Monday, July 1, 2013

Hipster Mix and Match - China Glaze Sunsational Nail Art

Everyone has a little hipster spirit inside of them, and in today's nail art, I couldn't help but embrace mine! I pulled out all the stops: chevrons, bows, drips, geometrics... The only thing I left out were the nebulae. ;)


Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Side note: isn't it funny how hipster is basically just the newest word for 80s?

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

For this look, I used all six of the China Glaze Sunsational collection creme shades. The collection also has 6 jellies but I'll be showing those off another day.

Sun of a Peach is a neon peach; you can see it used as the base on my middle finger. Unfortunately I had a hard time photographing this one correctly next to the other shades! It's a bit brighter and a touch lighter. Lots of fun. The formula was a little bit difficult to work with -- I used three coats to even things out.

Highlight of My Summer is a bright neon mint green. I used it in the dots on my pinky and the triangles on my ring finger. Again, it is a touch brighter than in the photo. I had trouble with application because I didn't wait long enough between coats. I ended up using 4 thin coats to even everything out.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Too Yacht to Handle is a bright teal. I used it as the base on my thumb and for the drips on my middle finger. The formula on this one isn't too bad... I think I used three coats for opacity.

That's Shore Bright is the purple base of my pointer finger and the second layer of dots on my pinky. A bit darker than I was able to capture, this one had the best formula out of all of the cremes. I used two coats for opacity and it applied easily.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Neon & On & On is the coral-y shade on the base of my pinky and as the chevrons on my pointer. I like this shade a lot, it's super bright, summery, and fun. I used three coats for opacity.

Bottoms Up is the pretty pink that I used on my ring finger and as the bow on my thumb. The formula on this one wasn't bad either, needing three coats for opacity.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

I recently lost my trusty striper brush, so I was forced to use a different nail art brush for this look. I was surprised to learn that I actually liked the replacement better!

I started with a shorter brush and then cut the amount of bristles down by half using cuticle nippers. If you've never cut a brush before, Candice did a great video tutorial on it that I would recommend checking out. The shorter brush gives me better control, and lowering the amount of bristles let me keep the fine lines that my old striper brush created. Here's an Instagram shot of the new brush if you want to check it out!

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

What do you think? Do you want to be friends with my inner hipster?

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available this month at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.
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32 comments

  1. These colors looks so pretty together!

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  2. Danni Riquelme ZumaetaJuly 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Amazing design :)

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  3. this is so bright and funky!

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  4. What a fantastic mani! I had such a huge 80's phase in high school and yes....I do want to be friends with your inner hipster ;)

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  5. Sugar Coated NailsJuly 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Adore this! So fun and funky!

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  6. Beautiful fun mani! :)

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  7. I love how this looks! It all goes together SO well! <3

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  8. A Girl and Her PolishJuly 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    You continue to amaze me with your designs! :)

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  9. Alissa IDoMyOwnNailsJuly 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    We would make such great friends! I feel like all of your nail art is something i would either wear or come up with, it's so exciting!

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  10. I can't even begin to express my deep love for these nails. They are positively brilliant. Amazing use of the colors and the work is flawless! Perfect!!!

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  11. Stephanie CortezJuly 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    wow!!! I love all the colors! And thanks for the idea to cut my brush! :)

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  12. Great nail art!

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  13. galorious.blogspot.comJuly 2, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    i love it! its so bright!

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  14. Wow I love your drip. I think it's the best drip I have ever seen.

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  15. Awesome! Jem and the Holograms would be proud of this mani, haha.

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  16. Gorgeous nails! :D

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  17. I love these! All of your nails look amazing! :)

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  18. I love this desing! it looks perfect! :) xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  19. Great combinations!
    http://alltheselittlethings1.blogspot.com/2013/07/summer-nailpolishes.html

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  20. Definitely one of my favorite nail art looks of all time! I love this soo much. I might have to recreate, but I'll be sure to give you credit.

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  21. FrechfriesmonsterJuly 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Nice color combinations!! really love your manicure idea...
    www.frenchfriesmonster.com

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  22. LittleMonsterx14July 4, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    ooh i love this! so cute and fun!

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  23. Such a great nail art! And thanks about link to video! It will be useful! ;)

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  24. The 3D dots and the little bow are sooooo pretty!

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  25. Ekaterina TitkovaAugust 3, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    It's awesome! I'm new to your blog and I am surprised that most of your manicures are neither glossy nor matte. It looks wonderful! I've read in FAQ that you use Seche Vite topcoat, but on all photos of it I've seen it looked very glossy. Does it really look in real life just as in your blog?

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  26. My nails are usually pretty darn glossy in person. My photos are taken inside a lightbox which I think helps diffuse the shine, and then also I usually try to angle my nails so that the glare is minimized.

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  27. Ahhhh love!!! I would hate to take them off if those were my nails!
    x Court
    www.madeinmarcelle.blogspot.com

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