Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Colors

Hey there!  I was trying to do weekly posts on The 31 Day Challenge, but time has gotten away from me. So this post is going to be a recap of Days 1-10, Colors.  Being new to blogging and not great at nail art this was definitely a challenge to me, but I love a good challenge!




Day 1 - Red Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Zoya Racquel
1 Coat Barielle Elle's Spell
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

This is really not my best work because I had a hard time with cleanup.  Red nail polish and I don't always place nice together!   I do love the color combo though!

Day 2 - Orange Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
Thumb, Index & Pinky Fingers - 3 Coats Funky Fingers Drop The Bass
Middle & Ring Fingers - 2 Coats Rica Polish Whiteout
Flowers - Funky Fingers Drop The Bass & Zoya Pippa
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I really love how this turned out.  I don't normally like orange polish on me, but this one is so pretty especially with the yellow shimmer in it.  I used dotting tools to do the flowers.  

Day 3 - Yellow Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
Index & Pinky Nails - 2 Coats Sinful Colors Unicorn over 2 Coats OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Middle Finger - I did an ombre dotticure over 2 Coats OPI MBSW.  The colors I used are Sinful Colors Unicorn, Lime Crime Crema de Limon, and Zoya Pippa
Ring Finger - 3 Coats Different Dimension Big Bang
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

Again, I'm not usually a fan of yellow polish on me, but I was really happy how this turned out.  

Day 4 - Green Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Zoya Alexa
Dots - OPI Skull and Glossbones
Accent Nail - 3 Coats Different Dimension Big Bang
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I've never done dots on just the tips of the nails, but I really like how this looks.  One day I'll learn to get all my dots even!  

Day 5 - Blue Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
Thumb & Pinky Fingers - 2 Coats Different Dimension Wave If You Sea Me
Index & Middle Finger - 2 Coats Rica Polish Whiteout and 1 Coat Sinful Colors My Buoyfriend.  I used straight Nail Vinyls to do the stripes. 
Ring Finger - 2 Coats Rica Polish Whiteout.  The anchor is a nail decal from Lacquer by Lissa
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I bought the anchor decals earlier in the summer and have been wanting to do a nautical themed mani with them.  I really love this!  

Day 6 - Violet Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Limited Edition Hypothermia
Accent Nail - 2 Coats Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Sample Spring 7.1
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I went with different shades of purple for violet day.  Hypothermia is gorgeous purple holo and Spring 7.1 is a lovely lilac with purple glitter. Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer knocked it out of the park with these colors!  

Day 7 - Black & White Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Bonita Colors Dying To Party
French Tips - 1 Coat ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights.  I used straight Nail Vinyls as a guide to do the tips.   
Accent Nail - 1 Coat Funky Fingers The Notebook
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I had a lot of different ideas for black and white day, but was looking at some of my untried polishes and thought these would make a great combination.  Unfortunately I couldn't capture the holo in ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights in the picture so I'll definitely need to do another post featuring that gorgeous polish! 

Day 8 - Metallic Nails


Polishes Used: 
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Zoya Rory
Accent Nail - 1 coat Zoya Trixie and straight Nail Vinyls
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I honestly was not looking forward to this day as I don't own a lot of metallic polishes. I remembered I own the Zoya Surf collection from summer 2012 and those polishes have a metallic/foil finish so would work perfectly. My friend Sara from My Life In Polish gave me the inspiration for this manicure.  

Day 9 - Rainbow Nails


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Zoya Purity
Zoya Sooki, Arizona, Pippa, Josie, Ling, and Mira
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I kept going back and forth for what to do for rainbow nails and decided to do a Saran Wrap mani. I painted two coats of Zoya Purity and topped it with two colors on each nail in rainbow order and then blotted them with the Saran Wrap.  I like the sort of tie dye look that I ended up with. 

Day 10 - Gradient


Polishes Used:
1 Coat Nailtiques Formula 2
2 Coats Essie Sand Tropez
Gradient - Essie Sand Tropez, First Timer, and In The Cab-ana
1 Coat KBShimmer Clearly On Top

I definitely need some work on gradients!  This was my first attempt at one, and although it wasn't a complete fail it wasn't great.  I do love the color combo though!  I think Essie made these colors to be together!


And here is a collage of all 10 of the color category manis.  The orange day was my favorite of all of them.  Which do you like the best?  Have you done any nail art like this?  Will you try any of these?  

Please give some of my friends some love on Facebook - Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, Rica Polish, My Life In Polish, ellagee, and DIFFERENT Dimension

I'll have the next 10 days which are styles up on the blog for you soon.   

Thanks for reading!  

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