Wednesday, 25 March 2015

McBusted Nails

Hey Everyone!
This weekend I got the chance to see McBusted life which inspired this weeks nail design, McBusted nails, of course! I have to say I have been lucky in having not been suffering from post concert depression for a while, but after Sunday its hit me hard. The boys put on such a good show and the chemistry made the atmosphere all the more enjoyable. So, if you get the chance to go to a McBusted or solo McFly or Busted show, go for it. Those guys were my childhood, basically.
Anyway, onto the nails...
Left To Right: McBusted Logo; Dougie; Tom; Danny; CrackleTo make the design plainly obvious about who the mini figures were I included the logo on my thumb. I made sure the red rectangular outline was applied neatly but not completely opaque so the line was slightly separated to imitate the bands official logo. Likewise for the text within the rectangle, apologies for the inability to see the text so I did my best to explain it.
The first finger was Dougie, clearly represented by his longer hair. Likewise, the middle finger was Tom which can easily be indentified by his glasses, even though, on the night I saw him he had green hair, should've probably checked that. And the next finger was Danny, in order to create the hair for each I used a toothpick and dashed lines to give the hair texture as well as a difference in shade throughout. Unsure of what to do on my little fingers I kept it fairly simple with a crackle polish in the band colours, red on this hand and black on my other.
Left To Right: Crackle; Harry; James; Matt; Initial
The Initial nail was a blessing in disguise, I began using a black striper to draw a heart but that didn't work out. So, using a dry piece of tissue I wiped the polish from the nail that left rustic like grey streaks across the nail. The centre was more white which is why I added the 'M' initial. Even though this wasn't my intention for the nail, I like the way it turned out because the smudges added a unique texture to the nail. 
I kept the facial detail for the figures very simply because I found adding a black pupil spoiled the design and so I kept it plain white. I have done a similar design previously for a The Vamps concert I attended with the same technique:
For the most part I used the hair to represent the person it is supposed to be by mixing different colours together to create the correct one, which is why the colour palette for this design is fairly neutral.
For the green of Tom's hair I mixed the teal like green colour and yellow W7 polish to create the paler green featured on my nail. However, the green colour intrigues me and I will definitely be featuring it in a future post due to the brightness and uniqueness of the colour. As mentioned, the others are fairly neutral, however, sometimes a neutral nail design works well and in this case it compliments the nail art overall due to its simplicity.
For the added detail on the nails I used the black Emily The Strange striper I talked about in my previous post: here.
Funny story about the W7 white crackle polish featured, I actually have a couple of bottles of this polish because I have been in need of a white polish and have picked it up by accident. Not having read the label. There is an alternative colour of the sticker now which is white with black crackles making it more obvious this isn't a plain white polish. However, I can't complain too much because I personally really like the crackle trend and the effect in which this polish gives. I must say though, that you do have to work carefully with it and definitely wait until the polish is fully dry. Otherwise, it tends to drag the colour beneath it which sometimes leads to the white crackle becoming pigmented a paler colour of the base. This can sometimes be an added bonus since it doubles the use of the product.
The BYS Nail Enamel polish is actually a glow in the dark polish, since it was a concert and I hadn't used it in a while I thought, why not? Again you have to be careful with it since it can drag the polish beneath it, its a pretty thick gloss so its understandable to a certain extent. Although, I don't want to see too much at this point because I intend to do a full review on the polish in the near future.
By the way, if you ever see a polish that I have only used a minimal amount of in a featured design, or have a request for a nail design you'd like to see, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments below as I'm always open to new ideas!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

