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Hunger Games Nail Art!

Hello tributes!

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! In honor of tonight’s release of the new Hunger Games trilogy movie, Catching Fire, I decided to pay homage to the popular series with a little nail art! The Hunger Games is honestly one of my favorite book series of all times. I read all three books while I was recovering from surgery last spring and it kept me engaged and distracted from the pain. I’ve heard good things about the second movie, and I love Jennifer Lawrence (such a classy lady), so I can’t wait to see it sometime soon!

The most well known symbols of the Hunger Games series are the mockingjay and fire, since Katniss is “The Girl on Fire”. On all my fingers except for my ring finger, I painted two coats of China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, a smoky black with a subtle blue and green duochrome, and is appropriately part of last year’s Capitol Colors Collection (the District 12 shade!). On my thumb, I used a toothpick and a small dotting tool to freehand Katniss’s iconic mockingjay pin using Body Central Gold. On my ring finger (which I painted with 1 coat of e.l.f. Sunflower), I created a flame inspired gradient, using Ulta Ruby Slipper (the red), OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative (the orange-y gold) and e.l.f. Sunflower (the yellow). On the rest of my nails, I used a medium sized dotting tool with Gold to create a line of dots across the sides of my black nails. I’m super happy with how this turned out! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I’m getting so much better at freehanding things these days, I’m quite pleased with myself. I hope I get to wear this to the movies- I always take off manicures so quickly in order to blog. Guess I’ll just have to go see it tomorrow! What do you think of my Katniss Everdeen nail art tribute? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~

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MOTD- Rue 21 “Glow in the Dark”

Hey chicas!

It’s been a rough Tuesday (but then again, what Tuesday isn’t rough?). I have 3 tests tomorrow and have been studying like crazy, which is why this post is late/short. Hopefully you’ll still love the polish I have for you today, it’s perfect for Halloween!

While at Rue 21 with my friends this weekend, I stumbled across this lacquer in their “new arrivals” section. It’s called Glow in the Dark, and is a bright, neon yellow that, well, glows in the dark! I knew right away I had to have it.  Now, I figured that this was going to be a pretty sheer polish, but I decided to try it without undies anyway. Bad, bad, bad idea. It looks like my nail yellowed a TON. Not attractive at all, and in 3 coats, it’s nowhere near close to being opaque, I’d imagine it’d take at least 5-6 coats to start building the color, and even then there’d still be VNL! Here’s a picture in case you were wondering…

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Like Zoya’s Maria-Luisa from yesterday, this polish is meant to be layered. For the rest of my nails, I started off with 2 coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White, let that dry, then applied two coats of Glow in the Dark. Over white, Glow in the dark has a very mellow, almost semi-electric butter appearance to it (I know, what a strange description, but that’s what you get when your blogger is dead tired!). I actually kinda like the yellow. Pictures below are without topcoat.

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Now, the true test of a glow in the dark polish is, well, its glowing capabilities. The polish directs you to hold nails up to the light for several seconds before turning the light off for maximum glow. I followed the instructions, and wow! The glow really works! Of course, taking pictures in the dark is a pain and my camera wasn’t having it, but here’s what I *attempted* to get.

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Super glowy, no? Sorry the pictures are miserably awful, but they were the best out of the 30 I took…. It still manages to show the effect though!

While I doubt I’ll be wearing this polish on its own, you can bet that I’ll definitely be incorporating it into my Halloween manis for this year (all next week- be watching for them!). It has got almost a slightly gritty texture when dried- definitely not like the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes but still kinda rough. Not a big deal, but it does deter one from using it as a full manicure color. I’ve been wanting a glow in the dark polish for a while now, and I’m glad I’ve finally gotten one! What do you think of this kind of polish effect, hot or not? Let me know in the comments!

Rue 21 polishes retail for $3.99 a bottle, but are frequently on sale for 2 bottles for $5, a great bargain! The polishes can be bought at either a Rue 21 store location or on their website, here.

~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 29- Inspired by the Supernatural

Hi everyone!

Today’s prompt, the supernatural, was a bit difficult for me. I’m not into scary things (I’m such a crybaby at horror movies, it’s ridiculous) and dragons and phoenixes are too difficult to paint in miniature. I then thought of ghosts, but that seemed far too clichéd. And then it hit me: what if I went tongue-in-cheek, and did Pacman ghosts. And so it went.

