February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Pattern

I want to give a warm welcome to all of our new followers :). Hi everyone! I know most of you are here from the giveaway. Good luck to everyone and I hope you all decided to stick around after the giveaway is over too. I’m jealous of all of you all getting to enter that giveaway. Those are some great prizes!

If you’re not even sure what giveaway I’m talking about and want to enter it, you can find the details about it in this post.

Ok now back to the nail art challenge. Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a Pattern’. I bought a new shirt recently that I just love. It’s mauve pink with gold dots. I knew it is what I wanted to use for my pattern. After I started putting my pictures together I realized that day 8 is polka dots too. So I’ll have two polka dot nails this challenge lol.

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ImageI used two coats of Essie Eternal Optimist as my base color and then created gold shimmery dots with Julep Sienna in the same pattern they’re on the shirt.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration with my nails. ImageImageI really like these colors together. I probably would have never paired them up on my own had it not been for my new shirt :).

And as always, check out all the other great mani’s from this challenge! 🙂


November Nail Art Challenge- Day 4

Hope everyone is having a nice relaxing weekend so far! Welcome to day 4 of Erica’s November Nail Art Challenge. I’m loving the 3 days off in between. It gives me some time to think about what I’m going to do.

Today’s theme is “Delicate Print.” I wanted to try out the vintage flower nail art. Every time I see this print, I think about how delicate and pretty it is.

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I started with a base color of Essie Turquoise and Caicos (two coats).  On every other nail I used Butter London Creme Tea and drew horizontal stripes. I do not have any nail art brushes just yet so I free handed these using a dotting tool. Sorry they’re not perfectly straight lines :).

ImageOn my other fingers I drew the flowers. For the pink in the flowers I tried to do a swirl of pink and cream but it didn’t turn out that way lol. I used Essie Eternal Optimist and Butter London Cream Tea and swirled them together on a plate then dabbed three dots together on my nails. The swirl didn’t transfer onto my nail but it did lighten the pink which, I think, looks nice. I used Julep Emilie for the leaves on the flowers and Butter London Cream Tea again for the dots in the center of the flowers and the dots around the flowers.

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This is another one that I can’t wait to try out again in a few months to see if I’ve become any more skilled with my nail art. Especially after I finally pick up some nail art brushes. If you use nail art brushes, where did you get yours from?

I’d also like to point out that over there (<—— to the left) I’ve added a Facebook button. I just started No Bottle Left Behind’s Facebook page (it’s pretty boring right now) and I’d love for you to like my page! Share if with your friends too. I want to look into doing a giveaway soon so keep an eye out ;).


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Breast Cancer Awareness

I’m sure you all know this by now, but October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer with women and the second leading cause of death among women. Make sure you save the ta-tas and get yourself checked!

I had higher hopes for these nails and I’ll probably try again another day. In case I don’t though, I wanted to make sure and post my picture. I kept you all in suspense yesterday wondering what color I was going to keep on out of my 8 Essies. I really fell in love with Eternal Optimist and thought it was the perfect pink for a BCA mani. My ribbon didn’t turn out as nice as I planned in my head. My white polish was a bit too thick and of course I didn’t think about just thinning it out lol. I also had to take my picture on the run today so I apologize in advance for the dry looking cuticles!

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Essie Nail Mail!!!!

I received some awesome nail mail yesterday and I was so excited I wanted to share with everyone :). I found on Ebay someone selling Essie’s in lots of 8. With shipping I ended up paying $25.85 for all 8 polishes. That works out to be $3.23 a polish! Considering Essie retails at $8 a pop, I figured this was an awesome deal, right?! I couldn’t pass it up.

The colors I got were Limo-Scene, Vanity Fairest, Eternal Optimist, Sand Tropez, E-nuf is E-nuf, Sew Psyched, Go Overboard, and Skirting the Issue. I really love all of the colors! I wasn’t so sure I would like them all after I ordered them but when I swatched them, I was sold!

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They’re all beautiful, right?! I decided to leave one of them on… check back tomorrow to find out which one :).

XOXO