Friday, 20 November 2015

Neutral Lines

I was going through my likes on instagram to try and find inspiration to do some nails since it's been a while. I found these by Nail Swag and as they were simple and clean I thought I'd try it out.

I changed up the patterns on the nails from the inspiration and did a mixture of stripes, chevrons and waves. The base colour I was going to do didn't work out so this was actually one layer each of Barry M Stop The Clock then Essie Sand Tropez. I then used Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the lines then used Seche Vite top coat. I considered doing these matte as well but I like how they look but maybe later in the week I'll try it out matte.

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Prickly Pear Cacti

If you remember from last year I did these cacti nails which were a little messy for my taste. Funny thing is it seems every nail artist has now done nails inspired by the same print I was and they were much more successful, this is why I wanted to try more cacti nails but using a different style. I had this green nail pen from Born Pretty Store which I thought would be perfect.

I used a base of Sally Hansen Ion, I wanted an off white but nothing too colourful so I thought the grey tone would be perfect. I love using nail art pens because they're so easy and quick to use so after I waited for the base to dry completely I went in with the shade 14 then finished off the look with some small red dots using O.P.I Can't Afjörd Not To.

I think these are os much neater than my ones from last year and they took such less time. I'm maybe thinking about doing a nail pen only design because this made me fall in love with pens again.

I got shade 14 which is this lovely grass green colour but there are 16 to choose from so I'm sure you can find a colour for you. This pen is normally $5.99 which is £3.86 but you can get 10% off with the code GZL91.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Neon Gradient

I thought after my water marble attempt last week I'd try another technique I'm not so good at, gradients. I know gradients are one of the easiest things to do, maybe I try to over complicate it, but I can never get them looking good. I saw a video on Instagram by The Nail Polish Challenge where she used 5 colours for the gradient, I thought this was maybe where I was going wrong so tried 4 colours on my short nails to get a more gradual fade.

I put on a base of white first to make the colours opaque quickly, I then used China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener, American Apparel Neon Yellow, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and finally O.P.I Can't Afjörd Not To. I can see this didn't go so well and the colours didn't blend as I had hoped, maybe I'll stick to painting things.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Grandma's Favourites

I got these amazing water decals from Born Pretty Store and I knew I had to do a mash up of them all and they seemed to make a granny look so I went all out.

I was going to paint a watercolour flowers for a background but I went the easy route and just layered on some more floral water decals, I painted over with a sheer pink to dull it out to make the main decals stand out. I then put on the Born Pretty Store decals and finished it off with a matte topcoat.

Here's the decals I used, as you can see you essentially get 3 sheets in one pack so there was a lot to choose from. I chose from all three categories because I felt they matched well but tried to keep it granny themed rather than kitsch, I'll definitely be doing a kitsch version in the future!

I love this design, I just think it's super cute and perfectly tacky. For me there's never too much so florals on florals is perfect for this time of year. The decals are on sale for $1.99 right now which is insane, £1.30 for 3 sets of water decals, best bargain ever. Plus you can use my discount code GZL91 to get 10% off.

Love love love these nails, cannot get enough!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Water Marble

I've been loving marble nails for a long time now and I've never been successful with the plastic wrap technique, I haven't been successful with water marbling either but I thought I'd give it another go in more of a random swirl pattern.

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White as a base before marbling. I used Barry M Greenberry and Papaya keeping it simple with two colours. I'm aware this doesn't look like a marble effect however I think the thumb turned out really well and kind of does look like a coloured marble. Not going to lie, probably won't be venturing into water marbling again any time soon but these were much less of a fail than others I've tried.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Pastel Roses

So it's been a while since I blogged, I was busy finishing uni and now I've done that, hopefully I can get back into blogging often. a while back I saw these rose nails by Celine Does Nails and I loved them, I've always wanted/tried to paint roses but they never turn out well but these looked as though I could recreate them.

Considering I've normally failed with roses I'm pleased with how well these came out, although I did do them too big. They were going to be scattered in corners of my nails but they all kind of ended up in the same area, maybe something to improve on next time. The base colour I used was Barry M Huckleberry, with Lemon Ice Cream for the yellow rose outlined with Butter London Bumster. I mixed white with Barry M Pink Flamingo and Rimmel Tangy Tangerine for the other roses with the full colours to get the outlines. The leaves are Rimmel Sea Green mixed with white as well.

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Negative 90s

These nails were inspired by Noriandee, I absolutely love her style and when I saw her's, I had to try the design out myself. These have been on my camera for a while and I forgot I hadn't posted them so here it is.

I wanted to change up the colours from Amy's design so I went for Essie Go Ginza with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for the accents, the lines were done in Sinful Colors Black on Black. I tried to paint around the negative spaces as much as I could but to clean up the look I took my cleanup brush and went inside the design to get them clear. I finished it with a matte topcoat which I think I've been too obsessed with.

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