Showing posts with label 31 Day Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 31 Day Challenge. Show all posts

March 4, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 31 - Recreate A Favorite Challenge

 -Cookies 'N' Cream-

I can't believe it, the challenge is over! We are at the final day, and I have chosen the black and white challenge as my final look. I am a fan of anything cookies and cream, whether it's the delicious ice cream or this fun nail design.

Polishes used: China Glaze - White on White, Orly - Liquid Vinyl, Cover Band - Sticks 'N Stones
This look is so simple to create using both black and white polishes and the polish Sticks 'N Stones by Cover Band. This is one good coat of Sticks 'N Stones, where I used the brush to "push" the bits around. What a fun, spunky look!

February 28, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 30 - Inspired By A Tutorial

 -Grass Green with Fishtail Accent Nail -

Guess who's back, back again... hopefully the absence only made your little hearts grow fonder! ;) After a brief unexpected hiatus I am finally getting to update with the final two looks of my 31 day challenge! 

Today's challenge is to create a look that is inspired by a tutorial. I used this amazing fishtail tutorial from the lovely Lucy at and altered the colors a bit to give this manicure a nice, bright springtime feel!

Polishes used: China Glaze - GaGa For Green and First Mate. Wet N Wild - Silvivor
I am so in love with this look! The accent nail gives it a fancy feel, but trust me it is surprisingly easy to do. If you've been debating, give it a try soon! Don't let the look fool you!


February 18, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 29 - Inspired By The Supernatural

If you're wondering why this post is coming later than usual, you aren't going to believe what happened - I was abducted by aliens! They told me they came to Earth to learn the fine skill of nail art, and heard I was the lady they needed to see! Luckily, I was able to escape from their supernatural grips and return home just in time to paint their portraits for today's nail art challenge! Boy am I glad to be free!

I advise you all to be on the lookout and if any of you run in to these four characters, you'd better run! You just might be next on their list of abduction targets!


February 17, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 28 - Inspired By Artwork

I have really been looking forward to today's nail art challenge! I recently stumbled across a really fun and colorful piece of art by Lindy Gruger Hanson that I absolutely adored.  The artwork featured a ton of fun, whimsical shapes and blended gradient background colors, which makes it the perfect inspiration for nail art! After a bit of brainstorming, here is what I came up with for today's look...
Polishes used: China Glaze - Empowerment, Gaga For Green and Lemon Fizz. Orly - Snowcone and Liquid Vinyl OPI - Planks A Lot


February 16, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 27 - Inspired By A Flag

- Easy America Inspired Nail Art -

Sorry for the later than usual post! I have no doubt that your fingers must be awfully tired from spending your entire Saturday eagerly refreshing this page in a frantic panic awaiting the theme of the day, but rest assured, it's finally here! 

After a long, busy day that involved a trip to the vet with a sick kitty, I just barely managed to come in under the midnight deadline for today's challenge! Unfortunately, I had a brain fart and accidentally did tomorrow's challenge today. The good news is nobody cares so looks like a little switcharoo is in order! Bing bang boom, good as new!
USA Nails
Polishes used : KleanColor - White, China Glaze - First Mate, Wet N' Wild - Red Red. Seche Vite Topcoat


February 15, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 26 - Inspired By A Pattern

- Nude On Black Dotticure -

For some reason, today's nail art completely reminds me of a ton of eyeballs staring into my soul every time I look down at my nails. I'm not sure if I love it, or if I fear it. Maybe a little bit of both?

The nude on black dotticure for day 26 of the challenge was inspired by this fun multisized circular pattern that I found online. After a good coat of Orly Liquid Vinyl, I created the dots by using a large dotting tool to alternate polish colors.

Nude Manicure
Polishes used: Orly - Liquid Vinyl, OPI - Samoan Sand. Topped with Seche Vite
What's your opinion on today's look? Creepy eyeballs or fun dots?


