Nail Art Ideas Linkup // March Themes #NAILlinkup

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March is upon us which means we’re back with another edition of our monthly Nail Art Ideas Linkup! We’re happy to say that our themes this month have a little something for everyone. You know you’ll be painting some Irish cheer on your nails, so of course we have a St. Patty’s day prompt. But we also threw some Disney in the mix to shake things up! Join our linkup and don’t miss your chance to share your March nails with the nail art community–

March2015Linkupweek 1- Cinderella Guaranteed to be the big hit of 2015, this classic tale is coming to theaters again! How will Cinderella and her fairytale ending inspire your nail art?

week 2- Gold Maybe there’s a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow? March is the perfect time to pull out your metallic gold nail polishes.

week 3- St. Patrick’s Day Us nail art enthusiasts will never let a holiday slip by us. Shamrocks, green lacquer and glitter…. you know the drill!

week 4- Chevron Chevron manicures always look trendy and eye-catching. There’s multiple nail art techniques to create this v-shaped pattern – stamping, hand-painting, stencils, stickers. How will you achieve a chevron mani?

 

HOW TO ENTER MARCH N.A.I.L. LINKUP

  1. Paint your nails using the suggested theme.
  2. Post your pics on your blog, instagram, tumblr, etc.
  3. Enter your post into our inlinkz below so everyone can see your pics*.

CINDERELLA

GOLD

ST PATRICK’S DAY

CHEVRON

 

Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s up to you! The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in March and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what platform you use- blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz. Inlinkz will be open all month. You can use hashtag #NAILlinkup on your social media and please share our March graphic too!

*Optional for Bloggers – the following links will take you to a page where you can get the code to add the Inlinkz gallery to your blog: CINDERELLA / GOLD / ST. PATRICKS DAY / CHEVRON

 

 

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 March!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

ILNP // Molly x Contraband

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I Love Nail Polish Ruffian Mani

Good evening!

I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend :) we started ours yesterday, at the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris. Good eats, fun shopping, and I made a new sheepy friend who seemed to want to eat my jeans. We try to go every year

 

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I have a favourite polish, I don’t like to cover it up with complicated nail art. So this weekend’s mani is a ruffian – both polishes from I Love Nail Polish Molly is the pinky/magenta and Contraband is the purple full of glass flecks <3ILNP Ruffian Mani Nail Art 7

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Butter London // Thames

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Butter London Thames

Good evening!

Just a quick post from me tonight, since it’s nearly impossible to get good photos some evenings, and I don’t feel especially chatty (bleh, Tuesday night and argh, upstairs-neighbours!). I don’t think I’ve shown you Butter London Thames before. Here, I’m wearing two coats over black. It’s a great green metallic (almost duochrome!) – but not especially exciting on its lonesome, so I did a quick French nail art with the Full Monty (also by Butter London). Not bad, eh? :)

Winter French Mani

Butter London the Full Monty and Thames

Green Gold Nail Art

#NAILlinkup – Skulls // NCLA – Downtown Dollface

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NCLA Downtown Dollface Nail Polish

Gosh, my last post was a week ago!

I actually did start prepping a post during the week, but then I looked at the photos and hated them – the nails were very pretty IRL, but the photos were not good at all…

Anyway, I’m back now, with skull nails for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup. I used NCLA Downtown Dollface for a base, this is a very pale, cool grey that is perfect for the season (nearly spring!). Then I used some water decals that I bought a while ago from Nail Delights (which has since closed). Though, if you want some, you can do a Google search for “nail art decals BLE372″ – there are a few different options out there. I finished this mani off with a matte topcoat (by Butter London), and hey presto!

A couple of the decals bubbled a bit and suchlike, but nothing too tricky that I couldn’t fix up with a bit of patience :)Skull Nail Art Decals

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Skull Nail Art Water Decals

 

Check out the other skull nail art in our gallery below!

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#NAILlinkup – Hearts // Butter London Stag Do

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Butter London Stag Do

Hey hey hey – Happy (Belated!) Valentines Day!

I must admit, it’s not really something that my mister-to-be and I celebrate. I mean, he has sent flowers to the office before. But other than that, we aren’t really a romantic couple. Last year, we decided to try to do something special for the occasion, and I found a little Italian restaurant in the centre of Versailles that was offering a special menu. It was awful! The food was not good quality at all and it was super expensive. Plus, there was very little choice. Now, I don’t eat red meat and have a lactose intolerance, so that left me with a salad. Which was clearly just grabbed from a bag. Very disappointing. So this year, we spent Valentine’s evening chasing moths (which we’ve never had many of, but I’m worried about my wool stash as we have seen a few recently!) then we had dinner (fresh pasta, mussels in a white wine sauce, and dark chocolate pudding), and spent the rest of the evening in front of the TV on the sofa. Perfect!

I also did a really girly Valentines’ Day mani yesterday… And I hated it! it was pink and glittery and girly. I have nothing against pink, or glitter, but add in hearts… and it did not rock my boat.

So this is my Heart Mani V 2.0 – and I am much happier! My base colour is Stag Do by Butter London. Which isn’t the easiest to apply, and sadly the shimmer in the bottle magically disappears on the nail. But it’s still a lovely, flattering dark green :) then I added a few white hearts at the tips, and hey presto!
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#NAILlinkup Heart Nail Art

#NAILlinkup Hearts

Butter London Stag Do Nail ARt

 

Check out the other Heart Nail Art in our gallery below – and remember, the links are open for another 2 weeks, if you would like to add your own :)

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Nail Art // Butter London – Queen Vic

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Romantic Nail Art Butter London Nail Polish Queen Vic

 

Good evening!

