Saturday, 21 October 2017

Hoot Hoot Hoot - Owl Nails

Hi everyone! Hope you are Owl having a good weekend ;) Today's nail art is sparkly and full of owls/owl puns! Once again I'm still wearing this nail art while blogging it, which is very unusual for me, and a sign of how busy we are with the house move. Picking up the keys on Thursday, I can't wait!

So when I was doing a friends nails, she was looking through my stamping plates and found one I forgot I had bought, the UberChic owl plate. I seem to associate owls with autumn (is that just me?) so thought now is the perfect time to try it out. I also had three new holo's from Painted Polish by Lexi (colours listed below the pictures) so thought I'd give them a try too. I've included an image of just the colours below, and at the bottom of this post will do a little mini review.

I painted alternate colours onto my nails, and then used the advances stamping technique with my Uber Mat for the owls, and just regular stamping with white stamping polish on my middle fingers. I really liked how these images came out. The owls are so cute (there are loads more on the plate too) and the images came out nice and crisp. I think the colours worked well too. You can see how to advanced stamp in pictures here.
Colours used: Jolly My Roger - Painted Polish, Yo-Ho Holo - Painted Polish, Love & Liberty - Painted Polish, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Cream Soda - Barry M, Cappuccino - Barry M, Cocoa - Barry M, White Knight - Mo You London

Painted Polish - Jolly My Roger (copper-ish), Yo-Ho Holo (green) and Love & Liberty (blue)
Just wanted to share my thoughts in the three untried holo's I bought from Rainbow Connection about a month or so. How I managed to go that long without trying them I don't know! All three shades have a lovely consistency, and as you can see from the pictures, are pretty holographic! Love & Liberty is quite opaque, you could probably get away with one coat but I used two here as I could still see a\ bit of nail line in the light. For Jolly My Roger and Yo-Ho Holo two-three coats would be needed.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Leafy McLeafFace - An Autumnal Manicure

So I was having trouble thinking of a title for this, and good old Boaty McBoatFace came to mind! (Google it) I think you can probably guess straight away my theme for these is autumn! I bought an autumn stamping plate from UberChic last year and didn't get to use it that much so am trying to make up for it this year. That said, I'm running out of time before Halloween nail time. What with work trips away and the house move finally approaching I've been super busy!

I started with an off white base (colours listed below the pictures), and then stamped a leafy image across each nail with black stamping polish. As I don't have a lot in the way of autumnal shades of nail polish, I decided to use Sharpies. This is my second Sharpie manicure, and I have to say I love the technique! It's easy to do and you can do a lot with blending colours.

After protecting the images with a quick dry top coat, I picked some autumnal shades and scribbles them onto some foil. With each one I mixed a little nail polish remover using a nail art brush, and lightly painted it onto the leaves. A few of the colours you can't really see as they blended a bit. Once dry (which doesn't take long) I finished the design with a matte top coat. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out :)
Colours Used: Cream Soda - Barry M, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Sharpies: Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

Friday, 6 October 2017

If Autumn Was Purple...

Hello everyone, happy Friday! I've finally got onto the autumn nail art band wagon today with some falling leaves stamping with the UberChic Lovely Leaves 01 plate. I've wanted to use this falling leaves design for ages but I tend to have a huge back log of nail ideas! I started with a very pale grey with tiny shimmery flakies, and then stamped the tree images onto my thumb and ring finger nails.

I don't have a lot of autumn leaf type colours, I don't tend to go in for rust and mustard type shades, feeling a little tempted though given how many lovely autumn nail art designs I've seen recently! So with those leafy limitations I decided to go for another colour scheme using a plummy purple and reddish pink. I really liked the way it looked and think the colours worked nicely against the background. I'd recommend as a quick and easy design to do.
I've put the base colour below as I thought it was worthy of it's own picture! It's Paper Route from ILNP (other colours listed at the bottom of this post). To the right is a close up of a thumb nail tree (something that sounds utterly horrifying if you can't see the below picture... but hey Halloween is approaching!).
Colours used: Paper Route - ILNP, Cocoa - Barry M, Plum - Barry M, Pomegranate - Barry M

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Stamping Sunday: Pastel Smoosh

Hello all! I'm writing to you in a state of half sleep this evening! I've been away on business in Dublin last week and then out on Friday (which of course takes me two days to recover from now, grr!) so still pretty sleepy!

This was the nail art I wore in Dublin. For the pastel nails I painted them with off white, and then painted purple, blue and yellow onto a stamper, and dabbed them onto my nails. I then used my Back To The 20's 01 stamping plate from Mo you London to stamp some images on top in black. I like the thumbnail best by far, I think I should have used that image on all my nails except the accent.

