Day 14 of OMD Challenge- Daisies

Day 14 of the Oh Mon Dieu Challenge is FLORAL. I usually think bright springy colors when I hear the word FLORAL… so I went the opposite way with this one.  Today’s manicure is a nice warm earthy daisy design!

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I started with a few base coats of a unnamed peachy color called Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nourishing Nail Color from my SH french manicure kit.  Then I sponged some Garden Green by AVON on my tips.  Garden Green is such a spectacular polish- it’s a deep natural looking green with slight shimmer that makes it glow.  And it’s uber-opaque which makes it perfect for nail art.  In fact, some of my favorite polishes for nail art are from AVON.  I could do a whole post about a yellow called Inspire that I’ve used 7 times already on my blog (wonder if anyone noticed).  After all my tips were green, which looked pretty cool BTW, I dotted on some daisies using NYC French White Tip.  The center of the daisies was then dotted on using a mustard yellow called Pull Over by Sinful Colors.  I added some Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat et voila!  Earthy floral french mani with daisies!

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View the other floral creations here:

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Day 8 of the OMD Challenge-Matte Floral

Day 8 of the Oh Mon Dieu Rather Awesome Challenge is MATTE.  I love matte on top of nail art!  And today I’ve got a big bright mattified design for you!

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I’m wearing a strengthening base coat and then three coats of Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair.  Turns out that this neon has a really crappy formula 😦  Good thing the color is great, or I would just toss this polish aside for good.  It’s thick, chalky and streaky and dries very dull.  The polish was stacked up so thick that I had to apply a coat of seche vite to help the goopiness settle down.  And then I noticed that it was still super dull and flat-looking.  It wasn’t the slightest bit glossy- even with a healthy layer of top coat.  Good thing I’ll be mattifying it soon anyway!

Then I painted some random tropical looking flowers on top using FolkArt acrylic craft paint and topped it with one coat of  MASH Matte Topper.  I can’t compare MASH to other brands since it’s the only one I’ve ever tried, but I love it!  It was cheap, dries fast, and gives a nice effective matte finish on top of my nail art.

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Initially I liked the final result- it was really bright and tropical-looking.  And the Flamingo Flair almost seems to glow in the dark in dim lighting.  But otherwise, this mani was sorta a let down.  My Flamingo Flair chipped in less than 14 hrs. And half of those hours I was sleeping!   This was my first bottle of Salon Perfect nail polish… and if this shade is any indication of the quality of their products… then this will be my last!  Once it started chipping I couldn’t wait to get it off!  On the bright side, that means I can start prepping for my day 9 textured design.  See you then!  😀 Oh, and if you’re just hearing about the nail challenge- it’s not too late!  You can still join in!
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Twinkle, Texture and a Little Tip!

peach_purple_swirl_roseThe title of this post cracks me up! I don’t know… maybe my mind is a tad bit in the gutter. Or maybe it just sounds silly or something. Am I alone here? 😀

So how did I come up with the name twinkle, texture and a little tip?

1- My base coat is called TWINKLE by Pure Ice.  The formula is thick but it’s a stunning coral color with orangey/gold shimmer.  Takes forever to dry, but nothing a little Seche Vite can’t fix.  I love this warm peachy shade…  it feels shimmery, sunny and makes me look tan!  Take a look ↓

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2- I grabbed my TEXTURE polish for some quick rose nail art!  I was inspired to try this out after seeing work/play/polish’s awesome Minnie’s Closet mani.  To create this look I applied Milani Texture in Purple Streak over top of my coral base.  I used a detail brush which worked ok, but I had to keep cleaning it with acetone since the textured polish would gunk up quickly.  It came out nice for my first attempt though ↓

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3- Here’s A LITTLE TIP: save your soda bottle caps!  They come in handy to mix paint up in… or just to use as a little palette to drop some polish into for your nail art.  Have you ever tried to return bottles in one of those recyclable redemption machines and noticed that they ask you to remove the caps first?  Well now you can make good use of them!

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Hope you likey!  Thanks for reading.  And don’t forget- Eeeek and Brijit and I are planning a JULY Nail Art Challenge so get your brushes ready, ladies!!  You don’t have to do every design for every day…  so no stress!  I really hope you join us!  More info to come!

