This isn’t a realy ombre. I actually did another one before it, but I didn’t like it well enough to take photos! Instead of doing a progression with 5 colours, I could only find 3 that I was really happy with - China Glaze’s Fade into Hue (periwinkle/lavendar-blue), Fancy Pants (dark blue, pink shimmer) & Man Hunt (dark blue). So, my thumb is the same colour that I put on my index fingers, and I replaced one nail with a glitter mix - Jennifer by Shimmer Polish. I used this polish in combination with Fade into Hue in a previous mani (here) but forgot about it, haha! Continue reading →
For this dotticure, I used a base of Dandy Lyin’ Around, then I used a paint brush (No. 1 I think) to make dots with the polishes pictured below (L-R) : Fade into Hue, Pink-ie Promise, Tart-y for the Party and Life is Rosy. Continue reading →
I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend I was just treated to dinner by my lovely man.
It’s been really hot here since Thursday. Thank goodness, it’s just broken into a storm and has cooled down. Last night, the heat made me a little crazy. At 3am I not only finished the washing up, I also decided it was a great time to wash the kitchen floor, disinfect the bin, wipe down all the cupboard doors, sinks, etc… So I woke up late but still tired, and pretty grumpy, as you can imagine !
Anyway, on to the nails! My favourite type of French is a holo French! So I used one coat of Butter London Nail Foundation, then did a French tip in T-1000 by Dance Legend (New Prism Collection), and a coat of Piper Polish Spectraflair top coat (I think it’s this one, but the bottle has changed…). And added some dashes and dots with a nail art pen. Pretty funky, huh!
Check out the other funky French manis below!
For the rainbow challenge I had the (at the time, I thought great) idea of doing a pastel rainbow. So, I grabbed my Models Own Fruit Pastel Box Set, and went for a vertical gradient.
There are a few things I realised in the process. Firstly, I used a white base to try to help speed things up. Actually, that could have been skipped!
Secondly, vertical gradients are hard!! I tried to gradient with a sponge, then with a fan brush… Didn’t work! The smoothest way turned out to be to paint half of each nail heavily, then mix the ‘middle bit’ together with a paintbrush before moving onto the next nail.
Check out the other rainbow nail art in the gorgeous gallery below!
Aren’t galaxy nails awesome?! Super easy to do, funky, and flatters any skin tone <3
For this mani I put on a black base, then used a fine sponge to add ‘splotches’ of Aqua Violet, Emerald Black and Purple Blue, from the Beetlejuice collection by Models Own. Then I sponged a little white, and some more black, and used a nail art pen to add stars. Easy, fast, and very trendy!
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I’ve been in a bit of a funk recently, but these nails sure did cheer me up!
I’ve never quite ‘got’ abstract art – I guess I’m just a practical, hands-on kinda person, so there’s a point when it gets too ‘out there’ for me. So for this nail art, I decided to get really abstract, and based it on De Stijl – but recreated the look in my favourite shades of pink Continue reading →
This was technically the prompt for the 12th, but I’m playing catch-up (what a surprise!) – isn’t it strange how the day is even shorter than you expect it to be? I mean, I’m coming up to 10 000 days old, and I still don’t get as much done in a day as I expect to!
Anywhoo, these are my ’3D’ nails. I didn’t use a 3D piece of nail art stuff, because… well, I don’t have one! So I went for a 3-D cube effect, and checked with the Bloke that he finds this more ’3D’ than ‘abstract’ before I published this
The polishes I used are (in the photo above, L-R) : Ciaté Boudoir, Fade to Greige & Chinchilla. I also used a lovely polish (below) by Paul & Joe for my thumb & little finger (just to avoid the nail art being too-much). The only identification of the colour I can find is Nail Enamel C 005 on the box – but the basic colour is a very dark blue-grey with a tonne of pretty silvery sparkles
For my Ikat nails, I found it quite hard to choose a colour scheme! So I let myself be inspired by Shimmer Polish Kim, and picked out three China Glaze cremes for the nail art - Sunday Funday (turquoise), Man Hunt (dark blue) and Fade into Hue (periwinkle/lavendar-blue).
Although I love the colours, I’m not entirely happy at how messy my Ikat pattern is! Continue reading →
This is a hard nail art to talk about!
The first reason for that is that the brand of the pink jelly I used… well, I bought a couple of their polishes before I realised that the brand (O.P.I.) not only refuses to communicate about animal testing, they actually try to obscure the fact that their parent corporation actively engages in bunny-torturing! I mean, I know that ‘disgusting’ is a strong word… but really, in 2014?! do any of us expect money that we spend on nail polish to go to animal testing companies?
I enjoy wearing sheer shades, but usually I go for shades with a sparkle (not necessarily glitter, just a bit of shimmer)… so this mani was an experiment for me. I did all of the stars in white with a Barry M Nail Art Pen (and they don’t test on animals!). It came out okay, but I prefer the graphic look of classic manis, this is maybe too subtle for me
I’m running late on the OMD2 challenge (again!)… but for a very good reason.
We decided to rearrange the main room in the flat (open plan kitchen-dining-TV room)… and, well, instead of taking a couple of hours like I expected, it took all day yesterday, some of today and will take some of tomorrow, too. Haha, oops!
I love shimmery polish so much! and this one is one that I haven’t gotten around to mentioning before. It’s by Gosh, and is called Galaxy. It’s a brown-based shimmery holo that I truly adore!
For this mani, I put a base of gold foil on, then some striping tape, and a coat of Galaxy. If I was wearing it on its own, it would be (at least) a two-coater, but like this it worked just fine! And there’s something pretty seventies about this colour scheme, right?
Check out the other shimmer nail art below: