Monday, 26 January 2015

Little Mermaid Inspired

Hey Everyone!
As you can tell by the title of this post, this weeks nails are mermaid inspired, based around the class Disney film of A Little Mermaid. I've been contemplating this idea for a while, but then when I received the polishes picture below I decided they were ideal for this design!
Aren't they beautiful? Barry M Nail Paints are always a yes from me, they're ever so pigmented and opaque. Plus, with such a range of colours there's no room to complain. The polish on the far right is from The Colour Collection, it is a mix of dark blue and purple glitters. I applied both of the glitter polishes over the centre polish and they both make beautiful combinations.
It took two coats of the centre polish earlier to become opaque but since the glitter would be applied over top two of my fingers, I decided to just go with one coat and it looked just as good. As you can see on the ring finger I applied the centre polish and used a W7 Teal polish to add the scales over top. As well as on the tip of my middle finger and repeated the technique.
The polishes pictured above were applied upon the remaining nails to add the Ariel facial details and the body design on the middle finger. 
I am in love with this design, but I will probably regret the amount of glitter I used due to it being a nightmare to remove! However, considering how pretty the colours are, I'm willing to pay the price.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Marble Muddle

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For this weeks nails I decided to try something new. Marble nails always look so pretty whenever I see them online whilst looking for nail inspiration and so decided to give them ago. It was a little difficult for me to get the correct technique down but I think my nails turned out pretty well for a first time.
In the photo above the polish is showing up quite pink but in real life it is much more red. Originally I was going for a red, yellow and orange style but the yellow wasn't opaque enough. I then tried white in the yellows place but had the same problem again so decided to stick with just the two colours, red and orange.
Apologies for the slightly poor quality of the photo above, the orange is a lot less red and a much more vibrant orange than in the picture. Ever so opaque too, which leave Nails Inc as one of my favourite nail polish designs. As for the red nail polish it is from The Colour Collection, the polish is part of a big set I received from Christmas, a polish that is always fairly opaque upon application.
I'm definitely going to try marble nails out again because I love how they turn out since they look so unique!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Farmland Creations

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If you saw my previous post you will be aware of the new nail polishes I received at Christmas, which is what inspired this weeks nail design.
My brother surprised me with these two adorable duck nail polishes, aren't they adorable? Even if the duck head does make the application a little difficult, they're still cute. In order to incorporate the two nail polishes I only used a few basic colours on the side:
In order to create the following design:
Keeping with the cute theme and and with Spring on the horizon - or maybe not due to the recent reports of a storm here in the UK - and so new life, as well as upbringing on a farm, I came up with the following design.
As you can see using a tooth pick and split bobby pin for the eyes I drew out a cow and sheep head onto my nail with the blue used for the background. You can see a snippet of green beside the sheep because at first I painted the tips in the same way as my thumb nail before adding the animal detail.
I mentioned previously the slight difficulty in the application of the due to the same of the lid, however, the actual polish seemed to apply fairly well, in both colours. It seemed the green was slightly less pigmented on the first coat but after two coats in both colours they were acceptably opaque.
On the nails which I painted green, I used the lime 'Neon Nails' polish picture above, this polish isn't opaque at all and applies best for the true colour, over a white base. However, I applied it this time over the darker green colour of the duck polish and scratched the polish back with a tooth pick to reveal the darker green underneath. In my opinion this gave the nails a grass-like effect.
For the tip of my thumb, I used a similar technique by applying a white polish to the very tip and scraping through it with a tooth pick before applying the lime coloured polish over top. Again mimicking the appearance of grass.
As the first nail design of the new year I am very happy with this design and look forward to more creations to come this year!

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Years Sparkle

Hey Everyone&Happy New Year!
As the Christmas festivities draw to a close and we reign in the new year it was obvious I had to do so with a nail design. On Christmas day it was no surprised I received a number of nail polish sets that I was more than happy about.
Therefore, the following nail design is based around one of the sets I received from my sister that I was intrigued to try out first.
Especially due to the glitter involved because if you can't get away with glitter nail polish at New Years, when can you?
On the back were the obvious ingredients as well as instructions instructions for use of the products, which is helpful for anyone who is new to nail art and wants to give something easier a try.
Included in the set were the obvious polishes, pictured above only three because those are the ones I opted to use in the nail design. As well as a paint brush to dab the loose glitter onto the nail and a mixing tray, which was simply the plastic of the inner separator.
I was particularly impressed by the quality of the products since upon reading the back I gathered were they were from and since the set wasn't from a brand name I had low expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the black nail polish. I had just run out of my black nail polish so it came at perfect timing. That and this polish was incredibly opaque so I only needed to apply one coat. Also, in my opinion the loose glitter was pretty easy to use too. I simply poured a very little amount into the mixing tray before dabbing it onto the end of my ring finger nail in an ombre effect. I only poured a little out because a little went a long way, another plus.
The polish had a beautifully glossy finish too and I used the top coat within the set to apply over the finished design. The nail polish design lasted really well with only minor chipping after around four days, which is in contrast to the usual three days, or even with some polishes the day after they've been applied! 
Overall, I was very impressed with the following set and look forward to using it in the future. If you have tried this set or intend to in the future, be sure to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Frozen Inspired

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Since I haven't been hundred percent since Sunday, it caused a delay on this weeks nail design and thus a delay on this weeks post.
As you can tell from the title this weeks design was a Frozen Inspired one!
Originally I planned to incorporate all of the characters into the nail design, but after attempting and unfortunately, failing, I decided to stick with just Olaf and give the remainder of the nails a frosted texture.
I applied a white base coat and then sponge dabbed a blue polish over top to give the snowy/frosty appearance before adding detail in white nail polish.
Even though, this design wasn't my original idea and was a second resort, I am satisfied with the way it turned out. In fact, I am particularly fond of the final design.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Minions

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A guilty pleasure of mine is definitely Despicable Me, I find the Minions utterly adorable. I have previously experimented with a Minion themed nail design and then when I came across the following picture on Pinterest whilst searching for inspiration, I just knew I had to give it ago.
What's more adorable than Minions? Definitely Christmas themed Minions.
I made some slight alterations to my interpretation as you can see by the arrangement of the Minions. This was because the Minions with the dungarees on, I suspect they're interpreting elves, needed a little more length.
Its been a while, since Halloween, that I have done a design that required such design. Safe to say it is good practice for the upcoming designs I have in mind. As usual, for the following design the only tools I used were a split bobby pin and a toothpick. The split bobby pin came in particularly useful when dotting the trim for the Santa hat. As well as the eyes for the Minions.
I have to say this is definitely one of my favourite designs I have done for a while, particularly because of the colour scheme. The contrasting red and yellow are particularly eye catching.

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Christmas Gift

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This weeks nails are another statement nail design, mostly because of my procrastinating nature yesterday where I had a lot of things to do after putting them off for so long. Which meant only a short amount of time to scrape a nail look together. However, I have an idea for next weeks nails in the works which I am looking forward to if it all goes to plan, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.
I had been craving a red nail for a while - yes as a nail obsessed girl I have 'cravings' for certain designs - so as the festive season approached I put it on hold until it was acceptable to pull off as Christmas design. 
I opted to go for another statement nail which was quick and easy but still had a twist. The twist being that overtop the classic red nail polish I chose a metallic, with glitter specks, red nail polish that dried in a mosaic affect. Similar to the style of crackle nail polishes. This gave the design more texture with the glitter specks being highlighted by the glitter over top the white ribbon on the present.