Halloween Nail Art Tutorial – Cat Eyes

Hey guys!

Today I have another Halloween tutorial for you! This is for another of my designs from last Halloween and a tutorial for this one has been requested a couple of times through my nail art requests page.

I was actually hesitant about doing a tutorial for this design because the only photo I have of the finished design is one that I’m really unhappy with. I know my nails have been in worse shape (for proof check out this post) but I’m still embarrassed about the state of them in this photo. However, I know you guys want to see this tutorial so I’m swallowing my pride and just doing it!

This is the design I’ll be showing you how to do today:

Keep reading for the tutorial!

What you’ll need:

The exact brands/names of the polishes I’ve used are in brackets but you can use whatever brands/shades you have in your stash.

Black creme polish (Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme), white creme polish (China Glaze White on White), lime green creme polish (OPI Who the Shrek Are You?), yellow-gold polish (Nicole by OPI Yellow, It’s Me Matte).

Your favourite base (CND Stickey) and top coat (Seche Vite).

A detail brush (mine is from Michael’s and the brand name is Simply Simmons).

A large and a medium sized dotting tool (mine are from eBay and they’re very inexpensive).

Step 1:
Apply your base coat. (I didn’t think it was necessary to take a photo of this step.)

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your black creme polish. And FYI, I’ll only be showing you how to do one of the eyes but you’ll be able to understand how to do both eyes using this tutorial.

Step 3:
Using your detail brush and your white creme polish, draw a large diagonal D shape near the base of your nail. Fill it in with the white.
Do the same thing on your index finger except this time make your D shape a backwards one. The white base will make the green colour we’re going to use pop against the black background.
After you’ve filled in your D shapes, take your detail brush and your black polish and go back and clean up the lines around the shapes to make it more neat.

Step 4:
Using your lime green polish, fill in the white D shapes you just made.

Step 5:
Using your large dotting tool and your yellow-gold polish, place a large dot inside each of your D shapes. The placement of the dot should not be centered – it should be closer to the inside of the nail. These will serve as the pupils.

Step 6:
Switch to your small dotting tool and using your white creme polish, make two small dots at the top corner of your D shapes. These will serve as reflection points and will make the eyes look a tad more realistic/give the design more depth.

Step 7:
Using your detail brush and your black creme polish, draw a line that goes almost all the way through the entirety of both eyes. You’ll want for these lines to get thinner as they make their way through the eyes.

Step 8:
After allowing your design to dry completely, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.

Optional: In my original design I chose to leave my other nails (thumb, middle and pinky) with just the black creme polish on them. However, if I were to repeat this design now, I would probably do the eyes on my middle and ring finger (instead of the index and ring) and then add something else to the rest of the nails (such as some simple Halloween-themed stripes or dots). This is up to you though so have fun, play with the design and make it your own!

As always, I hope this tutorial was helpful and I hope some of you will try this design out for yourselves. And I’d love to see pictures if you try it!

Christmas Nail Art Tutorial – Winter Wonderland

Hey guys!

I’m cutting it close, but I think I’ve got time to squeeze in one last Christmas tutorial! Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two days away? This year has gone by so fast!

This tutorial is for my Winter Wonderland design that I posted a couple of days ago. It’s actually quite easy, just a little time consuming.

Keep reading for the tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Base and top coat
  • Three shades of blue creme polish: dark, medium and light
  • White creme polish
  • Makeup sponge
  • Black dotting tool (you could use a toothpick if you don’t own dotting tools)
  • Small nail art brush
Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your lightest shade of blue.

Step 3:
After allowing your light blue polish to dry, follow the steps in my gradient tutorial to create a smooth gradient using the three shades of blue. The darkest shade should be near your cuticle and work down to the lightest shade at the tip.

Step 4:
Using your nail art brush and the white polish, create snowy mounds at the tips. Don’t worry about the shapes being perfect because they should be irregular – just like fallen snow!

Step 5:
To create the trees, first start with a small vertical line. Add an arrow shape at the top. Then, working your way down the length of the tree, draw horizontal lines to create branches. As you work your way down to the base of the tree, the horizontal lines should continue to get longer. If you wish, you can curve your branches slightly upwards like I did, but you might find it easier to just create straight lines, which is also fine.

Step 6:
Using your small dotting tool or toothpick, add some dots in the empty space around the trees to simulate falling snow.

Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page! Or, share in on Instagram and tag me (@kaylashevonne) in your post!

Thanks for looking!

Nail Art Tutorial – Ikat Print Design

Hey guys!

As some of you may have seen, yesterday I posted on twitter that for the first time in a very long time, my to-swatch bin is completely empty! I felt pretty good about that!

So without anything to swatch right now, I figured I’d get to work on some tutorials for you! The one I’m starting with is my Ikat print design, which I’ve shown you before both here and here. It’s super easy as long as you have the right materials, so I encourage everyone to give this one a try!

