31 Days of Manicures Day 31: Recreate Favorite Challenge

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Are we really at the end of this challenge? It feels like it went by way too fast, wow.

Anyway, today is the LAST DAY of the challenge. Can you believe it?

Today I had to recreate my favorite challenge. And the one I had the most fun with was *drumroll* water marbling! Of course. I have a lot of fun with that one when it works, and lately it’s been working like a charm.

This manicure all started when I was testing out color combinations on fake nails, and did an orange and lime green combination, showed it to my boyfriend and he commented that it looked a little like rainbow sherbet. So I added in a pink and literally made rainbow sherbet.

Marbled Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envy and Sun Kissed with Shades of the Season Pink over Sally Hansen Hard to Get. Topped with Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash.

I’m really proud of this marble, it’s my first successful one with three colors. There are a few dings (some air bubbles on my pinkie and I smudged my ring finger after putting on the top coat), but I can live with them.

So, that’s it. The challenge is OVER. Here’s a recap of all 31 days:

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So, tomorrow the start of the Abstract Challenge.

Also, I’m going to attempt to start some regular posting everyday for when all these challenge posts are over (but I’m getting in the habit next month).

Monday – Makeup Mondays: Where I discuss beauty things other than nail polish.
Tuesday – Try it on Tuesdays: Where I break out an untried polish and show it some love.
Wednesday – Pink Wednesdays: “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” Based on a bit from the movie Mean Girls, where I’ll wear a manicure featuring a pink polish.
Thursday – Treatment Thursdays: Where I give a detailed review of a top coat, base coat, drying drop, or other fantastic non-polish thing that keeps my nails looking awesome.
Friday – Favorite Fridays: Where I show off a polish that has a permanent place in my stash.
Saturday – Smorgasbord Saturdays: Where I discuss things other than beauty.
Sunday – Stash Sundays: Admittedly taking a page out of Imperfectly Painted‘s book (though she uses a different name and did hers on Saturdays), this one will be slowly showing off my stash.

31 Days of Manicures Day 30: Tutorial Inspired Nails

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This is almost it. There’s just one more tomorrow. Wow.

Anyway, today’s nails were inspired by a tutorial, and from the moment I saw this tutorial I had to try it:

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I’m not usually a fan of things other than polish on my nails. I don’t do loose glitter, or rhinestones, or Fimo canes. But this? This I had to try.

I ended up getting a different set from the one in the tutorial, which was actually perfect because it gives me a chance to give the summer brights a couple more hurrahs (tomorrow’s mani is bright colors too) before September and fall hits, and I switch it up to the neutrals and dark colors.

I matched up the Lime flocking powder to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety Split Lime and the Carrot flocking powder to Wet N Wild Blazed. No top coat because the flocking powder masquerades as one, so a regular top coat would lessen the effect. I painted my nails in the same color blocking style I used here.

It’s an… interesting look, to say the least. I keep touching my fingers! I would like to try the technique again, now that I know what I’m doing. I have a couple bald spots on a few nails, but I know what to do to fix that.

Anyway, those are my tutorial nails. Tomorrow I recreate my favorite challenge, and then I move on to the abstract nail and black and white challenges. OMG.

31 Days of Manicures Day 29: Supernatural Inspired Nails

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IMAG0358 Can you believe we’re almost done with August? And the 31 Day Challenge? I can’t! Anyway, today is Supernatural Inspired Nails. Bubbling_Cauldron_Wallpaper_oizzx I decided to do something a little different today. I went with trying to recreate a bubbling witches cauldron (which was an idea I came up with yesterday, I was originally going to do ghosts). I started with two coats of NYC Sidewalkers. I then taped off and used Kleancolor Black to create the cauldron. Then I dotted using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envy. On my right hand I tried for a glow in the dark look, so I dotted over Green With Envy with Expressions Glow In The Dark Green, but I forgot to do that on my left hand. Used Milani Art of Silver for the smoke wisps and topped it all off with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat. Two days left! Holy cow. Tomorrow is Tutorial Inspired Nails. I’m excited! Also, since I’ve had so much fun doing daily manicure challenges, I’m doing two more next month! ABSTRACTNAILARTCHALLENGE! On the odd days, I’m going to do the Abstract Nail Art Challenge… 422889_342367549133074_202994179737079_856568_610436515_n … and on the even days (until the 20th), I’m doing the Black & White Challenge. Look out for those.

31 Days of Manicures Day 28: Flag Inspired Nails

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I have known since I first heard of this challenge that I was doing this for Inspired by a Flag Day, and nothing was going to change my mind on it.