To create my classic arcade-inspired nails, I started off by painting all of my nails with two coats of Love and Beauty Black. I then took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and drew the outlines of Pacman with his dots on my thumb and the 4 ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Sue, on my other fingers. I filled in the designs with white to make sure that the colors would stand out against the black. Once that had dried, I filled in Pacman and the dots with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Inky with a mix of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away and Mint Sorbet, Pinky with a mix of Love and Beauty Pink Creme and Snow Me White, Blinky with e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, and Sue with Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed. Once those colors dried, I put little white dots on the ghosts for eyes, and put a black dot inside of them. And Pacman has come to life on my nails! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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So it’s not quite spooky or scary, but it sure is cute! ^__^ Sue is a little cross-eyed, but hey, she was always the odd one out xD Let me know if you like Pacman too in the comments below!

Only TWO DAYS LEFT of the 31DC2013!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have 🙂 Tomorrow is “inspired by a tutorial”, so if you have a favorite tutorial, make sure to let me know in the comments! I always need inspiration!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 28- Inspired by a Flag(s)

Hi everyone!

So, I’m using today’s 31DC2013 theme as an announcement. I’m going to be going on my very first trip to Europe this summer! I’m taking a cruise, so I’m going to have the opportunity to see multiple countries. And today, my nails are representing the countries I’ll be visiting. So, without further ado….

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I’m going to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, and Estonia!! If you live in or are from any of these countries, let me know in the comments! You don’t know how excited I am to see these countries. The Baltic area has always fascinated me, and I can’t wait to experience the sites, sounds, and culture these countries have to offer! And of course, I’d love to see the best nail polish brands from abroad, too 🙂

To create today’s design, I used the tape manicure technique. I started with a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow on my thumb, Rue Beauté 043 on my pointer finger, e.l.f. Skinny Jeans on my middle finger, Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my ring finger, and Love and Beauty Black on my pinky. I made tape crosses on my thumb and pointer finger, and a strip of tape down the middle of my middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. I painted Skinny Jeans over my thumb, Snow Me White over my pointer finger, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot on the tip of my middle finger and Snow Me White on the base, Smokin’ Hot on my ring finger, and Skinny Jeans on the base of my pinky, and Snow Me White on the tip. I peeled off the tape, and ta da! Lots of flags, in the order of my itinerary! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I hope you guys like them! And to my viewers from these 5 countries, what are the best local nail polish brands, and where can I find them when I’m on my vacation? I’d love to be able to pick up some foreign lacquers as souvenirs!

We’re winding down on the 31DC2013, folks! It’s been one crazy ride, no? Tomorrow is a supernatural inspired design. Oooh, ghosts and monsters and witches! Can’t wait!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 27- Inspired by Artwork (The Scream)

Hi all!

I’m going to admit, today was a struggle. I’m really no artist, I just happen to be good with nail polish. I swear, when I pick up a paintbrush or colored pencil and try to do this stuff in real life, the end result is horrific. I don’t know why it always works on my nails, lol! So having to put a real life work of art on my nails was kinda terrifying! In the end, I’m pleased with the result, and I hope you agree with me!

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My inspiration for today’s design came from the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. It’s very surreal, which I love because of its abstract nature. I immediately knew that I wanted to emulate the swirls of the paint through water marble, and I separated the color patterns into three parts: the oranges, yellows, and reds of the sky, the blues of the water, and the browns of the bridge. I started by painting all of my nails white (Sinful Colors Snow Me White) to get the best and boldest water marble.

To get the sun-lit sky, I put drops of Essie Tart Deco, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow and Sally Hansen Sun Kissed into a bowl of lukewarm tap water. I used a toothpick to draw random, linear patterns, and dipped my thumb and middle finger into the mix. To get the water, I put drops of Rue Beauté 043, Rue Beauté 033, e.l.f. Lavender Mist, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White into a bowl, created the same linear pattern, and dipped my pointer and ring fingers into the mix. For the bridge, I mixed Rue Beauté 004 and Rue Beauté 063 in the same linear pattern, and just dipped in my pinky.

For the scream himself, I mixed together Snow Me White, 004, and Love and Beauty Black on a palette, and freehanded the shape of his face on my ring finger. Once that dried, I used a mix of black and the navy 043 to freehand the mouth and eyes. I then used the grey mixture to draw on his hands next to his face. And ta da! Art on my fingers! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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So there’s my version of art. Please share if you like it! It means a lot to me! And I really want to see all of your amazing nail art designs as well, so make sure to share them!

Tomorrow is flag inspired day. I already have my design planned and ready to go! Come back tomorrow to see what I have in store!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 19- Galaxy Nails!

Hi earthlings!

