Fall in Florida-autumn leaves nail art

Since fall is coming to a close–and has most definitely given way to winter here in northern England–I thought that I would post one more autumn look.  An extremely simple stamping job, originally done for the CYNA Halloween challenge but never posted.  The theme was leaves and missing home as I am, I decided to put a Florida spin on it.

Back where I live in Florida, we don’t get much of a fall.  The leaves tend to go straight from green to brown to gone, with only the occasional red or yellow making an appearance.  So I used a green holo base color and stamped some brown leaves on top.  But I apparently forgot to take note of what polishes I used, so I’m not quite sure what I’ve got here.  I am almost positive that the green holo is Different Dimension Imperium Sine Fine and the brown is Zoya Louise, but who knows?

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It’s kind of boring but, well, so is fall in central Florida.  So it’s fitting, right? 🙂

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10 – Christmas cookies

You know, I’m sure a lot of families bake and decorate Christmas cookies together, but it’s not something my family ever really did.  When I saw the Christmas cookie prompt for Day 10 of the challenge, all I could really think of are those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the Christmas trees in the center.  So that’s what I went with.  Then I remembered that gingerbread men are sort of a standard for Christmas and added one of them as well.

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This was actually much more difficult than I was anticipating, especially the gingerbread man.  I don’t have my full range of polishes right now, and nothing here at my parents’ house was a good color for gingerbread.  I think I spent more time mixing polishes for that brown color than I did on painting all of the cookies.  But things turned out pretty well and I’m happy with the final result.

Oh, and I got to use my first ever NailNation 3000 polish!  The background color is #captaincamo, which is described as a grassy green with gold flecks.  It was darker than that on my nails, but was still beautiful.  It dries to a suede finish, and is good to go in two coats.  Honestly, it was probably good in one coat, but I did two anyway.

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Isn’t that the perfect background for my Christmas cookie nail art?  I think it was a great choice, and was a fantastic introduction to NailNation 3000 as a brand.  I can’t wait to try out the others that I bought!

Glam Polish Zap! + How To Train Your Dragon nail art

(**Fair warning, this is a picture heavy one!**)

Hello all!  I’ve got another gorgeous green today!  I decided to try out Glam Polish Zap! a few days ago, and it was an excellent decision.  Zap! is a chartreuse holo that’s good to go in 2 coats.

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And you’re never going to believe this, but I actually had a sunny day here in northern England and managed to get some pictures in the sunlight!

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Now, when I first looked at this polish I already had ‘nerdy’ nail art on the brain, and my first thought when I saw the color was Toothless’ eyes from How To Train Your Dragon.  His eyes generally aren’t this green in the movies, but just about all fan art has him with this bright color and so I just had to try my hand at painting him.

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I found this sort of boring though, and it didn’t necessarily remind me of Toothless.  So in addition to Zap! and Sally Hansen Black Out, I used Essie Good To Go top coat and OPI matte top coat to make a scaly look, and Kleancolor Beach Blue for his nostrils.

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(And flash)

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I love this.  His eyes aren’t quite the same size, but I really don’t care.  The scales turned out so good!  I never expected this to turn out so well.  And the flash pictures make his eyes look especially cool.  I’m seriously so happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Hey! Listen! *Legend of Zelda nail art!*

Yeah, not even bothering to make excuses this time.  I’m tired and just plain haven’t wanted to do my nails.  I was really excited for this month’s CYNA theme too (Space!), but when it came time to sit down and do the nail art…I just didn’t feel like it.  So I skipped this month’s challenge, and made myself feel better about it by doing Legend of Zelda nails instead.

These were a complete fluke, by the way.  I had finally broken down and worn my new Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising–which I got in a recent order from Rainbow Connection–and was perfectly content to wear it on its own.  But as I was admiring my left hand, my eyes strayed from the perfect Kokiri tunic green down to the triforce tattoo on my wrist.  I kid you not, I heard Navi yell ‘Hey!’ in my head.  I don’t know if that was inspiration knocking, or just insanity.