February 14, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 25 - Inspired By Fashion

 -A Little Bit Polish, A Lotta Bit Rock N Roll-
As soon as I saw that the challenge of the day was inspired by fashion, I instantly had an idea of what I was going to do! I absolutely adore this black leather and silver studded purse that I bought last summer, and as soon as I bought it I was inspired to create this manicure. Due to life and such, I haven't had a chance to get around to it until now, but boy am I glad I did!

Studded Nails
Polishes Used: Orly - Liquid Vinyl, Seche Vite Topcoat


February 13, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 24 - Inspired By Books

- A Salute To The Bookworm -

As the theme of the day is nail art inspired by literature, I've decided to take this opportunity to honor one of America's unsung heros, the mascot of books all over the world - The Bookworm! Being a bookworm is a thankless job. His intelligence and devotion to literature is constantly overlooked, in favor of more popular mascots such as Tony the Tiger and even that creepy Burger King. Well no more, today we salute you Mister Bookworm for all you do!

To create this look, I used the following nail supplies:
10/0 detail paintbrush, Acrylic paint in Blue, Green, Cream,  Red,  Black and White. Finished with Seche Vite Topcoat


February 12, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 23 - Inspired By A Movie

 - A Smurftastic Movie Manicure -

Since I was still feeling a little nostalgic from yesterday's Super Mario Bros nail art, I decided to continue my walk down memory lane with today's movie themed nail art challenge as well! As a child I loved watching The Smurfs TV show, and as an adult I loved watching their adventures in New York City in the movie, so they seemed like a perfect fit for the theme of the day! Let the Smurfyness begin!
To create this look, I used the following nail supplies:
10/0 detail paintbrush, Acrylic paint in Blue, Purple, Pink,  Red, Yellow, Black and White, Finished with Seche Vite Topcoat
I'm definitely realizing that nail art is a serious addiction! On the upside, it's also super relaxing for me. I just wish these designs could spend longer than 24 hours on my nails!

I used the following tutorial from Leslie over at PolishArtAddiction to guide me in creating this Smurftastic nail art design:


February 11, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 22: Inspired By Music

 - Super Mario Bros Flashback -

Here we are at day 22, and the challenge of the day is inspired by a song. Well, what better song than my ringtone - the Super Mario Bros Themesong! Nothing like a childhood flashback to get you in the spirit! 

In retrospect, it was a tad ambitious of me to attempt this 2 1/2 hour design during a 31 day challenge in which it would remain on my fingers for less than 24 hours. Trust me however, when I say that it was a labor of love...
Super Mario Bros
To create this look, I used the following nail supplies:
10/0 detail paintbrush, Acrylic paint in Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Black and White, Finished with Seche Vite Topcoat
While I may not have saved Princess Toadstool, I'm proud of this nail art just the same!


February 10, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 21: Inspired By Color

 -Valentine's Heart Manicure -

The theme of the day is inspired by color, so I decided it was the perfect time to "think pink" and take the opportunity to create this soft pretty pink hearts mani just in time for Valentine's Day!

Polishes used: China Glaze - Laced Up & White On White. Stamping plate : Cheeky CH15


February 9, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 20: Water Marble

- Adventures In Water Marbling With A Side Of Rage -

Well folks, here we have it. The day you've all been waiting for and the day I've been stressing over since the beginning of this challenge. The dreaded water marble technique...
Water marble nails technique
Polishes used: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue & Going Green, China Glaze - Happy Go Lucky
While there is most definitely a strong learning curve, once I got the hang of it I actually found it to be pretty fun. It took a little bit of trial and error, but I have to admit that overall I'm pretty pleased with the results for my first attempt! The process was quite messy, but I'm fairly certain that is partially due to me shrieking with rage face and knocking over my entire setup midway through the process. For your enjoyment, I have included this artists rendering of the events that took place today:

If you are thinking of trying this technique, be sure that your water is room temperature or slightly warmer. I found that cold water caused my polish to dry on the surface or sink to the bottom in droplets.  Also, hold your brush close to the water surface when dropping, holding the brush too high above didn't work out for me at all.

