When I decided to do this 12 days of Christmas nail art thing, I knew right away that I wanted to do one design based on a Christmas movie. The thing is, there are SOOOO many Christmas movies out there! You've got your Christmas Classics like It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story. There are those awesome old Christmas claymations like A Year Without Santa Clause, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. But then you've got those newer movies that become instant classics. It didn't take me long to chose a movie. Can you tell what it is? I'll give you a hint... "Bye, Buddy! Hope you find your dad!"
I have this terrible habit of waiting until late to start doing my nails. And since I can never decide what I want to do with them, it takes me quite some time to get done. There's no reason for me posting these so late other than just that. I didn't sit down to do them until after 10 and you know the rest.
For today's Christmas design, I chose some Fair Isle style images from my favorite holiday Born Pretty stamping plate.
Once again, I'm posting in the wee hours of the morning because I didn't get home until midnight. These could definitely look better but I honestly didn't want to spend the extra time. But I still like them enough to post.
We're just days away from Christmas which means that I'm just days away from seeing my family. Almost as excitingly I get to see their faces when they open their gifts. Usually, I have to send my gift to them and I miss them being opened. Last year, I made them video tape it and send it to us. Seeing it in person will be so much better. I love giving gifts and I love seeing people's reactions. It's my favorite thing about Christmas and birthdays. \
Anyway, on to today's Christmas nail art. I wanted to do some marbling so I thought I would try out a drip marble.
This design is going up extremely late but I had a busy day of errands and visiting with my mother-in-law. I didn't get home until midnight and, because I am the world's most indecisive person, I didn't get done with my nails until 1:30am. Not because it was a difficult or time-consuming. It definitely wasn't. I just went through three other design ideas before I settled on this one.
As of yesterday, I am officially on vacation from work for the rest of the year. I'm excited to take it easy for a couple of weeks. In a week, my family is coming to visit from Tennessee and I couldn't be more excited. I don't get to see them often so I can't wait to spend Christmas with them. For today's Christmas design, I was going to do the typical Santa manicure but wanted to do something simpler.
I've decided that this year that I would do 12 days of Christmas nail art designs. I know everyone does Christmas designs throughout December but a month of it is too much for me. 12 days seems like plenty, right?
Sometimes, you just come across a color combination that you love. For today's design, I wanted a nice fall to winter transition color scheme and I think I nailed it. I always gravitate towards reds and oranges when I think of fall. I forced myself to stick with cooler colors and I love the end result!
Have you ever started doing your nails and you can't stop just adding more and more until you realize that you may have gone overboard? Yeah, I tend to do that. A lot. You know what, though? Sometimes more is more. Right?
I was playing around with my OPI ColorPaints and decided to do a pond manicure. I wanted to experiment a little, though, and see how well it would work with stamped images. It turns out that it works quite well.
Being that fall is my favorite season of them all, I'm so sad that we're only a month away from the first day of winter. Granted, it starts feeling like winter much earlier than mid December here, but in my heart, it's still autumn and I'm savoring it. We have a beautiful red maple tree in our yard and the leaves are sprinkled all over the place and it's so pretty. One of my favorite things lately has been my drive home from work. It's been so windy and when the wind catches all of the fallen leaves, they swirl across the roads and around the cars. It feels like the scene in Pocahontas when she stands in the breeze with the leaves and her hair swirling around. I seriously love autumn. I wanted to do a manicure that screamed fall but still had some simplicity to it. So, I grabbed two holo polishes. You know, because it can't be TOO simple. ;)
I have a strange love for office supplies. I always have. Post Its have a special place in my heart. I adore pens and markers. Binders, folders, you name it! Sometimes my adoration for patterns and colors collides with my love of stationery. I got a clipboard to use for work and it's SO PRETTY. It's teal with gold polka dots and a pink elastic strap. It's one of my favorite things. Today, while using it, I thought to myself, "This would be cute on my nails."
The weather here in Michigan has been amazing lately. It's been cool (most days, anyway), a little rainy here and there, and the leaves are all the most beautiful shades of gold, red, and orange. Fall is, by far, my favorite season! It has really put me in the mood for some pretty fall nail art.
Happy Halloween! I hope everyone enjoyed (or is still enjoying if you're into late-night Monday celebrations) their Halloween festivities! Here's a last minute Halloween blobbicure design in some festive colors.
The base is Wet n Wild Black Creme. The orange is Julep Kirti. The purple (I swear it isn't blue) is L'Oreal Wild and Free.
10 days to go! Has everyone decided what they're going to be for Halloween? As of right now, Hubby and I still don't have any plans so it doesn't look like we'll be dressing up this year. That's okay, though, because my nails can be dressed up every day!
Happy Halloween month! Since Halloween is the only holiday that I actually like, I get pretty excited about it. Now that we are less than three weeks away from Halloween, I figured I could start up on the fun holiday manicures. I also figured that a good place to start would be with a design that I do literally every single year. But that's because I love it!
I love stamping. But I really struggle with it sometimes. My main problems have always been getting images straight/centered and not screwing images up when "rolling" the stamper. Well, today I'm reviewing a Born Pretty Store product that will potentially alleviate both of those problems.
