28 September 2013

Inspired By My Shower Curtain :P

Hello lovelies. I hope everyone has exciting weekends planned. It was pay day yesterday so I am planning on going shopping and treating myself today :).

Today I have some nail art to show you which was inspired by my shower curtain. A bit random, but inspiration hit me as I was standing in the shower and I just had to recreate them. I tried to take a picture of my shower curtain, but its a bit gross so there is a link to a nicer picture here. It is slightly brighter in real life though. 

For these nails I used a base of China Glaze - Dandy Lyin' Around.

For the petals I used Barry M - Greenberry and a detail brush.

I wanted to make them matte. So I added a coat of Seche Vite to seal the design as I find my matte top coat smudges nail art. I then added a coat of Rimmel Matte Top Coat.

I was really proud of these, I was kinda apprehensive about doing such little details but I think they turned out quite well.

What is the strangest thing you have been inspired by?

Thanks for stopping by.

25 September 2013

Daisy Nails

Hello everyone! I hope we are all having a good week. 

Today I have some more floral nails to show you, I am really loving florals lately. I have a few more designs lined up to show you and I have only just realised that almost all of them are floral in some way. I need to stop! Lol. This time I did daisies, based on this design which was by The Nailphile.

I started with a base of A-England - Lady Of Shallot. This is such a gorgeous colour (as always with A-England) but I struggled capturing it's beauty in my pictures, I still need to figure out my lighting set up.

I freehanded the white with a white creme and my detail brush.

I added the yellow with Nicole by OPI - Hit The Lights using a dotting tool.

A coat of Seche Vite and that was it.

These were so quick and easy to do but still rather pretty.

I will be back soon with some more floral nails! 

Thanks for looking.

23 September 2013

Blog Your Heart Out Award - My First Ever Award!

Hello my loves!

I have something a bit different today. I was very kindly nominated for the Blog Your Heart Out Award by Sarah of Penny Pinching Polish. I was very flattered to be chosen.

For this award I have to answer 5 questions and nominate 5 other bloggers for the award. I had SUCH a hard time choosing, there are so many talented bloggers out there!

Onto the questions...

1. What/who encouraged you to start blogging?
I first got into nails when I came across a few nails blogs whilst on the internet and my obsession grew from there. Once I started doing my nails on a regular basis I figured why not start a blog to share my creations. I was (and still am) inspired by all the blogs I follow, but I follow way too many to list here.

2. How did you choose what topic(s) to blog about?
It was easy, there was nothing else I even considered.

3. What is something that most people don't know about you?
This is a hard one.. I am not very interesting haha! I have a genuine phobia of the red demon out of Insidious (I don't know if it has a name but I didn't want to google it because I didn't want to see it). Even seeing a photo of it makes me cry like a baby. I have no idea why I find it so scary.

4. What 3 words describe your style?
Colourful, creative and eclectic.

5. What do you like to do when you're not blogging?
I don't do much else! If I am not working, doing my nails or working on my blog I am usually reading other blogs. I have recently developed a strange obsession for police programmes too lol.

The five blogs I nominate are...

All five of these ladies have wonderful blogs and are great sources of inspiration for me.

If you wish to accept this award you just have to answer the 5 questions and nominate 5 other bloggers. However you do not have to accept if you do not want to.

Thanks for stopping by!

19 September 2013

Bright Floral Nails

Hello everyone. How are we all? I am having a nice lazy day off today since I am working the weekend.

Today I have a manicure to show you that @hannvjk did on instagram. I believe the design was initially by @mrcandiipants but I loved the colour scheme that hannvjk used. Here is a link to the actual post. Isn't it soo pretty?! I just had to recreate it.

I must admit I wasn't very pleased with how these came out, I think my lines were kind of messy. But I thought I would share my attempt anyway, even if they were a big fat fail haha!

I started with a base of Models Own - Pink Sorbet on all my nails except my ring finger which is Barry M - Key Lime.

I then freehanded the shapes with a white creme and a nail art brush.

I added the colours to the middle of the flowers, using the opposite colour that I had for the base colour. Once this was dry I added the white dots on top.

Finally I freehanded the black details, added a topcoat and I was done.

Like I said before, I wasn't very pleased with these. I was trying out a new brush for this, but I think I will stick to my old one, it is much easier to work with. But it is all good practice I guess!

Have you had any nail fails lately?

Thanks for looking!

17 September 2013

Swirly Floral Nails

Hello lovelies. I hope everyone is doing well.

I wasn't really sure what to call this design, hence the title. I was feeling a bit uninspired when I was doing these so I just sat down and painted and this is how it turned out.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen - Without A Stitch.

