31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 31 – Favorite challenge

I am packing for a weekend down the shore, so I will make this quick¬†ūüôā plus this post was already technically done before in detail.

So I asked my viewers what look they wanted recreated for this day and the vote was the nails inspired by fashion. Well, here it is. I did a little twist from my original post, not too much difference.¬†Rather than doing straight diagonal¬†lines, I used my manicure tape pieces and did a half diagonal curved line and on my thumbs a regular curbed manicure tip. Polishes used were “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black” and “Julep – Emma” Enjoy!

P.S. … YAY my nails are getting long again =)

On a side note.. since this was such a short post. I also did my toesies¬†with my new gems. I painted with “Essie Vermillionaire” and a flower¬†stamp with “L’Oreal Violet Vixen” and deep pink gems in the center of the flowers. This was done on my big toe the rest were just plain orange.

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Day 30 Inspired by a Tutorial – 31Challenge

Good Morning Lovelies ūüėÄ As for all the days of the¬†challenges, I research to find the funnest¬†designs to use for each days of the challenge. As soon as I am done the first day’s mani¬†I am already thinking for the next couple of days what can I do fun for the next days challenge; this day was no different. I searched on google “Nails Inspired by a Tutorial” and came across a Splatter Mani Tutorial. How Fun! I Haven’t done that yet!! I found this on The PolishAholic’s¬†Blog.

For this challenge, I used “Julep – Kelly”¬† for a base, “Orly – Lucky Duck” and “Essie – Vermillionaire” for the splatters. I followed The PolishAholic’s Tutorial that was super easy to follow, Fabulous! and can be found here.

I painted by base coat, which unfortunately requires two coats, I have found that the Juleps¬†don’t dry as quickly, which is why I say unfortunately. I then took my green and orange and made about two drops of each onto a paper plate. Per the tutorial I used my straw and blew into the opposite end to make the splatters.

I absolutely love this mani¬†and how cute it came out. It was to great to have come across such an easy tutorial to follow ūüėÄ

Here are my pics below:

So on a side note / rant… I was kind of upset at how some came out, I loved my thumbs the best how there were little tiny splatters. I liked the little splatters¬†the best; but then I thought about it,¬†and if you splattered paint on the ground the “real” way with a paint brush, you are going to get those big splatters too. I came to love the rest of the nails ūüėÄ Hope you enjoy them too!

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Day 29 Supernatural – 31Challenge

The Challenge is almost over! ūüė¶¬†I have to wonder, will I lose inspiration after this, not having defined for me what to do each day… I sure hope not ūüėõ

I did some¬†searching around,¬†to see what others did for their Supernatural Day. I saw some Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts.. and I that got me thinking…¬†I didn’t want to do just any old ghost. So I did Zero and Oogie¬†Boogie from one of my favorite movies, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Now in some arguments¬†Oogie¬†could be a stretch, but I think he’s kind of a ghost in a sense, he’s somewhat Supernatural so he fits, if not, I am bending the rules ūüėÄ

For Oogies¬†coloring, I went for more of the Glow in the Dark Oogie¬†Green, for when he glows in the dark in the movie, and I used a mixture of “Milani¬†NEON – Fresh Teal”, “Julep – Sophia”, “Milani¬†– White” and “Orly – Lucky Duck” and then “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”

for Zero I used “Milani¬†– White”, “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”, “E.l.f. – Medium Red” for his collar, and “Essie – Vermillionaire” for his Pumpkin nose.

The base color for all of the nails is “OPI – Planks A Lot”

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Day 28 Flag (Memorial Day Edition) – 31Challenge

I thought it was funny how the¬†Rainbow Day fell near St. Patty’s Day and now Flag Inspiration Day is falling near Memorial Day.

I finally used my stamps for the stars, and it’s still a bit of a¬†trial and error, but I¬†think they came out alright, for my first time. I will get better at it. For the stripes I painted my nails white and then doubled the Nail Art Tape to make a little thicker line and painted the red.

