Sunday, February 17, 2013

Long time, no Post

Hello Everyone!

I know, it's been way too long since I updated. Unfortunately I've had so much going on with work, and last weekend I had really planned on doing a lot of work on this blog, but then this happened:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 31 31 DC - Recreate a Mani


So sorry this post is late, and especially on the last day :( Way to go out with a bang.. not. Unfortunately life got in the way and I had to attend a wake yesterday and I just didn't have time to finish.

I want to say before we finish that I'm very proud of myself and everyone else that participated for all the hard work we did. It's hard coming up with 30 different manis in as many days. I feel like I've learned a lot from other bloggers in the past 30 days, and gotten a lot of new ideas for manis for sure.

I also want to thank everyone that has commented or viewed my blog throughout this challenge as well. It means the world to me, and there's nothing more exciting than getting a new comment on something I've worked hard on. I also appreciate my new followers :)

So today's mani comes from Day 10 of the Challenge, and it was done by Melissa of My Nail Journey. You can see the original here. And here's how mine turned out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 30 31 DC - Your Favorite Nail Art Technique

Hi All!

Second to last post of this challenge!! I can't believe it's almost over.

So today's prompt is to use your favorite nail art technique. I was torn between dotting tools and tape manis. I've really grown to love tape manis! It definitely used to be stamping but I love using my dotting tools so much more lately, so I decided to go with something simple using those.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 29 31 DC - Inspired by a Blogger


Here we are in the final stages of the challenge. Even though I fell behind some days, I'm really proud that I've made it this far!

Today's post is in honor of a blogger that first got me into nail art. I read her blog daily, and I'm always in awe of her art skills. She's a waaaay better stamper than me :) If you don't already read her blog, you should. Like, right now :) Click on over to see the awesomeness that is Lacquer or Leave Her.

Awhile back, she posted a really neat tutorial for double stamping, which you can see here.

So I followed her tutorial, and here's how mine turned out.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 28 31 DC - Inspired by Your Favorite Color

Hi Again :)

All caught up. *whew*

So, for today's prompt we are doing manis inspired by our favorite colors, which by now I think it's pretty clear that mine is blue. So, here's what I came up with.

Day 27 31 DC - Inspired by Me

Hi everyone!

Here we are again, catching up!

So today's mani is supposed to be inspired by me. I had trouble thinking about what that meant, so I decided to look through my book of stamps and pick out ones that symbolize different aspects of my life, and stamp over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Day 26 31 DC - Inspired by Your Country

Hi Everyone!

Running behind again. :( So sorry, I really had hoped this past weekend to get the whole rest of the challenge done, but it didn't work out that way. I wasn't feeling well, and things got shoved to the side.

Anyways, this post's inspiration was the United States, and I didn't wanna just do a flag. So, I decided to pick out things that are wholeheartedly American and go from there.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 25 31 DC - Inspired by your Childhood

Hi Everyone!

Running late, long time no talk, haha.

Another simple one today, I did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for my mani today. I tossed around SOOO many ideas for this one, finally settled on doing a show I loved from my childhood. I was going to do Rainbow Brite but it's really late and Ninja Turtles was a close second. So, another simple simple one today.

Day 24 31 DC - Inspired by a Game

Hi Everyone!

So, I'm a day behind. Ohh boy.. but on the bright side, I finally bought a car and things seem to be calming down. Hopefully I can get through the rest of this challenge on schedule.

So for today's inspired by a game prompt I went with something very simple: Pong :) Does anyone remember actually playing pong? I do..

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 22 31 DC - Inspired by a Fabric

Hi everyone!

So today's post had me lacking for awhile. I don't have a lot of fabrics that I thought would either a) look good on nails or b) I would be capable of recreating on my nails, haha!

Then I got the idea to dig into my fiance's tie collection! He collects lots of ties, and has a TON of Jerry Garcia ones that always have fun patterns and colors :) I decided to go with one of those and here's how it turned out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 21 31DC - Merge/Melt

Hi everyone!

I decided to do a simple gradient today. I was a little confused about todays prompt but it seems it was decided anything that mixes polishes works so a gradient seemed the way to go for me.

I used Sinful Colors Aquamarine and Rain Storm and Wet and Wild Need a Refresh-Mint

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 19 31DC - Favorite Polish

Hi everyone!

Cutting it down to the wire today on getting this post up! I just have so much going on right now. I'm starting a new position at work next week, apartment hunting, shopping for a new car allllll day today and trying to start putting together ideas for a wedding.. whew!

So, favorite polish! I had a hard time choosing, but ended up with this!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18 31DC - Oldest Untried

Hi everyone!
So I don't have a very large polish collection, and I use pretty much every one that I own fairly often so it was difficult to find an untried. But I did manage, and I was a bit surprised that I hadn't tried it yet!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 17 31DC - New Technique To You

Hello Everyone!

