Hello new followers!

I had a huge spike in followers after my post from painting a friend’s nails.  I’ve noticed that any time I post something “cutesy” [i.e. little fox, Miyazaki’s soot sprites, or Natasha Allegri’s Puppycat] that people really seem to enjoy it.  What would you guys like to see next?

So, I had been seeing tons of nautical nail art around the 4th of July, and wanted to give it a try.  With how many compliments I received, I thought to myself, I’d definitely be trying it again.

Lo and behold, attempt 2 did occur!  

For the first version, I tried using scotch tape so my lines would be clean.  Unfortunately, my bottom layer wasn’t entirely dry and started to peel up while the top layer smeared a bit.  For the anchor, I used a thin striping brush.  I like the control for the shape, but it seemed too simplistic.

The second time around, I did things much differently.  I hand painted the lines using a striping brush.  I had to go back in a few places to correct some mistakes, but overall the lines came out super clean.  The process ended up taking the same amount of time as tape and had a cleaner end result.  The anchors, I used a small detailing brush and dotting tools.  I found this harder to control, but liked the end result better.  The bottom could be rounder, but the cartoonish style is much more appealing than the basic outline.

Have you ever gone back and redone a manicure?  What did you do differently?

Painted my friend Tara’s nails again, this time with a little fox!
Main:  China Glaze, For Audrey
Accent:  Essie

Painted my friend Tara’s nails again, this time with a little fox!

Main:  China Glaze, For Audrey

Accent:  Essie

The 31 Day Challenge - 30 a tutorial

I finally reached the last day!  I can’t believe it finally happened… after so many breaks and so many detours, I finished.  I can’t imagine how people complete this list in 30 days; ya’ll are nuts!

I spent a while trying to figure out what tutorial I wanted to do and finally I found this tutorial on Pintrest!  I used the latest Julep colors since I was eager to try them out.  That monthly box thing is sneaking up on me.  It’s hard to keep up!

The formula for Julep’s Katie was very thick and difficult to work with, while Avni was just a dream.  While I could have done very thin lines with Avni, I wound up having to thicken them up to match the lines I managed to make with Katie.  Do I love the dreamy colors of Katie and Avni?  Most definitely.

I got a lot of compliments on how this manicure matched what I was wearing… every day I had it on.  I guess when you throw in enough colors, it’ll work with everything?

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Accent:  Julep, Avni [purple], Katie [pink], Lorenzana [nude], Miranda [teal]

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Hardwear Top coat

As a last hurrah for summer, I painted my nails and a friend’s nails with watermelons!  On mine, I painted the pink first, a white line, and then the green over top.  On Tara’s we tried the green first, then the red, then the white.  Still not sure which I like better…

On another note… What is your favorite summer fruit nail art?

The 31 Day Challenge - 29 the supernatural

It’s the beginning of the school year, which means I’m bound for lots of quick, lazy manicures.  I used Big Ruby Nail Tattoos and ILNP polish for something quick and shiny.  

Base:  Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat

Main:  ILNP, Nostalgia

Top:  Butter London, Hardwear Topcoat

Things have been hectic lately, but I have still had time to paint my nails something other than just 1 solid color.  Here’s a mani from the last week of school, using some holo studs from Born Pretty.

Base:  Sephora Formula X, Base coat

Accent:  Color Club, Harp On It

Main:  Floss Gloss, Perf

Top:  Sephora Formula X, Top coat

So, Born Pretty has pretty much the worst organization ever.  I have to email them every time, even if I get registered mail, because they never send a notification that something has been sent.  (One time, it hadn’t been sent…)  Does anyone have any stores they recommend other than Born Pretty?

The 31 Day Challenge - 28 a flag

(Don’t worry guys… I was parked when I took this photo.)

For a manicure inspired by a flag, I decided to chose the flag of Nigeria.  There have been a lot of articles lately, regarding 200+ girls that are missing.  The girls were kidnapped from school, by a terrorist group [Boko Haram]; the group claims they are going to sell the girls [human trafficking]. The “Bring Back Our Girls” movement has been campagining to increase public awareness.  It has been nearly a month and the Nigerian government is just now beginning to act, thanks to the social pressure.

If you would like to “do something,” you can sign a petition here:  Amnesty International

It’s a little strange… I received so many compliments on my nails this week, despite it being such a simple design.  (More compliments than I typically receive…) It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about what was happening, but still a bit unusual considering the subdued colors.  

Base:  Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat

Accent:  Julep, Myrtle 

Main:  The New Black, Color Barometer - Shimmery Green and Cult Nails, Tempest

Top:  Butter London, Hardwear Topcoat

The 31 Day Challenge - 27 artwork

So I signed up for Julep’s delivery service and was eager to try the colors I received. For this challenge, I had my boyfriend recommend some artists I could try to emulate.  He named a few that had already been done: Pollock, Picasso, Mondrian… then he came to Magritte and I knew he was on to something. My thumbs sure stood out from the rest of my nails like a… well… like a sore thumb.  It was a fun mani while it lasted…

Base:  Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat

Accent:  colors by “Julep” & “The New Black”

Top:  Butter London, Hardwear Topcoat

The 31 Day Challenge - 26 a pattern

I did a plaid pattern based on this tutorial.  (Unfortunately when I got to my other hand, I forgot the final line!  Oops!)

Base:  Butter London, Nail Foundation Basecoat

Accent:  Essie Spring 2014 Collection

Top:  Butter London, Hardwear Topcoat