Polishes I used were “Nail-aid Peeling Nail Base Coat”, “Essie – Aruba Blue” “Milani¬†– White” and “Julep – Glenn” The Red bled a little bit because even though I used the same technique¬†as the Pattern day, the Julep formula is a little more liquidy.

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Day 27 Artwork – 31Challenge

My favorite painting is Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh. My husband found a company online, that re-creates original paintings, and he got me this painting for my Birthday a few years ago. It came rolled up on the canvas and we went to get it framed to match the bedroom, this hangs above my vanity ūüėÄ

So naturally, I just had to use this as my Artwork Inspiration:

So again, keep in mind I am no artist, again referring back to DrawSomething… My right hand was a dud, so I am not even bothering with pictures of that, however I did not think that my left hand came out too bad, see what you think ūüėÄ I only did accent fingers for this look.

The polishes that I chose were, “Essie – Aruba Blue”, “nail-aid peeling nail base coat”, “Essie – Vermillionaire”, “Ulta¬†– Cream of the Crop”, “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”, “Milani¬†– White”, and “Seche Vite’¬†Top Coat”

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 26 – Pattern

I was so¬†excited to try out my new stamps, I bought the pack of 25 Nail Stamping MASH plates on Amazon a few weeks ago and the last few challenges just did not call for them. I busted them out last night and I could not get them to work. It could be that I bought a cheap Stamper with a plastic scraper, in any event, I used it a few days again and same, no such luck.¬†I purchased the “real” Konad Stamper and it arrived today, of course it did, just after I spent so much manual time on this look. Anyway, Cannot wait to try them and I just hope that the issue was the stamper, and not the plates.

I have enjoyed participating in the 31 Day Nail Challenge, I am sad to say it’s all coming to an end shortly, I am already on day 26,¬† Inspired by a pattern; because I had so much difficulty, you will see below the hard work I had to put into this look, I suppose I could have “cheated” and used my Sally Hanson Strips but I also just got in my Nail Tapes in that I wanted to try as well ūüėÄ

I used two Coats of “Elevation Polish¬†– Avalanche” after my “nail-aid Peeling Nail base coat”, once the tape was on in the desired spot, I painted two coats of “Sonia Kashuk-¬†30 Dream of Genie”. As soon as I painted the first coat, not a minute later I painted the second, and then slowly took the tape off one by one. I then topped it off with¬†“Seche Vite’ ” for quick dry, and off to the next nail ūüėÄ

Prior to clean up:

After Clean up:

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Day 25 Inspired by Fashion – 31Challenge

I will start with an update on my nails, they are growing slowly but surely ūüôā not complete stubs anymore, on another note, I cracked my big toe nail right up the side so the one of those is all short now… ::sigh::

For the Fashion Inspiration, I chose Stella McCartney. I love how she uses a lot of black sheer with black polka dots in her “little black dress” looks. I found a couple of her looks to show you my inspiration, that can be seen by clicking here.

Here is my look :

For this look, I painted the “Julep – Emma” in the morning before work so that it had plenty of time to dry as I planned on using the taping technique. Then last night, I did one nail at a time and topped it off with “Seche Vite’ ”¬†so it dried right away and I could move on without having to worry about smudging it. I put a piece of tape, (actually I use address labels and cut them, same thing), on my nail. I did my pinky and Ring Finger points facing each other and my¬†pointer and middle, facing each other. Once I was done with the tape and black, I used my dotting tools to make different size dots and topped it off with the top coat.¬†All of the nails used the same technique. For my thumb,¬†the only difference was,¬†since I did two angles, I put a little “Seche Vite’ ” over the first diagonal and came back to it, so that I could put tape on it without having to worry about it ripping the black off, and did the other angle, and dots same way.

