Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 22: Inspired by a song

It was an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini!
I had a hard time finding inspiration for this one...then I thought of that song and did a quite literal interpretation. I think it turned out pretty cute! A corner of my index nail broke off :( So I'll probably be cutting them short drives me crazy! I tried something new today and used a matte top coat, I love it! It completely changes the whole look!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I've seen a few houndstooth manis on Pinterest and I love them. So I decided to do one of my own. One of my stamping plates has the design, and I think it turned out pretty cute!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Black Rays

This one turned out a lot different than I had planned. I started with a dark gray base which I really loved. Then I did one coat of Orly-Winter Wonderland, that made it look silver. I wish I would have stuck with the gray. Then I stamped the design with Konad Special Black. My cuticles are a bit messy, but it turned out alright. Right after I finished, I dinged my thumb, so I'm ready to change my nails already.

This was my favorite nail. I think the stamping turned out great on it.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gradient and dots take 2

I loved the last gradient/dot mani that I did, I decided to do it again in the different color! I love it just as much as the pink one! This is probably a style I'll do in a bunch of different colors. It's so versatile!

Day 21: Inspired by a color

I knew I wanted to do pink for my color inspiration. So I started browsing Pinterest trying to get an idea of what to do with it. I saw this look from Oooh, Shinies!. My attempt wasn't quite as cute as hers, but I like how it turned out.

A quick crackle

I read somewhere that if you apply a crackly polish horizontally, it would look like zebra stripes. So I tried it, and I don't think it looks like zebra at all. It's still cool though. Then I added a heart with a dotting tool to make it a little girly.

Gradient and dots

I also saw this look on Pinterest. It's originally from Polish Art Addiction. I thought it was so cute! So I recreated it to wear for my daughter's 3rd birthday party. It was Minnie Mouse themed, and she loves polka dots. Or "polka nots" as she calls them.

Day 20: Water marble

Ever since I discovered nail blogs, I've been wanting to try a water marble. I've been putting it off because it seemed so hard. It took this challenge to make me actually attempt it. was hard! It took about 2 1/2 hours, a lot of messed up nails, a whole pile of was a mess. The end result wasn't the best, but I'd say it wasn't terrible for my first try. I'd definitely like to try this again...just maybe not anytime soon :)

Breast Cancer Awareness!

I got this idea from A Girl and Her Polish. She did blue ribbons, but I have the same stamping plate, so I did pink ribbons. I know a lot of people who have been affected by breast cancer, and October is breast cancer awareness month, so I was excited to do this one. I really love how it turned out.

Day 19: Galaxies

This one was really cool. I've seen a lot of different variations of the galaxies and they're all so pretty. I started with a black base, then sponged on some blue, purple, pink, yellow, and white. Then I added the white dots for some stars, a coat of glitter and called it good!

Fall mani

I love this pretty burgandy. I stamped on a leaf and it's a perfect fall look!

Day 18: Half moons

I thought these colors were really pretty together. I started with a white base, then used hole protectors for the half moon and painted the rest turquoise. Then I used a dotting tool to add the silver dots to soften the line.

Day 17: Glitter

For this challenge, I went with a glitter tip. I love how glitter polishes look, but I don't use them too often because I hate trying to remove them!

Day 16: Tribal print

This is one of the other new polishes I bought. I had a hard time coming up with a design for this challenge. I went with this one because it kind of reminds me of a tribal tattoo. It's not my favorite, but it fulfills the challenge.

Neon Giraffe

I got some new Bundle Monster plates! I absolutely love them! The full nail designs are big enough to fit all my nails. I got some new polishes too and couldn't wait to try this one. The pictures don't do it justice! It's a gorgeous neon coral. One of my favorite designs on the new plates is this giraffe print one. So I had to try it out first.

Day 15: Delicate print

This is one of my very favorites so far. I used an eyeshadow applicator and sponged on the pink gradient. Then I stamped the design over the top. It's a very girly look and I love it!

Day 14: Flowers

I used my Bundle Monster plates to stamp these flowers, then added a silver dot to the middle for a little extra. I thought these turned out really pretty.

Day 13: Animal print

This was my first attempt at a free hand leopard print. I think it turned out pretty okay. My nails are super short again, dang it. It didn't seem as messy in real life as it does when I see the pictures. But I'm happy with it. It was a lot easier than I was expecting!

Day 12: Stripes

I got this idea from Pinterest. Although mine didn't turn out nearly as cute. She used a lighter blue and her lines were much neater. I used a dotting tool to make my lines, which is why they're such a mess. I really need to get a striping brush!

Day 11: Polka dots

For the polka dot challenge, I was inspired by Minnie Mouse. I used a black sharpie for the bow on my accent nail.

Day 10: Gradient nails

I love this one! It was so much fun to do and I love how it turned out. I used an eyeshadow applicator to apply the white and purple. Probably did about 3-4 coats.

Day 9: Rainbow nails

I tried quite a few different designs for this one and ended up hating them all. I'm not particularly fond of this one either, but I wasn't up to starting over again.

Day 8: Metallic nails

For this I used a pink chrome and a silver chrome. The pink doesn't look very metallic in the pictures though. I stamped the lines with my Bundle Monster plates.