So, I broke out a whole bunch of polishes and got to work.  I used Essie Bikini So Teeny, SquareHue Wilshire Boulevard, and Zoya Carey to make the Ocarina of Time. Carey, OPI OPI…Eurso Euro, Kleancolor Red, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, and OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? for the Hylian Shield and Master Sword, and Electric Yellow again for the triforce.  Navi was made with Kleancolor Pastel Blue and Essie Blanc.

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I am so happy with how these turned out.  I’ve really liked the past few manis that I’ve done, but this one truly blows them out of the water, in my opinion.  The pictures just don’t quite do it justice since they’re sort of blurry.  My triforce is almost perfect–quite a feat since I can never draw that thing right–and my shield has so much more detail than I thought I would be able to squeeze onto such a small canvas.  I’m even happy with Navi, although I can assure you I was never happy with her in the game itself. 😛

And, of course, here’s Gemini Rising on its own:

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This is a magnificent linear holo that for me falls somewhere between emerald and kelly green.  The green is so vivid, I was mesmerized.  It went on in 2 coats too, which is always nice.  But major downside, Gemini Rising is a horrific stainer.  Greens scare me because they have stained my nails in the past, so I made sure to put on two coats of my base coat.  Uh, yeah, didn’t work, obviously.

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That’s gonna take some time to get rid of.  Will that stop me from wearing this polish again?  Well, I really don’t think I need to answer that question.

 

LynBDesigns Holiday Trio

*Just a warning, this post is kind of picture heavy!*

The Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas might be over, but there are still two more holiday posts that need to be made before I can consider the season over with.  Since today is Christmas Eve, I thought it necessary to have a holiday post that wasn’t blatantly all about Christmas nail art (that will be for tomorrow’s post).  So I have decided to show off LynBDesigns Holiday Trio.

I painted my nails with the first of the three–From Night to Day–a few days ago, and it is what prompted me to make a post about the trio.  I had seen swatches before, and heard that it was an absolutely gorgeous polish, but I’ll admit to not having fully believed those comments until I saw the polish on my own nails.  It was magnificent.  Seriously.  It’s a dark purple linear holo polish that is opaque in 3 coats.

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Now, this is a classic case of me not having proper lighting for my photos, so these shots don’t capture the beauty quite as well as they could.  But trust me, if you ever wanted to buy a wonderful purple holo, From Night to Day is the one you want.  It was so easy to apply too, which is usually the case for LynB polishes.

And is in fact the case for the next one I swatched too.  Up next is my favorite of the bunch, which surprised me because I didn’t think anything could beat out From Night to Day.  But this one, Old Familiar Carols, is a mossy green linear holo, which the LynBDesigns Etsy page says also had gold flecks.  That explains the gold sheen at certain angles then, and the extra sparkle.  Just as with the last polish, I have on 3 coats here.

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As you can tell from the sheer number of photos, Old Familiar Carols really caught my attention.  The shine was truly insane.  There was actually a little bit of sunlight today, so I was able to get some sunny shots, and they just made me fall in love with this.  I took a few pictures indoors too, just to compare.

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The gold seems very noticeable indoors and the green looks a little more olive than moss, but it’s still a very pretty polish.

The last of the trio is Unbroken Song, a red microglitter in a red jelly base, with additional red flecks.  Lots of red going on here.  It’s a very nice polish though, even if red isn’t usually my thing.  This one was also opaque in 3 coats.

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This is truly a fantastic holiday trio, in my opinion.  It’s got the traditional red and green–with a little twist–but throws in a curveball with that purple.  I don’t regret this purchase in the least.

And as a bonus, here’s a little nail art I did while wearing From Night to Day.  It’s been a while since I did a straight up dotticure, and I thought it was a good way to use all three polishes together.

