Friday, 12 February 2016

Colour stripe

I actually did these nails before I put on my Scratch wraps which I've been wearing all week, longer than I wear most polish. I painted these just wanting something quick and simple but they're something different than just plain nails.


I used striping tape for this look but honestly, it was a fiddle and I would have painted the lines straighter, just maybe not as clean so I'll be leaving the tape for more intricate designs. I didn't have the right lighting for the holographic polish on my middle finger to really show up but in daylight it looked nice and gave it extra dimension rather than having just plain colours.


O.P.I - Bubble Bath. Barry M - Eat My Dust, On Your Marks. Sally Hansen - Cute-ture. China Glaze - Grass is Lime Greener. Gosh - Holographic Hero.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Bee Happy

In my last order from Scratch I got these Bee Happy wraps, I know they're rather spring themed but I thought they would be nice to wear as a bright change for winter.


I used O.P.I Bubble Bath as a base under the clear wraps and I layered up two of the wraps for my thumb as I couldn't pick and together they made a nice combination.


As a change I wanted to have these matte and they came out great, I think it shows more of the detail when matte plus they blend into my nails so it doesn't look like I'm wearing an extra layer.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Clouds

I thought my watercolour technique might work well to create could nails, they don't look overly professional or anything but I gave it a go.


Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream. W7 - Lady Grey, Sheer Blue. Sally Hansen - Lavender Cloud. BK - White. Seche Restore.


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Monday, 1 February 2016

Neutral Shades

I saw these nails by esNAIL Japan the other week and thought they were absolutely amazing, so simple yet so imaginative.


I used my last nails as a base for this design, taking the same style and base colour to choose my other shades.


I of course had to use my Nubar matte topcoat I got recently to recreate the nails. I think this design would look nice with any shade of colours so I'll probably try this out with some spring or summer shades later in the year. Also in monochrome, I'm not one for dark colours but this in shades of grey-black would look really nice.


Essie - Urban Jungle and Sand Tropez. Barry M - Vanilla. Collection - Praline Whirl. Sally Hansen - Boca Mocha. Nubar - Matte Finish.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

Opal Shell

I've seen a lot of shell nails online and I've always wanted to try it out myself. I got this sheet of shell paper from Born Pretty Store. I thought the colours were perfect for what I'd been looking for but I thought it would be nice to try it out as a small accent. Rather than having broken shell or a full section, I thought having it as something simple would make a nice change.


I used Essie Urban Jungle for the nail colour which is one of my favourite shades. The sheet is about 2 by 4 inches that comes like a sticker, with paper you peel off the back. It's 5mm thick which doesn't sound thick but it's not bendy, so if you're like me with a prominent c curve, you'll need to use it in small sections.


I decided to use nail polish to adhere the shell to the nail as well to make it secure. I then wanted to frame the shell, I have these mini studs but you could always use a silver/gold polish to make it seem like there is a metal frame. I then sealed everything in with my topcoat.


I think these are super cool, I know the shell is small but the way it catches the light is so pretty and I think it's a nice detail to add to an otherwise simple manicure. The shell comes in 16 different colour designs, I got number 1. Don't forget you can get 10% off this or anything from Born Pretty Store with the code GZL91. Let me know what you think about shell accents in the comments, I think it's a nice detail that is very on trend right now in nail art.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Neat Feet

I'll start off by saying I'm not sure if these are amazing or horrendous nails so be prepared to either love or hate them. I saw this picture of socks from Tiger which is one of my favourite shops, I thought it was such a cool idea and I thought they would look perfect as nail art.


Up close I think they look really cool, the hair can be quite distracting but once you see it, yes...they are hairy feet in sandals.


I think it's a fun look to have and certainly nothing serious. They did however take a very long time to paint so on my non dominant hand, I've just got a coloured french manicure to coordinate.


I used all Barry M polishes for this look - Lychee, Baby Pink, Spring Green, Mango, On Your Marks and Mushroom.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Golden Eye

These are inspired by rosebnails, it was a single nail design but I thought it looked so cool I wanted to do it as a full design.


I didn't want to use a proper glitter for the gold as I'm not a huge fan so I opted for a gold with a shimmer. I'm proud of how these turned out, to get the dimensional effect in the eyes, I used a sheer white on top of the colour and roughly painted on lines in a circle before going in with the black. They look super cool both up close and from a far which doesn't always happen with nail art and they were quick and easy to do.


Barry M - Instant Nail Effects Foil Gold, Gold and French Polish. BK - 16. Beauty UK - Forest Jade. O.P.I - Suzi Says Feng Shui. Sinful Colors - Black on Black.

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