Saturday, December 27, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Round Up Post

I cant believe the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge has come to an end. I decided to do a round up post where you can see all 12 days in one place and to also talk about some highlights from the challenge.

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I had so much fun doing this challenge and did so many things that I have either never done or have wanted to do for a while. Some of my favorites are the Minion Santa and Elves, the red and green dry marble, and Rudolph. 

Another thing I accomplished with this challenge is that I knocked out so many untried polishes. I've been wanting to try every polish that I own but what girl has enough fingers. 

Highlights:
These are just some of the things I have come across during this challenge.

  • First of all I want to give a huge Thank You to Jessica from Be Happy and Buy Polish. This girl is amazing! Not only does she have time to host this challenge but she also promotes the hell out of everyone participating, comments on everyone's nail art, keeps up with other posts on her own page on top of running the Challenge Your Nail Art Facebook group.
  • I also want to give a huge Thank You to everyone who has commented, liked and even just looked at my nail art during this challenge. You all have made me smile every day.
  • I even had a few fangirl moments during this challenge. I was excited to find out that Be Happy and Buy Polish was the host of this challenge. And then Cheyenne who is @cdbnails143 on Instagram liked and commented on my minion blog post. I almost peed my pants. I have followed her for quite some time now on Instagram and she is amazing. Also Kacey who is A Polished Bookworm has commented a few times and I love her. She makes nubbins look amazing!  Of course there have been loads more that I wish to thank for the comments and likes but I just cant cover them all. So just know that this THANK YOU goes to everyone from the Challenge Your Nail Art Facebook Group.
Again this challenge has been super fun to do and complete. I love the Challenge Your Nail Art Group and can wait to see whats next. Thank you again to everyone!

You can find all of my nail art from the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge  by clicking here.

I hope you have all enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Which was your favorite?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 12 | Freestyle!

Today's theme for the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge is freestyle. I have thought about this from the beginning. What is one to do when given a freestyle challenge. So many possibilities right? Well I decided to go with 2 different things for this theme. Check it out.


Items Used:

China Glaze - White on White
Red, White, Black, Light Brown, and Dark Brown Acrylic Paint
NYC - Broadway Burgundy Frost
Salon Perfect - One Love
LA Colors Rapid Dry
Striping Brush
Detail Brush


I think these are by far my favorite of the whole challenge. Isn't Rudolph adorable? Well that's the end of the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. I'll be back in a couple days with a round up post. 



Sunday, December 21, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 11 | Presents

Day 11 already. Are you all still with me? Today's theme for the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge is Presents. Everyone looks forward to opening their presents on Christmas morning. Well today I have presents on my nails to share with you all. Hope you enjoy!


Items Used:

Milani 3D - Digital
Milani - Gold Glitz
Orly - Sparkling Garbage
Milani 3D - HD
White Acrylic Paint
Striping Brush
Detail Brush
LA Colors Rapid Dry


Sparkling Garbage has been in my untrieds for a while and it was the perfect match up to go along with all the other untrieds in this mani.. 3 untrieds knocked out in one mani, not to bad.

Check out what the last day brings...





Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 10 | Ugly Christmas Sweater

I have been excited about today's theme of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge since all the themes were posted. I am a huge fan of PANC (Polish Addict Nail Color) nail polishes and I've been waiting for a reason to use Ugly Christmas Sweater. What better time then now.

My camera made some of the colors a little brighter then they were.
Items Used: 

Pure Ice - Kiss Me Here
PANC - Ugly Christmas Sweater
White, Black, Green, Red, Turquoise, Pink, and Lime Green Acrylic Paint
Wet N Wild Matte Top Coat


I tried to incorporate as many colors into the actual nail art that I could find in the glitter. The lime green acrylic paint actually appears to be yellow in the pictures. I will be trying Ugly Christmas Sweater nail art again next year because I love how these turned out and cant wait to try them when my art has improved.

Here's what is next!




