Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 23: Animal Themed

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Happy Tuesday everyone!! 

  I have been having SO much fun taking on this challenge by Californails. The prompts have been really fun to interpret. I also love that I had a few days between prompts to really give some thought to my next look. The prompt for day 23 is "animal themed". 
 Now, this look may seem familiar to some of you. Especially if you have been following LTHP for some time. Back in 2011 Sammy (The Nailasaurus), Rie (Nails and Noms) and I took on the 31 day nail art challenge and had so much fun doing it as a team and pushing each other to the finish line. One of the prompts in that challenge is "animal print" and [THIS] was the look I did back then. 
 To this day that is still one of my favorite looks (as well as most stolen picture lolol), and I had been really been wanting to recreate it.. So I figured it would be perfect to re- do this look for this challenge. It really begs to be said... Practice really does make perfect, or at least MUCH improvement :D.
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 This look started with a base of Milani White. Which, as the name suggests, it is a clean, crisp White creme. Once my base was nice and dry I started working on my gradients. I used all Bettina shades for my gradients. Bettina shades are so ideal for SO many different types of nail art. They truly do shine when it comes to watermarbles and gradients. 
 On my Index and Pinkie gradients I used Bettina Pink Bikini, Epic and Yellow. For my middle nail gradient I used Bettina Vintage Jean, Purple and Pink Bikini. For my Ring finger gradient I used Bettina Yellow, Hopeful and Vintage Jean. To achieve the gradients I used a bit of cosmetic wedge sponge. I usually paint the colors onto the sponge and the work on my gradients. My technique is fairly similar to the one used in [THIS] tutorial. I will be making a video to show my technique soon.
 Once I was satisfied with my gradients I top coated them with some KBShimmer Clearly on Top and followed that with a coat of INM Northern Lights (of course!!). For the stamp I used Konad plate M78 and Konad Black Special Polish. I sealed it all off with a light coat of Seche Vite and called it a day. 

 Two years later and I am still SO in love with the final product... That said, I was  very temped to just leave my gradients with out the stamping. They looked so Summery and playful! 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this little stroll down LTHP memory lane. It is also amazing to see what a few years of practice can do for ones skill set. This is why I can't stress the importance of patience, time and practice enough. Seeing the improvement is always so encouraging, and gives me hope that someday I might actually get good at freehand designs! 

 The next prompt to take on is "Simple". Even though I have not been posting my designs "on time", I am still so happy to be almost done with this challenge. And not because I want to be done... More because I am actually seeing through to the end. I needed a swift kick in the bum to get motivated and this challenge has helped me a lot. 
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 Thanks for stopping by today my beauties!!! 

14 comments:

  1. These are so fun! Love it without the stamping and with the stamping too!

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  2. This is so awesome! I love the bright and bold colors and especially the animal print stamping. The holo dust is gorgeous too.

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  3. I love all the Lisa Frank type neon animal print manis. This one is no different! :)

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  4. Totally and completely gorgeous. This brings some warmth to my freezing cold day up here in Chicago!

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  5. Great gradient and look! I also love the glitter topper, adding it to my wanted list for sure!

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  6. Beautiful job....this is "classic LTHP"!

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  7. Your gradients are absolutely fantastic! I so envy your ability! I love both of these looks, with and without the animal print!

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  8. Holy Nail Art Batman! This is amaaaaaazing! I had actually pinned a pic of your original a while back, and I can definitely see what you mean about improving. Very inspiring for sure! The gradients on this one are unreal - like it was airbrushed on by a Harley Davidson Rembrandt. Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  9. heehee thank you!! It is pretty incredible what a few years of practice will do to ya hahah! I need to film a tutorial for sure! So many gals have requested one! IDK why I keep putting it off :S

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  10. Oh my goodness! These are amazing!!!

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  11. Love this as much as I did the first time around, though it is great to see your improvement over the years :).

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