Monday, 24 August 2015

Grandma's Favourites

I got these amazing water decals from Born Pretty Store and I knew I had to do a mash up of them all and they seemed to make a granny look so I went all out.

I was going to paint a watercolour flowers for a background but I went the easy route and just layered on some more floral water decals, I painted over with a sheer pink to dull it out to make the main decals stand out. I then put on the Born Pretty Store decals and finished it off with a matte topcoat.

Here's the decals I used, as you can see you essentially get 3 sheets in one pack so there was a lot to choose from. I chose from all three categories because I felt they matched well but tried to keep it granny themed rather than kitsch, I'll definitely be doing a kitsch version in the future!

I love this design, I just think it's super cute and perfectly tacky. For me there's never too much so florals on florals is perfect for this time of year. The decals are on sale for $1.99 right now which is insane, £1.30 for 3 sets of water decals, best bargain ever. Plus you can use my discount code GZL91 to get 10% off.

Love love love these nails, cannot get enough!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Water Marble

I've been loving marble nails for a long time now and I've never been successful with the plastic wrap technique, I haven't been successful with water marbling either but I thought I'd give it another go in more of a random swirl pattern.

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White as a base before marbling. I used Barry M Greenberry and Papaya keeping it simple with two colours. I'm aware this doesn't look like a marble effect however I think the thumb turned out really well and kind of does look like a coloured marble. Not going to lie, probably won't be venturing into water marbling again any time soon but these were much less of a fail than others I've tried.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Pastel Roses

So it's been a while since I blogged, I was busy finishing uni and now I've done that, hopefully I can get back into blogging often. a while back I saw these rose nails by Celine Does Nails and I loved them, I've always wanted/tried to paint roses but they never turn out well but these looked as though I could recreate them.

Considering I've normally failed with roses I'm pleased with how well these came out, although I did do them too big. They were going to be scattered in corners of my nails but they all kind of ended up in the same area, maybe something to improve on next time. The base colour I used was Barry M Huckleberry, with Lemon Ice Cream for the yellow rose outlined with Butter London Bumster. I mixed white with Barry M Pink Flamingo and Rimmel Tangy Tangerine for the other roses with the full colours to get the outlines. The leaves are Rimmel Sea Green mixed with white as well.

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Negative 90s

These nails were inspired by Noriandee, I absolutely love her style and when I saw her's, I had to try the design out myself. These have been on my camera for a while and I forgot I hadn't posted them so here it is.

I wanted to change up the colours from Amy's design so I went for Essie Go Ginza with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for the accents, the lines were done in Sinful Colors Black on Black. I tried to paint around the negative spaces as much as I could but to clean up the look I took my cleanup brush and went inside the design to get them clear. I finished it with a matte topcoat which I think I've been too obsessed with.

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Round Trees

So this is another Celia Birtwell print I came across however it's the last of my older nails so the next post will be recent! I thought this would be interesting to try on my nails as it was a different design and not something I've really seen as nail art.

I used Sally Hansen Ion for my base colour which I absolutely love using. The two colours in the design are Barry M Pure Turquoise and Rimmel Coralicious. I could have executed the design a bit better but it was fun to do and the thumb is on point, plus I love when I get to use my matte topcoat.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

80s Celia Birtwell

I love a bit of 80s, especially prints so when I was looking for inspiration and came across this Celia Birtwell print, I knew I needed to put it on my nails.

On top of my white base I used a  Barry M unnamed pink I have and drew on the stripes at the bottom. Above I used Yellow by Barry M and drew on the shapes with Cobalt Blue, Spring Green and more of the same pink as before. Finally I added the dots with Sinful Colors Black on Black. I love these nails, they look so fun and I'm glad I came across the print.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Nautical Stamping

I'm not going to lie, I did a few nails around Christmas time and I haven't had the chance to sit down and type them up so I'm going to get them out in the next few weeks and hopefully catch up with my posts.

I stamped this using a plate from Born Pretty Store, I thought the designs were so super cute but I did have trouble getting it to transfer onto my nail. I'm not sure whether that's because of the polish I was using or the small details in the designs but I will say that I ended up painting in the missing sections after. For my base I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, which I just bought more of so yay, and I stamped with Essie Midnight Cami. I thought the blue was going to be darker as it is in the bottle but you can see where I've painted as it is darker with a thicker layer.

I felt as though the stamping on its own wasn't enough so I took Barry M Foil Effects in Gold and added some small polka dots. I love how it transformed the nails, but I do love polka dots.

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