Today I went to a car boot sale and I had the most amazing find I couldn’t wait to share! I went to the car boot with the intention of buying a lamp, some nail polishes, a jar. Instead, I found this little beauty in a box full of crafty bits.
I scoured all the pound lands and 99p store for this since I saw it online! I couldn’t justify spending 5 quid on it from ebay and what not especially as I didn’t want it to arrive and being too big for my nails.
This little gem cost a bargain price of 50p and made me very very happy!
Once I got home, this happened
1 + 2. This is what my little gem looks like front and back. On the back, there is a plastic catch to catch all the little bits that get hole punched.
3. You need masking tape to create this look.
4. I applied hand cream on my hand and then repeatedly stuck the masking tape on my hand to make it less sticky. The hand cream really helped.
5. Simply slide the take inside the punch and punch away!
6. Make sure it cleanly punches the tape
7. Apply the heart shape on the nail and paint over it
8. Beautiful looking heart shape on the nail 🙂
This mani was inspired by trendy polish on Instagram. When I first saw it, I knew I had to recreate it!
To recreate this look I used a red gel polish as my base.
You will need:
White and black nail art pen
1. Start with a red gel polish base. For my accent finger I used a glittery red gel polish (this is the finger being shown)
2. Use the while nail art pen and draw two lines down either side of the middle then fill it in. Alternatively, if you don’t own a white nailart pen, you could use striping tape for more precision and use a white polish.
3. Draw on a black line over the white borders after waiting for the polish to dry
4. Start by drawing zigzags
5. Then fill in these zigzags with small black triangles
6. Wait for the black polish to dry then stick on the studs either with a topcoat or nail glue. I prefer nail glue incase the topcoat smudges the nailart
I have just obtained my airline transport pilot license!! Whoop whoop! Biggest accomplishment to date! Still trying to get used to having time off After two years of hardcore studying, emotional roller coaster and inner strength.
I am, however, taking advantage of it with all the lovely nail products I’ve had but never really had the time to play with. Namely striping tapes. I’ve always loved the idea of it but I’ve only tried it once and it was so complicated and faffy! So I only ever did it with accent fingers. But now I have all the time in the world wheeeeee! Well, until I get myself a bar job to get some income coming in.
To get started you will need:
To start, paint all nails with a dark polish. I used opi I saw…u saw…Warsaw
1. Cut the striping tapes into bits for easier placement. I found this easier than using the tape straight onto my nail but it was a little harder getting those straight lines.
2. Start with the centre tape. Then divide the sections up. DONT just use one tape across the nail next. You want to split up the two sides to unaligned sides. Do that to all the fingers except the accent finger
3. On the accent finger, apply a glitter polish. I used chinaglaze Dorothy who? Then I applied a topcoat and while it’s wet, apply the rhinestones. I bought mine off ebay 🙂
4. Once you’re ready, apply a generous layer of pink polish. You want to do a finger at a time.
5. Once applied, use the tweezers to remove the striping takes. Don’t be too fast on this otherwise it will smudge the lines. You also want to remove it in order of how you applied the tape, leaving the centre tape last.
6. Apply a generous layer of fast drying topcoat. If you don’t use a fast drying type then it will smudge!
Good luck and happy striping 🙂
This lovely leopard print design got me my most popular Instagram upload of all times! (Check it out @nailkrazeee) It’s a great look for the summer and definitely shines out from the rest 🙂
To create look you will need a white gel base. I like using gel colours as my base because it is great for when you make a mistake and want to start all over. I love being practical and taking short cuts!
To do so, you will need:
As you can see, I like to use a variety of products. Of all of them, my personal favourite and the one product I will not do my gel nails without is the SensatioNail strengthening base coat. It does wonders to the strength of my nails! prior to discovering it, I had poor nails that were brittle and easily broken. These made my nails feel so strong! There is a significant difference in how my nails felt after removing my gel nails!
Once that’s all done, this is everything you need to recreate this mani:
2. Start with lilac police and paint the ring finger.
3. When it’s dry, place masking tape over half the finger and remove the polish (after you’ve repeatedly stuck the tape on yourself to make it less tacky). You could also do it the other way round and stick the masking tape over the white and paint only half the ring finger straight away.
4. Use the lilac to randomly dab all the fingers and the white part of the ring finger. You should be aiming for 4-5 random dabs per finger and around 3 on the ring finger. Vary the shapes into longish strokes, circles and trugular,
On lilac part of the ring finger, do the same but with white polish.
5. Use the black nailart pen to draw in the leopard patterns. On the stroke dabs, you want to draw two lines around the long parts of the stroke. For the triangular and circular dabs, you want to just draw three lines around the colour. Add random black dots here and there to fill up the gaps.
With the ring finger, wait for the polish to dry. Paint topcoat over it then position rhinestones over the line. I like to use my tweezers for this.
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 🙂
I have been experimenting loads recently due to some unexpected time off my course. Thought I’d share what I’ve been doing. This is one of many to come!
I’ve tried it with a few different polish. This particular one I used a more pastel colour whereas a different one I used red and a really sharp blue. The reason why I swapped was mostly economical. I didn’t fancy using my OPi and Essie polishes when experimenting but actually, I preferred the more pastel look. The contrast wasn’t as strong and it was a lot gentler on the eyes.
I used four very different colours and I would recommend sticking to that. It was difficult to find room to fill in the fourth colour by the time I got round to it. I used bigger splotches of colour n the bigger nails so I didn’t have to do as many and it turned out great! I added black dots to fill in some gaps and absolutely loved how it contributed towards the design
I need to start taking some photos of them actually on my hand!
I had recently made my first first barry m purchase! I have been looking for confetti nail polishes for a while and have always been really interested in the black and white confetti look but so far haven’t come across it. I went out shopping with my friend the other day and we decided to try some polishes in superdrug when I came across this gorgeous Barry m polish that I simply could not resist.
[photo courtesy of sparklyvernis]
At the time I had on a nude polish and it simply looked stunning. It was rude not to take it home with me.
I have always been a bit apprehensive with Barry m in that I felt it was trying too hard to offer too many looks. Also, I tried on the magnetic polish on a few separate occasions and the look just didn’t come out right. But this one blew my mind away. So much that it inspired me to use in on my first tutorial!
I bought the ring reinforcers on amazon and they are perfect for recreating half moons. My advise tho is to stick down the edges pretty hard as I found polish seeped into any gaps. I cut them in half to be economical and it was hassle free.
I decided to add the magnetic gold in the end because I didn’t like how the gold plastic nails were with the red. I am pleased I did cos it looks a million times better. I then experimented with drawing a line to define the red and gold contrast but I didn’t think it needed it to be honest. The blue rhinestone added the perfect touch to give it the sexy wonder women look. I finished it off with the Barry m ruby glitter top coat and I am so pleased with how it turned out. As you can see on my nail while I was painting, I tried a different variation with a nude base instead of gold and it came out equally impressive.
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