Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Gradient Stamping

Here is another attempt at two tone stamping. The polishes I used for the stamp are stamping white and a franken I mixed from Barry M Dazzle Dusts. I have used it once previously here.

The image plate used is Bundle Monster BM225.





Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Accent Flower

I love accent nails, and I love flowers, so why not combine the two!

This simple design is painted with black, pink (mixed to match polish) and gold acrylic paints, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out :)

I’m currently trying to get the balance right when mixing my paints – too thick and it clumps and drags, too thin and it just beads on the nail. Not as easy as it seems my friends!



Sunday, 26 February 2012

Stamping Sunday: Three Colours

I have recently joined a Facebook group called Adventures in Stamping. This group holds a weekly challenge (every Sunday) with a different theme each week. This week the theme is “Three Colours”.

I felt lazy today, so nothing amazing came out of it, but it fits the bill :)

I painted my nails with a yellow crème and stamped with a green metallic and a dark purple polish (the image is colour split down the middle, this might be hard to see in the pictures?), using Bundle Monster BM10.



Thursday, 23 February 2012

China Glaze ~ For Audrey

For Audrey is one of those polishes that doesn’t need an introduction. Who hasn’t heard of this Tiffany blue crème!

The formula was very pleasant, and I used two coats. I think if you paint quite thickly you can possibly get away with one.

As for the shade – well it’s a classic – but I’m just not that keen. There, I said it. Now shoot me.




Wednesday, 22 February 2012

OPI ~ My Private Jet

I believe there is more than one version of this stunner, and I think I own the newer one. I bought this polish eons ago, and only tried it today *hangs head in shame*. I have totally been missing out!

My Private Jet is a brown/maroon base with scattered holographic glitter, and the formula was great. Easy to apply and completely opaque in two coats.







Tuesday, 21 February 2012


I love flower designs on nails! I like that they can be really cute even if they are imperfect, and I hope you agree since my flowers are pretty wonky!

I painted the flowers with gouache paint, which is an opaque water colour. It doesn’t adhere as well to the nail as acrylics, but I thought it could be fun to experiment a bit.



Monday, 20 February 2012

Revlon ~ Cotton Candy

The first time I used this polish I just couldn’t get it to work for me. The polish seemed liquid enough, no gloopiness in the bottle at all, but on the nail it just turned to a gummy mess. I tried a couple of times, thinking I had applied it in too much of a rush or something, but every time I got the same, sad, sad result.

Because the polish is so amazingly pretty I didn’t give up, no sir! I finally whipped out my trusty thinner, thinking that if nothing else I’ll just try it and bin the polish if it fails - nothing to lose and all that jazz. Well, lo and behold, this already thin polish, after considerable thinning down, applied like a dream!

I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t be too rich or too thin.

Cotton Candy is a gorgeous cool baby pink with the prettiest gold microshimmer in it. Plus, it smells of sweets. What more can you want?





Saturday, 18 February 2012

Pink and Purple Gradient with Butterflies

I love gradients, and even more so gradients with stamping or freehand nail art on top. So here you go :) There is a small mini-tutorial at the end.

The design is inspired by Nailstories’ lovely Liberty’s Butterflies.





Step by Step

  • Paint the nail with a pink colour – I used Collection 2000 Siren. Let this dry.
  • Make a gradient with a purple polish by sponging it on the tips, making it more opaque towards the tips. I used Nina Ultra Pro Royal Purple.
  • After this it’s a good idea to use a top coat, but it’s not necessary, as long as the polish is allowed to dry completely.
  • Use a very opaque black polish and stamp the butterflies over the nail. The image I used is from the Bundle Monster BM205 plate.
  • Seal the whole design with a top coat.

Friday, 17 February 2012

OPI ~ Dulce De Leche

I painted this with the intent of doing some nail art on top when it dawned on me that I have never shown a swatch. So here it is :)

OPI Dulce De Leche is a pinkish nude crème. It went on nicely in two coats, and there isn’t really a whole lot more to say about it. It’s a nice, office friendly polish that looks nice on the right person. Unfortunately I’m not that person, but I still quite like it.




Thursday, 16 February 2012

China Glaze ~ Black Diamond

It’s been a while since I had a swatch for you, so today I present China Glaze Black Diamond. This shimmer is very sheer, so in the pictures I have layered it over a black crème. I think it’s just beautiful, and I really want to try it over other polishes too.

Black Diamond has a smoky dark grey base with green and silver shimmers through it. On it's own this polish is fairly useless, but I love how it comes alive layered!



Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine’s Day: French with an Accent

I believe some people say that French is the language of love (or is it Italian? I can never remember), so what is more fitting than a French manicure on Valentine’s Day.

I hope you have all felt love today, and I’m not talking about bought Tatty Teddies or even flowers, but genuine care from someone, even if that someone is yourself, your mum or your cat.

For this last mani in my little Valentine’s series I have a simple but in my opinion effective design. There is nothing new here, it’s been done before, but sometimes designs are modern classics for a reason, don’t you agree?

For my base I used Nina Ultra Pro Cranberri, and the tips are taped off and painted with Nina Ultra Pro  Black. The little heart design is from Bundle Monster BM03.




Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentine’s Day: Kisses from Space

Are you up for one more love themed mani? This time I thought I should show you something a bit less OTT. Well, at least if you are a nail fan I suppose “Space Nails” as my boyfriend calls them, fall into the “discreet” category, right?

The base is OPI Designer… De Better, which I believe is from the Muppets collection. And yes, it really is a “space nails” polish. Super shiny foil with tiny orange specks that went on easily and covered in two coats. The little Valentine’s accent is stamped with Revlon Revlon Red, using an image from Bundle Monster BM02.



Saturday, 11 February 2012

Valentine’s Day: Sponged Heart

I had an idea of this mani that looked simply awesome in my head. Translated to my nails it looks slightly less awesome… Never the less it was fun to do, and it has hearts, so that makes it at least somewhat of a win, right?





How I did it:

  • Basecoat and then two coats of a grey polish (I used China Glaze Pelican Gray)
  • Using a make-up sponge, I added red shapes, making the shapes on my middle- and ring-fingers half hearts, so they make a heart when held together. (I used Nina Ultra Pro Cranberri)
  • After topcoat and time to dry, I painted hearts and dots with a fine brush and white acrylic paint.
  • A final layer of top coat and done!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Valentine’s Day: Pink Crackle with Hearts

It’s almost that time again! That day when singles cry in their ice-cream, and long time couples can’t be bothered – because it’s all commercial anyway. Whatever your feelings are regarding Valentines Day, why pass up an opportunity to go all out with sickeningly sweet designs!

For this design I layered a pink crackle polish from Barry M over a light pink base, added some hearts and glitter, and called myself done!