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



Friday, 14 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Ocean Life

This week's prompt was Ocean Life and I couldn't resist using the very cute images on Bundle Monster BM-S166.
Although the colours weren't exactly typical for an Ocean Life mani, I am tight for time again so I used my fanbrush mani as my base. As it turned out I think it looked OK.
I stamped with Messy Mansion Delft Blue and I think that looked great against the silver background.
I do love the cute images on the Fuzzy and Ferocious plates and they always seem to stamp well.
There are not lots of pictures because it was raining, and to be honest all the pictures I took looked the same!
I did go on to colour the images in for another challenge so I have included a mini collage at the end.
Bundlemonster BM-S166
Bundlemonster BM-S166
 Bundlemonster BM-S166


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Beach

Sorry the posting is so late...
This week's prompt (well, last week actually) was Beach (or animal silhouettes) but I wanted to use Dixie Plates Summer 01 so I went with beach!
I used my coral and gold mani from #whencolourscollide as my base. That was Dixie Plates Summer 01 and Avon Gold Leaf over Nails Inc Copacabana Coral.
Then I added Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine. They turned out quite well but really needed a matte top coat to capture the detail on camera.
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine






Saturday, 1 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Neon

This week's prompt was neon. I wan't quite sure where to go with this one but when I saw the Friday fanbrush colours -lime green, beige and black- I decided they'd go well with neon pink.
I chose the palm tree image on Dixie Plates Summer 01 and stamped that in neon pink over the fanbrush mani. I don't think the coverage was quite as perfect as it should have been for full impact, the dark base did still show through the pink a bit, but overall I liked the look and the colour combo.
The neon would not photograph and by the time the weather and lighting had improved I'd worn the mani for 3 days and it was not quite tidy enough for more photos.
A lot of my recent manis have been a bit rushed, not enough time to redo the less than perfect ones but I am hoping I will have a bit more time and energy now and get back to doing better manis.
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01


Friday, 23 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Going on Holiday

This week's prompt was Going on Holiday - I really wasn't sure what I was going to do - I love holidays but the run up with all that organising and packing and checking lists is quite depressing! Anyway, Dixie Plate Summer 01 arrived and I just had to use the cute flip flop image. I have never even owned a pair of flip flops but the kids live in them on holiday and they just scream holiday to me.
I started with the stunning holo base of  'Ard As Nails Freeze Mother Bit*hes, a colour that just conjours up images of deep blue swimming pools and it is the most beautiful blue. This polish is amazingly holo too, far too amazing for me to photograph!
Then I added the blobby image on Dixie Plates DP11, using Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast, a similar toned blue to the holo and I think it was the perfect addition for a holiday mani!!
Finally the flip flops! I thought I'd try Barry M Popsicle, a gorgeous deep pink and it stamped beautifully.
This is definitely one of those manis which came out a whole lot better than I thought it would and I wore it for 3 days - it made me smile !
I also could not resist taking a few photos with my dolphin, a momento from a Portuguese holiday a couple of years ago.
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
 Dixie Plate Summer 01


Friday, 16 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Fruits

This week's prompt was Fruits. I don't have many fruit images but as I was browsing through my plates I spotted Bundlemonster BM-702 - it has strawberries on and they are my favourite fruit.
I think it coincided rather nicely with a swatch of iZ Beauty of London Ready to Wear, a gorgeous dusky pink. I am not really a pink person, I use it in manis but there are very few pinks I would just wear - a dusky pink is the exception, I love a dusky pink!!!
This one applied beautifully and it was a shame to stamp on it so soon but I did think it was a lovely base for my strawberries. I stamped using A England Rose Bower, I love this slightly pinky red for stamping and I thought it was the perfect choice.
I was really pleased with how these turned out, even if I was brought up to believe you shouldn't wear pink and red together!
Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
 Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower

Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
 Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower

Monday, 12 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Water

This week's prompt was Water.
I am afraid this is a very brief post - very busy week.
I used Bundlemonster BM-XL210 + Sloteazzy and Barry M Guava over Barry M Scuba to create a watery background (sorry no step by step shots again this week)
Then I stamped Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash with Messy Mansion Delft Blue and Amalfi Coast. I don't think the contrast was sufficient to see both layers. It was visible to the naked eye, and slightly more visible on the matte version.
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 Lucy's Stash
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash





Friday, 2 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Music

This week's prompt was Music - luckily I have a stamping plate with musical symbols on. I was a bit short of time doing these before going on holiday so I probably didn't spend long enough on them but I think they looked OK.
I started with a base of iZ Beauty of London Curious Ivy. This is a really pretty pale green which was sent to me for review. It applied really nicely, gave good coverage and dried quickly.
Then I added some stamping with Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11 and Moyou London Black Knight. I stamped a few notes across the nail and then added a few musical symbols. The base looked a bit bare so I sponged on a small amount of iZ Beauty Emerald City and then added matte top coat.
I think the 2 greens went well together.
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
 


Friday, 26 May 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Lilac, Pink + Gold

My last few manis all seem to have gone wrong so I decided to play safe with a nice random pattern for this one. As there was no theme I figured I'd get away with it.
I started with a base of Avon Luxe Lavender (I don't seem to have any lilac polishes) and then I used Uber Chic Mini - Texture-licious with Avon Frosted Peach (virtually gold) to stamp a random camouflage type pattern.
Then I used a scribbly pattern from the same plate and stamped with Colour Alike Fuchsia Flash.
The gold was a bit subtle but overall I think it turned out OK.
Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious