Friday, September 30, 2011

30 Day Nail Challenge - Day 7 - Black and White

Black and white... such a challenging challenge. I've been meaning to try to paint brass knuckles so I thought this would be a good time to try it. It didn't come out perfect, but for the first try, I'm happy with it. Also it seemed kinda plain so I junked it up with chunky circle and square rhinestones (for Chrissy who loves azn junk nails). I had tons of fun doing this mani and it will be a shame to take it off for tomorrow's rainbow challenge (grumble)......

Thursday, September 29, 2011

30 Day Nail Challenge - Day 6 - Purple/Violet

Ahhh dreaded purple day. It's funny because I never paint my nails purple! I'm more green, pink, blue, black... but this design actually turned out nice. I would tell you which colors I used but unfortunately the two purples were given as a gift to me and I have discarded the box; the polishes are unbranded!! Clearly I used white Sinful Colors polish for the white flowers, as shown. 

I painted on light purple tips and used a dotting tool to drag dots into these cute little flowers ! I actually love this design so much I'm keeping it on until my next challenge for tomorrow. I definitely am going to try this again in other colors!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

30 Day Nail Challenege - Day 5 - Blue

I have revived a super old polish from the dead! I haven't used "The Real Teal" Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in over a year; in fact, I had forgotten about it until Audrey came over to paint her nails and she picked this one out of the bunch. I added a few drops of thinner to make it new again and painted tips on all  my fingers except my ring which has China Glazes "For Audrey". I used white, For Audrey, and The Real Teal to then stripe on some random stripes that intersect each other. I can't wait to get out of these color challenges! Like I said, just given a color, I'm feeling pretty uninspired.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Camoflauge Remix

I'm going to redo a couple of my earlier posts, just because they get so many hits from searches off of Google or Bing - my camo nails from almost a year ago being one of the most popular. I redid these camo tips using Mink Muffs by Essie as a base, this unnamed beige/tan, and a regular black and added a few of my new holo black star cut outs. Topped with 2 coats of Beauty Secrets Top Coat.

30 Day Nail Challenge - Day 4 - Green

Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Hard As Nails in "Green With Envy". I painted neon orange and black tiger-esque stripes on the side. I'm feeling really uninspired by this challenge so far. Maybe I'll get more creative when I get past the initial first 10 days which are just "color" challenges.

Topped with 2 coats of Beauty Secrets Hardening Top Coat.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

30 Day Nail Challenge - Day 2 - Orange

DAY 2 - Orange. I used Sunny Side Up by Wet N Wild as the base for my French tip, sponged on a little bit of Mellow Yellow by Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in the corners of 3 of my nails. Then striped on these dainty little flowers in black and added these mini silver flatback dots that I found in my craft box. My inspiration for this design is based off of these little flowers from this artwork my brother painted and gave me for (our) birthday. We're twins :).  Here's the painting:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

30 Day Nail Challenge - Day 1 - Red + 2 Quick Reviews

I've started the 30 Day Nail Challenge and day 1's category is RED. That's all it says. I actually hate red nail polish because it's my least favorite color, and even if I use a basecoat it stains my acrylics. I only have like 2 reds anyways and THIS ONE I actually bought for 4th of July 2010! (Wet N Wild - "Red Red") It was super thick but with a few drops of Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Thinner, I brought it back to life.

Quick Review on B.S. Polish Thinner: Works great, smells awful (duh), you get a lot for a few bucks, comes with a spout on the cap but you really need an eyedropper to be precise. Also I (stupidly) stored it on it's side inside my drawer and it leaked out and melted the rubber no-slip mat!!!

OK so what I've done here was a quick swipe across the tip in Red Red not completing a French smile line on one side. I completed the smile line with 3 black glittery stripes that intersect at the other side of the nail. Then I placed black holographic cut out stars and the punched out centers around the nails randomly and topped with a few coats of Beauty Secrets Hardening Top Coat.

My Quick Review on B.S. Hardening Top Coat: high gloss but needs at least 2 coats, takes a while to dry (at least 10 minutes for each coat), super fun huge ball-like bottle and about $2 cheaper than Seche Vite Dry Fast + it's a bigger bottle. I would buy this again if I when run out Seche Vite is not on sale. (This is why I decided to try it in the first place.)

And one more thing, readers: I still cannot comment on anyone's posts! When I write my comment it asks me to sign in again and repeats this over and over. If anyone knows what's going on, please help me! I really want to tell you all how much I love all your posts!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Starting Tomorrow

I've been neglecting my blog (super UNinspired lately) and I thought this 31 Day Nail Challenge would be the perfect way to jumpstart my blog! I am so blog-lazy that I'm not even starting tonight (as I have dishes and chores still to do). But I'm posting it anyways to share with anyone who hasn't seen this list.

Also, if there is another 30 day nail art challenge list out there, I'd appreciate it if someone could comment me a link so I could compare. Starting tomorrow. Swearsies.

I've missed you all and I'm going to make my rounds commenting on all your recent posts now while I watch Bill Maher. Peace out, hipsters.