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Nail wheels for nailart inspiration

Don’t you just love looking at what other people are doing to help inspire your creations? I spend endless hours scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest looking at what creations and colour combinations nailart artists get up to. My particular favourite is nail wheels.

I have a god daughter who is seven years old and I am always thinking of ways to give her presents in a more creative way. As I am currently completing my airline pilot license, I haven’t got the funds to buy her the best toys. One year I wanted to run a cupcake stall for her and her little friends but unfortunately, I found out one of her friends was already doing that and had to cancel. I’m thinking about running her a nailart one next summer with a nail wheel they can choose their designs from.

These nailart wheels are just too good not to share.

I purposely screenshot them with the Instagram usernames on so please take a look at their accounts should a nail wheel inspire you πŸ™‚










I hope this inspires you as much as it did me πŸ™‚


Going daisy for spring nails

If you have ever visited Topshop in London Oxford Circus, you will have seen the cute nail salon tucked into the corner of the bottom floor. It is called wah nails and have beautiful nail art on display that the amazingly talented crew recreate for its customers. I recently discovered that not only does this joint exist, they have two nailart books on the market. I have seen them in Urban Outfitters before but never really thought it was achievable as it looked very technical. I recently decided to face up the challenge since I was feeling more and more readily equipped to give it a good go.

If you haven’t already got me on Instagram (nailkrazeee), have a little look at my first attempt. It wasn’t amazing but I felt ready to take on the full daisy look

essie neo-whimsical swatch

I used this beutiful lilac colour as my base. It is neo-whimsical by Essie and is great for achieving the spring look


I used a dotting tool from a brush set I purchase off amazon. If you have the five piece dotting set I would recommend using a medium to small sized dooting tool. I dripped a drop of white polish onto a card that I normally use for stamping and dotted away five dots with spaces between, it is really important to keep the spaces between as I accidentally dotted one daisy with the dots touching and the effect isn’t half as nice. Satisfied with my dots, I was ready to add some petal effects


This photo is a little blurry but essentially I took a wooden manicure stick (you can also use a toothpick) and drew up some black lines as best as I could from the inside of the dots to the middle. It is a little messy for a few of them but I wasn’t looking for perfect. I tried a few with my models own nail art pen and that worked a treat. I then used the same size dotting tool and added a bright yellow dot in the middle to form my daisies. Simple! My yellow was a Sally Hansen instadri lightening bolt.

wah nails daisies

And wah lah, daisy nails perfect for the spring πŸ™‚

All striped out

Now that I feel like I finally have a light grip on the nail art book, I am ready to use it as an inspiration and mix in my own flair. Some of this decision was made by the fact that I am truly not a big fan of pink and so my polish collection has many hues of purple and blues.

For this particular one, I chose blue to be my base colour with green and white stripes.


The blue I used is frostbite by the new gelaze collection from china glaze. I am a proud owner of six bottles from this collection and if I wasn’t moving back to uk so soon, I would be a proud owner of more 😦 they can only be purchased through Sally beauty supply at the moment but I suspect it will become more readily available later on.



I started off using a blue shimmer from sinful colours but quickly reassessed the situation as the colour wasn’t picking up at all. I switched to models own turquoise gloss from its new hyper gel colour and became a happy camper. I simple used a nail brush to strip on lines of different thickness in a freestyle kind of way…the best way really. I started by dipping the brush into the nail polish but it got a bit messy so swapped to using cling film and dabbing polish there. It worked a treat so I recommend doing this.


I also had my cotton ball to hand soaked with nail polish remover to clean my brush every so often to avoid the polish drying up


I then added the white lines, also free styling with various thicknesses. Lastly, I added white dots with my dotting tool to the thickest green line and boom! The complete look:


At first I was a bit apprehensive about how not straight my lines are but they are growing on me. I think it’s because it looks free hand, which is the beauty of nail art πŸ™‚

Models own super sale

Models own has been continuously teasing me with their immense sale a few weeks ago on Instagram. At a grand total of 50% off it was very difficult to resist. I had seen so much great stuff models own offered in boots but I could never really afford to fork out on them. Now that it was 50% off, it was a whole different ball game. As I was expecting a visit from the uk, I knew I could order it and be reunited with it very quickly.

And alas, it has arrived!


I felt like everything from start to finish was so beautifully done. I was particularly impressed with the packaging and felt like so much time and effort was made into my order. Especially as it was a sale item, I expected to just show up in a box wrapped with bubble wrap. This exceeded my expectations by miles. And it wasnt just the box. Once I opened it, everything I ordered was neatly packaged



Once the packaging was removed this is what I got. I bought four nail art pens which in my opinion are the most basic and essential colours. I already have black and white from Primark but they are so gloopy and bad to use that I felt no choice but to invest in better ones, I haven’t used these yet but I will get round to get. I also got a erase pen that I was very intrigued with. Thus far I’ve used cotton buds and they’ve worked okay but I’m hoping the erase pen will simplify the process. Next is a matte top coat. I already own one from rimmel London before they killed the line. However, this one was such a bargain I simply couldn’t resist. Matte top coats are so expensive in the uk yet so cheap in the us where lower quality brands also make them as suppose to just essie in uk. I bought three polishes to try out its different ranges as I actually never owned models own polishes before. You will have to come back and see how I got on with them but here is a swatch for its latest gel polish range in green


I adore this colour. In fact I adore all the gel range colours but I wanted to test how they were like before I invested in the whole range. Frankly I don’t think my natural nails are up for the challenge of normal polishes yet. Since I’ve been using gel, I just can’t seem to get or appreciate any polish that doesn’t have that smooth sheen to it like gel. I loved the colour but I think I will be needing to wear it with a gel topcoat. It is like gel in a way but does not finish like the gel polishes I’ve been using.

Seeing out the end off Christmas

I promised I will go back to the amazing Asian nail man and I did! I was looking for some colours to lift my festive spirit over christmas as spending time in the Arizonian heat hardly screams winter wonderland. And he didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I was there for a good hour picking out reds blues greens and glitters and walked away with three king size polishes for less than half of how much they cost in shops! IBD was a brand I never heard of but everyone in the shop was buying it and at 10 dollars for gel polish, it was hard to resist. I settled for a red and a glitter. The red is called cosmic red and the glitter was called all that glitters. I was only looking for a glittery red when I stumbled upon the glitter gel polish and I instantly fell in love with it. Ibd applies really well and tho some people might criticise it for being quite thin and runny, I actually really liked the fact it was thin. The glitter took about three coats to achieve the level of opaque-ness I wanted it but other than that, I would def be looking into getting more gel polish from them!


I also couldn’t resist and bought an OPI gel polish. Having used tonns of normal OPI polished, I knew I wouldn’t disappoint and happily walked away with OY – another polish joke. It is a stunning sand gold glitter. It was 15 dollars so quite a bit more than Ibd but it just the exact colour I had in mind for my Christmas nails. I only applied two coats and it was gorgeous


I recently filed my nails into oval shapes for the first time. I didn’t really like it after two weeks so it’s now back to squares but now looking back at this photo….it makes my hand look so much longer and more elegant!


Now having got lovely Christmas nails, I was ready full steam ahead into the festivities! On Christmas Day I opened my pressies and received lots more gel polishes and nail stamps! My first bundle monster set! I promptly used it on my Christmas nails to add a little bit more ommph to it before having Christmas dinner. TADA