The Colors I used were, the “nail-aid – Peeling Nail Base Coat”, “Julep – Emma”, and “Blackest Black by Sinful Colors” The top Coat I used was “Seche Vite'”

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Day 24 Inspired by a Book – 31Challenge

This look was Inspired by a book. The colors I used were “Blackest Black – by Sinful Colors”, “Sinful Colors – Happy Ending”, ¬†and “Zoya – Shawn”

Why blacks and greens you ask? Well you see I am in mourning, over my fingernails… ūüė• As you may have seen from doing my nails so much, my nails were peeling¬†until I got this great base¬†coat. However I never trimmed off the original cracked, damaged tips. I just did that and I hate them. I was doing so good with keeping them long and healthy and then now they are so short again and I am NOT Happy… but hey, I’ll grow them out again : )

Anyway the book I chose was a series of R.L. Stine, Children horror books. I remember reading these as a kid and I loved them ūüôā

If you are not farmiliar with the Goosebumps Series, you can see it here:

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Day 23 Inspired by a Movie – 31Challenge

I would like to start by saying,¬† Again, that I am in LOVE with Seche¬†Vite’! When I did my Drying Drops articles and posts, many bloggers recommended¬†it, but I just couldn’t¬†see spending the money on a new top coat¬†yet when I had just purchased the drops. Last week, I gave in, they had little minis at the Register of Image Beauty.¬† When I tell you this top coat dries in SECONDS I mean seconds! I tried it on the neon the other day and thought that maybe it was just because neon dries quickly anyway. After doing these¬†nail arts and anyone that has worked with black polish can tell you how it bleeds or drags when you do top coat, I did not even wait for it to dry, put the top coat and WHAM Dry! wootz!

Anyway, onto the look, here we go ūüôā I am certainly no artist, if you play Draw Something with me you will know I draw stick figures ūüôā

Here is a closer look of the nails:

And here is my inspiration:

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The Polishes that I used were, “nail-aid Peeling Nails” as the base for all, Some of the nails were “Revlon – Coastal¬†Surf” as base, one was “Elf – Medium Red” and “Spoiled Wet N Wild – Designated Driver” and “Julep – Kelly” The remaining colors were used for the art including some of the ones already listed “Elf – Light Red” , “Sally Hanson – Purple Pulse” “Julep – Oscar” “Milani¬†– white”, “Essie – Vermillionaire”, “OPI – Planks A lot”, “Zoya¬†– Shawn” , “Sinful Colors – Happy Ending”, “Ulta – Concrete Evidence”, “OPI – Fly”, Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”

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Day 22 Inspired by a song – 31Challenge

Inspiration from a Song: ¬†This challenge was so fun, to try to think of different songs for inspiration, I love music, all different genres from all different eras. ūüôā¬†My inspiration was¬†“Neon Trees – Animal”¬† (click the picture below for the music video on YouTube.¬†) and the look is Neon Animal print.

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The polishes I chose for this were: “China Glaze – Pink Voltage (neon)” and “Zoya¬†– Charisma” for me left hand with “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”. My Right hand was “OPI – Fly (Nicki¬†Minaj¬†collection)” with “Essie – Vermillionaire” and “Blackest Black” I used “nail-aid – Peeling Nail” as a base and then white as a wonderful tip from Nicole¬†ūüôā I also must say I am now a “Seche Vite addict” I bought a sample of this at Image Beauty last week and it is amazing! It dries so fast! Way faster than the drying drops!!

Can I just say, before I show you the polishes, and the final look how hard it was to try to capture the neon and brightness of these colors!! ūüė¶ They are brighter in person.

And here are a few different views of the finished look ūüôā

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Day 21 color inspiration – 31Challenge

For this challenge,¬†i¬†wasnt sure what to do, how do you get you get inspired by a color? I chose to interpret it as inspired by the name of a color of polish. The color i¬†chose was ” Ulta¬†– Material Girl”. As I love Madonna this was a no-brainer! I started out with two coats but decided on three to make it really pop.

I attempted to paint a lace design on a few fingers, and needless to say it didn’t work out so well, so chose to do a few corset nails instead.

