Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - December 2016: Holiday Season

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Hey there!  It's been a while since I last did a blog post.  September - December are my busiest months at work so I have not had much time for nail art.  Today I have a post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative's December Holiday Season theme.  I just went with a simple Christmas tree look for this post.  




I used two polishes from Different Dimension's Homespun Holidays collection.  The red is called Naughty, and the green is Nice.  These colors are the epitome of Christmas in my opinion.  When I saw them I knew I needed them especially for Christmas nail art.  




To create the Christmas tree I used What's Up Nails Ribbon Tree Stencils and Different Dimension Nice.  I do recommend a thicker coat of polish when using these stencils to make sure the design gets on your nail.  




This is such a simple look, but perfect for Christmas.  I hope that you like it as much as I do.  

What holiday do you celebrate?  Have you done any Holiday Season nail art?  

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Different Dimension

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - September 2016: Harvest Time

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Hey there!  Today I have my first post for September's The Nail Challenge Collaborative Harvest Time theme. We have a lot of leeway with this months theme and can really do whatever we feel fits with harvest time. I'm excited for this prompt because I love fall! 


For this look I went with some simple acorns! Fall makes me think of the local animals looking for nuts and seeds to store for the winter so it's their harvest time!  I started with a base of two coats of KBShimmer Tiers of Joy which is a gorgeous cream color with gold, pink, brown, and holographic glitters.  It's such a pretty color and a great transition polish between summer and fall.  


Here is a picture of Tiers of Joy without the nail art so you can see how pretty the glitters are. 


I used acorn nail vinyls from What's Up Nails and KBShimmer Oh My Ganache to create the acorns. Oh My Ganache is a beautiful chocolate brown linear holo that I can't wait to wear on its own, but I thought would be perfect for this mani!  


Like I mentioned, I'm super excited for the harvest time theme!  I love my acorn mani and have so many other ideas for this month!  

What would you do for harvest time nail art? Any favorite fall polishes you can recommend for this theme?  

I hope you like my mani.  Please check out the other bloggers below.  Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - August 2016: Neon

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Hey there!  Today I have my third post for August's neon theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I have had this saved for a while, but didn't have time to write a post so sorry I'm a little late.  


I started with a gradient using Philly Loves Lacquer "Blue Kids On The Block" and "This Lime Around" from The Bright Stuff, Baby collection.  I love this neon collection and have enjoyed doing gradients with the polishes.  They've been perfect for this month's neon theme! 



For my middle and ring fingers I decided to do some stamping using Zoya Ryan and Born Pretty Store BPL-024 stamping plate.  I loved the big flower design on this plate, and I think it turned out great!  


I have had so much fun with this month's neon theme.  I'm actually going to miss it.  September's theme is Harvest Time which should be fun too! 

I hope you liked all of my posts for August.  Which was your favorite?  What would you do for the Harvest Time theme?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - August 2016: Neon

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Hey there!  Today I have my second post for this months The Nail Challenge Collaborative neon theme.  I really love this theme. It's perfect for summer!  


I started with a base of three coats of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Sirene Fatale. This is a gorgeous hot pink neon with purple flash.  It's one of my all time favorite polishes.  It dries matte, but I prefer it with topcoat!
 

I then stamped using Rica Whiteout and Born Pretty Store BPL-024 stamping plate.  I chose a pretty flower design because it went well with the pink polish.  
 

I'm really happy with how this mani turned out.  It's perfect for summer & I love how you can still see the purple flash with the stamping over it.  
 

Here is a pic of Sirene Fatale alone just so you can see how pretty it is!  It's quite obvious why it's my favorite polish!  

What did you think of this look?  What's your favorite polish?  
 
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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - August 2016: Neon

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Hey there! Today I have my first post for August's neon theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative.  I'm loving this months theme because neon colors are perfect for the summer.  I hope to get more than 2 posts done this month, but I'm traveling a lot so we shall see! 


I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriends Scales Walls which is one of my favorite white polishes. I used two coats for this manicure. 


Then I used neon round studs I purchased from Born Pretty Store.  I bought a variety of colors in these studs.  They sell them in sets, and I was glad I had multiple neon colors so I could do this rainbow gradient look! 


Although it's not perfect, this look is very fun and summery! I don't use studs very often so I'm glad I did something different. 

What do you think of this look?  What should I try next for neon nail art? 
 
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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - July 2016: 80's

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Hey there!  Today I have my fourth post for July's 80's theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative. Who doesn't think of big hair when they think of the 80's and what helped to keep our hair so big? Aqua Net hairspray of course! My final post for the 80's theme is based on the Aqua Net can. 
 

I started with a base of three coats of Picture Polish Salt Water.  Salt Water is an aqua jelly with scatter holo. It's such a gorgeous color and has quickly become one of my favorite polishes. 


I used a white Art Deco nail striper by L.A. Colors to create the lines on the can which are supposed to look like a hair net.  I thought I had a stamp that matched the design, but didn't so I ended up doing the lines freehand.  


Growing up in the 80's I had feathered hair and would at times tease it to make it bigger.  Aqua Net was always my go to hairspray to keep my hair big! Although it doesn't look exactly like an Aqua Bet bottle I am happy with how this look turned out. 


