Friday, 19 December 2014

Tartan

Seeing as though it's almost Christmas I thought it would be nice to do somewhat festive nails with this tartan print.


For my base colour I used Topshop Blank as I thought off white would look better. I then went in with Barry M Coral for the thick lines then Greenberry to the side of those lines. I then took Sinful Colors Black on Black for the final lines before mixing it with Coral to fill in the overlapping squares. I used a matte topcoat for this look because I thought it would look more like fabric and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Minimalistic Grids

I haven't had time to do my nails or post anything in a while due to uni work but now I've got some free time I'm back with these nails. Given that it's December I wanted to go for a more wintery look compared my my normal style so I used these darker colours and added in these mini studs from Born Pretty Store to add something extra to the design.


I went for a negative space look with these nails and went straight in with the colours. On my index and little finger I used O.P.I Don't Talk Bach To Me, I love this colour and I really don't use it too often but I think I'm going to try and use it more this season. On my middle finger and thumb I used Barry M Raspberry and finally I used Sinful Colors Black on Black. The studs I used are these 1.2mm silver ones and I just applied them onto the wet polish and finished off the look with this matte topcoat.

If you want to see more about the studs then keep reading below.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Rainforest Leaves

I suddenly got the urge to do tropical leaf nails so I found this print I used as inspiration.


I used Barry M Passion Fruit as my base colour which was a nice change from a white base. I then used Rimmel Sea Green for the darkest leaves. The lightest leaves are done with Barry M Key Lime and the round leaves are down with Greenery. I wanted to add in the details and outlining so I took each of the colours and used them within each other to show the stems of the leaves and used Sinful Colors Black on Black to outline the leaves. I'm really happy with these nails, I think they turned out amazing and it's a bit more wintery in colour to my other nails.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Lace Stamping

I've been busy this week so I haven't got my regular nail post for you. The other week I posted this lace stamping tutorial on my YouTube channel but I forgot to post it on here so I thought I'd show you today.



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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Stamping Comparison

I have a few different stamping tools myself and I've seen other people use different ones so I thought I'd do a comparison of them to show you which ones work best.



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Friday, 31 October 2014

Yo Gabba Gabba!

I was looking through netflix when I saw these characters and since I love doing character nails I thought I'd give them a go. I've not heard of Yo Gabba Gabba before but it looks like a little children's show so I think it's ok I'm not a fan of it.


For my base I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White before painting on any of the characters. On my thumb I used American Apparel Neon Yellow and Echo Park for the robot with Sinful Colors Black on Black. My index finger was done with Barry M Bright Pink and Strawberry Ice Cream with Neon Yellow for the centre of the flower. I used Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream for my middle finger with Cobalt Blue for the nose which I mixed with white for the bottom and sides of the face. I did my ring finger with Barry M Spring Green and Passion Fruit which is what I also used on my little finger. My favourite is the robot on my thumb, I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I think considering I'd not seen these characters before I did a pretty good job, here's the reference photo I used so you can compare for yourselves.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sugar Apple

I have been loving my newer Barry M Gelly polishes and this is another one I tried out the other day. When I picked up this colour it looked quite pale which was what I was going for but I was slightly worried before I put it on that it would be too pale and you wouldn't really notice the colour but I was wrong. 


I think this kind of looks like a paler version of Barry M Greenberry which is my favourite colour so I'm really excited about that. Formula wise I know I love the Gelly polishes, I have used two coats here but if I'm in a rush I can get away with one because they're not streaky which is the main thing to me.


Gelly polishes pride themselves in their shine compared to the normal formulas, I think they do have a nice shine to them however because I always use a topcoat, that element isn't too important to me.


The more I look at this colour the more I love it, I really want to get more of these Gelly polishes because all of the ones I've tried out have been great but because I'm not a major fan of dark colours, I might have to wait until spring for more lighter shades to come out.

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