I usually do a top 10 of each year, but I figured that since IG requires a top 9 to make a pretty box, that I would only pick 9 this year. There were quite a few designs of my own that I liked, but a lot of them were just clever stamping and that kinda feels like cheating. Below are my favorite 9 posts of my own, let me know if there were any this year that you guys think should have been on this list and weren’t! I am always curious 😀
Bright Rainbow Arabesques: this is somewhat self-explanatory. I love rainbows and this design took FOREVER despite being colored-in stamps.
Glacier Cove: This was another nail art that took hours and ended up stunning. This one was a complete freehand, using nothing but polish, and I am quite proud of it!
Six Shades of Grey: The first of a few different striping tape manis from this year that I adored, this one just focused on shades of grey/black and was still stunning. Pain in the butt to remove all that glitter though!
Vivid Gradient Divided: More striping tape and neons! This year was to depressing to NOT have neon nails :-p
Neon Bonds: Speaking of neon nails…the inspiration for these nails had been sitting in my untried for months before I worked up the courage to make them. And I love them. I almost never do matte nails (they typically break too easily in the stress of the hospital) but it was worth it!
Ursula: Disney (and pixar) are some of my favorite things, so it only made sense that I wanted to make some disney nails! These are actually quite old (I believe I painted them in 2017 but never posted them, waiting until I had enough completed to make a full set of posts), and this particular nail design was the one that inspired me to make the others (I think I did 6 in the span of 6 or so months by the time I was done).
Haunted Sunset: I think this is the first time Halloween nails have made it into my favorites list. Typically they are somewhat creepy and somewhat rushed, but these ones were honestly amazing. Spooky houses for the win!
American Pennant: These are absolutely the only time that 4th of July nails are going to be in my top 10 (or top 9 as the case maybe). That said, the lines here came out so perfectly straight and it just pops so well that I think it deserved to be recognized!
Neon Watermelon: These nails stand, at this time, and possibly the only half-moon manicure that I have ever liked on myself. Don’t get me wrong, they really are halfway between a funky french and a half-moon, and mostly they are just watermelons, but they were intended to be a half-moon that I could wear and so I am giving them credit for that. They were also just FUN to make and so bright! I miss summer.
That’s it for this year! I will work on getting these added to my “favorites” tab at the top. Stay tuned for the weird mix that is my favorite polishes this Wednesday! Regular posts resume Friday.