May Nail Art Challenge #5: Halloween in May!

Guys, I just realized my post titles for nail art challenges are like Kimmy Schmidt episode titles, and I kind of love it. Anyway, this challenge is totally up my alley, because I am the Halloween Queen, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s ALWAYS Halloween! (Also, this was supposed to go up two days ago, whoops, sorry about that!)

Maybelline Lust For Lilac, Palish Man's Red Flower, Zoya Stevie

Maybelline Lust For Lilac, Palish Man’s Red Flower, Zoya Stevie

I wanted to use traditional Halloween colors but in more spring-y hues since it’s May, and I chose a lilac and peach combo. (I want to note, however, that the polishes I chose did not play nice with my camera, so the photos are not the greatest quality, but I tried to show the colors most true to life.) I used Zoya’s Stevie, a lavender PixieDust, on my thumb, pointer, and pinkie, then a base of Maybelline’s Lust for Lilac (LFL) on my middle and rings fingers with Pahlish’s Man’s Red Flower (MRF) over bat decals.

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I had a hard time getting the lighting right on these photos – I couldn’t capture the holo of MRF, the top coat I used for the bat nails was too glossy so it kept showing a bad glare from the light, trying to avoid that glare meant that I couldn’t capture the sparkle and texture of Stevie…let’s just say, I was frustrated as balls trying to get some decent photos of this mani!

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I don’t totally love the way this came out – I accidentally put thick coats of MRF over the decals, which meant the edges of the bats weren’t super crisp when I peeled them off, and LFL is slightly too pink-toned to match Stevie, which I was going for… Eh, you win some, you lose some.

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This did get me really excited for Halloween, though (jk, when am I ever not excited for Halloween?). The other day I came across my Halloween decorations in the closet and was like “I’m coming for y’all soooooooon!” which led to my sister looking at me like I was crazy and reminding me that it’s only May. “But it’s basically summer, and summer always goes quick, then it’s fall, which is HALLOWEEN” was my response. But seriously…I can’t wait. I might even start planning some more Halloween manis now, yassssss. Thanks for reading, see you next time – A x

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Holiday Nails #2: Snowy Winter Landscape

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? I went to the Unique LA Holiday Market today, one of my favorite things to do in December in LA. It’s a market with lots of booths selling all sorts of items from clothes to edibles to jewelry to home goods, and it’s so fun to go and see all the beautiful wares plus getting some tasty samples! It’s on the 12th floor, too, so it’s got an awesome view of downtown LA. Definitely recommend it for holiday shopping if you’re in LA in December! I wore my fav winter lip, Maybelline’s Divine Wine, and this manicure. I wanted to do something very light and wintery, so I decided on this simple look.

Zoya's Wednesday and Sally Hansen's White On

Zoya’s Wednesday and Sally Hansen’s White On

I started with two easy coats of Zoya’s Wednesday. I loooove this color – weirdly, I don’t think I’ve ever used it on my blog before, although it’s one of my favorites! The color is definitely brighter in photos than in person, but the formula is perfect, its true the washed-out aqua color is so dreamy…if you’re ever stuck for a color to get in one of Zoya’s deals, definitely pick this bad boy up!

Sorry my cuticles are so busted - it is soooo dry here.

Sorry my cuticles are so busted – it is soooo dry here.

I used Sally Hansen’s White Out for the snow, dotting with my smallest dotting tool for the falling snow and my lopsided little tree (I tried!), and just used the regular brush in the bottle to get the curved snowbank at the tips of my nails.

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Very cute, no? I really love the combo of a dusty/washed out blue with white for winter. I mean, obviously, it’s mostly more vivid hues with white – blood red, deep cobalt, evergreen – but the paler blue looks very dreamy and pretty. I love it! (Although I do get that I’m romanticizing snow, which has hit most of the U.S. pretty hard the last few years. Sorry, guys! It’s just so pretty!)

Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

Halloween Mani #11 – Water-Spotted Gradient!

Hi everyone! I’m chugging along with my Halloween manis, and this might be one of my favorites yet!

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First, I put some of my latex stuff all around each nail for easy clean up, then I did the gradient – after two coats of Cotton Buds was dry, I did a gradient with CB and Arizona over top each of them, with Arizona at the top.

