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Vintage Rose Print Nails

6 Jul

ImageIt’s been all over Pinterest and YouTube, the Vintage Rose Print Nails, which look really intricate but is surprisingly so easy to do. To mix it up I added a polka dotted peach for my forefinger and a mint background for my ring finger.

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I USED:

You can really choose any background colour you like, so long as it’s pastel and isn’t red or pink (the colour of the roses).

– My trusty hair grip (pulled apart)

– Clear Base Coat

– Barry M Peach Melba (base colour for my forefinger)

– Elf’s Mint Cream (base colour for my ring finger)

– Barry M Matt White (base colour for the rest of my fingers and the polka dots)

– Rimmel Lycra Pro Coral Romance (rose colour for white backgrounds)

– Barry M Pink Flamingo (optional extra: rose colour for darker background MINT)

– Barry M Fuchsia  (optional extra: rose colour for darker background MINT)

– Barry M Spring Green (for the leaves)

1. Apply base coat then paint nails in your chosen pastel backgrounds.

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2. After the background colours have dried dab your hair grip (toothpick or nail art brush) into the paint.

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3. Carefully dab small blobs of nail polish onto your nails. That one section of blobs is one rose, do more than two roses on each nail if your nails are longer. It doesn’t matter if you’re messy, in fact, the messier the better!Image

4. While letting your peach blobs to dry you could polka dot your forefinger. I thought the forefinger being a different pattern means something different to doing your ring finger as the odd one which is so common.Image

5. When that’s dry I used Rimmel Pro Coral Romance to frame the peach blobs.

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6. Do similar wobbly coral lines inside the roses and finish it off with a centre dot.

7. Do the same rose technique on the mint nail instead choose darker colours for the rose. I chose a mix of Barry M Fuchsia and Pink Flamingo.

9. After all the roses are dried, it’s time for the leaves which really finish them off. Similarly with the roses do wobbly lines simply by dotting them on. Again it really doesn’t matter how messy you are. 

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10. ALL DONE! Apply a top coat to smooth the bumpy lumpy blobs and you’re done, with pretty vintage rose nails.

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Reminder of what I used and for what in pictures…

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Drowning Hearts This Valentine’s Day

25 Jan

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So Valentine’s Day is fast approaching with only 6 days till the end of January, I started thinking about my nails for the day.

I call these nails ‘drowning hearts’ as they really look like they’re drowning, perfect for those of you who are not really enthusiastic about a day of hearts and flowers. This was a really easy nail art design, I was inspired to do it after seeing one on Pinterest, and of course I pinned it straight away. If you like my posts you’ll probably be pinterested in my pins too!

I used:

  • Base Coat (Any)
  • Elf – Innocent (Perfect neutral base colour, of course, you can use any base/background you wish)
  • Rimmel Lycra Pro – Coral Romance (Its brush is useful for heart design accuracy)
  • Hair grip/Bobby pin/Kirby grip (My favourite nail tool as starred in one of my favourite posts)

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1. Start off with your base coat.

2. Paint on your base/background colour (Elf – Innocent).

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3. Using your hair grip end dot on your heart shape on each nail. Don’t worry about it being perfect, when it comes it filling it in all will be perfect!

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4. Fill this in using a good nail polish brush, preferably a nail art brush for accuracy, I am using my Rimmel Pro nail polish brush. I like to use tools that are accessible to everyone. I don’t always use my actual nail art pens when I don’t have to, to make it possible for everyone to do this nail design without having to go all out and buy nail tools.

Dont Blob it on Do Brush it on

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5. Do the same with all your nails! They

Keep in mind your baby nail, it is going to need a smaller heart.

And Finally Seal the Deal with a Top coat

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I think this is perfect for everyday and even for Valentine’s enthusiasts who, I hope, won’t be put off by the title. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I did painting my nails. See you in my next post, Ready for the Run!

Spring to Monochrome

18 Jan

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Monochrome is being recycled this year for S/S13 and the staying in because of the snow made me feel a bit white and black. I decided to experiment with black and white and ended up with zebra print nails.

These nails have been done a lot and they’re so easy. You can tell I have been lazy with my nail art lately but I promise you there is so much tricky looking but easy to do one’s coming up in the next few days including outfits.

All you need:

♥ Base/Top Coat

♥ Black Nail Polish with Nail art brush / Black Nail Art Polish / Black Nail Art Pen

♥ White Nail Polish

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I haven’t got my usual step by step images for you since it is so easy to do. So, Protect, Paint and Get Creative!

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♥ Protect your nails with a clear coat.

I have been doing so much nail art with you here in my blog that I very easily run out of base coat and forget to buy more, so for now I am using my No. 7 So Bright Nail Brightener and it looks too pretty to cover, it really brightens up your nails giving it a natural and healthy shine, especially for these cold months.

Moving back onto topic, I then applied my white nail polish and after it had dried I used my nail art brush to draw curvy black lines. As you can see I have made the zebra patterns on each nail so varied. It was fun, quick and easy.

♥ Paint all nails white

♥ Get creative with your zebra monochrome

Don’t make curves too harsh, less is more here, so do slight curves. Also, when doing your second line try to follow around the first curve and so on. You can vary each nail as much as you want.

