Today, a wise man told me before we can make wishes for the New Year, we first need to celebrate the ending year. Up until he uttered those words – I was feeling a bit blue, truth be told. This year has been plagued with too much downtime and I’m not entirely proud of what I had accomplished. On so many days, I wasn’t able to push past the pain; rather I could only just manage to bear it out. But, after some reflection, I realized that all accomplishments, great and small, count. When the clock strikes midnight tonite, I am going to be celebrating the little things this year – including feeling proud of not giving up.
In that spirit, before turning the next calendar’s page, let’s wind down the clock with a look back at the Top Nail Art Posts on Kimett Kolor for 2017.
First, A Big Thank You
Normally, I save my gushing about my sincere gratitude for all of my blog readers for the end of a post. But today it’s gonna be first and foremost. Because without each of you, I wouldn’t have the inclination to be here gabbing about magic colorful polishes and the adventures in mixing them together for expressive combinations. I can buy all the polish supplies in the world, but that doesn’t bring as much happiness as knowing you’re getting some benefit from it too.
Thank you from all the corners of my heart for being terrific fans of this bloggy space. It really means the world to me!!!
Okay, onward with the nail art parade!
Top Nail Art Posts – 2017
Below you’ll find a list of the nail art posts that stood out from the rest. Reasons include challenges overcome, new things tried, popularity, and the like. Naturally, links to the original posts are provided for your convenience. 😉
Happy Accidents. Love the grungey background which gave the one-dimensional floral stamping a real pop. Nailstagrammers, these were pretty popular with you. All in all, this post is a fun read, especially if you’d like to laugh at my bloopers. I know, I do.
Love at first whirl. Not gonna lie, this fluid nail art was equally intoxicating to make and wear. And, it was my most viewed post on the blog too. It was also a blast to hear what the abstract pattern conjured up for you as well. One Instagrammer even wanted to “dive in and swim in these”!
Gaga for girly. Pink nails are always a hit; as were these floral nails. There is something satisfying about starting with a mani of plain polish and dressing it up from there. Once finished, I instantly had the urge to paint everyone’s nails in this style. Of course, comments like the following one makes me feel even better about them.
“I feel like I’m looking at a painting in [a] museum instead of nail art!”
Smooshed Silly. Even though the particular smoosh pattern I envisioned alluded me, I still like these tri-colored nails. Participating in this quirky brand’s contest was a highlight as well. Of course, the best part was how much you all liked them too. Especially endearing was hearing someone found a strawberry in my smoosh!
Better than an aquarium screensaver. Layers of aquatic imagery stamped in bright colors over a dazzling cat-eye watery blue polish was a winning combination. This marine life motif demanded lots of finger flailing. And, I’ll admit, the forty-second slideshow set to peaceful ocean music helped emphasize the satisfaction of this layered stamping.
Imagination required. My vision was of wispy delicate – melting – snowflakes dancing in the dark magnetic sky. Inspired by a master nail artist, I was proud to give this “waterway” technique the first try; making do with the supplies I had on hand. Having found serious enjoyment, I’ve since purchased the proper supplies and look forward to making more abstract gel nail designs like this one. Your encouraging words of praise were extra appreciated with these!
§ Half-way through the list now. But in case you didn’t oil those cuticles, there is still time…
Fiery fantasy. Even though these smoosh and stamp nails weren’t as big a hit, they still have their place on this list. Mostly, because they represent one of the first things that hooked my addiction to nail art: the magic made with layering combinations. It was and still is fascinating to see the transformations in color when different formulas of polish are overlapped.
Mother’s Day nails. Pretty postage stamps and floral accents, a greeting card make. These feminine nails were low on the difficulty scale, yet high in popularity. A win, win when creating nails for any occasion. Sharing my meaningful tribute to my Grammie was pretty special too.
Totally Technicolor. The glow of colorful foil nails can make for drooling fools out of us nail art lovers. Even my non-nail painting friends liked these.
“These are so cheerful! Love the yellow on the foil. The restroom ring made me laugh, but it is a great addition. :o)”
Monochrome movement. These simple stamping nails found a soft spot for me, and you. The dewy-soft gradient background was a good choice for supporting the windy autumn scenery. It’s interesting to note that two black-and-white designs made the top list of a color lover. In the end though, all that’s left to debate is whether you see these as eery or cheery.
Supernatural spots. Folding liquids together is both a baking and a nail art secret! Who knew! These Fall colors in fluid-art nails exceeded expectations – a rare and cherished occurrence in nail art. Using some magic polish from Russia made for N-A-I-L-A-R-T-L-O-V-E! Worth every second of struggling with DIY decals.
PIECE DE RESISTANCE. A return to my favorite technique – lead lighting, with my favorite polishes – jelly formula, all combined in the image of my favorite flower – the iris. The nail Gods were in my corner the day I made these. I am not ashamed to say that, right off the bat, I was pleased with how they came out. And words of mine pale in comparison to the humbling gratification that these are my most re-created design yet.
And, that’s a wrap.
In conclusion, that wise man was right.
You likely guessed it already, but it was Mr. Kimett who spontaneously uttered those words. And, he is always right.
Looking back and reflecting on the year we’ve finished is best. Now I’m rejuvenated and have some excitement for the New Year to come. My blog planner for 2018 is full of inspiring ideas. Can’t wait to share them all with you!
Till Next Time,