Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 4-Traditional Thanksgiving images

Ooh, I’m cutting it close on this one!  Less than half an hour until it’s no longer Thanksgiving for me!

Despite looking at everyone else’s posts all day, I somehow forgot that I needed to do nail art of my own for today.  Major brain fart!  So I started throwing something together a little while ago.  I used Barry M Lychee, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Barry M Paprika, Kleancolor Tangerine Burst, Kleancolor Red, Zoya Louise, FingerPaints Paper Mache, and Sally Hansen Black Out to make a turkey!  Can’t get more traditional than that.

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But then I thought maybe I had enough time to make a more complete look.  So I added a couple more images (using the same colors as for the turkey, with the addition of OPI A-Piers to Be Tan).

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Now, I’m aware that the Native American image may be seen as culturally insensitive by some, but it is a traditional Thanksgiving image and I was sort of strapped for time and ideas.  Plus it’s kind of cute.  I still like my turkey best though 😀

And that’s the end of that challenge!  Looking forward to December’s!

Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 3-Fall colors

Well, today’s nail art is sort of interesting.  I chose to go out to eat after ‘work’ today instead of coming back to my dorm room to do my nails, so I sort of just threw something on about an hour ago.  The original idea was to do what I did on my accent nail for all of them, but I defaulted to normal ruffian nails for the rest because I’m lazy and full of good Indian food and want to go to sleep. 😛

Now this accent nail was inspired by the ruffian style, but also by the turkey feathers you see on nail art all over the place this time of year.  My colors were ALIQUID Lacquer Petoskey Stone, ALIQUID Lacquer People of the Three Fires, and Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather.  I wanted something shimmery today, and I think my choices work pretty well together.  That was a chore, let me tell you!  I have surprisingly few shimmer polishes in fall colors that work well together.

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(And here’s one with flash, just to see the shimmer a bit more.)

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So, the verdict…The accent nail is kind of weird, but I actually like it.  It looks better in person than in the photos though, unfortunately.  And I’m really glad that I did go for shimmers, because I don’t think the effect would have been as nice with flat cremes/jellies. 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day of this month’s challenge, and we’re ending it with traditional Thanksgiving images!

Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 2-Fall food

I am in such a good mood!  I mentioned yesterday that I had lofty ambitions for today, and for the most part I am thrilled with how they came out!  I’m actually wondering now why I thought they would be so difficult to do, because they were actually pretty dang easy.  In fact, the hardest part was choosing which foods to use.

I eventually narrowed it down to green beans, pies (pumpkin and pecan), mashed potatoes and gravy, and deviled eggs.  All among my favorites, although I did sadly have to choose to exclude sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese.

And now for a color break-down.  The green bean nail used China Glaze Gaga for Green, Sinful Colors Exotic Green, Poppy Polish Olive You, and Essie In Stitches (to represent pieces of bacon), and the pie nail used FingerPaints Paper Mache, OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, Poppy Polish Barefoot, Kleancolor Tangerine Burst, Barry M Paprika, and Zoya Louise.  The potato nail was made with Paper Mache, Essie-Limo-scene, and A-Piers to Be Tan, and the egg nail with Paper Mache, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, and Paprika (to represent actual paprika, of course!).

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I’m so glad I had the patience to sit down and try these!  I’m not especially happy with the green beans, but I certainly don’t dislike them.  And I’m so happy with the other nails that I really don’t care if they’re perfect or not. 😛

But I wasn’t entirely pleased with how shiny and…flat?…everything looked with the top coat, so I added a matte coat to see if it was better.

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Of course it’s better!  Who was I even kidding there?

BUT!  I did, for once, have to foresight to take a few photos before adding that initial top coat, and I have to say I love the very slight textured look for these nails.

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So, yeah, that’s that!  Sorry for being so wordy and having so many pictures here, but I really had fun with it!  It was a nice way to wind-down from the 6+ hours of reading archaeology texts that I did today. 🙂

I’m not quite sure what I’ll do for fall colors tomorrow, so it should be interesting figuring that out!

Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 1-Fall leaves and trees

Finally November’s Challenge Your Nail Art challenge is here!  I don’t particularly like doing fall nail art, but CYNA generally gets my creative juices flowing and makes the experience enjoyable.  I’ve been so reluctant to do nail art lately that I was really looking forward to this challenge to provide inspiration and motivation to do something fun and interesting.

