Although I have been absolutely obsessed with the drippy nail trend for a while (I wore red & white drippy nails to the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA… whenever that was!), I haven’t done it often enough, especially now that it seems to be blowing up.
I bought this lovely yellow color from Revlon and couldn’t wait to use it but wanted to come up with something that was more edgy than springtime. So, black drips it was… with, of course, a black caviar accent nail! I bought a tiny bit of caviar beads from DTLA on my last trip and have been waiting to use them.
Honestly, they don’t last long. I tried it three separate ways (since the first batch scraped off) – first was painting my nail black then dipping it in the beads, second was with a topcoat over the beads (big no no – it just looks like an accidentally lumpy and ridiculous coat of black!) and third was a topcoat of Seche Vite over black and then quickly dipped into the caviar. That was the best route but still didn’t last long with me. Then again, I’m really not very kind to my nails!
What do you think? I’d like to make the drippies more concise and drippy-ish next time, but was pretty stoked on this while I had it.
Hello, hello! Here are some purple nails I went a bit crazy with after a session in the Fashion District picking up some AWESOME new supplies. All things I could have gotten at the Born Pretty Store or Amazon but… I needed stuff NOW. (Now being.. yaknow… then!)
NYX Girls’ “Purple Ink” (dark purple)
Wet n Wild’s “On a Trip” (medium purple)
NYX Girls’ “Moonwalk” (purple-y silver – and apparently NYX has another color named Moonwalk that is black and sparkly?! But this one is by “NYX Girls” … OK, NYX! haha)
Then of course, some studs, bunnies, and hearts added on!
Comin’ atchya with some crazy acid green (in real life, anyways) leopard print nails! Don’t mind the horrid cuticles. These were done back in Winter at my old apartment – I’ve recently moved into a shared house with friends, so have been extra busy!! I never got around to posting this one, though, so here you go!!
I really wish I could have gotten a picture that was more true to color, but I still think this nail design looks pretty cool even when it’s more yellow tinted. I used a sheer acid green color on top of a white base, then an even more acid green for dots, with black markings around them to make the leopard spots.
This is definitely the most painstaking manicure I’ve done in a while, as each piece of glitter required purposeful placement, and the process demanded more patience than most nail art addicts have.
I used a dark blue color from Revlon that I can’t remember the name of right now, as well as white from Pure Ice. The pieces of glitter were in a multicolor glitter tube from Michael’s. I went nuts with glitter there over the holidays, so expect enough glitter to gouge your eyes out in the next few posts! Mwahah
The most important thing that made this manicure possible was my gel nail topcoat. I used a topcoat by Gellish to stick the glitter pieces to (since it doesn’t dry until you cure it with a UV or LED light) and then finished off the manicure as a whole with another coat.
I hope you like this design – it’s definitely one of my favorite nail art projects I’ve tackled so far!
More nail art comin atchya today! I’m blogging from my phone for the first time so this is also an experiment in blogography.
I bought the Sensationail gel nail kit (by Nailene, I think) the other day at Rite Aid after searching around and finding a Mr. Kate post about her gel nails. (Side note, if you don’t know about Mr. Kate, you need to now!) She recommended the kit and I just had to try it since the one and only salon manicure I’ve gotten with gel nails was super duper expensive… Mainly because I knew I’d never do it again so I went all out.
So yes. I got the kit and ended up sandwiching my own sparkly pink color by Revlon along with some black French tips by NYC, and I can’t get over it. The shine is impeccable, the durability unbeatable, and it’s actually really easy to do!
To top it all off, gels actually help my (well, everyone’s) nails grow versus acrylic which is damaging and ends up coming off. Gels when done right just do. Not. Budge. Jeeze this sounds like an infomercial or something.
I’ll make another post about the kit another day probably but that’s it for my first post-on-the-go! I’ll leave you with my pretty instagram shot of the sunset tonight.
Today consisted of going to my dayjob, hanging out with my dog, and doing my nails. I actually started these last night with the blue base and was inspired to add some gradual sparkle tips today.
This is an easy, blue nail design - you just need dark blue and glitter nail polishes!
I used “French Kiss” nail polish by Pure Ice (that doesn’t even make sense… why is a french kiss dark blue?!) for the base, “Spit Fire” by Pure Ice for the pink sparkles, and a small bottle of blue sparkes by Bon Bons.
Glitter is awesome, so glitter nails are even more awesome. If you like pretty nail designs, glitter is the way to go! I have other blue nail designs with this color as well if you’d like to check them out.
I’m hoping to order some nail goodies from Amazon later this week so expect more awesome nail art designs on the way
Hi guys! Today I did a nail art design that required the use of nail stamps - if you don’t know what these are, have no fear! I made a video for you, too!
Konad Nail Stamps
Konad is usually the first brand people think of when they think of nail stamps. When you do nail art with nail stamps, you use a metal image plate, a scraper, and a stamp.
This is one version of the stamp and scraper. This is the one that I have. There are others (by other brands, too) that come with an image plate holder. I don’t think it’s necessary but it would be nice!
This is an example of some image plates.
There are TONS of designs out there, too many to choose from! I bought 2 big sets when I started so I have a lot of choices. Mine are from two different companies – though I don’t remember which ones. It doesn’t matter where you get them from as long as they have good reviews. Also, some of the “full nail” (ones that are supposed to cover your entire nail) stamps aren’t actually big enough to cover a whole nail from certain companies. Read reviews and you’ll be able to find out which ones. One set of mine has large “full nail” designs, and the other has ones that are a little too small – it’s a small bummer as I still like the designs and still like to use them.
Here’s the design that I did today:
I love it! I stamped a black leopard print design onto gray nails and then added sparkles (because sparkles are the answer to life.)
I even made a video for it!! Check it out:
If you thought this was cool or had other nail stamping ideas or pictures, let me know in the comments! Feel free to share this (please do!) and make sure to follow me on Twitter (@xoHannahMonroe) and Pinterest (Monrogue.) Have an awesome day!!