St. Patrick's Nails

Hey Everyone!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Since I have some Irish blood in me I couldn't deprive the holiday of a nail art design, especially since the colours are so eye catching and the design just screams Ireland its difficult for it to go unnoticed. I received a number of compliments on this design and it is definitely one of my favourites so far, and hopefully you will feel the same about it as I do.
Left To Right: Pot Of Gold; Clover; Leprechaun Belt; Leprechaun; Irish Flag
Once you see the nail polishes I used for this design it'll become very clear that the majority were for the Pot Of Gold. In order to ensure the colour of the polishes for the rainbow would be vibrant I painted a white curve from the side of my nail down to the tip. This created an arch, I then drew out the pot and the gold with a tooth pick. The difficult part was applying the colours of the rainbow carefully to ensure each colour had an even amount of space.
The Clover was fairly simple since the leaves are basically hearts rotated at different angles and the stem is a curved line. I had to do this design in white first before applying the lighter green because the light green polish is not very opaque on its own, however, over a white polish it is very pretty.
For the Leprechaun Belt I used a black striper across the centre of my nail a few times to even out the thickness of the belt before outlining a white square on the centre for the buckle. The striper I used is from a kit I received a while ago called Emily The Strange. I have used stripers before and they have turned gloopy over time or the striper itself isn't straight, so its safe to say I haven't had a very good experience with them. Which is why I tend not to use them. However, with this striper I haven't had any issues. It is very easy to work with and the black polish is perfectly opaque. Although, you do have to be careful you don't end up with a large blob of polish dropping onto your nail from the striper's stick.
The Leprechaun is one of the statements of this nail design because it draws the initial attention since the nails before that had the green base polish. Whereas this nail has a bright orange tip to imitate the Leprechaun's beard. For his hat I applied green across the cuticle and through the centre added a black line for more detail. I dotted white polish for the eyes and then a small amount of black into the centre. As well as using the black for the small curve for the mouth. I mixed a white, orange and red polish to create the peach toned colour for the Leprechaun's nose also to pull the design all together.
My little finger is ideal for those of you who wish to bring out your inner Irishman but don't want something too out there or difficult. Simply apply a white base polish to your nail with green on one side and orange on the other.
Since my blog is based around my designs I don't not tend to post the opposite design because on a number of occassions I only do a basic colour on the opposite hand due to the detail some designs require. For this nail art I simply painted my nails in the colours of the Irish flag alternating depending on the nail, which is yet another idea for those of you who don't feel comfortable going all out with such a design.
Let me know what you think of this design and how you spent St. Patrick's Day in the comments below!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Rose Nails

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I'm not the type of girl who is big on flowers, however, rose nails are very popular in the nail art community and so I decided to give them a go myself. I seem to remember doing them previously although, this was before the birth of my blog. 
In order to ensure there was more to my nails than the statement roses on my ring fingers I applied two basic nail designs that you can't go wrong with to the left. On my pointer finger I did some simple white polka dots and on my middle fingers I did some white stripes with a slight twist. The centre stripe was a very opaque line of white polish whereas the two outer lines were slightly lighter as if the white polish had split into two smaller lines with the mint green centre. This wasn't intentional at first, but when I did it the first time I liked the depth it created and so imitated it onto the other side.
I'm fairly critical with my nails and so I wasn't really satisfied with the rose closest to my cuticle and much preferred the one towards the tip. Then I found that the difference in the roses made the design more unique. You may or may not be able to tell but the base colour of the rose closest to my cuticle was a pale pink colour, but the rose closest to my nail tip was white.
I am in love with the choice of colours I used for this nail design, especially the mint green base colour. In some lights it appears more blue than green but the versatility of the colour is so pretty. The quality is fairly good, however, it is not long lasting and tends to chip very easily. This may be due to my choice of top coat so I will have to experiment with that. Since the polish was from Primark I was interested on what it would be like, I am satisfied with the colour pay off and application, but now I need to work out what to do to make this beauty last longer!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

W7 Dot-To-Dot

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The nail design I am about to show you was inspired by the W7 Dot-To-Dot Nail Parlour in Brights. The set comes with three mini polishes and a dotting tool with nail design ideas featured on the packaging. There are four other colour combinations available:
As you can see there are a variety of choices to fit your liking depending what kind of nail polish style you go for. I love kits like this because I think they are perfect for people just starting out or experimenting with nail art designs especially if they've never tried it before. Plus, with the dotting tool included in the kit, you have the equipment to get you started too! Since the polishes are mini, I think this was a great move by W7 to allow consumers to try out their polishes before buying the full bottle. On the website, the actual polishes are £4.95 per bottle, however, I have seen them in various stores for £1-£2. The mini kits are £4.95 also, so you get three mini polishes and a dotting tool for the price of one whole polish.
A few of the nail designs featured in the look I went for were inspired by those featured on the packaging to test the difficulty of them. Some were pretty simple, for example, my ring finger picture above which is all polka dots. However, my little finger was slightly more difficult with the diagonal line of dots with the two in the centre. The dotting tool featured comes with a dotter on each end, one with a larger point and one with a smaller point. Depending on the amount of polish you pick up on the dotter depends on the size of the dot, so if you really want a small dot be sure to pick up a smaller amount of polish.
The quality of the polishes was strange in comparison to W7 polishes I had purchased previously since they tend to be very opaque. However, with the mini polishes they required at least 2-3 coats for a fully opaque finish. Surprisingly, the pale purple colour was the most opaque of them all. I do feel like the colours in the polish work well together though, and they compliment each other well.
Having looked into the other kits available, I would definitely be interested in trying out another kit for the reasonable price as well as the variety of colours available.
If you end up purchasing one of these kits be sure to let me know which one and what you thought of it!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Black And Gold

