31DC2017: Wrap Up

With this post, I conclude this years 31 day nail polish challenge! I always feel a little bit proud of myself when I finish it, because it really is A LOT of work, and especially towards the end, you just want to be done with it. I think there are some good manicures here – overall, I think I was more pleased with last year’s challenge, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Here you can see all of the 31 manicures – if you want to take a closer look at one of them, the headings are links to the original posts. I will talk about my personal favorites in the bottom of this post.

Day 1 – Red                                Day 2 – Orange                               Day 3 – Yellow

1+2+3

Day 4 – Green                                Day 5 – Blue                                  Day 6 – Violet

4+5+6

Day 7 – Black & White                      Day 8 – Metallic                             Day 9 – Rainbow

7+8+9

Day 10 – Gradient                     Day 11 – Polka Dots                       Day 12 – Stripes

10+11+12

Day 13 – Animal Print                    Day 14 – Flowers                     Day 15 – Delicate Print

13+14+15

Day 16 – Geometric                        Day 17 – Glitter                        Day 18 – Half Moons

16+17+18

Day 19 – Galaxies                            Day 20 – Water Marble             Day 21 – Inspired by a color

19+20+21

Day 22 – Inspired by a song      Day 23 – Inspired by a movie      Day 24 – Inspired by a book

22+23+24

Day 25 – Inspired by fashion  Day 26 – Inspired by pattern  Day 27 – Inspired by artwork

25+26+27

Day 28 – Inspired by a flag                             Day 29 – Inspired by the supernatural

28+29

Day 30 – Inspired by a tutorial                               Day 31 – Honor nails you love

30+31

My favorites are:

What are your favorites?

[31DC2016: Wrap Up]

[31DC2015: Sum Up]

[31DC2014: Wrap Up]

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Silver and Marble

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After some practice, I’ve really grown to love water decals. I didn’t find them too easy to use at first, but now that I’ve gotten good at using them, I love how quickly they can spruce up a manicure for a very little cost.

For this manicure, I used this sheet from Born Pretty Store, and I guarantee that you will see more manis with this sheet, because there are so many images, and I really love the simplicity of the images.

I messed around with making diy decals on my nail art mat and attempted doing marble nails this way, but I still think I prefer Continue reading

Sideways Gradient and Roses

Exam season is upon me once again. Even though this is my 8th exam season since starting university, it just never gets easy or fun. Leave it to the procrastinator to leave things to the last minute when I could have started months ago -.- .. Maybe I’ll learn some day.

Anyway, summer is here (hence the procrastination and spending time outside instead of locked up with my computer). My nail art still lingers a little bit in spring in terms of color selection. Here is a soft pastel sideways gradient plus roses mani.

Polishes used:

  • H&M – Pink
  • Essie – Virgin Snow
  • Essie – Peak Show
  • China Glaze – Material Girl

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Negative Space Heart

Have you noticed how around Valentine’s Day all nail art looks are some shade of pink? Yeah, me too. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pink nail polish as much as the next girl, I just don’t feel like adding to the pile myself, which is why I’ve gone in another direction for a look that is definitely V-day appropriate, but not as traditional.

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Polishes used

  • OPI – Don’t Burst My Bubble
  • Maybelline – Midnight Taupe
  • OPI – My Private Jet

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Chunky gold glitter stripes

This one is a little more festive than what I was going for in terms of an everyday look, but I think it would look awesome for a party or something. I DID rock this one to work, so it all depends on your desired level of glam for the day, I suppose.

I did the stripes by applying striping tape over the purple and then sponging the gold glitter on near the cuticle area.

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 Polishes used

  • Cool Nails – Purple
  • Nicole by OPI – Lips are dripping honey

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Purple negative space glitter gradient

I didn’t really know what to call this one, so bear with me on the name 😉

This is a really subtle look that’s perfect for when you want that little bit extra without going all the way.

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 Polishes used

  • Depend – 4094 Shade Seeker
  • Picture Polish – Sisters

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White Lace Stamping

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After I got this BORN PRETTY Christmas Nail Art Starry Sky Silicone Head Stamper I got the desire to stamp again. After having used my clear stamper without luck a number of times, I wasn’t really expecting this to work, but this is SO much better! I definitely recommend these silicone head stampers.

Just like the other day, I used this stamping plate: Lace Chevron Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L028 but with a different design this time.

After the bright orange manicure, I was in the mood for something subtle, but nice, and I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Polishes used

  • OPI – Don’t Burst My Bubble
  • Depend White Stamping Polish

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Orange Gradient Stamping

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Hey guys – I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I had an exam to take care of this past week, but now I’m back with the first manicure of 2017.

In the midst of all this cold winter weather, I was in the mood for a bright, orange manicure, which is very unusual for me since I’m not a big fan of orange. But anyway, I got an orange polish for christmas, and I bought one myself back in november, and seeing all the oranges together inspired me to do this gradient.

The base is a gradient, and I tried my hand at gradient stamping with this stamping plate: Lace Chevron Nail Art Stamp Template Vines Image Plate BORN PRETTY BP-L028 as well.

orange-gradient-stamping-1Oh my, orange is hard to take photographs of!

Polishes used

  • Sally Hansen – Tahitian Sunset
  • Sally Hansen – Snappy Sorbet
  • Romeo & Juliet

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19 Christmas Nail Art Designs

Merry christmas everyone! May you all have a wonderful time with your friends and family!

Throughout the month of December, I’ve made 19 christmas nail art designs – here, you can see them all again if you missed any, and perhaps this will give some inspiration to those of you who still needs the perfect christmas manicure.

 

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Holly Berries Nail Art

Today’s mani is a classic – holly berries. They’re simple and easy to do, but they’re a good way to spruce up your mani.holly-berries-2 holly-berries-1

Polishes used:

  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Rimmel – Celebrity Bash
  • Rimmel – Bewitch

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