Sadly, I have a head cold and it is wiping me out. I still took the time to do my nails lol – seriously, if I was sick and had to look at chipping and tip wear, I’d cry. So a fresh mani is medicine for my soul! I did choose to do something simple, however, just to make sure I wasn’t straining over my nails for several hours!
After my creepy clown manicure, I wanted to do something a bit more lighthearted and fun with traditional Halloween colors. As always, I am a huge fan of pattern, so I included dots and chevrons!
Dotticures really appeal to me – largely because dotting is one of the first techniques I tried, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I often go back to it when I don’t really have any other ideas in mind. Mani autopilot!
As if one challenge wasn’t enough, I picked up a second one because it is being coordinated for BHB, which is my online hangout of choice for nails. Today was the first challenge with a prompt of Trees/Leaves, so I opted to go the leaves route!
A day late on this one, but still chugging onward with this challenge. For this challenge I made water marble decals, which is definitely a new-to-me technique. This was also my first opportunity to use one of my new Color Club top coats from their gorgeous Made in New York line. I’ll be doing a separate swatch entry for the two toppers I have soon, but I simply couldn’t resist using it any longer!
Prepping for my next mani, I put on Zoya Kalista, a gorgeous deep brown/burgundy color. Zoya describes the color as a
Dark espresso brown with plum-purple undertones and strong golden shimmer
I’m not seeing a lot of golden shimmer on my nail, though I can see a hint of it in my second picture – hopefully tomorrow I can look at it in the sun – but it is still a gorgeous polish!
Now that the awkward “I’m here” post is out of the way, I am ready to dive right in. I’ve been doing #nailartsep challenge by Californails this month – I’ve seen people doing these challenges in the past, of course, but this is the first time I have participated! The great thing about these challenges is that it forces you to get creative and, if you are a novice like me, introduces you to new techniques and styles that you may not have thought about previously. Luckily, this one also coincided with my BHB Thursday challenge, so two birds, one mani.