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Hi y’all!  Did anyone watch the finale of The Office last night?  It made me laugh and cry- what a great finish to an awesome series!  I can’t believe it’s over!  Now I might have to track down some prior seasons of the British series to make sure I get my Office fix!forget-me-not_blue_avon_ch44

I painted my nails while watching the finale and I used one of my new favorite polishes from AVON- Forget-Me-Not Blue.  This shade is amazing!  It’s a one-coater and dries pretty fast.  From far away it looks like navy blue, but up close you see some teal shimmer.  The formula is thick and opaque and it’s also perfect for nail art.  In fact, I’ve been very impressed with all my recent avon nail polishes lately.  I’ll be putting an order in with my avon lady soon for some of their new holographic polishes from a line called ‘cosmic’ .  Can’t wait for those babies to arrive!

Some of my other recent purchases include a 26- plate set of Cheeky Stamping Plates.  Cheeky is rumored to have some of the largest designs on the market which is ideal for ladies with long or wide nails.  I love my cheeky set but deciding on a design is so much harder now that I have a good selection of plates to choose from lol!  I decided to go with this floral design using CH44.  I used Konad special polish in white and I like how it looks like porcelain when paired with the blue.  Stamping- I love you!  What did us nail fanatics do before stamps came out???

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French Flowers

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It’s the last day of the Nail Art Challenge.  Boohooie!  Before I joined the challenge I was thinking oh no.. will I be able to commit to 30 straight days of nail art!?  It sounded like so much work.  But now that the 30 days are up… I can’t believe how fast it went!  I was able to really immerse myself in nail art and I tried so many cool techniques that I’ve been wanting to try for so long! Julie picked some really cool themes and it was a blast.  One of my own favorite designs is probably my AriZona Iced Tea Nails.  AriZona recently posted it on their facebook page and my blog stats have blown up today!  Pretty cool I think. 🙂blue_me_away_dot_flowers

Moving on to my very last mani from the challenge!  Day 30’s theme is RECREATE YOUR FAVORITE MANICURE.  I chose Brijit’s manicure to recreate:  Isn’t hers cute?  Brijit’s mani was in turn inspired by PSHIIIT.  Pshiiit made the cutest little GIF to show you how easy it is to paint these flowers: nail art fleuri.  I named my copycat of their manis FRENCH FLOWERS because both Brijit and Pshiiit are French bloggers!

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My base color is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away!  My petals are a light blue by NYC called Skyline Blue.  The silver accents were made with NYC Tribeca Silver.  I like the way it looks in real life- but so hard to photograph!

A final thank you for following me on this challenge!  I loved all the likes and comments- it really kept me going throughout the 30 days!  See you next time when poor Craftynail will have to come up with ideas on her own! lol

Black Roses

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The theme of Day 29 of the nail art challenge is ‘inspired by a song’.  The song I have chosen is a reggae song by Barrington Levy called BLACK ROSESHere’s the song on youtube.   I love this song!  It’s part of my reggae playlist and iTunes says that I’ve played it 42 times… but I know it has to be way more than that!  I love how he says Oh Ay!  at the end of the verses.  It totally gets stuck in my head!

I used the Konad M53 stamping plate along with my Konad special polish in black.  And my lovely pastel pink polish is my new Wet N Wild Megalast called Sugar Coat.  I got it at Walgreens and made out like a bandit.  I got 5 polishes all for the low price of $7.22 total!  And one of them was an Essie flakie topcoat from the luxeffects collection that was on sale for $2.00!  Thank you Walgreens!    I am enjoying this mani- sometimes it’s nice to go with a simple stamp design.  It’s quick and easy and the color combo came out so delicate and feminine.  Oh Ay!

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Arizona Green Tea Nails

Day 21 of the Nail Art Challenge is FLORAL DAY and this is my chance to finally try cherry blossoms!  Last month I got an Arizona Iced Tea during my lunch break- and look how cute the can is!   I put green tea/ cherry blossoms on my mental to-do list and I’ve been saving the can ever since. 🙂

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  I did a gradient using Orly Gumdrop and a mixture of two yellows- AVON Inspire and wet n wild The Wonder Yellows.  Then I free-hand painted some branches with a black polish.  The cherry blossoms were dotted on with a dotting tool and a Sephora by OPI polish called Access 24/7.

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Came out better than I could have hoped.  Too bad I have to take it off soon in preparation of  the next nail art challenge design.  I woulda loved to prance around with my arizona iced tea nails a little bit longer!  I hope you like them too!

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