31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 30

Its the second to last day of the challenge, and today is INSPIRED BY A TUTORIAL. There are so many tutorials by amazing nail artists that I could have taken inspiration from, but I’ve chosen to take one from one of my favourite established Bloggers – Emily from The Lacquerologist.

You can find Emily’s tutorial for “Funky Bohemian Floral Print” right here. I deviated slightly with colour scheme, and used different tools, like a toothpick and black polish for the stems rather than a striping polish and a black ink pen for the leaves.

Before I show you my design, I have to apologise for the photo quality. I did these nails late last night and couldn’t use my light box, and I had to take pictures before I chipped my nails at work, so I’ve only managed to get them in direct and indirect sunlight with no filter -_- … here goes!

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For this design I used Sally Hansen Without a Stitch for the base, then in order of the bullseye flower I used Jordana Raspberry, Purple Punch and Mardi Gras. I used Kleancolor Black for the stems and black “petals” and for the leaves I used a fine tip black ink pen. The orange dots were done in Cairuo 24.

I think mine look a little overcrowded, but overall I’m pretty happy with them!

Tomorrow is the last day for the challenge, and the theme is Recreate your Favourite … but I want to know, what was your favourite from this challenge?

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 29

And we are winding down so quickly!  Let me be completely honest with you – I have really enjoyed this challenge,  but I am soooooo ready to enjoy the design on my nails for more than a few hours.

Like today’s INSPIRED BY THE SUPERNATURAL nails. I’ve actually managed to get 2 days wear out of these, cause I did them early … sneaky aye!

My favourite verse from the Bible is from Psalm 91:11 –  “He shall give His angels charge of you to keep you in all your ways.” It was with this verse in mind that I created today’s look, with the help of this tutorial, for the wings. This nail artist is amazing, by the way, and it makes me feel a little inferior looking back at the video now and what is on my nails.

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I used 2 coats of Cairuo 16 and then one coat of Jordana Lemon Tropic, which is a sheer shimmery blue. Using a paint brush and Miki #17 I made the shape of the wings. The inside feathers of the wings were done in Jordana White. The nails with the wings got a fine coat of Jordana Silver Glitter, and some small individual glitters on the tips of each wing.

All the other nails got a glitter gradient with Jordana Silver Glitter, and Jordana Silver Jewel ( I think… it was left on the table and I think le kitty stole it :-/).

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I’m actually stoaked with how these came out, and I’m totally going to try this again sometime once I have proper brushes …. my crappy little $2 shop ones are just not cutting it anymore!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 28

INSPIRED BY A FLAG… I could have done any flag. Any flag would have been fine;  but what kind of New Zealander would I be if I didn’t do my own flag?

I’m proud to be a New Zealander. I feel so privileged to live in a country where, compared to others, crime is low and the living standard is high.  I love that I grew up near the ocean, and that since NZ is still a relatively young country,  we all are an integral part of its making and its future history. I appreciate the fact that I’ve lived in both city and country and experienced both styles of living,  and that I can proudly say “once a Westie, always a Westie” – even though I don’t remember living in West Auckland. I love Pineapple Lumps, L&P, sandy fish and chips on the beach, and Marmite.

When I was little I used to get confused between the New Zealand and Australian flags – both have the Union Jack in the corner and both have stars. I don’t even know what it was that triggered my recognition – I think the fact that our stars are red fixed it for me.

For this design I started with  2 coats of Jordana Blue Flash over my base coat. This is a colour I’ve only used once before – it really is a stunning shade of blue, with teeny silver glitter and some bar glitter too.

Then  on my thumb using my very thick, mostly past it LA Colors Art deco striper in White, I made two wide stripes vertically and horizontally,  and then four little smaller lines. I went inside the lines with Cairuo 03, using a toothpick cause I’m yet to get fine brushes or a red striper.

With that done I got on to the tricky part. The stars. I can’t do stars at the best of times. Yikes. Using Jordana White on a toothpick again I created the outlinen of a single star on each nail, and filled it in. Then I got my red again (Cairuo 03) and filled in the middle of the stars, leaving some white space visible.

Only problem with this design is awkward hand positioning for photos -_-

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And with that,  God Defend our Free Land.

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 26

Only 5 days to go, can you believe it? Yeah, I should have been done by now, but with camp and injuring my hand we’re a few days behind… but you still love me, right?

Anyway, onto today’s post,  which is a shortie. The theme is INSPIRED BY A PATTERN,  and I chose argyle-ish plaid kinda patrern, because it’s one I’ve never been able to master until today, thanks to this video.

I wasn’t keen for pinks today, so I went with a turquoise and blue schema. I used one coat of CR color 98, which is a really rich greeny turquoise creme, and used two LA Colors Art Deco stripers – first Sky Blue and then Quirky Turquoise.

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Woo! Really happy with how these came out… I don’t want to take them off!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 24

Today’s theme is INSPIRED BY A BOOK. I really struggled with this one, not because I don’t read but because I read copiously. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but couldn’t execute it in a way that did my favourite series of all time, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, justice.