I added the swirl down the middle using China Glaze - Goldie But Goodie and a nail art brush.

I then added the flowers and other dots using OPI - Live and Let Die and China Glaze - Goldie But Goodie again with dotting tools.

It was as simple as that, so easy to do. But I still was happy with how these came out. I think they are quite appropriate for autumn, as summer is well and truly gone now.

Thanks for stopping by!

14 September 2013

Flame Nail Art.

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a good week, I am certainly glad its the weekend again.

My laptop is now working again, yay! So no more stealing my boyfriend's laptop when he isn't looking :).

Today I have a design to show you which was inspired by this post here by Nail Lacquer (I say inspired by, in reality its more like completely copying lol). I haven't been following her blog for too long but she has some amazing designs, so if you don't follow her already go and check out her blog. You won't regret it! 

For this design I started with a base of Leighton Denny - Prim and Proper. I believe in the original design she just used a coat of nail envy, which definitely looks better, but my nails are too gross and stained so I wasn't brave enough to do this. 

I sponged on A England - And The Moonbeams to the tips of my nails, but I failed a bit at capturing this in my pictures.

For the flames I used Sally Hansen - Fiery Island (orange), Nicole by OPI - Hit The Lights (yellow) and China Glaze - Hey Sailor (red). I freehanded these with my nail art brush.

I added the black details with W7 - Black also using my nail art brush. For the little dots I used my Barry M nail art pen.

I top-coated and I was done.

You can sort of see the shimmer of And The Moonbeams in this picture.

Overall I was happy with how these came out. They were initially intended to look like flowers, but I don't think I captured that. So I decided they could just be flames instead haha!

Thanks for looking!

9 September 2013

Angled French Manicure.

Hello lovelies. I hope we all had nice weekends, I'm not loving the fact that it is Monday again!

Today I have a nice simple design to show you. I felt like wearing something simple but couldn't face being completely normal! Lol.

For these nails I started with a base of OPI - I Theodora You. 

I then added the silver stripe at different angles on each nail, using the brush from the polish. I used an unnamed W7 silver.

I then added the colours to the tips, again using the brushes from the bottle. The green is Essie - Naughty Nautical and the purple is MAC - Heroine.

I added a topcoat and I was done.

I got a lot of compliments whilst wearing this. Plus it was nice to do a design only using the polish brushes, less tidying up for me!

How do you do your nails when you are feeling something simple?

Thanks for looking.

7 September 2013

Galaxy Nails!

Hello everyone. Its finally the weekend, I hope everyone has a good one! :)

I've had a bit of a disaster this week, my laptop died on me :(. I am writing this post up on my boyfriend's laptop at the moment, but he is self employed and uses this for work so I can't steal it too much. So my posts may be a bit slow until I get my one fixed. Hopefully it won't take too long, I have so many things I want to share!

Anyway, enough of that. Today I have my first attempt at galaxy nails to show you. I have been meaning to do these forever and FINALLY got round to doing them. I personally really enjoyed wearing them.

I can't remember exactly all the polishes I used for this.. I was stupid and forgot to write them down. I believe I started with W7 - Black as a base.

I then sponged on Essie - Aruba Blue, Topshop - Moondance and I think the pink is an unnamed W7 which I got in a set.

Then I added some dots with a white creme (I can't remember which one) and fished a few bits of glitter out of OPI - Which Is Witch? and placed these on my nails. I was hoping they would give it more sparkle but unfortunately they kinda just looked the same as the white dots. Oh well.

As always, I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

I had a lot of fun doing these, I definitely think I'll try them again. Maybe with some different colours, I really like the pastel ones The Nailasaurus did here.

Have you ever tried galaxy nails?

Thanks for looking!

3 September 2013

Lost On Lombard Striping Tape Nails.

Hello my loves, how are we all today?

Today I have some nail art to show you using one of my new OPI polishes to show you. I hadn't done any nail art using striping tape for a while so I thought I would do something using that too.

Apologies for the terrible photos, the lighting wasn't co-operating whilst I was doing these. My photography set up is something I am working on so hopefully I should be rid of these issues soon :).

For these nails I started with a base of Butter London - Billy No Mates on all of my nails.

Once that was completely dry I applied the striping tape onto my nails and painted over a coat of OPI - Lost On Lombard. I had forgotten how fiddly striping tape could be!

Finally I added a gold stud to each nail and finished off with a coat of Seche Vite. Unfortunately it decided to shrink at my cuticles :(.. if it weren't for that issue Seche Vite would be the perfect topcoat in my opinion.

I did quite like this design, its nice to keep things simple sometimes.

Thanks for looking!