Since I’m single this Valentine’s day I’ll be spending the evening at the cinema with my girlfriends in what has kind of become an annual tradition for us. The plan this year is to watch the The Lego Movie but there are quite a few good picks showing so it could go any which way! I do like a good movie mani and I thought it would be totally awesome to do some nail inspired by The Lego Movie.

I started with a base of Barry M White on every nail.

The character details were all freehanded using a nail art brush. I used mainly black and white acrylic paint with Essie Glamour Purse, Sally Hansen Himalayan Blue and Sally Hansen Lively Lilac for the pops of colour. NYC Lexington Yellow is the perfect yellow for the Minifig faces.

To get the effect of lego blocks, I had to create some 3D pieces to attach to my nails. I did this by stacking up some small, round pieces of glitter. I sandwiched them 10 high with a dot of clear nail polish between each layer. It took ages but it was totally worth it! The glitter I used was these white glequin-like sheets from Born Pretty Store.
I painted on two coats of the colour and then stuck on the glitter stacks before it dried. Then I used a small nail art brush to paint over each stack in the same colour.
The colours I used for the bricks are No7 Poolside Blue and Rimmel Heart on Fire.

I finished it all off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top and added Rimmel’s Matte Top Coat to the character nails.

Before I go, I want to leave the ladies with this stellar bite of Leslie Knope wisdom. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

So here we are on the very last day of 2013! This year has had a lot of ups and not too many downs for me which is always good. It’s been a great year for The Nailasaurus – this blog was nominated for Cosmo’s Best Established Beauty Blog award for the second year running, I hit 1 million likes on Facebook and to top it all off have an amazing bunch of readers that have stuck around through thick and thin. Life is sweet!

Here’s a round-up of my favourite 13 manicures from 2013 in no particular order. I can never, ever choose just one! This was the year of Striping Tape and Waterfalls and I embraced glitter in a big way! In September, I undertook the 31 Day Challenge for a third time and, as usual, it forced me to create some of my year’s best. In 2014, I want to work on creating more freehand nail art and taking more inspiration from my favourite things. The way I used to do with movies and comics way back when!

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