Keep reading on for the step-by-step tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Base and top coat
  • Two polish colours of your choosing (I chose yellow and teal today, but as you can see below, I’ve done this design with several other colour combos)
  • Black and white striping polishes (The ones I’m using are my go-to stripers from the It’s So Easy brand, which can be found at Sally Beauty Supply)
Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with whichever polish you chose as your base colour.

Step 3:
After allowing your base colour to dry, take your white striping polish and create one or two irregular triangle shapes on each of your nails.

Step 4:
Using your second colour, place a small amount in the middle of all your white triangles. Follow the general shape of the white triangle, but don’t try to make it too perfect – the irregularity of these shapes is what makes this print look so cool in the end.

Step 5:
Now using your black striping polish, you want to outline your white triangles. Be careful not to make the outline too thick as you still want to see the white underneath. The key to this step is to make sure there’s not too much polish on your brush and use slight flicking motions with the striper in order to create wispy edges.

Step 6:
Still using your black striping polish, add a touch of black to the second colour you used above (for me it’s the teal). The black doesn’t need to be any particular size and it doesn’t need to be perfectly centred. Again, the irregularity of this mani is what makes it awesome.

Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.

The design is really versatile, so you can switch up the colours to better suit your own personal style! Here are two other colour combinations that I’ve done in the past:

I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page! Or, share it on Instagram and tag me (@kaylashevonne) in your post!

Thanks for looking!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for this Jelly Floral Mani

I love this floral design from MrCandiipants and I’ve been meaning to try my own version of it for quite some time now. If you’re not already following Candice, you really should. She’s incredibly talented, especially with floral designs. She’s basically the queen of floral nail art imo.

Anyways, I wanted to go with a bright, yet slightly muted colour palette so I chose four of the jelly shades from the China Glaze Sunsational Collection – Are You Jelly?, Keepin’ It Teal, Shell-O and Heat Index over a base of none other than OPI My Vampire is Buff

I won’t go into details about the specific technique for creating the look since Candice has already posted a tutorial that you can follow. It’s super simple and you really don’t need any special nail art tools at all.

Nails of the Day – Jawbreaker Candy


Hey out there,

So I thought I would start out my first blog post with a simple posting of my notd. This started out as a design inspired by the game Twister but it started to get a little messy and instead of starting over, I decided to run with it. So now I’m calling this design my Jawbreaker nails because it totally reminds me of those big jawbreaker candy I used to get cavities from when I was a kid.

Products:

• Orly “Orlon Basecoat”
• China Glaze “White on White”
• Revlon “Revlon Red”
• China Glaze “Four Leaf Clover”
• OPI Ogre-the-Top Blue”
• Orly “Spark”
• Orly “Sealon Topcoat”

Christmas Nail Art – Dotted Christmas Trees

Hey guys!

Like I figured I would, I removed the candy cane mani yesterday and did a whole new design. This one was inspired by a holiday card we received where the image of the Christmas tree on front was done abstractly with polka dots. I thought the concept would translate really well into a nail design, so that’s what I did! If you want to see the holiday card, I posted a picture of it here on Instagram.

The base colour here is Zoya Purity and then I used a bunch of different green polishes to create the trees:

OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
China Glaze Gaga for Green
China Glaze Four Leaf Clover
China Glaze Holly-Day
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint and
China Glaze Running in Circles

Then I used a small nail art brush and China Glaze Ruby Pumps to create the little stars on top.

I realized a couple of things while doing this mani:
1.) I have a large selection of green polishes from China Glaze, but not many from any other brands, and
2.) Making tiny stars symmetrical, especially using my non-dominant hand, is super hard!

I’m much happier with this mani than I was with the watercolour candy canes. And it got a ton of compliments at my fiance’s work Christmas party last night!

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Featured Blog – October: Adventures in Acetone

Hey guys!

Welcome to October’s featured blog post! I’ve known since last month’s feature which one I would be doing next so I’m actually early posting this one! For my newer followers who haven’t seen one of my featured blog posts before, check out my Featured Blogs tab at the top of the page for more information.

Jacki is a friend of mine through a Facebook polish group and she started catching my attention recently when she posted photos of her nail art in the group. For some reason I wasn’t already following her blog, Adventures in Acetone, so I started following immediately and I’m so glad I did! She’s definitely an up-and-comer in the nail art community and her blog is one that really deserves some extra attention.

On her blog you’ll find a mix of nail polish swatches, freehand nail art, stamping nail art and tutorials. She updates really frequently so there’s always something to look at and she takes really clear and colour accurate swatch photos. I also really adore the name of her blog!

Here’s a sneak peak of her work:

Keep reading to find out more about this great blog!

Look familiar? She used my Patchwork tutorial for this design! And I totally love the colours she used for her variation of my design.

This is only a sample of really great posts she’s made so be sure to head over to see more from her!
Click here to be taken directly to Adventures in Acetone.

