Sunday, 24 September 2017

Flowers and glittery space

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I'm coming to the end of a week off so feeling pretty chilled, but unfortunately I think I'm getting a poorly timed cold... Today I have my holiday nails from Cornwall to show you. They weren't meant to be my holiday nails, but due to lack of time I have now had this on for just over 2 weeks, and still do! Not like me at all, but it will be the same story for the next month or so, so I'm just hoping I will have enough to stop my blog looking to sparse! 

For this nail art I took inspiration from Instagram. Unfortunately I can no longer find who it was, despite trawling through loads of my liked photos! So if anyone knows please comment so I can credit them. They had done some silver glitter over bare nails and then added pale purple flowers. I decided to to the same with some advanced stamping using my Uber Mat, and Mo You London Flower Power 03 Plate. You can see how to advanced stamp here.

For the glitter I used two different silvers, to end up with a little bit thicker coverage than the Instagram design, as I just couldn't resist the glitter! I started with an old Barry M limited edition of holo glitter particles in a clear base, and some mixed size glitter in a clear base, polishes are listed below the pictures. In conclusion I like this nail art - which is good considering how long I've been wearing it!
Colours used: Boots Limited Addition 343 - Barry M, Diamond Glitter - Barry M, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Key Lime - Barry M, Wardour Street - Nails Inc

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tropical Tuesday: Fresh Fruit

So some time ago when I'd just started this blog, and had a big backlog of pictures to use, I did a weekly 'Tropical Tuesday' with various brightly coloured tropical themed nail art ideas. I've not been so good this year, I've had way less tropical themed manicures, but at least I can squeeze one in before the weather gets cold!

My inspiration for this nail art came from Wah Nails on Instagram. They did a lovely design with peaches over pale purpley glitter. I considered doing peaches on all my nails, but decided to go for more variety, sort of fruit machine style.

To make these I drew the fruit onto my Uber Mat, coloured them in with nail polish and a dotting tool, added clear polish, and then peeled them off to stick onto my  nails. I had real diffuclty as I used a nail art pen to draw them on, which had gone a bit funny. It was taking so long to do them that the outlines started to dry and crack a little, you can see that on some of the picture below.

So overall I think these are OK but not majorly successful. The peaches came out best so I think I should have stuck to them!
Colours used: Nimbus - Illyrian Polish, Nail Art Pen in Black - Barry M, Passion Fruit - Barry M, Dead Heat - Barry M, Peach Melba - Barry M, Seven Dials - Nails Inc, Marylebone Road - Nails Inc, Papaya - Barry M

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Stamping Sunday: Lines and Shadows

Happy Sunday everyone! I am definitely not ready for the weekend to be over! I'm about to drift off to sleep, but think I can muster up the energy to talk about nail varnish for a bit! I'm struggling to keep up as many blog posts as I'd like to at the moment, just don't know where the time is going!

So for this nail art I started out with a couple of coats of Poison Rose from Tonic Polish. It was my first time using that particular shade and I wasn't that enthused at first. It just looked a bit less existing than I expected, the glitter isn't very prominent (it wouldn't really show up in the pictures!). So I decided to use it as a base for trying some layered stamping.

I used my Holy Shapes 03 stamping plate from Mo You London to stamp some shapes onto my nails in gold. I then used black stamping polish to stamp the same images again, but slightly higher so they overlapped but didn't cover the gold. Using a clear stamper was essential for this so I could see exactly where I was placing the images. I really like the way it came out. I think it looks sophisticated and perfect for work. It completely changed my opinion of the nail polish as well!
Colours used: Poison Rose - Tonic Polish, Uptown Glamour - Nails Inc, Midnight Mischief

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sparkling Lemons

Hi everyone, happy Saturday! I'm so very glad it's the weekend and wishing we had another bank holiday! So the sun is shining here in the UK so it's a good day for fruity lemon nails. I particularly like lemons for summer nail art, and blue is my favourite colour to pair them with, I like the contrast.

For these nails I started with a base colour of off white (colours listed below the pictures) , and then painted a couple of layers of sheer-ish blue over three nails on each hand. The white makes the colour stronger, and with it being slightly sheer adds some depth. For the lemons I created decals on my Uber Mat. I used a nail art pen to draw the lemons and leaves, and then coloured them in using a dotting tool. For the leaves I used a sheer green over silver. The yellow is from Cupcake Polish's sweets collection, and is absolutely wonderful! It's super sparkly, I've got a red from the collection to try still and am struggling to resist buying more of them!

