I would first like to apologise for my absence!
I have finally graduated from Uni and have spent my spare time getting crafty! Therefore I would like to invite you to look at my new blog which shall be up and running in a few days.
It encompasses... well me; my hobbies, my love of food and drink!
Please take a look and see what you think
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Yes I have been buying yet more polish (tee hee hee) I used the inspiration for this mani from another blog (my brain will not remember who though!!) There's was a pale cherry blossom, and I changed that because I fancied a dark colour, this is Barry M's 'Dusky Mauve' which can I just say is beautiful!
The pics do not do this colour justice, on the shelf it looked what I would call a dark mushroomy colour but you pick it up and there's a gorgeous purple shimmer shot right through its. I shall try to get some better pics of this.
So on my thumb and ring fingers I added a little nail art. I used my nail art brushes (i.e. no names) for this, 1 was a pale brown shimmer and the other a bronze shimmer. I just traced a random branchy line for the tree lol and then used my dotting tool to create the flowers. For the centres I used Leighton Denny's Urban Retreat 'Priceless'
All topped of with a little SV.
Hope you like =)
Hi sorry It has been a while, lots of things going on this past week, its just flown by! My last couple of posts were in preparation for the Ladies Night I attended the other weekend, and so this one is my manicure, dress and shoes for the night. As I was asked by one of my followers I thought I would add in my pics of shoes (my favourite obsession!) and my dress.
They were lovely =) The picture of me however was not, it was just before my camera died so it was the only pic taken! Hence the funny face and my fingers in a bunny ears shape!!!
Okay onto the nails. I had already tried out the technique in a previous post so this was just the final mani for the night. I used the same colours for my toes, which were black, silver holo glitter and Barry M's 'Raspberry'. For the base I used Essence Jelly Baby 'Cotton Candy' with a topcoat of Orly's Prisma Silver.
I added a pinky red rhinestone to the tip corner of each nail.
Hope you like =)
Thursday, 19 May 2011
As the last post mentioned I'm going to a Ladies Night on Saturday, and my shoes are sling back peep toes so of course my nails need to look beautiful =)
To make the nail art I used two 2 way nail art polishes in black and silver glitter, my thin nail art brush with Barry M's 'Raspberry' and 3 pink rhinestones on each big toe. And each nail ended up similar but not exact, but seen as though they're my toes I don't think people will be able to tell!
I have used the same base as my fingers; Essence Jelly Baby 'Cotton Candy' and ChG 'White Cap'. Then I used Rimmel's Nail Tip Whitener. You can see this under the nail art, I painted a slanted tip going from the left corner to the right on the left foot and right down to left on the left foot.
The smaller toes are not as 'perfect' as the big toes just because they have small area to work with.
So here's both big toes and the main difference is where the rhinestones are placed because the black brush stroke is the opposite way round.
I started with the black strokes 1st. Make sure you base is completely dry (I didn't and dragged the white with the brush and had to start all over again!) I started by following the bottom line of the white tip and swept the brush from the bottom corner up to the centre of my nail and then did the same from the other side. I then added another brush stroke in the centre and curved it slightly. Then the mistake line in the top corner. Next I highlighted the black lines with my accent colour which I used Barry M's 'Raspberry' and then highlighted those lines with the glitter. I added some pinky/red dots in the gaps and then went a bit mad and added the 3 rhinestones. I use a tiny drop of nail glue to stick these on and then I seal it all in with a coat of SV.
For the other toes, well I kinda made them up, again starting with the black then onto the pinky/red and finally the glitter.
Alot of information but I hope it makes sense, hopefully you could give it ago.
Onto my helper, Sam (1 of 3 cats of the house) He likes to wander around when I'm painting my nails hence the odd white cat hair in the pics! He was actually a great background for my pics (OK yes I was tickling with my toes when I discovered this!)
Nails done so It's off to sleep for Sam =)
Well this weekend I'm going to a Ladies Night and work the next morning, so I thought I would try some nail art that would go with my dress and that would be suitable for work the next morning also. So I thought I would have a little practice in preparation.
I started out with 2 coats of Essence Jelly Baby 'Cotton Candy' and then a coat of ChG White Cap to add a little sparkle.
It shines nicely in what limited sunshine we've been getting!
OK on to the nail art. I started out with just the accent finger at 1st. Unfortunately the 2 way nail art polishes don't have names or numbers =( So I used a Royal Blue crème to draw two sweeping lines, one from the top right to the bottom left and the second shorter line from the centre to 2/3 down the left hand side. I filled in between the two lines with dark blue glitter.
After that I decided to do the rest of my fingers with a different design, I used the same Royal Blue and drew a slanted line to cover the tip of the nail starting really thin at the right and slanting down to the left by about 2-3 mm. Then I mirrored this line leaving a 1-2 mm gap. Between these lines I filled in with the dark blue glitter.
As you can see, I added another couple of lines in pale blue (shimmer) added 1 line between the top blue and glitter lines and then a line at the bottom of the design, all the time following the sweeping line.
For the real thing I will be using black and pinky red with a little glitter to match my dress =)
Hope you like =)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
I just thought I'd do a quick review of these nail soakers. I bought them mainly to remove glitter nail polish, because we all know what a pain that is! But they are also great for removing tips, acrylic and gel. The pics show me getting the last mani off (Some Like It Hot! and Edward) turns out Edward is quite stubborn!
It was quite easy to get these on, I just filled the little pods up with acetone and put them on each finger.
This is the tub they come in, it lists all the different nail treatments you can put in them e.g. acetone, nail whitener and nourishing oil.
I sat with them on for about 5 mins and as you can see from the middle finger, the polish just dissolves into the acetone and is left in the pod. I have to say though that although I do rate these pods when you take them off your fingers you do end up with a line around where the rubber stops the liquid coming out. They don't hurt though which is always a plus. Using acetone in these pods also leaves your finger tips really dry and it leaves a white residue on the skin, so make sure if you use them with acetone to wash your hands and liberally apply cuticle oil and hand cream!
I bought these nail soakers from eBay for about £7.50, so not bad I don't think, they certainly made light work of Edward =)
What a lovely combination Edward (Essence) and Some Like It Hot! (Leighton Denny)
So I started with 2 coats of Some Like It Hot! and added just 1 coat of Edward which was just enough sparkle for this mani. I did have it glossy for a couple of days with SV as the top coat, but I got a little bored (essay writing) and decided to try it out matte.
I just added a coat of Rimmel's Matte topcoat to change the look, and the glitter still sparkled through.
Ah so onto a free gift I received from the Born Pretty Store, whom I follow on facebook (http://www.bornprettystore.com/) It was the extremely popular Hello Kitty Fauxnad Plate =) I used Konad White polish to do the stamping on my thumbs.
I went over my thumbs with another coat of Rimmel's Matte Topcoat just to seal in the stamping. Hope you like =)