Nail art that never made it to the blog!

Greetings from Oregon! I haven’t been doing much nail art since I’ve been on vacation. My nails are a hot mess right now! Is it just me… or are your nails hard to maintain when you are traveling? Any polish I put on chips in less than a day, and I’ve broken three nails too! What’s up with that? I brought all the essentials with me- nail file, buffer, cuticle butter and nail strengthener. I’m trying my best to always keep polish on them and to moisturize, but I’m getting chips and my nails feel weak. I filed them down quite a bit last nite but they grow like weeds in the summer… so luckily, no one will even notice. 🙂

In lieue of some new nail art, how about some old pics that never made it to the blog?? I wasn’t happy with them at the time….but they may be worth another look-see! Here we go….

↑ Here we’ve got a cool halfmoon design I made with some nail guide/french mani stickers.  And it’s my rarely seen right hand!


↑ Just messing around with my bronze nail striper.  I have a few of those special bottles of striping polishes… but I don’t use them much.  Some have gotten goopy, others have wonky brushes, and I’d rather just use regular polish and a nice nail striping brush.


↑ I tried out an owl tutorial but I think the colors I used didn’t highlight the design so well.  I ended up re-doing it here and I think the second try came out better.  But still, this one’s kinda cute!

rainbow_striping_tape↑ With this one I was going for a sheer rainbow design using striping tape and a sponged gradient on top.  But I didn’t use a base color- I applied the tape on my bare  nails.  It looked pretty, but when I removed the tape there was too much bare nail showing where the tape strips met on the right side of my nail.  So I tried covering it up with glitter stars.  But the stars were more transparent than I expected…so I kept adding more stars.  And then a flakie topcoat.  I tried too hard with this one, and it didn’t exactly pay off!  lol

I’m curious… how do your nails hold up when traveling?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with issues!

And hopefully soon I can post my SAND-themed mani for our Nail Art Ideas Linkup!  I think I have enough supplies with me to pull something off!  Til next time!

19 thoughts on “Nail art that never made it to the blog!

  1. My polish used to chip a lot also during vacations but back then I didn’t use top coat. I have no idea how it would go now. Although few times I’ve been out of town for a few days this summer – all has stayed on as a charm.

  2. I just use vacation as an excuse to give my nails a rest, though I wish they looked better without polish.

    I love that metallic green in the first picture!

  3. The rainbow design looks great! My nails always chip right off when I travel.. probably because whenever I’m waiting for something I always end up picking at my nails *sigh*

  4. WHY have the rainbow ones never made it to your blog before? They look awesome, I didn’t even notice all the things you were saying were wrong with them!

    • Hehe thanks I totally hear what you’re saying…..but i put so many dang stars on the corner of each nail… they wouldnt lay flat and they kept poking through the topcoat. I couldnt stop picking at them!

  5. Okay I admit I am a bit glad your nails are a mess. If not, you would have never posted those beauties. I love them all. Especially the owls and the half moon. Oh dear does your nailpolish not stick? Well the thing I do to keep them for more than a couple of days on my nails is adding extra tc layers. 1 at the first day, 1 the second day and then each other day if nessesary. Meaning I almost always wear two layers of tc. Mostly my nailpolish stays put for 4 days. After the forth day I get borred and I get tipwear. And then it’s time for a new mani. During vacation I don’t do complicated mani’s. My fave tools are nailart stickers a bit of remover and one or two bottles of nailpolish. A glitter nailpolish also sticks like glue on my nails. I have to fight it of my nails hihi.

    • Really? You like them a lot? Thanks!!! I wasn’t sure about them lol!
      Thanks for the tips! I tried a few things… but zoya pixie dust worked best this week! I applied it on wednesday and its still going strong!!!!

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