Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Nail Art!

I wasn't originally planning to do any Halloween nails but I had a Twitter request so of course, I had to oblige!

I used Miss Sporty Orange and Rimmel Black Satin as my base colours.
The stamps are from Bundle Monster plates BM224 and BM223 and I used white acrylic paint to freehand the skeleton.


Day 22: Inspired by a Song

I kind of cheated a little today, my mani is inspired by a few songs. Well, actually, an album! A few weeks ago, I went to see a guy called Charlie Simpson in concert and of course I had to decorate my nails for the occasion. I've been saving them to post today.

Charlie Simpson is such a great musician. He's been in a few bands in his time; playing pop rock, post-hardcore and now acoustic folk. I used his song, 'Parachutes' in my video tutorial for the Ocean Waves nail art so some of you may recognise it...

Charlie Simpson - Parachutes

My thumbnail is the album cover and each of my other nails is inspired by one of the songs on the album.

Don't forget to visit Cristina and Rie's blogs today to see their song inspired nails!

Thumb to pinky: Album cover, Sundown, Parachutes, Thorns, Cemetary


Sunday, 30 October 2011

Day 21: Inspired by a Colour

Today's criteria is a bit of an odd one. I couldn't decide if it meant inspired by an actual colour or inspired by a shade name or even something else completely that I didn't pick up on! In the end I decided to rummage through my stash to see if any of the colour names inspired me and this Rimmel polish, Purple Reign, gave me an idea straight away.

I decided to make a mani from the name and stamp crowns on my nails. Get it? Purple REIGN ;)

Head over to see whar Cristina and Rie came up with today.

Plate: Bundle Monster BM08
Base Colour: Rimmel - Purple Reign
Stamp Colour: GOSH Metallic Purple
Top Coat of NYC


Saturday, 29 October 2011

31 Day Challenge: Days 1-20

So here we are at Day 20 of the challenge and I just want to say how proud I am of RieCris and myself for making it this far! The end is in sight and it really looks like we're going to make it. 

Thank you so much to all you amazing people that stop by to check out our challenges every day! Here's a quick recap of Days 1-20 in case you missed any...


Day 20: Water Marbled

If I could take one sick day from the 31 Day Challenge, it would be today! The mani you see here is my third attempt at a decent water marble. By the time I finished I was suffocating under the sheer amount of marbling fail. Never again, guys, never again!

In hindsight, my experience with water marbling was not that bad, but at the time all I wanted to do was scrub this off my nails as soon as the pictures were taken. It looks kind of nice, but for the hours, sweat and tears it stole from me I probably won't be doing it again any time soon!

Head over to Rie and Cristina's blogs to see if they had better luck than me with their water marbling!

Base colour: BYS Lilac Bliss
Marble colours: La Femme Grey Cream, Nails Inc Victoria, George Scarlet Kiss


Friday, 28 October 2011

Day 19: Galaxy Nails

For the 19th day of our challenge, we all had to create some Galaxy Nails. I've done some of these in the past (see here and here) and I love the look. You really can't get them wrong! Rie and Cris both agree with me today - they're so much easier than they look. 

So if you're looking at these pictures and thinking you want your nails to look like this but doubting your ability, DON'T! Just grab a sponge, some nail polishes and have a party on your nails. I promise it'll look great.

Rie and Cristina have created some gorgeous galaxy nails today.

Here are the polishes I used in order, left to right.
When you look at these mismatched colours lined up, you wouldn't think they could combine to make such a pretty manicure.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Day 18: Half Moons

Sorry today's post is a little later than usual, it's been a very busy and fun few days for me. 
I'm loving this blue/green polish that I picked up in the pharmacy for 99p! It's one of those shades that's stuck right between blue and green so it's been a hot topic of debate today. What do you think?

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's half-moons too!

Rimmel Purple Reign
Kriston 52
Gosh Metallic Blue


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Video Tutorial: Simple Flower Nail Art

Here is a quick tutorial for the flower nails I created on Day 14. I had so many lovely comments and the design is just so simple to create so I thought I'd show you how I went about it.

All you need is to create this look yourself  is a few colours of your choice; a base colour and however many colours you decide to use for the flowers, and a dotting tool. And if you don't have a dotting tool, bobby pins make a great subsitute!


Day 17: Glitter

So today we come to Glitter manicures. Glitter and I have a strained relationship. I go through phases of loving it and at other times I just detest the stuff and get the urge to throw away every polish I own that contains glitter! The main reason for the hatred is the hassle it takes to remove it. I always use the foil method for removal these days to minimise any stress!

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's glittery nails too!

Barry M Blue Glitter
BYS Gold Finger sponged from the tips down


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Day 16: Tribal Print

I've been dreading this day for a while. I love tribal nail art but had no idea how to come up with a decent design myself, however, once I forced myself to sit down and actually do it, the ideas just kept coming and I am completely in love with this design!

The black detail is all created with acrylic paint which has allowed me to get the crisp lines that I know I couldn't have achieved by using black nail polish. At the moment I only have black and white acrylic paint but I think I'm going to have to look out for some more cheap pots in a better range of colours.

You should go and see what Rie and Cristina came up with today too!

Base colour: MUA Shade 23
Black acrylic paint
Barry M Cyan Blue
Barry M Limited Edition Red for Buzz
Top Coat of NYC


Monday, 24 October 2011

Day 15: Delicate Print

Here we are at the halfway point and I'm still loving the challenge!

A friend of mine visited Canada this month and I asked her to pick me up a bottle of Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. Since I saw it on Marta's blog here, I've had a lemming for it and Marta reminded me to ask my friend to grab me a bottle. So now I finally have a really, really good white stamping polish and it really is a weight off my shoulders!

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's challenges too!

No7 Lucky Lilac
Konad Plate M71
Sally Hansen Whirlwind White


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Day 14: Flowers

I have something very simple for you guys today... I used a dotting tool to create this simple flower print and I think it turned out really pretty. There's definitely a retro, 60's vibe going on with this mani.

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's flower nails too!

Barry M Cyan Blue
Barbara Daly Tattoo
Barry M Gold Foil


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Day 13: Animal Print

Who doesn't love a good animal print nail huh? This combination of colour and stamping is the one I used to wear the most before I started blogging, but it's been a long time since I wore it. I was going to try something more adventurous today, like freehanding a leopard print, but laziness took over and I pulled out my stamping plates!

If you're craving more animal print manis, check out Cristina and Rie's Day 13 challenges too!

BYS Astro Gold
W7 Black for the stamp
Konad Plate M57
Top Coat of NYC


Friday, 21 October 2011

Day 12: Stripes

I was stuck for a long time trying to come up with a design for Day 12, then I remembered this Wah Nails design and set about picking colours. Blue and pink aren't two colours I would normally pair but these two neon shades look absolutely eye-popping next to each other. I'll definitely be trying this colour combination again!

If you haven't already, head over to see Rie and Cristina's stripy creations too!

Nails Inc Shoreditch
Barry M Cyan Blue for the stripes

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Day 11: Polka Dot Nails

Polka dots are so fun and easy and yet they make your nails look completely amazing!
When I first got my dotting tools I hated using them and was just never happy with my results but after a bit of practice, I absolutely love them and they're SO versatile. I use them for all kinds of nail art, not just dots.

Today's nails are in my favouritest colour ever - purple, purple and more purple!

Head over to see Rie and Cristina's Polka Dots challenges too!

Polishes used
Base colour: Barry M Berry Ice Cream
Dot Colours:
Nails Inc Victoria
Collection 2000 Minx
Barry Bright Purple


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Day 10: Gradient Nails

Today's challenge is gradient nails and it's also Wednesday which means PINK. Sorry for the brief post but I have such a busy day ahead, I even had to get up a little early to schedule this because I won't have another spare minute today between work and evening plans. I'm going to see Charlie Simpson tonight which is super exciting!

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's gradient nails too!

Models Own Utopia
BYS Metallic Fuchsia sponged on


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Day 9: Rainbow Nails

Today was a tricky one! Say the words 'rainbow nails' to me and my mind starts running wild! I was thinking stamping, dotting and striping all in one mani I decided reign in all that jazz and take the simple chic approach with rainbow stripes which I am absolutely over the moon with. Think 'Sammy and the Amazing Technicolor Manicure'!

Don't forget to peek at Cristina and Rie's rainbow creations today!

Polishes used
All on a white base coat
La Femme - Red Cherry
Miss Sporty - 323
George - Buttercup Shine
Collection 2000 - Spangles
Barry M - Cyan Blue
Barbara Daly - Purplicious

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