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Hunger Games Inspired

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This first design is my interpretation of the fire nail design that Katniss is given to represent her “Girl on Fire” persona. It might sound silly but when they mentioned Katniss getting nail art, I felt a little giddy inside!

I used this amazing flame mani by Jane from Nailside as a guide and started with a base of yellow and then sponged on a sheer neon red colour to create a gradient. I then freehanded the outline of the flames using a striper brush.

A regal hue

Coronation

Coronation, 2 coats. A stunning royal purple based polish packed with shifting shimmer that goes from red to copper and at extreme angles, even green. Coronation also has subtle, small holo glitter scattered throughout. The polishes dries to a semi-matte finish but add a top coat and the shimmer comes alive.

Leaping leopards

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I started off with a base of OPI My Vampire Is Buff and did the leopard print in Essie Where’s My Chauffeur? and Wet N Wild Wild Shine Red Red.  I sealed everything in with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

dark as night

Girlybits bones gravedigger

Girly Bits Gravedigger is a bruised black jelly with Halloween colored glitters. I was super impressed by the formula on this; the glitter didn’t clump at all and the jelly applied smoothly and evenly. Three coats.

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Autumn

Autumn leaf nail art

Lately Cottonconey has become one of my Instagram obsessions. I’m in love with her freehand nail art for the intricate designs and attention to detail. I love this fall leaf design for its abstractness, also it has a whimsical quality to it. “I used picturepolish ‘nude’ as my base and painted the black outline with acrylic paint. I colored them in with watered down acrylic ink.”

Brownie

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Getting to Gnaw You is probably the most Halloween appropriate of the entire collection, a black fully opaque crelly filled with mini metallic orange hex glitters. This one is a classic, and a must have, especially if you want to get into the Halloween spirit without having a crazy color or design on your nails. Shown above is two easy coats and top coat.

Kodachrome

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I started with a base of Sally Hansen Lightening, a yellow creme. I then sponged on very lightly, Nubar Forbidden Fruit (orange) and Cult Nails Fetish (black thinned down so that it was very, very faint). This gave me a background that had a distressed, vintage look. I topped that with a quick dry clear coat.

Then on to the taping. Using striping tape I painted my stripes (pinky and index) and rays (ring and middle) with Nubar Into the Wild (green), Nubar On the Radar (red), and Nubar Dusk Till Dawn (blue). I just made sure to be very careful when placing the tape, also to not place tape over any areas still wet.

The final step was the faded/vintage effect. I mixed OPI My Vampire is Buff with Lightening to get a very, very light yellow. I sponged this on making sure that my sponge had barely any polish on it – dab on a paper towel first to remove as much polish as you can. Once I had a look I was happy with, I topped it with a clear coat then finished with Cult Nails Wax That.

Yin-Yang

Pastel yin yang nail art

Now onto today’s post… I finally filmed a nail art tutorial!! O: I know, it’s been way too long! I’ve really been into yin-yang nail art lately and it’s such an easy design I figured I’d put my little twist on it and share with you all how I did it, I hope you like it!

Shades

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Here’s a polish I knew I had to buy the moment I saw it – Shades of Phoenix’s We’re All Mad Here, inspired by the colours of the Cheshire Cat from the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland.

I’ve always loved Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are such timeless books. I’ve been re-reading them since I was about 7. They never get old.

Reinvention

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In the end, I went with a stamp/freehand hybrid technique to make my fire and phoenix come to life. I started with a base of Sephora by OPI Never Enough Shoes on all my nails, and then stamped an image of flames from the Messy Mansion MM27 plate using white stamping polish from the Born Pretty Store. Then, using a small detail brush, I added color to the flames on top of the white using Julep Nadia, Julep Marjorie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Red My Lips, and Julep Brenda, in that order.

I mentioned that this manicure was outside my comfort zone, but that’s probably a bit of an understatement! Between the stamping and freehanding the colors, I felt very, very challenged by all the techniques I used here. Overall, it didn’t turn out quite as neatly as I’d have liked, but from a normal viewing distance it looks okay, so I’m focusing on that. And, more importantly, I came up with an idea and found a way to execute it, which definitely makes me proud!

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Renaissance Custom Lacquer Rosie Osie Swatch 5

Renaissance Cosmetics Rosie-Osie is a deep red jelly with intense red shimmer and tiny silver and gold glitter that looks incredible when suspended in the red base. It truly does have that lit-from-within look. Application was really smooth and even, and the consistency is just right – not too thin or thick. This was two coats. I did use a coat of Gelous followed by top coat, to give it more of a glassy look, but this is completely optional.