Day 31 – Recreate Your Favorite Challenge – Herringbone

It was really hard to decide what I wanted to do for today’s post because there have been so many designs I loved over the past month.  But in the end, I picked one I enjoyed wearing the most: the herringbone pattern from day 26 of the challenge: inspired by a pattern.

For this version, I decided to play with textures and paint  a glossy pattern on a matte background.  I think I like the original a little better, but I still love how these turned out!

I started with a base of OPI Russian Navy Matte (which I accidentally bought instead of the regular version) and painted the design on with Essie No More Film.

I can’t believe I actually finished in 31 days! It’s been so difficult, but so much fun!

What was your favorite challenge?

Day 30 – Inspired by a Tutorial – Neon Splatter

I wanted to try something new for today’s design, so I turned to this tutorial by The Polishaholic.  These are pretty easy to do, but it took me a while to get the hang of the technique – these are my second attempt.  I really like how they turned out and I’ll definitely be experimenting with splatter nail art this summer.

I used Spoiled Correction Tape for the base.  This is quickly becoming my favorite white, which really surprised me, since I picked it up for a dollar and had been perviously using whites by Essie and OPI.  Correction Tape is actually much easier to work with, even though I’m not a fan of the brush.

For the spatter I used three of the six Kleancolor minis that come in their neon set.  I used Neon Lime, Neon Aqua, and Neon Orange.

After I messed them up (about 30 seconds after that photo was taken), I re-did them using Spoiled Visually Slimming as a base.  I think I like the black base a little bit better – it reminds me of these sunglasses from the 80s my aunt used to wear all the time!

Which version do you like better – white or black?

I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge!

Day 29 – Inspired by the Supernatural – Nightmare Before Christmas

I was a little stumped by today’s challenge.  Originally, I had thought to do a Ghostbuster’s inspired design, but at the last minute, I changed my mind.  And I am really glad I did.  I think these turned out great! The only one I’m not 100% happy with is Sally, and that’s only because I re-did her eyes about six times and finally just left them instead of starting the whole nail over.  It’s too bad my camera failed to pick up the subtle shading – they looked much better in real life.  Overall, I really love how these turned out!  This challenge has definitely improved my painting skills.

I only used Spoiled Correction Tape (white) and Spoiled Visually Slimming (black) and mixed them together to create the various shades of grey.

I can’t believe I only have two days left in the challenge! The last day is “Re-Create Your Favorite Challenge.”  Which do you think I should do?

Day 28 – Inspired by a Flag – Union Jack

It’s been done, I know.   But I am a total anglophile, so I had to do it at least once and I thought this was a good opportunity since it fit into the challenge and coincided with Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebrations.  I tried to add a little twist on it by making it look vintage-y, and I kind of like it.  These are definitely not my favorite (probably because they frustrated me), but I do really like them!

I started with a base of Spoiled Correction Tape.  Then I cut strips of Scotch tape and put them where I wanted the white to be.  After that, I painted on a dark blue franken and peeled the tape off.  I really need to invest in some striping tape because the Scotch tape melted in some spots and was a total pain to get off.  After that experience, I decided not to use tape for the red parts – which are Sinful Colors Go Go Girl – and just freehand them.  Finally, I sponged Essie Hot Coco and Brooch the Subject over the whole thing.

Honestly, these were much more difficult than I had anticipated, and even though I really enjoyed wearing them, I probably won’t do these again anytime soon.

Day 27 – Inspired by Artwork – Chihuly

Today’s mani was inspired by my favorite artist, Dale Chihuly.  Even if you don’t know who he is, chances are, you’ve seen his art at some point.  He is an extremely talented glass sculptor, and his pieces are beyond amazing.  I actually accidentally got to meet him last April at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston when I went to see his exhibit!  His most famous piece is probably one some of you are familiar with – the ceiling at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Anyway, on to the nail art.  For these, I attempted a new technique to replicate his most popular type of piece – the glass flower ceiling.  I used drops of acetone to spread the polish on my nails to make them look like watercolors.  They didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, but I still like them, especially since they were my first attempt.

I used Spoiled Correction Tape as a base with Zoya Arizona, Zoya Pippa, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Mesmerized, Essie Pretty Edgy, and Sinful Colors Go Go Girl.

And here is the piece I was inspired by.  There are many different versions of this, and like most of his pieces, each time it is moved, it is assembled differently so it looks different every time.

And just because, this is my favorite Chihuly piece:

All of his work is blown by hand! Amazing, right?  If you ever have the chance to see one of his pieces in person, do it!  Pictures cannot capture the scale and beauty of his work.

Have any of you tried watercolor nails? What technique did you use?

Day 26 – Inspired by a Pattern – Herringbone

For today’s challenge, I chose to replicate a herringbone pattern.  I LOVE how these turned out!  I’m really liking white nails for summer, and this  is a great way to dress them up without changing the color too much.  It’s pretty simple to do, and I’m sure this patten exists on a stamping plate somewhere for those of you who stamp (I really need to get a set).

I decided to use some new colors I picked up yesterday.  Spoiled polishes are currently on sale at CVS for a dollar, and I couldn’t pass that up, so I picked up three even though I’ve never tried that brand before.  I actually really like them, which I wasn’t expecting.  I used Correction Tape as a base and painted on the patten using Paying with Platinum.  On my thumb, you can see the purple flash, which was more apparent on all my nails in real life.

Day 25 – Inspired by Fashion – Missoni

Today is my birthday, so I wanted something fun to wear today.  I’m really into chevrons at the moment, so I decided to incorporate some of my new Essie neons into a Missoni-inspired mani.

For those of you who don’t know, Missoni is a fashion house famous for their chevron knits.  I don’t own anything from them (I missed out on the Missoni for Target collection a while ago), but I really like the patterns and colors, and am planning to knit a few Missoni-inspired pieces when I have the time.

I was inspired by these booties, and chose a section of the pattern to replicate.

I started with a base of Essie Brooch the Subject (my favorite nude polish).  The black stripes are China Glaze Smoke & Ashes, and the other two are Essie Lights and Essie Camera from the Poppy-Razzi Collection.

I contemplated using tape, but it would have taken forever with the thin chevrons, so I freehanded these with a striping brush.  They are surprisingly difficult to get straight – this is my third attempt.

I really like these!  They were a fun way to wear neon without it being distracting, and the nude base kept the patten subtle.