To send me a link to a blog that you’d like to see featured here, please visit the Contact tab and use the email form provided. So that I know what your email is in reference to, please specify in the subject field “Featured Blog Suggestion”.
You can send me your own blog, a friend’s blog, or even a blog belonging to someone you don’t know but that you just think is a great blog that deserves more attention.

Celebrating 1,000,000 Pageviews with a Nail Art Contest!

Hey guys!

Yesterday I hit 1,000,000 page views! I’m so amazed by this milestone and I wanted to do something fun and interactive to show my gratitude. So, I decided to host my very first nail art contest!

Nail art contests have been pretty popular lately and an awesome tool by Inlinkz has provided a great way to submit entries, as well as a way to see everyone else’s entries!

So let’s discuss the theme, the rules, the prizes, and all that other good stuff, shall we?

THE THEME:

Since the contest will be running during the month of May, I decided to use the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” as inspiration for the theme! To simplify this, the theme will be “floral”.
I think that this theme is general enough that it will allow nail artists of any skill level to enter, but it’s still something that will be fun and provide a number of diverse, unique entries!
Some of you may remember that I did a floral nail art series a while back, so you can certainly check that out for some inspiration!

THE RULES:

Only one entry per person. Your design must include one or more floral elements in order to meet the requirements of the theme. The design must be done by you, on your own nails. Stamping is prohibited, as is the use of any decals, stickers or fimo slices. You can however make use of certain nail art decorations such as rhinestones and bouillon beads.

The use of acrylic paint is discouraged, but not prohibited. If you would like to use acrylic paint for your design, just please make sure that the majority of your design is made using nail polish. You can use any nail art tools at your disposal to create your design. That includes nail art brushes, dotting tools, the polish brushes themselves, etc.
Your design does not have to be a new one, but I do strongly encourage you to get inspired by the theme and create a new design.

You must submit your design by using the Inlinkz tool at the end of this post between now and Friday, May 25th.
This contest is open internationally.

THE JUDGING:

Entries will be judged by myself and a small panel of judges that I have chosen.

HOW TO USE THE INLINKZ TOOL:

If you’ve never used the Inlinkz tool, here’s a quick and easy rundown of how to enter your submission. After you’ve taken photos of your design, upload them to your own blog. If you do not have a blog, you’ll still need to upload your photos online so that you have a URL to use in your entry. You can do this by using any free photo hosting site such as Photobucket or Flickr. Then, click the add button and simply fill in all of the required fields to submit your entry.

THE PRIZES:

Here’s the most exciting part! The winner will win 3 polishes from the indie brand Elemental Styles! The 3 polishes are: 26 Iron Man-ia, 117 Unuseptium and 79 Fool’s Gold.

On top of that, the winner will also be able to pick any 2 items from my Etsy shop! If there’s not current anything in stock that interests you – no problem! I will custom make your 2 pieces for you using any polishes from my stash! That’s right, even my rare and hard to find polishes! I’m also in the process of producing earrings, so there’ll be some of those available when the winner picks their prizes!

And that’s all the info you should need! If you have any other questions, leave a comment below.

Happy polishing!

Giveaway – The Entire China Glaze On Safari Collection!

Hey guys!

I purchased the China Glaze On Safari Collection for myself, but I was also sent the collection by China Glaze’s PR for review. So that means that I have an extra set! Obviously, the only logical thing to do is offer a giveaway!

So, this giveaway isn’t to celebrate anything, it’s just to say thank you to all of you by offering you a great prize!

The prize includes a brand new set of the China Glaze On Safari Collection. The shades include: Exotic Encounters, Kalahari Kiss, Prey Tell, Purr-fect Plum, Adventure Red-y, I’m Not Lion, Jungle Queen, Elephant Walk, Desert Sun, Man Hunt, Call of the Wild and I Herd That.

You can see my swatches and full review of this collection here. There’s a number of ways to enter this giveaway, so get started!

Christmas Nail Art – Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone!

I have another Christmas mani for you today! This is probably my favourite one that I’ve done this year so far, so hopefully you all like it as well!
To create this winter wonderland design, I first started by doing a gradient with China Glaze First Mate, Sky High-Top and Bahamian Escape. Most of Bahamian Espcape ended up being covered by the snow tips, but that’s ok. And I do have a step-by-step tutorial for gradient nails, so you can check that out here.

My next step was to create the snow at the tips, which I just did using a striping brush and Wet ‘n’ Wild French White. When that was done, I used a really small nail art brush and freehanded on some trees with both China Glaze First Mate and Wet ‘n’ Wild French White. Finally, I used a tiny dotting tool and added some falling snow.
Although I get a strong Christmas vibe from this mani, I think it could still be appropriate during the entire winter season! So it’s a little more versatile than most other Christmas designs.
I had planned on doing a tutorial for this design while I was doing it, but didn’t end up having the extra time. So if you’d like to see a tutorial, let me know in the comments and I’ll put that on my to-do list. 🙂

Thanks for looking!