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 9 | Glitter

Who doesn't love glitter? That is today's theme for day 9 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. So many possibilities. I racked my brain on what to do for this theme. I went rather simple. I was packing up my nail polish to move back home (I've been staying with my mom for a bit) and I came across some green glitter polishes just laying there in true ombre fashion. So why not go with a green glitter ombre for the glitter theme.


Items Used:

Nabi - Greenland
Nabi - Cute Punky
Sinful Colors - Call You Later
Nabi - Green Glitter
LA Colors Rapid Dry


It looked more ombre when they were laid out in front of me. Also while working on these I put together a little picture tutorial for full coverage glitter and glitter removal that will be up sometime in January after this challenge is over.

Coming up next....




Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 8 | Christmas Decorations

We are over half way through the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Today's theme is Christmas Decorations. The first thing that came to mind was Ornaments. When I think of decorating for Christmas I immediately think of decorating the Christmas tree with beautiful Ornaments. 


Items Used:

Nabi - Gray
Nabi - Green Glitter
Nabi - Yellotte (Not sure if this is misspelled on my bottle)
Salon Perfect - He's With Me
Sinful Colors - All About You
Sinful Colors - Silver Screen
Gray, Red, Green, Yellow, Black and White Acrylic Paint
Wet N Wild Matte Top Coat


I am super in love with how these turned out. Some of you may have noticed by now that I have used a ton of Nabi polishes during this challenge. I've been trying to get through some of my untried polishes while doing this challenge and so far I have gotten through quite a bit.

I hope everyone has enjoyed this challenge so far. Here's what is coming up!




Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 7 | Red and Green

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the theme for day 7 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge was candy canes. Up until I actually did them I saw candy cane swirls. I was originally going to do a water marble but the only bottle of water I have at the moment is way to cold to work. So instead I went with a dry marble and couldn't be happier. I will be dry marbling a lot from now on.

Forgive the upside down watermark. I forgot to flip the picture before adding it.



  Items Used:

China Glaze - White on White
Pure Ice - Siren
Pure Ice - Free Spirit
LA Colors Rapid Dry
Toothpick


I absolutely love how these turned out. They are so christmas-y. I am now a new fan of dry marble. I loved them so much that I wanted to get a third picture of them. 


Whats coming up next?




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 6 | 12 Days of Christmas Song

Today's theme for the Challenge Your Nail Art's 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge is any line from the 12 Days of Christmas Song. I struggled with this one from the beginning on what to do. Then when I decided, It didn't go as planned. I choose to go with "7 Swans a Swimming."  My initial idea was to hand paint 7 swans which actually would have ended up as more of a valentines designs. Wrong month!!!! So as I was going through my stamping plates I found a cute little swan stamp. Let me just say that stamping hates me. When I got my first set of stamping plates my boyfriend actually stamped better than I did. Shhhh! Don't tell him I told you that. Anyways, I'm not at all happy with how these turned out but I wanted to share them anyways. Hope you like them more than I do.


Items Used:

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Wedding Glitters
China Glaze - White on White
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails - Cold as Ice
Gals Stamping Plate GA3 from the Princess Set
LA Colors Rapid Dry


The only thing I love about these? I actually stamped!!!! I was excited that they actually looked the way the plate looked. That's never happened before. Small steps I guess.

Still to come....




Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 5 | Ice Blue and White

Today is day 5 of the Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. The theme is Ice Blue and White colors. I knew from day 1 what I wanted to do for this theme. I choose to go with icicles on an icy blue background. So here they are.


Items Used:

Nabi - Sky Blue
Nabi - Abysis 
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails - Frozen Solid
White Acrylic Paint
China Glaze - Fairy Dust
LA Colors Rapid Dry


I love how these turned out. It looks exactly how it did when I pictured it in my head. 

Check out whats coming up!




Sunday, December 7, 2014

12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 4 | Santa and Elves | 100th Post

Yippeeeeee! Did you read the title? Did you read it all the way through? Yup you read right! Its my 100th blog post. I cant believe it either. I am a horrible writer so I never imagined I would make it to 10 post let alone 100 posts. Anyways, the reason you are here.

