#31DC2013 – DAY 2 Orange Nails

Hi!  I would like to jump in on Chalkboard Nails’ 31 Day Challenge!  Day two is dedicated to ORANGE so here is my orange mani!

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I know this isn’t my typical crazy Craftynail-style nail art… but sometimes I crave a simple mani. 🙂  I’m wearing two coats of I Think I Cayenne by Sephora by OPI and then I applied some glitter to my tips using Ulta’s Piñata-yada-yada.  This orange is so lovely in the bottle… but on my nails it just looks ok.  Maybe cool colors looks better on me than warm colors?  Cute story about my glitter- when I was on vacation in Oregon shopping with my BFF I kept eye-ing this Ulta glitter topper.  I didn’t end up buying it… so my BFF picked it up for me.  Isn’t that sweet?  Oftentimes when we go shopping together we get home and open our bags and she’s like, ‘LOOK- I got this for you’!  And I’m like, ‘LOOK- I got this for YOU’!!  That’s the fun thing about girlfriends- we’re so dang thoughtful! ❤

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I hope you like my day 2 orange mani for the 31DC2013!!  Here’s the upcoming themes.  I can’t commit to doing every theme, but I hope I can still come up with many cool manis.  Til next time!

Earth-Toned Fishtail Nails

fishtail_braid_nailsIt’s day 12 of the 30 Day Nail Art Challenge and the theme is fishtail braid.  I’m psyched to finally get a chance to try out this nail art technique!  Since I’ve never tried fishtail before I practiced a little bit before jumping in.  The hard part was finding:

  • opaque colors that only need one coat
  • polishes that had a small(ish) applicator brush since pro-wide brushes didn’t seem to work well for this design
  • last but not least, finding coordinating colors!

earth_toned_fishtail_nailsI used Top Coat It’s tutorial and I practiced with some different polishes until I got the technique down.  Most fishtail designs that I’ve seen use 3 colors and I chose the following:

Charming Charlie Penny Lane

Sephora by OPI I Think I Cayenne

Sephora by OPI S-Age is Just a Number

I also applied 2 topcoats at the end to try to smooth out the overlapping brushstrokes.  The surface still looked kinda uneven to me though.

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I like the warm color combo, even though it feels kind of unseasonal for this time of year!  But I really wanted to incorporate my Charming Charlie polish (that’s the darkest shade in my photos).  I’m almost positive this shade is called Penny Lane, but I can’t confirm it since I lost the bottle.  I just used it 15 minutes ago so I have no idea where it could be hiding!  So have any of you been to a Charming Charlie retail store before?  I never heard of this chain until I stumbled upon one of their stores in Florida.  And I was like WOW!  It’s like a Claire’s Boutique for grown-up ladies!  It was jam-packed with affordable necklaces, accessories and even nail polish- so of course I had to buy one.  Penny Lane is a beautiful deep coppery shimmer and I hope you like it in my fishtail braid design!  You can see the other participants’ designs here.