September’s here! And Nail Art Ideas Linkup has four fresh themes for the month! Here are my BACK TO SCHOOL nails for week one. I’m wearing…
WHITE ♥ Alpine Snow by OPI
BLUE ♥ Blue Me Away by Sally Hansen
RED ♥ Fame Fatal by Essence
GREEN ♥ Lucky Duck by Orly
BLACK ♥ Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen
The links are open ’til Sept 8 2013 so you have several days if you’d like to submit a back to school mani too!
Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a funky ruffian design for you! I got the idea from my friend Amy over at Ooh La La Nails who did this cool design a few weeks ago: Rainbow Mani. I decided to use a whole bunch of my Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Colors for this ruffian. I went with colors that do not coordinate at all so it would look crazy and kinda fugly. In case you are wondering- yes, I did this on purpose! LOL
This mani took well over two hours and there’s 11 coats of polish including base and top coats! I only did two nails like this on my other hand since it was hard to paint with my left hand and it took forever. I learned an important lesson while working on this ruffian- I need to tie my hair up in a ponytail before working on my nails! My long hair was hanging all over the place while I was painting so my boyfriend kindly put a headband in my hair to help me out. But the headband didn’t cut it, and my hanging hair strands got stuck on my thumb nail while waiting for my topcoat to dry. UGH!! My thumb design got messed up so I painted it blue along with the other fingers on my right hand that didn’t have ruffian painted on them. The trials and tribulations of a nail painter!!
I made sure to alternate application of creams and shimmer polishes so the colors contrasted against each other. I think it worked, as this may be my craziest mani yet! Here’s the colors I used….
Gold ♥ Golden-I
Red ♥ Cherry Red
Silver ♥ Gunmetal
Pink ♥ Bubblegum Pink
Green ♥ Emerald City
Yellow ♥ Mellow Yellow
Purple ♥ Plum Power
Blue ♥ Blue Me Away!
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. 🙂
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!
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