Geometric Challenge Day 02: Round

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Another day, another geometric challenge post! Today’s theme was round, and I went simple and broke out the dotting tools. To make it seem a little less simple, I also went with a color blocking pattern.

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Abstract Challenge Day 15: Mani of my Choice

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Simple mani, simple post. Sorry for the quickness.

Matte color blocking style with Nina Ultra Pro Emerald City and Pure Ice Celestial. Topped with NYC Matte Me Crazy.

And that’s it. No more challenge posting for the foreseeable future.

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:

Velvet Nails Tutorial

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.

Color Blocking and Simple Pleasures Nail Polish Review

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Hi again! I’m just posting up a storm the first couple days. I’m three days in a row, yes? Anyway, I’ve come with what is my favorite mani technique (even if it drives my boyfriend crazy because it’s “not symmetrical.” Whatever.) I discovered it through eleventhgorgeous on YouTube, and they called it the “color blocking” technique.

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(A rare shot of my right hand, even though I’m a lefty.)

The technique is really simple: You use two colors, and on one hand you paint your thumb, pointer, and pinkie with the first color, and your middle and ring fingers with the second color. On your other hand, you reverse the order.

I’m also here to review the polishes I used for this manicure. The brand is called Simple Pleasures, and they’re $4.99 for a set of seven polishes, so not a bad deal. I picked mine up at Burlington Coat Factory, but I’ve read you can also get them at Ross and probably even T.J.Maxx. They’re all creme polishes (something I never seem to have enough of, even though I love them), and for the price, they’re not bad. I’ve seen a couple other reviews of this brand of polish from a couple years ago complaining that the brush was crap. It seems like they’ve massively improved upon the brush because I had no issues. However, the formula is a little runny, but it’s totally opaque in two coats.

I’m hoping to keep up this trend, I’m spending August doing the 31 day nail challenge, so let’s see if I keep it up everyday:

30 day nailchallenge

If you wanna join in, do so! It’s so much more fun when you do it with another blogger or two.