August 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art

I am so pleasantly surprised at how much I like today's manicure! Recently on my Manicurity Facebook page I sneakily tried to ask for inspiration for my summer manicures by asking y'all to fill in the blank about "when I think of summer, I think of _____." A lot of you said 'neon', 'pedicure' or 'neon pedicure' and thus I was inspired to do this splodgy neon manicure with flip flop stamping :D

The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art - inspired by neon summer pedicures! | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art - inspired by neon summer pedicures! | Manicurity.com @emmathea

About the Design

I had contemplated painting tiny feet on my fingernails and painting on their little bitty neon toe nails, but I realized that I don't use my thematic stamping plates nearly enough. Thus this neon rainbow splodgy/tie-dye background + contrasty flip flop pattern was born!

The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art - inspired by neon summer pedicures! | Manicurity.com @emmathea
^^this is how vibrant it looks in person
The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art - inspired by neon summer pedicures! | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Polishes & Supplies

To get the fun neon base I first did two coats of Zoya Purity, my current go-to white creme polish. Then I dabbed little overlaping blobs of neon China Glaze polishes onto a makeup sponge before rolling it across my nails. The technique is similar to making a gradient but instead of mixing between two shades and blending it onto your nail, you blend the splotches of color together.

I used the flip flop pattern from a Bundle Monster set (the 300 plates) in Cult Nails Nevermore, and topped it all with KBShimmer Clearly on Top! Hooray!

The Digit-al Dozen: Soft Tie Dye Neon Flip Flop Nail Art - inspired by neon summer pedicures! | Manicurity.com @emmathea

Don't forget to check out the other designs below!



Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

August 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen x #TBT: Grassy 'Waterfall' Nail Art

Hello hello! Today I've got a fun combo of The Digital Dozen's 'summer' theme + a #ThrowbackThursday re-do manicure! Last summer I did a guest post for Dizzy Little Digits that featured a grassy half moon with a rainbow french tip (and a fuzzy sheep!) - see that post here. So I re-did my grassy half moon idea with a pretty cloudy sky background using different polish finishes. Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

About the Design

I think there's just something about summer and being outdoors! Even though the weather is so much hotter, everyone is out of school and there are so many fun things that happen outside. Movies in parks, playing sports, running through the sprinkler, catching fireflies at dusk - it all remind me of lush, green grass. I wanted to do a fun, vibrant lawn-inspired manicure for this month's theme :D

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

The Polishes 

First I did one coat of China Glaze Bahamian Escape on all of my nails; it's probably my favorite sky blue polish in my collection! Then I used the corner of a makeup sponge with some thinned white polish to do some abstract, fluffily clouds. To add some depth I used a light grey to make the clouds look a little more realistic.

Then the grass! I used five different green China Glaze polishes - [name them here]. I used my various tapered liner brushes to do strokes and followed The Nailasaurus' Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial.

The Digit-al Dozen x #ThrowbackThursday Re-Do: Grassy Field Freehand 'Waterfall' Nail Art | Manicurity.com

Which do I prefer?

Do I like the original or the new and improved version of this nail art idea better?! I definitely prefer the addition of the clouds on the newer one, and the fact that the grassy pieces done in the waterfall style have more contrast with the different polish finishes (shimmery neons! cremes! crellies!). I think the biggest change in my nail art since last year is my inclusion of polishes with different finishes - for my guest post I exclusively used cremes, but I think the inclusion of shimmer now and then really kicks things up a notch. I think the newer version looks more 'nail art-y' if that makes any sense, but that's not necessarily better or worse than the original. The original grass looks much more realistic!

Check out the other designs below!



Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

August 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Nails


It can't be summer without a swimsuit! Today I have some fun, vibrant yellow nails inspired by the song Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. As you can imagine I've got some polka dots, some yellow polishes, and an accent nail with a tiny bikini painted on it ;D Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Nails - dotticure and freehand bikini nail art | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Digit-al Dozen: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Nails - dotticure and freehand bikini nail art | Manicurity.com @emmathea

About the Design

I was never really clear on if the bikini was yellow and the dots were a different color, or if the bikini had specifically yellow polka dots? For today's manicure I went with a yellow suit with white/off-white polka dots. This feels like a really different style for me because I don't usually reach for semi-sheer glass fleck yellow polishes (who wants VNL with a sheer yellow polish?!) but I do really like the end result of this manicure. It's very cheerful!

The Digit-al Dozen: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Nails - dotticure and freehand bikini nail art | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Digit-al Dozen: Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Nails - dotticure and freehand bikini nail art | Manicurity.com @emmathea

The Polishes & Supplies

I did 3 coats of Color Club Daisy Does It on most nails - it's a beautiful glass fleck polish with duo chrome flecky bits that shift from gold to green from their Take Wing collection. I completed my shimmery nails with polka dots in OPI My Vampire is Buff and french tips in Color Club Almost Famous.

For my bikini accent nail I first did 3 coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff to reach opacity. Then I freehanded the bikini with some of my tiny brushes and Color Club Almost Famous. Finally I added the necessary polka dots with a needle-point dotting tool, and some touches of highlights and lowlights to give it some additional depth.

Now check out the other designs from The Digit-al Dozen for today below!



Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

August 12, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art


Summer is so luscious and vibrant, so I thought a great manicure idea for this week of The Digit-al Dozen would be a skittle set of 'fruit salad' style nail art! I love fruit, and I love the bounty of fresh produce available with the different seasons. Today I present to you some absolutely adorable mini fruit print skittle nails :)

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

About the Design

I am really happy with how these came out! They actually look exactly how I hoped they would :) I wanted to mix pastel base colors with the vibrant shades of the fruits. I did the fruits in rainbow order starting with a pink polish and strawberries, then a pale coraly-orange with oranges, pale yellow with adorable bananas (my favorite nail!), mint green with pears, and a jade green with watermelons.

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

The Polishes & Supplies

I used a mix of tiny striping brushes to freehand the fruits and some various dotting tools - my favorite dotting tool is probably that needle-y sized one. For these I used a lot of different polishes and mixed a lot of the shades for the fruits; definitely too many to list here for you! If you're curious about any specific color please ask in the comments below :D

The Digit-al Dozen: Freehand Fruit Salad Skittle Set o' Nail Art - miniature fruit nails | Manicurity.com

Now check out the other designs by the rest of The Digit-al Dozen below!




Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.