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Day 20 Water Marbled Nails – 31Challenge

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Wednesday morning,¬†just like any other day, we are getting ready¬†to leave for work. I am taking my dogs down the basement to their kennels and I busted my butt halfway down the stairs.. Ugh! Apparently the dust pan¬†fell down from the hook on the inside of the basement door wall and down¬†I went. I¬†slammed my hand into the concrete wall trying to break my fall. Yes, I cried like a baby, and hey rightfully so, I made three pretty deep “holes” on my knuckles. I am pretty sure I saw muscle, or something very white.¬†ūüė¶ Don’t worry I will save you from a picture of that ! This was probably the only day I was not wearing heels which is unusual for me, and I am extremely thankful, whew. Anyway that is why I have been lacking with the posts¬†this week. My right hand has been extremely sore and it’s been hard to do this next challenge with my that being said. ūüė¶ but I am back! ūüôā

I attempted the Water marbling Challenge twice this week, once on Tuesday and I was just not happy with it, and then today, which came out better but it could still use some improvement. I feel that this is a challenge that definitely takes some practice.

I looked up numerous tutorials, none in particular to post here, Some people put tape on their fingers, some put vaseline. Some used white as a base, some used a nude, and some used a flat color. I chose white.

I chose a few different¬†purples for the Marble look, I wanted each nail to look unique. I used “Zoya¬†– Charisma”, “Milani¬†– White”, “OPI¬†– Grape, Set, Match”, “Nicole by OPI – Back to Reality…TV”, “Ulta¬†– Celebutante”, “Nail-aid Peeling Nail” as a base, and “Looks Wet, Ultra High Gloss Top coat by inm nails”

I started out with my thumb and the heart look, however this was the only nail that I was able to get a good heart out of, please see two fail heart nails ūüė¶

The rest of my nails, I just alternated the colors and kept swirling until I had a design I liked. Even with the tape, there was still quite a bit of clean up, more than I am used to. This was a fun challenge, but as I said definitely one that takes practice.

Here are both hands prior to clean up:

And here are the individual nails up close like above:

Hope you enjoyed my second attempt at Water Marbled Nails, Attempt one will not be shown. lol Not on purpose either! I meant to take a picture before I took them off to show you, however halfway into taking off the polish I realised I never took a picture; by that point my left hand was nude and my right hand was all choppy from holding the nail polish remover pads. Sorry Guys!

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Day 19 Galaxies – 31Challenge

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This Challenge made me feel like I was listening to the open credits/narration of the Twilight Zone. ūüôā

I used This Tutorial¬†as¬†a guide for my Galaxy nails and it was very helpful! I¬† also did a¬† picture tutorial below.¬†I absolutely loved doing this challenge, not only did it dry super quick because you are sponging, but you don’t have to be perfect on each nail. Part of the look is the blending and making each nail look¬†like parts of the galaxy.

Polishes you will need: a Base Coat, a Top Coat, Black, Blue, Yellow, White, Purple and a glittery Top coat.

I used, L to R, “OPI-¬†Top Coat” “Zoya¬†– Charisma”, “Essie – Aruba Blue” , “Sinful Colors – Black on Black” , “Ulta¬†– Cream of the Crop” , “Essie – Shrine of the Tides” and “Milani¬†– white” and lastly I used my “Sally Hanson –¬†White Nail Art Pen”(not shown “Nail-aid Peeling Nail” as a base)

Once my base coat was applied, per the tutorial, I painted one coat of¬† my “Black on Black”. Once that was dry, I ripped up a make up triangle sponge into 3-4 pieces. I put a few drops of “Milani¬†– white” on a paper plate and dipped it in long ways, and once dabbing off the little extra made a line diagonally on each nail. This doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact you want it a little un-even and spread out so that it will show when you sponge the other colors.

The next step is to do the same thing but with yellow, put a strip of yellow in middle of the white.

Next you do same step as 1 & 2 but with purple, I chose the “Zoya – Charisma” as its brighter and kind of neon to add some vibrance. With the purple you do the same thing by using a sponge piece on the long end but this time you go down the diagonal line on either side just outside the white and kind of blend in.

The next step was blue, and again I used a shinier, blue to add more depth, my “Essie – Aruba Blue” with this one you can use a corner or a line again from the sponge but this time you just dab in all areas to add some blue to the “sky”

Next is your stars, you make different size dots, for this I added another drip of my white polish and used a toothpick, also used the Nail Art Pen for some.

