National Day of... Challenge: Cupcake Day Nails

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hi!

So yesterday I got an email from Colleen of Dream It Up Nails, inviting me to join the National Day of.. Challenge! I'm a bit late with this... yesterday (the 19th) was National Cupcake Day, but I didn't get the email until too late yesterday and there was soccer and flute and SAT prep to be done.

But I thought cupcake nails were just too fun of an opportunity to pass on, so I changed my plans of doing back-to-school nails (apples) and changed it to cupcakes! (Apple nails are hopefully coming next week) I haven't been very creative with this theme, but... well... cupcakes are pretty cool.


The blue with the DL polish over it (my not-so-awesome left hand)

The Process: I started with blue that looked a lot lighter in the bottle than it actually is, Jin Soon Poppy Blue. I had forgotten how dark the blue actually was, so I was a bit dismayed when it turned out to be kind of a dark turquoise instead of a, well, poppy blue. To try and fix the mistake, I covered it over with a coat of Deborah Lippmann When Lightning Strikes, a lovely glitter polish with a mix of midsized white glitters and silver microglitters (these are hard to describe. They're kind of like flakies... kind of). It made the blue a lot softer and more satin-y -- success! It went pretty smoothly from that point, except when I accidentally rubbed off the polish on a couple nails and had to re-do them. I used a mini striper for the dark pink stripes and a bobby pin (my makeshift dotting tool) for the icing. Overall it was a very fun design to do!

Polishes Used:
BK #11 (purple dots)
Deborah Lippmann Scream & Shout (dark pink)
Deborah Lippmann When Lightning Strikes (silver glittery)
Jin Soon Poppy Blue (base blue color)
Sally Hansen White On (white)
Wet n' Wild Tickled Pink (light pink)

Tutorials/Other Versions:
Once again, this design is pretty self-explanatory but Lacquerheads of Oz has a nice tutorial. I also liked Swatch and Learn's version. Oh, and of course Cutepolish has her video too!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!

The Nail Snail

23 comments:

  1. These cupcakes are so cute :) I am a nail polish lover and blogger, and ı love all cupcake desings :)

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  2. Super cute!! I love the cupcakes! I haven't tried them yet but I need to!

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    1. Haha, yeah these were on my need-to-try list for a LONG time :)

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  3. Very cute cupcakes! I also love the blue base color...it's really pretty! Also, thanks for joining the challenge!! :)

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for organizing the challenge, it's really fun :)

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  4. Lovely! I keep meaning to try a cupcake design, maybe now seeing yours I will actually get my butt in gear! Haha. :)

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    1. Thanks! Procrastination is wonderful :)

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  5. Such cute cupcakes...who doesn't love a cupcake!!

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    1. Thanks! Haha, you can't go wrong with cupcakes ;D

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  6. Yummy! Cute manicure but now... I need a cupcake! :-D

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  7. Oh my, what a cute mani! Your cupcakes are adorable and quite delicious-looking! :)

    ~ Yun

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  8. These are so cute! This sounds like such a fun challenge! :)

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