Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 29: Inspired by the Supernatural

Wow! I can't believe how close to the end of this challenge we are! I've got a short post to share for today's theme of Inspired by the Supernatural. I really wasn't sure how to interpret this theme - just like with the flag theme, this feels like they ran out of ideas and just threw it into the mix at the end. But, since it's almost Halloween I figured I would keep with that theme and do something that can work for both!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 28: Inspired by a Flag

I'm mirroring what Meghan said in her post, inspired by a flag is the least inspiring of all the challenge themes. I really struggled with what to do for this. There are so many flags to choose from, but it felt wrong to choose some random country's flag that I had no association with. That narrowed down my choices substantially. California State flag or the US flag. I've lived in California my whole life and love it here. It's beautiful and has incredible variety wherever you go and I figured I couldn't not attempt the state flag of my state.

But holy bear, I did not think this was going to be so tricky! The Bear Flag, as our state flag is named, features, well a bear. A fairly realistic bear at that. And I don't do realism well...but hey! I gave it my best shot ;)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Habit Cosmetics - Nail Art, Swatches and Review

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I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday! Mine has been fairly lazy and I had planned on getting caught up on a bunch of things today...but so far I haven't been very productive. Story of my life ;) 

Today I have some beautiful polishes to share with you from a new to me nail polish company. Aja Frierson is the brains behind Habit Cosmetics and has managed to create not only the most aesthetically pleasing bottle in the history of bottles, but she's filled them with some amazing polish. Habit polishes are made with Myrrh Extract so they naturally strengthen your nails while you wear them. They are Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Camphor free and aren't tested on animals (yay!). To top it all off, the packaging is sustainable - the caps are made with bamboo and are shipped in FSC Certified paperboard. Basically, they use less plastic and help reduce paper-waste. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 27: Inspired by Art

Grrr! I'm so sorry I've completely failed at posting with regularity - when I started this blog I was working part time and had a lot of flexibility with my schedule and never had issues posting when I wanted to. My new job (I can't believe I've been there over 3 months!) is full time and incredibly demanding and I'm often at work for 11 hours at a time. This results in a VERY burnt out Lindsey by the time I get home. Often, despite wanting to be creative, I can't find it in me to get paint on nail and begin the process. Such was the case this week and hence why I'm posting this 2 days late ;) 

Inspired by Art was very intimidating for me. It's hard to look at someone's master piece(s) and say "Yeah, I can recreate that on a micro-scale and it's going to look just as good as that." While it's very loved style, impressionism is far and above my favorite type of art. I love the perceived randomness of the strokes that somehow work so flawlessly together and love the texture that is created when oils are used. There is just so much to love about it. 

I went back and forth between a ton of artists and struggled with whether I should do pieces that have been done before in nail art or if I should forge my own way with something that hadn't been done yet. I actually ended up complaining to the art expert herself, Meghan and asking for suggestions and guidance. In the end, I settled on Monet's Regatta at Argenteuil. I cheated a bit in that I only did 4 fingers, but I wanted to make a cohesive look across the even canvas of my fingers.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Autumn Aztec Tutorial for Deb Shops

I've got one more post to share with you all tonight! Here is a super simple aztec inspired look that I put together for Deb Shops! I was inspired by one of their super cute leggings and I just love how these turned out. Be sure to check out the tutorial for my easy how-to on this look :) 
What do you think of this look? Do you like aztec print just as much as I do? I feel like the color palette is an excellent way to transition this summery print into the fall season. 

Happy Polishing :)

A Macabre Mani Monday

Happy Monday, all! First up today I've got a gruesome tutorial to share that I put together for the Lulu*s Blog! This is a super simple mani and there are several tutorials out there already...but I just love how it looks so much that I couldn't resist doing a tutorial for it. Head over the the Lulu*s blog for the how-to on this look. 
Are you guys planning any Halloween manis this month? Would you like to see me do any looks? 

Happy Polishing :)

P.S. Use a glow in the dark polish or two to really have fun with this ;)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In other news...I've joined the Digital Dozen!

I am so incredibly excited to announce that I now a proud member of The Digital Dozen! It should also come as no surprise that my girl Meghan from Will Paint Nails For Food will also be the latest newbie of the group! I am beyond ecstatic to have been asked to join this incredibly talented group of bloggers. I know I will learn more than I could ever hope to and that they will push me to be a better blogger and artist each month. 
For those who don't know, The Digital Dozen is a group of 24 - yes, we're technically two dozen ;) - knockout nail artists who love to challenge themselves by dedicating a week each month to creating 5 different manicures that fall within a specific theme. It is very daunting but these ladies are proof that it is doable. 

