#NAILlinkup – Sapphire

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Hey honies!

Today I have my ‘Sapphire’ mani for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup to show you. I really had to use my favourite blue for this - Butter London Blagger. It’s so vibrant, and application is easy and flawless – every time! Which is super rare for a blue.

However, it is a colour that packs quite a punch! so I didn’t really want to paint all of my nails this colour… hence why I went for a French mani.

The black swirly bits are done with a nail art pen. I mean, they could easily have been done with acrylic paint instead, but why wash a paint brush when I can just re-cap a little pen?!


also… I’ve lined up 70 polishes that I need to clear out! so watch out for a blog sale later in the week (well, or whenever I manage to photograph them all!)#naillinkup sapphire butter london blagger french nail art Continue reading →

China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis Nail Art

Cold Mountain inspired

Yay, it’s the weekend!

Well, I haven’t found a new job yet, so I guess it doesn’t make too much difference to me, but at least my Bloke will be at home with me for the next couple of days :)

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I spend a lot of my free time knitting. I learned when I was little, but got really good at it since about 2007. So, when my nails are dry, that’s what I like to do. And recently I discovered a designer called Kieran Foley, who designs the most stunning knitted lace shawls and wraps. So, I’m currently working on a pattern called Cold Mountain (which I put up on Ravelry here, if you’re interested). And this mani is inspired by the pattern on that. It’s maybe not a great piece for a beginner, but I love how simple it is to knit once you’ve gotten started, and it’s coming along really fast! Sooo pretty!

The base colour is Mimosas Before Manis by China Glaze (I’m leaving out the apostrophes in the ‘real’ name, because frankly they are badly used!)

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Butter London – Blowing Raspberries // Leopard Nail Art

Butter London Blowing Raspberries Leopard Nail Art

Well, our sort-of-Indian-summer seems to be holding out!

It’s currently lovely and sunny, so I’ve been ‘studying’ in the garden (buffing up on web design), and I haven’t even changed my nails since this weekend! Blowing Raspberries – this fabulous little number by Butter London – has held out without a single chip since I popped it on on Saturday!

The gold foil is another Butter London - The Full Monty, and black acrylic paint took care of the rest. The crackle polish on my index and pinkie is Barry M – Croc Nail Effects.

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Apples for #NAILlinkup // Butter London – Cuppa, Jaded Jack + Come to Bed Red

Butter London Cuppa Jaded Jack Come to Bed Red

Just a quickie today! I wanted to show you my Apple-inspired mani for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup. I thought I did a pretty sweet nail art, but now I’ve seen Jax (from Craftynail) -’s version… well, hers is awesome, so check it out here!

Now that I think about it more, if my apples were ‘falling’ in all directions, it would probably have worked better… oh well! gotta learn somehow :)

So the nail polishes I used were all Butter London – the base is a pale, creamy neutral called Cuppa, the green is Jaded Jack and the red is (my favourite red ever, btw!) Come to Bed Red.

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Big Ruby Garden Designs x ILNP You’re My Boy Blue

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Hey loves!

I wanted to post this yesterday, but didn’t quite make it in time. So, I got up early to show you my mani before I run off to the gym :)

You may or may not already know, this year August was pretty rubbish in France weather-wise (at least in the Paris area). So we’re all hoping for an Indian summer! Since it’s set to get quite warm this afternoon, I decided to encourage things along with a summery nail art.

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The base colour is You’re My Boy Blue by ILNP. It’s a very  strong linear holo pale blue – the only downside is that you need 3 coats for opacity. To jazz it up, I used some Big Ruby Nail Tattoos that I have had for ages, but that I haven’t used before! I used the Garden Designs Set (the shop is down but the twitter account is here ). Now, in France these often retail at about 10€ ($15) – for 86 tattoos. That’s pretty expensive in my book, as you can usually get nail decals for a few cents. So that’s why I was reluctant to open them!

I didn’t look properly at the instructions before I used them. Instead of using the recommended method (place on nail dry, then hold a damp cloth to back to transfer), I first dunked them in water, then pressed them on my nail. A second quick dunk and I pulled off the paper. This also worked pretty well! If you are used to using water decals that slide off the paper, do note that that won’t work here. The tattoos are very thin, and a bit tacky, so they don’t slide anywhere.

They are pretty awesome though! The designs are cute and colourful, and very high quality. I hate when nail art decals are all crappy and pixellated. That isn’t the case here! You can only see the ‘pixel’ effect if you look really close.

The only thing I did find a bit awkward is that the red and orange look very similar on the white paper backing. It was only once on my nail that I realised the orange wasn’t a red! I did learn that they remove quite easily if you rub them with a damp cotton ball (only if the base polish is very dry, and before you top coat them of course!) .Not exactly a really big deal, but something you might want to watch out for… Continue reading →

Barry M Skittle(tte?)

