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30 Day Challenge Day 17 – Glitter: Essie Set In Stones With OPI My Pointe Exactly

For the glitter theme of the 30 Day Challenge, I’m featuring a jelly sandwich. This has quickly become one of my favorite subtle-yet-flashy combinations.

Jelly Sandwich: Essie Set In Stones with OPI My Pointe Exactly

Jelly Sandwich: Essie Set In Stones with OPI My Pointe Exactly

The glitter is Essie Set In Stones, large, medium and small silver hex glitter in a clear base, which satisfies the 30 Days of Untrieds challenge I’m doing simultaneously.

Jelly Sandwich: Essie Set In Stones with OPI My Pointe Exactly

I started with two coats of OPI My Pointe Exactly, a sheer grey. I followed that with one coat of Essie Set In Stones and then another coat of My Pointe Exactly. There’s one coat of Poshe quick dry top coat to finish it off.

Jelly Sandwich: Essie Set In Stones with OPI My Pointe Exactly

Short and sweet, but pretty, don’t you think?

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30 Day Challenge Day 16 – Tribal: Zoya Yara and Codie

It’s tribal day here for the 30 Day Challenge. I really didn’t know what to do for this one. Tribal isn’t usually a pattern this polish groupie rocks, so I looked around online and found two posts that I used as inspiration, this one and the Aztec pattern featured here.

tribal nail art with Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie

For never having done anything like this before, I’m actually happy with the way it turned out. Don’t think I’d ever sit down and choose it on my own, but hey, this challenge is all about expanding my horizons.

tribal nail art with Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie

 

tribal nail art with Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie

This manicure includes four polishes, two that fit the bill for the 30 Days of Untrieds challenge I’m participating in simultaneously:

  • Zoya Yara (untried)
  • Zoya Codie (untried)
  • Orly Rage
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint White

tribal nail art with Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie

 

I picked up both Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie on clearance during separate trips to Ulta. Zoya Yara is olive green with a strong green shimmer, while Zoya Codie is a dark blackish brown. Zoya describes Codie as having olive undertones, though I hadn’t read that when I decided to pair them together. Orly Rage is a metallic rose gold.

tribal nail art with Zoya Yara and Zoya Codie

I used the Kiss striper polish for the freehand white lines and used a small dotting tool for the dots.

How about you, do you ever wear tribal patterns outside of nail art challenges? 🙂

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30 Day Challenge Day 15 – Delicate Print: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips

I’m proud to say I’ve made it to the halfway mark in the 30 Day Challenge, but this particular manicure is a bit of a fail. For the delicate print theme, I wanted to try some Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, my first time using them (satisfies the 30 Days of Untrieds challenge I’m participating in simultaneously).

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Vine And Dine

The pattern is called Vine And Dine, and it features a pale blue flower with green leaves and vines on a shimmery white background.

The application on these wasn’t too bad. I used a single strip to cover both my index and ring fingers. They’re a little bit stretchy to enable you to get smooth coverage, which I achieved on my index finger but not on my ring finger (the first one I put on). What I didn’t like was that once on, the strip was a little bit see-through. It would have benefited from a coat of white polish underneath, but the instructions said to put it on a clean dry nail.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Vine And Dine

After that I used two coats of Zoya Robyn (bright blue creme) on my thumb and pinkie, and then three coats of Color Club Fly With Me (shimmery yellow-green) on my middle finger.

I tried to do some dot tips with larger dots of A-England Morgan Le Fay (white shimmer), topped off with smaller dots of the alternating color, but the effect did not come out as I had hoped. The A-England Morgan Le Fay dots came out looking more like a failed french tip.

Oh well. I did like using the nail strips so will try them again some time. Not sure how long the open package will last without drying out but I did tape it back up and put it into a Ziploc bag.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Vine And Dine with Zoya Robyn and Color Club Fly With Me

Anyone tried Sally Hansen nail strips over polish or do they really need to go directly onto the nail?

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30 Day Challenge Day 14 – Flowers: A-England Iseult

I figured from the get-go that I wouldn’t be able to pull off anything too extravagant for Day 14 of the 30 Day Challenge. But I didn’t want to do just basic dot daisy flowers, so I looked around for some other options. I found this video tutorial on a modified dot daisy and decided to use that but in a different design.

Flower Nail Art with A-England Iseult

To satisfy the 30 Days of Untrieds challenge that I’m doing simultaneously, I started with three coats of A-England Iseult, a pale shimmery pink creme. This is a great, versatile color. It’s pretty on its own but also provides a great backdrop for nail art.

Flower Nail Art with A-England Iseult

For the flowers, I started with Zoya Jolene, a bright pink creme, and used the head of a pin as a DIY dotting tool. I started with five dots to create the flower, and then used a toothpick to drag from the center of each dot to the center of the flower to create some lines on the petals.