I went to another book I really enjoy…

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The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor is a book I bought a few years ago while I was looking for books to share with potential classes. It has however become one of those books I go to again and again when I have nothing new to read. It follows the ‘real’ story of Alice in Wonderland – Alice is actually Alyss, the Cheshire Cat is a lean mean killing machine. I highly recommend it!

I chose not to replicate the cover, but to incorporate some of the main colours from the sleeve here. Starting with one coat of Cairuo #14(I’ve used so many of these since I started this polish, but they are genuinely amazing for $2!) I then randomly sponged on a light blue – QY #27, an orange – Cairuo #24, and a gold glitter – Miki #19.

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I really like how these turned out, and it was nice to do something a little less complicated than the last few days!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 21

Here it is, the first of the “inspired by” series, and perhaps the most vague – INSPIRED BY A COLOUR. While researching this day I saw that many bloggers struggled with a clear definition of this one, and I’m with them.

I decided to go with a colour that I love and whose name instantly inspired an idea which coincidentally incorporated the colour. Win!

The colour I chose is Kleancolor Titanic, a deep red with subtle darker undertones. The moment I saw it it reminded me of Rose’s “jump” dress from the film.

Together with my sparkly black/holo striper (The Artist – Jordana Pop art) a plain black striper (Black Mark, also Jordana) a single black rhinestone and a sharpie I pulled together this look, which I was over all fairly happy with:

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The sharpie was a new trial for me, to see if I could get the filigree work small enough… with a bit more practice I reckon I can!

These nails however, really didn’t want to be photographed.  I tried outside, flash,  lightbox, and even in the bathroom… none of these pictures really capture what I tried to do with this goooooooorgeous colour.  Ah well, this is life.

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 20

This is the one I’ve been dreading.  WATER MARBLING. I don’t understand how some people can make it look so amazing… mine just looks “bleh.” If you want a tutorial on this, look to anyone but me! You can find one by Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures here, and then you totally need to subscribe to her channel and her blog!

Short postie, since I dont like this and will not be gushing about it. I used Sally Hansen Dorian Grey for my base, then used Dorian, Jordana Bright Blue & Mint Candy (a favourite, but I discovered it’s too sheer to show up in this, other than a really fine shimmer in places) and Cairuo #15.

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Aaand a right hand shot…
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Tomorrow starts the most complicated of the challenges… the INSPIRED BY themes. Wish me luck!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 19 + tutorial (galaxy nails)

I love the stars. I love the awe inspiring beauty of the vastness of space and the unfathomable expanse of it. Space speaks to me of the unknown, possibilities and my own childhood conclusion that the universe we live in did not happen by chance.

I’ve wanted to do this design for a long time. I tried it once before I started blogging, but I hated the way it turned out. Today I’m still not entirely happy, but how can you truly capture such breathtaking beauty on such a small canvas?

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There are a lot of tutorials out there for how to achieve this look, but I wanted to add mine to the collection.

You’ll need teeny bits of sponge and tweezers – I found this much easier to use than a whole sponge between my fingers.

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And some polishes that reflect the type of nebula/galaxy you want to create. I used Kleancolor Black and Black Out (I genuinely adore this black glitter polish!), Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue, Jordana Raspberry & White, and a sticky as QY glitter polish.

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I started off with just one coat of black, then did a slick of Black Out.

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I could have quite happily ended here, but I didn’t. Taking my blue polish, I sponged on random spaces. You might need to go over a few times to show up.

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Then my pink/purple over top, but not right out to the edges.

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Finally I added in the white and went over with the glitter finish.

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I’m definitely going to try this one again sometime.

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 17&18/Nostalgic Nail Lacquer Swatch/More Awards!

Hello my lovely readers – I was determined to get this post up for you, despite the fact that my hand is going to feel like it wants to fall off after this. I’m not entirely sure what I did to it, but I’ve been suffering inflammation and pain across the back of my hand and wrist, which has made it really hard to do simple things like wash my hair, or text properly. Believe it or not, this post is mostly being typed up with my left hand. It’s slooooooow. And this is going to be a long post, if you hadn’t worked that out from the number of things in the title >.<

Anyway, there is a reason I wanted to get this up, and its because on Thursday I got my first ever international order, and an Indie brand to boot. Nostalgic Nail Lacquer makes the most delectable shades of polish, that I am sooooo excited to say I now own two bottles of. I was so excited when I got my order (I made Husband drive me to the depot because I initially missed the drop off) that I did a quick paint in the car…

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The little honey I want to show you today, is called Possibly Maybe; it is sweetest baby yellow jelly filled with purple, green and silver glitters. My swatches are showing 6 (yes six – this polish applies thin and dries super quick, so it really didn’t bother me to use so many) thin coats with only a base coat. I wanted to show this little beauty in it’s purest unadulterated form.  Can you tell I’m in love?

 

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I died a little inside every time I looked at this gorgeous creature, and I’m definitely glad I endured burning pain in my tendons to apply it. Having said that, I have two days worth of Challenge posts for you, which both use Possibly Maybe a) because I couldn’t bear to take it off, and b) because I couldn’t bear to take it off.


