Day 14 of Chalkboard Nails’ Challenge is FLOWERS and I’ve got some brown cherry blossom nails for ya! I’ll be honest with you… I don’t really like how these nails came out. I don’t like to be negative… but it is what it is. And I realized that when I don’t like one of my designs I usually only post one pic. So here it is….
I’m wearing two coats of a cream brown called Nirvana by Sinful Colors. A few months back you may remember me whining about how I didn’t have any basic brown polishes… well, now I have one! I think Nirvana should come in handy for nail art this fall and winter. 🙂 For my floral design I painted some branches using Orly Nite Owl. I wish I used a dark polish for the branches. (On this old AriZona Green Tea mani I made the branches black and they looked amazing!) The pink flowers are China Glaze Dance Baby and Orly Kiss the Bride. I used a toothpick to make black dots in the middle of the blossoms, but the dots came out much bigger than expected (oopsy)! I topped it off with seche vite and there you go! These aren’t that fantastical, but they were quick to do, so that’s a bonus. 😀
See some of the other flower nails from #31DC2013 right here:
It’s Father’s Day in the US today ! My dad is the best! He’s what you’d call a Mr. Fix It. It’s so comforting to know that if the crap hits the fan – my daddy will be able to fix it it for me! He’s a woodworker and a real outdoorsman too. He’s into camping, hunting and all the typical guy stuff.. so I thought it would be fitting to try some camouflage nails for today’s holiday!
I was googling images of camo for like ever… until I decided to just pick up a brush and go for it! As my dad would say, ‘stop farting around and get to work’. So that’s what I did and here’s what I came up with! There’s no planning needed- just pick a few camo colors and start painting some splotches! I started with a very light pink base color called Kiss the Bride by Orly. Then I used a detail nail art brush to paint the splotches using China Glaze Dance Baby (medium pink), China Glaze Westside Warrior (dark army green) and Orly Faint of Heart (cream grey). I also did a gradient accent nail using the same colors and some silver studs. Lastly, a matte topcoat works well to transform it all into a smooth uniform design. I love my MASH Matte topcoat!
Have you tried camo nails before? If not, you might want to give it a go!
Today is PINK DAY as part of the 30 Day Nail Challenge. I created a nail art design I’ll call pink panels using only a dotting tool . I started with two coats of Orly Kiss The Bride– which is pretty watery and streaky. If I was wearing Kiss the Bride on it’s own then I would definitely have needed three coats. Then I selected the following three pink polishes for my panels/squares:
OPI ♥ Elephantistic Pink
Zoya ♥ Ali
China Glaze ♥ Dance Baby
I used my smallest dotting tool to shape the squares. I got pretty good control and clean corners from using that tool- I’m sure I woulda muffed it up if I used a paintbrush! This design was pretty easy to do, but a little time consuming. I’d say the squares took me about an hour from start to finish. I like the outcome and how the Zoya Ali looks like so bright against the other pinks! I didn’t realize how neon Ali is- I will definitely be wearing it this summer!
Now I’m inspired to try this look with green polishes – I bet it would look like a tortoise shell 🙂