31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 27

This was by far the hardest of the challenges so far. INSPIRED BY ART is a broad spectrum theme, and then poses the question – What is Art? Shall we get philosophical for a moment? Isn’t Nail Art, art? Aren’t album and book covers art? What about photographs, background images?

I wanted to replicate a precious painting my Gran did for my 21st birthday, but after three tries, I just couldn’t do it justice. Perhaps when I’m a little more skilled with a paintbrush… or nail art brush.

Instead, I went and searched online for art, and then melted crayon art (cause I LOVE that look!) and then finally rainbow art, when I came across the picture below from Blue Clementine Art.

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I started with Jordana White for my canvas, then outlined and filled in the shape of the head on my pointer finger  and rainbow bubble right across pointer to pinky with a superfine black ink pen. This was difficult – I’m not the best with drawing at the best of times, let alone on a tiny nail. I’m not convinced I got it >_<

In colour order, using lots of Cairuo (03, 24,15), LA Colors Lime, Jordana Boy of Boy and finally Cairuo 13,  I then used a paintbrush that I tried trimming down tiny, and created the small thin lines for the rainbow. Finally, I stippled the black pen alone to outline the colours.

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Thumb got stripy dripping paint…
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And right hand (poor little right hand has been neglected recently) got a skittle…
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I’m pretty happy with how it came out, but what do you think?

Also, my friend Jessie from Nailed it NZ is having another giveaway! She’s giving away credit to Born Pretty Store – Woohoo!! If you haven’t been to her blog, nows a good time. She’s insanely talented, and totally deserves your page views ans subscriptions!

Later my babes!

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!

Skittle Mani

Heylo loves. I am so excited. So incredibly excited. In fact, I am so excited that I just about can’t sit still. Which is okay, as long as I don’t bump my nails. Why? Why am I so excited?? Because I’ve just completed my very first skittle manicure, that’s why.

Stephanie at Sincerely Stephanie Nails is running a skittle manicure contest here And when I saw it, I knew I had to enter. Now, I’ve been planning, worrying, obsessing  over this for almost two weeks. I knew I wanted to include my favourite ever nail design, which is the vintage rose, but that was about it – I worked out a colour scheme, and then left it all to percolate.

Today I finally sat down and made a decisive move. I wanted to go for a slightly vintage look to go along with the nails. Here is what I came up with… *deep breath*

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Eeek! I am so insanely happy with how this came out. I used a whole lot of polish for this too… almost as good as my 2013 nails. I’ll leave a list of polishes below if you want to see what used. Otherwise, I suggest you get your tooshy over to Stephanie’s blog and enter!!

*thumb: Jordana Lavender Fields, Pop Art Stripers in Artsy Purple & Purple Impression, L.A. Colors Art Deco striper in white
*pointer: Cairuo #10, Kleancolor V.I.P
*middle: BC co. Shade 16
*ring: Jordana White, Cairuo #10, Revlon Electric Pink and BC co. Shade 16
*pinky: Sally Hansen CSM Dorian Grey, Jordana White,  Cairuo #10, Jordana Lavender Fields and Pop Art Striper Artsy Purple