Day 25’s theme is “fashion” which is a bit of a problem, as I am still wearing the same clothing I wore in high school (and I’m 29). That said, this years was a little easier than most! I’m also a little late in posting since I was traveling all day, oops!
While searching for fashionable gowns on google, I stumbled across an absolutely stunning dress by Marchesa. I want it. The colors and the pattern and the fabric and most especially the cut of the skirt. So, of course, I had to try and recreate it on my nails!
This mani took two days, mostly because I wanted a completely dry base color before I was willing to attempt to make a gradient using metallic polish. Usually, I end up with bubbles and messes galore, and I happen to be attending a wedding this weekend so my nails need to be flawless! So, I painted on the hot pink metallic base (Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice), waited a day, and THEN did the gradient (OPI – Cute Little Vixen and Confetti – Masquerade Ball). Success!
Initially, I was not going to put anything over my accent nail (which was going to be a black jelly with a pink-to-black stamp, but I gave up and grabbed one of my favorite glitterbomb polishes instead, The Unloved by Emily de Molly), but it looked too bright next to the completed gradient so I added a stamp that reminded me of the top of the Marchesa dress (BP – L049). I think it came out really well!
I am going to consider the fashion day a success this year, which might actually be a first for me! Also, my nails are super glittery and metallic. But I have to admit, I am not looking forward to trying to remove that glitter polish!
This mani is a bit odd…it looked awesome in person, but the photos all came out weird! I’ve posted the ones that look best, but it still doesn’t capture how cool these actually looked.
The art itself was inspired by Baroquen Nails, as all the best negative space manis are 🙂
To make this, I started with two coats of a sheer nude, then two coats of a frankened sheer black jelly (making the right tone of jelly took forever!). Next, I stamped the lacy pattern, and then freehanded the red. Finally, I added the 3D bits!
~ Nude: Sephora X – Marvelous
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: Confetti – Maquerade Ball
~ Stamp: BC – 10
Hope you enjoyed! I doubt you’ll be seeing much negative space in the near future, as of right now my nails are a blotchy odd mix of yellow and bright pink. Silly staining polish!
I know flowers (other than maybe poinsettias) are not considered a winter design…but I saw these and they just screamed vampy Christmas flowers to me!
The pattern was inspired by nailsandtowelnailsandtowelnailsandtowel, and I just ran with it. Luckily, I had All Sparkly and Gold by OPI just sitting around…I think this might be the first time I’ve used it since I swatched it however many years ago. Sad, but thats what happens when you have too many gold polishes! Also, I had it in my head that it was difficult to remove…and it wasn’t EASY but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!
I really like how this design came out. Deep red and gold is one of my favorite color combinations 🙂
~ Dark red: Confetti – Masquerade Ball
~ Gold glitter: OPI – All Sparkly And Gold
~ Gold holo glitter: Cult Nails – Walk of Shame
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
Hope you enjoyed! Get ready for MORE winter-y and holiday-y manis next week :-D.
Another Born Pretty Store review, done mid-surgery rotation! They sent me over some water decals to play with, and play I did! That being said, yes, my nails are still tiny.
I started with a dark shimmery red base called Masquerade Ball by Confetti. I wanted something the white decals would pop against that wasn’t just solid black, and I ended up really liking the combo!
These decals are beautiful. They come off easily in water, although they, if anything, dry too fast! You only get about 30 seconds to reposition them before they are stopping where they lay. I had some trouble on my first nail, which is why the spacing on the pointer finger is off. Despite that, I love the end result and it was fun figuring out where to put everything!
There are a bunch more somewhat similar patterns on the page of water decals that I was using here, certainly enough for many more manicures. It’s a pretty good deal I think!
If you want to pick up some quasi-damask water decals for your nails, head over to the Born Pretty Store where you can find them for $1.29. Don’t forget to use my 10% off code, LY5X31! Enjoy!
This manicure is a fail. I thought it only fair to warn you lovely readers in advance. I wanted to play with Brown Sugar (butterLONDON) because it had been a while. The color looked like it would match up well with a deep red or brown, so I grabbed my stamper and got to work.
Unfortunately, the stamp I chose is not very deeply etched. Which is to say it works, but you only get a veneer of polish…certainly not enough to stand up against Brown Sugar when it is so well color matched! So I tried again, using the same stamp in red. Then I gave up.
Basically, there is a brown/purple glittery base, a red stamp, a brown stamp, and a smattering of sadness. Moral: don’t stamp over complicated glitters with closely matching polishes!
– Gold glitter: butterLONDON – Brown Sugar
– Brown: Confetti – Masquerade Ball
– Red: OPI – Visions of Love
Sorry for the lack of awesome today! (In other news, WordPress recently changed the layout and setup of how to make posts, and I can’t stand it! Ugh)
I love feathers. Possibly my most common hand-painted art is feathers. But I wanted something fast and easy today, so I went to nail stickers! And something about gold on a marbled red background just…gets me.
The stickers I used are from the same 12-pack I got from the Born Pretty Store a few months back. I love them. These feathers are the only non-flowers on the sheet! They are also ideal for (very) long nails…this is the first time I thought I could fit them!
The base for this mani is a marbled mix (saran wrap method) of three different metallic reds. I started with Zoya Isla, then dabbed on a darker red (Confetti Masquerade Ball) and a brighter red (City Color Red). I almost didn’t want to add stickers when I was done, the marble was so pretty!
For less than $5 (they are $4.73) getting 12 sets of awesome floral/feathered stickers is a pretty good deal! If you want some for yourself, check them out here and don’t forget to use my 10% off code LY5X31!
Today is my boyfriend’s mother’s wedding! No, these are not the nails I am wearing today. But I just thought I should share the joy 😀
Today’s challenge was “dark” which is pretty vague. Since I am on a gold kick right now (…see yesterday’s post…) I thought I would keep it up with some gold water decals over a deep red polish (Masquerade Ball by Confetti)! I might add that I actually did these nails in 30 minutes in a hotel room in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my tweezers so the placement isn’t as perfect as I would like, but it still looks alright!
The decals (which I might add might be some of my favorites ever) were sent for review from the Born Pretty Store. The set comes with 3 different gold decals, 5 of each. The whole of each design will fit on your nails it if they are long enough, but my pinky just didn’t make the length-cut. Which is ok (I do not need a pinky nail that long!), since it still looks cool!
I always feel like cheating when I use water decals, but the speed and cleanliness of the design is totally worth it! These particular ones were also easy to reposition, and I can’t wait to use the other two sets. You can pick up a set for yourself from the Born Pretty Store for $1! Don’t forget to use my 10% off code, LY5X31. Happy polishing!