31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 30

Its the second to last day of the challenge, and today is INSPIRED BY A TUTORIAL. There are so many tutorials by amazing nail artists that I could have taken inspiration from, but I’ve chosen to take one from one of my favourite established Bloggers – Emily from The Lacquerologist.

You can find Emily’s tutorial for “Funky Bohemian Floral Print” right here. I deviated slightly with colour scheme, and used different tools, like a toothpick and black polish for the stems rather than a striping polish and a black ink pen for the leaves.

Before I show you my design, I have to apologise for the photo quality. I did these nails late last night and couldn’t use my light box, and I had to take pictures before I chipped my nails at work, so I’ve only managed to get them in direct and indirect sunlight with no filter -_- … here goes!

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For this design I used Sally Hansen Without a Stitch for the base, then in order of the bullseye flower I used Jordana Raspberry, Purple Punch and Mardi Gras. I used Kleancolor Black for the stems and black “petals” and for the leaves I used a fine tip black ink pen. The orange dots were done in Cairuo 24.

I think mine look a little overcrowded, but overall I’m pretty happy with them!

Tomorrow is the last day for the challenge, and the theme is Recreate your Favourite … but I want to know, what was your favourite from this challenge?

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 21

Here it is, the first of the “inspired by” series, and perhaps the most vague – INSPIRED BY A COLOUR. While researching this day I saw that many bloggers struggled with a clear definition of this one, and I’m with them.

I decided to go with a colour that I love and whose name instantly inspired an idea which coincidentally incorporated the colour. Win!

The colour I chose is Kleancolor Titanic, a deep red with subtle darker undertones. The moment I saw it it reminded me of Rose’s “jump” dress from the film.

Together with my sparkly black/holo striper (The Artist – Jordana Pop art) a plain black striper (Black Mark, also Jordana) a single black rhinestone and a sharpie I pulled together this look, which I was over all fairly happy with:

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The sharpie was a new trial for me, to see if I could get the filigree work small enough… with a bit more practice I reckon I can!

These nails however, really didn’t want to be photographed.  I tried outside, flash,  lightbox, and even in the bathroom… none of these pictures really capture what I tried to do with this goooooooorgeous colour.  Ah well, this is life.

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31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 19 + tutorial (galaxy nails)

I love the stars. I love the awe inspiring beauty of the vastness of space and the unfathomable expanse of it. Space speaks to me of the unknown, possibilities and my own childhood conclusion that the universe we live in did not happen by chance.

I’ve wanted to do this design for a long time. I tried it once before I started blogging, but I hated the way it turned out. Today I’m still not entirely happy, but how can you truly capture such breathtaking beauty on such a small canvas?

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There are a lot of tutorials out there for how to achieve this look, but I wanted to add mine to the collection.

You’ll need teeny bits of sponge and tweezers – I found this much easier to use than a whole sponge between my fingers.

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And some polishes that reflect the type of nebula/galaxy you want to create. I used Kleancolor Black and Black Out (I genuinely adore this black glitter polish!), Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue, Jordana Raspberry & White, and a sticky as QY glitter polish.

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I started off with just one coat of black, then did a slick of Black Out.

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I could have quite happily ended here, but I didn’t. Taking my blue polish, I sponged on random spaces. You might need to go over a few times to show up.

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Then my pink/purple over top, but not right out to the edges.

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Finally I added in the white and went over with the glitter finish.

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I’m definitely going to try this one again sometime.

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 15

Not a long post again, and one with bad news. I’ve bunged up my hand,  and am finding it super difficult to painta plain coat of polish on, let alone do a design and write a long post about it. I’m probably going to be out for a few more days with the nail challenge, but I do have day 15 for you, which is DELICATE.

For this design I tried to emulate dew drops on a spider web. I don’t think I quite got there, but I was happy with how it came out. 

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I used an Avon polish called Rave as my base colour (which a friend gave to me and I officially love) and Kleancolor Love is in the Air for the dots.

I do have some super awesome amazingly exciting news to share with you too, but that deserves it’s own post later.

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 13

Today I get to share with you my absolute favourite manicure of the challenge so far. The theme is ANIMAL PRINT and I knew straight away what I wanted to do for this.

I love leopard/cheetah print on nails – hate it in clothing, but nails and makeup (like CeeCee Fry from X-Factor) I really dig. This type of manicure is all over the blogging community at the moment, especially with the little twist I added to go along with the fact that its the month of luuuuuuurve.

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Yummeh! For this I started off with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Without a Stitch on all fingers, and then a coat of Kleancolor Go Bunny on my ring finger. I love the chunky bits in this! Then using the smaller end of my dotting tool I made a few hearts on each nail (excluding ring) with Kleancolor Titanic. I went back with Go Bunny and the very tip of the brush to dab on blotches, making sure there were no big glitter bits. Finally I grabbed a toothpick and made.my ‘c’ and ‘u’ and brackets and filled in any empty spots with Kleancolor Black. … and top coated of course!

I got so many comments on this design. I was a first aid course today and no joke, the first thing the instructor said to me was “Oh wow! Your nails are awesome! ” That made me feel peachy!

The 2nd to last bit of news for you is that I’m in the process of building a light box. My darling Husband started it for me while I was away at my parent’s place on the weekend as a surprise.  We have some tweaking to do, but let me show you the first picture taken in my new toy!

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We’ll keep experimenting with this baby.

