Day 11: Polka Dots (31dc2014)

I like to do apple nails in September.  I mean, here in PA, fresh local apples are all over the place.  For the next 6 weeks, you could pretty much go to an apple festival every weekend around here.  Apple cider and dumplings are starting to show up all over the place.  I was feeling a little like I had missed my opportunity to do apple nails this month since I didn’t do them on red or green day.

Then I started to think hard about what I wanted to do for polka dot day, and I really was having trouble coming up with something that seemed original.  Then it hit me: I can make apples out of polka dots!

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The base is my frankenpolish, and the rest is just acrylic craft paint.  As far as craft paint goes, I don’t own a ton of colors.  I have a little set of neon paints, but apart from that I just have the basics: primary colors and black and white.  I really like just taking a little blob of red, blue, yellow, black, and white on a plate and mixing them to make whatever colors I need.  That’s exactly what I did for this mani and also for my Fairy Godmother mani.

Thanks for reading and following along with me this month!  And thank you to all of my new followers both here and on instagram!  You make me feel warm and fuzzy!  See you tomorrow with some stripy nails!

Day 10: Gradient Nails (31dc2014)

This past Sunday evening, we had a great sunset here in central PA.  The sky went from a deep blue-purple down to a bright orange at the horizon with lots of neon pink and purple clouds in between.  Just beautiful.  We were on a drive home through the countryside at the time, and the sky combined with the rolling hills and silhouettes of tree and farms is what inspired today’s manicure.  Unfortunately, the nails only turned out to be “meh”.  Here they are:

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The lump on my ring finger is supposed to be a farm and the other blotches are supposed to be trees.  Yeah, not my best work.  I do like the sky colors, though.  They’re pretty close to the real thing.  Overall though, I guess I should leave the sunset making to God.

See you tomorrow with some polka dots!

 

Day 8: Metallic Nails (31dc2014)

It took me a little while to find some inspiration for these nails.  I was a little tempted just to slather gold polish on my nails and call it a day.  This 31 Day Challenge is definitely fun, but sometimes I feel like all my free time and mental energy is being used to paint my nails.  I’m glad it’s only 31 days and I’m glad that I’m 1/4 of the way there!

Sunday evening the hubby and I were at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, which is where we are most weekends from August to October.   On the ride home, I finally got hit with some inspiration to paint some royal nails.  Here they are:

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Yep, my cuticles are stained a lovely purple color. 

The gold polish is from Wet n Wild’s Fergie line and it’s called Gold Album.  Every time I use it I’m amazed and how pretty it is. 

The purple is Orly – Velvet Rope.  I got the mini size of this for $.49 in the clearance section at Ulta this weekend!  I think I’ll be wearing this quite a bit in the colder months.

The “jewels” are just glitters that I fished out of Funky Fingers – Unicorn Farts.  I used a dotting tool to pick them up and place them where I wanted them. 

That’s all for today.  See you again tomorrow!

 

 

Day 7: Black & White Nails (31dc2014)

The hubby gets credit for these nails.  Not for actually painting them, but for coming up with the idea.  The conversation went like this:

Me: I need to do black and white nails tomorrow.  What stuff is black and white?…

Him: Piano keys are black and white.

Heck yes, they are, so that’s what I went with.  Here’s the finished product:

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Please don’t count how many notes are in my octaves.  Also, I took the easy way out for my right hand.  I still made it black and white, but I didn’t do piano keys.  Here’s what I did:

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And a bonus picture of my cute nephew being all limp while he sleeps:

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I guess I shouldn’t have cut my sister’s head out of the picture.  I was just so focused on my cute little nephew.   See you tomorrow with some metallic nails!

Day 6: Violet Nails (31dc2014)

I’ve been wanting to try this particular technique for a while.  I’m not sure if it has a real name or not.  Some people just call it a pond manicure.  It’s when you do a layer of jelly polish, then some sort of design like a flower, then another layer of jelly polish, then add more flowers, then another layer of jelly polish,…  The end result looks like your design is suspended at different levels within the polish.  Here’s how mine turned out:

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I used Wet n Wild – Deception from a limited edition collection back in the spring.

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Here’s a final look:

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I am really happy with how they turned out, and I’m sad that it’s time to take them off so that I can do my Day 7 nails.  See you tomorrow!

Day 5: Blue Nails (31cd2014)

I am no artist.  I watch videos of people like Robin Moses who can effortlessly paint these beautifully details designs on people’s nails with a little bit of envy and a whole lot of admiration.  I’m not gonna lie, these blue nails took a bit of time.  I probably spent close to 2 hours on them last night while the hubby controlled the remote.  He was flipping between baseball and tennis, both of which interest me very little, so I was happy to stare at my nails instead.

