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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!

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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.

Finally…

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A closer look…

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Coming up…

Swallow/Bird Print Nails!

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