Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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...

Black & White Dotticure

Black on White Dotticure

Black on White Dotticure

Black & White Dotticure

Black on White Dotticure

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 happened there.

This manicure definitely didn't turn out as I had planned, but I don't hate it. Not... completely. But, kind of a little, if I have to be honest. Strongly dislike, perhaps? The streaks really bug me. :(

Ironically, the one good thing about this challenge, is that if you don't like the mani you've worn that day, you're actually encouraged to change them! So fear not, this dotted streaky mess will become nails inspired by A PATTERN............................................................Tomorrow.

#31DC2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

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...

Nails Inspired by Scott Westerfeld's Uglies

Uglies Inspired Nail Art

Nails Inspired by Scott Westerfeld's Uglies

Nails Inspired by Scott Westerfeld's Uglies

Uglies Nail Art

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 exactly from Uglies made it on to my nails? Let's start with the opening line of the book... hands down, thee best opening line EVER. "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." If that doesn't make you want to read on, I don't know WHAT would. So... salmon/coral sunrise nails done using the saran wrap technique on my left pinky and middle fingers, and my right pointer and pinky fingers.

Moving left to right, (because that is the direction in which we read...) a gold heart. Specifically, the heart locket Tally wears around her neck as she journeys to The Smoke. I used a dotting tool to create this, so don't think I got super fancy with a brush or anything!

Next up... my attempt at freehanding a white tiger orchid. I'm not an artist by any means, so this was really the best I can do. I'm honestly so proud that I was kind of able to draw it with both hands, but obviously the one drawn with my right hand is sooooo much better!

Lastly, and I know... it looks a little more like a blackened out fire, or some kind of dead bush, but it's supposed to represent the home of the resistance... The Smoke. I did mention that I'm not an artist right? I wasn't kidding one little bit, promise!

For the next prompt, I honestly have no idea what I'm going to do. Your guess is as good as mine, but next up in the challenge is No. 25... nails inspired by FASHION! 

#31DC2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

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!

Pink & Gold Glitter Gradient

Hunger Games Manicure

Hunger Games Reaping Nails

Gold & Pink Glitter Gradient

Pink and Gold Reaping Gradient

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...

Effie Trinket's Reaping Nails

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 got pink and gold with gold and silver glitter and 18K gold flakes.

And about those 18K flakes... I popped into TJ Maxx the other day, and scooped up 3 bottles of SOPI It's Real 18K Gold Top Coat for $2.99 a bottle along with a really pretty scarf! I have been searching for this polish for almost a year, and finally found it!!!

I'm not sure if I'm going to take this mani off tonight or not. I wouldn't mind wearing it for another day, but I'm also pretty excited for the next prompt. My idea for that is really time consuming, and I don't know that I'll have enough time/energy tonight. (#firstworldproblems) So... just a warning! The next prompt in the challenge calls for nails inspired by A BOOK...

#31DC2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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...

Grey Gradient Manicure

Gray Gradient Manicure

Grey Gradient Manicure

Grey Gradient Manicure

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 super shiny and wet. I probably could've added glitter to all my nails, and given the whole "glitter over everything" lyric, I suppose I should've... but let's be real. I've gotta take this off tonight, and cleaning glitter off 4 nails is soooo much easier than 10!

I'm super excited about my manicure for tomorrow. I know EXACTLY what I plan on doing for my inspired by A MOVIE nails. Until then, I'll just say... may the odds be ever in your favor. ;) 

#31DC2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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...

Berry Glitter Gradient

Wet n Wild So Berry on Trend, Rainbow Honey Sugarberries

Wet N Wild So Berry on Trend, Rainbow Honey Glitter Gradient

Berry Glitter Gradient

Wet n Wild So Berry On Trend, Rainbow Honey Sugarberries

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 swatched any polishes from Rainbow Honey's September Mystery Bag. Sugarberries matched up with So Berry On Trend too well to pass up the opportunity for a little more sparkle.

Thankfully, I have more ideas for the prompts coming up than I did for a lot of the past ones combined. Here's to hoping that's a good thing! Either way, next prompt up... nails inspired by A SONG... coming soon to this blog right here!  

#31DC2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2014: *20*

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

Black & Pink Water Marble Manicure

Black & Pink Water Marble Manicure

Black & Pink Water Marble Manicure

Black & Pink 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 being said... for my first time, (and an attempt that wasn't in my native nail lab...) this turned out pretty well. I think the effect looks really cool, and I know with more practice I would get better at it. But, truthfully? I can't really say that I want to get better at it. It's just soooooooo messy. Cleanup took quite a while, immediately after painting last night, and even this morning. I was sure my hands were going to be stuck to my sheets when I woke up, but thankfully that didn't happen!

Now that the messy water marble is behind me, it's time to get on to the more abstract part of the challenge... the final stretch that I've been looking forward to! Nails Inspired by A COLOR... But which color should I choose?!?

#31DC2014

31 Day Challenge 2014: *19*

Half Moons have given way to the GALAXIES...

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Manicure

Galaxy Manicure

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 galaxy effect. I did get a little carried away with the lighter colors, so I had to add in some navy blue and black for balance. I topped that with a coat of clear to blend my galaxies together, then added a coat of Pirouette My Whistle for a sparkly star effect.

I really didn't want to take this mani off last night. However, I know that the sooner I can get over the hurdle that is the WATER MARBLE... the oh so very much better, Better, BETTER!

#31DC2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.

Half-Moon Negative Space Manicure

Half-Moon Manicure

Half-Moon Negative Space Manicure

Half-Moon Negative Space Manicure

Half-Moon Manicure

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 turned into more of purple, while the negative space half-moons took on a sheer rosy pink. At that point, my nails were pretty, but they were definitely missing something. So, I added a coat of Pirouette My Whistle for a touch of glitter. 2 more coats of Jell-ous on top of that, and I was ready for a thick coat of Seche Vite to start the drying process.

As much as I like how my half-moon manicure turned out... I'm really anxious for the next prompt. GALAXIES... here I come!

#31DC2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

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!!!

Purple Layering Manicure

Purple Layering Manicure
Somehow this pic turned neonish all on its own....... Gremlins!

Purple Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Purple Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Purple Jelly Glitter Sandwich

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 make sandwiches with. Sally Hansen could make a collection of jellies exactly like it, and I'd totally buy every single one plus backups. The nail polish world could definitely use more jelly polishes like this... just for the sole purpose of more Jelly Glitter Sandwiches. But I want them in more varying shades! I feel like we constantly get the same jelly shades over and over again. I'd love to see more of a variety, and I can't be alone in that camp.

I'm sad that I have to take this off after just one day of wear... or do I? HALF MOONS are up next, and I could totally use this mani as a springboard for the next one. OR... I could start over fresh as a daisy. Hmmm... Which way will I go? Check back here tomorrow to find out! Oh, and Happy Weekend!!! 

#31DC2014

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