31 Day Nail Challenge – Day 14

Happy Valentines! I hope you are all remembering the special people you love.  When I was younger Valentines was a day where high school was unbearable; all the popular girls walked round with their flowers and gifts and all eyes were on the people with nothing. Which usually included me. However,  my dad always did a fabulous job on February 14th and everyday, in fact. His girls were all told how much they were loved, and this confirmation is one of the reasons my husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day. We already know how much we love each other, and we’re pretty confident that we’ll be each other’s valentine every day.

Anyway, onto today’s theme, which is FLOWERS. For this design I tried something I’m not very confident with, which is allowing nail to be seen. I really like the way they came out though – I would wear these all week if I could.

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One thing I have learnt since using my light box … I’m probably somehow related to Frodo Baggins…. I have really hairy fingers!

I used a mini Cairuo (pictured,  but I can’t find it because I have a super sneaky kitty who steals) to create a choppy tip and then used a green striper to randomly put grass and lobger stalks in. Then it was off to my dotting tool and Jordana White & Boy oh Boy, and a little unnamed purple mini from LA Girl to make the flowers. My 123 Selection polish aptly named Yellow completed the flowera and voilà! It’s cutesy, fun and puuuuuuurty and I love it!

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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?

Peacock Feathers – tutorial

Hello again. Today I have a tutorial for you on how to achieve a look like this:

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These are my peacock feather nails, inspired by a picture from Pintrest (peacock feathers). The peacock design reminded me of summer days at a local regional park where my family used to spend a lot of time when I was a teenager. There were these two peacocks who had free range if the park, and it was always a great delight to catch sight of one of them fanning out his tail. It was a fairly simple design, but it took me about 45minutes to complete. Starting off with a basecoat, paint your ring fingers white ( I’ve used Jordana White).

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I left all the other nails bare until after I’d finished this finger, because I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do on the others! With a black striper polish (mine is Kleancolor nail to toe in Black) make a slightly curved line across the nail. Wherever the thinnest part of the stripe is is where you’ll make the peacock dots. Then from either side of the big line draw in some smaller lines.

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The next step you can choose to do with a dotting tool or cotton bud, but I did mine just with the very tip of my polish brushes. The colours I used are in brackets. Taking a gold polish (Jordana Super Star) make a dot near the tip of the feather, then do the same with a green ( L.A. Colors Lime) a turquoise (Jordana Boy oh Boy) and a dark blue (Kleancolor Shining Sea).

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Once this was done I decided more spots were needed, so I painters the rest of my nails in two coats of Boy oh Boy.

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Then repeating the steps I used for the peacock feather, I made dots on my other nails.

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The last thing I did was get out my black striper again and make slightly curvy, interconnecting lines around the peacock spots, and finished off with a coat or two of Quick Dry to smooth out the bumps. I would love to see if you try this out!