Thursday, 30 April 2015

Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails

Hey Everyone!
I intended to get this post up last week but things have been so hectic for me with the upcoming exams I have at sixth form, so blogging has been put on the back burner so to speak. Anyway, I still wanted to get this design up because it is something unusual and something I haven't tried before.
A couple of weeks ago Nicki Minaj posted the following nail design on her Instagram:
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I was lacking ideas for my nails as it was and so I thought, why not try an inspired nail look? Especially since a lot of conversation on social media was circulating about her rumoured engagement. It could be said my design is somewhat toned down as I don't have claw nails, nor did I opt to use the diamonds, however, if you want to, why not!
As you can see I opted for a similar colour scheme and followed suit of the designs. I used a thin striping brush to apply the intricate linear pattern, whilst for the polka dots I used a dotting tool. In my opinion the colours in the design compliment each other very well and I must say they aren't usually colours I would opt to use with each other. This seems like a common thought on the designs as I must say I received many compliments on the unique design.
If you enlarge the image above, this will be more clear, but the silver polish I used is actually a mosaic effects top coat by Avon. If you wish for me to do a more in depth post on this polish in the future, I will, as I also have a red one. However, since I hadn't used the polish for a while, it separated slightly in the bottle which allowed me to use the polish just as a simple silver polish without achieving the mosaic effect which was exactly what I wanted.
I found all the polishes I included in this design were of very good quality with brilliant colour pay off. The teal colour I used on my thumb is one of my new favourites because of the bold, bright appearance. As well as the fact it appears more blue or more green depending upon the lighting.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get more posts up soon as I manage my time better! I don't have too many exams overall and they are nicely spread out so that gives me plenty of time to catch a free period of time to dedicate to blogging.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Butterfly Nails

Hey Everyone!
This weeks nail art is something I've wanted to do for a long time I just haven't had the guts to do it. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest, Google Images and Tumblr searching for nail art inspiration I would always come across a butterfly nail art one way or another. It looked ever so pretty, especially over an ombre base, however, it appeared far too intricate for me.
Finally, I bit the bullet and decided to do it, to my surprise it was much easier than I imagined so. I adore the result because it is a classic staple nail and red polish has such an elegant appearance. I adore how this design turned out as it is such a pretty nail art look. The orange and red compliment each other beautifully but are different in tones so contrast simultaneously.
For this nail design I applied an orange base before ombre-ing a red polish over the tip using a dampened sponge to ensure the colours blended with ease. I then used a black striper to paint a curve in the left (right in the photo) corner of my nail towards the cuticle. Next I applied five lines off of the curved line, these lines were slightly off straight as they curved with the shape of my nail. I applied a black polish to the tip before rounding off the tops of the sectioned off parts. To finish off I added small white dots to the tip to give the wing a little more detail.
I thought this followed on nicely from my Easter Nails because butterflies represent spring to me as well, but the colours have developed from being pastel tones to suggest a transition towards Summer. That, and I wanted to try out butterfly nails and have only just gained the courage to do so. As well as this, I wanted to do a more intricate design for a statement nail and felt as though this design fulfilled that need nicely.
Above are the polishes I used in order to complete this design, the Neon Nails polish is from a set B&M, the kit they sell now is slightly different from the one I originally received as they have added another colour and altered some slightly. However, you can purchase a very similar one: Here. The orange is slightly pale and takes two coats to be completely opaque, however the resulting colour is stunning and bright.
The red, white and clear are from the Nail Boutique: The Colour Workshop I received for Christmas and have referred to frequently within posts ever since. If you would like me to do a review on the kit, I would be more than happy to because the quality of the polishes is beautiful and the top coat included above is of a very high quality.
I feel as though I am repeating myself by simply referring to the polishes as I have done previously and the black polishes are used throughout my blog because they are such staple colours. All the polishes above worked brilliantly together to complete this design so I definitely recommend all of the above!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Nails

Hey Everyone! 
Happy Easter!
Or, if you don't celebrate Easter, Happy Spring!
This week I have for you an Easter/Spring themed nail design. Think pastels, bunny's, chicks and cute patterns. I love this time of year, growing up on the farm its so lovely seeing the first lambs of the year be born, not to mention the improvement in the weather. Its been winter for far too long, even though, with the drizzle today it doesn't seem like it'll be leaving for a while yet. 
Right To Left: Baby Chick; Bunny; Polka Dots; Easter Egg; Baby Carrots
For the first hand I had the staples in mind, bunny, chick and then a cute pattern for an Easter Egg. The baby chick is my favourite, if you can't really tell its a chick hatching from the egg. To do this I used white polish to draw a zig zag pattern along the tip of my nail. Since my yellow polish wasn't opaque enough to be placed right on top of the green I painted the shape of the chick with white polish and then added the yellow polish over top. For the details I added too small eyes, a little orange beak and then a brown spotting of feathers above it.
For the bunny I applied a rounded white curve to the tip of my nail with two lines above it. Within these lines I applied a pink polish for the ears and then a dot of pink for the nose. Above that I did two black dots for the eyes.
Polka dots are a classic nail design and in a variation of pastel colours they're the perfect idea for a statement nail if you just wanted to pick one of these designs. In order to create a perfect round dot a dotting tool or split bobby pin are essential for this.
Then, for the carrots I simply drew two orange triangles with green stripes above it for the leaves. For a little added detail I added brown stripes along the carrot to give it more texture.
As for the Easter Egg,it was completely spontaneous as far as the pattern goes. I began by dividing the base colour into sections with different coloured stripes before filling them in with different patterns.
Left To Right: Robin's Egg; Chick; Daisies; Bunny Out Of Hole; Bunny
This hand is perfect for those of you just starting out with nail art as you have no excuse but to participate in the Easter festivities with these designs. I copied the polka dot pattern again, due to the simplicity, as well as because it imitates the appearance of a robin's egg due to the mint green colour involved.
Next I applied a white base with two black dots and a mini orange triangle to imitate the appearance of a chick. In contrast to the chick on my previous nail, this one is much easier to do since less detail is involved. Although, it still looks just as cute!
The daises are essential for any Spring design, I am really getting into floral designs for my nails at the minute, as you can probably tell by the Rose Nails I featured on here not so long ago.
For the Bunny Out Of The Hole I applied a brown polish to the tip of my nail with a large white circle above that. I then drew two stripes out of the circle for the ears and within them I did a pink stripe. I then dotted two small white circles below the large one for the feet. Before adding two black dots and one pink one for the eyes and nose.
Finally for my thumb I applied a white half-circle to the side of my nail with two white lines above it for the ears. I then repeated the steps I previously took for all the other bunnies to give the bunny more detail.
As you can tell for the image above, and the nails themselves, they aren't shy. They're fairly out there and they definitely catch the eye. I love that in a nail design because it gives them more character. However, there's nothing more mischievous than a subtle nail art design on a neutral polish that's only noticeable if paid close attention.
You may recognise the smaller W7 polishes from my W7 Dot-To-Dot post. Included in that post was a smaller version of the yellow included in this post. I wanted to point this out as I commented on the opacity of the polishes in the W7 post. After using the full size again once I'd experimented with the sample I noticed the greater opacity - still not completely opaque but noticeably more than the sample. W7 is one of my favourite polish brands due to their high quality, long lifetime and variety of colours available so I thought this was worth mentioning!
Here are the polishes I used to add the detail to my nails, the polishes with the stars on the bottle are from a Superstar Nails set I received for Christmas. Whereas the central white polish is from a set I got, also for Christmas, called The Nail Boutique which I think is by The Colour Workshop.
Well, that's all for this weeks design! 
How will you be spending your Easter holidays?