Sunday, 27 February 2011

Born Pretty Store and my First Freehand Nail Art

I received a few items from Born Pretty Store a few weeks ago to review. You've already seen some of the Bullion put to use and I'll cracking out the rest of the amazing nail art supplies in good time. Here are the goodies that I got....

I've wanted some of these tiny brushes for ages. I did buy a pack of nail art brushes on eBay but there are very few that are suitably teeny for painting designs like this on your nails and I'm actually using one of them to apply my eyeliner!!

This pack of 4 brushes is perfect for drawing anything you can imagine on your nails. They're small but easy to grip and each one is a different size so you can use the smallest ones for lining and the larger ones for filling in colours.

I decided to try my hand at roses, which are heavily inspired by (read: copied from) Marina at Forever The Ugly Duckling who does some really cute and imaginative, yet simple, freehand nail art which is what actually inspired me to have a go myself.

I started out drawing the outlines of the flowers then filling them in with the blue. Then I went over the outlines again to emphasise them since the blue kind of covered them over. Then I decided to add the leaves by doing the  same thing - outline, colour, outline again!

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I'll definitely be doing more freehand nail art in the future if I can come up with any ideas! If that's something you guys would like to see?

I used:
Brushes from Born Pretty Store
Barry M Berry Ice Cream as a the base colour
Rimmel Black Satin to outline the flowers
Beauty UK Neon Blue to fill the flowers
BYS Fern for the leaves
Top coat of NYC

Disclaimer: The nail art brushes were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review. Everything you read here is my honest opinion.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

♪♫ I don't blame you, it's what I love you for...

I'm super tired today so it's just a quick post. I sorted out my hair - decided to dye it Auburn and it's turned out really nice. Still patchy in places but that can be passed off as highlights!

(Pete Lawrie - All That We Keep)

Konad Plate: M54
Base Colour: Franken
Konad Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of NYC


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

At Least It Will Keep Growing

I have some exciting news that I've been meaning to mention for ages but keep forgetting for one reason or another. I hope I don't sound too big headed for telling you, but one of my pictures that I posted on Tumblr has nearly 150 notes! It's still astounding to me that people find my simple little manicures attractive, or even inspiring.

In other news, I bleached my hair today. I felt like a change from the dark brown that I've been sporting for a few years and decided to go for light brown, think caramel. So I bleached it out today but even after 50 minutes of bleach, it's still quite dark and there's still plenty of red in it. I would describe the colour as auburn. The bulk of it is a very nice shade and I'd be happy to leave it but it's really patchy in some places and my roots are blonde due to the heat from my scalp speeding up the bleaching  process.

So yep - I have blonde roots and ginger hair. I'm just going to put my caramel brown dye over the top in the morning and pray for the best.

Konad Plate: M60
Base Colour: Glo Baby Glo from Primark - Yes Cyan!
Konad Colour: Avon Mirror Shine - Blue Steel
Top Coat of NYC

Monday, 21 February 2011

Flashy Franken

I was having a dilemma on Friday night. I couldn't pick out a single colour from my 150+ collection which I felt like wearing on my nails. At Marina's amazing suggestion on twitter, I decided to franken myself a new one.
I had seen this mani by Erika a while ago and knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted something similar, so I decided to aim for a light pink with gold shimmer much like China Glaze Pink-Rox-E and I think what I ended up with is a pretty good match, if I do say so myself. 
I mixed this shade from BYS Tickle Me Pink, an ancient, very sheer gold from Collection 2000 and a tiny smidge of BYS Metallic Fuschia.


Then to spice it up a little, I freehanded some gold tips with a little black line to emphasise them. I've done this a few times recently with different colour combinations, but they normally turn out really messy though so I haven't been photographing them. I freehanded the tips with Sally Hansen Amber Chrome and used Rimmel Black Satin for the lines applied with one of these little brushes from Born Pretty Store which made all the difference when it came to keeping the lines neat.


Friday, 18 February 2011

Nebula Nails

Here is my attempt at creating some of those 'Galaxy Nails' that have been floating around a lot recently. I first saw one of these designs months and months ago but I thought it would be too hard so I didn't even attempt to create it myself. Boy, was I wrong! Considering how pretty this look is, it's some of the easiest nail art I've ever done and I think it's absolutely fool proof. I was worried it wouldn't turn out very well, but I don't think this look could turn out badly even if you tried to mess it up! That's the beauty of it.

All you need is a selection of cosmic colours and some textured paper tissue (i.e. kitchen roll) and I'd recommend using at least one holographic polish in the mix. Paint on your base colour and just start dabbing the colours on in patchy, thin layers. 
Asami has a great video tutorial of the method.

This was the colour inspiration for my version.

The polishes I used (in this order) are:
NYC Glossies - 243B
E.L.F - Party Purple
BYS - Glittering Purple
GOSH - Holographic
E.L.F - Twinkle
Collection 2000 Maxiflex - Moonlight Shine (dotted on for the stars)
And of course, a Top Coat of NYC (not pictured)

Has anyone done their own galaxy nails? Please leave a link to your mani in the comments, I love looking at them!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Back in Blue

I'm back from my little break and I have so much to tell you. First thing's first - I handed in a huge assignment today so I'm finally free from big pieces of school work for the rest of the year. It was a 2500 word essay and the longest one I've ever written. I really struggled with it but now it's over I feel so free! I spent my evening tidying and cleaning my room because it's just gotten in such a tip since I was devoting all my time to the essay.

I finally went to see the dentist last week. You might have heard me complaining in the past about my wisdom teeth but the pain was intermittent and manageable, then I started getting pain up in my roots a bit further forward so I finally booked an appointment to get my mouth looked at. Turns out the pain is being caused by one of my wisdoms and I have to have it taken out. 

Sorry if that was boring and gross!!

And here's the mani you guys wanted to see more of from my last post. For some reason, I've never posted a mani using this konad image before. I don't know why, because it's gorgeous. 

The owner of Born Pretty Store, Jessica, sent me some nail art supplies to review and these little blue beads are one of the items. I got a whole wheel with 12 different colours of beads in! I just love this 'bullion' because, even though it's a tad fiddly, it's so easy to incorporate in to any manicure. However, if you want some of these beads, I would definitely recommend going for the separately packaged ones because the colours are starting to mix in the wheel.

Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: No7 - Betty Blues
Konad Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
Top Coat of NYC


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

I'm Still Here

I just want to assure everyone that I'm still here and still blogging. It feels like an absolute age since I last posted but I just checked my calender and it turns out it's only been 6 days!

I've been having a hard time with university and facing the prospect of finally growing up recently but I will return to blogging regularly as soon as everything's back to normal. It could be a week, it could be a month, just bear with me :)
So, until the time comes for me to make what I'm sure will be a triumphant comeback, here are some sneak peeks of what's to come.

What are you most looking forward to seeing?


Thursday, 3 February 2011

I Get By

Plate: Bundle Monster - BM20
Base Colour: L'Oreal Jet Set - 225
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Anemone
Top Coat of NYC

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