Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lady Crappo

I'm sure you all know of my guest poster today, Lady Crappo has taken over nail art on tumblr which is where I first saw her amazing work so I'm really excited to have her on my blog for you guys today. 

Hi folks!  I’m Emily of Lady Crappo (@ladycrappo on Instagram).  I was honored when Charlie asked me to do a guest post—her own nail art is so bright and beautiful, and she’s had a lot of very talented guest bloggers.  Today I’m rocking some autumnal nails.  As a Midwesterner currently living in Texas, I’m suffering from major fall withdrawal, and I felt like some nail art would help.  I’ve also got a little tutorial on how I paint freehand stripes, like those on my middle and pinky fingers.

I love doing striped nails, and I used to always use striping tape for them.  However, as I’ve gotten more confident with freehand art, I find it’s easier to do them this way.  Especially if I want stripes of many different colors, which is really tricky with tape.

1) The first thing I do is use a white striper polish or a striper brush with a light-colored polish to lay out some lines across the nail.  As you can see, these are very rough guidelines!  They don’t have to be perfect and they don’t have to exactly match where my stripes end up, but it helps me to have a grid to work on, since the hardest part about stripes is keeping them even. 

2) Next, I start at the very bottom of the nail and fill in the first stripe with color.  I look at both the guidelines I painted and the shape of the cuticle to try and make the line even.

3) I work up from there, adding one strip at a time.  For each stripe, I use a striper brush dipped in polish and start out with a single thin stroke, pulling the brush across from one side of the nail to the other.

4) Then I thicken it into a wider stripe.  This way, if it starts out wobbly or tilted I have room to smooth it out.

5) I paint however many stripes it takes to fill up the nail.  I usually don’t totally know in advance!  As you can see, I end up totally painting over my guidelines.

6) There are usually some uneven or patchy areas, so I go back with a few colors and neaten up the lines.  

7) I clean up around the edges and then smooth it all out with topcoat.  You can also I decided the bottom stripe should be pale green, not cream, and painted over it.  (Indecisively messing around with your design is optional.)

I hope that was helpful, and thanks so much for having me, Charlie!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Hyper Fruit

Since fashion week was recently I thought I'd look for some inspiration and found this outfit by Au Jour Le Jour. I'm not letting go of summer and I love the fruit print so I decided to recreate it today.

The base colour I chose was Barry M Sugar Apple, I didn't have the exact same shade but I wanted to try this out for the first time. For the strawberries and cherries I used Barry M Passion Fruit with Sinful Colours for the seeds and shadows. The grapes are Essie Devil's Advocate dotted on and layered on top I mixed it with some white to give it some depth. The oranges are done with Barry M Mango with Models Own Tangerine Queen as a highlight. The peach is Barry M Papaya with the highlights being Papaya mixed with white. For the pineapples I mixed Barry M Yellow and Tangerine Queen with just the orange for the definition lines. Finally for the bananas I used Rimmel Cute as a Kitten Heel with some of the pineapple colour for the outlines. Also all the leaves and stems are done with Barry M Sprin Green. I know that's a lot of polishes but I really wanted to make sure I used highlights and shadows for this look as you can really see them in the clothes. And as you might be able to see I couldn't resist using my matte topcoat from Born Pretty Store to finish off the look.

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Friday, 17 October 2014


I just wanted to do some really quick nails today so I decided to use my nail art pens as I hadn't done anything with them in a while and they're super easy to use.

The base colours I used were Barry M Yellow and Bright Pink as well as a white polish from Born Pretty Store I thought I'd try out. I then used the Barry M pens in white, black and pink and this yellow one from Born Pretty Store. I enjoyed doing this as it was quick and the nail art pens are so easy to use that I'm glad I had some lying around.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014


One polish I seem to be using more frequently recently is Blank by Topshop. This is my first Topshop polish and I think my first off white in this shade and I'm happy to say that I've enjoyed both.

As you can see by the pictures this is a yellow toned off white, I don't know what other polishes would be similar to this as I'm not too into off whites however I think that might be changing as I've found it really fun to use it as a background colour because it makes designs look less boring and two dimensional.

As far as constancy goes this is a very nice creme polish, I've used two coats and you can see there aren't any streaks. I don't think you'd be able to get away with just one coat of this but I think when it comes to whites/off whites not being streaky is the main thing.

The brush is nice and I get a clean application because it fits my nail well. Topshop polishes are a bit more expensive than what I like to pay for polishes but this one has been worth it as I've been using it quite a bit. I'd recommend this if you can get your hands on Topshop polishes and are looking for one with a yellow tone. I prefer this warmer tone to a grey toned one such as O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Let me know in the comments which your favourite off whites are as I'd love to maybe try them out and see what other ones are good.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Check It Out

If you saw my Scratch nail mail post then you'll have seen I got these Check It Out wraps by Chelsea King. I'd been waiting to try them out until a time when I needed something quick so here's what they look like.

I've had a bad experience with nail wraps in the past but these blew me away. They were absolutely amazing and applied better than I would have expected, so much so that I did a video to show you how to use them.

I loved using these and it's made me want to use more Scratch wraps so you might be seeing more in the future.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Maze Guest Post

I've got another guest post today that I've done over on Nerdy & Fleurty so head over to her blog to see more about these nails.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014


I'm really excited to show you today's guest post, if you haven't heard of Noriandee then you need to go check out more of her work! Her style is so bright and graphic and everything I love so take a look at what she's done today.

Hi guys! I'm Amy from Noriandee! I am so excited to guest post for Charlie and Popping Nails! Charlie's work is awesome so I am honored to have her feature me on her blog.
Since Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to do spiderweb nails! I thought I'd combine my love for negative space and geometric designs with the spiderwebs. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I think the green color gives off sort of a witchy vibe! 

Polishes used:
Base coat: Jin Soon Power Coat
Silver tips: Formula X, Need for Speed
Spiderwebs: Formula X, Dark Matter
Green base: Formula X, Radioactive
(The Formula X polishes are from the The Twenty Two kit that I got from Sephora. It's pretty cool)
Top coat: Seche Vite

Thanks for checking out my post! Head over to Instagram to check out more of my work!

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