Thursday, 22 June 2017

Blue blue mermaid tail nails

Hi everyone! Just a short post today. This is another one I did for the nail addicts collaboration on Instagram. This month the theme was monochrome, using different shades of your favourite colour to create nail art. Small amounts of black or white were also allowed for outlines but I managed to use dark blue for mine.

I used the advanced stamping technique with my Uber Mat to create the pattern (see how here). The image is from the twi-star Bundle Monster mermaid plate. It took a pretty long time to fill in the scales! I also used a white base coat underneath to make the colours stand out.

Head over to @nailaddictscollab to see all the other. designs :)
Colours used: Alpine Snow - OPI, Blue Moon - Barry M, Blueberry - Barry M, Cobalt - Barry M, Cyan - Barry M

Monday, 19 June 2017

Baby Mermaid Monday - Tropical

Hi everyone! Got some very temperature appropriate nails for how hot it's been this week, I hope the weather will last for my days off next week!

This weekend I had a go at some nail art for #BabyMermaidMonday, which is an Instagram hashtag with a monthly theme (always mermaid related of course). Todays theme was pink, orange and yellow, so a very tropical feel. The main colours had to be pink, orange and yellow, but small amounts of other shades (e.g. gold and black like I've used are allowed for detail/outlines).

For the mermaid scales and the fiery mermaid on my thumb nails I used the Bundle Monster twi_star plate, and for the leaf gradient stamping I used Mo You Londons Tropical Plate 10. For the palm tree I created a decal myself on my Uber Mat, using a nail art pen for the outline and filling it with black polish using a dotting tool. I think I should have gone for a slimmer or gold palm tree as the black is a bit overpowering.

For the mermaid on my thumb nails I used the advanced stamping technique (you can see how here). I started with a little bit of ILNP's shimmery topcoat, The Magician. It's not all that clear in the pictures but it worked surprisingly well over these colours and gave the mermaid a warm subtle shimmer. Unfortunately the mermaids hair got a little smooshed as I was in a rush! I did like this nail art though as the gradient went better than usual and I'm enjoying having bright summery colours again!
Colours used: Alpine Snow - OPI, Black Knight - Mo You London, Nail Ar Pen in Black - Barry M Sunshine - Rimmel, W18 - Color Cosmetic, Seymour Walk - Nails Inc, Uptown Glamour - Nails Inc, The Magician - ILNP

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Unicorn of the Sea, Narwhal of the Land!

Hi everyone! Got something a bit quirky on my blog, featuring the ever popular unicorn, and the increasingly popular narwhal! I have some adorable socks with narwhals on and the words 'unicorn of the sea', so I used them as inspiration and added unicorns. I've never heard them described as narwhals of the land before but there's a first time for everything!

For the base glitter I used Illyrians Charming on one hand and Nimbus on the other, you can see my review of them here. For all four fingers on my unicorn hand and the index finger on my narwhal hand (definitely going to refer to my hands that way from now on!) I used the advanced stamping technique with my Uber Mat to create decals. You can see a picture tutorial for that process here.

For the remaining three fingers on my narwhal hand and the words on my thumb I created my own decals on my Uber Mat. This was the first time I'd done so and it was surprisingly easy! I used a nail art pen from Barry M to draw the narwhals and write the words on my Uber Mat and went over them a second time to strengthen the opacity of the 'ink'. I then used a dotting tool to colour in the images with nail polish, and once dry. painted a layer of clear polish over the top. Once that was dry I peeled them off my mat and applied them to my nails, covering with a topcoat to blend the image in.
Colours used: Charming - Illyrian, Nimbus - Illyrian, Nail Art Pen in Black - Barry M, White Horse Street - Nails Inc, Alpine Snow - OPI, Soho Silver - Nails Inc, Aria - ILNP, Black Knight - Mo You London

I really liked how these turned out, the glitter was lovely, I liked the words and the quirkiness was a good talking point! Let me know what you think :)

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Illyrian Polish - First Try

Hello nail people! Today I'm getting back into the spirit of my monthly indie review (I don't really have the space to keep that up anymore - much as I enjoyed buying the polish!) and reviewing a new indie polish brand I've recently tried. The brand is Illyrian and I purchased two pale glitters from Rainbow Connection to try.