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As pretty as all three were individually in photos, they just did not want to work together when I pulled my camera out.  From Night to Day is considerably lighter in these photos than it was in person, but oh well.  I sort of like how this little dotticure turned out.

 

 

 

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11-Presents!

Okay, who doesn’t like Christmas presents?!  I know I do!  Even though I turn 25 in 6 days, I still get an obscene amount of Christmas presents from my parents and I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.  So yeah, I was a bit fond of today’s prompt.

I wavered between doing the simple, classic present mani (with solid colors and taped ‘ribbon’) and doing intricate stacks of wrapped packages, but in the end settled somewhere in the middle.  I couldn’t do the taped ribbon look since all of my striping tape is in England, but that worked in my favor anyway because I wanted to try my hand at patterned wrapping paper.  My family has never been one for solid-colored wrapping paper and instead we go for Santas, snowmen, and penguins.  Especially penguins.

So, I started off with SquareHue Revontuli and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla as my base colors.  I wasn’t in the mood to properly swatch Joulupukin Pajakyla, but did feel that it deserved to be seen at least once without the nail art hiding it.  See that pretty little shine from the microglitter?  Gorgeous!

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After I finished ogling the pretty colors on my nails, I painted snowmen, trees, snowflakes, stripes, and ribbons/bows using those two polishes plus LynBDesigns Defender of the Downtrodden, Pure Ice Black Out, Sinful Colors Cloud 9, SquareHue Sampokeskus, and a teensy touch of LynBDesigns Tasting the Stars.

I apologize for the quality of these photos, the sun was out when I started painting, but was gone by the time I finished.  So that photo of the SquareHue colors was with sunlight, but everything else was with a very yellow lightbulb.  My attempt at color-correcting just sort of made everything too bright. :/  But, at least the photos being this bright lets the details be seen, so I decided to leave them like this.  Sorry!

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Quality of the photos aside, I am so happy with these!  Okay, maybe there’s a little too much going on in the background of at least one of them, but I have no problem with that whatsoever.  I especially liked the little snowmen, and the tree nail was actually really pretty before I covered it up with the ribbon.

And that’s Day 11 done.  I can’t believe there’s only one day of the challenge left!  What in the world am I going to do for freestyle nails?

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10-Ugly sweater nails

Today was not fun.  Although, I can say that I succeeded in creating ugly sweater nails.  Well, okay, they’re not that bad, they’re just not what I wanted to accomplish.  I thought about doing Doctor Who nails again because it’s such an easy fandom to use for Christmas nails, but since someone else had already done them by the time I sat down to do these, I decided to do something else.  And instead of searching for a relatively easy sweater design, I used one that my aunt posted to my Facebook wall (timeline?) a while back.

I started by using one of my new polishes–SquareHue Revontuli–for my background green.  It’s a beautiful dark green suede polish with just a touch of shimmer in it and is almost perfect for a Christmas green (just a little too dark, in my opinion).

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I then did the sweater design using Sinful Colors Happy Ending, 17 Mini Skirt, and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla.

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To be honest, I just didn’t put enough effort into details.  I meant to carry the more traditional ‘ugly sweater’ elements over onto my other nails, but after being told that my dachshund looks like a Scotty dog, I just lost steam and didn’t care to finish the nails I had already started, much less the other two.  Does anyone else miss the days when your parents were obligated to lie and say your work is great just because you’re their kid?

I personally think my weiner dog looks like it’s supposed to.  It’s actually my favorite part of this nail art.  Maybe because I actually did try to do it well. 😛  In retrospect though, I do wish I had just gone with Doctor Who.  My sister even has a sweater I could have used for inspiration.  And at least I know Doctor Who nails art is usually successful.

Anyway, I’ll hopefully have my head back in the game for the next prompt.  The penultimate theme for this challenge is ‘presents’ and I haven’t decided yet if I want to do something intricate or if I want to keep it really simple.