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Well, it's been a minute hasn't it! Things have been pretty hectic on my side with sixth form and such which has caused me to push blogging to the back burner. Don't worry though, I've still been painting my nails weekly and taking the photos for my blog. I just hadn't got round to posting them so be sure to keep your eye out for a few frequent posts within the next couple of days, then I'll be back on track and resume posting once a week.
The first design was inspired by the monochrome trend featured in the recent fashion weeks, but I decided to give it a glamorous twist with a classic black and gold look. The middle and index finger are reversed centre lines created by applying the base colour and then using a striper to add the centre colour. Due to the gold not being opaque for the black nail I applied a white line beneath the gold polish. This also brings out the actual colour of the polish as seen in the bottle.The middle finger is a range of lines from centre to diagonals with the pointer finger having a simple gold dot in the middle above the cuticle. On the thumb which is not pictured I applied a gold polish with a black tip replicating a french manicure, with the colours reversed on my other hand.
The hand above was definitely my favourite, the index finger was simply polka dots with the middle finger being black with a gold heart in the centre above the cuticle. My favourite nail overall was my index finger, such an eye catching design which was fairly easy to create. By simply painting a line down the centre of my nail horizontally then vertically and filling it in with polish. The little finger was a twist on the centre line featured on my other hand since I split the line up into small dashes.
The clear and black polish picture above are from the Superstar Nails kit featured in a previous post. The white polish is from The Colour Workshop's kit I received as a gift, also previously featured in a previous post. The gold polish is one I picked up a while ago since I saw it in passing when I realised I didn't have a gold polish. It isn't a classic gold as it has a bronze under tone to it. The quality is fairly good as only two coats are needed for a fair degree of opacity. Although, for a neutral look one coat would definitely be efficient, giving the polish a versatile use.
That's all for today's post but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more very soon!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentine's Nail Pack