The weekend is coming fast, and I really needed a pop of colour on my nails, whilst staying vaguely office-friendly, and not too complicated. So, Queen Vic by Butter London seemed like the perfect shade. It is deep enough to feel ‘grown up’ but pink enough to be a little fun. It’s also one of those funny shades that looks very different depending on the light – do an image search for the polish and you’ll see what I mean! so it was also time to bite the bullet and reset my white balance. Looks better, huh!?

The nail art is basically the same technique as I did back here. But this time I used a gold foil paint, splodged near the cuticle, and made my squirly lines more scribbly. I really like this look, and can see it working so well with many different colours! It would also be great for doing roses; right?!

The accent nail is Inner Goddess by Different Dimension. Love that polish!

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Butter London Queen Vic

Nail Art Butter London Queen Vic

Nail Art Close Up Photo Butter London Queen Vic

Green Bling !

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Butter London Slapper Giddy Kipper

Good evening!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around for a few days! I’ve been in a bit of a funk since Wednesday, and it culminated in a big, fat migraine yesterday, so although when I got over it, I felt well enough to paint my nails, by that time it was too late to post. And today we had a birthday lunch for my (soon-to-be) MIL. So now it’s Sunday night and I’m only just getting around to showing you my blingy weekend nails.

I really wanted to pair two popping colours, so I went for Butter London (I like to stick to one brand per mani – don’t ask me why!) and applied Slapper – a bright green teal and Giddy Kipper  – a slightly shimmery blurple. And just to make sure it really popped, I added a tonne of rhinestones in a sea-green colour. I’m pretty sure that the stones I used for the accent nail are these ones from Viva La Nails – a UK-based nail art supplier that ships free worldwide, and is pretty good value for money. I have got a lot of my basic supplies from there, come to think of it!

(these photos would just be perfect if I hadn’t forgotten to adjust my white balance since getting my new swatching lamp, right?!)

BL Giddy Kipper

BL Slapper

Butter London Diamante Nail Art

Close Up Photo Butter London Slapper Giddy Kipper

Green Bling Nail ARt

 

I hope everyone has a great week!

Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Hot Pink #NAILlinkup

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Hot pink is one of those colours that I love… but don’t feel like it suits me! I much prefer cool pinks on me, and feel that hot pink brings out the purple in my skin. So, I pulled out the coolest hot pink I could find for this prompt – Picture Polish Flirt. Then I went for some freehand nail art in black and white to make it pop – and I actually really like this mani! I’m already thinking up variations :)

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Check out the other Hot Pink Nails in our gallery below :)

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Nail Art Ideas Linkup – Prompts for February #NAILlinkup

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It’s February already and you know what that means- the infamous Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Did you know that statistically speaking, more relationships break up on Valentine’s Day than on a regular day of the year? There’s just so many opportunities for disappointment on that day! We’ll all agree that it’s hard being a woman in today’s world. So how’s a girl supposed to survive Valentine’s Day? We have the answer- join our Nail Art Ideas Linkup challenge! We guarantee it will keep your idle hands busy and out of trouble. There won’t be time to eat two dozen heart-shaped chocolate candies. No. Instead, you’ll be painting those hearts on your nails. And forget about having one too many glasses of wine and drunk-texting your ex. Nope, he’s not worth it. Besides, why risk messing up your wet nails on him? Grab your favorite nail art brush because our February N.A.I.L. Linkup themes will help get you through the month unscathed! Here are the prompts-

February 2015

week 1- Hot Pink Let’s make our nails sizzle with this seasonal bright color. Didn’t you hear that hot pink is the new black?

week 2- Hearts Of course we need to do something romantic on our nails for v-day. Let’s bite the bullet, paint some sugary sweet hearts, and then move past it, shall we?

week 3- Skulls For when you’re tired of all the valentines day hullaboo! This skull prompt will be a nice palette cleanser.

week 4- Least Favorite Polish We all have those bottles of nail polish that just sit there unused. The last time we used them they left a bad impression on us and we haven’t forgotten. Well, it’s time for us to give you one last chance! A girl’s entitled to change her mind so maybe we’ll like you now. Or maybe not.

HOW TO ENTER FEBRUARY N.A.I.L. LINKUP

  1. Paint your nails using the suggested theme.
  2. Post your pics on your blog, instagram, tumblr, etc.
  3. Enter your post into our inlinkz below so everyone can see your pics*.

HOT PINK

HEARTS

SKULLS

LEAST FAVORITE POLISH

Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s up to you! The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want in February and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what platform you use- blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz. (inlinkz will be open all month). You can use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media and please share our February graphic too!

*Optional for Bloggers – the following links will take you to a page where you can get the code to add the Inlinkz gallery to your blog: HOT PINK / HEARTS / SKULLS / LEAST FAVORITE POLISH

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 February!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

 

Zoya Ciara // Striping Tape Nail Art

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Zoya Ciara Nail Art Striping Tape

It has been so long since the last time I did a striping tape mani!

I was surprised with how easily this went. My base colour is Zoya Ciara. I put it on the day before doing the nail art on it – and there was very little tip wear to touch up! I don’t know why I stopped buying Zoya polish. I must fix that! This is a fantastic, deep raspberry pink.

I’m glad that the mani was easy, and I think it really suits this slightly almond-shaped nail style that I’m enjoying right now. And it’s just understated enough to fit in at the office :) win, win!
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Zoya Ciara Striping Tape Mani Close Up Photo

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Zoya Ciara Nail Art

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