Lastly you add a shimmery overlay. I used my “Essie¬† Shrine of the Tides” In the tutorial she used an opaque purple glitter polish. Beware, I have sponged polish all over my fingers, not pretty! ūüôā

This is a picture of all cleaned up and out in the sun:

This is a picture of all cleaned up inside same lighting as used for rest of pictures:

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Day 18 – Half Moons – 31Challenge

So… queue 4AM, Saturday morning.¬† My husband and I are dead asleep in our quiet house (…not a creature was stirring not even a mouse… ūüôā )¬† When all of the sudden…¬†¬†¬†¬† BOOM!!!

We had no idea what had happened (well my husband didn’t I was dead asleep still… I sleep through everything! ūüôā )¬† We (he) frantically looked around the house to try to find what had happened.

Come to find out my cherished nail polish collection had come crashing down in the closet I keep it! It slammed into the doors of the closet, dropping all of my nail polish to the floor in the process in one massive crash!

When I finally heard what had happened I admit I panicced. I rushed to the scene of the accident to survey and assess the damages….

Luckily, they make nail polish bottles like fisher price trucks! I hadn’t lost a single one!!! I was soooo relieved. Whew!

(Note to self: secure nail polish rack to wall next time…)

Anyway, On to Day 18 of the challenge:

Here is a look at the polishes that I chose for my Half-Moons look. “Sonia Kashuk – Dream of Genie” and “Essie – Aruba Blue” I also used my “Nail Aid – Peeling Nail, Intense Repair Gel” I will keep everyone posted on my progress with that, so far only the one application, so far so good.

I painted the Pink first on all nails the night before. Once fully dry, in the morning, I used those binder hole stickers and painted the rest of my nail with the blue.

Here’s the final look:

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this blue, I love its depth and shimmer!

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Day 17 – Glitter – 31Challenge

I am a little late with this post and I will be honest I kind of cheated, but NOT on purpose!! For the Glitter day of the Challenge, I used “Sally Hanson – Blizzard Blue” and the glitter was “E.l.f. – Twinkle”. The reason I say I cheated was because I feel like I did, I have all of these beautiful glitters upstairs but they are such a pain to take off. I really wanted to use my new Sally Hanson blue, figured it would be a nice Easter color, and then I haven’t used “Twinkle” in so long. So beware it’s not like, POW Glitter!

Here is another crappy picture of it, please excuse the clear all over my fingers. You can see from this picture the glitter dulled the blue color a little.

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I loved this combo and trust me these pictures did not do the look justice. The glitter was subtle but there was a lot and so hard to capture, and I just love this new blue.

Day 16 Tribal Nails – 31Challenge

Good Evening all, or for some Good Morning ūüôā I have been busier than normal lately and I apologize for my lack of posts ūüė¶

The next Day¬†in the Nail Challenge, was pretty¬†time-consuming, but quite fun. I looked up some Tribal nail designs on Yahoo Images and noticed that there were so many variations in colors, and designs and I just went for it.¬† My left hand I painted purple with “Ulta-Celebutante” and my Right hand with “Sally Hanson – Mint Sorbet. the rest of the designs were mostly freehand.

Most of the black lines were done with the technique shown in my Rainbow Challenge  The remainder of the art was with a toothpick.

The colors other than above, were “Milani – White”, “Sinful Colors – Blackest Black”, “Wet N Wild – Designated Driver” and¬†“Color Club in Lava Lamp”

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Day 15 Delicate Print – 31Challenge

I am excited about two new polishes I recently¬†picked up, “Sally Hanson –¬†Blizzard Blue”, (for those of you that don’t know my four-legged¬†son’s name is Blizzard- see My About page). And “Mint Sorbet”.

Here is an update from¬†my flower manicure, which unfortunately¬†lasted merely two days. I think the issue was that the¬†top coat was too thick,¬†it¬†cracked from my nails bending, and eventually peeled away ūüė¶

Here is a picture of some bubbling, and a crack.

