Archive | July, 2013

Day 24 – Inspired by a Game

31 Jul

Pacman! Obviously!


These were so quick and simple to do! Just a few triangles with the nail art pen then a couple of dots for the eyes.

Polishes used:
Barry M – yellow
Nails Inc – St James (red)
Barry M – Blue
Nails Inc – Phoenix Place (pink)
Barry M – Green
Barry M black nail art pen
W7 – white
Barry M – black


Day 23 – Inspired by Nature

26 Jul

Ugh, I have been SO busy lately I haven’t had time to do my nails at all!  Normal service should resume shortly hopefully!  These were just quick ones put together at the last minute but I really quite like them!!  

I had so many brilliant ideas for this day but in the end I just didn’t have time to do any of them so went with a simple dotted flower look using pink, black and gold.  


Polishes used: 

  • Nails Inc – Lanesborough Place (gold) 
  • Nails Inc – Phoenix Place (pink) 
  • Black – acrylic paint 

Day 22 – Inspired by a Fabric

18 Jul

I’ve been wanting to do denim nails for ever so couldn’t wait for this day of the challenge. I started with a darkish blue and then cling filmed on a lighter blue for a kind of mottled look. Once that had all dried I used a tutorial from Nail Pop llc which you can hopefully see here.  It basically involves painting white polish on a bit of denim (thanks to my boyfriend for his old pair of jeans!) and then printing it onto the nail the same way you would when stamping.  It worked on some nails and not so much on others, I think the trick is to have as little polish on the denim as possible. I finished it all with a matt topcoat.




These are by no way perfect but I don’t think they’re too bad for a first attempt at this technique. I’ll definitely be giving it another go at some point!

Polishes used:
Barry M 291 (darker blue)
Barry M 294 (cyan blue)
W7 white

Day 21 – Merge or Melt

13 Jul

So for this day I’ve done another gradient (I love gradients!). I am totally in love with these nails and know I won’t want to take them off!

I started with a base coat of corally orange, then sponged on a gradient with a pink.  Once that had dried and I’d cleaned up and added topcoat I decided it didn’t look complete so stamped over with a water marble design using konad plate m63. Then, using the principle that more is, well, just more I added a top coat of glitter using a england she walks in beauty. 



I totally love these, the iridescent glitter on top makes the gradient and stamping look really subtle. They’re perfect for the sunny weather we’re having at the moment.

P.s. sorry if the format of this post looks weird at all, I’m posting from my mobile as away for the weekend. 

Day 20 – Texture

12 Jul

I got the idea (okay, copied!) from this post on one of the blogs I follow.  I only own one textured polish, Ridley Road by Barry M as I’m still completely undecided about them – I love the look but can’t stand the feel of them on my nails!

There’s not an awful lot to say about these ones so I’ll just give you a few pictures instead!!

I really quite like these nails, especially as it’s so sunny here right now – I think they look really summery! I like the fact that the textured polish isn’t all over so that my nails don’t feel completely weird.  I think I’ll experiment more with my textured polish now – maybe a striping tape mani with them would look quite good!

Polishes used:

  • Barry M – Ridley Road (textured)
  • Revlon – Buttercup (base colour)

Day 19 – Your Favourite Polish

10 Jul

This one really didn’t take much thinking about, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my favourite polish is Sexy by Essie!  It’s so pretty and shimmery and rich and purple.  I love it.  It also applies so easily and could really be a one coater but I always use two just for an extra smooth finish.

The first time I used this polish I did a ‘drippy nails’ mani so I decided to do that again, with a different colour underneath.  I’m still completely in love with my a-england polishes so used one of those (Holy Grail), but I wish I hadn’t now as I think this colour combo makes my nails look like a walking advert for Cadbury’s Caramel!!  Oh well.

Day 18 – Oldest Untried

4 Jul

I don’t have any really old polishes that I haven’t tried, to be honest I can’t usually wait more than an hour before I want to plaster them on my nails!  So…this post features some of my most recent purchases from a-england.  I received these beauties last week and haven’t had a chance to use them yet – I wanted to try all of them at once so decided to go for a skittle mani.

For my thumb and index finger I went with a gradient using Nails Inc Mayfair and A-England Princess Sabra.  My middle and ring fingers were done with Galahad and Holy Grail (limited edition) and a dotting tool, and my pinkie uses a base coat of Nails Inc Blenheim Terrace and a glitter gradient with She Walks in Beauty.

These polishes are gorgeous, She Walks in Beauty is a stunning glitter and I can’t wait to try it again!   I have to say that this look is a little random given that I just wanted to use all my polishes, but I don’t think it looks too disconnected!!

Polishes used:

  • a-england Princess Sabra (greeny olive colour)
  • a-england Galahad (teal)
  • a-england Holy Grail (yellow gold)
  • a-england She Walks in Beauty (pinky glitter)
  • Nails Inc Mayfair (pearl white)
  • Nails Inc Blenheim Terrace (rose pink)
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