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I gave that about ten minutes to dry, then did the water spotting. So there are way better tutorials elsewhere, but the basic rundown is: I filled a Solo cup with lukewarm water, added one drop of Black On Black, and when it spread out I sprayed a little tester perfume spritzer in the middle so the polish got cool, weird spots and swirls, then lowered my nail into the polish and swirled away the excess with a Q-tip. After pulling my nail out of the water, I removed the latex (which meant I barely had to do any clean up – thank Yeezus someone thought that up!) and let it dry for a few minutes before adding a layer of top coat.

I was annoyed by how much the black almost completely covered my pointer finger, but now I kinda like how different each nail's coverage is.

I was annoyed by how much the black almost completely covered my pointer finger, but now I kinda like how different each nail’s coverage is.

This is a really fun look, but man, I need to find another way to do it – spraying that perfume makes the whole area smell SO strongly for a full day after, but I’ve tried it before using just alcohol and it didn’t do anything. Hmmmm must research.

Eeeeee only two manis left! They’re also a bit more work than my last few, so wish me luck! Thanks for reading, see you next time – A x

Halloween mani #10 – Glam Black Widow!

Hi everyone! This post was supposed to go up last night, but my photos wouldn’t download off my phone, so there will be two posts today! Let’s jump into the first one, this deadly spider inspired look:

OPI's Color So Hot It Berns, Zoya's Storm

OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns, Zoya’s Storm

I wanted to do something with deadly-looking colors, so I chose to use the black widow spider’s red and black color scheme. I used a base of Color So hot It Berns, although I really need a new red – this one is a bit sheer and takes forever to dry (I dinged two nails even after waiting 15 minutes), but I got it for free a few years ago and I hardly ever use red, so I always forget to try a new one. Anyway, when that was dry, I applied a piece of washi tape horizontally across the nail then painted on a layer of Storm.

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I looooove these gold spider charms! I got them last year but forgot to use them for Halloween, and I’ve kind of just been saving them since. I don’t usually like anything so big or chunky on my nails, but these are super awesome and glam!

Okay, guys – four manis left and counting! See you all tomorrow with something a little more complex. Thanks for reading – A x

Halloween Mani #8: Halloween Bubbles!

Hello lovely readers! We’re in the home stretch leading up to Halloween, so I’m gonna have nail posts probably every day this week. Savor that, because after this month I probably won’t post very much, ha – I don’t know how some nail bloggers do so many posts/manis every single month! It’s too much for someone as lazy as me, even though I do love nail art. Today’s nail art is a very fun look that actually took me no time at all to do:

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I used two easy coats of Zoya’s Loredana, a dark gray matte that was recently re-released. It’s gorgeous, with its silver flecks, and since it’s matte, it dried in a flash. Score. When that was dry, I used a medium dotting tool to apply a few dots around the side of each nail with Arizona, followed by Treble Maker and Anime-zing Color. Then I used a smeller dotting tool to fill in the space with multicolored dots in a rough curved shape.

Ahhh sorry, I didn't see the chip on my pinkie when I was taking pics!

Ahhh sorry, I didn’t see the chip on my pinkie when I was taking pics!

It still looked like it needed a little something, so I went back in and put a few small black dots in the empty spaces. I thought this mani was really fun – the gray under the traditional orange/green/purple makes it less cutesy, but still cute, if that makes sense? Also, I didn’t use top coat or anything, but all these polishes dried really quickly so it was a pretty fast mani (except for one or two dots that got a ding, but that’s because I’m impatient).

See that gorgeous matte shimmer?

See that gorgeous matte shimmer?

Tomorrow starts the week leading up to Halloween! Are you excited? Do you have your costume prepared? I definitely do not – as much as I love and anticipate Halloween, I think because I decorated so early (mid-September) and because I’ve been so busy (October is always a super busy month, and my family was just in town for a week), the rest of October really snuck up on me. I think I’m gonna have to go with something that’s more makeup based rather than costume based, since I’ve run out of time and have no more weekends to shop! I’m thinking of doing a cute alien look, but we’ll see. Anyway, thanks for reading! I’ll have another post up tomorrow, see ya then – A x