February Nail Art Challenge- Gradients

I’m cutting it close on this one! I’ve been in a bit of a funk again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately. So I’m taking a bit of a blogging break. I’m still going to try to finish this challenge. Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed here soon.

Today’s challenge is “Gradients.” I chose to use Zoya Wednesday and Sally Hanson Mellow Yellow. Zoya Wednesday is one of my untried polishes.

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I forgot to tape up before I started sponging! lol I had a MESS of blue to clean up and most of it didn’t want to come off. So if you’re looking at my cuticles like “what the heck?!”… that’s why.

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ImageHere are the other girls gradients! They did great. 🙂


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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! 🙂


February Nail Art Challenge- Half Moon Mani

Hello everyone! Ready for more half moons? After I painted my nails for the half moon challenge last night, I realized that the colors are similar to the colors I used last time around for this same challenge lol. Super creative, huh?

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ImageIf you don’t remember (or if you’re one of my new followers) I used purple and gold last time. So not completely the same but similar.

ImageFor today’s half moons I used two coats of Julep Gayle as my base color. It’s a dark purple creme. Very pretty in the right light. I used circle stickers this time to help with my half moon. Last time I free handed it but it was a pain. I painted two coats of Essie Beyond Cozy for the top half of the half moon. Once that dried, which was fairly quick since it’s such a dense glitterful (I may have made that word up) polish, I used a small dotter and just made little dots around my moon shape in the same color purple, Gayle. Top coat it and you’re done!

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Check out the InLinkz below to see how the other girls did with their half moons!



Into Nail Art Challenges?

Well, if you are then Erica at Erica’s Nails and More is planning another challenge for the month of February. It’ll be a 9 day challenge this time and here’s what the plan is:

ImageIf you would like to join in then please visit her page, read over everything, and send her a quick email to let her know. She’ll email you back the InLinkz info so we can all link up again.

I would love to see you all join in with me! If you think you’re not good at nail art or can’t commit to doing your nails all the time then that’s ok. This challenge is prefect for you :). It’s all for good fun. I know that when I did my first challenge I was nervous as heck for the nail art. It all worked out in the end and even though I’m not super great at it, I had fun trying and learning new things about nail art. You gotta start somewhere, right? ❤

Santa

Happy Saturday! Only 3 more days until Christmas! I’m so excited :).

We’re coming to an end on the Show Me Your Top Coats Christmas Nail Art Challenge.

Today’s theme is “Santa”.

A good friend of mine sent me a picture on Facebook of nails with Santa hats. I wanted to recreate this for her in the Santa challenge :). I’ve been patiently waiting for today to do it.

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I used Julep Molly, Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Glass Pink to create this. I like how it turned out! Cute to wear on Christmas day. And it was so simple to recreate. That’s the best part.


Christmas Gifts

Today theme in the nail art contest is “gifts”. I decided to do some crazy nail art today for my presents :). I also wanted to try to use most of the Julep December Maven box colors I haven’t used yet while I was at it.

To create today’s nail art I used Julep Barbara (pinky), Harper (ring finger), Petra (middle finger), Vivien (index finger), and Hilary (thumb) for my polishes. After I applied two coats of each polish I topped it with HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat and let it dry. Once the polish was completely dry, I cut up different colors of striping tape. With the striping tape I created bows on each nail like wrapped presents. I topped each one with a little rhinestone in the middle of the bows.

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I think it turned out pretty cute. It’s definitely different. Not something I would wear. I like the concept of it though. 😀

Check out what all of the other girls are doing for their gifts:


Holly

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have a Holly mani. We’re already into day 9 of the holiday challenge. Hard to believe that Christmas is a week away! Do you have all of your shopping done already? I definitely don’t. Procrastinator here!

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Today I’m wearing 3 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-ly There with Strobe Light on the tips of my nails. I wanted to give it some sparkle :). I used Julep Scarlett for my berries and Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly for the holly leafs.

I like how it turned out. Despite the fact that you can see the stains on my nails that I’ve been trying to get rid of for 6 months now. It’s very sparkly in artificial light too, which is pretty neat looking.

You can see all the other girls Holly manis here:


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Here’s my little polish buddy, Jayden, with Santa on Sunday. 🙂 He told Santa he wanted a bike and nail polish for mommy. Smart boy!

Inspired by a Holiday Movie

Happy Sunday :). I hope you’re all having a good weekend so far.