For the accent I used a lovely shimmery metallic from Cirque Colors. This design was OK but not a favourite of mine. The black smudged a little, and I think the patterns chosen could have worked better. You'll also see a bit of mess round the edges, this was caused by the challenges of a cheap peel of barrier! It made the clean up process more difficult that just using remover and brushes!
Colours used: Cream Soda - Barry M, Blue Moon - Barry M, Notting Hill Carnival - Nails Inc, Wardour Street - Nails Inc, Midnight Mischeif - Painted Polish, Idyllic - Cirque Colors

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Stamping Sunday: Flowers and glittery space

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I'm coming to the end of a week off so feeling pretty chilled, but unfortunately I think I'm getting a poorly timed cold... Today I have my holiday nails from Cornwall to show you. They weren't meant to be my holiday nails, but due to lack of time I have now had this on for just over 2 weeks, and still do! Not like me at all, but it will be the same story for the next month or so, so I'm just hoping I will have enough to stop my blog looking to sparse! 

For this nail art I took inspiration from Instagram. Unfortunately I can no longer find who it was, despite trawling through loads of my liked photos! So if anyone knows please comment so I can credit them. They had done some silver glitter over bare nails and then added pale purple flowers. I decided to to the same with some advanced stamping using my Uber Mat, and Mo You London Flower Power 03 Plate. You can see how to advanced stamp here.

For the glitter I used two different silvers, to end up with a little bit thicker coverage than the Instagram design, as I just couldn't resist the glitter! I started with an old Barry M limited edition of holo glitter particles in a clear base, and some mixed size glitter in a clear base, polishes are listed below the pictures. In conclusion I like this nail art - which is good considering how long I've been wearing it!
Colours used: Boots Limited Addition 343 - Barry M, Diamond Glitter - Barry M, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Key Lime - Barry M, Wardour Street - Nails Inc

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tropical Tuesday: Fresh Fruit

So some time ago when I'd just started this blog, and had a big backlog of pictures to use, I did a weekly 'Tropical Tuesday' with various brightly coloured tropical themed nail art ideas. I've not been so good this year, I've had way less tropical themed manicures, but at least I can squeeze one in before the weather gets cold!

My inspiration for this nail art came from Wah Nails on Instagram. They did a lovely design with peaches over pale purpley glitter. I considered doing peaches on all my nails, but decided to go for more variety, sort of fruit machine style.

To make these I drew the fruit onto my Uber Mat, coloured them in with nail polish and a dotting tool, added clear polish, and then peeled them off to stick onto my  nails. I had real diffuclty as I used a nail art pen to draw them on, which had gone a bit funny. It was taking so long to do them that the outlines started to dry and crack a little, you can see that on some of the picture below.

So overall I think these are OK but not majorly successful. The peaches came out best so I think I should have stuck to them!
Colours used: Nimbus - Illyrian Polish, Nail Art Pen in Black - Barry M, Passion Fruit - Barry M, Dead Heat - Barry M, Peach Melba - Barry M, Seven Dials - Nails Inc, Marylebone Road - Nails Inc, Papaya - Barry M

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Stamping Sunday: Lines and Shadows

Happy Sunday everyone! I am definitely not ready for the weekend to be over! I'm about to drift off to sleep, but think I can muster up the energy to talk about nail varnish for a bit! I'm struggling to keep up as many blog posts as I'd like to at the moment, just don't know where the time is going!

So for this nail art I started out with a couple of coats of Poison Rose from Tonic Polish. It was my first time using that particular shade and I wasn't that enthused at first. It just looked a bit less existing than I expected, the glitter isn't very prominent (it wouldn't really show up in the pictures!). So I decided to use it as a base for trying some layered stamping.

I used my Holy Shapes 03 stamping plate from Mo You London to stamp some shapes onto my nails in gold. I then used black stamping polish to stamp the same images again, but slightly higher so they overlapped but didn't cover the gold. Using a clear stamper was essential for this so I could see exactly where I was placing the images. I really like the way it came out. I think it looks sophisticated and perfect for work. It completely changed my opinion of the nail polish as well!
Colours used: Poison Rose - Tonic Polish, Uptown Glamour - Nails Inc, Midnight Mischief

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sparkling Lemons

Hi everyone, happy Saturday! I'm so very glad it's the weekend and wishing we had another bank holiday! So the sun is shining here in the UK so it's a good day for fruity lemon nails. I particularly like lemons for summer nail art, and blue is my favourite colour to pair them with, I like the contrast.

For these nails I started with a base colour of off white (colours listed below the pictures) , and then painted a couple of layers of sheer-ish blue over three nails on each hand. The white makes the colour stronger, and with it being slightly sheer adds some depth. For the lemons I created decals on my Uber Mat. I used a nail art pen to draw the lemons and leaves, and then coloured them in using a dotting tool. For the leaves I used a sheer green over silver. The yellow is from Cupcake Polish's sweets collection, and is absolutely wonderful! It's super sparkly, I've got a red from the collection to try still and am struggling to resist buying more of them!

