Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 29: National Pride

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I forgot to take camera shots of my bridal nails for a blog post but you can check out pictures on my Instagram at the top of the page!

I could not decide where I wanted to go with today’s prompt. I am from DC so National Pride is, well, DC! I considered doing a Christmas tree so I could use my water decals. You can feel the city light up during the Christmas holidays. You can feel the community.  But, I still want to work on my freehand work so I decided to go with fireworks. I did not do a Fourth of July manicure this year so this will be my be-lated one.

 

As always, my pinky crowded a little but I hope you like it anyways!

DSCF0408_fotorI used 2 coats of Wet n Wild Black Creme as my base.

I detailed with a small artist’s brush and Julie G White OrchidColor Club Almost FamousMilani Quick Teal, and Pop Beauty Pacific Hoot.

I finished with Seche Vite to seal the design before I added a generous coat of INM Northern Lights – Silver.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 27: Nautical

I was all over the place for this theme. First, I wanted bubbles to double as an IV infusion nail art. Then, I wanted purple octopi because everyone needs purple octopi in their life. Afterwards, I wanted simple navy/white stripes. Finally, I landed on the one below.

I hope you like it!

 

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I started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Blue My Mind as my base. This blue is so so gorgeous but I rarely use it because the brush sucks! The polish brushes of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure lines are so big and blotchy! The bristles are uneven and hard to manipulate a clean line. I dislike the brush so much I rarely reach for this polish!

Which of your polishes fit this description?? 

I detailed (foam eyeshadow applicator, paintbrush, and dotting tool) with Sally Hansen Blue My MindZoya DreamCrystalMilani Power PeriwinklePop Beauty Pacific Hoot, Wet n Wild Blue Moon, and Sinful Colors Nail Junkie.

I stamped with MoYou London plate 08 (Sailor collection) and Urban Outfitters Westside. I am so pleased with how well this stamped. The Urban Outfitters polishes are great quality for only $4!

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Don’t forget to check out the nautical-themed manicures below!

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 26: Outdoors

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I was so thrilled with this manicure until the top coat smeared the design on my pinky. Bummer. If the base had not taken so long to dry I would have re-done it!

I hope you like the other fingers!

 

DSCF0373_fotorI used 2 coats of Julie G White Orchid and 1 coat of Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen as my base.

I saran-wrapped with Zoya Reece and Julie G White Orchid.

I stamped with Konad Special Polish Black and MoYou London 09 (Pro collection).

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 25: Roses

I forgot how fun freehand work was! This is my first roses manicure but I think it came out really well!

I hope you like it too!

 

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DSCF0360_fotorI used 2 coats of Sally Hansen Petal Pusher as my base.

I detailed with Revlon Parfumerie China FlowerJulie G White Orchid, Sephora by OPI I Come in Peas and Milani Mauve Medley.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Check out the other manicures below!

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 24: Fruits

Typical me, I went with abstract art! I could not bring myself to draw actual fruit so I went for a lemon-lime theme.

I hope you like it!

 

DSCF0354_fotorI used 2 coats of Essie Mademoiselle to even my base.

I detailed with China Glaze In the Lime Light and Color Club Almost Famous.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Don’t forget to check out the other fruity manicures!

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 23: Negative Space

I finally caught up! I was worried because I fell behind four (yes, four!) days. I had off from work today so I sat down and got cracking. Hopefully I stay on track!

As seen in most of my other OMD2 manicures this is my first attempt at negative space. I personally do not like this design, I just do not like the look. People do an awesome job with it but I just think it looks a little strange.

This manicure did not come out the way I wanted. I went for a suspended in air look but I do not think I used enough top coat to achieve that effect. This is also the first time I tried a paintbrush gradient.

I hope you like it. What do you think? Do the bubbles look like they are floating??

DSCF0351_fotorI dotted with Milani Power Periwinkle before applying a generous coat of Seche Vite. Unfortunately it was not a generous enough coat!

After those layers dried I used a flat ended brush to paint a gradient of Pop Beauty Pacific Hoot and Anise Make Waves.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 22: Feathers

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This is my first ever feathers manicure! I think it came out pretty cool looking even though they do not really look like feathers. The color scheme ended up pretty winter holiday-ish but I like it anyways!

I hope you do too!

DSCF0346_fotorI made a mistake on my Instagram and said I used Milani nail polish as my base. It is actually two coats of Wet n Wild Burgundy Frost. 

I detailed with Julie G White OrchidEssie No Place Like Chrome and On a Silver Platter.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 21: Animal Print

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I wanted to make a stamping decal but the SpaRitual polish stamped a little sheer. I just noticed my last few manicures have been green. I guess I am on a green kick right now!

I hope you like my simple but cute tortoiseshell manicure.

 

DSCF0336_fotorI used 2 coats of Color Club Pucci-licious as my base.

I stamped with SpaRitual Howl and Bundle Monster plate BM 313. I had to paint in a few of the spots where the stamp did not stick, hopefully you cannot really notice!

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 20: Chevron

My hands are so shaky, freehand detailing is non-existent. I am not the biggest fan of Chevrons so I went with a very misconstrued detail today: life-lines!

I hope you like it!

 

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I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Secret Admirer as my base.

I detailed with China Glaze In the Limelight.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Oh Mon Dieu 2 Challenge – Day 19: Ombre

I hope you like my green ombre nails for the OMD2 challenge!

 

DSCF0326_fotorFrom pinky to ring finger: Revlon Gel Envy High StakesDeborah Lippmann Defying GravityMilani Mint ChipSephora by OPI It’s Totally Karma.

I stamped the decal with Konad Special Polish Black and Bundle Monster plate BM 303. I used a dotting tool, MilanMint Chip, Formula X for Sephora Thrilling to fill in the empty spaces straight onto the stamper. I used Seche Vite to seal in the design.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.