31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 22

I am super excited to share today’s manicure with you. I’ve had a ton of compliments on it, though mostly from 9 year olds who had no idea what it was representing. INSPIRED BY A SONG was the theme, and I’ve been planning this since I first started this challenge.

The song I was inspired by was…

Sailor Moon!

You betcha the Nineties was the best decade for kids T.V … and I was Sailor Jupiter, thank you very much!

Here is the design I did on my left hand:
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Sorry for the photo spam… I did these late last night and was rushed to get pictures before I chipped the design, so photos were taken in some random places…. we won’t go there!

This is all free handed, with no striping tape or anything. All the gem stones in the bows are from the $2 shop, and the collars are outlined with Jordana White, which I had to use with a toothpick in lieu of my striper cause I can’t find it :-/
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For Sailor Moon (thumb) I used Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue for the collar, the bow was in an unnamed red mini from LA Girl. Sailor Mars is using the LA Girl mini and Jordana Lavender Fields for the bow. Sailor Mercury’s collar is in Cairuo #16, with Thinking of Blue for the bow, Sailor Jupiter’s collar should have been darker, but I don’t have a dark green creme, so it was LA Colors Lime, with Cairuo #10. Finally, Sailor Venus was with my newest Cairuo, #24, which is a totally gorgeous orange. Remember Day 2? I hate orange usually… but this one is awesome!

No pictures of my right hand today, but I just painted a full nail of the corresponding colour from the left.

I’m feeling pretty excited about tomorrow’s nails… I’ve just finished them and am so amped to show them off tomorrow!

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 14

Happy Valentines! I hope you are all remembering the special people you love.  When I was younger Valentines was a day where high school was unbearable; all the popular girls walked round with their flowers and gifts and all eyes were on the people with nothing. Which usually included me. However,  my dad always did a fabulous job on February 14th and everyday, in fact. His girls were all told how much they were loved, and this confirmation is one of the reasons my husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day. We already know how much we love each other, and we’re pretty confident that we’ll be each other’s valentine every day.

Anyway, onto today’s theme, which is FLOWERS. For this design I tried something I’m not very confident with, which is allowing nail to be seen. I really like the way they came out though – I would wear these all week if I could.

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One thing I have learnt since using my light box … I’m probably somehow related to Frodo Baggins…. I have really hairy fingers!

I used a mini Cairuo (pictured,  but I can’t find it because I have a super sneaky kitty who steals) to create a choppy tip and then used a green striper to randomly put grass and lobger stalks in. Then it was off to my dotting tool and Jordana White & Boy oh Boy, and a little unnamed purple mini from LA Girl to make the flowers. My 123 Selection polish aptly named Yellow completed the flowera and voilà! It’s cutesy, fun and puuuuuuurty and I love it!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 8

I started to panic about the METALLIC theme, because o realised I don’t have a lot of metallic polishes. When I began trawling through my gear I had a brilliant idea.

A year or so ago, Ciate’s Caviar manicure was super popular. Now… I’m not the kind of person to spend £18 (let alone converting that ro kiwi dollars and adding shipping… yikes!) on something I can realistically only wear once. So I found my “nail art micro beads” (cause you can’t call it a caviar manicure if it’s not using Ciate’s products, apparently) at the $2 shop. They come in tiny little vials which I’ll show you, and are super cute.

While I was fishing around in my containers for ideas I found my silver beads – and today’s nails were born. Using Kleancolor Metallic Black and an unnamed silver LA Girls mini and my wee silver baubles let me present Day 8;
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Ooh looky.. you even got 4 pictures today! I’m really happy with how this worked out… its only the second time I’ve done.a micro bead mani, but its growing on me!