Today I have for you a super fun, outer-space inspired manicure! I’m gonna have to admit to you guys, this was the challenge I’ve been the most nervous about. Looking at other galaxy nails scares me a bit- they all look sooooo complicated! Thankfully, with the help of some youtube tutorials (thanks again to cutepolish!) and some sponging practice, I think I’ve gotten the hang of it! I hope you’ll like it!

I started out with two coats of Love and Beauty Black polish. Once that dried, I tore off a piece of a makeup sponge to make sure the edges of the sponge were kind of jagged (it helps keep the design look blended and not so stark). I dipped the sponge in Sinful Colors Snow Me White (making sure there was barely any polish on the sponge) and dabbed the white in stripes across my nail to look like the bases of little nebulas. After letting the white dry, I took the same sponge, dipping it this time into e.l.f. Sunflower, a slightly shimmery yellow. I sponged this all over the white area, trying to concentrate the color near one specific area of the white (it’s up to you to pick where you want that area to be). After letting that dry, I took a pink, Wet n’ Wild Shine in Lavender Creme, to repeat the same sponging technique. Now let me pause for a moment. Lavender Creme. REALLY Wet n’ Wild? This color is a hot pink, there’s nothing lavender about it… Usually Wet n’ Wild is pretty spot on with their super cute and creative names, but this just confuses me…. But enough of that tangent. Back to the design! Once the pink dries, I took a navy polish (Rue Beauté 043) and dabbed it on the outer edges of the nebulas to blend them in. I wanted the design to look super blended, so I was generous with the navy. I then took a toothpick and Snow Me White and dabbed tiny stars in random areas across the nail, and put bigger dots to represent larger stars in the middle of the nebulas. To finish off, I took Ulta Salon Formula Nail Color in Glitter Topcoat to create even tinier stars on the nails. And ta da! Done! Aren’t they out of this world? (totally pun intended). Pictures below are without topcoat!

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Some of the white dots smeared a bit when I applied the glitter topcoat, but I like how that looks. It almost reminds me of shooting stars! In this case, the smudging is a good thing!

I hope you all like this design! I’m really proud of how it turned out! And I promise, it’s easy. It’s so impressive looking, but it takes, like, 15 minutes to do. The longest waiting you’ll do is for your black polish to dry! If you like this look, please share it on social media, and make sure to share your galaxy designs with me, as well!

Tomorrow is water marbling day! We all know I’m a huge fan of this technique, so I hope I can come up with something amazing for you!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 16- Tribal Print Nails!

Hi everyone!

Words cannot describe how absolutely excited I am to share this design with you today!! I’m SO PROUD of how my free-hand skills have developed during this challenge. Chalkboard Nails was soooooo right- this challenge is great for improving your mani skills! So without further ado, let’s just jump right into the design!

My concept of tribal print before today was more warm, Native American-esque colors, like bright oranges, navys, reds, and browns. While I think that’s a beautiful color palette, I wanted to do something out of the box. Then, Google search gave me this image.

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OMG IS THIS NOT GORGEOUS? This needed to be on my nails, ASAP. I ran up to my polish stash to pick out colors. I started with two coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White.  Then, I free-handed the tribal print design with toothpicks. The colors I picked are as follows:

Green: Rue Beauté 031

Yellow: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow

Pink: Love and Beauty Pink

Dark Blue: e.l.f. Skinny Jeans

Sky Blue: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away

Neon Coral: Pink Ice 086

Purple: Sinful Colors Dream On

Orange: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed

Pictures below are without topcoat!

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I didn’t think I was going to like today’s design, but I really, really love it! There might be some tears shed when I have to take it off! I hope you guys like the design as much as I do 🙂

Please make sure to show me all of your wonderful designs on social media! I love seeing your amazing creations! And if you like my design, make sure to share it, too!

Tomorrow is GLITTER DAY!! We all know I’m a glitter-holic, so hopefully I’ll come up with something sparkly and amazing tomorrow!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 14- Flower Nails!

Hi everyone!

So today I wanted to do something a little….out of the box. Flower day just has this connotation to it- frilly and feminine and romantic. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I, like always, wanted to be unique. So, my inner nerd came out.

Instead of doing a literal flower design, I turned to my favorite video game hero, Mario, for inspiration. The fire flower is such an iconic image in the Mario game series. I wanted to pay homage to it on my nails!

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Fire Flower!!

