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.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Gingham

Gingham nails are a design that I will happily do over and over again, I just love the look. I thought I'd update my multicoloured gingham nails as the last ones I did were a while ago and I knew I could make them a lot neater this time around.


I used two coats of Sally Hansen Peachy Keen as my base colour, I thought a nude would look nice and make it different from my previous ginghams. I then used American Apparel Neon Yellow, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Essie Lilacism, Barry M Greenberry and Sinful Colors 24/7 as the main stripes. For the overlapping squares I used Barry M Yellow, Papaya, O.P.I A Grape Fit!, Rimmel Block Your Green and Barry M Grapefruit. I really like how these turned out and I think having them on a nude background makes them a bit more interesting and fun.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Disney Princess Castle

Ages ago I had the idea f doing castle nails, I kept on putting it off and waiting for them to grow long enough and having enough time and eventually I gave up on the idea. When I saw these princess water decals from KKCenterHK, I knew that I could use these and do castle nails without going to the extreme lengths I had thought of before.


I used Topshop Blank as my base colour before applying the water decals. They have a clear backing so you need to use a light colour polish underneath which is why I went for this colour, and I thought it would be a good castle colour. I then used Barry M Grey as the outlining colour for the castle and Strawberry Ice Cream for the pink behind the castle. I also used Rimmel Aqua Cool for the castle roof. I made the change to a new black polish so to write Disney I used Sinful Colors Black on Black.  Read more below for my review of the water decals.