It is day 4 of the Challenge Your Nail Art groups 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Today's theme is Santa and/or Elves. Of course I went all out and did them both. My Aunt posted a Santa minion nail art tutorial to me on Facebook a few days ago and I decided that was what I would do. So everyone say thanks to my Aunt for these. Oh and I want to mention that I had a snag on my index finger and forgot before I washed my hair and it snapped so I had to cut them down some.


Items Used:

Pure Ice - Vintage Glam
LA Colors - Live
Green, Red, Black, and White Acrylic Paints
LA Colors Rapid Dry


Oh how I love these little guys. I was sad to take them off. Well I hope you enjoyed my Santa and Elf minions along with my 100th post. Take a look at whats coming up next.




Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 3 | Snowmen

Its time for day 3 of the Challenge Your Nail Art Facebook groups 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Today's theme is Snow Men. I did a snow man last year and I really love seeing how much I have improved over time at nail art. In case your curious you can find last years snow man Here. Let me know which is your favorite. So here we go.


I went with a purple scarf since that is my favorite color.

Items Used:

Hard Candy - Ice Pop
White, Black, Purple, Brown, and Orange Acrylic Paint
Wet N Wild Matte Top Coat (to smooth out the glitter and to make painting easier)
LA Colors Rapid Dry


I really love this guy. Did you notice the "Baby its cold outside" on my index finger? My first time writing anything on my nails. 

I tend to collect what I call Novelty nail polish bottles. Last year at Christmas time I picked up a cute little snow man bottle at Sally's. Now with my novelty polishes, I DO NOT OPEN THEM. For me they are my collector bottles. I've been dying to do something with my little snow man so as an added bonus.........


How cute? Hope you enjoyed today's theme. Check back for more to come!




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 2 | Christmas Trees

For the second day of the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge the Challenge Your Nail Art group gives us Christmas Trees. It was hard to decide how I wanted to do this one. I knew I wanted a tree, obviously. But there is all sorts of Christmas trees out there. I decided to go with more of a what I'm going to call, modern Christmas tree. Along with some Christmas lights. Love how these came out.


Items Used:

LA Colors - Live
Red, Yellow, Orange, Green and Black Acrylic Paints
LA Colors - Dizzy (Used for the star on the tree)
LA Colors Rapid Dry


Check out whats coming up next!







Sunday, November 30, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge | Day 1 | Snow Flakes

I recently joined a group on Facebook called Challenge Your Nail Art. I love this group. They have regular short challenges and they are come and go as you please. Meaning you don't have to commit to a full challenge. For the month of December they are doing the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge which I am super excited about. If you have followed me for a while you may remember the Let It Snow challenge from last year, which you can find Here. For some reason I love the idea of a challenge which does just that. It challenges you to do things you wouldn't normally go for and also if you are in a mani funk, you always have an idea to go on. So enough chatting. Here is the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge.

For day 1, the theme is Snow Flakes. I've done snow flakes before but I'm loving how these turned out.


Items Used:

Wet N Wild - Listening to Blue Reed
Nabi - White Flake
White Acrylic Paint
LA Colors Rapid Dry
Nail Art Brush


Check out what is to come!




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014 | Camouflage Nail Art

Today is Veterans Day so what better nail art is there other than camouflage. My sister is really big into camouflage and I've been wanting to give it a try for a while now. I'm actually pleased with how well they turned out. I will probably be doing these in many other color combinations. Onto the nail art.



Items Used:

Sinful Colors - Beau Khaki
E.L.F - Nude
Wet N Wild - Black Creme
Hard Candy - Jubilee
Wet N Wild Matte Top Coat

I've had Hard Candy Jubilee for quite some time now and I wanted so bad to love it. I do, but I don't. I'm not really sure how I'm feeling about this one. It may just end up in my destash section. 

Well that's it for today's post. Hope you enjoyed.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

October 2014 in Review | Monthly Favorites

October was actually a pretty good month for me for several reasons. I started getting all my teeth pulled in preparation for getting dentures which in the long run will help me to feel better since I will no longer have infections in my mouth anymore. I'm excited to keep going with the process of getting myself healthier. 

