Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter

As yesterday was Easter, I wanted to do some themed nails, I had seen this Robin Moses Easter nails tutorial a while ago, and even though I didn't watch it for my design, I wanted to recreate the look. I used a lot of polishes for this so bear with me and all the names you'll see blow.


To start with I did a base of Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud as I really liked it in my Teletubbies nails, I then used W7 Sheer Blue and dabbed it on in random places to create a sky look. I then drew in some grass using a mixture of Barry M SLE 2013 B, Key Lime, Mint Green and China Glaze Keep Calm and Paint On.

For the chick on my index finger, I used Barry M Lemon Ice Cream and Rimmel Tangy Tangerine for the beak and legs. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Black on Black for the eye and a bit of black mixed with the yellow for the wing outline. For the daffodils I used Lemon Ice Cream and Tangy Tangerine again with Barry M Yellow and a bit mixed with the black for the centre. I then took Topshop Blank and did some small lines around the edge of the petals to make them stand out more. For the bunny I used Snow Me White with Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream and Pink Flamingo for the pink and then Black on Black for the detailing. The easter eggs I did with Blank and then drew in patterns with Tangy Tangerine, Mint Green and Sheer Blue. I then went over and painted in more grass on top of these designs.

Finally for my thumb, instead of the sky background, I used Sheer Blue, Lemon Ice Cream, Tangy Tangerine, Strawberry Ice Cream and Essie Go Ginza for a blended background and then put on a coat of Sally Hansen Polar Bare to blend and make the colours paler. I then used Pink Flamingo to write out Happy Easter.

I'm really pleased with how these turned out and I think the bunny is super cute and perfect for Easter and Spring.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Teletubbies

Today I was going to do something really quick and simple as I'm going to have to take it off soon. I spent all day trying to think of something and couldn't come up with any ideas so decided to do Teletubbies nails which I had briefly thought about doing at one point. Not a quick and simple design but oh well.


I used Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud as my base to make it a bit more interesting than just plain white. I started off by painting the faces using Sinful Colors Easy Going for Tinky Winky and Po, Barry M Lychee for Laa-Laa and Collection 2000 Praline Whirl for Dipsy. The colours I used were Barry M Indigo, SLE 2013 B, Yellow and Passion Fruit. I then used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Black on Black for the eyes and mouths. I used a mixture of the black and skin tones for the noses and above the eyes. For my thumb I used Barry M Yellow and Cyan Blue to write the logo. I was going to use flocking powder on the Teletubbies and I had the right colours as well but I wasn't sure how well it would work out with the thin lines and as these were meant to only be quick nails anyway, I didn't bother.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

TV Crash

For ages I've loved these Boob Tube nail wraps from Rad Nails. I've never been a major fan of using wraps and when I tried them a while ago, they did not work out for me whatsoever. I saw these water decals on Born Pretty Store and I thought they would be awesome to use to recreate the Rad Nails look.


I did a coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White on all my nails before using anything else. For my index finger I used Barry M Mango, Bright Purple, American Apparel Neon Yellow, Barry M Passion Fruit and Blue Grape. On my ring finger I used Barry M Bright Purple, Grapefruit, Spring Green, Blueberry Ice Cream, and then Neon Yellow and Mango again. My thumb is a mixture of all these colours and for the black I used Sinful Colors Black on Black. My middle and little fingers are covered using the water decals from the sheet I got. I chose patterns that I thought looked like those found on the Rad Nails wraps and that went well with the TV theme. If you want to read my review of these decals then click through below.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Strawberry Picnic

I had the sudden urge to do strawberry nails today but I didn't want to just do them on my own so I decided to add in some gingham nails into the mix.


I used Topshop Blank as my base colour for the strawberry nails and one coat of W7 Sheer Lemon for the gingham nail base. I used a dotting tool and Barry M Coral to draw on the strawberries. I then took Rimmel Sea Green for the leaves on and off the strawberries and then used my small brush to dot on Sinful Colors Snow Me White. For the gingham nails I took a clear polish and then dropped in one drop of Coral and mixed it together to make it sheer. I painted this onto my nails and then went into the overlapping squares with Coral on it's own. I think these are really cute and perfect for spring or summer.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Mermaid

I know everyone has been doing mermaid nails recently and I love them all. When I saw this glitter from KKCenterHK, I knew I had to do mermaid nails with it as it was perfect. I also had Ariel water decals that I didn't use on my Disney Princess Castle nails so I thought using them together would be a great match.


Because I didn't want to use a colour underneath my nails but I needed to put on a polish to get the glitter to stick on with, I used my new favourite Sally Hansen Peachy Keen for a nude base. I put on one layer of this and then straight away while it was wet, used a fan brush to pick up the glitter and place it on my nails. I did my index and little finger first, putting the glitter at the bottom of my nails and creating a gradient. I then put the glitter on the whole of my thumb and middle finger nails. I wasn't sure how the water decal would work over glitter so I applied it before I put the glitter on the nail around the design. I then used topcoat to apply these 3mm shell studs. I put on a topcoat on all my nails before using Sinful Colors Snow Me White to draw on the scales as it would make it smoother to paint on, to finish I put on a few coats of topcoat to smooth out the glitter. I'm really pleased with how these turned out and I think the glitter is perfect for this mermaid look. Read more below to see my review of the glitter.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Elegant Animals

A few weeks ago I got some water decals from Daily Charme. I'd been looking for multicoloured/rainbow animal water decals for ages and had no idea where I could possibly get them, when looking through their website i saw that they sold quite a few different designs so I decided to get these ones.


As rainbow animals can be quite over the top and I wanted a simple design today, I decided to go for an elegant look. I used one coat of Sally Hansen Peachy Keen as my base, I then cut up some roses from the decals and put on at the base of all my nails. I then chose one of the animal designs to go on each nail and then put a 1.5mm rhinestone at the side of the roses. The design I did on the thumb were separate decals but I thought having the chick in the teacup would look cute, also these look fairly easter themed so nice for this time of year.

I like how these look, I know there's not too much going on but I think they look sophisticated and nice and simple which was what I was going for.

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Colour Blend

The other day I got these 1mm rhinestones from Born Pretty Store. As they're so small I wanted to try them out in what I call a Japanese style design with something nice and elegant on the bottom and the decoration at the base of the nail. I wanted to try a colour blend look and I didn't know what technique I was going to use until I sat down.


I used one coat of Sally Hansen Peachy Keen as my base and the colours I used are Barry M Blue Moon, Strawberry Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream, Papaya, Essie Go Ginza and Sinful Colors 24/7. What I did was I took the polish brush and removed what looked like all of the polish, I then brushed that onto my nails in rough random patches colour by colour until the nail was filled. I then took a mixture of the rhinestone colours and put two of them at the base of my nails using clear polish. I then dotted to the side of these rhinestones with Barry M Instant Nail Effects Foil Gold and then underneath with Silver. I'm pleased with how these turned out and if you want to see more about the rhinestones I used then read more below.