Archive | August, 2013

Hounds Tooth

30 Aug

We’re going away to Edinburgh this weekend and in amongst the rush of last-minute packing I found a bit of time to do my nails (of course!).

I wanted to do more denim style nails, but this time with a black base however they were a complete disaster – the white on top was just too bright and they didn’t really look like denim at all.

After all the faffing around trying to do them I just opted for the simple option and switched to a classic stamping plate – my Konad M63 hounds tooth pattern.

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I really love the black and gold on these, it makes them look a bit fancy!

Hope you all have a great weekend 🙂

Polishes used:

  • Barry M – Black
  • Nails Inc – Lanesborough Place

Stripey Stripey!

29 Aug

More Essie stripes! I love the perfect lines you get using striping tape, so simple (if not a bit time consuming!) but effective!  There’s not a lot to say about these, other than I love them! I think they make my nails look like sweeties!!

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I promise to move away from stripes for my next post….maybe 😉

Polishes used: 

  • Essie – Turquoise & Caicos
  • Essie – Lapiz of Luxury

Lapiz of Luxury

28 Aug

No more challenge nails! Whoop!  I had a mini Essie haul at the weekend, it seems like ages since I bought any polish and I’m trying to fill in some colours gaps in my collection – I don’t really have any pastel shades so Essie was obviously a perfect brand to go to for that!

The main inspiration for these nails was one of my new Essie polishes – Lapiz of Luxury, I have to admit that apart from the colour one of the main reasons I picked it was for the name – I’ve just finished watching the Vampire Diaries on Netflix (shame on me, I know!) and Lapiz is the stone that allows them to walk in the day (I feel so much shame actually posting this information!).  I’m really into stripes at the moment, but also haven’t done any gradients for a while so these nails are a good combo and I love them!  I left my stripes to dry for absolutely ages before putting my topcoat on but they still smudged – gutted!  Any tips on how to avoid this (other than time!) would be appreciated!

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Polishes used:

  • Essie – Lapiz of Luxury
  • Bourjois – Bleu Violet
  • Barry M – Cyan Blue

Day 31 – Recreate Someone Else’s Mani From Earlier in the Challenge

21 Aug

Okay, so most people did this WAY back in January when it first came out, and I’ve been slogging away at it for what feels like months now.  I’m so glad to get to the end, I’ve actually completed my first ever nail challenge and can’t believe that most people usually do this in a month – that would be far too much effort for me.  I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge, but I’m glad to have the creative reigns back in my own hands now and am looking forward to coming up with my own designs again!

For this final day I recreated this mosaic look from Day 10 of the challenge as done by My Nail Journey, just using a different colour scheme.  I kind of think it looks a little bit like bathroom or kitchen tiles, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing necessarily!!

Polishes used: 
O.P.I – I Don’t Give a Rotterdam (base colour)
Barry M – Grey
Studio London – Cloudburst
China Glaze – Stone Cold

21 Aug

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Day 30 – Favourite Nail Art Technique

17 Aug

These ones are also what I’m wearing to a wedding we’re going to this weekend.  I think two of my favourite techniques involve dotting tools and striping tape so I combined the two to make flowers over stripey, diagonal French tips.

I started with my base colour and once that had dried taped off triangles at the tips and painted over with the Barry M green. I let that dry overnight then used striping tape and the Models Own green to create stripes over the tips.  Following more drying time I used a small dotting tool and a cocktail stick to create the flowers with white and then gold for the centre.

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Without flash


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With flash

These took quite a while, not because they were difficult to do but I wanted to make sure I let each stage dry thoroughly – I’m trying to be more patient with my nail art to stop smudging etc.

I think they look really pretty 🙂

Polishes used
Revlon Cala Lily (base coat)
Barry M Emerald Green (stripes)
Models Own Peacock Green (stripes)
W7 White (flowers)
Nails Inc Lanesborough Place (centre of flowers)

Day 29 – Inspired by a Blogger

16 Aug

I was spoiled for choice with this one – there are so many good blogs out there that I follow and inspire me on a daily basis.  I decided to go with a Robin Moses inspired design though as she’s been doing this for a long time and some of her nail designs are absolutely amazing, I hope one day I’ll be able to recreate some of the designs that she’s done, they’re so detailed and incredible!

I particularly like the flower designs that Robin does, they’re so beautiful, so inspired by the many videos on YouTube I created a black and gold flower design.

It’s been so long since I did any real nail art, and by that I mean painting freehand with my brushes so these are a little shaky and there’s no way you’re seeing my non dominant hand! I used acrylic paint for the flowers as I find it easier to work with and a much better consistency than nail polish. The gold is Nails Inc Lanesborough Place.

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Without flash to show pattern


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With flash to show base colour

I’m really happy with these though and can’t wait to try out more designs now I’m feeling a little braver!

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