I then used the same technique with Sonia Kashuk Smoke and Mirrors  to create a smaller silver metallic flower with a small dotting tool.

Flower Nail Art with A-England Iseult

I applied one coat of regular top coat and then added clear and pink rhinestones, some bigger some small. I sealed them with one coat of Poshe.

Flower Nail Art with A-England Iseult

It wasn’t too challenging but I think it’s cute. A nice easy way to do a fun design.

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30 Day Challenge Day 13 – Animal Print: Zebra French Manicure

It’s Day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge and we’re on to animal prints.

They say there’s a first time for everything. Today, it’s my first time with animal print on my nails. I trolled around online for inspiration and saw several zebra french manicures. I liked the idea but added some color instead of just going for black and white.

Zebra French Manicure with OPI Care To Danse? and Pirouette My Whistle

For the french manicure I used Kiss Nail Art Paint White (untried) for the tips, and then two coats of OPI Care To Danse? (untried), a light sheer pink.

Zebra French Manicure with OPI Care To Danse? and Pirouette My Whistle

Zebra French Manicure with OPI Care To Danse? and Pirouette My Whistle

I then used Sinful Colors Nail Art Sour Grapes, a neon magenta striping polish, to create the stripes. I stuck to the tips for all of my nails except on my ring finger, where I painted the stripes on the whole nail. For a little something extra I added one coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, silver matte hex glitter with silver shimmer in a clear base. I finished with one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

Zebra French Manicure with OPI Care To Danse? and Pirouette My Whistle

Not sure this is something I would ever have tried without this challenge, so I guess it’s good to expand my horizons!

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30 Day Challenge Day 12 – Stripes: Three Shades Of Gray

Day 12 of the 30 Day Challenge brings us to stripes. I used three colors of gray to do some horizontal stripes and then added some silver striping tape to help differentiate the colors.

Sinful Colors Hot Wired, Sinful Colors Slate, OPI My Pointe Exactly

My original plan was to use four different shades but the spacing worked out better with three. I started with the lightest color and went to the darkest shade as I moved toward the tips.

Sinful Colors Hot Wired, Sinful Colors Slate, OPI My Pointe Exactly

The colors in this manicure from lightest to darkest are:

OPI My Pointe Exactly (sheer light gray)
Sinful Colors Slate (medium gray creme with a subtle shimmer)
Sinful Colors Hot Wired (dark metallic sparkly gray)

Sinful Colors Hot Wired, Sinful Colors Slate, OPI My Pointe Exactly

I started with three coats of OPI My Pointe Exactly followed by a coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat. Once it was dry, I used some striping tape about one-third of the way down the nail and added one coat of Sinful Colors Slate. I followed that with another coat of Poshe. Finally I used the striping tape one last time to mark off the tip and painted that with one coat of Sinful Colors Hot Wired. To top it off, one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe. Definitely time-consuming waiting for all of the layers to dry, even with the fast-dry top coat.

Sinful Colors Hot Wired, Sinful Colors Slate, OPI My Pointe Exactly

Hot Wired is part of the new Sinful Colors Hot Flash Metallics line. It is very sparkly, but not sure I’d call it metallic. Still, it’s very pretty. This was my first time using it — to satisfy the 30 Days of Untrieds challenge I’m participating in simultaneously — so I definitely want to try it on its own. I think it will be a go-to polish for me this fall and winter.

Have you found a favorite among the new fall polishes yet?

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30 Day Challenge Day 11 – Dots: OPI Berlin There Done That

I think technically Day 11 of the 30 Day Challenge is supposed to be polka dots, but I just did gradient dots and realized it a little too late. I actually like it quite a bit, so I hope you do too even though it’s not quite what was called for. I’m simultaneously doing 30 Days of Untrieds, so I fit a few new polishes in as well.

Gradient Dot Manicure: OPI Berlin There Done That with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

This mani includes three polishes:

  • OPI Berlin There Done That (untried)
  • Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby (untried)
  • Orly Rage

Gradient Dot Manicure: OPI Berlin There Done That with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

I started with two coats of OPI Berlin There Done That, a taupe creme, on everything but my ring finger, which has two coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby, a bright red jelly-leaning polish.

For the dots, I used the head of a straight pin to do the large dots, starting with Orly Rage, a rose gold foil. I layered over that with large dots in the opposite color of the base nail, and then added some smaller dots with a small dotting tool down the nail to create a gradient effect. Then I want back and added some base-color dots inside the large “opposite dots,” i.e. added red dots to taupe dots, taupe dots to red dots.

Gradient Dot Manicure: OPI Berlin There Done That with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

I overlapped the dots a bit and also made sure some hung over the tips. My inspiration came from this gradient dot manicure from Chalkboard Nails. I finished everything off with a coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

Gradient Dot Manicure: OPI Berlin There Done That with Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

Shade

I was a little sad to have to take this one off to move onto the next challenge!

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