I am so thoroughly not in the mood for “spring” nails! Pastel, pastel shades everywhere!
It’s definitely Spring, the plants are growing, the birds are singing and my cherry tree is covered in lovely flowers.
But I still want to paint my nails black! 🙂
This mani has roses, that’s kind of springtime(ish) yeah?
The gradient is Seance from Illamasqua, and Evil from NYC, the image is from Moyou stamping plate Gothic 03 and Hit The Bottle Black as Night.
I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite then a layer of Illamasqua matte topcoat.
I realized earlier (while I was doing a spot of gardening) That my nails are to long! This is a bit gross but I could probably grow a decent sized potato from the amount of soil I had to clear out from under them! It’s also becoming increasingly challenging to pick up small things lol!
I almost chopped them all off earlier, but, I thought it would be fun to try some other nail shapes before I do! 😀
2 Comments | tags: gradient, Illamasqua Matte Topcoat, Illamasqua Seance, Manicure, Matte, Moyou Gothic Collection, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, NYC Evil, Roses | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping
I have had the most horrible episode (for lack of a better word) of dare I say it, writers block. It’s honestly been horrendous Every time I have tried to write it’s as though the words all fall out of my brain, it’s been like looking for black cats in a dark room!
After two weeks of trying to write I realized that I should just stop trying and getting myself all stressed out about it, and take a bit of a break. I think it worked!
So to celebrate my brain no longer being filled with pocket lint I have this delightful half moon mani to show you 🙂
I wanted a design that would complement the stunning Indian Summer without overwhelming it.
and yeah, in hindsight I think I did go a bit overboard with the nail studs 😀
Oh this polish is glorious! Just look at the shift in colour, it’s so pretty!
I’m so glad that I finally got myself a bottle of this wonderful polish!
1 Comment | tags: CrowsToes Indian Summer, duo-chrome, Manicure, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Studs, Nail Varnish, purple | posted in Nail Art
The Lovely people from Born Pretty Store have sent me a marbling comb to play with!
After a few attempts to get it to work, this is what I came up with!
It’s so swirly and green! Perfect for Spring! 😀
This is the comb and you can find it right here Born Pretty Comb
By using the code RPG10 you can get 10% off non sale items in your cart! 😀
The polishes I used for this are
- China Glaze – Near Dark
- Illamasqua – Radium
- Revlon – Topaz
- Sally Hansen – Grass Slipper
- Illamasqua – Omen
- Color Club – New Bohemian
I started out by using stripes of polish on my mat, but it really didn’t work well, the polish kept bunching up, I realized this was happening because I wasn’t being fast enough and I wasn’t using enough polish
So to get this to marble nicely I had to use a huge amount of polish! The bottle of Near Dark was practically full when I started!
Instead of painting stripes I painted A big rectangle of the darkest polish then dripped the other colours onto it, and then used the comb to make the swirly patterns!
This took such a long time to dry! Around 8 hours!
Then all I had to do was to carefully remove it from my mat, which was slightly more challenging than I was expecting, I think that because the edges where so jagged and uneven thickness it kept tearing
But because the decal was so huge I had more than enough to cut to size!
I don’t know if I’ll be using the comb often just because of the amount of polish I had to use to get it to work, But when I had figured out how to get great results from it, the comb really is a product that’s really fun to use!
5 Comments | tags: Born Pretty Review, China Glaze Near Dark, Color Club New Bohemian, Illamasqua Omen, Illamasqua Radium, Manicure, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Varnish, Revlon Topaz, Sally Hansen Grass Slipper | posted in Nail Art, Review
Today I have another new to me technique to share with you all 🙂
This really was incredibly easy to do! I started by painting a square of polish (on my lovely pink silicone baking sheet) then scribbling over it with my smallest dotting tool, you could probably use a toothpick or folded hair slide and get the same effect.
When it had dried I added a layer of topcoat to make the decal!
The polish I used as the base for this nail art look is Barry M – Orchid, and for the scribbled decals I used NYC – Evil and Seche Vite.
I came across this technique from catching a few seconds of a nail art compilation video I saw in a facebook group, I don’t know if the post was removed as when I went back to look I couldn’t find it again
So if by any chance you know who came up with this please let me know so I can properly give them credit! 😀
2 Comments | tags: Barry M Orchid, Black, Decal, Manicure, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Varnish, NYC Evil, purple, Seche Vite | posted in Nail Art
I have finally recovered from another fit of the ills! Yay!
So here are a couple of products from Born Pretty Store that have been kindly sent to me for review!
The Foils are available here for this review I am using pattern number 165. And the glue is available here.
If you use the code RPG10 over at Born Pretty Store you’ll get 10% off all non sale items! 😀
Look at those colours! It’s so pretty!
This is the first time I have ever tried using nail foils and I’m hoping that with some practice I’ll get better at applying them!
The glue was a bit of a challenge, it kept pooling up and not drying evenly, after applying it, re applying it, swearing, sticking my fingers together then swearing some more, I came to the conclusion that the glue needed something to adhere to. I found Matte topcoat worked surprisingly well!
I also found that I needed to leave the glue a little longer than it suggested on the bottle, it was closer to 1.30/2 minutes rather than the suggested 30 seconds to one minute, I think the humidity and temperature had a lot to do with it.
I was really surprised about how much of the nail foil you get in the little plastic pot, I don’t think I’ll be running out any time soon. 🙂
Something I do feel like I have to mention is that the foil (number 165) is not holographic, it’s iridescent!
I applied the matte topcoat, glue and foil starting with my little finger, (which was pretty much perfect) as I worked towards my thumb it got more and more patchy, I really don’t know why, I was doing exactly the same thing on each nail!
The base colour I used for this mani is the lovely dark blue Queen Of Scots from A England, and the topcoat is Nails Inc 2 in 1.
I’m definitely going to practice with this nail foil a bit more! 🙂
2 Comments | tags: A England Queen Of Scots, blue, Born Pretty Review, Holographic, iridescent, Manicure, Nail Art, Nail Foil, Nail polish, Nail Varnish | posted in Nail Art, Review
I hope you are having a lovely start to your week! 🙂
I decided to start this week off with some pretty blossom nail art!
The background is a Smoosh of
- Rimmel – Ultra violet
- Color Club – Foil Me Once
- Illamasqua – Prosperity
- O.P.I – Purple Perspective
I really do love the Smoosh technique, it’s so easy to do (if a little messy) and it always works, unlike the cling film (saran wrap) technique, for some reason I seem to mess that up more often than I get it to work!
The stamping image is on plate 14 from Moyou’s Mother Nature collection!
3 Comments | tags: Black, Color Club Foil Me Once, Illamasqua Prosperity, Manicure, Moyou Mother Nature 14, Nail Art, Nail polish, Nail Stamping, Nail Varnish, OPI Color Paints, Rimmel Ultra Violet, Smoosh Nail Art | posted in Nail Art, Nail Stamping