Many people recommend using cuticle oil, vaseline or tape around the skin to minimize on cleanup time. But being the rebel that I am, I threw caution to the wind and hit this water marble raw dog. I didn't choose the thug life, thug life chose me.

Give water marble a try, it can really create some brilliant designs!
Check out this great picture tutorial from fellow blogger and let me know if you try this yourself!


February 8, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 19: Galaxy Nails

- Glittery Galaxy Nails -

One of the best things about this ongoing challenge is all the new things that I am learning! I have always been a fan of Galaxy nails, but I honestly had no idea that they were so easy!
Galaxy Nails
Polishes used: Orly - Liquid Vinyl & Sweet Peacock, China Glaze - Laced Up, White On White, Fairy Dust & Techno, OPI - I Have A Herring Problem
This was spectacularly easy to create! The only additional tools I used to create this look were a makeup wedge and a small dotting tool.  

While I was working on this design, one of the things that I learned is that you will definitely have better luck with wet makeup wedge than with a dry one. If the sponge is too dry, you may end up with tiny sponge pieces on your nails, which are a pain to pick off! 

The first step is to paint the nails with one coat of black polish. Once dry, I used the wet makeup wedge to begin sponging on a very tiny amount of the blue polish in random areas.
There is no need to wait for the blue polish to dry, just go ahead and sponge on a tiny amount of lighter blue/gray polish over the first. You want to keep a light hand with this, or you will cover your original splotches. 

Now it's time to add the pink. You want barely any polish at all on your wet sponge for this, it's only meant to give your galaxy a hint of pink. 

Once all the polish is dry, it's time to add the sparkle. This is where the magic really happens, and each nail begins to look like a real galaxy! I used a very thin layer of fairy dust and was amazed at how good it looked. I also hand placed the glitter from Techo in random areas to look like bright stars in the night sky. I finished off by using my smallest dotting tool dipped in white polish to add one or two randomly placed VERY tiny dots to each nail, which gave a bit more dimension to the finished look.

Topped off with a nice coat of Seche Vite, I've got a super shiny galaxy on each nail! 

February 7, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 18: Half Moons

- Gray on Gold Half Moon Manicure -

I am loving today's look
The half moon manicure has been increasing in popularity lately, so I'm happy to hop aboard the love train! I went for a high contrast look by using a medium shade of gray and a bright gold glitter for this design.
Polishes used: China Glaze - Recycle & I'm Not Lion

The great thing about this design is that you can use reinforcement labels as a guide to create the perfect half circle on the nail base. 

After the base coat of polish is dry (in this case the glitter polish) place one of the stickers so that the outside round edge forms the guide for the half circle.

Paint over the sticker, and remove while still tacky/wet for a nice clean line. Tada!

February 6, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 17: Glitter

- Silver Glitter Gradient -
Today I come to you with a heavy heart, and a slightly lighter hand. You may notice that my nails are looking a little bit nubbier than usual today... (If you noticed this, kudos to you... You may just be my biggest fan!) Let's just say I had an unfortunate grocery unloading accident that is much, much too painful and gory to talk about. I will spare you the details, and only say that many delicious cookies, and a few nail tips perished as a result... 
A moment of silence please...
Polishes used: WetNWild  - Silvivor &  Essie - Set In Stones
On the bright side, this silver glitter gradient helped me forget my sorrows!
If you have never attempted a glitter gradient, let me tell you that it is a lot easier than you think! 

After a quick swipe of clear base coat, I started by painting just the tips of my nails with Silvivor, then used the brush to drag a small amount of the polish down towards the base of the nail. 

When dry, I applied Essie's Set In Stones and used the same dragging technique to pull the polish towards the nail base, creating the gradient effect.

Finished with a thick coat of Seche Vite, we have today's glitter challenge complete! 


February 5, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 16: Tribal Print

- Bright and Cheery Tribal Print Madness-

The tribe has spoken! Today I present to you my first and only attempt at tribal print! Not too shabby if I do say so myself! I was inspired by this picture to create this bright colored and cheery tribal look for today's challenge. 
Tribal Print Nails
Polishes used: OPI - Fly, Samoan Sand & Planks A Lot / China Glaze - White on White / Orly - Liquid Vinyl
I've always been very intimidated by the thought of tribal nails, but now that I have conquered them, I will definitely be doing them more often! Honestly, all it takes is a bit of time, a tiny brush, and a creative mind.