I like this nail art, particularly the blue and yellow polishes, but I don't think the lemons were as good as they could have been. Oddly I've done better lemons as freehand, which is unusual for me! You can see them here. If you've not quite had your fix of lemons and nails today, you can also see some more lemon nails here!
Colours used: Cream Soda - Barry M, Mirajane - Zoya, Princess Lolly - Cupcake Polish, Nail Art Pen in Black - Barry M, Turquoise Aesthetic - OPI

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Watercolour Sea Creatures

Hi everyone! Tonight I am showing off some colourful holiday nails, which double up as my first ever Sharpie manicure. I wore this nail art while on a week away with my boyfriend and his family, so I associate it with fond memories!

This was my first manicure using sharpies, so I decided to experiment a bit. On one hand (top two pictures) I coloured relatively neatly within the lines, and on the other I went for a bit more of a splashed watercolour look.

I started with an off white base (colours listed below the pictures), and then stamped some images onto my nails from my Mo You London Animal 01 plate, and once dry applied a quick dry top coat. For the colours I scribbled a bit of each sharpie colour onto some foil, and mixed it with a little polish remover on a small nail art brush. I then dabbed it onto my nails within the images. I had to work quite fast as the sharpie ink dries quickly, even once mixed with polish remover. Once it was all dry I applied a matte top coat.

I think I like the neat hand best, but the messy one has a certain charm too, what do you think?
Colours used: Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Colour Burst Sharpies

Friday, 25 August 2017

Decal making - butterflies

Hi everyone! Got some advanced stamping/decals to show you today. This technique has become one of my post used, as I'm not so good at freehand! This particular design is not one of my favourites, the pink isn't really my usual sort of shade. Also the butterflies are too small for my nails, and I can't quite decide whether that looks good or not! I will need to learn/practise stretching images.
I took the above pictures for a competition on Instagram by Mo You London, but due to a holiday didn't manage to get it in on time! Although I wasn't too sure about the design itself I do love the pictures of the decals looking through clear stampers.

For a base colour I used a pale pink (colours listed below images), and put a layer of shimmering holographic pink from ILNP's spring 2017 collection. For the butterflies I used a few more shades from ILNP's spring collection to get some lovely sparkle. Being from the same collection  the colours work well together. You can see how I made the decals here.
Colours used: Surfboard - Barry M, Ballet Slipper - ILNP, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Bermuda Breeze - ILNP, High Tide - ILNP, Versailles - ILNP, Yours Truly - ILNP

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Guest Nails - Summer Prints

Hi everyone! Guest nails again tonight. These are some I did for my friend Jess as she was going to a wedding. Please excuse the mess around the edges, I find it harder to do clean up on other peoples nails! Plus with both agree it's actually pretty satisfying getting the mess round the edges off in warm water!

We started with a pale pink base, and stamped a few images in white from my Doodles 01 plate from Mo You London. For a few other images I created decals and added a pit of a darker pink in some of the patterns. I used my Uber Mat for these, you can see how here. For the accent nail I used the lovely rose gold Halcyon from Cirque Colors. I really liked these, I like how her nails are small enough for the whole doodles designs to fit, and I think it's very fitting for a summer wedding :)
Colours used: Surfboard - Barry M, White Knight - Mo You London, Acai Smoothie - Barry M, Halcyon - Cirque Colors

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Marble/ Stone Effect Nails

Hi nail people! I'm on holiday this week so feeling super relaxed and finally finding a bit of time to catch up on some blogging! This was one of my more 'grown-up' looks and took a little time to grow on me, but I was mostly pleased with the end result. I've seen a number of techniques on creating  marble like nails and the free hand options appealed the most (for once!).

I started with a white base and then a layer of top coat to protect the base. I then used a small nail at brush to paint some small lines in random places across each nail. I then dipped the brush in  nail polish remover and used it to blur the lines across the nail. Once done I used the same dark grey I used for the initial lines to do a few more over the top, using some images online as a guide.

My intention was to use stencils or tape for the next bit but that would have taken a long time to allow everything to dry. I painted on some gold at the bottom of each nail and then applied another top coat, as I wanted to get a smooth and slightly sticky finish for the next step. When the top coat was nearly dry I used gold chrome powder over the gold polish. I then used a water based to coat to finish the gold, and a matte top coat for the rest.

