Showing posts with label stripes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stripes. Show all posts

02 October 2014

31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2.0: Day Nine, Stripes

Hi everyone! Today's challenge had me in a conundrum - how can one make stripes interesting? What makes stripes appealing, or unappealing? I pondered, then my head hurt, so I opted for simplicity instead. But if you follow this blog much, you might already know that simplicity doesn't always equate to less time spent. And that was the case here.

Pinstripes and hearts nail art
Pinstripes and hearts nail art

04 July 2014

Intricate Stripes For Independence Day

Hi everyone! Happy Fourth of July if you celebrate! Obviously I'm in Canada, so it was just another day here. But I lived in the US for many years and have family there, so I was feeling in the mood to do some nail art for the holiday.

Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Nail Art

28 April 2014

The Neverending Pile Challenge: Day 7, Drugstore Polish: Crazy, Colourful Stripes

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I actually felt very productive, I spent most of the day making polishes and was able to get a few batches finalized and ready to bottle. If you follow my indie brand, Renaissance Cosmetics, you may have noticed it's been awhile since I've released anything - I've just been very busy with work. So I'm happy to soon be in a position to show some new stuff.

Crazy, colourful stripes nail art

26 February 2014

Nude Hearts, Dots, and Stripes With The Zoya Naturel Collection

Hi everyone! If you haven't already done so, make sure to enter my Girly Bits giveaway. It ends in less than a week!

You may have noticed that things have been quiet here the past couple of days...well I've been working on a new Renaissance collection, in addition to having more work on my plate (day job work I mean). Lately I've been thinking of introducing bite-sized posts - good pictures, but minimal text - in addition to, or sometimes in lieu of, my regular posts. One of my goals was to post more nail art, and I think shorter posts would be good for very simple looks that need minimal explanation. And when work and life gets in the way, shorter posts - nail art or simple swatches from my collection - would keep me in the habit of posting on a regular basis. So what do you think of the idea? Yay, works for you, or nay, too much of a cop-out?

Nude Hearts, Dots, and Stripes

Okay, so back to the nail art...


20 February 2014

Foxy Paws Shady Love

Hi everyone! I have another great polish from Danish indie brand Foxy Paws Polish. I've been slowly (too slowly in fact) working my way through the Filthy/Gorgeous collection (see my previous posts here). While the other polishes in the collection are bright and full of colour, this one is on the darker side. So I had to come up with an edgier look to feature it.

Vampy Roses and Stripes Nail Art

12 February 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Vintage: Victorian Floral with SoFlaJo Pink If You Love Me

Hi everyone! When it comes to vintage, Victorian style roses are an obvious choice. But in this case it was the perfect choice to feature SoFlaJo's Pink If You Love Me. This is from their Valentine's Day collection, and it's such a beautiful dusty pink holo - perfect for anytime of the year.


SoFlaJo Pink If You Love Me


17 January 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Monochrome + GOT Polish Challenge: Sepia Stripes

Hi everyone! As promised this is my second post for tonight. One of the tricky things about participating in multiple challenges is that they sometimes overlap! So I am doing double duty with this post. As you may remember, I'm also trying my best to participate in the GOT Polish Challenge hosted by the Crumpet Nail Tarts. This week's theme is stripes, so it only made sense to do monochromatic stripes!

Sepia Stripes

The GOT (Golden Oldies Thursday) Polish Challenge is all about wearing your older once loved, but now forgotten polishes. This design features one of the first polishes that I bought when I started collecting - OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

25 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty-Two, Inspired By A Song: Yesterday

Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone for the kind words yesterday regarding my piCture pOlish Blog Fest award. It really means a lot to me. I've been very bad about not responding to comments, but I hope to catch up in the next day or two.

Today's challenge was another one I struggled with. The prompt asks you to do nail art that is inspired by a song. I have seen people do more literal representations of songs, and others do interpretations that are broader and only take the song as a starting point. I would think this design falls into the latter category.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

About this design: I took the Beatles' song "Yesterday" as my inspiration. Specifically I was interested in the idea of an end to a love affair. The idea is that love can be described as "la vie en rose" which is a French expression meaning "life through rose-coloured glasses." The grey represents the shadow that encroaches on life after love ends. I designed it so that it would be read from left to right.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly
Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday...