The Digital Dozen has recently embarked on a new and exciting expansion that involved the creation of a social media presence - e.g. a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The goal is to become the go-to place for all things nail art and nail polish. We'll have tips and tricks, tutorials, inspiration, and yes, probably even failures (even we make mistakes with regularity!). 

To say I am excited to be joining this group may be the understatement of the year. I have been forcing my excitement on the boyfriend, my friends, and random strangers who make the terrible mistake of making eye contact with me. I have admired the work of this group since I got into nail art almost a year ago - my blogiversary is November 1st! Holy cow! - and always had what felt like the unattainable dream of joining them one day. I know that this group of ladies will push me to go outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself as an artist. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

I will be participating in my first challenge starting in November, but in the mean time, you can check out The Digital Dozen on various social media sites to learn more. 
You can also meet the existing members of the Digital Dozen here!

Thank you all for your continued support - it means the world to me! <3

Happy Polishing! :)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 26: Inspired by a Pattern

Happy Sunday, everyone! I can't believe that we are getting so close to the end of this challenge - I'm going to miss doing this! It's been great having some accountability and motivation to force me to create each week (even though I'm always late!) and I want to continue participating in different challenges after this finishes up. I do have some thrilling news to share that involves (in my opinion) the ultimate challenge each month. I'm planning a post just about that soon though! Stay tuned :) 

The theme for today's challenge is inspired by a pattern. I wasn't sure if I should stick with a type of pattern that everyone knows (e.g. plaid, stripes or paisley) or if I could find any pattern and be inspired by that. I decided to go with the latter. Though floral is still very much a pattern on it's own, I think it has a much broader range than some other patterns have. There are so many different combinations and types of floral that can be created and I think that is why I'm drawn to creating them in nail art. 

A few months ago I found a website by the name of Pattern Addict run by an incredibly talented lady named Gill. I love every single thing she has created on her site and when I was thinking of things to do for today's theme, I went strait to her website to feel inspired. There are so many great things to look through on her page, but in the end I went with this pattern. While mine doesn't quite do this print justice, I think I did a decent job of it. They are funky and different and I like that.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tutorial photo dump - Looks you may have missed!

So while I've been a terrible blogger on my own blog, I have been incredibly busy putting together looks for other blogs! Here's a roundup post of all the work I've done over the past month and a half.

 I won't bore you with the details on all of these looks (you can click on the picture to be taken to each of the tutorials on their respective host blogs) but if you have any extra questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me an email! 

I'm still working weekly with the fabulous people over at Lulus.com (I seriously want to own all of their product) to create simple tutorials that everyone can do. 
Simple Ombre
Simple Striping Tape
Camo Print
Jelly Sandwich
Nail It! Magazine asked me to produce 2 tutorials for them and I feel so honored to have been considered worthy of mingling with all the fab ladies featured on their site. 
A fall inspired tribal print
Breast Cancer Awareness
Finally, I have recently begun a bi-monthly collaboration with the clothing company Deb Shops putting together tutorials inspired by their clothing. I've only done one look for them so far, but I'm very excited to begin that partnership. 
Scarf Inspired Mani
What do you think of these? Would you want to try any of these? 

Happy Polishing! :)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 25: Inspired by Fashion

Oh my gosh! If there is anyone out there who reads my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I've been MIA for the past 2 weeks (I can't believe it's been that long!). Meghan and I decided to take a brief hiatus from the 31 Day Challenge since we both had busy weeks last week. While I've been doing tutorials for other blogs over the past 2 weeks, I haven't quite managed to post them here yet - hopefully I'll have those up by tomorrow night! I missed you all!

Anyway! We are both back tonight with our Fashion inspired nails! I am not exactly fashion savvy so I wasn't really sure where to even begin with this look but then friend of mine found this fabulous stained glass print dress from Alexander McQueen and I fell in love. I wish I had $1000 to drop on this dress!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 24: Inspired by a Book

I have been looking forward to today's challenge theme since the very beginning - and now that it's here, it feels so underwhelming! I've wanted to do a mani based on one of my favorite kids books, Harold and His Purple Crayon. The story is about a little boy named Harold who one night decides he's going to for a walk with his purple crayon...but finds he doesn't have light to walk by so he draws himself the moon...and he soon find that his walk isn't very interesting so he draws some things to keep it interesting. You can see the book read here if you're interested! 

I decided to recreate some of the my favorite scenes from the book and here is the result!