I had so much fun with the 80's theme.  August's theme is neons which will be fun too!  I'm looking forward to trying some new things in August! 

What was your favorite of my 80's looks?  What would you like to see me do for neon nail art? 
 
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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - July 2016: 80's

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Hey there! Today I have my third post for July's 80's theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative.  For this look I went with fluorescent pink and black which totally reminds me of 80's fashion.
 

I started with a a base of three coats of Zoya Ali with two coats of Zoya Raven on my accent nail. Ali is a gorgeous neon pink and perfect for the summer! This was the first time I was able to see the shimmer in Raven, and it made me love this polish more. 


For the nail art I used straight vinyls from Stick It! Nail Vinyls to make the triangles, and I painted them with Raven. I used pink neon round studs from Born Pretty Store for the accent nail.  


Although the pinks don't match up perfectly I love how this looked turned out. It's totally 80's, like for sure!  

What do you think of this look?  What nail art would you do for 80's fashion? 
 
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - July 2016: 80's

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Hey there!  Today I have my second post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative July 80's theme. For this post I did a manicure inspired by the Rubik's Cube Which totally reminds me of the 80's.  
 

For this look I started with a base of Zoya Willa which was an untried for me.  I only did one coat, but if I was going to wear it alone it would definitely need more coats.
 

Once Willa was dry I put down straight vinyls from Stick It! Nail Vinyls to make the lines for the cubes. 
 

I used Nails Inc Baker Street, Rica Whiteout, and Zoya Cam, Josie, Pippa, and Red Door Red to color in the cubes.  I finished up with KBShimmer Clearly On Top
 

I had a lot of fun with this look.  It totally reminds me of a Rubik's Cube and my childhood growing up in the 80's. 

What do you think of this look? What toys and games remind you of the 80's?
 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - July 2016: 80's

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Hey there!  July's theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative is 80's.  One thing that always makes me think of the 80's is neon colors and geometric shapes.  We've changed the "rules" in The Nail Challenge Collaborative so starting this month we'll have to do a minimum of two posts a month, but can still do four with time permitting. 


I started with a base of Rica "Whiteout" then created a gradient using Philly Loves Lacquer "Sunshine After The Rain", "We've Got It Glowin' On" and "Hip Hop Marmalade". These colors are from The Bright Stuff, Baby collection which was their 2016 neon collection.  All of the polish names are based on Boy Band songs so of course I needed the entire collection! 


After the gradient dried I stamped using MoYou London "Black Knight" and The Pro XL 18 plate.  This is my first time using a MoYou London stamping polish and let me tell you it stamped like perfection. I will definitely be getting more stamping polishes from them in the future. 


I really love how this mani turned out.  The gradient worked out so well for me, and I love the stamping over it. It definitely reminds me of the 80's!
 
What do you think of this look?  What would you do for 80's nail art? 
 
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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - June 2016: Video Games

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Hey there! Today I have my fourth post for The Nail Challenge Collaborative's Video Games theme.  For my final mani I decided to go with Toad from Super Mario Brothers!  I always thought Toad was super cute and decided it would be a fun mani idea! 


I started with a clear basecoat as I knew there would be negative space in this mani.  I used my go to base coat, Nailtiques Formula 2


Then I painted my tips white on three nails using Rica Whiteout.  On the fourth nail I painted a thicker tip with Zoya Avery.  


I used Zoya Red Door Red to paint the stripe on three nails and Toad's head on my ring finger.  I used a black Color Club Art Club striper for the eyes. Using a dotting tool I did Toad's dots on the mushroom cap and the whites of his eyes using Rica Whiteout. I finished it with KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat. 


You can see I had a little smearing on my middle and pinky fingers when I applied the topcoat, but besides that I love how this turned out.  Toad is super cute...see what I did there!  

What was your favorite of my four video game looks?  Have you tried any of the looks I did? 
 
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Nail Challenge Collaborative - June 2016: Video Games

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Hey there! Once again I'm late on The Nail Challenge Collaborative posts. As you know, June's theme is video games, and if you don't know what game the picture above is from I'm shocked!  For my third post I obviously chose my biggest video game addiction, Candy Crush
 

I am so addicted to Candy Crush it's not even funny!  I play all three versions, but lately Candy Jelly Crush is my main addiction! I hate the Jelly Queen with a passion and feel Cupcake Carl could use a few more brain cells just to realize what moves to play.  Throw in Licorice Larry, and I have a team of nemeses that I want to beat! 
 

I decided to emulate the striped candies and the candy bomb (or dot candy) for this mani!  I started with a base of Rica Whiteout on my index, ring, and pinky fingers, and Essie Partner in Crime on my middle finger.  I've mentioned before how much I love Whiteout, but have I ever mentioned how much I love Partner In Crime.  It's the perfect dark brown polish in my opinion! 
 

For the stripes I used Zoya Pippa, Yummy, and Arizona, and straight nail vinyls from Stick It! Nail Vinyls.  For the dots I used Zoya Pippa, Yummy, Red Door Red, Josie, and Perrie, and Rica Whiteout and my dotting tools. 


I couldn't be happier with how this turned out! It's my favorite of this theme so far.  The candy bomb nail is my favorite! Plus my nephew who also plays religiously gave me his seal of approval!  

What do you think of this look? Do you play Candy Crush?  

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