Thursday, December 15, 2016

Best of Paint All the Nails

I have a different sort of post today. It's also a very bittersweet post. The ladies from my Paint All the Nails group are joining up again for our monthly link-up. This will be out last link up though as more than a few of the bloggers are saying goodbye or have already done so this past year. To commemorate this last link-up, we decided to do a Best of Paint All the Nails. All of us have recreated a previously done design from the PATN link-up archives, which will also show some love for one of our other fellow group members.

I went through all the photos and had such a hard time deciding which look I wanted to re-create. This is such a talented group of nail bloggers and in the end, after a lot of deliberation, I ended up doing two different designs.

This first one is a re-creation of Very Emily's dry brush link up manicure. I love the colors she chose and how the abstract dry brush application looks. I started out with Pretty Serious Absence and then used Cirque Colors McKittrick, Essie In the Lobby, and Pahlish Be True. I did not have a square nail stud but I did have this gold triangle instead. 

The other look I wanted to recreated is from Love Vanish's Dotticures link-up post. So simple but striking in the color choice. Add on the matte and it looks not just like nail art but pop art, worthy of being on the wall. 

I started out with Cirque Colors Hustle for my base, applied the black dots first, then the white and once it was all dry, topcoat and then matte topcoat. 

Please give the other ladies in this final link-up some love, the links to their posts are below. Thank you to all those lovely ladies, I will miss linking up to do these with you!


  1. Both designs are absolutely beautiful! I really love the colors in the first one and that awesome, unique stud!

  2. Both looks are absolutely gorgeous Ida! I'm so honoured you chose to recreate that first mani, it's one of my faves and you totally did it justice. The second one is flawless, you're seriously the queen of perfect dots!

  3. Lovely choices - I love the dots!! And the dry brush! Can't really pick a favorite ;)

  4. Love love love! I honestly didn't even consider a dotticure because I'm terrible with dotting tools but the one you chose was definitely an all time fave of mine!
    That gold pyramid stud is so badass 👌

  5. Twinkies twinkies! Great minds think alike! You did an amazing job on both designs, and that second one is very "Ida" to me!

  6. I love both of these Ida, you did both these ladies great honour! It was so hard to choose just one, and I'm glad you chose two so I could feast my eyes on your nails more <3