Monday, 29 October 2012

Stripey drag mani

I had a hard time trying to name this mani. I basically painted stripes and then quickly while the polish was wet I used a needle to drag the colours into each other. Please excuse the bad lighting, the weather was miserable when taking these shots. My sister thinks it looks like a wooly jumper, not sure what do you guys think? I quite liked the overall effect although I did find it a bit tricky painting the stripes of colour quickly so that I could drag the needed while it was still wet. Thankfully the stripes didn't have to be too neat anyway. 

I came back home to London this weekend, which meant I could drag my lovely generous sister out shopping. We wanted to check out TK Maxx to see if we could get any Essie polishes, unfortunately our local one only had a couple of reds. We did however find some nice nails inc and models own. The models own was reduced to £4 for 3, bargain! 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Glitter and gradient

Today I have a dusky pink and grey gradient with glitter on top. I used Kiko 375 and 328 for the gradient. I went to Boots the other day and got myself a couple of the new Barry M Gelly paint, they had a 3 for 2 offer so I got one of their new glitters too. A lot of them had sold out but I did manage to find Rose Quartz which has micro holographic glitter and small rose gold hexograms.

Here is the gradient before the glitter topcoat, with bits of sponge too! I hate it when that happens, but topcoat usually evens it out. The grey looks more blue with this colour combo not sure why but I think it goes well with the dusky pink.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Louboutin nails

Apparently Christian Louboutin was inspired to paint the soles of his shoes red after seeing his assistant painting her nails red. Yay for a fellow laquerista to inspire some of the most sought after shoes. I love how high his shoes are, well for a little 5ft girl, I need all the help I can get. I am yet to own a pair, but I think if I did I would probably be too worried to wear them and get them ruined! So for now I will just stick to some nails. This is a really simple mani, so I added some gems to an accent nail and bling it up a bit. Start by painting the underneath of the nail red, this can get a bit messy and after clean up leaves a slight red stain on the fingers. Then paint nails black as normal. This would obviously work best for longer nails, however I am not a big fan of really long nails also I find it quite hard to grow them much longer than what you can see.

I like this mani just because it is so simple to do. I think maybe glitter underneath could look nice too although I think the removal would be quite hard. 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Multi-coloured stamping

One of the great things about joining the nail blogging world is when I'm feeling a little uninspired there are so many great blogs to read and different ideas to get me going again. I saw this mani by Jenni at Gold Speck Nails (check out her blog, she has lots of great nail art and best of all another fellow British blogger). She has also provided a very easy to follow tutorial here.
I used 17-Mink as my base coat and purple, green, navy blue and pink for the stamping using BM-205.

I really like the effect of the multi-coloured stamp and will definitely be using this method again so thank you Jenni :) 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Rainbow dots

So more rainbows, this time using my dotting tool. You would think dots would be simple to do but for some reason I can't seem to get mine all equal in size. I used Gosh holographic hero as my base coat then various polishes for the rainbow dots. 

This mani was quite fun and easy to do but a little to bright compared to what I usually wear. I am a bit boring and tend to stick to neutral colours with my nails and my clothes, definitely not brave enough to buy anything neon! 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Rainbow Zebra

What's black and white and red all over? No not a newspaper, a sun burnt zebra of course! Ok contain your laughter, I promise no more jokes. Today I have for you a rainbow gradient with a zebra print on top. I quite like this mani, I think the rainbow gradient makes a great base for stamping.

Indoor lighting:

 Natural light:

Rainbow base: