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31 Day Challenge 2014: Recapping #31DC2014

Sure, it might have taken me 34 days rather than 31... but I finished! I'm so proud to have stuck it out and completed my first month-long challenge. It was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd dedicate a post to looking back at the highs and lows of #31DC2014. We'll kick it off with the obligatory collage...



Going into the challenge, I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard that it gets crazy, and that's definitely true. Anyone who stuck to the schedule and didn't miss a day... I honestly don't know how you did it! Also, I'm still wearing my Day 31 mani 5 days later. I never do that!

Easiest...
Hands down, the first 7 days were the easiest. You really appreciate the simplicity of a good color prompt when you hit the more obtuse ones!

Hardest...
I was seriously dreading the water marble, but in the end... I think it would be a tie between the pattern and flag prompts. We all know I'm seriously deficient when it comes to art skills, but these two prompts had me scratching my head for quite a while.

Most Surprising...
The artwork mani had me seriously stumped for a bit. I brainstormed all day long, and I just couldn't come up with anything that my skills would allow for. The watercolor mani came to me out of the blue, and it turned out so well! It never hurts to think outside of the box!

Least Favorite...
The water marble. Hands down. It was just such a mess to clean up afterwards. To quote my little Peanut... "No like it!"

nope.

Most Favorite...
Definitely my last mani of the challenge, nails I love. I rarely keep anything on for longer than 2 or 3 days... so 5 is a sign that I really, REALLY like it!

Randomness...
64 different polishes were used to create my #31DC2014 nails, 30 of which, I had tried prior to beginning the challenge. 34 polishes had been previously untried! Sinful Colors was the brand I used the most. More blue polishes were used than any other color. My preferred finish for this challenge turned out to be creme with a total of 22! Glitter came in close second with 18, followed by jelly with 6! 

What I'd change...
I've looked into a couple other challenges since beginning this one, and I've gotta say, it's a pretty good list of prompts. I feel like no matter where you are with your nail art, you can give this one a shot and come out pretty good on the other side. That's definitely helpful for polish addicts like me who just can't draw! I guess if I had to pick a prompt to axe, it would be the flag prompt. I mean, if flags had glitter... O.o

I'm definitely looking forward to tackling this challenge again next year! I'm also really looking forward to trying out some other challenges in the meantime. It's a kind of crazy thing to sign up for, but it really does help get the creative juices flowing in completely new and different ways!

-S

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