Today’s already day 8 of this Holiday Challenge. The theme for today is “Inspired by a Holiday Movie.”

I originally planned to use A Christmas Story as my inspiration. But I already know that one of the other girls used that movie as her theme. Plus, I figured that one might be pretty popular. I mean, it’s such an awesome movie :).  So instead, I decided to go with this movie. Here’s the picture I used for my inspiration:

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A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since I already had my nails white I used this as my base as well. It made for a good snow effect behind my tree.

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On my index finger I used Julep Daisy and Brandt. I just created the Charlie Brown T-shirt that we all know and love. I liked the idea of doing his shirt instead of the jacket he’s wearing in the picture. My middle finger is a base of Julep Molly. I used Julep Daisy, Charlotte, Eloise, and Parker to create the Christmas lights that are strung on the dog house. My ring finger is my tree :). It’s Butter London Cream Tea and Essie Pearlfection as a base from my mani yesterday. Julep Vera makes up the base of the tree. I mixed Julep Brandt and Sophie for a darker brown for the tree and used Julep Emilie for the leaves. The tree ornament is Julep Molly. My pinky finger is inspired by Snoopy’s hat. I used Julep Emilie and Eloise for that.

Did you get all of that? Lots of Juleps lol. I hope you like my holiday movie inspired mani. Check out what movie all of the other girls did by clicking the InLinkz below.



Snowman

Before I get into my post I’d like to just take a moment to remember all the poor helpless children and adults that were killed in the horrific shooting in Connecticut today. My heart is broken for their parents and families. I know I’m hugging my little J a lot tighter tonight. I can’t even imagine what those parents are going through right now. RIP

It’s almost hard for me to continue with my post after that. I don’t normally get so caught up and attached to events like this. It must be because my baby is so close in age to all of those poor, innocent children.

Well today’s theme is Snowman. My Snowman looks a little angry. Maybe because he’s missing his pipe. 🙂

ImageI used 2 coats of OPI I Have A Herring Problem as my background color. Julep Kate, Vera, Brandt, and Parker make up the snowman and the snow and I used China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise for his fancy scarf.


Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree…

Happy hump day everyone. We’re halfway through the week. Woohoo! I’m also half way through this December Nail Art Challenge. Time fly’s when you’re having fun.

Today’s theme is Christmas Tree. You all told me you wanted more tutorials so I decided to go ahead and create a tutorial on how I made my tree as well. It’s very simple and I believe that anyone could do it :). Hope you enjoy it.

To start, just choose your base color for your nails. For this particular design you’re going to want to choose a color that you want as your tree garland as well. I chose Julep Sienna which is a metallic, shimmery gold color. I painted two coats, topped with top coat, and let dry for a few hours. This step is important because you’re going to be using tape. ImageDon’t mind the knick in my nail. Remember I have a two year old :). Normally I would fix that but in this mani I’ll be covering it up anyways.

After you’ve waited a few hours for your nails to dry, you’re going to need to grab scotch tape and stripping tape. Cut about 4 pieces of striping tape and two pieces of scotch tape. Rub your fingers over the back of the tape to take some of the sticky away. You don’t want it pulling your base color off of your nails.

Next, take your two pieces of scotch tape and tape an upside down V on your nails with the open part of the V at the tip of your nail and the point towards your cuticle. If you’re confused then you’ll see what I mean in the picture below. Then take your striping tape and just tape zigzags on the inside of your V. Mimic the way garland would be hung on your tree. Image

Then you’re going to grab your green polish that you want to use as your tree color. I’m using Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly. It’s the perfect Christmas Tree green. Paint one to two coats of green over top of your taped off area. Image

Now you need to quickly, but carefully, take your tape off. Make sure to do this while your green polish is still wet or it will leave holes in your tree by taking polish with the tape. Voila! You have a cute little Christmas Tree with garland.Image

Now feel free to decorate your tree as you wish. Or you can even just leave it plain. Whatever makes you happy. I decided to add some Christmas ornaments on mine. I used Color Club Berry and Bright for my tree topper, Julep Harley for the silver ornaments, and Color Club Gift of Sparkle for the purple ornaments. To add the ornaments I used the smallest of my dotting tools. You can also use the end of a pin, the tip of a pen, bobby pin, whatever works for you.Image

I decided to add tree garland on my other nails so this is how my finished mani turned out: Image

I hope my tutorial was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any questions. You can check out all the other great Christmas Tree manis by clicking the InLinkz below.