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.

*Edit - 02/02/15* Upon removal of this nail design, although I was worried about the removal of the glitter it wasn't as strenuous as I imagined. I simply wet a paper towel with nail polish remove and wrapped it round my nail to soak the glitters a little. This loosened the glitters nicely and made them fairly easy to remove. Although, the glitters did remove onto my skin so I had to wash my hands to remove the remaining glitters before continuing my manicure.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Farmland Creations

Hey Everyone!
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!