I never get tired of watching a field full of fireflies. I remember chasing fireflies growing up, and I still get lost in the magic of watching a dark night full of dancing lights. So of course I had to try to capture that in nail form! For bonus points, these nails are animated!
I started by putting down a base of Sally Hansen Nightwatch, then sponged on a band of lighter color in the middle using Sinful Colors Jolt. Trees were added with some China Glaze Liquid Leather. In the foreground I spotted on some Revlon First Class for a bit of texture.
For the fireflies, I used a small dotting tool and Serum No 5 Pure Glow Getter. I wanted to tone down the white, so I lightly dotted some sheer OPI I'm So Amberrassed to give them a more yellow effect.
And because it's fun, I hid NFC lights from Bundle Monster under all the polish! I love the effect!
For the last day of our month of nail art, my friend challenged me to do something simple. So I decided to take a multichrome polish since I already have trouble covering up the lovely shifting hues, and just add a tiny accent.
I used a single coat of the amazing Dance Legend Knight over China Glaze Liquid Leather. I love this copper-to-pewter multichrome so much, it's magic!
As a tiny little accent, I added a metal square to my middle two nails and put a square nail gem in the center. Not much, just something for a little extra punch.
Sorry for the delay in getting these last designs up! I actually did finish the challenge in April, but just didn't get around to posting! For the animal print challenge I decided to do a color blocked leopard print, because leopard print is always good.
I began with a base of OPI Baring it All, which is a nice mid-tone nude. I then used OPI A-taupe the Space Needle, more Baring it All,and Nicole by OPI Others Pale by Kim-parison to apply a gradient to each nail. I wanted a bit more brightness, so I sponged some China Glaze White on White onto the very trips of each nail. I then added one coat of Sinful Colors 24 Karat to give it all a sparkly finish.
Once that was dry I blocked off sections with some striping tape, then filled in portions with China Glaze Liquid Leather. I then used a dotting tool to draw in some leopard spots with more Liquid Leather. The centers of the pattern spots were colored yellow with an unnamed ORLY goldenrod yellow (FBI40037?). It's such a pretty yellow; I have no idea why it wasn't named. As a last touch I added champagne colored nail gems to my index and pinkie nails.
I'm definitely going to have to take some photos of sparkly holo goodness in the sunlight tomorrow! I love linear holos so much. They're like magic!
I began with a coat of KBShimmer Myth You Lots over Wet n Wild Black Creme. Myth You Lots is one of my favorite polishes, bar none. It's so shifty and holo-tastic! It's always so hard to do anything to cover up that loveliness, so I decided to go minimal.
I decided to test out the stamping decal technique using a design from Pueen plate 32. I removed a bit from the bottom of the design to give more space for the silver to shine. The black stamping was done in B.M.C. Noir Black. I filled in the spaces with blue holo Color Club Over the Moon and silver holo Color Club Harp on It. I like how the colors compliment the shifty multichrome rather well, even when it shifts to warmer hues.
Whew, after a busy week I desperately needed a break. I did do nails for both the 24th and 25th (Nightmare and Dream themes, respectively) but they really didn't turn out the way I wanted. So I decided to just take a bit of a much-needed rest instead of redoing them, though I may put something together after the challenge is over.
Anywho! Today's theme was 'Inspired by a Song', and I happened to have Sinatra playing so I figured any excuse for space-themed nails was a good one. I started with Zoya Payton, since I haven't tried starting galaxy nails with purple before. I then sponged on some Sephora by OPI White Hot, and then sponged Zoya Dream in sections overlapping the white and purple both. I wanted a bit more bright blue, so I added a bit of Fing'rs The Boys In Blue.
I then used more White Hot to add the moon and the rocket with exhaust trail. Using a bit of acetone and Zoya Loredana I added shading to the moon. I think it didn't turn out half bad!
Whew, was zoning out this evening and almost forgot to post today's nails! The theme was 'Rain', which was an odd one for such a beautifully sunny day. Heh! I decided to try to mimic rainfall on a flat surface, and I think it turned out okay!
For a good gray backdrop I chose Zoya Loredana, which is one of their matte velvet colors. I love this complex gray! I decided once again to use acrylic paint for the art, since it's faster and I figured it would do the rain effect more easily.
I did a sort-of waterfall striping at the base of each nail using white acrylic paint in varying degrees of 'watered down' to change the translucency. I then used a combination of dark gray and white paint to paint in the water splashes in a puddle on the tips of each nail. It made for an interesting effect!
Today's theme was 'ocean', so I decided to do a colorful coral reef scene. Woo!
I used Finger Paints Inkblot Blue for a base. It's such a vibrant and intense blue jelly! I was sad that I had to work late and wasn't able to get a photo in the sun, because this blue is INTENSE on a sunny day.
The fish and details were painted in acrylic paint since I was short on time. It's still fun, gotta love fishies!