the glitter in Purple Pizazz, I only used 5 coats of glitter. That's not bad, right? I'm pretty sure I've used more in the past for other sandwiches........ O.o

Purple Pizazz is one of my faaaaavorite jellies to…