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Unlike last weeks post, this weeks nail design is very much in the spirit of Valentine's for all you hopeless romantics. I opted for a classic pink, red and white colour scheme with the statement piece being a loveheart. Since this is a Valentine's Nail Pack over each nail I did a different design, so feel free to use them in your own creations or just pick one for a statement nail!
Left To Right: Heartbeat; Loveheart Leopard; Crackle Heart; Lovestruck Minion; Glittered Pink
In order to create the design on my thumb I opted for a baby pink shade polish to go with the red base. Using a toothpick you will then simply draw a zigzag pattern towards the centre of your nail and then in the middle draw the top half of the heart.
For the Loveheart Leopard, you will simply have to draw a couple of hearts in a lighter colour to the base coat and then outline them with black lines. This gives the hearts the leopard appearance, the more hand-drawn and doodle-like they look, the better!
The middle finger was inspired by a popular trend that was in the nail world not so long ago, crackle nails! To achieve this simply paint your nails with a white base, add a heart and then apply a crackle polish over top. In order to ensure the heart shape is clear I faintly outline the heart over top the crackle with the same polish used for the underlying heart.
On the ring finger I did a Lovestruck Minion. One of my favourite nail designs previously was my Christmas Minions and so I thought, why not give it a Valentine's twist? Simply draw a black line across the top of your nail, add a white circle for the eye. Outline in a grey and then add a small black dot to the center of the white circle to form the eye. Then, paint a darker pink square towards the bottom of the nail with two curved lines outwards for the dungaree straps. Finish off with a heart in the centre of the dungarees matching the base colour chosen for the Minion!
For the final nail simply paint the nail in a hot pink and add a glitter polish over top! The reason behind my choice of design on my little finger was stemmed from the glitter polish I used over top which I will talk about more later.
Left To Right: Glittered Red; Lovestruck Minion; Loved-Up Couple; Love Letter; Crackled Pink
Similarly to the Glittered Pink, the Glittered Red stemmed from the glitter polish I chose to use over top since the appearance of the polish in the bottle intrigued me.
For the Loved-Up Couple design on the middle finger simply paint a plain base colour. Then, draw a heart in the centre of your nail in order to show where your couple will be place. On either side of the heart draw your Loved-Up Couple as stick people!
The Love Letter design would be great for a statement nail since it is a subtle nod of the head to a Valentine's design, however, it isn't anything too eccentric if you prefer to keep your nails simple and clean. Plus, you can't go wrong with a class red polish. To create this design draw two black lines at a diagonal. Then, in a lighter colour draw the heart where the lines meet.
Above are the polishes I used to create the designs but feel free to switch out the colours to whatever fits your taste. The two glitter polishes I stated would be mentioned later and so I am going to talk about those now. They are from the The Nail Boutique Colour Workshop set I received for Christmas. The set I have mentioned previously in posts 1, 2, 3, 4, so I thought it best to show the set these polishes are from as picture below. 
The glitter polishes appealed to me because I was intrigued about how opaque the glitters are and how they transfer onto the nail. The pink glitter is pieces of pink glitter with chunkier bits of silver which add a unique effect. When applying it was easier to transfer the pink glitters so I placed the silver chunks onto the nail by dabbing the brush gently onto the nail for the silver to transfer onto the nail. 
The red glitter is simple plain red glitters, the pink and red glitters are fairly small so cover the nail generously.
I haven't had the best of look as far as Top Coats go, possibly because I am not prepared to splurge on one just yet. However, I am impressed with the Top Coat that came within this set. In my last post I mentioned how it seemed to drag the colour but was aware of the fact I hadn't left a decent amount of time for the polish to dry properly. Especially since with nail designs a number of layers of polish are included. However, with this design the dragging of colour was not an issue as I gave the polishes longer to dry. Also, the lasting time of the the polishes was very impressive, they didn't chip easily at all which is usually the case. I would say they last a good four-five days with only minor chipping.
I am very impressed with the quality of the polishes involved in this set so far, there is a great variety of colours and finishes as well as the fact the set supplies you with all the tools you need for a perfect manicure!
What are your nails like for the Valentine's Holiday? Will you be tempted to try out this set?

Monday, 2 February 2015

Love Notes

Hey Everyone!
This weeks nail design is perfect for anyone who isn't totally lovey dovey but just wants to add a little romance to their look. I thought I would do an early nail art for Valentine's Day to give anyone any ideas on a design to go for, for the holiday. I am aware this is a somewhat "controversial" holiday but it gives me an excuse to come up with a new nail art design that's cute and girly.
 Left To Right: I ♥ U, Love Notes & Crosses, LVE, Loveheart, Love Border
My aim for this design was to keep it very doodle-like as the blue striped background imitates the appearance of a notebook with the Valentine oriented doodles over-top. For the ring finger, I added a pale pink colour to the inside of the heart, it turned out  the polish was not very opaque but it was a subtle change to add to the nail to make it more of a statement nail. As usual I created the following design by using a tooth pick and old striper brush dipped into a blue polish to create the notebook lines.
The pink, clear and white polish picture above are from The Colour Workshop set I received for Christmas. Several polishes from this set have been featured in my blog posts since Christmas and thus far I am very impressed by the quality. The three colours are actually recommended to be used for a French manicure. Which is understandable due to the fact the pink is fairly translucent since it would be the base colour for the nail. 
I always seem to have difficulty finding a good quality white nail polish and although this one isn't the best, its better than many I have tried. A couple of coats and the polish is a good quality of opacity. 
Thus far the clear polish is holding up very well, for last weeks nails the London Girl clear polish chipped upon the first day of wearing which was disappointing. So, its safe to say I'm impressed this far. However, when I was applying it the clear coat seemed to drag the underlying polish slightly, but that may have been my fault since I didn't wait long enough to allow the design to fully dry.
As for the black polish it is from a set featured in this post, and the blue is from a set by Emily The Strange. The blue is such a pretty colour and isn't as pigmented as it actually is for the nail design because I wanted it to be slightly paler so only applied a little to the striper brush to reduce the opacity. 
This weeks design has inspired my ideas for the Valentine's Day compilation that I will be doing next week so be sure to look out for the next Monday!
What do you think of this weeks nail design? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day as a holiday?