Challenge Time! Summertime Nail Art – Day 3: Gardens/Butterflies

Hello lovelies! Today is day 3, the final day, of the Summertime Nail Art Challenge.  Today’s theme is gardens/butterflies.  I was so excited about the garden part, I forgot about butterflies!

June Nail art Cover Photo

I decided to try out some polishes from the China Glaze Happy Holiglaze collection.  At the last minute I also added my Green Glitter striper for some details.
From R to L: China Glaze in Put a Bow on It, Mingle with the Kringle, and This is Tree-mendous, and LA Colors Art Deco in Green Glitter.

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And here is my very floral garden mani!  I used a dotting tool to make my flowers and then added stems and leaves with the Green Glitter striper.

I really liked the China Glazes.  This is Tree-mendous took two coats to achieve the look I obtained.  I think three coats would have put it over the top!  I now really want to see Put a Bow on It alone, but that will be another day!


Challenge Time! Summertime Nail Art – Day 2: Sunset

Hello lovelies!  Today is day two of the Summertime Nail Art Challenge and the theme is “Sunsets.”

June Nail art Cover Photo


I drew my inspiration for my mani from this photo I took at Humble Camp Peach Farm owned by my aunt & uncle:

Here’s what I came up with:
Sunset Nails
A sponged gradient of Avon’s Empower, Piggy Polish’s Pimp, and NYC’s Times Square Tangerine Creme.  The sun was made with a dotting tool and NYC’s Taxi Yellow Creme, and the back-lit scenery with Sally Hansen’s I ❤ Nail Art Striper in Black.  All over two coats of Wet ‘n Wild’s French White Creme.

Overall, I found the Piggy Polish and NYC a little hard to stamp with due to their translucent nature.  The Avon seemed a bit more opaque.  The striper was easy to work with and I definitely want to pick up at least another one in white.

Challenge Time! Summertime Nail Art – Day 1: Bright Colors

Hello lovelies!  Today I came across the Summertime Nail Art Challenge hosted by the Facebook group Challenge Your Nail Art.  As they welcome all to the challenge, I decided to give it a shot!

June Nail art Cover Photo
Day one’s theme is Bright Colors.

These are the colors I chose for my mani:
Butterflies - Crush on You - Green Apple
From L to R: Orly Butterflies, Crush on You, and Green Apple.

I decided to do something I hadn’t ever done before: Polka Dots.
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I found that it took quite a bit of concentration to do this mani.  I also learned that it is good to clean the dotting tool between nails.  I wasn’t doing this at first and you can see that some of the dots are larger than others.  I used a bigger dotter for the pink dots and a smaller one for the orange.  Overall, I like the look and found it easy to do after a little bit.  I’d say this is just above beginner nail art – especially when you get to your non-primary hand!