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. 
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

Hey Everyone!
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!