I like this nail art, particularly the blue and yellow polishes, but I don't think the lemons were as good as they could have been. Oddly I've done better lemons as freehand, which is unusual for me! You can see them here. If you've not quite had your fix of lemons and nails today, you can also see some more lemon nails here!
Colours used: Cream Soda - Barry M, Mirajane - Zoya, Princess Lolly - Cupcake Polish, Nail Art Pen in Black - Barry M, Turquoise Aesthetic - OPI

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Watercolour Sea Creatures

Hi everyone! Tonight I am showing off some colourful holiday nails, which double up as my first ever Sharpie manicure. I wore this nail art while on a week away with my boyfriend and his family, so I associate it with fond memories!

This was my first manicure using sharpies, so I decided to experiment a bit. On one hand (top two pictures) I coloured relatively neatly within the lines, and on the other I went for a bit more of a splashed watercolour look.

I started with an off white base (colours listed below the pictures), and then stamped some images onto my nails from my Mo You London Animal 01 plate, and once dry applied a quick dry top coat. For the colours I scribbled a bit of each sharpie colour onto some foil, and mixed it with a little polish remover on a small nail art brush. I then dabbed it onto my nails within the images. I had to work quite fast as the sharpie ink dries quickly, even once mixed with polish remover. Once it was all dry I applied a matte top coat.

I think I like the neat hand best, but the messy one has a certain charm too, what do you think?
Colours used: Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Colour Burst Sharpies

Friday, 25 August 2017

Decal making - butterflies

Hi everyone! Got some advanced stamping/decals to show you today. This technique has become one of my post used, as I'm not so good at freehand! This particular design is not one of my favourites, the pink isn't really my usual sort of shade. Also the butterflies are too small for my nails, and I can't quite decide whether that looks good or not! I will need to learn/practise stretching images.
I took the above pictures for a competition on Instagram by Mo You London, but due to a holiday didn't manage to get it in on time! Although I wasn't too sure about the design itself I do love the pictures of the decals looking through clear stampers.

For a base colour I used a pale pink (colours listed below images), and put a layer of shimmering holographic pink from ILNP's spring 2017 collection. For the butterflies I used a few more shades from ILNP's spring collection to get some lovely sparkle. Being from the same collection  the colours work well together. You can see how I made the decals here.
Colours used: Surfboard - Barry M, Ballet Slipper - ILNP, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Bermuda Breeze - ILNP, High Tide - ILNP, Versailles - ILNP, Yours Truly - ILNP

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Guest Nails - Summer Prints

Hi everyone! Guest nails again tonight. These are some I did for my friend Jess as she was going to a wedding. Please excuse the mess around the edges, I find it harder to do clean up on other peoples nails! Plus with both agree it's actually pretty satisfying getting the mess round the edges off in warm water!

We started with a pale pink base, and stamped a few images in white from my Doodles 01 plate from Mo You London. For a few other images I created decals and added a pit of a darker pink in some of the patterns. I used my Uber Mat for these, you can see how here. For the accent nail I used the lovely rose gold Halcyon from Cirque Colors. I really liked these, I like how her nails are small enough for the whole doodles designs to fit, and I think it's very fitting for a summer wedding :)
Colours used: Surfboard - Barry M, White Knight - Mo You London, Acai Smoothie - Barry M, Halcyon - Cirque Colors

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Marble/ Stone Effect Nails

Hi nail people! I'm on holiday this week so feeling super relaxed and finally finding a bit of time to catch up on some blogging! This was one of my more 'grown-up' looks and took a little time to grow on me, but I was mostly pleased with the end result. I've seen a number of techniques on creating  marble like nails and the free hand options appealed the most (for once!).

I started with a white base and then a layer of top coat to protect the base. I then used a small nail at brush to paint some small lines in random places across each nail. I then dipped the brush in  nail polish remover and used it to blur the lines across the nail. Once done I used the same dark grey I used for the initial lines to do a few more over the top, using some images online as a guide.

My intention was to use stencils or tape for the next bit but that would have taken a long time to allow everything to dry. I painted on some gold at the bottom of each nail and then applied another top coat, as I wanted to get a smooth and slightly sticky finish for the next step. When the top coat was nearly dry I used gold chrome powder over the gold polish. I then used a water based to coat to finish the gold, and a matte top coat for the rest.

Strangely the gold looked mirror chrome to start with, but didn't last even long enough for my pictures (taken the next morning for better light).It did stay super shiny though. I wonder if it would have worked better over black. Overall I am quite pleased with this design but think it could get better with practise. I'd like to try it with some other colours, particularly turquoise.
Colours used: Alpine Snow - OPI, Dragster - Barry M, Gold Digger - Barry M, Gold Chrome Powder - eBay