Good morning and happy Monday!
I decided to get this post up before I headed off to work today, since I totally slacked on it last night :P I was just too tired after I finished my mani for today, not that my weekend was that exciting lol.
So, if you've been following along, I've been taking part in a 31 day challenge. Here it is:
Through yesterday, those of us were up to geometric manis. Yesterday was also Stamping Sunday, and I was able to tie the two together. The Stamping Sunday challenge was over a blue base, which pleased me to no end :)
For my blue base I chose Jindie Nails Blue Ivy. It was perfection at 2 coats, then topped with Seche. For the geometric, I chose images from My Online Shop Jr. 4 and 8, stamped in Mundo neon blue, and finished with another coat of Seche.
Friday's theme was floral, as well as being Textured Friday. I picked up a new to me texture a few weeks ago, SpaRitual Wilderness. Wilderness is a pretty, peachy/pinky/orange color. It's supposed to be a dupe for a TJ Maxx/Marshall's only release of Orly Just Peachy. I wouldn't know, as I hadn't seen either around here, and got Wilderness on Ebay.
For my mani, I applied two coats of Wilderness and let it dry thoroughly before stamping over it. The floral image I used came from Fab Ur Nails 14 in Mundo fiusca. I will say that Wilderness wears just as well as Pixie Dusts and Liquid Sands.
Okay, Thursday called for animal print. I can't stand animal print on me, but I went ahead and did it. This gave me the opportunity to show off my newest Chanel that my parents picked up while on their latest cruise. Rouge Noir is a dark, vampy red, possibly the darkest red I now own. I think because of the color I used to stamp over it, the pics show it leaning a little brown, but by itself, it does not.
This mani used only 2 coats of Rouge Noir then a coat of Seche. The animal print came from Vivid Lacquer's VL010, stamped in Mundo Pinon. Finished off with another coat of Seche.
Wednesday was stripes day. Let me just say, I absolutely love the base color I used for this mani. It's Zoya Kiki, and she's such a pretty, bright, blue leaning pink. I did need three coats for opacity, but Kiki is so worth it. The stripes were from Winstonia W205 and stamped in Mundo navy blue. Those stripes almost didn't fit my damned nails, because I didn't get a chance to file them down last weekend and were a little long. Seche to seal it all.
Dots were on for Tuesday. My mani was inspired by one I saw either on Face Book or Instagram, I don't remember which. The base color was 2 coats of Zoya Madeline. I guess you could call what I did a dotting gradient, but I used Zoya Rue and Marney to create the look. Topped with Seche then matted with Zoya's matte topcoat.
Monday was for gradients, and I chose to do a glitter gradient. The base color was 2 coats of Nails Inc. Baker Street. The gradient was done in Nails Inc. Portobello Gardens, then two coats of Seche.
I think the mani I did up for last Sunday is my favorite gradient ever. It was my first time trying a vertical gradient, and a rainbow one at that, since Sunday was rainbow nails. It was also Stamping Sunday, which was stamping with 3 colors. I didn't want to cover the gradient, so I did a different stamping color on each finger.
The gradient colors were all Zoya: America, Sharon, Pippa, Josie, Ling, and Mira, and were sponged over 2 coats of Zoya Purity. Stamped colors were Mundo pink, white, and black, and the images were from Vivid Lacquer VL019.