Barry M Skittle Nail Art photo of bottles and nail art pens, in black, white, pink and purple

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

It’s been quiet here, we had friends round for lunch though :) tomorrow’s the first of September, the Bloke is going back to work, I’m going to start job-hunting, and we’re all hoping for an Indian summer!

I’m not sure if today’s mani is a ‘real’ skittle or a skittlette – only 2 nails are the same (thumb and little finger) – but I’m pretty happy with it anyway (apart from the top coat bubbling, gah!). Continue reading →

the Nail Art Ideas Linkup is back!


Welcome to Nail Art Ideas Linkup, also fondly called N.A.I.L. We’ve been running N.A.I.L. for about a year now and it’s a relaxed monthly nail challenge with about one theme per week. It’s not really a ‘challenge’ though… it’s more of a linkup. It’s a great way to share your nail art with other people in the nail art community. You don’t have to commit to doing all the prompts each month. It’s up to you so please jump in when you can. Do your nails anytime during the month and share them using our inlinkz and hashtag #naillinkup. Keep reading for all the deets!


We took off a month so we could run the 31 day Oh Mon Dieu Challenge in July. But that’s over, the winners have been picked, the prizes have been mailed out and now we’re itching for more nail art! So do you want to see our NAIL themes for September??

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Theme 1 – APPLES. September is back to school! What better time to paint some apples on our nails? As Bing Crosby says, “An apple for the teacher will always do the trick, when you don’t know your lesson in arithmetic.”

Theme 2 – SAPPHIRE. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. For this theme you can adorn your nails with gem studs, or maybe select a beautiful blue polish. However you’d like to interpret Sapphire is up to you.

Theme 3 – WATERCOLOR. Watercolor nails can be interpreted in different ways. If you do a web search you’ll find a bunch of great tutorials, many of which are quite different. But the final effect is similar- nails that look like watercolor paints. Here’s Craftynail’s watercolor technique if you need some ideas- Easy Watercolor Nailart

Theme 4 -LADYBUGS. Also called ladybirds in Europe, ladybugs are one of the cutest bugs out there, don’t you think? Get your red and black out, and let’s see your creativity! Need some inspiration? Check out these cute bugs from Eeeek Nail Polish! – Ladybug Nails

Rules for September Nail Art Ideas Linkup (N.A.I.L.)……

  • Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s flexible!
  • The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in September.
  • The nail art ideas/themes are open to interpretation so you can create whatever kind of design you want. Stamps, stickers, acrylics- anything goes!
  • We encourage everyone to join in no matter what platform you use- blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc…
  • Feel free to share and re-post our September graphic to spread the word.
  • You can use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media.
  • Lastly but most importantly, don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz below. These inlinkz will be open all month.





OPTIONAL FOR BLOGGERS- here’s the html if you’d like to add the inlinkz galleries to the end of your blog or tumblr post.

NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijits Digits, Craftynail, Eeeek Nail Polish! and Nail That Accent!. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! You can also read more info about our monthly linkup on our blog links below. We look forward to seeing your nails this September!

happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!


Zoya – Livingstone // Tribal Stamping Nail Art

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I survived Rock en Seine! I mean, my voice is still a bit off, but it was a lot of fun. The weather wasn’t great, but we didn’t have to worry about getting burnt, and it wasn’t a wash-out either.

I did break a couple of nails. I think it was the getting motorbike gloves on/off (the best way to get to/from a gig, in our opinion!) – they’re my bloke’s, so they’re too big….

Anywhoo, it’s about time I painted my nails again, right?!

I used – from left to right - Zoya London (Pixie Dust), Dance Legend T-1000 (New Prism) and Zoya Livingstone.

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NCLA// Laurel Canyon Lolita + Dead-End Gorgeous

NCLA Laurel Canyon Lolita + Dead-End Gorgeous

I scheduled this post before Rock en Seine started, too. We won’t be camping – we only live about 15km from the site – but I’m guessing we’ll be pretty tired, so the computer won’t be turned on again until Monday!

In the summer sales, I bought a few NCLA polishes. The first one I tried, I wasn’t very impressed with. But the next two have proved to be much nicer!

On the left, Laurel Canyon Lolita, and on the right, Dead End Gorgeous
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ILNP // Peace + Sirene

ILNP Peace + Sirene

I hope noone minds a couple of scheduled posts this weekend!

I’m spending some time listening to great music at Rock en Seine, and I’m guessing I’ll be too tipsy/hung-over tired to write much up, so I prepped this in advance :)

It’s been a while since I last had some fun photographing multi-chromes, so I used Peace and Sirene by I Love Nail Polish for this mani. If you’re wondering which is which – Sirene is more blue/green and peace is more purplish. Both are awesome!

The animal patterns are all stamped – I’m not going to talk about the brand of plate, either you know them or you don’t, but apparently they don’t want to be associated with such a small-time blog as my own. Whatever.

Obviously I’m gonna need some kickin’ nails for the festival, so I’ll make sure I snap those to show you too :)

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ILNP Sirene

ILNP Peace
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