 I have found that it works best to have a picture to use for inspiration. Once you start getting creative, it's easy to get off track! The great thing about tribal patterns is the huge amount of variations. There are so many options and you can really let your creativity flow!


February 4, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 15: Delicate Print

 - Floral Stamping -
The theme of the day is delicate print, which in my opinion leaves quite a bit of room for interpretation. I decided to interpret it by putting my stamping plates to good use for this white on lavender floral print. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the exception of my weird looking pinky. Let's pretend that didn't happen.
Polishes used: OPI - Planks A Lot & China Glaze - White on White. Stamping Plate - Mash32


February 3, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 14: Flowers

- Pretty Little Garden -

Today's challenge sounds easy enough, just a few little flowers, right? Wrong. As usual, I managed to find a way to turn this into a fail. I though this would be the perfect opportunity to try out my new real dried flowers that I purchased from Ebay. Turns out, not so much...

Floral nails

Floral nails
Polishes used: Orly - Snowcone, China Glaze - Gaga For Green, Holly Day & Lemon Fizz
After a quick coat of Orly Snowcone, I used my smallest nail art brushes to start painting on the blades of grass in two different shades of green. Once dry, it was time to add the decorative flowers. 

As you can see, I quickly nixed the idea of working with the real flowers after they completely fell apart on my fingernails, leaving me with nothing but flower dust and a horrid memory of what had just happened. 

I had no choice but to grab my brushes again and go back to work. I'm no artist, so my flowers look a bit reminiscent of my kindergarten art projects, but they are on there none the less so I'm calling it goal. Day 14, all done!

February 2, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 13: Animal Print

- Giraffe Print Nails -
The theme of the day is animal printIn case you've been in hibernation for the Winter, let me be the first to tell you that animal print is all the rage right now and from what I've seen on the popular human behavior documentary called "Jerseylicious", I've also learned that for some it's not just a love, it's an addiction. It seems like everywhere I turn, there's animal print staring back at me. Leopards and cheetahs and zebras, oh my! As usual, I decided to go a bit outside the box and stray away from the common designs, so I busted out my trusty nail art brushes and free-handed these giraffe print nails today!

Polishes used: China Glaze - Lemon Fizz & Over the Taupe
For these, I started out with a simple base of Lemon Fizz. Once dry, I used my smallest nail art brush to start working on the outlines of each of the brown areas. I then used a dotting tool to dab in the brown polish and fill in the spots. Some of the spots needed a second coat and others seemed a little thick, but a nice coat of Seche Vite smoothed everything out nicely!


February 1, 2013

31 Day Challenge - Day 12: Stripes

 -Anchor's Away -

The theme of the day is stripes, and while painting, I totally fell in love with this navy and white striped manicure with glittery heart accent nail. I seem to recall seeing a few different variations on this design before, but I am not exactly sure where it originated.

Striped Nautical Nails
Polishes Used: China Glaze - First Mate, White on White, and Ruby Pumps

In my attempts to simplify the process, it turns out I more than likely ended up making it way more difficult than it had to be. Thanks to my shaky hands, I had to figure out a way to get straight lines, which can be difficult for even the steadiest of digits to freehand. After a little brainstorming, I decided to paint a piece of Scotch tape with white nail polish and cut it into strips of the desired width, then place the stripes directly on the nails.

When it came time to add the heart, I of course had to think of a way to make that more time consuming as well, because everyone knows if it's one thing I have plenty of, it's time.
After laboriously adding the stripes, I couldn't bear the thought of a shaky hand sending it all to hell in a handbasket, so I used a dotting tool to paint the heart on Scotch tape as well, then cut around the design with a pair of nail scissors and put my home made decal in place.

There you have it, after a bunch of unnecessary steps, I'm all finished with day 12!

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