Layering

Jan 092016 Tagged with , , 1 Response

Pink polar bears

Let’s pretend this wasn’t written last year and left in a pile of unpublished posts like it was. Some rewording was needed.

The first Christmas polish January 2015 I used was my O.P.I bearest of them all from nail loopy. Had the perfect idea for it.

polat bear pinkMy polishing skills were obviously on holiday that day it seems. The pink needed soooo many coats  -_-. I used the thin chevron stencils to add a bit of fun to the manicure whilst combining all three polish colours.

Not sure what to call my absence from my blog. It’s been very much a topic of I will blog I swear! but it just never happens. My life/work balance is very one-sided. Starting to think I’m a workaholic. Seeing as I’ve managed to upset the nerve in my leg moving stuff out of the office I decided I could blog whilst resting it.

I have been painting my nails just not as much. Currently they are half picked at, and have been since thursday. It also means less time = my rubbish phone camera skills.

Thank you.

 

 

Feb 072015 Tagged with , , , , , 5 Responses

When the white rabbit is right

“I’m late, I’m late. For a very important date.”

My date being Christmas. Not sure how, but I did manage to get plenty of Christmas manicures done. Except I never had time to blog about them. As per usual Christmas was manic and full of rushing around. Then I went back to work. In the past 2 weeks there has been a lot of change. Along being constantly stressed over applying for a new job (the same job just not on maternity cover) that I desperately wanted, which I did get YAYYYYYY! I’m now a permanent member of staff. I’ve finished my voluntary mentoring just finishing off the scrapbook. Found a new balance in the shop that is working well, and started driving lessons again. Well my second one got cut short due to the stress making me a tad crazy and unfocused.

*ok so its another week since I wrote all this to finish it*

After that word vomit let’s go look at Christmas.

polish me to go

Now I can’t actually remember what I used for the base colour, but I did top it with polish me to go’s 2013 whats indie box exclusive polish. It glowed in the dark, just not as much as I had hoped it would.

sparkly blue villageAs you can see these nails were rushed, and I had no time for hand care LOL. I used the village view stencils for the accent nail.

snowy tree

triangle tree

Ok so my hunt for triangle glitter paid off….6 months later. A fabulous lady on IG created a triangle tree, and I can’t remember who it was. I decided to go for a snowy tree with a snowflake topper on top of a frosty background A.K.A the yellow nail coverer.

For this manicure I started off with ILNP black orchid, and used the present stencils on top with a-England St George to coordinate with the tree. These nails were pretty, but the black cherry chipped ridiculously fast. Not sure why either as my other 2 ILNP are fine. Will use it again to see what happens. Fortunately me for me my accent nail stayed put, so before the works christmas party I slapped on a holo red to get in the festive spirit.

decorating the tree

snowing treeSo I may have too much going on in this manicure, and realised that fact after it was too late. It made seeing the thermal change really hard.

orly mirrorball

These were my Christmas day nails! I loved them so much they even went into the new year with me. Holo wins me over nearly all the time lately.

Thank you

 

 

Oct 302014 Tagged with , , 1 Response

Thriller

Hotel Transylvania was obviously the best film to watch whilst doing this manicure ;P.

graveyardThe flash and natural light make me want winge, but when you have 5 minutes before you leave to volunteer there isn’t much you can do.

graveyard right

The grey Umberto Giannini polish you can’t really see is beautifully grey. That’s a thing right?! To make the grey pop a bit I added the iconic effect holo topcoat which is a favourite of mine. Then I added the graveyard stencils and slapped a pretty black on top. BAM graveyard nails…I may be sleepy typing right now.

graveyard left

Can you see that ugly chip -_-. Not even 24 hour wear either. I do adore this manicure though.

Thank you

 

Mar 022014 Tagged with , , , 4 Responses

Modern baroque

That is what I’m going with. My manicure started to go wrong, so I decided on a new approach: Modern baroque. Modern because I don’t have a damask stamp.

playing with gold foil

baroque style nails copyThe base for this manicure is a-england Galahad, and I have to say I’m in love with it. In dull lighting it’s teal, and in bright lights it’s a blue that pops. Over the top I stamped with a-england Tristan as it seems the scattered holos from the lovely Adina are great for stamping, as I’ve seen on other bloggers manicure’s. Now the stamping is not the best at all. Some nails the image printed smudged, and on others I missed bits off. Really can’t wait for my new stampers to arrive. The gold foil was meant to go on in a set design, then that epically failed when it transferred onto part of the nail that had no glue on -_-. Not cool man, not cool.

baroque style nails copySometimes I love baroque style, but then sometimes it can be a bit over the top. Luckily I like these nails. Question do you find different colour foils react differently to topcoat? My blue/green foil remains the same with seche vite, but with this gold foil it completely took away the shine and stripped some of it down to silver :(.

Thank you :).

Feb 042014 Tagged with , , , 4 Responses

90’s child

I always get confused on what classes you a child of an era. Some people refer to themselves as a 90’s child yet they were teenagers, so am I a 90’s child. In my eyes I am as I was actually a child then, and liked the horrendous music that followed that era. There is a point to all this babble I assure you: I give you distressed nails a la Sarah from chalkboard nails. They have a 90’s vibe for me, and it is the easiest nail art everrrrrr.

distressed nailsI wished the smiley face was silver but hey ho he looks like he would fit in, in the 90’s.

90s maniRoyal mews is out again! I finally figured out how to explain it to myself. The holographic particles seem to have the look of a shimmer making it a very soft and weak holographic. SO glad I got a back up in a set for Christmas as I use this polish a lot.

holo shimmerhappy face charmSo I followed Sarah’s tutorial and went to town. Now I have no clue what blues used as I grabbed a load used them and then forgot to take note of the names. One thing to note is that the O.P.I brush didn’t want to let go of the polish at all for me. For some extra fun I used some nail foil and the gold smiley faces from she sells seashells.

Off topic here as you can’t actually see it, but for the base colour underneath the foil I tried a Jess polish I picked up from poundland before christmas. It’s called jaded, and its great. Dries fast and only took 2 coats!!!

Thank you 🙂

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