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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Neon Leopard

Along with my cool new nail plates my MIL also brought me some new Barry M polishes. I really like Barry M but they aren't available in Canada (at least not on the west coast). She got me nine polishes and I'm featuring two of them here Key Lime and Mango.

I started with a base of Mango on all nails except the ring finger which has Key Lime. I then blobbed on the alternate colour in different sizes for the start of the leopard print. I then used my black nail art pen to add the accents to the leopard print.

I love love love how this turned out! It's so bright and fun. Maybe not entirely office appropriate but definitely cool for a fun night out.

Happy painting friends!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

I had so many epic fails with trying to do yesterday's prompt of "spring flowers" (which were so bad I didn't actually end up posting anything) that I was worried about the last day of the challenge. I was beginning to think I'd lost my nail mojo which does happen on occasion. I then found this picture over at More Nail Polish and I knew I wanted to recreate it as today's prompt was "recreate another's".

Here is my interpretation:

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow and then did a gradient using that, Lacey Lilac and Mint Sorbet. I then coated the gradient using Sephora by OPI Wild About Shimmer.

The bunny ears were done free-hand with nail pens for the white and black and then OPI Pinking of You.

I love this! I think it's super cute and very festive for the day. Glad that I got my inspiration back.

Loved this challenge so a big thank-you to Jessica over at Be Happy and Buy Polish for creating the Facebook group.

Happy painting friends!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Pastel Sponge

Day 2 of the challenge brings us to the prompt "pastels". I grabbed a whole bunch of pastel shades and just started painting!

I did 2-coats of the following:

Zoya Gie Gie (pink) on my thumb, Zoya Blu on my index, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow on my middle, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet (green) on my ring and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac on my pinkie.

Once the base coats were dry, I sponged on all the colours over all my nails to give a muted watercolour kind of effect.

I then did a coat of Orly Goin' To the Chapel to give it a kind of pearly effect. I don't know that the pearly effect really came across in the photos but it really looked beautiful. I should have taken a picture in the sun (if only there were sun this time of year, lol!)

Then I chose an image from on of my MoYou plates and stamped it on my pinkie, ring and thumb. I added a couple rhinestones to the remaining two fingers and ended up with something I think is really pretty. I got lots of compliments on these at work.

Haven't started tomorrow's look yet, yikes!

Happy painting friends!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Great Egg Hunt

Well, it's time once again for a challenge! I loved participating in the Valentine's challenge back in Feb and was sad when I missed the St. Patrick's one in March. I couldn't resist signing up for the Easter one though.

Today's prompt is Easter Eggs. I had this great idea about doing a riff on Ukrainian Easter Eggs but I ran out of time so I came up with this.

I started with two coats of Color Club Evolution and then added all the details using my nail art pens.

I then used Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Sugar Cloud to give it a bit of a shimmer.

I don't know that I'm in love with this design. It's just alright for me. I wish I had more time and could have put out something a lot better. But hey ho, we still have 3 more days of the challenge!

Happy painting friends!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tea With Kaycie

I love to do my friend Kaycie's nails and today's are no exception. These ones are featuring my new MoYou Nail Stamping Plates which my dear mother in law got me for Christmas. Kaycie chose these cute teapots and teacups from the traveler collection.

I started with a base of L'Oreal Sweet Chiffon and then stamped on the teapots and teacups with Sally Hansen White On.

 I always like a bit of bling so I added on some accent rhinestones and put a shimmery topcoat (sorry don't remember which one) on a few of the nails.

I must say that I am IN LOVE with my MoYou Nail Plates! I use them all time. You can check out a lot more of my designs on my Instagram account; just search for @thenailglossary and you can see my daily looks.

Happy painting friends!