Day 17’s theme was GLITTER – which was easy enough! I just swapped up some fingers by applying Miki #25 underneath, aside from the ring finger.

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I went out with some friends, and found a chocolate (Vodka and Lime! *drool*) that matched my mani!

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Day 18 (today’s) is supposed to be HALF MOON … buuuuuuut I couldn’t find my French Manicure stickers, and couldn’t get any ring binger stickers (you know those paper strengtheners we all used before kids started taking their school work in on USB keys and laptops) and so I had to improvise. Using ordinary sellotape I just taped off the bottom half of my nail, and threw on a coat or two of Cairuo #21. It’s no where near straight, or beautiful – just go and put Half Moon Mani into Google Image Search and you’ll see what I mean, but … never mind.
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Finally – The gorgeous Nailluxxe nominated me for the Sunshine Award – I’m totally honoured and a little bit in awe of two nominations in just about as many days.

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

 

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The questions Nailluxxe posed me and my fellow nominees (check them out – I did, and discovered a whole lot of new bloggers to follow!), and my answers are below:

1. How did you come up with the title of your blog?

– -Funny story – Husband and I both came up with it in the car one day. We were brainstorming names for businesses, and I said (jokingly) “if I had a nail polish shop I’d call it beyond nails, or something…” and then he replied “what about beyond the – what is that stuff that you put on first called?”

“Base Coat! Yes! Beyond the Base Coat” … and that was how both name and blog were born, since the name was too good to waste floating around in my brain.

2. Flowers or chocolate (gift)?

– -Flowers any day

3. Relaxed beach holiday or crazy city break get-away?

– -Beach holiday – I love the beach, the sun, and the water.

4. Favourite thing about blogging?

— Being as silly as I want, and the awesome people I keep meeting through it!

5. Beauty product you can’t live without?

— Uhh… I’m not really into beauty products, aside from polish, but I guess it would probably be pressed powder for mah shiiiiiny face.

6. Most embarrassing song on your ipod/in your music collection?

— One Direction – the “that’s what makes you beautiful” one … I swear it’s the only one of theirs I have, and it’s not even their version, it’s Glee’s. Which I suppose is the next most embarrassing playlist I have – 159 Glee songs..

7. One thing you hope to achieve in the future?

— I would love to make a living out of blogging, but since I don’t see that happening any time in the near future, the next thing I hope to achieve is to be a Mummy.

8. Best thing you purchased in the last 3 months?

— uuuuuhhhhm… I haven’t really bought anything in the last three months aside from my Nostalgic order which I am in LOVE with.

9. Describe your blog using ONLY three words

— Budget But Beautiful (that’s not too big headed is it?)

10. Thing/person/memory that puts a smile on your face after a tough day?

— Easy; Husband and Kitty. No arguments there – they never fail to make me smile.

 

And without further ado, the blogs and bloggers who inspire me, and make my day just that little bit better, and whom I want to nominate for this award are:

 

  1. Nail Mania
  2. Color Coated
  3. Polish You Pretty
  4. Tips and Top Coats
  5. Lekker Lacquer
  6. Nail Polish Anon
  7. Twenty Six Nails
  8. Intense Polish Therapy
  9. Lani Loves
  10. Leona Carolina

 

And their questions are…

1. What was your favourite Childhood TV program or movie
2.  What is your current guilty pleasure besides polish/nail art/beauty related products?
3. Are you a summer or winter person?
4. If you had $500 to spend on anything you wanted what would it be?
5. What has been your most frustrating blogging moment
6. Who is your most hated villain character of all time?
7. What is your go to comfort food?
8. What hopes and dreams do you have for your blog?
9. Kitties or puppies?
10. If your life was a movie what genre would it be, who would play you?

 

Phew! 4 hours later, and this post is finally ready to go. I’ve got something special for you tomorrow, so long as my hand doesn’t decide to pack it in again!

 

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 16

Here we are, back on track. My hand only needed a day or so to settle down. I’m getting back on track with this challenge, and present to you TRIBAL. 

I’d spent ages looking for ideas for this, when it suddenly hit me. Why go for the bright designs most nail artists go for, when my country has some of the most beautiful tribal art I’ve ever seen.

Knowing I wouldn’t be able to hand paint these designs,  I started hunting for a design I could turn into a ink/water transfer. After finding it, Husband helped me resize it just a little larger than my thumbnail and Bob’s your uncle.

After painting my nails a plain white, I dipped my decals one by one into water and applied them to each nail, applying a little pressure then carefully lifting the paper to reveal the design.

Now,  I’m warning you, my decals didn’t go on perfectly – in fact, I only got whole nail coverage for this on one nail and that was on the middle finger of my right hand (which I did later and is a darker photo cause I used no lights… whoops).

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I really like how easy it is to get intricate designs onto your nails using this technique, and I love this artwork too! I found this image from Google, which links to this website. His art is pretty amazing!

What do you think of my (borrowed) tribal design?