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

To get this look: My first step was to sketch the fracture, then I painted my nails with the base colours, Misa Blueberry Blast and Girly Bits Elephant Shoe (for the grey), being very careful when I got near the fracture. I painted the grey stripes with Elephant Shoe, Orly Liquid Vinyl (black), and Sally Hansen White On, mixing them to get the shades of grey I wanted. The roses were painted with Misa Lovely Lychee, Ripe Rashberry and Lime Love. I then repainted the fracture line.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

I'm not sure if this really represents the song, but as I said, it was inspired by it, so technically that counts. Regardless, I really like this design and love how it looks on the nails.

What do you think of this? What song would you chose for this prompt?

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21 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twelve, Stripes: Just For Fun

Hi everyone! Today's challenge was another one that I had been dreading. Have I mentioned before that I hate stripes!? Well, I don't hate all stripe designs, just mine, lol! Whether we realize it or not, when it comes to nail art, everyone has their own aesthetic. Some things just feel right while others don't.



I think part of my problem when it comes to doing stripes is that I haven't really figured out what feels right for me. Do I prefer very precisely painted stripes, maybe even using tape to make them perfect? Or do I prefer something looser, more casually painted, where the imperfections and variations are part of the design?




The idea behind this design was to combine some abstract elements with stripes, using some new colours that I've been wanting to try out. I had done a little sketch in my sketchbook of some triangle flags on a string, then for some reason the idea of circles with stripes painted in them popped into my head. So there's my thought process for you! ;)



The base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the black outlines are Orly Liquid Vinyl. For the colours I used American Apparel Pink Ladies (coral), The Valley (pale blue), and L'Esprit (lavender). I really love how those three colours go together. The copper-gold foil is China Glaze Goldie But Goodie.



In the end, I'm happy with how this turned out. The stripes are busy, but my eye can rest on the white areas.

What do you think of this? How do you come up with your ideas for nail art?

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24 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Four, Green: Roses and Stripes

Hi everyone! Do you ever have an instance where you've finished some nail art and you tell yourself, "It would be great if it weren't for XYZ..." With XYZ being some little thing that just looks off to you? I feel like I'm having those moments a lot lately. And in particular with this design. So rather than beat around the bush, I'll just get it out there... it's the stripes, they just irk me!




About this design: I've been wanting to try my hand at painting roses, and I decided to pair them with stripes for that vintage look that seems to be popular. All polishes, with the exception of the off white, are from the Zoya Stunning and Irresistible collections from this summer - the colours just seemed perfect for this design. For the roses, I used this super easy tutorial from The Nailasaurus.

Roses and stripes nail art

Roses and stripes nail art

To get this look: For the green base colour on my thumb, index and pinky, I used Zoya Josie, which applied amazingly well in two coats. I then sponged Zoya Rikki (a green foil) on the tips. For the middle and ring fingers I used OPI My Vampire is Buff (of course!) as a base. For the roses I used Zoya Micky (dusty mid-tone pink) as my base colour, Yana (darker pink/fuchsia) and Bobbi (magenta foil) for my darker areas, and My Vampire is Buff for the highlights. The leaves were done with Josie.

Roses and stripes nail art

Roses and stripes nail art

For the stripes I used Zoya Josie, Micky, and Tinsley (rose/gold foil). I also added some blue stripes with Zoya Rocky because I thought the variation would be good, but afterwards I really didn't like this - I should have stuck to pinks and greens!

Roses and stripes nail art (matte!)

I'm really happy with how the roses turned out, and I'll be doing them again. I feel like I need to practice painting stripes, I'm never happy with how they turn out. Maybe some blue stripes on Friday, eh!?

What do you think of this design? Is there a nail art technique for you that you just can't seem to get?

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