First up is Nimbus, a lilac-ish pale purple with flecks of blue and some holographic sparkle. It applies well and the below pictures are just two coats. Some might prefer three but I was surprised how well it covered in two. I like the iridescent sparkle of this one!
The second polish I tried was Charming, a shimmering pale pink with holographic sparkle. Again, this was two coats, though I'd say it was marginally more sheer than Nimbus. I was impressed that I could just paint these on and not sponge them.
I think that's all to say really! They're both lovely and lasted really well. Would definitely buy from this brand again.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Stamping Sunday - Holiday Nails

Hi everyone! Today I'm bringing you my holiday nails from my week in Scotland. I have to admit I am not happy to be home, it was a great week! I used Mo You Londons Scandi 01 plate to create some holiday themed nails before I went. I liked the idea of trying to spot all the things on my nails on the holiday, but didn't quite manage to get them all! I saw sun, clouds, rain, hills (but not snow capped mountains) and castles. Sadly I saw no ferris wheels, light houses, hot air balloons or volkswagen camper vans.

I used my Uber Mat and the advanced stamping technique to create this with a variety of colours (listed below the images). You can see a picture tutorial how I did it here. I love the Scandi plates and all the options with them, I'm looking forward to using them for some similar London themed designs at some point, but I have a long long list of things to try so it might be a while!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend :)
Colours used: Blueberry - Barry M, Black Knight - Mo You London, Spring Green - Barry M, Alpine Snow - OPI, Key Lime - Barry M, Dead Heat - Barry M, Cappuccino - Barry M, Cocoa - Barry M, Seven Dials - Nails Inc

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Claws on claws

Hi everyone! I'm writing to you very sleepy in Scotland after a long walk looking for beavers! I'm on holiday this week. I made another (yes another!) purchase from Rainbow Connection a few weeks back and decided to try Tonic Polish. I bought two different purples, this bright metallic one with a hint of sparkle is called toxic.

I quickly got a little restless not having any nail art, so came up with the simple idea of adding some claws on my claws! They are based on my little microwaveable cuddly dinosaur, Cedric. I've included a picture of him below the nail art.

I used a small nail art brush to outline the green, and then filled them in using the brush in the nail polish bottle, and the nail art brush. I then used the nail art brush to add the little black claws, they were a nice easy shape to paint. I'm not sure the pictures quite capture the shade of purple but at least you get the shinyness!
Colours used: Toxic - Tonic Polish, Key Lime - Barry M, Lady In Black - OPI

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Instagram Nail Art Collaboration

Hi everyone, tonight I have nail art themed nail art for you! Nail art within nail art, like a dolls house within a dolls house...

So this was for a nail addicts collaboration I took part in on Instagram (the full collage can be seen on Instagram @nailaddictscollab). I went through a few different ideas of what I'd do for this one, but then stumbled across the Artist 20 plate from Mo You London, I was really taken with the images of nail art tools such as brushes, dotting tools and silicone brush tools. So I grabbed it when getting some of the new cactus plates from their hipster collection.

I went for a watery pastely theme so the tools stood out, and wanted to show the mess created when creating nail art! The dripping polish image is actually from a Mo You London Halloween plate. but I think it suits nail polish better than blood! I used a pale pink to stamp the image and then went over it with glitter.

Please do check out the other designs on Instagram!
Colours used: Alpine Snow - OPI, Mint Green - Barry M, Berry - Barry M, Blue Moon - Barry M, Surfboard - Barry M, Charming  - Illyrian, Black Knight - Mo You London