Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Russian doll nails

Hi guys!

I did these yesterday, they took maybe about an hour to do with all the drying inbetween. Quite often I'll put on a DVD whilst I'm doing them, yesterdays film was Beauty and the Beast :)

I'd recently bought a Russian pin doll, as I keep losing my pins and needles in my bed and getting body parts impaled by them. So I was inspired to try and recreate my own Russian doll onto my nails.

Most of the colours are by Barry M, with a few Andrea Fulerton nail art bottles.

Here we go: (The flash has destroyed it a little.)

They half remind me from a distance of those weird alien Haribo that tasted like cherries. Odd, I know but I felt the need to mention it!

Hope you're all well and enjoyed your bank holiday weekend.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A mass of nail designs.

My dear bloggers, I apologise.

Everything got really hectic, I've been very ill and I found it hard to get to the computer for a long time. As my apologies, I give you all the nail designs I've been doing recently. Some are from tutorials from "cutepolish."

How are you all doing?

For the first time yesterday I got to paint other peoples nails, it was something totally new to me. Especially when we were giggling so much my hands became shakey. It was a day for firsts yesterday, was lovely meeting two of my friends I've never seen before.

So, here we go!

Tutorial from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oYedFeYkEA&list=FLHgLatyKjCTN9WJhs8OC-8w&index=346

Lush nails: (Can you name the products used here? 10+ if you can.)

My own design:

My own design:

Tutorial for this here: http://jezebel.com/5821667/paint-your-nails-to-look-like-van-goghs-starry-night

My own design: (I did this in a blue too, replacing the black with a sparkly silver.)

My own design: (I did this on one of my friends too.)

Mario stars I did on a friend: (First time I ever did stars of any kind, I'm rubbish at them.)

Tutorial for this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EMgt4_jW5U&list=FLHgLatyKjCTN9WJhs8OC-8w&index=28
(I have this on my nails right now, it looks super sparkly and full of galaxy prettiness <3)

I hope you liked them! Please do let me know your opinions :)

Lots of love,

Monday, 2 May 2011

A return!

I apologise for such the gap inbetween this post, I was admitted to hospital in March and ever since, doing nails had been a bit of a task to do. I'm back in the pattern though now!

So this is what I've been up to...

Trying to perfect roses, it was a first try, something I'm definitely going to be expanding on.

And trying to do henna tattoo style nail art onto nails for a friends birthday! This was my first attempt before I do hers, was very fiddly and took a while but really pleased with the outcome. Had to use several brushes to achieve it though although I think it could be achieved with toothpicks if you wanted to give it a try and don't have the brushes.

Hope you like them, I'll see you all soon :)
Much love! Stay safe x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Water marbling (and hello.)

Lets dive right in to how to achieve a successful water marbled nail :)

You'll need a cup of room temperature water, a toothpick, tissues, nail polishes of your choice and tape. Sellotape or masking tape works well here.

When you're picking out your nail polishes, try not to go for Barry M, in my experience (and others!) Barry M doesn't work. You need a nail polish that will spread out when you drop it in the water. So quickly have a tester with the colours of your choice to see if they spread out across the surface of the water.

I used Collection 2000 Buried Treasure (25), Collection 2000 Berry Hot (19) and Rimmel London 5 in 1 Base & Top Coat.

Before starting, tape up your fingers! This is important. However much it makes you look silly, you'll thank me later when you don't have the pattern all over your fingers. Learn from my mistakes ;)

Drop a tiny drop of one of the colours of your choice in the water and wait for it to spread out before adding other colours. One by one, slowly making a bullseye in the water. Try and not wait too long inbetween otherwise the nail polish will start to dry.

Now with a toothpick, lighty drag across the design, here you can make whatever pattern you like. I personally like having a different design on each nail but if you're one for having them all the same just make sure you drag across the surface the same each time.

Then dip your finger in. Make sure you put the nail in at the same time and push into the water.

Get your toothpick and clean up the rest of the nail polish on the water surface and pull out your finger afterwards. If you don't clean it up, you're more likely to ruin the design you just created. Clean off the toothpick on a tissue.

Take the tape off your fingers, waited a few minutes for it to dry (it will be the most quick drying nail polish design you'll ever have done!) and continue with the other nails. After they're all done, add a top coat to protect the design and make those beautys shine!

Pictures of the finished product:

Good luck! Have you ever done water marbling/planning to after reading this? Would be interested to hear! Have a nice day & hugs.