Day 18: Half moons
These were actually done on the 9th or so. That’s how much I have been using the computer. I did wear these for a couple days because of all the running around with my kitty in the hospital along with work, and I liked them enough to keep em around.
Base coat of Nail Life revitalizer. Two coats of Sally Hansen Hi-Definition “Hue”. When completely dry, hole reinforcers were used to tape the moons and one coat of Zoya “Yasmeen” was applied. Applied top coat. I believe it was two coats of Nail Life. The index and thumb of my left hand, in curiousity and experimentation, were likewise taped. I like the saddle-esque shape as an accent.
A couple notes: holy crap this was GORGEOUS. The hue, I think, works a bit better without a base color. Well, for showing itself as opposed to highlighting another color.
I finally got pictures that begin to show the beauty of Yasmeen!
I tried photographing underwater, after hearing of it to show the intricacies of, for example, Sally Hansen’s Nail Prisms. Frankly, I was surprised that several of my regular pic set showed zoya’s awesomeness, but I’d already photographed underwater at this point. I included a couple of these because they -do- really accent the shimmer/duochroming particles in the Zoya and, huzzah, at least one of them (lowest leftmost pic) begins to show the depth of Hue.
Trying to get thru all the posting. phew. I’m actually wearing day 24 right now. This one took me several days — I liked my movie nails, they were wearing exceptionally well, even with the nail art stress that is my job (I work with aquaria, so my hands are constantly soaking — This causes my nails to be flexible while the polish is not and I end up with all sorts of cracks and/or huge chips at the tips)… And I had a lot of trouble deciding on a book… or at least, how to express it. Only a lil happy with em.
Day 17: Glitter
Base coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails “Hard to Get”. Two coats of Essence Special Effects Topper “Mrs and Mr Glitter”. Lots of top coat. In the future, I would probably use this topper over something other than white, but I love the combo of lime green, brilliant blue and white.
Day 16:tribal print
Backed up on posting. With eew sick it’s just not a priority.
Basically, a base of Finger Paints “Artist’s Inspiration”, lining with a white LA Colors Art Deco striper, and filling in with all sorts of colors.
Inspired by Aboriginal art.
Day 15: Delicate print
YESS! HALFWAY POINT~!
All right, so, delicate print. I looked around and decided I did not want to wuss out and stamp and wasn’t interested in lace prints… but henna tattooing? okay, I’ll give it a whirl. I was very drawn to using a yellow base, and I had the perfect brown for mehndi, so there i went!
Base coat of Nailtiques nail protein formula 2. Two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Lightening”. Once more I ran into the bubbling problem, hence the pimply finish in the close-ups. it doesn’t show at all in person. Top coat of Sally Hansen Hi-Definition “Hue”. And once again, this polish just does not photograph for me. Its beauty is always lost. Google it to see some good shots.
The mehndi patterns were composed after looking at a lot of photographs using a fine brush and Finger Paints “Bronze Sculpture”. The thumb is a very common flower design, the rest are sort of freehanded from examples. I am not all that happy with how they turned out; I think a finer brush would have made them better.
I put the topcoat, Out The Door, on a little soon because it was time for me to actually run out the door, and smudged some of the dotting.
Overall I think the idea is a rousing success. I think I will make a note to dup these on falsies.
Day 14: Flowers
I’ve been behind on getting pics up. I’m currently wearing delicate and about to take it off for tribal. Oh well!
Did you know I love lotuses? Well, now you do.
Base coat of Nailtiques Nail Protein formula 2. One coat of Orly “Snowcone”. Freehanded lotuses with Sally Girl 812024. Added seed pods with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry “Lightening”. Outlined individual petals with LA Colors Art Deco striper in “Intense Pink”. Added the little seed pits with a dotting tool and Revlon Colorstay “Sorbet”. Topped with a generous coating of Out The Door.
My favorite by far is the thumb.
#13: Animal Print - Eew
My poor kitty has come down with pain-induced anorexia. She’s been in and out of the hospital for about a week. It’s a good diagnosis, though — she has a great chance of recovery and is already perking up. This is why I’ve fallen a little behind on the challenge the past couple days — I did finish and photograph stripes yesterday, but posting just wasn’t in the cards.
With Eew going through so much, I had to dedicate this one to her: a lovely silvery-brown tabby. A silvery-brown base with black stripes and white tips to emulate her cute white tummy, which loves rubbing. She’s in that last pic, being cute as all get-out. Please wish her a speedy recovery!
Base coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps (yes, I know I said I was done with it. Thought I’d give it another try). One coat of Essence “Just in Case” for the brown base. One light coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength “Silver Anniversary” to add the silvery overtones of her fur. Tips were taped with Essence French manicure tip guides and painted with one coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails “Hard to Get”. Stripes were done with a small brush and a 50/50 mix of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails “Black Heart” and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength “Black Diamond” to carry the shimmer of the base coat and add a hint of translucency — the “Black Heart” was a little too bold for my tastes and the “Black Diamond” was far too transparent. The mix was perfect.
One coat of Finger Paints “Amethyst
Atelier”. Stripes handpainted with Orly “Snowcone” and Sally Girl #812024. One coat of NYC “Matte Me Crazy” applied. Stripes added with Sally Hansen Diamond Strength “Flawless” clear top coat.
In the future, I’d reverse the directions of each set of stripes. Or just gloss it. Got very mangled at work.
#11: polka dots
Pretty simple, interlocking dots as in the tutorial linked below. Two coats of Finger Paints “VerMillion $ Painting”, a diagonal tip of Finger Paints “Prints and Printsess” and then dotting as explained in the link. top coat of Out the Door. I love these colors; the pictures do not do them justice.
#10: gradient nails
Mmm, birds on a wire.
Knowing that the dark blue I would be applying is a jelly, I applied one coat of LA Girl Disco Brites “funkadelic”. Two coats of LA Colors color craze #569 were brushed on top. The nails were sponged with #569, Orly “Snowcone” and Sally Girl 812706 “Coconut” in succession to create a gradient from dark to light. Birds and telephone wires were handpainted in Sally Hansen Hard as Nails “Black Heart” and, once dry, two coats of Out the Door was applied to smooth and shine.
getting better at the freehand painting!