Lastly,  I’m going to be away from civilisation for a few days, and so will have to postpone days 16&17 just a few days. I’ll pick up after Friday’s design on Monday!

Love ya’ll … as of right now this blog has 1600 views…. this excites me!

31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 8

I started to panic about the METALLIC theme, because o realised I don’t have a lot of metallic polishes. When I began trawling through my gear I had a brilliant idea.

A year or so ago, Ciate’s Caviar manicure was super popular. Now… I’m not the kind of person to spend £18 (let alone converting that ro kiwi dollars and adding shipping… yikes!) on something I can realistically only wear once. So I found my “nail art micro beads” (cause you can’t call it a caviar manicure if it’s not using Ciate’s products, apparently) at the $2 shop. They come in tiny little vials which I’ll show you, and are super cute.

While I was fishing around in my containers for ideas I found my silver beads – and today’s nails were born. Using Kleancolor Metallic Black and an unnamed silver LA Girls mini and my wee silver baubles let me present Day 8;
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Ooh looky.. you even got 4 pictures today! I’m really happy with how this worked out… its only the second time I’ve done.a micro bead mani, but its growing on me!

Skittle Mani

Heylo loves. I am so excited. So incredibly excited. In fact, I am so excited that I just about can’t sit still. Which is okay, as long as I don’t bump my nails. Why? Why am I so excited?? Because I’ve just completed my very first skittle manicure, that’s why.

Stephanie at Sincerely Stephanie Nails is running a skittle manicure contest here And when I saw it, I knew I had to enter. Now, I’ve been planning, worrying, obsessing  over this for almost two weeks. I knew I wanted to include my favourite ever nail design, which is the vintage rose, but that was about it – I worked out a colour scheme, and then left it all to percolate.

Today I finally sat down and made a decisive move. I wanted to go for a slightly vintage look to go along with the nails. Here is what I came up with… *deep breath*

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Eeek! I am so insanely happy with how this came out. I used a whole lot of polish for this too… almost as good as my 2013 nails. I’ll leave a list of polishes below if you want to see what used. Otherwise, I suggest you get your tooshy over to Stephanie’s blog and enter!!

*thumb: Jordana Lavender Fields, Pop Art Stripers in Artsy Purple & Purple Impression, L.A. Colors Art Deco striper in white
*pointer: Cairuo #10, Kleancolor V.I.P
*middle: BC co. Shade 16
*ring: Jordana White, Cairuo #10, Revlon Electric Pink and BC co. Shade 16
*pinky: Sally Hansen CSM Dorian Grey, Jordana White,  Cairuo #10, Jordana Lavender Fields and Pop Art Striper Artsy Purple

Cairuo Polish/NOTD

So yesterday I went for a little shop. I was quite pleased with my haul.

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The Maybelline was $5 and the Revlon was $8…. I love Postie Plus for parallel imports! I’ll swatch those two later. I also grabbed a few intriguing bottles of $2 polish from my local dollar store. I saw this brand come out there just before Christmas, and my mum got me a really sweet green in my stocking. The brand name of the polish is Cairuo.  It doesn’t make any claims about being 3-free, or anything like that, but I loved the colours I saw, and for $2 it can’t be that bad… right?

The colour I’m showing today is number 29… or #4520 … I’m not sure which number is the right one.

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But wowzers…. this was such a nice polish to apply. When I first opened it, it had a weird smell – as it dried however… oh my life. It smells like strawberries and bubblegum. Delish. I think because of that and the colour I might call this strawberry-gum.

It has a quick drying time, comparable to Jordana polishes, and a smooth finish. This is two thin coats.

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Inside with shoddy lighting

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I topped my ring finger with Kleancolor Fuchsia Glitter for an accent, which I think fits quite nicely.

I have two more polishes from this brand to swatch, so keep an eye out… and perhaps I might even expand my collection a teeeeeeny bit more?

Go-to Polishes & Chevron Nails

Ya know how sometimes you just get into that zone of having one or two polishes that you can’t help going back to? At the moment mine are Sally Hansen CSM Thinking of Blue, which I swatched the other day, and Jordana Boy oh Boy, which I love!

I’ve been thinking and thinking for the last few days about a design to enter into Sincerely Stephanie’s skittle nail art competition, but I have to say, aside for the colour palette I want to use, I’m at a bit of a loss. The competition ends soon, so I need to get cracking.

Tonight, therefore, I had a go at what I’m calling an almost-half-skittle, where I used two accent nails instead of just one. This was also my first time successfully using French manicure sticker guides. I lamented on Twitter about waiting for polish to dry, because I had to do my ring finger twice…. impatient me put the sticker on too soon and lifted a whole lotta polish off :-/

ANYWAY… here is the finished result. Using the aforementioned polishes, plus a coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal (which I reviewed last year and haven’t used since until now) on thumb, pointer and pinky.

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Please excuse both the quality off pictures (I only use my phone camera, and take pictures wherever and whenever instead of using a camera and lightbox) and the sad, sorry state of pinky nail…. We had a minor catastrophe last night.

So what do you think? Am I on the right track for Stephanie’s competition?

NOTD – 22nd Jan 2013

I know, that’s yesterdays date, but oh well.  No time for a lo g blog, so here is what I had on my nails (albeit briefly) yesterday.

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Flash on

2 coats Sally Hansen CSM in Without a Stitch, and two coats Kleancolor Aurora – which coincidentally was the first glitter polish I brought when my nail crazy started.