31.3.13

Happy Easter Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a nice Bank Holiday! I have some easter nails today, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do egg, bunny or chick inspired nails. So I did them all!
I used so many colours for this mani so deep breath. I did base colours of from thumb to pinkie; Barry M Greenberry, Barry M Cyan Blue, Barry M Berry Ice Cream, B. Complete Seafoam, and Barry M Yellow. The details were done in Barry M Block Orange, Bright Purple, Lemon Ice Cream, Cyan Blue, Greenberry, Berry Ice Cream, Yellow, W7 White, Black. The pink of the bunny ears was China Glaze Designer Satin mixed with White. I topped everything off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
The details were done using three different size dotting tools and a small, and a cut down striping brush.


30.3.13

Striped Chevrons

I love the chevron look at the moment, although when I did these I wanted to add something different to them. So I decided to add stripes to my chevrons. It took ages because I kept getting distracted.
I started off with a base colour of Chin Glaze Exotic Encounters. I taped off my nail and added A England Dragon over it. The secong time I taped my nail I alternated when I had the stripes to make it a bit more interesting. I added a stud on the accent nail and topped it all of with China Glaze Fast Forward.
For the accent nail I originally planed to reverse the colours, but I forgot and was feeling to lazy to re-paint them so I added the stud.


28.3.13

W7 Cosmic Green

I'm sure we've all heard of the nail polish Floam, I look the way it looks, but sadly I'll never be able to afford it. However I found a nail polish that's sort of similar (well to me anyway). It's W7 Cosmic Green. It doesn't seem to be as blue as Floam looks in the pictures though. Also my camera did not like this polish at all, it didn't know where to focus, so my shots weren't great, I apologise.
This is two coats of Cosmic Green over Rimmel Azure. I topped is off with a coat of Gosh Matte Effect top coat.
As you can see, it's not a dupe of Floam, but for me it's going to do. Plus W7 is only £2 most places, so it's much cheaper than Floam. Win! 

26.3.13

Red and Blue

I decided to experiment with colour a little bit for this mani. I chose blue and red, as I don't think I've worn these colours together, at least not that I'm aware of anyway.
I used a base colour of E.L.F Light Red, with Barry M Cyan Blue on the ring finger. Once they were dry I taped off my nails and painted the opposite colour over the top. I topped it all of with China Glaze Fast Forward. I obviously didn't give enough drying time and as you ca. see I ended up smudging a nail.
Now that I'm looking at these I'm thinking they look a bit Merlin-esque, what  do you guys think? With his scarves and top colours. I'll post pictures at the end so you can see what I'm an about.


24.3.13

Gorgeous Seafoam with Stamping

The base colour for this mani is one I've had for almost a month but never got around to using. Oh, how I now regret that, it's such a beautiful colour. The polish in question is B. Complete Seafoam. B. is a make-up brand by Superdrug, and I think if all the polishes are this gorgeous I might have to buy them all.
I used 3 thin coats of Seafoam (but you might be able to get away with 2 thick coats). I did the stamping in A England King Arthur with an image from Cheeky Plate CH14. I as going to add glequins to the accent nail, but I decided to leave it. I topped it all of with China Glaze Fast Foward.
Seafoam is absolutely gorgeous, and so shiny, I think I will be buying more polishes from this range to see if they all match up to the beauty of this one.


Just to show you how shiny this polish is, here is a swatch with no topcoat. Look how shiny!

22.3.13

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Purple Patchwork

I've been thinking about doing another patchwork mani, but I wasn't sure about what colours to use. I eventually went for a purple theme, I also changed the style a bit so I used three purples aswell as a base colour.
The base colour is China Glaze Stone Cold, I then added striping tape to my nails and used Opi Ink, Dutch Ya Just Love Opi, and A England Guinevere. After removing the striping tape I topped it all off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
Ink tricked me though, it looks like a lovely shimmery purple in the bottle but it's more blue on the nail. It does look purple in certain lights though. 


20.3.13

To Infinity and Beyond!

These Buzz Lightyear inspired nails are ones that I've done before, but before I started this blog. I originally did them around Halloween last year, but I loved wearing them and thought I would re-do them and show you lovely people.
I started with a base colour of Barry M Cyan Blue with W7 White on my ring finger. For the Buzz nail I used Barry M Spring Green mixed with a tiny bit of white, W7 Black, Barry M Bright Purple, Cobalt Blue, Rimmel Double Decker Red and China Glaze Starboard. W7 White for the clouds on the rest of my nails. I topped everything off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
I used a cut down striping brush for the details on the Buzz nail, and a small dotting tool for the clouds.  I think the lines are a bit neater than the first time I attempted these, although I do prefer the clouds in the originals.


