01 January 2015

My Top 10 Nail Art Posts of 2014

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! This year has really been a struggle for me in terms of blogging. In between my almost two month hiatus to finish my dissertation, and my busy schedule these last 2-3 months to build my indie brand, I didn't post as much as I had hoped. Many of my blog goals from the beginning of the year were not achieved, which is why I won't be making blog goals for 2015. Despite that, looking back at this year's posts, I can see my nail art improving by leaps and bounds. I was also surprised by the variety and the risks I took to try new things, instead of sticking to what I felt I was good at.



I started with over two dozen designs that I felt were very strong. And I was able to narrow that down to only ten. So these are the designs that really stood out, designs where I felt I pushed my creative abilities. I hope you enjoy! Click on the titles to be taken to the original post.


March: Ode to Kodachrome
I don't often do tape manis, but when I do, they usually look very boring. So I was very pleased with this fun design inspired by vintage Kodachrome packaging. Of course I had to add a distressed, grungy look.



April: Sunsational Spring Flowers
I never get tired of painting flowers, and these were one of my favourites. You can't go wrong with bright colours and fine lines. Fun fact, this is one of my most liked posts on Instagram.



April: Grungy Peacock
April was a good month for nail art. This grungy look with faded borders goes back over a year but it's a look I still love. The peacocks also have a painterly touch, which makes them stand out over earlier attempts at peacock feathers.



July: Talavera Pottery
This design, inspired by Talavera pottery, is more simple than a lot of my nail art, but there's something very striking about this design. It was also very challenging to get it to line up correctly - a nice reminder that simple isn't always easier.



July: Wycinanki-Inspired Nails
I still remember the nervousness when I started this design. It's the feeling that something can either turn out very awesome, or very awful. Luckily these turned out great, and I'm still very proud of the intricate lines and details in this design.



Remember when I started the 31 Day Challenge? If you don't, then don't worry, it's been awhile since I've done the challenge. But I haven't given up on it, so let's hope I finish it in 2015. ;)



I felt these poppies were a breakthrough piece for me. I really love the minimalist look and the plain background. I was also able to capture them on video! I am hoping I continue to make more videos in the new year. 



I did a version of these with a secondary - orange, purple, and green - colour scheme. But I like these ones better. I guess sometimes less is more?



October was another good month for nail art! These realistic butterfly wings took a long time, but in the end it was worth it. I feel you need to see the inspiration picture to appreciate them, but I don't mind too much. 



I think I was on a giddy high the entire week (or few days) that I had this design on my nails. For me these are so stinking cute and I still can't get over it. 




Honorable Mentions:

These are designs that were very good but didn't make it into my top ten. I thought I'd squeeze them in anyways. ;)










Final thoughts:

It's interesting to note - ALL of these designs were done for one challenge or another. Most of them were for the Digit-al Dozen, some for the 31 Day Challenge 2.0, and a few for the Neverending Pile Challenge (which I did not complete). Obviously I need the challenges to, well, challenge me. 

So there you have it - my year end round up. I won't be doing one for polishes, as I didn't really review or purchase a lot of stuff this year. I also want to focus more on nail art going into 2015, so this post gave me lots of motivation to keep going in that direction. 

What do you think of my picks? Was there something you enjoyed this year that didn't make it on your list?

34 comments:

  1. These are all so pretty and great! Nice picks for your favorite nail art of 2014.

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  2. Amazing! I especially love the pottery, poppies and sushi.

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    1. Thanks Alia! Those are great picks. ;)

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  3. The Kodachrome nails are one of my favourite pieces of nail art done by anyone ever. It's so striking and unique, they're fantastic.
    The sushi are a favourite too, they are so flippin' adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much Jae! I'm very proud of both of them. :)

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  4. Happy new year! I think you did some seriously amazing nail art in 2014 - it's hard for me to pick a favourite! I think I'll go for the sushi nails, they were way too cute :)

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    1. Happy new year Q! I agree with you on the sushi, I love those too. :)

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  5. you've had an awesome year. I also loved your little salt and pepper pots! xx

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I love those salt and pepper shakers too, but it has a similar look/feel to the sushi (kind of a cartoon like look) so I included the sushi instead.

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  6. I don't think I'd worry too much about the blogging goals with a nail-art review collage like this to your name! Quality over quantity is rarely a bad thing :) I'm a nail-art newbie and I find your work incredibly inspiring. I just love the painterly effect you achieve with your designs.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment Kathryn. I definitely want to focus more on quality over quantity for the new year. That and doing more tutorials so others can learn how to do some of these things. :)

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  7. That Kodachrome mani is amazing! But I love your watercolor poppies the most. :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I'm very proud of those poppies!

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  8. your nails look so great!
    I love the quality of your photos of well :)

    xx julia

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    1. Thanks Julia! I feel like the photos have a ways to go, but it's nice to see improvement there too.

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  9. These are all amazing and just further proof of how talented you are!

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  10. I have so many of these on my Nail Art Inspo board on Pinterest, can't wait to try some! I hope 2015 brings you even more wonderful inspiration and designs :-)

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    1. Thank you Millie! I hope you get a chance to do some of them. :) I've got a lot of ideas for what I want to do, just got to make sure not to burn out.

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  11. You are so talented! I'm in love with all of these. Those poppies. Wow.

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  12. Each and everyone of these is breathtaking! I especially love the butterfly mani. It's so intricate and detailed and such a nice departure from the typical butterfly mani!!

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  13. Yesss the poppies <3 but to be honest, I admire each design, you have such a unique style and everything you create leaves me speechless.

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  14. Oh wow, so much gorgeous nail art. I love them all, especially the grungy/gothic designs. I'd be happy if you made more nail art videos in 2015 :) Oh, and happy new year!

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  15. Love all of these, I don't even think I could pick a favorite!

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  16. All of these are so incredible! I seriously can not wait to see what you do during 2015. Your nail art has definitely inspired and motivated me to push myself as a nail artist. So thank you and keep the motivation coming (:

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  17. WOW!!!
    All of these are insanely beautiful.... I especially fell for the animal print and the peacock... but holy crap they are ALL amazing!!!
    You truly are amazing at nail art! :)
    xx

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  18. You are so talented! <3 The sushi one is super cute, and I love the Grungy Peacock & Graphite Flowers! :]

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