So I had a bit of trouble coming up with something to try today. As we've gone through the challenge I've done a lot of new things that have made me step out of my comfort zone, and I was racking my brain trying to figure out something I hadn't done yet. I settled on doing a Half Moon mani.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 15 31DC - Watercolor

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe we are already halfway through the challenge! It's been a trial some days but mostly it's been a lot of fun :) Today's Mani is a watercolor mani. This is yet another one that I've never done before. It came out alright, I think :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 14 31DC - Stamping

Hello everyone.

So today's mani prompt is stamping. I did a mani I've been wanting to try for awhile and here's how it turned out.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Day 13 31DC - Cheer Yourself Up Mani


Late post again today because we went to my future MIL's last night and out most of the day today for my Fiance's birthday. So sorry!

 Anyways, for today's mani I did dragonflies. Dragonflies have always been dear to me, and they symbolize hope. They always cheer me up even when things seem like they're never going to get better.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lush Anyone?

Just curious... Anyone else love Lush? Would anyone like to see product reviews for things from Lush? I have tons of things from there because my brother works there. I love Lush :) So, if there's anything anyone is curious about, or would like to see pics/swatchs of the makeup line, or reviews of, I'm sure I have it. Or can get it easily :) If there's any interest, I would make it a regular thing!

Day 12 31DC - Tape Mani

Hello everyone!!

I had some fun with today's mani :)

I'm usually not patient enough to do a tape mani, because as I've said before I'm very impatient. And tape manis are surely something you really have to wait for the base coat to dry on. So I used a matte polish and a  holo polish and they both dry pretty quickly, so it wasn't too bad. Here's what I came up with.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 11 31DC - Splatter

Hello everyone!

So sorry for the very late post. I wasn't feeling well at all yesterday and I didn't get a chance to finish this mani until now.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10 31DC - Geometric Nails

Hi Everyone!

So today's manicure was inspired by this one at The Nail Polish Project. Mine doesn't hold a flame to that beauty, but I was so in love with it I had to try it! And here's how mine came out.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 9 31 DC - Saran Wrap

Hi everyone!

So today's prompt was a new one for me. I had heard of it but never tried it, so I read up on it and here is what happened.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 8 31 DC - Duochrome, Holo or Flakie

Hi everyone!

Today's mani is.. very simple. No nail art today. I decided to go with a duochrome, because I'm going to be using my holos in a few manis later in the challenge and I don't own any flakies!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 7 31 DC - Ombre or Skittle

Hi Everyone!

So today we have an Ombre Mani. I was originally going to do something more colorful for this, but I have a perfect ombre set of black through white so I decided to use them.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6 31 DC - Favorite Color Family

Hi Everyone!

I apologize for the late post again, and in advance for this mani. I'm not terribly pleased with it, but when I started this blog I told myself that even when I messed up I would post it, because even things that look easy when you watch a hundred videos and tutorials online are hard when you do them in real life!

With everything that has happened this weekend with my living room basically flooding and my heat not working, and not feeling well to boot, I'm not sure WHY I decided attempting a water marble again was a good idea.. maybe it's the fever.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5 31DC - Purple

Hi everyone! Much later post than in the past few days due to an awful situation. I have been in the habit of writing and scheduling my posts the night before, but yesterday I had a pipe burst in my house so there just wasn't time. Thankfully everything seems to be okay now!
So today's challenge prompt is purple. And here's what I came up with.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 4 31DC - Pink

Hi Everyone! It's Day 4 of the challenge, and that means Pink.

I have to tell you, I'm not a big fan of pink, so I was kind of dreading doing today. However, I'm alright with how this turned out.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 3 31DC - Gold

Hi Everyone!!

So today marks day 3 of the challenge! I'm really excited about this mani. Not to toot my own horn, but I think it came out really neat! Not to mention the picture quality is much better, as I'm finally using my actual camera with better lighting.

So, I am super into Steampunk. If you've never heard of it, it's a little hard to describe. Basically, it's Victorian style meets futuristic alternate reality where everything is powered by steam? If that makes any sense whatsoever. It's very industrial, but there's also lacy, dapper elements to it. Do a Google search and you'll see some really neat stuff.

My fiance and I did Steampunk style costumes for Halloween last year. We made all of our accessories ourselves with gears and keys and such from Michael's. So, I decided to utilize them in my nail art for today, and this is the result!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 2 31DC - Silver


So today is Day 2 of the 31 Day Challenge!! Today's prompt is silver. I had a little trouble coming up with an idea, but I think I like how this turned out.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Day 1 of the New 31 Day Challenge: Black and White

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!!!

So, I'm really excited! Today is the start of the new 31 Day Nail Art Challenge. If you've never heard of it before, it's a pretty neat thing run by Debbie from The Crumpet and the ladies who participate are part of the Crumpets Nail Tarts facebook group. Basically, everyone posts along with the challenge, either on blogs or instagram or facebook, everyday for the 31 days of the challenge. There is a theme for each day to follow.