My social media feeds have already been inundated with red and pink Valentines day manicures… I have to say I’m really not feeling it!
So… Here are my Gothic Text nails! 😀
I used Bettina – Iron, Sinful Colors – Snow Me White and Revlon – Stiletto for the radial gradient, The text is from Moyou Gothic Plate 04 along with Hit The Bottle – Black.
What is the Christmas Pickle?
Seriously! I have no idea what this is about! Maybe it’s because I live in the UK that I haven’t heard of this vinegary tradition, here we just bake lucky silver coins into our puddings, well you get luck or a broken tooth…
Is it a lucky pickle? If you are lucky enough to find this mystical vegetable are you blessed with a year of produce in jars? Or even a deluge of vinegar based condiments! Ugh I have so many questions.
For my pickle nails I used
- Hits Speciallita – Samba
- Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
- China Glaze – Tip Your Hat
- Zoya – Logan
- Revlon – Rain Forest
- Barry M – Red Glitter
- Illamasqua – Omen
- Indigo Bananas – Chill Out
- Seche Vite
- A Tiny Brush
- And the smallest dotting tool I own.
I started with three coats of Samba for the base and Snow Me White for the french tip, when this had dried I applied a little Chill Out over the tips. It really does look like sparkly snow, it really is a very pretty polish.
The branches are a mixture of Omen, Rain Forest and Logan applied with a thin brush.
The little berries are a mixture of Barry M Red Glitter and Tip Your Hat, I had to mix the glitter in with another red as it’s getting old and stringy and I’ve run out of polish thinner (bad times!).
The pickle is Omen from Illamasqua with a couple of stripes of Rain Forest!
I used a lot of glitter polishes in this mani and it needed a couple of coats of Seche Vite to give it a glassy smooth finish!
I think that this is actually the most festive mani I have created this holiday season!
If you would like to see some more amazing Holiday nail art be sure to have a look at the HPB link up below!
Here is a rather pretty 3d Nail Shield that has kindly been sent to me for review from Born Pretty
the nail shields are available here Born Pretty Nail Shield the style I’m wearing today is number 20!
The first thing I have to say is that these where sent to me when my nails were quite a bit shorter, they have been in my to do pile for quite some time.
This style of nail shield would be perfect on shorter square nails!
they are really easy to attach to the nail either by pressing one into a thick layer of topcoat (which is what I did) or you could use nail glue if you want them to be even more secure.
One thing about these is that they are quite flat, I do have quite a pronounced c curve, so I actually had to bend it with some pliers so it fitted my nail shape. it only took a couple of seconds to do but if you have curved nails like me it’s something thats worth considering.
I think these are really pretty and they are very easy to apply!
And don’t forget you can use the code RPG10 for 10% off your order at born pretty 🙂
Hey Everyone! 😀
After all the Halloween craziness I realized that my brain and my nails needed a bit of a rest, so for the past few days I have been wearing this very neutral gradient!
There is a little tip wear but it’s surprisingly not too bad, especially seeing as I have been scrubbing fish tanks and gardening!
I used three polishes for this, Modern Love from Deborah Lippmann, Snow Me White from Sinful Colors, and Illamasqua Matte Topcoat.
I decided earlier this week that I really have to start going though my pile of untried polishes, as I have far to many!
So here is Solitaire from OPI! This is a pearly white textured polish with silver glitter, I think it looks a bit like snow!
I didn’t use any glue for applying the studs, I just used an orange stick to press them into the wet polish! This won’t last as long as using glue or using a strong top coat to attach them but it seems to work quite well.
There are two things about this polish that I wouldn’t usually like, it’s white and it’s textured, this is why it’s been in my untried pile for so long lol
Now it’s on my nails I think it looks rather festive! 🙂
Today I have candy corn inspired nails!
For this mani I used
- Ivory Skull – Sally Hansen
- Sunny Days – Rimmel
- Liquid Vinyl – Orly
- Black Nail Art Pen – Barry M
- Hot Chilli Pepper – Rimmel
- Out The Door Topcoat
- Nail Tape
- Make Up Sponge
Candy Corn Nails
After my first coat of white polish had dried I used Hot Chilli Pepper, Sunny Days and Ivory Skull to create the gradient, it too ages! It took four layers of sponging to get the colours blended nicely.
The orange polish has a lot more pigment than the yellow so I found (out the hard way, this is my second attempt at this gradient the first was a tragic failure,) that only adding around quarter of the amount of orange polish to the sponge was the only way to stop it from spreading too much.
After my gradient had dried I added a coat of Out The Door… I have to admit I’m starting to miss Seche Vite, but that’s something for another post! When that had dried I used striping tape to create the triangular candy corn shape then carefully painted on a couple of coats of Liquid Vinyl and removed the tape!
I used my trusty Barry M nail art pen to curve the tips of the triangles, then finished it with another layer of top coat.
This mani also covers one of this weeks prompts for the pick and mix challenge! Which is a three colour gradient, I’ll have to see if I have time to do the other prompt later on this week 🙂