And here is a picture of the first time I did these, I think I have improved a bit from the time I did these.

18.3.13

U.F.O Stamping

I've been meaning to do this stamping since I first got my Cheeky plates, but I completely forgot about the idea. So I have now finally remembered to do it, you know it'a only been months since I bought these plates.
The base colour is Sally Hansen Navy Baby, which isn't really as dark as it comes across in the pictures. I used A England King Arthur with Cheeky image plate CH46 for the stamping. I topped everything off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
I love the subtleness of this mani, the dark grey isn't as bright as the silver I usualy use, which is nice for when I want a nice subtle look.

17.3.13

Saint Patrick's Day

I wasn't going to do a Saint Patricks day mani, but after using my green flocking powder for Oscar the Grouch I really wanted to use it again. So this mani was born. It's really simple as I didn't want to do anything really elaborate today. I went with doing my very first ruffian with an accent nail.
I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters and Opi Thanks A Windmillion (ring finger) as my base colours. I then used China Glaze Starboard over Exotic Encounters using the brush out of the bottle for the ruffians. I used a dotting tool and Starboard to create the shamrock on my ring finger and added the flocking powder to the polish before it dried. I topped the non-accent nails off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
I quite like the look of the ruffians, maybe next time I decide to do them I will use more contrasting colours.


16.3.13

It's A Trap-eze

I finally killed a lemming I've had for months. I finally found China Glaze It's A Trap-eze, I haven't been able to find it here in the UK for months. I found it on Ebay here and I bought it immediately. 
Oh it's just as beautiful as I imageined it would be. This is two coats, and I barely had to do any glitter arranging. I topped it off with China Glaze Fast Forward, although I think I should have done another coat of top coat as it's still a bit gritty.
This polish is the first I've worn on it's own for about a year, as I just couldn't bring myself to put anything on top of it.

15.3.13

Red Nose Day!

Yes, here in the UK it's Red Nose Day today, so I decided to paint my nails for the occasion. If anyone is anaware of what Red Nose Day is, you can learn more about it at the website here. Also I'm not the only person to do a Red Nose Day mani, when I logged on here to post these I saw that The Nailasaurus had done one aswell. Great minds and all that. You should definitely check hers out, they are amazing.
I did base colours of Rimmel Double Decker Red and W7 White. On the red nails I painted each of the dinosesaurs, using W7 Black, White, and Rimmel Celebrity Bash for the details. on the white nails I placed striping tape and painted Double Decker Red over the top. I topped it all off with China Glaze Fast Forward.
I quite like how these turned out, as I'm not really the best at freehand things like this at the moment. Although the stripy nails look a bit Where's Wally... Maybe I should have just painted them plain red.


14.3.13

Stripe and studs

I wanted to do a quick and simple design, so I once again went with the single stripe, although this time I dressed it up a bit with star shaped studs.
I used a base colour of A England Iseult, the stripe was done with Opi I've got a Herring Problem, and a small striping brush. I used clear polish to stick the studs on my nails. I topped everything off with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward
The star studs are 4mm (I think), I wish they were a little smaller though as they look a bit big on my nails. The edges of the stars stuck out a little on the curve of my nail, I tried to roll them around my dotting tool but they still seemed to stick out a bit. I shall have to keep looking for 2mm star studs I think.


12.3.13

Oscar the Grouch

I bought green flocking powder about a week ago, and I thought of the perfect idea for it. Well, it was a perfect idea, my execution of said idea isn't the best. I'll have to practice more and try again when I'm better at nail art. Anyway, I decided that the flocking powder was a great shade of green for Oscar the Grouch, so I attempted to create him using the flocking powder.
I used China Glaze Starboard as a base colour for the half moon nails, with China Glaze Watermelon Rind over it. For my accent nail of Oscar I used a coat of Barry M Yellow over W7 White. I painted the basic shape of Oscar with black paint, so I wouldn't have to worry so much about adding the outlines where I needed them. I used Starboard as the green for his body and then I used Beauty UK Chestnut Brown (I think that's what it was called), W7 White, M&S Red and A England King Arthur aswell as the paint for the details on Oscar. I did a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward on all nails. Once that was dry I painted Starboard where I needed to over Oscar and added the flocking powder over that.
Oscar doesn't really look too bad on this hand, on my left however he was a trainwreck. Just a weirdly shaped blob of fuzz. I will probably attempt this again in the future as I so badly wanted it to work.