Strangely the gold looked mirror chrome to start with, but didn't last even long enough for my pictures (taken the next morning for better light).It did stay super shiny though. I wonder if it would have worked better over black. Overall I am quite pleased with this design but think it could get better with practise. I'd like to try it with some other colours, particularly turquoise.
Colours used: Alpine Snow - OPI, Dragster - Barry M, Gold Digger - Barry M, Gold Chrome Powder - eBay

Monday, 7 August 2017

Disco Rainbow! (Inspired by So Hot Right Nail)

Hello nail world! Today I'm showing you my attempt at disco rainbow nails, as seen on the Instagram and Youtube accounts of So Hot Right Nail. Annoyingly I've noticed a bit of clean up I missed in the first couple of pictures, so please don't notice it! I couldn't take another picture later on as there was some damage, which I will go on to explain a little later.

So I started with a peal off base coat, and then a layer of silver holographic glitter polish (the ones I used are listed below the pictures). I then added a thin layer of a different holo polish to add some dimension, and because it is an even sparklier one! Next I cut some shiny holographic nail foil (bought cheap on eBay) into thin triangular pieces. I added some clear polish to my nails and used tweezers to place three triangles on each nail.

Those of you who have tried a similar technique in the past will have noticed that I missed something! I was meant to remove the clear layer from the nail foils before placing them. I completely forgot this which meant a few of them flaked off over the next few days taking the colour with them. I will definitely being doing similar designs again so at least there is a lesson there!

Finally I used some OPI Color Paints and painted them over the top in just one layer so the holo goodness shined through. I loved the final effect so it's a shame it didn't last longer!
Colours used: Cosmic Girl - Danglefoot Polish, 24 Karat Diamond - Fun Lacquer, Primarily Yellow - OPI, Chromatic Orange - OPI, Pen & Pink - OPI, Purple Perspective - OPI, Turquoise Aesthetic - OPI

And finally, a picture of just the silver, as it was soo shiny, and  a picture which didn't  quite come out right, but I just had to share how it looked with my bright pink Comforter shower gel from Lush!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Nails Inc Matchbox

Hi everyone! I'm branching out today with one of Nails Inc's matchboxes which includes a nail polish and a lipstick. First time I've reviewed any other make up item besides nail polish so forgive my lack of expertise! I got the 'Mint' set as it looks subtle and sophisticated. There are matchboxes in three more shades: pale pink, bright pink and red. I don't really do pink and have plenty of red polish and lipstick already so went for this one.

So the box is very cute, the plastic casing of the nail polish and lipstick slides out as if it was a matchbox, and there is a nail file down the side to complete the effect. The nail polish is a good consistency and is a one coater if applied right. It comes with Nails Inc's wide tapered brush which is lovely for applying polish with. It dries shiny and lasts well, all round winner! I found the shade flattering too. It's a stylish shade which is also perfect for work.
Here are shots in different lighting of the lipstick with the nail polish. I don't have a lot of lipstick, but I have to say I was really impressed with this one. It applies smoothly with a matte finish. The shade was really flattering and it lasted for ages without feeling thick or sticky. The pictures below have a fairly light covering of the polish, which is probably why it doesn't quite look like they match! I think the natural colour underneath is affecting it.
So definitely a winner, and I am tempted to try the red, even though I definitely don't need another red polish! My only issue with nail polish shades like this is that they don't usually fit into the nail art I do, I'll just have to think of something different!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Lilac Disco Lobster

Hi everyone, I hope it's nice and sunny where you are. It's been a bit grey here and it's making me sleepy! It could also be the intense dreams I've been having... so to brighten things up here are some disco lobsters! I based this nail art on the quirky lobster jewellery from Tatty Devine in Covent Garden. I have one of their red ones which I adore, but they have also come in a few other colours as limited additions. The purple disco lobster surfaced on Instagram some time ago and I've been meaning to create it on my nails ever since.

The lobsters were painted using a small nail art brush, I did them in separate segments to mimic the necklace I have but this also made them easier to paint. It was a good excuse to practise my freehand as that's what I'm least good at in nail art. I used a dotting tool for the eyes. For the gems I put a bit of top coat where I wanted to place them, and once they were all placed and dried I added a top coat again. I find this generally keeps them on for a few days before they start to disappear, I do get tempted pick at them. It's not worth gluing them on in my opinion as it makes it very tricky to get them off!

Here they are below in varying lengths. It didn't make much sense unless I was holding my hands that way, but I enjoyed the novelty, and being able to hold them different ways for different lengths of lobster!
Colours used: Wardour Street - Nails Inc, Alpine Snow - OPI, Lady In Black - OPI