Whoops! I apparently forgot to write this post until this moment! So it’s going to be a bit short (and forgive me if it is disjointed, I am very sleep deprived).
The art here is inspired by urban nail art…but for some reason I didn’t copy over the link? I don’t even know. Tired Eva makes bad decisions about planing and the like. Either way, urban nail art had a pink shimmery gradient and black flames, and I decided I wanted the same! But then I went and picked the WRONG base polish…
So, my background color here is the second lightest of the pinks (the absolute lightest is really more of a pale orange so I went with the medium one for the base under the gradient), and that was a crucial error. It is a polish called Peony by Ruby Wing, and I hate it. Really, I do. It is both scented AND filled with undissolved chunks of something. This polish makes me tear my hair out! I meed to find a buy a dupe so I can get rid of it.
~ Pastel peach: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Light coral: Ruby Wing – Peony
~ Bright coral: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Bright pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Shimmer: ILNP – The Magician
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
What’s even worse is that I forgot one other crucial fact about Peony: it is a solar-active polish that changes color in sunlight. When I was going through the photos I started getting upset…all the ones taken outside in the sun looked like there was no gradient! And then I realized Peony’s color range is coral pink to bright pink-red. So my gradient disappeared to just bright red in the sun. :-(. I give up! The indoor photos are good, the single outdoor one is just sad.
As soon as I saw Chalkboard Nails’ spooky eye nails, I knew I had to save them and try them for Halloween! Honestly, it is truly sad how much better hers are than mine! But this is my off-hand and I did try. I like them anyway :-p
I will say, this was my first time ever using acrylics on my nail, to try and achieve the halo around the candle…it didn’t quite work, mostly because I don’t think I thinned the acrylic enough! And maybe it was the wrong type of acrylic? It didn’t want to dissolve, just fell into chunks in the water. Oh well! The effect is still there, its just faint. I think I’ll try it again at some point.
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Grey: WOW – #333
These nails took longer than I anticipated, mostly because drawing tiny eyes is hard! I had to correct a lot of my eyes with black polish, and then go and re-correct the corrections. So, my nails aren’t exactly as smooth as I would like, but the matte top coat helps to hide that :-p
Hope you enjoyed! More Halloween nail art tomorrow 🙂
Today, Day 3, is “yellow.” But, as we know, I hate yellow. So I compromised and used a good deal of yellow but actually used red and orange and white too :-D. My inspiration for this design came from @u_nona, and I would have stayed closer to her example if I had some golden microbeads.
As it is, I made a yellow-orange-red gradient, added white half moons and some golden glitters. I’ve been on a gradient kick recently (just wait and see!) and this one started it all. It looks like fire!
The gradient itself went on remarkably smoothly. I did start with a yellow base (not white) just to make my life easier, but I don’t think it mattered in the end.
– Yellow: Love&Beauty – Yellow
– Orange: Zoya – Thandie
– Red: Pure Ice – Siren
– White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
The glequins came in a set from the Born Pretty Store. Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow’s nails are a bit…odd. Just a warning!
Happy first night of Hanukkah! I can never tell how to spell it. Chanukkah, Hanukah, Hanukka…whatever. Anyway, fire! This is the earliest I can ever remember Haunkkah occurring (turns out it’s only the second time in history that the holiday has fallen over Thanksgiving! The previous was in 1888. Wikipedia has a lot of random information!).
Just like last year, I did a Haunkkah mani. However, last year I got carried away with too many things on too many nails (I do have a tendency to do that) so this year I just kept it simple! A menorah, candles, and Hanukkah (in hebrew).
This mani was inspired by the artistry of Nailed Daily. I loved the menorah idea! I also wanted something to do with Sunshine by Zoya. This navy blue textured polish looks super-glittery in the bottle, but is much more subtle on the nail. It is incredibly opaque, I probably could have gotten away with one coat! I added two very thin ones, and am happy with the result. It dried reasonably fast, and is not super-textury so has not caught on anything yet. It is a surprisingly elegant color! I don’t think I own any other “elegant” textured polishes…I tend to go for bright and glittery.
- Blue: Zoya – Sunshine
- Gold: Maybelline – Bold Gold
- White: Zoya – Purity
- Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
- Yellow: Revlon – Electric