the Nail Art Ideas Linkup is back!

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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.

APPLES

SAPPHIRE

WATERCOLOR

LADYBUGS

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

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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

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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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My little blogging corner

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Good evening!

I thought it would be nice to show you my little blogging space, partly because Jo3jeans did it recently, and partly since that’s the reason I’ve been blogging less recently (nail breakage…).

I sneakily nabbed the comfiest chair in the flat (teehee!) and wheedled my way into getting a new piece of furniture from a famous Swedish place. And this is where I blog now!

Blog Corner

… I admit it, it was only this tidy because my future mother-in-law came to lunch today!

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NCLA // I’m with the Band

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I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend?

Time has been flying so fast recently (I did a little stint back in the old office), I hadn’t realised how long I’ve left you hanging without a post… sorry!

NCLA is a new brand to me. I mean, I’ve seen a few swatches, but didn’t own any. So in the recent summer sales, I decided to take the plunge and grab some. The first one I decided to try is I’m with the Band, a ‘coral creme’ according to NCLA. Well, I guess it is coral in some lights. But it mostly looks like an apple-red to me, not like the orangey-coral that I see in the brand’s photos (you can see them here). Maybe my screen is calibrated wrong?

One of the reasons I always hesitate to invest in new polishes is that I’m really fussy about the brush. And, strangely, it doesn’t seem to get mentioned in most reviews. So, I can report that the NCLA brush is pretty nice. A little flattened, but not as much as some brands. It’s pretty flexible, and mostly does a good job… Unless you get a dodgy one like I did. Ah well, a pair of scissors will deal with this!

NCLA I'm with the Band Nail Polish Brush

I’m also quite fussy about the texture of my polishes. I found this shade to be a little thick. But then, I do prefer them on the thinner side. It’s okay. I mean, it covers pretty well, though I did need a third coat to hide my free edge completely. But, it’s very highly pigmented. That said, well, I was painting my nails by a fan (never a good idea!) and I did get a few bubbles. Drying time isn’t great, either, considering it should have been fast on a warm, dry day, with a fan running, and a coat of Seche Vite. Either this polish will be relegated to my toenails, or it will need a good dose of thinner!  Continue reading →

Feather Nail Art // Butter London x VL006 Stamping Plate

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Feather Nail Art - Vivid Lacquer Butter London VL006 Stamping Plate

I’m a bit headachy this evening, so you’re getting one from the archives, I’m afraid!

I actually prepped this for the OMD2 Nail Art Challenge, but didn’t find a moment to edit up the photos in time. So, here’s my feather nail art, using (the peachy one) Butter London Keen and the shimmery copper the Old Bill.

I used the fabulous VL006 stamping plate from Vivid Lacquer on Etsy for the motifs, I totally recommend these plates! They seem to get restocked pretty regularly too, in case you’re interested!

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ILNP Under the Bleachers x Shimmer Polish Sophie

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ILNP Under the Bleachers Shimmer Polish Sophie Nail Art

Good evening! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

I’ve felt a bit washed-out after a busy week, so this weekend has been quiet. Great, but quiet. Back to work tomorrow, but Friday is a bank holiday, so Thursday is my last day in the office ever (well, until I find a new office!)

The weather round here has been pretty rainy and windy for August! So I brightened up my nails with Under the Bleachers by I Love Nail Polish. Then I did some funky nail art with my white Barry M Nail Art Pen (could not be without that!) and added some glitter with Shimmer Polish Sophie. Summery, easy and sparkly! Just what I needed :) Continue reading →

OMD2 Winners!

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Thank you so much

for all of the wonderful entries, the time you took participating, sharing, creating and enjoying the challenge! Can you believe it - we had 2082 verified raffle entries! Last year we had 963 inlinkz, this year we had 2287. And now, to wrap things up, the prize winners have been drawn!

The entries to the prize draw (which was selected randomly by Rafflecopter) for our OMD2 Nail Art Challenge ended 2 days ago, and we’ve all been busy little bees moderating your entries and admiring your beautiful work.

 

So, who won?

For the CANADA Prize

Celine K.

selected randomly by Rafflecopter for her coral nails on her blog Prettily Polished 

 

For the UK Prize

Hailing H.

selected randomly by Rafflecopter for her funky french nails on her blog Sparkle Nails and Lashes  

 

For the USA Prize

Ludmila

selected randomly by Rafflecopter for her lavender nails on her blog “Lisionok2004′s Blog”

 

For the “Rest of the WORLD” Prize

Sharon

selected randomly by Rafflecopter for her nautical nails on her Instagram  feed

 

For the Continental EUROPE Prize

Silvina

selected by Rafflecopter for her fruit nails on her Instagram feed 

(Silvina’s first IG post was our OMD2 graphic.  She may have joined IG just for our challenge. how cool is that??) 

 

Ladies, we will be contacting you very shortly to get your addresses so we can send your prizes to you! Please respond within 72 hours (3 days), or the prize will be considered unclaimed and a new winner will be picked

 

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We would love it if you would check through some of the fabulous entries, and we’ll put together some galleries of our favourites very soon :)

 

signed,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

 

One Stroke Roses // A England – Briar Rose + Her Rose Adagio

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One Stroke Roses Nail Art A England Briar Rose Her Rose Adagio

Good evening honey bunnies!

I have more photos than words to share tonight (at least, it feels that way!) – it’s been a long, busy day! Buuut, I didn’t want to wait to share this one.

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Now, I couldn’t tell you why, but I just had to do a gradient with these two A England polishes (on the left) Her Rose Adagio and (on the right) Briar Rose. And, since they both have rose in the name, a simple one-stroke rose just had to be done! I custom-mixed a colour to match Briar Rose, then added it to white to make a bright, purpley pink. And I love how it came out! Simple, but elegant, and doesn’t it set off my ring nicely? ;-)

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