Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brand Love

Today's theme for the challenge is "artwork featuring your favorite brand".  I hadn't really thought much about which brand might be my favorite, there are so many to love!  That being said, as I have stated before, I love the formula of the Zoya creme finishes especially.  So I decided to go with Zoya (though not purely creme's) for today's mani.


The base color is Purity, accent colors are Max, Kimber, and Belle

Be sure and check out what everyone else has done, they are a talented group!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Absolutely Peacock

Today's challenge theme is "animals".  My most popular pin on Pinterest thus far has been my giraffe nails from my first ever challenge.  I seriously considered doing something similar for this one with a different colors but decided I wanted to do something different and finally settled on a peacock theme.  I started with a base of China Glaze Aqua Baby then layered on OPI Absolutely Alice then topped it with a coat of Seche to help it dry a bit faster.  Once dry, I stamped the peacock image from the original Bundle Monster BM15 plate using Salon Perfect Liquid Gold on my middle finger and used one of the images from the BM-212 plate for all the other fingers.  Then I went back with Zoya Carly and Meg and a dotting tool to add accents to the middle of the main design and the tail feathers on the peacock and topped with a final coat of Seche.



I am so in love with how this turned out!!  Definitely my favorite in this challenge so far and possibly my favorite of all time. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Abstract Nails

Day 14 of the 33 Day Challenge!  You really can't go wrong with abstract nails, even if it doesn't turn out quite right...it's abstract so who is going to know?  One of the most forgiving styles in my opinion.  There are many ways to achieve an abstract manicure, I chose an acid wash.  I have done only one in the past and loved the way it turned out, you can check it out here.  This time, I started with a base of Julep Ingrid, a beautiful harvest orange, then layered on Julep Charlotte, a dusky purple shade, and topped it all with Sally Hansen Black Heart.  After a few minutes of dry time, I took a brush dipped in acetone and went to work "erasing" spots.  When I was satisfied with how it looked I added a topcoat (this time one by OPI)  It's a very fun style and I love how this one turned out as well.





Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dragons and Such

Today's theme for the 33 Day Challenge is "Chinese".  I had a couple of ideas for this one but the thought of the luscious red and gold won out.  For this mani, I used my new Bundle Monster Holiday plates (BM-H15)

Zoya Rekha and TomokoStamp color: Salon Perfect Liquid Gold




Friday, October 18, 2013

Inspired by...a pillow?

Today's theme for the 33 Day Challenge is "a pattern in your home".  I had done something like this before with my trashcan nails, so it wasn't much of a stretch to do it again; this time with throw pillows.  I wasn't able to exactly match all the colors (8!) but I'm still pleased with the results.

First off, here is the pillow.


And the results!




Colors used are: OPI My Vampire is Buff
Essie Mochacino 
China Glaze Mahogany Magic and Desert Sun
Butter London Lady Muck
Julep Susie
Zoya Dree
Sally Hansen  Black heart



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

33 Day Challenge Day 11 - 3D

This is a super simple look that is bot classy and a bit sassy at the same time.  I used Zoya Kelly for the base, you all know I LOVE the formula of the Zoya creme finishes and this is a gorgeous pewter gray shade. I added a topcoat and while it was still wet added various sizes of rhinestones in pinks, purples and clear.  I love the way this turned out!  So many other color options for a similar style and I may revisit this idea in the future.



Monday, October 14, 2013

33 Day Challenge - Day 10: Flowers

Super simple design, crazy busy weekend so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking!

OPI Live and Let Die
Flower charm from Born Pretty Store


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

33 Day Challenge - Day 8 - Chevrons

So I know I have missed a couple of days, work has been crazy again.  I plan to go back and make those days up at some point, just not sure when!  I did manage to get today's done (albeit late in the evening).  Posting quick and headed to bed!


Essie Bahama Mama and Sonia Kashuk Blank Slate








Wednesday, October 2, 2013

33 Day Challenge: Day 5 - Mexican

I have wracked my brain trying to come up with something unique for today's theme.  I attempted several different designs and wasn't really "in love with" any of them.  A while back I purchased some water decal paper and decided I would try my hand at making my own decals.  Some themes give me lots of ideas, others not so many.  The one that kept coming back to me for this one was Corona... so today, I give you my very first attempt at my own decals with Milani White on the Spot as a base.



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