Since my nails are super small, I didn’t feel like I could draw a good-looking flower on any nail except for my thumb. So on my pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky, I created a cheeky french tip design. I started with a base of 2 coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White. Then, I painted Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow across the tips. After that dried, I painted a slightly thinner strip of orange (Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed) across the tip, and let that dry, as well. I outlined the bottom of the french tip with Love and Beauty Black, and sealed the design with OPI topcoat.

For the thumb, I really can’t explain how I drew the flower, because I just freehanded it, using a toothpick to draw the lines. The only new color that’s on the thumb and not the rest of the nails is the green for the stem, which is a mixture of Sinful Colors’ Innocent and Rue Beauté 040. Pictures are below!

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I hope you all like my creative twist on the flower nail art design! If you like it, please share it on social media, and share your designs with me!

Tomorrow is “delicate design” day. I’m seeing lace, maybe? Who knows. Come check out my design tomorrow!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013- Day 3- Yellow Nails!

Hi there guys!

3 days into the challenge and I’m still holding up! Whew! This is harder than I thought it would be, it’s really testing my creativity! I hope you guys are liking the results though!

I found today’s challenge to be easier than yesterday’s. Orange just isn’t my color. And really, yellow isn’t either. But I feel like yellow has a lot more design possibilities to work with. And I think I found the perfect one! When I think about yellow, three things come to mind: cheese, daffodils, and bumble bees. I immediately nixed cheese because, really? Cheese on your nails? Ew. Not a fan.

Then on to option 2: the daffodil. A lovely springtime flower. Too bad I just did flowers yesterday. Next!

So, I settled on the bumblebee! I think they’re soooo adorable (if you ignore the stingers, you know!), so they seemed like the perfect bug to paint on my nails, lol. I decided to do a bee flying across the sky, so to start, I picked a sky-toned blue. The color I picked is Pink Ice in 040. Pink Ice polishes are found at Rue 21 store locations. 040 is a light sky blue with a subtle purple shimmer running through it (the purple is more prominent in the bottle). It dries to a satin finish- somewhere in between a glossy and matte. Then, I used Sinful Colors in Snow Me White with a makeup sponge to dab clouds on the nails in random locations. Then, I drew the bee. I outlined it first in Love and Beauty Black, then filled it in with the yellow star of the show, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mellow Yellow. I then decided to add black dots in random paths to represent the bee’s flight path. Yes, I know yellow technically isn’t the most prominent color in this manicure, but I think yellow is a hard color to wear, so I didn’t want to go overboard with it. I hope you agree with me! Pictures below are with no topcoat.

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I hope you guys like this design, it’s probably my favorite one I’ve done so far, and I don’t even like yellow! I’m having a really fun time with this challenge, and can’t wait for green day tomorrow!

Also, if you guys want to share links to your #31DC2013 nails, either put a link in the comments, tweet me a link or pic @polishinfluenza, or post it to my Facebook page. I really want to see your designs, and I’d love to publicize them here. Don’t be shy about being selfish for posting your link on my page- I don’t mind, really! I’ve also included a link to an Inlinkz page where other bloggers have already added their pictures. Check it out- and feel free to add yours!

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~Beth~


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Nail Art- Summer Polka Dots w/ My Sister!

Hi there!

So to break up the monotony of all the MOTD posts, today I have nail art for you guys! My sister recently started her first day of high school (she’s a freshman this year!) and she asked me to do something on her nails to make them stand out on the first day. Being the nail polish addict I am, I was happy to oblige. She told me she wanted something dotted, and I had been wanting to do a dot nail art design for awhile. So we picked the colors and got to work. Here’s the design we created!

I wanted to go with a fun, upbeat color scheme, since technically, it is still summer. My sister liked the idea of yellow and pink together, and I liked it as well. For my pink, I used a Love and Beauty satin-finish pink (I ripped the name off by mistake, unfortunately). It even smells a bit fruity when it dries, though I’m not sure why. The yellow I chose, for the base color on the nails, was Love and Beauty Yellow. It’s a shimmery, sheer yellow with silver shimmer running through it. In terms of yellows, this one is a cooler, lemon tone, as opposed to some of the warmer yellows. Unfortunately, this yellow was in no way opaque enough to make the yellow polka dots, so I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mellow Yellow for the polka dots. I alternated between yellow nails/pink dots and pink nails/yellow dots. To make the dots, I just used a toothpick (I don’t currently own any nail art dotting tools). Pictures below are with no topcoat.

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So what do you think of the polka dot design? Are you a fan of this kind of nail art? Let me know in the comments! Also, special thanks to my sister, Sarah, for her guest modeling!

~Beth~