I already did spiderwebs a few weeks ago, but those were hand-painted. These nails I’m showing you now are stamped! I hope you don’t mind some more halloween cobwebs from Crafty! This is my last mani for the October NAIL Linkup. Oooh that means that the November themes are right around the corner! Do you want to join us in a fun, no-pressure nail challenge? Brijit, Eeeek and I will be announcing the November NAIL prompts soon. But here’s a spoiler:
Get your moustache on, missy!!
Alrighty! Well, let’s take a look at my Halloween-themed nails for Oct! I did these nails for a halloween party. I wanted something festive but I didn’t have a lot of time beforehand to do crazy nail art. That’s when stamping comes in handy, for sure! Do you clean your plate in between stamping each nail? I don’t. I get the same results with or without cleaning. So I don’t even bother. I just pound right through and do each nail one right after the other! In just a couple minutes I have a cool stamped mani. 🙂
♥ Sally Hansen Maximum Growth as my base coat
♥ three coats of green ‘no name’ glow-in-the-dark nail polish from Rite Aid
♥ MoYou London Pro Plate 05 XL
♥ China Glaze Smoke and Ashes for stamping
Have a happy halloween everyone! It’s the one time of the year that you’re allowed to take candy from strangers LOL! Here are all the NAIL entries for October-
28th Oct – 3rd Nov Hallow E’en :
21st-27th Oct Treats and Sweets :
14th-20th Oct Things That Go Bump in the Night :
7th-13th Oct Autumn Trees :
30th Sept – 6th Oct Breast Cancer Awareness :
Hi to all the nail fans out there! I’m excited for day 24 of our challenge because the theme is INSPIRED BY A TUTORIAL! I follow a lot of blogs and I’ve see so many great nail art tutorials- there’s no lack of inspiration for today’s theme! Do you follow the Polish Alcoholic? I always think of her as the ‘Queen Bee’ of WordPress nail blogs! She was also the VERY FIRST blogger to follow my blog when I started blogging 9 months ago. So naturally, today’s design was inspired by the sweet and sassy Polish Alcoholic. Check out her tutorial that inspired my mani: Blue Manicure for Autism
I chose 6 rich colors for this mani:
Blue ♥ Sweet Peacock by Orly
Green ♥ Garden Green by AVON
Silver ♥ Bring on the Snowflakes by Sephora by OPI
Black ♥ Smoke and Ashes by China Glaze
Gold ♥ Golden-I by Sally Hansen
Purple ♥ Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI by OPI
I’ll have to ask the Polish Alcoholic what the name is for this technique. I just love it and I think it needs to be a real official ‘thing’. Everyone needs to try this one out! You don’t need special tools to create these scales- this one is considered a ‘bottle brush’ design! What do you think? Are you tempted to try it?
24. Inspired by a Tutorial :
2 copycat posts in a row? I’m really on a roll! So, I finally went to see that movie Oz the Great and Powerful. All the hype from the OPI Oz Collection really piqued my interest and I was hoping to see some awesome nails in the movie. Well, I totally loved it- but suprisingly, there was not much nails to look at. There were only a few main female characters and Rachel Weisz’ character Evanora was the only one with a real mani! So today I’m copycatting her! I found the image of Rachel Weisz here at this source.
The one thing I noticed about her look was the very drab base color. It was a dull murky grey, but still very sheer. I think it’s closest dupe would probably be a coat of OPI My Pointe Exactly. Since I don’t have a sheer polish like that I had to mix one up myself! I really wish I had a paint palette or something to mix paint on… in the past I have used soda bottle caps. But since I have none left I used a plastic spoon… which worked fine. I mixed a sheer topcoat, a grey polish, and an off-white polish and stirred it up with a toothpick. Then I used an old artist’s paintbrush to paint one coat of this concoction on each of my nails. The result was pretty good- my basecoat was dismal and eerie.
For the black accents I decided to not use tape since that would make the shape too triangular. Evanora’s black strips aren’t too exact so I decided to free-hand them. I used NYC Nail Enamel in Black Lace and a nail art brush. Then for the dark green/gold sparkly outline I had to mix up another franken in a spoon. Hmmm maybe I need to buy more polish lol? I mixed up some China Glaze Smoke and Ashes and Julie G My Private Palace. I striped that on with a nail art brush along the rim of my black triangle. I didn’t want to make the sparkle too evident, because honestly, I could barely see the glitter in the movie. Then I topped it off with a nice thick coat of Seche Vite to give it a smooth and even surface. Lastly, I buffed all my finished nails with the medium side of a nail buffing square just to tone down the glossiness a bit.
Now I have long and pointy wicked witch claws! Come here my dear… would you like an apple? Buahahahahahaaaaaa!
While googling for Evanora images I found this simple tutorial by cutepolish. If you’re tempted to try this creepy look check out here video here.
China Glaze Smoke and Ashes from the Hunger Games collection…. with halloween themed dots!
Use contrasting shades so the dots stand out, even in the shade.
For this simple Halloween mani I painted my nails with China Glaze- Smoke and Ashes from the Hunger Games collection. Unfortunately, I don’t like the formula of this polish … it is super-thick and goopy. It didn’t apply well from the get-go…so a couple months ago I added some Seche polish thinner/restorer. The consistency is much better now! I applied two coats of Smoke and Ashes and then added a bunch of alternating colored dots! For orange and white dots I used China Glaze Sun Worshiper and Sally Hansen French White Tip. For green and purple dots I used Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime and Revlon Charming.
My recommendation for dotting success- use opaque polishes so you only need to apply each dot once. By the way, dotting tools are pretty cheap. I just got a set on amazon for $3.99 🙂