I started with Sinful Colors – Cinderella.

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This is a baby blue cream with a pink micro-shimmer.  It’s SO pretty!  It’s pretty sheer, so I did use 4 thin coats to get it opaque. 

After that was done, I started on my thumb and first finger.  After a long time, I ended up with this:

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And here’s the finished look!

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I’m going to be pretty sad when I have to take her off my nails tonight.  I think I’ll go with something a little simpler for tomorrow!  Come check out the 31 Day Challenge on instagram!  Use #31dc2014 and find me @polishmesnazzy !

 

Day 3: Yellow Nails (31dc2014)

Yellow nails.  Meh.  I love yellow in general.  Is there a happier color?  I submit that there is not, but yellow anywhere next to my paleness, even at my tannest, is just never good.  After wading through lots of great suggestions on my facebook page, I opted for bumblebee nails.  Here’s what I ended up with:

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Sigh.  I just don’t love them, and I feel like they aren’t very original at all.  I mean, the bee look pretty much just like the ladybugs I did on Day 1, only not as cute.  I guess they’re not terrible, but I’m just not feeling them.  Tomorrow is another day and another challenge, though.

Day 2: Orange Nails (31dc2014)

Today is orange nails day.  In regular life, I rarely paint my nails orange because I think it just looks bad with my light skin.  I was suckered into buying Orly – Tropical Pop a few weeks ago, though, because it’s just such a pretty, fun shade of orange. Kind of a light neon orange.  That’s the color I used for my base, with a traffic cone orange for the dots and the orange slices.

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I’ve been loving these nails more and more as the day goes on and I’m definitely sad that I have to take them off to get ready for tomorrow…  And I was sad yesterday when I had to take my ladybugs off… I guess I’m going to be sad every day for the next 29 days, unless one of these days is a real nail art fail.  Actually, I’m pretty sure the day I have to do water marble is going to be a major fail.  That’s not until Day 20, so I guess I have 18 more days until I really have to worry about being humiliated online in front of all the other nail bloggers.

One of the most fun things for the past 2 days has been checking out everybody’s nails on instagram.  Seriously, check out all of the awesome nails from people undertaking the 31 Day Challenge on instagram with #31dc2014.  See you tomorrow with some yellow nails!

Tip Top Nails Competition

I learned from Wonderful Wolf, a fellow nail blogger that Tip Top Nails, a South African nail polish company is hosting a nail art competition on their facebook page.  Here are the rules:

1.  You can only use 3 colors and they need to be chosen by a male in your life.

2. Your focus needs to be on an accent nail.

3.  No acrylic paint or stamping.  This is supposed to show off your freehand skills.

4.  It’s also a photo contest, so your picture needs to somehow reflect your inspiration for your nail art.

This just sounded fun to me.  When I told my hubby Mike about it, he did some sort of evil laugh and said something about how he had all the power.  He chose a hot pink, bright blue and white.

Then I hunted around the house for some inspiration and I found some cute cupcake scrapbook paper that seemed to have potential.  Here’s the look I ended up with:

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I haven’t officially submitted my entry yet.  I think I might submit the picture with the close-up of 3 fingers since that shows the detail on the accent nail the best, but I’m not sure yet.

Anyway, you have until the end of August to enter this contest if you’re interested!   Check out Tip Top Nails South Africa’s facebook page for all of the details.   Let me know what you think and if you are going to enter!

 

Cow Toes!

I’ve been painting “cow toes” forever.  Not painting the toes on actual cows, (Do they even have toes?) painting cow print on my own toenails.  By “forever” I mean close to 20 years.  Back in olden times – the ’90s – I was a camp counselor during the summers. I definitely remember sporting cow-print toes a lot back then and also painting cow-print on my fellow female counselors’ toes. 

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This pattern is so easy that it doesn’t even really warrant a full tutorial.  You just paint your nails white, and then using either a dotting tool, tooth pick or just the brush that comes in the polish, make irregular black splotches on the nails.  Really, it’s that easy. 

If you want to paint a little cow face on your big toes like I did here, just start with a white nail then add a pink semicircle for the nose.  Add two black dots for nostrils and two black dots for eyes.  If you have a little brush and you want your cow to look a little more feminine, add eyelashes.  Then fill the space around the face with a few black splotches.  Here’s a fuzzy closeup of one of my big toes.  I know, toes are gross.

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And finally, here are my cow toes hanging out the window while going for a ride in the country.  It seemed appropriate.

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Seriously, this design is super easy and always get tons of positive comments from people.  Give ’em a try while we can still wear sandals!