Friday, May 1, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Spring Flowers - Gradient Petals and NYC Strip Me Off Review

After my rush to get April's theme done I pushed myself to get a jump start on May's.  I am glad that I did because I ended up creating two designs that I am extremely pleased with.

May's theme is Spring Flowers.  A nice and easy theme!  
I am also including a review of the new NYC Strip Me Off Base Coat.  But it is a different review than you probably think!

I started with one coat of Marshmallow.  This was just to help the color pop so two coats wasn't necessary.

Instead of applying Strip Me Off on my nails I decided to see how it would work as a clean up tool.  It's just a glue base right??? So it should work??? I applied a good coating around my cuticles and let it dry.

Once the base coat was dry I added my gradient.  I used Birds, Pink Bikini and Sherbet to create the gradient.

Sooooo, Strip Me Off did not work as well as I had hoped.  It was actually crazy difficult to get off my skin.  It took me forever!
I also added my petals using UberChic 1-02 and Marshmallow.

It got to the point that I was ready to chuck the manicure and start over again.  But the gradient turned out so fantastic and I didn't want to.  I finally decided to try washing my hands.  It helped but I still had a lot to get off and it did a number on my cuticles.  Boo!

I finally got it cleaned up enough to finish the manicure.  I added a coat of Northern Lights for some sparkle.

So lesson learned..don't use Strip Me Off as a clean up tool!  Great for easy glitter removal not getting off your skin.  

Stop by and see the other amazing designs these ladies created!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: 3rd Anniversary Celebration - Recreate Member Designs

Nothing like getting in at the last minute!  I have my last recreation on the last day of the month!  My final recreation comes from June 2013's Neon theme.  Sam from FingerFood created an amazing rose and dot design that I HAD to recreate!

I started with two coats of Purity.

I thought I would cheat a little and stamp the dots first.  I used Robyn and Shany 214 to add the dots.  In the end it wasn't necessary.

Using a large dotting tool and Yana, I added the base of my roses.

I added my rose accents using Kitridge and a small nail art brush.

I used the same nail art brush and Tilda to add my leaves.

I added more dots with Robyn.  Afterwards I decided that I liked the dots before I added more.  If I do this design again I won't add this last step.

It has been so fun seeing all the recreated manicures this month!

Stop by and see what the other ladies recreated!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: 3rd Anniversary Celebration - Recreate Member Designs

Today's recreation comes from November's Inspired by a Book theme.  Always a favorite theme for me!  Marisa from Hey, Darling Polish! created the coolest look based on a Pride and Prejudice cover.  The design and the fact that it is based on one of my favorite books sold me on this recreation!

I started with two coats of Coconut.

Using a small nail art brush I added my images...not sure what they are...  I used Guava, Lemon Ice Cream, Grapefruit and Espresso.

I love these colors together and the idea of the design.  My need for it to be "perfect" drove me a little crazy.  I feel like my placement could have been better. Marisa's was much better!

The month is almost over! Did you stop by and see the other ladies work? You don't want to miss it!

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