Saturday, 14 October 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Friday the 13th

And we're back... Well I know I said it was the last one, but after a few changes around, the admins decided to keep going and I'm not very good at saying no so I'll keep going too. I'll just try to get less stressed about the deadlines.
Anyway, we opened the new year of challenges with Friday the 13th, as they are not that common and therefore not to missed.
And for me, the opportunity to use one of my favourite polishes is also not to be missed, Above the Curve Friday the 13th (the original one!). This is a dark brown holo, just gorgeous!
Traditionally this is an unlucky day so I decided to offset the unluckiness with lucky black cats, but clearly I have had to cheat, They are very dark brown cats, but anyone who has seen a black cat in the sun will know they often have brown, or even orangey undertones in their fur and that is my justification for the cheat!!
I used Messy Mansion MM50 and A England Carnation Lily Lily Rose to add the cute kitties.
Above the Curve Friday the 13th
Above the Curve Friday the 13th
Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50
 Messy Mansion MM50
Messy Mansion MM50


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sugar Skulls

This week's prompt was Sugar Skulls. I have 2 sugar skull plates both with quite large images but unfortunately I cut my nails 2 days before doing this mani - complete failure to think ahead!!
I do have a stamper that shrinks images so then it was a debate between shrink the image or use the clear stamper to neatly place the image. I went for the clear stamper and hoped to get enough image on the nail.
I uses Pet'la Cavaleras with A England Camelot over a base of Polished by Leanne Purity. Purity is a lovely white with a hint of shimmer (a bit camera shy when I took these pictures but nicer than just a plain white)
Then I coloured the images in with Sharpies.
They do look a bit abstract, not sure you would think "sugar skulls" if it didn't say that in the title but I did think they looked pretty.
Pet'la Cavaleras
Pet'la Cavaleras
 Pet'la Cavaleras
 Pet'la Cavaleras

Pet'la Cavaleras
Pet'la Cavaleras


Friday, 29 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Your Signature Style

Well, this is the 26th Great Nail Art Idea - so it is the final one. A bit sad maybe but actually I am quite relieved. It has not been the best year and struggling to fit in a weekly or biweekly blog that has to go out on a fixed day has been a bit of a challenge.
The other challenge that alternates with this one finishes in October and I think my blog may well grind to a halt for a while once that happens.
I will obviously still paint my nails and do challenges but many of the Instagram ones are a lot more flexible with posting dates so they are easier to fit in around life.
Anyway, back to this one - Signature Style - well, I always stamp, and I try to pair my manis with knitting (except in the summer when it's too hot or pics look silly with gloves) so of course I have done a stamped knitting mani.
I used a fanbrush base of Barry M Black Pistachio, Barry M Surfboard and OPI I'm Feeling Sashy.
Then I used Messy Mansion MM84XL with A England Saint George to stamp the knitting pattern. I went for the purl side pattern (knitting term)  rather than the stocking stitch pattern as I felt it would look better over the fanbrush and I really like the subtle way the dark green stamping fades into the fanbrush.
Messy Mansion MM84XL
Messy Mansion MM84XL
 Messy Mansion MM84XL
 Messy Mansion MM84XL



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Chevrons

This week's prompt was Chevrons and I have combined it with a #clairestelle8 prompt - Metallic.
I do feel a bit of a cheat as this ended up being a very quick simple mani, but life is so busy, it's nice to get a quick mani every now and then!
I did a 3 step gel mani last week and decided that where possible I would allow the gel base to be part of my mani, rather than just an extravagant base coat.
I am having a bit of a love hate relationship with gels. I love how they make my nails feel stronger and all the staining is gone, but  hate how long it takes to get them off, and they can be annoying if I have a dark gel on and then need to do a white base mani.
Anyway, there was no colour restriction for this mani so I used Moyou London Fashionista 04 with 2 True Pro Metallic Aglaia over Gellifique Cats Eye 005 (a dark purpley brown)
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04



Friday, 15 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn

This weeks prompt was Autumn. I do love Autumn - despite not liking yellow or orange I love a good autumn leaves mani!
I was already wearing a dark red base, with some subtle red stamping so I went straight on top of that. I wasn't entirely sure how many layers I was going to do but I just kept going until I was happy with what I had done.
I used UberChic Lovely Leaves and started with Esmaltes da Kelly Bee. It's not a yellow I particularly like but it always seems to work well in an autumn mani.
Then I used Colour Alike Scary Pumpkin with the same plate. I do love this polish despite its annoying shimmeriness which makes clean up impossible!
Finally I added Esmaltes da Kelly Frogger, with two different images from the same plate again.
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Stripes