Coming up…

Valentine’s Nails!

American Flag Nails: New Technique!

10 Sep

 

 

Remember the american flag nails I attempted for the first time? It was a bit of a gamble to promise to blog about something I have never tried and wasn’t absolutely certain it would work out. But I did it, and here’s me doing it again!

Click the image to see my old post.

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Except with a different technique! I am adding this to the ‘MODERATE’ on difficulty as this is so much more easier and quicker and mess-free than my first one.

You will need:

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– Nail Art Polish in Red and Blue (or a nail art pen in red and blue, or nail art brush)

– BarryM Matt White

– BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One

Step 1: Apply base coat.

Step 2: After the base coat has dried apply white nail polish.

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(This isn’t the blue I will be using this time. This was the old blue I used on my first post about these nails, but if you like, this is Barry M’s Cobalt Blue).

 

 

The difference: (Left) New polish, (Right) Old polish.

 

Step 3: After the white polish has dried use a red nail art pen or nail art brush to draw vertical red lines.

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Step 4: After the red lines are dried, draw on a rectangular box to the left of the flag with a blue nail art pen or brush. (If this is your left hand then it should be against the end of your nail, and if it is your right hand, it should be against the tip of your fingernails. (Left hand only is illustrated in the image below).

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Step 5: As you can see in the image above, I have filled one in, after drawing the rectangles, fill them in.

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After this, when your nails have dried, gloss over with a top coat. I used my usual BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One.

If you want to check out my old technique simply click here.

Have you just tried this out? Let me know which of my techniques suited you.

 

Musical Notes Nails

20 Aug

 

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I haven’t posted in ages for being so busy with things and thought that the best way to start was with a good old nail art post. This is one of my clear coated nail art designs. I am soon to categorise all my nail art designs since I have been doing so many more than expected on a regular basis and this will be categorised in the ‘clear coated’ section, so look out for it if you’re loving my simple designs.

I have used…

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I have used Topshop’s nail art pen in NightRider, and No7’s So Bright nail brightener as a top coat. I ave shown all other items and tools for inspiration if you haven’t access to these two.

That’s right, only two things needed for this simple design.

I simply googled ‘musical notes’ and will show you what pictures I worked with. I did not use a base coat as I find my nail art pen works best directly on the nail and since it’s a small design it won’t stain my nails as much.

Step 1: Draw a circle (one circle for single notes and two for double notes) and as I always say, don’t worry about it being neat and round, or any of it really. The best part of my nail art deigns is having fun and not worrying about messing it up because if you do, you will mess it up.

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Step 2: Draw the vertical line/s needed and then continue on to the horizontal stem or stop and take a breath for doing such a straight line and then do your horizontal stem.

Step 3: After it’s super-fast dry go over it with a coat of tinted clear nail polish. I used my all time favourite No7 Nail Brightener. Nude tints look good too, like Elf’s ‘Innocent’ pictured in the ‘I used’ section.

And you are done! That’s it, just three steps!

I ended up not continuing with my forefinger and went straight for the trickier note…

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As this is such a close shot you can see that this trickier note was pretty tricky to do as the lines are not pristine straight, but from a normal distant everything looks perfect…

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Hope you too have fun trying out any of my clear coated nail designs or better yet, THIS one and show me how it goes.

 

Cute Ladybug Nails

7 Jul

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I wanted to try something more simple, cute and literally light, so when I noticed ladybugs on Alexa Chung’s twitter photo I had to try them out. Doing nail designs always weighs down my fingertips because of the amount of coats needed for the design but this is lighter and also more natural looking in a way since I haven’t done a coloured background. I have actually been trying to think of ways to keep my nail clear coated but still with some sort of design because I really like the shape and tips of my nails naturally. So this is perfect and what’s more, you don’ have to wait for a layer to dry until going to the next step (until the final step when applying top coat).

I did my ladybugs at an angle and almost at the tip of my nail to create the effect of them crawling. I know real ladybugs have black on the top of their heads but I didn’t want to be too fussy about it deatil, either way it’d still look ladybird/ladybug to me.

To keep it looking natural I decided to use a clear coat as the base, I used No7’s So Bright Nail Brightener which instantly brightens up your nails, making it look more lighter brighter and healthier.

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What else I used:

Barry M Matt WhiteRimmel London Lycra Pro Coral Romance and Barry M Black.  I particularly like Rimmel’s Coral Romance as a red, it’s so bright and orangy red (simply coral really).

You’ll notice the background effect when the ladybird clashes against it.

Step 1: Apply Nail Brightener or any other base, it could even be a coloured base.

Step 2: Use your nail paint brush to create an oval shape, don’t worry about it being absolutely perfect, it isn’t noticeable when you add the finishing touches. TIP: To make sure it isn’t all blobby go over it with a hair grip removing any excess nail paint but careful not to remove too much.

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Step 3: With a nail art brush (dip the brush into your chosen colour, black) draw in the antennas, again, you don’t have to worry about perfection, this was a surprisingly easy step.

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Step 4: Add the black dots (as many or as little as you like) with a hair grip end by dabbing the end into the nail paint bottle careful not to take up too much. Dot it onto your ladybirds. Note: Application is easier when you pull the hair grip apart as shown in many of my nail art posts.

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You may want to do smaller black dots as legs on their sides, but it doesn’t really matter a you can’t see their legs when you look down on an actual ladybug.

Step 5: Give your ladybug some eyes with the same method as you did the black dots.

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Step 6: Just go over with a clear top coat for protection. Or if you want to leave it this way like I sometimes do since I hate the weight it gives on my fingernails, you can do this since this nail design isn’t all blobby with lot’s of tricky steps.

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A closer look…

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Coming up…

Swallow/Bird Print Nails!

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How To Wear Coloured Jeans

Colour-block trend Nails!

13 Jun

I know the last few nail art designs I have done so far have been rather complicated to do but this one is really quick and easy and I love it so much that I have done this with many other colours. I just wanted to share my more ‘tropical’ one with you. As you may already be aware that tropical styled clothes are everywhere this holiday season and this colour-block nail art adds the finishing touch to your tropical look.

You will need, ANY two colours that are compatible. I used…

– My regular Base and Top Coat.

– Rimmel London Lycra Pro in Coral Romance

– Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Tangerine Queen

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Step 1: As always apply basecoat and let it dry.

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Step 2: Apply your lightest colour.

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Step 3: Carefully apply the second colour on the other half of your nail, whichever half you prefer of course. I found this very easy and maybe it was Rimmel’s mistake free application brush that helped a lot. You may wish to use a thin nail art brush to create a neat line or masking tape as I use for some of my nail art.

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Feeling Patriotic! British Flag Nails!

6 Jun

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During the Jubilee weekend I thought of doing flag nails! To change it up a bit, I painted my ring finger all blue (although it did take an internal debate to decide whether I should choose red or blue). As it is hard to apply nail polish with your left hand (if you’re right-handed) I thought I’d just use block colours for my right hand and it still looks great!

To create this I used nail art brushes, Barry M 3 in 1 Base Coat Top Coat and Hail HardenerCobalt Blue, Bright Red and Matt White. (Photos up soon)

Step 1: Apply basecoat.

Step 2: Apply the white. (Using the white as the base instead of blue brightens up the red and blue bits of the flag).

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Step 3: Carefully line in the red cross with a thin nail art brush, make sure to do thin lines, especially for shorter or smaller fingernails.

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Don’t worry about letting the line cross over to your skin, it works better when you feel like you have one less thing to worry about.

Step 4: Draw on another cross with diagonal lines crossing over the other crosses. You can do a block colour on your ring finger if you like or have all your nails with the flag.

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Step 5: The tedious bit. Draw on small triangle lines and then fill them in, remember to not cover the entire space as you need the white parts to show as the white lines of the flag.

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Step 6: Do this with all nails, and again, don’t worry about it being all messy, a cotton bud with a little nail polish remover can fix that. Then go over the nails with a top coat which will keep the flags from smudging.

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Step 7: Finally, the block nails. Don’t forget base coat!

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I won the Elf Friday Faves Competition!

30 May

I came first place in the Elf Friday Favourites Competition! Thank you to everyone who voted! It feels great to have had some recognition for what I predominantly blog about. I never thought my nail art would receive such attention. I can’t wait to do so much more! See my submission here.

Every Friday Elf have a Friday Favourites Competition, if you’re interested in taking part in any of them in future visit their blog by clicking here to find out how.

Daisy Nails with Elf’s Mint Cream

27 May

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To go VERY pastel I decided to combine my most loved spring colour; the mint green with my yellow and white in one nail art design to create FLORAL NAILS! The floral trend doesn’t have to stop at your dresses or shorts, you can dress up your nails too!

Elf’s Mint Cream provides the perfect background and base for this flower design, it does all the work with an all over pastel finish. I’m loving my daisies, so I can’t stop doing daisy nails all the time!

To achieve these nails, you will need:

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I used: Barry M 3 in 1 Clear, Elf Mint Cream, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda, Barry M Matt White

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…a hair grip pulled apart which I used to create the petal dots.

Step 1: Apply base coat

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Step 2: After base coat has dried, apply Elf’s Mint Cream

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Step 3: After the mint green is dry, dab your hair grip end into you yellow nail polish (Collection 2000 Lemon Soda)

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Instead of directly putting the hair grip into the bottle I took a bit from the brush, that way I can see and control how much I take, you only need a little.

Step 4: Carefully dab small dots (I would recommend three spaced out yellow dots to make room for the white petals, it all depends on the size of your nails too)

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Step 5: Time for the almost-finished-and-I’m-so-excited part.

Do the same with the white petals but I would suggest first letting the yellow to dry otherwise they can run into each other. Do 5 – 6 dots. I stuck with 5, and maybe just 2 on your little finger.

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And the end result!

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This post is an entry to the Elf Friday Favourites Competition. If you want to enter the elf competition to be in with a chance of winning e.l.f Nail Polish in Innocent and their Cuticle Nail oil, simply click on the button below. Have fun and Good Luck!

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