Here is a side view of the peeling of the top coat ūüė¶

Next time I’ll try a different top coat.

Anyway, the next day of the Nail Challenge¬†is Delicate Print. My interpretation of delicate print¬†is, a feminine or dainty¬†color, and small simple design. I went with¬†“Ulta – Ginger Peach” and then used a water decal of a little swirl design on my ring fingers.

Not much more to say, so here’s the final look ūüôā

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Day 14 Flowers – 31Challenge

Friday has finally arrived,I feel like its been forever since I’ve posted.. ūüė¶

The next day of the Challenge is flowers. I chose to do a real flower manicure. I found these beautiful little wild flowers by my work, Veronica.

I painted 2 coats of “Julep – Carrie” as a base before work this morning. I will warn and apologize now, in all¬†of my pictures I have Top Coat and polish on my fingers!! ahh¬†In any event,¬†My husband and I picked fresh flowers on the way home from work today. I painted a little bit of¬†top coat on¬†each nail & pressed the flower down and topped with my “Orly Polymer Top Coat”. I purposely did not make the flowers all centered on my nails, some were in corners, some dead center, off-center etc. I loved doing this unique manicure.

Here is the final look:

Here is a closer look at my right hand:

And my favorite nail. I really loved the way this one came out:

This look was fairly easy, but I will be honest I have never worked with real flowers before, so I am not quite sure how they will ware.¬†I am hoping that the Polymer keeps it well. I will only have the look on my nails for a few days anyway. I have to thank my husband for this awesome and beautiful idea! ‚̧

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Day 13 Animal Print – 31Challenge

“What do tigers dream of when they take their little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebras, or Halle¬†Berry in her Catwoman suit?” – Stu – “The Hangover”

The next day of the Nail Challenge¬†was to do animal print. I¬†felt inspired to do something different on this one, something other than the moist common¬†zebra or leopard prints. I did some searching and thought that Tiger print would¬†look pretty¬†cool, plus I had just the right¬†paint for it. I had recently received¬†neon¬†orange in my latest Birchbox that I just had to¬†use for¬†today’s look.

My Polishes are”Color Club in Lava Lamp”, “Sinful Colors in Black”. I also used “OPI –¬†Base and Top Coat” a toothpick for the stripes,¬†and scotch tape to line up the tips.

Here is a shot at my left hand

And the Right:

And the final look all together: ūüôā

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Day 12 Stripes (St Patrick’s day edition) – 31Challenge

I started this look on Thursday night¬†and painted¬†all of¬†my fingers white as a base.¬† It felt like I waited forever for the base to dry…¬†in reality¬†it was about an hour and a half (which really, really sucked given what happened next…).

With this day of the challenge¬†being stripes,¬†I figured I¬†would continue by cutting scotch tape strips¬†and then paint over them. The very first one I tried to remove ripped the polish right off… so I waited another half¬† hour¬†& came back to it to remove the other strips. That yielded better results, but after¬†I had done all of my nails¬†I ended up hating about 4 of them. Two of which because the water decals I used got “funky” and “gellish” like once I put top coat on.¬†¬†Here is a picture of¬†the decal¬†before it got “funky”.

Before bed on Thursday in my frustration I took the polish off three of my fingernails and I agreed I would give it another go on Friday night. That’s precisely what I did (after a day at work with 3 naked nails…).¬†Friday I repainted those nails and added the gold in between the stripes on most nails to¬†give it¬†some flare¬†and represent¬†a pot of gold. ūüôā

Here is the final look

The polishes for this look were, “Milani¬†– white” for the base on all nails. The Dark Green shown is “Ulta-¬†Envy”, the light is “Revlon ColorStay – Bonsai” , the gold is “Julep – Oscar”, and the very light, almost just a shimmer of, green¬† is “OPI – Se ya later Sailor”.

All in all I liked the final result, sure it was challenging, but this was my first stripes and scotch tape attempt. i still love my nails and coming up with new ways to “Decorate” them, that will never change : )

And in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day I leave you with this:

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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