This week's prompt was Stripes. Normally I leap at the chance to do nice neat clean stripes but having just done a fanbrush mani I felt that a more natural stripe would look good.
So, I have recreated a green zebra on my  nails!
I started with my fanbrush base of Itsy Nails Green with Envy, Bohemian Gypsy and A England Holy Grail and then added stripes with Lina Get Wild 01 and Nails Inc Madison Avenue.
I was really pleased with how these looked - it is always a great feeling when a plan comes together!
Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01
 Lina Get Wild 01
 Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01


Friday, 1 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dotting tools but not just dots

"Oh dear" I thought! I don't like dotting tools at the best of times, and having to do something more creative than dots...The only think I use my dotting tools for is touching up manis where a bit of colour is missing, or for leadlighting or reverse stamping when a brush doesn't seem to do the trick.
Anyway, stop moaning and just do the mani!
I did a fanbrush mani with black, white and yellow (no, I won't moan anymore - you know I hate yellow!)
I used Oriflame Sundance as the base and then fanbrushed Nails Inc New York Noir and Avon Iceberg White on either side.
Then I used the dotting tools to add white dashes to the black side and black dashes to the white, and then finally added a few small dots too.
It wasn't a huge success, the polishes were nearly empty so a bit sticky but to be honest I quite liked the end result in a grungy, graffiti kind of way!
 
 
 



Thursday, 24 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sunflowers

This week's prompt was sunflowers. I am not certain if the image I used is actually a sunflower but the colours are right!
I started with a base of 'Ard As Nails Oi Blondie (neon yellow!) and then stamped with Dixie Plate DP02 and A England Lancelot (black red).
Although I'll probably never be a lover of yellow nails I think they worked well!
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot


Friday, 18 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - The End of Summer

I love summer - well, I love warm weather and we certainly don't get enough of that in England but there is one thing that I do like about the end of summer. All the woollies can come out - as a knitting person, who really prefers a chunky knit to a light weight summer one, I am always happy to get all my jumpers, cardigans, scarves and of course gloves out ready to wrap up against the cold!
So, when it came to this prompt, End of Summer, I decided knitting was the way to go.
I used one of the gorgeous Messy Mansion plates MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque to stamp over my fanbrush mani of brown, green and lilac.
I really like the result, lovely and cosy!!
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Nautical

This week's prompt (well, last week's - late again! and too late for the inlinkz) was nautical.
Messy Mansion sent me MM93XL to review a while back so I thought I'd better use it again as it hasn't had a lot of use.
I started with a base of Itsy Nails In Deep, a lovely watery blue, perfect for a nautical mani.
Then I added one of the rope images with Moyou London White Knight.
Then I added the anchors with A England Natasha's Dance. I chose 2 images, the smaller anchors on index and little finger, and the larger images on middle and ring finger.
As a final touch I coloured the larger anchors in with my Sharpies, but the colour wasn't quite close enough and I didn't top coat the final stage for fear of smudging!
The photos aren't brilliant and I think a matte top coat would have helped, but again, I didn't want to smudge the colouring - sorry!!
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL



Thursday, 3 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Colour Explosions

This week's prompt was Colour Explosions and as I had just done a black, white and red fanbrush mani I thought that would make a good base to add yellow, green and blue.
I used the splashes of paint image on Lina Make Your Mark 03 with Colour Alike Cobalt Kick, Colour Alike Yellow Glow and Colour Alike Green Light.
I liked it but I did think it needed a bit more colour so I added a second layer with parts of the same image and Colour Alike Fuschsia Flash.
Finally I added a matte topcoat although I think the glossy finish was my favourite.
Fanbrush base
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03 - double stamped
 Lina Make Your Mark 03



Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Beach

This week's prompt was beach - I decided to use Dixie Plate Summer 01 again and went for a selection of images including the very cute flamingo.
I started with a gradient base of Barry M Golden Sands and Polished by Leanne Ocean Breeze - great names for a beach gradient!!
Then I stamped with Barry M Popsicle, because flamingos are pink!
I took a couple of glossy shots and then added matte top coat and took all the photos with my seaside prop - my Albufeira dolphin as it is also pink!
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01

Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01



Saturday, 22 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Sunshine

This week's prompt was sunshine. I searched through all my plates and really couldn't find anything suitable sunshiny and then it occurred to me that maybe a mandala type pattern, stamped yellow on orange or orange on yellow might do the trick.
I had just used Apipila Super Plate B for another mani and spotted an image that I thought would be perfect. So I painted my nails neon orange with 'Ard As Nails Too Shy and then stamped with Esmaltes da Kelly Bee.
I took a selection of pictures including an impromptu shot with some self set poppies in the back garden. To be honest, since I don't like yellow or orange very much I didn't really expect to like these much but I did (not sure the photos really do them justice either, not the right colour combo for my camera or my skin) - but one of the nice things about nail art, you just have to give things a try, they might surprise you! I think it helped that the sun was shining!!
Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B