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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Where Are My Challenge Posts? AKA How I'm Participating This Year

Hi everyone! Today is the first day of the 31 Day Challenge 2016, and I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with! Personally, I've decided to do things a little differently this year. With all the changes in my job, my life, the scope of blogging and social media... It seemed best to try something new. 

So, my plan for this year is to do all of the challenge prompts on sets of plastic nail tips and film insta-tutorials at the same time.

Here's why:
  1. I don't make enough video content, and this will force me to do it. I love watching everyone else's videos, and now I will actually be contributing!
  2. I get to keep the nail tips after I'm done and add them to my sample board at work for clients!
  3. Working on a nail tip is closer to working on a client than if I were to do the nail art on my own hands. I'll get more practice!
  4. Everything I wear on my own hands gets thrashed at work.
Between you and me, I am feeling a bit guilty about not sticking to my usual challenge format. But I'm trying not to be too hard on myself about it, and I know this will still be plenty challenging. I hope you will enjoy the tutorials just as much as my old types of challenge posts! 

As for what you can expect here on ye olde blog...
⋗ I added an Instagram widget above the main post area which will take you right to the Insta posts (you can view them all regardless of if you have an Instagram account or not).
⋗ I will also likely do a few summary-style roundup posts throughout the duration of the challenge.

And finally...
Not into Instagram? The posts will also be pushed to my Facebook and Tumblr.

Thank you, and enjoy! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2016

September is almost here, and that means the 31 Day Challenge is almost here, too! I always take on this challenge every year, and, also as always, I invite you to join me! if you're interested in challenging yourself and your nail art, The 31 Day Challenge is perfect for you.

Unfamiliar with the challenge? Stop by the 31 Day Challenge FAQ to learn more!

Want to check out the work that I've done previously? Check out my roundups for 2011201220132014, and 2015.

And one final note: don't forget to use this year's hashtag: #31DC2016!

Here are the 31 Day Challenge prompts for 2016! Feel free to share, repost, upload to your blog, put on Instagram, etc. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2015 Roundup (& Only a Year Late, Too!)

Almost a year ago, in September 2015, I tackled the 31 Day Challenge for the fifth time ever. I shamefully forgot to do a roundup last year, but figured "better late than never" and completed it this morning. You can also check out the roundup of my manicures from 2015 on my 31DC2015 Pinterest board.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The 31 Day Challenge 2016 Update

Hi everyone! I've been receiving lots of tweets, messages, and emails about whether or not I am hosting the 31 Day Challenge this year! The good news is that, yes, I will be hosting it! The bad news is that I don't have the prompt images ready yet. I will have them ready to go in the next week or so, and definitely before the traditional September 1st start date, so just bear with me for a few days.

In the meantime, you can check out the 31 Day Challenge FAQ to start learning more about this fun yearly tradition!

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Watercolor Wash with Splattered Accents

Watercolor marbled nails by @chalkboardnails

Recently, I had the very exciting opportunity to do an interview with our local CW station here in Phoenix, CW6! I knew they would be filming an up-close view of me doing some nail art, so I knew I had to do something jazzy on my own nails, too. I adapted this look from a Neiru lesson called "Fuchsia Swirl" by Mariko Shida.


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