31DC2017: Day 22 Inspired by a Song

I was really going back and forward with this prompt as I have so many ideas from songs that I’d like to do. I really had my heart set on doing autumn leaves, for I didn’t really succeed with those, so I decided to look elsewhere. That is when I remembered a song by SAFIA called ‘Counting Sheep‘, and here are my sheep nails! Can you spot the black sheep?

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Polishes used:

  • Appeal4 – 103
  • Essie – Licorice
  • Color Club – French Tip
  • Color Club – Lady Holiday

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31DC2017: Day 21 Inspired by a Color

Today, I was inspired by one of the polishes I used for yesterday’s mani, namely Essie’s ‘With the Band’. After searching around a bit for ideas around bands and music, I came across this manicure by Polish My Nail, and I just fell in love, so I knew I had to do these. Of course, I incorporated the inspirational polish in the centers of the vinyls.

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – With the Band
  • Essie – Licorice
  • Essie – Suite Retreat
  • OPI – Alpine Snow

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31DC2017: Day 20 Water Marble

Will I ever be a water marble wizard? Probably not.. Because honestly, this manicure took me about 15-20 tries with different polishes, color combinations, patterns etc. before I got this result, at which point I just thought, ‘FINE! This is what we’re going with’.

I even had a water spotting attempt that looked like bruises and blood, so I saved that attempt to show you as a halloween design.

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Cocktails & Coconuts
  • Essie – Hide & Go Chic
  • Essie – With the Band

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31DC2017: Day 19 Galaxies

Well, let’s move on from the dislike of yesterday’s half moons mani, and focus on a prompt (and a mani) that I DO really like.

Galaxies! Well, the thing with galaxies is that once you’ve done it, there are not a lot of options of doing it differently – at least not in its traditional sense. Last year, I zoomed in a little bit and focused on the planets, and this year, I am reimagining the galaxy as being green.

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31DC2017: Day 18 Half Moons

*sigh*.. Are we really already at half-moons again? I feel like I just did this prompt even though it was a year ago. But honestly, this is still too soon. I am NOT a fan of half moon manicures. I’ve seen many good ideas with this look, but I don’t really like how it looks, and I really only do them once a year for the challenge..

This year, I did the half moon with sequins instead of a solid color, and that helps a little bit, but I am still not a fan..

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Bell-Bottom Blues

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31DC2017: Day 17 Glitter

I am just going to predict that today’s mani is going to be listed in my favorites when I do my usual sum-up post at the end of the challenge. Truthfully, this will probably be my go-to mani when in doubt for the next long period of time. It’s super pretty and elegant – and very quick and easy to do.

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Polishes used:

  • Maybelline – Midnight Taupe
  • Nicole by OPI – Lips are Driping Honey

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31DC2017: Day 16 Geometric

I had many hopes and aspirations for this prompt this year.. I was going to do free handed geometric animals on all nails, but sadly, only the ring finger turned out the way I wanted it, so I left it at that so it serves as an accent.

You know, just as I am writing this, I am realizing I missed a great opportunity with the ‘animal print’ prompt and this design…..

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Polishes used:

  • Romeo & Julie – (No Name)
  • Black striper

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31DC2017: Day 15 Delicate Print

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Today is my boyfriend’s birthday! Happy birthday, Jonas!

Delicate print is always a difficult one for me, because I feel like it needs to be stamped to be truly delicate, but I am much more of a free-hand type person.

The base is black polish topped with the red color from the Shinning Flakes Chrome Glitter Powders set from Born Pretty Store. Over that, I stamped the image twice – once with black, but that didn’t show up enough to my liking, so I did it a little askew with the white because I was hoping it would show both colors.

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31DC2017: Day 14 Flowers

This year I tried a different technique for doing flowers that I’ve been seeing around instagram and pinterest lately. I had originally done something different, but I wasn’t super pleased with it, so I decided to redo it, but I’ll probably show you the discarded mani sometime.

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Polishes used:

  • OPI – OPI Scores a Goal
  • Picture Polish – Sisters

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31DC2017: Day 13 Animal Print

I think I’ve mentioned more or less every year that I am not a big fan of animal print on nails. And that still holds this year, BUT. I think I have found a compromise that makes it elegant enough for me to kinda like it, and that is black and white leopard print.

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Polishes used:

  • H&M – Black
  • OPI – Alpine Snow

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