Friday, October 9, 2015

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2015 Round Up

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2015- Round Up
After finishing the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, I thought it would be good to do a round up post where I share a bit about my experience.  As I've mentioned, I used a combination of brand new nail art created specifically for the challenge and nail art I had done in the past that I hadn't shared before.  My main goal was to post daily for 31 days.  You can see all my posts for the challenge at this link:

...and here's a look at all the nail art together!
Despite using some nail art that I had already done, it was a tough challenge.  I truly admire those people who paint their nails AND post daily on top of their busy schedules- I don't think I could manage it!  There were a couple days where I didn't post but I usually did it the next day and still finished 31 in 31 days so I feel like I accomplished my goal!

I think the most challenging part of it were those long days when I wanted to be lazy once I got home but I had to stay up to either post or paint my nails (or both!) instead.  I also had quite a lot of nail art that I needed to do in a hurry.  Often I'll paint my nails one day then add the nail art on the next so I struggled a bit having to do it all in one evening.  I also found it hard to remove nail art so quickly after I'd done it!  I usually give it a week or so especially if I really like how they look.  My sunflower nail art was especially hard to remove so soon because I was so fond of them.

Sunflower Nail Art

I was happy I did the challenge because it was fun to set out a mission and achieve it!  I don't know if I'm necessarily better at nail art than I was when I started, but I think I still got some things out of it.  I tried a few nail art techniques such as water marble and half moons that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.  I think I got a little better at posting quickly and I was able to fill up my new Instagram account a bit too!  I also saw a lot of great nail art online of other people doing the challenge.  It's definitely inspiring and awesome to see how creative people can be!  I also pushed myself to do some posts ahead of time so that I could keep up with the challenge while I was visiting Disney World.

Epcot Galaxy Nails

There also some fun moments during the challenge.  One of the highlights for me was when I posted my nail art that was inspired by fashion made by Amanda Valentine of Project Runway.  Amanda Valentine (@valentimes) actually liked and commented on my nail art on Instagram!  It definitely made my day!

Yeti Nails Inpsired by Fashion

It was a fun 31 days!  I'm not sure if I'll do the challenge again next year but we'll see!  I plan to try to continue to post more regularly so I think the challenge definitely helped with that.  My favorite nail art designs that I shared for the challenge were my sunflower nails and my EPCOT galaxy nails!  I also really liked my yellow nails and nails inspired by a song.  Which were your favorites? 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Delicate Gold Nails

Delicate gold nails inspired by one of Elle's "8 Runway Manicures You Need to Copy"

It's DAY 31 of the 31 DAY Challenge!  The theme for Day 31 is "honor nails you love <3."  There was this nail art I kept seeing on Pinterest that I thought was pretty, so I went for it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gold Half Moon Nails

Gold Half Moon Nails

Day 30 of the 31 Day Challenge is "inspired by a tutorial."  I had some difficulty with the half moon theme of the challenge so I decided to give it another try for this prompt!  I referred to two tutorials-Nail Art 101 Half Moons Nails Tutorial and Elle How to Create a Half-Moon Manicure.  I used paper hole reinforcements to help with the shape.  It's not perfect but I think it is still an improvement!  I used one of my favorite polishes- Burberry Light Gold No. 107.

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