Also, October was a great month for my blog. I am still not reaching the audience that I would like as I'm not sure very many people actually read my blog but as far as bettering myself as a blogger and my nail art I think I've accomplished a lot this month and I couldn't be happier. So this post is just going to be a recap of some of my favorite things that have happened here on my blog.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and I love how these turned out. You can find more details on this mani Here.

I also did a 13 days of Halloween Series which you can find all of those Here, but here are a few of my favorites.


These were day one of the Halloween series and probably one of my favorites. You can find the details Here


I actually surprised myself with how well these patchwork nails turned out. Find out the details on these Here


For the last of my monthly favorites for this post are the reason I started doing nail art in the first place. I really love how these turned out and cant believe how far I've come in 2 years since beginning this journey. You can see my progress in this post Here.

So that is my October 2014 review and monthly favorites. I'm going to try and do a post like this from now on every month. For the month of November I plan on swatching my collection along with a few fall manis and of course some Thanksgiving nails. Hope you will all join me!

Friday, October 31, 2014

13 days of Halloween | Nightmare Before Christmas

Sadly it is the last day of the 13 days of Halloween. My obsession with nail polish and nail art began 2 years ago today when I saw somewhere online that you could paint Jack Skellington on your nails. Who would have thought, Right? I had to try it out. I had about 4 bottles of nail polish and 2 striping polishes at the time. I wont scare you at the beginning of this post with a throwback picture of that failed attempt at nail art, however, I will post it at the end. I will also mention that at that time I had just found out that I had Psyriosis which had severely affected my skin especially parts of my hands. So when It comes to the last picture of this post, please excuse my skin. So lets get into day 13 with some Nightmare Before Christmas nail art.
 
 
You'll have to excuse the Sally pattern. I had taken pictures shortly before going to bed and when I had woken up the next day to start editing the pictures, they were gone. So over night Sally had gotten a little squished. :(


Items Used:

China Glaze - White on White
ELF - Dark Navy
LA Colors Rapid Dry

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints:

White
Black
Mosaic Blue
Apricot
Pink Eraser
Bright Yellow
Laguna

Now for the throwback. Please remember these were two years ago when I had NO IDEA what I was doing and looking back still have NO IDEA what I was going for. At the time I thought they were the greatest things since sliced bread. Boy was I wrong!


Looking back at this picture I would have never thought that 2 years later I would go from 4 nail polishes to over 700 nail polishes and still be doing this. You can definitely see the improvement. If I only knew then what I know now :).

Well that's it for the 13 days of Halloween series for 2014. I've had so much fun that I plan on doing it again next year. Hope you all enjoyed. Have a great and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

13 days of Halloween | Sugar Skulls

We've almost come to an end of the 13 days of Halloween. Its already day 12 and I have sugar skulls for you today. I will say that I wanted these to turn out differently but my mouth was in a lot of pain from having my teeth pulled only a few days before I did these. So I did my best not to mention these were my first time doing sugar skull nails.



Items Used:

China Glaze - White on White
LA Colors Rapid Dry

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints in:
Black
Apricot
Kiwi
Bimini Blue
Mosaic Blue
Fuchsia
Bright Yellow

Flower fimo slices

Tomorrow is the last day of the 13 days of Halloween and then its off to Fall nail art. I'll see you back tomorrow with the final Halloween design.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

13 days of Halloween | Horror Movies!

I love horror movies so I had to do some horror movie monster nails for day 11 of the 13 days of Halloween. I have monsters from 4 different movies and I love how these turned out. I was sad to take them off.



Items Used:

Index Finger (Sam from Trick R Treat)
ELF - Smokey Brown
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints in Black, Nutmeg Brown and Pewter Grey

Middle Finger (Jason from Friday the 13th)
China Glaze - White on White
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Black
 
Ring Finger (Jigsaw from Saw)
China Glaze - White on White
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Flag Red, Black and White
 
Pinky Finger (Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street)
Sinful Colors - All About You
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Flag Red and Lite Mocha
 
Pure Ice - Siren was used for the blood splatter
LA Colors Rapid Dry
 
 
2 days left until Halloween. What are your costume or nail art ideas for Halloween?