Well, today’s nail art may not be entirely unique, but it’s something that I haven’t tried.  At least not like this.  (I say that a lot, don’t I?)

My last post was my cherry blossom nails, and I took that idea and carried it over here for my fall tree.  And then I added some leaves on my other nails, which is something I’ve never really done (because I know I am incapable of producing leaves that actually look like leaves on paper).

Anyway, my base colors were Barry M Paprika and Essie Limo-scene.  My leaves were made with Kleancolor Tangerine Burst, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Zoya Louise, Kleancolor Red.  The tree trunk was OPI A-Piers to be Tan.  That started out as a failed attempt at stamping, by the way.  It didn’t transfer well and was extremely crooked, so I painted over it. Stamps hate me. 😛

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The tree didn’t turn out quite like I wanted, but I like it and would still say that I’m starting the challenge off with some nice nail art.  I am especially proud of the yellow leaf on my index finger and the orange one on my pinky.  My inability to draw leaves seems to have been somewhat negated by the addition of nail polish. 🙂

Tomorrow is going to be a real challenge though.  Fall food.  I have lofty ambitions, so we’ll see how that goes!

Lookin’ pretty in pink: Cherry blossom nail art

Well…it’s been like ten days since I last posted something.  My days are definitely blending together, because I had no idea until I saw the date of my last post that it had been that long. :/

Obviously this also means that I have yet again–for real this time–quit the Blogger Bragger Autumn Nail Art Challenge.  I did technically have Week 7’s pink mani finished on time, but I had spent all day Saturday at a conference and just did not feel like writing a post.  And then I just sort of forgot about it…

But I am going to at least keep taking inspiration from the weekly prompts.  So here is the nail art that I did for the challenge.  I used ALIQUID Lacquer Cherry Festival, FingerPaints Paper Mache, and Essie Russian Roulette.

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This is actually not what I meant to do.  I had just the white chevron  for my original idea, but it looked sort of boring so I thought I would add a nice little red outline for a pop of color.  Freehanding that outline was apparently not my best idea, because it took a pretty wide stripe before I was finally able to straighten things out.  It’s not bad, but I didn’t particularly like that design on my nail and I really wanted to wear Cherry Festival for a little while longer.

So, I tried something new.  Cherry blossoms, to go with Cherry Festival!  I used Paper Mache as the background, Zoya Louise for the branches, and the blossoms themselves are Sinful Colors Cotton Candy and Kleancolor Pastel Pink.

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I like how these turned out.  Do they look like real cherry blossoms?  Probably not.  But I think the overall mani is cute, which I am honestly surprised by because, well, I hate pink.  Cherry Festival is a polish I bought out of curiosity, but it actually turned out to be really pretty and I wore it for a few days before taking it off.  And the cherry blossoms were so easy that I am probably going to adapt the design for the upcoming Challenge Your Nail Art fall challenge.  Which is a challenge that I will stick with!

Blogger Bragger Autumn Nail Art Challenge Weeks 5 and 6-Blue and Purple combo

Hey all!

I had pretty much decided that I was going to give up on the Blogger Bragger Autumn Nail Art Challenge since I seem to have problems keeping up with a weekly challenge–which is weird since I can handle daily challenges just fine.  So I had intentionally skipped last week’s ‘blue’ prompt, but then realized today that I hadn’t posted anything in over a week.

I was already wearing OPI’s OPI…Eurso Euro on my nails from last week’s Bonfire Night formal, so I thought I could pick up the challenge again, even if it once more meant being a day late.  I honestly have not been feeling well though, so I thought I’d do something extraordinarily quick and simple to just get it over with.  I used Kleancolor Sparkle Purple for a glitter gradient attempt on most of the nails.  On the accent nail I used a fan brush and Kleancolor Love Affair and China Glaze Gothic Lolita.

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Yeah…not my best work ever.  But it’s something at least.  I don’t really have much to say other than I’m disappointed by the lack of effort I put into this, even if I have been feeling ill.  The colors are pretty though!  I love blues and purples, especially together.

But for next week, I swear I will get something done by the deadline!  I don’t even really like the color pink, but I will make sure that I am somehow motivated by it!