Monday, July 31, 2017

Garden Flowers

 I hate to end the month on a bad note, but these nails just weren't doing it for me. They didn't really end up anything like I had envision, so I was super disappointed in them and repainted my nails the next day. I think these could have been improved if I had either used completely different colors or had painted roses instead. The base is Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Geometric Stars Pattern

 I don't know why I always think it's a good idea to paint elaborate patterns that I find on google, but that's what happened with these nails. When I painted these I basically split them up into three parts. First I did a regular hexagonal pattern, and then I added a second set of hexagons off of those to create the cube illusion look. I later filled in each of the diamonds with some thinner lines, and that's it! It actually didn't end up taking me all that long to complete. The base is Color Club Disco Dress. On top of that I added a glitter gradient using Color Club Tru Passion and Color Club Sexy Siren, and to top all of that off, I added a coat of Xtreme Wear Pink Grapefruit.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pastel Swirl Watermarble

Here's a fun pastel watermarble using a design that is completely new to me. I was inspired to do this swirl technique when I saw this tutorial by SloppySwatches. The only nail I was really able to capture the full swirl effect on was my ring finger, but I do think the others turned out well enough. I used China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, Xtreme Wear Babe Blue, Xtreme Wear Perfect Pear-ing, Color Club Disco's Not Dead, and China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss. I can't believe this is the first time I've marbled with all of these types of colors together; this is such a popular color scheme.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Double Scales

For this mani I wanted to do something a little bit more elaborate than plain scales. I was initially going to add more design to these, but I realized that my idea would work better in the future on larger scales instead, so I just left these as is. The base is Sinful Colors Cinderella and I topped it with an iridescent shattered glitter, China Glaze Luxe and Lush. The glitter added a cool effect, however it also makes the design look bumpy, despite actually feeling completely smooth.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stripes and Half Moons

 This is such a random design, so I really don't have anything to say about it. This was entirely freehand, so it's definitely a little bit rough around the edges. I also think this looked way better in person where it's more difficult to really observe all its flaws.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Glittering Bolt

This mani is a bit of an odd one. I really wanted to do some tiny glitter placement and I came up with this design; I'm not really sure if I'm fond of how it turned out though. The base is Xtreme Wear Midnight Sky. For the bolt I used a bunch of silver glitters including China Glaze Some Like It Haute, Xtreme Wear Twinkle Twinkle,  and OPI When Monkeys Fly. The pink glitter that I used to outline the bolt is from China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Interlocking Squares

This design is one that I've done in the past. I love how it turned out then. I actually was recovering from a broken arm at the time I painted that, and I wanted to give it another go, mostly because I think it looks pretty cool. I don't usually gravitate towards dusty colors, so I thought I would give them a shot with this design. I used Zoya Flora, Zoya Megan, Xtreme Wear Orchid Around, and Color Club Kiss My French. Because I was still a little bit unsure about how the colors would look, I added a little bit of glitter using Xtreme Wear Perky Pink and Xtreme Wear Disco Ball. Once everything was said and done, I ended up loving the end results!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fun Fourth of July

These are the nails that I am sporting for the Fourth of July! This is one of the first times I've really painted fireworks, so I was nervous about how they would look, but I'm really happy with them! I added a bunch of glitter to and around them, which I think helps with the look a bit as well. For the middle nails I started off with a half moon and filled them in with blue stars. Then, I individually placed each line of glitter to separate the stars from the stripes, which I later added with the help of striping tape. I really love these nails and they're definitely my favorite Independence Day nails that I've ever done. The blue is Zoya Dream and the red is Zoya Blaze. The glitters were pulled from Color Club Wish Upon A Rock Star.