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Yes, I was inspired by the Finnish flag today.

Now, let me explain. I do not live in Finland. I have never even been there. I live in the States. However, my great grandmother (my grandmother’s – the one I discussed yesterday – mother) was a Finnish immigrant to the States, coming here with her mother and siblings when she was two years old, and I have had a love for Finland and my Finnish heritage for a while now. And what better way to continue honoring my late grandmother (who I was extremely close to) with today’s nails as well.

I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Hard to Get (who is getting a proper swatching later today). I did the blue with acrylic paint. Topped with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat (it’s right there at my workstation, closer than my Sally Hansen lol)

A note on using acrylic paint vs polish for detail work: acrylic paint is easier to work with, especially for little details, but it can dry slower than polish (at least the blue paint dried slower than the blue polish I would have used for this, Revlon Royal, would have), and I was too hasty on the top coat. There was some smearing of the blue.

And now, to take it off. Not because I don’t like it, but because I have two more posts to prepare for: I’m finally making my haul/swatch video of the polishes I bought last week, and then I’m trying out the DIY version of the Essence Peel Off Base Coat for myself.

And for tomorrow, Inspired by the Supernatural (sorry folks, not the show, lol). I have two idea in my head, let’s see which I do.

31 Days of Manicures Day 27: Artwork Inspired Nails.

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Today was a tough one for me, and I had been planning it all month, and then all my plans for today went out the window. After searching and searching for a piece of art that was easy to do but not overdone, I was originally planning to do a Pollock inspired splatter mani, but I realized I need more practice with that. So then I had a realization: today would have been my maternal grandmother’s birthday if she were still here (we unfortunately lost her in 2001). So I wanted to do a mani honoring her, but still had the challenge mani to do. So I figured, why not combine the two? So I shot some relatives some texts and figured out from my aunt that my grandmother liked Monet, which led to a quest to try to do a Monet inspired look.

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I found a tutorial on YouTube for a mani inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies, which sparked this look. I actually didn’t use anything in the tutorial, but used it to determine I could do something similar. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Hard to Get. I then sponged a gradient on using Hard to Get, Shades of the Season Light Blue and Revlon Royal. After that, I used a black striper to make the seaweed, and a small dotting tool with Simple Pleasures Light Pink, then a smaller dotting tool with Hard to Get. Topped off with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat. I’m happy with the look, it actually came out exactly as I thought it would in my head, which is a rarity for me, lol. Tomorrow is Flag Inspired Nails. I’ve always known what I’m doing for this one (and it, in fact, also honors my grandmother, so that’s cool.)

31 Days of Manicures Day 26: Pattern Inspired Nails

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I have never, not once this entire month, done a manicure just to stay caught up on the challenge and taken it right off after the pictures. Not once.

Until today.

Today was a bastion of fail. It started last night, when I swore up, down, left, right and center, that today was “Inspired by Artwork” day. So I was working on that mani, and I flubbed it also so I was going to just try it later. Then I was looking at my list to see what was coming up, and lo and behold, I was wrong about today the entire night. FML. And by the time I had realized it, it was too late to stay up and do them. So I was gonna do them this morning. No big deal.

Until a) I slept in, b) my original idea (argyle nails) didn’t work well on my short nails (I not only have nubbins right now, but also a really short nail bed and small fingers. I don’t have room to do much on my nails), and c) I had to work today. So I copped out, broke out the stamping plates, and came up with this mess.

Now, if I had had the time to take it wouldn’t have been so bad. But I didn’t, so it is.

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That’s what I was trying to recreate. I started with two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Blu Blaze, and stamped using Color Club French Tip. Topped with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat.

And now, tomorrow, for sure, is Artwork Inspired Nails. For sure. I promise.

31 Days of Manicures Day 25: Fashion Inspired Nails

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Here we are with Day 25, Inspired by Fashion.

This was my plan B, because the original idea I had looked simple, but didn’t work well on my short nails, so I went back to the Googles and came across this dress:

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And figured that was even simpler than the other idea, so why not?

I started with two coats of NYC Sidewalkers (whoa, the same polish featured back to back?), then taped off the bottom two thirds of my nail and added Sally Hansen Hard to Get (one of the polishes from my recent haul). Once that was dry I added a red stripe with Color Club Art Club Red on Red. Topped it off with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat.

You can tell that I didn’t wait long enough between the striper and the top coat, since the red smeared on a few nails. Other than that, I love this manicure.

Tomorrow is Pattern Inspired Nails. I know exactly where I’m going with this one. It’ll be fun.