*I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
I made it. The last day of the challenge and only one day behind schedule. For the prompt, I chose a design that I've actually been wanting to recreate for a very long time. I have always put it off, though, because it's complicated and time-consuming.
I got super sick yesterday and have fallen a day behind on the challenge. It's all good though. I have day 30 for you today and I'll post the last day's tomorrow. Finishing one day behind isn't all that bad. The prompt for day 30 is inspired by a tutorial. There are so many amazing tutorials out there from so many talented nail artists; it took me a while to choose one. I narrowed it down by choosing an artist first. That helped.
I have a memory from my childhood of my mother doing this art project with me and my sister. We would take strands of yarn and dip them into paint and lay them onto a piece of paper in squiggly patterns with the ends hanging off of the edge, place another piece of paper on top and then squish them into a book. Then we would pull the yarn out by the ends hanging out of the book. When all the yarn is pulled out and you peel apart the paper sheets, you're left with a really cool and unique painted piece of abstract artwork. I thought it would be fun to recreate this as nail art and I am crazy about how it turned out!
When I was trying to decide on a pattern to recreate, I started out looking through Google images for a pattern I liked (as I usually do). But nothing was really catching my eye. So what I decided to do was recreate a type of pattern on my nails that I've never done before. I went back and forth between a herringbone pattern and a houndstooth. I settled on herringbone because I thought it would be easier. HA! Joke's on me!
I always enjoy this prompt in the challenge. I usually choose a Betsey Johnson design to base a mani on but I wanted to do something different this time around. I chose a design from Arthur Arbesser's 2017 Spring ready-to-wear line.
I wanted to choose a classic book for today's prompt. Something iconic that everyone would know. Fortunately for the non-bookworms out there, this book also happens to be a movie. The book I chose is The Wizard of Oz. The design I did is inspired by one of the most iconic things in that book. The yellow brick road!
I fell a day behind on the challenge but I'm catching up today. I'll be posting yesterday's post today as well as today's. It took me a very long time to decide on a movie for this prompt. Eventually, I decided to choose a Disney movie for inspiration. I was thinking back on some of my favorites and one that stood out was The Three Caballeros. My little sister and I used to watch this movie all the time as children. The movie is about Donald Duck and his friends Jose and Panchito.
I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use a song from Spongebob Squarepants for today's prompt. Some people think I'm too old for Spongebob and I don't care. Anyway, I went back and forth between a few song choices and I settled on the FUN song from the very first season. Fun fact: my alarm clock in high school was a Spongebob one that played that song. On to the nail art!
As per usual for me during the 31 Day Challenge, when it comes to the inspired by a color prompt, I like to choose a nail polish and use the name as inspiration. I actually knew right away what polish I wanted to use.
I have never, ever, EVER struggled to water marble like I did today. I love water marbling and I usually have no problems doing it but today was another story. It put me in such a bad mood so this will be a pretty short post.
The base is Sally Hansen Celeb City. I marbled with OPI Color Paints in Turquoise Aesthetic, Pen and Pink, and Purple Perspective. I topped it with China Glaze Fairy Dust.
It's galaxies day! I do galaxy nails every now and again and I feel like they always end up looking exactly the same. I try to do it differently and it either doesn't work at all, or looks like all of the rest. Therefore, for today's prompt, instead of trying to do something different with my galaxy technique, I just chose a specific color scheme.
Very rarely do I do half moon designs, but whenever I do, I remember that I love them. They look so good and can somehow make your nails look longer. Since I basically phoned in yesterday's design, I thought I'd try a little bit harder today. I did love the glitter placement, though, as I find it oddly soothing. I did another glitter placement design today but I went with a more cheerful, brighter feel.
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing is necessarily going wrong but you just feel kinda blah? Today was one of those days. I just couldn't really muster any energy for anything at all. So when it came time to do my nails, I really didn't even want to do my nails. But that's why it's a challenge, right? I did kinda take the easy way out but, hey, at least I did something.
I didn't notice until today that I messed up the prompts. Today's prompt is actually delicate print but I mistakenly did that one yesterday. Yesterday's prompt was supposed to be flowers so I'm doing that one today instead. A long time ago, I ordered a mystery grab bag type thing from the Born Pretty Store and it was full of water decals and stickers. One set was just a random mish-mosh of flowers, bows, and KITTIES! I thought it was the cutest and since I was feeling a tad lazy today, I decided to use those for today's design.
I'm pretty sure that in every 31 day challenge I've taken part of, I've done a stamped manicure for the delicate print prompt. I'm not very good at fine detail work when it comes to hand painted designs so stamping is a perfect alternative. Plus, I really enjoy stamping.
My initial idea for today's prompt was to go pinstripe crazy with striping tape on all of my nails. Then I decided that I didn't have that kind of time today so I took a simpler approach. I still used striping tape, though, because I can't paint a straight line to save my life.
We're officially one third of the way through the 31 day challenge. The first third can be a little bit difficult because of the vague nature of the prompts. Also, I try not to use techniques in the first ten days that are also prompts in the rest of the challenge. That makes for more variety in my designs. The next ten days of the challenge are different styles and the first style is polka dots. Now, if you've followed me for a while you'll know that I adore polka dots.