Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Nubar Peacock Feathers is amazing. I've seen so many pictures of it and each one is so different, it really is a nail varnish that has to be experienced in real life to get the full effect.
It felt a little wrong to start stamping on such a gorgeous nail varnish but I could resist adding some peacocks from Bundle Monster plate BM15. I kept it somewhat simple and only added them to my thumbs and ring fingers.
The stamping was done with China Glaze 2030. At first I really didn't think it was going to work since I've had some trouble stamping intricate designs with 2030 but it actually worked really well. The peacock on my index finger isn't actually headless it's just the angle of the camera and shadow.
Monday, 30 August 2010
I've been wanting to do ladybird nails since I saw this tutorial by Michelle from The Lacquer Files.
You can see the full and very easy to follow instructions on the Lacquer Files, for mine I used OPI Off With Her Red! China Glaze Liquid Leather and China Glaze White on White.
Fly Away Home,
Your House is on Fire
And your children all gone.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
I still haven't managed to get the knack of cutting fimo canes as thin as they need to be. As a result this design is rather... erm crap.
I definitely need a better blade for cutting them. The one I have now is sharp enough but it's really skinny so I have trouble gripping it.
This design didn't even last 24 hours, the fimo butterflies and flowers were so chunky and sticky out-y I ended picking them all off my nails pretty much as soon as they had dried. I couldn't stop myself.
The colour underneath is George quick dry nail varnish in sunset orange. This is actually my first George varnish because my local Asda doesn't stock it. I bought it when it was offer for only £1. For that price I wasn't expecting a lot but I was pleasantly surprised. It achieved full coverage in only two coats and lived up to it's quick drying name. I was expecting something more peachy from the colour of the bottle but when applied on the nails it's more vivid and orangey, I can see why they named it sunset orange.
So I'll be going back to the cutting board now (Cutting board? Geddit? Haha)
Ta ta for now
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
I spent all day Sunday in London meeting up with some friends. I had a brilliant time and they all admired my London themed nails :)
Ring Finger: Barry M Cobalt Blue, China Glaze White on White and a Red Sharpie
Thumb: OPI What's With the Cattitude?, China Glaze White on White, Barry M Black, Barry M Grey and the brown colour is one I blended using a few browns in my collection. It's supposed to be Big Ben (in case you couldn't tell.)
All other nails: Barry M Cobalt Blue
I don't recommend trying to cut corners and using a red sharpie instead of red nail varnish. It worked but even though I left it to try for about 15 minutes before I applied top coat it still smudged a bit.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
This was inspired from a photo I spotted on fuckyeahprettynails. I can't seem to find it again so I can't show you it or give proper credit.
This was so difficult to photograph, my camera really hates neons.
I started with a base colour of China Glaze Towel Boy Toy (love it!) and sponged on China Glaze White on White onto the tips. Using a dotting tool I added dots of Towel Boy Toy down the white tips until they blended with the base colour.
In other news in the post today I received my first ever fimo canes that I bought off Ebay. Any hints or tips on how to use them best? I've been practising cutting them as thin as possible and ended up cutting off a chuck of my nail, oops! Luckily it was mostly my nail varnish and only a little bit of nail that suffered.
In case you weren't already aware Models Own are going to give all their Facebook fans a 50% discount! That is if they can reach 10,000 fans by the 31st August.
So I suggest you get down to their Facebook page pronto and click the like button because I've already started my shopping list ;)
Saturday, 14 August 2010
After taking off the smudgy, dented mess from my nails from yesterday I needed another nautical manicure since I was still enjoying myself at the Tall Ships and I needed it quick! So I went with a fairly basic design of a plain navy base colour (Nails Inc Tudor Walk) and used China Glaze Millennium plus Bundle Monster plate BM08 for the anchors.
You can also see my captain's hat which I bought for a souvenir.
Friday, 13 August 2010
This last week has been really busy, fun but busy.
I spent a few days at the Tall Ship Races (http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/) which mainly involved wandering round looking at huge boats, buying souvenirs and going on lots of fairground rides.
Now I couldn't go to a boat event without themed nails could I?
Base Colour - China Glaze White on White
Stripes - Nails Inc Tudor Walk
Anchor – Konad SP Red – Bundle Monster plate BM08
White & stripes - Same colours as left hand
Thumb & ring finger - H&M Red Nail
Anchor - Konad Princess Polish White -Bundle Monster plate BM08
Not my neatest of manicures since it was done almost immediately before I had to leave the house for a friend's birthday party. Wine + Rushing + Nail varnish = Dents and smudges, whoops!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
This is my spotty teapot which inspired this design:
And what goes best with tea? Why cake of course!
That's my right hand and this is my left:
That's a cup of tea on my right finger in case you can't make it out. I was trying to angle my thumb so the teapot was pouring into the cup, lol.
I am calling this my shabby chic manicure.
Monday, 2 August 2010
I think holographic nail varnishes are amazing I really wish I had more in my collection so far I've just the one China Glaze OMG.
It's such a shame it's not sunny today, shade does not show this polish off to its full advantage at all.
You can see a little bit more of the holo in this photo but to see it at it's best this is one you really have to experience in real life.
The big stars are from Bundle Monster plate BM05 and the little stars are from plate BM14 both are done in Konad Special Polish Black. It got a little smudged on my little finger whoops!
Sunday, 1 August 2010
I love this colour in the bottle. I love this colour on other blogger's nails. I do not love this colour on me.
I wanted to love it so much. It's a nice colour, I don't dislike it I just don't love it. I was expecting a gorgeous denim blue but it looks more purple on me. I think I built up my expectations too much with this one.
I’m really not happy with the condition of my nails at the moment. The splits I mentioned before are getting worse. I’d already had to patch my left thumb nail and now I’ve got to do the same with my right index finger and there’s some little splits on my right hand fingers which are just glued.
I don’t like painting over patches or glue, it makes me sad.
I’m going to try and grow the splits out to above the nail line and then I’m cutting them short and then I’m NEVER EVER using cuticle remover again grr