Friday, 28 April 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Work Appropriate Nail Art

Work Appropriate Nail Art - I am sure we will all interpret this differently but I read it as nails that were suitable for work. I work from home and never see anyone so for me anything goes but I believe that this would be the sort of nails that would be acceptable if I worked in an office meeting clients, or maybe attending interviews.
In other words subtle, understated. I'd hate to think I'd ever have to have naked nails although after six months of wearing gels my nails do look a better colour!
Anyway, I went for a pale khaki shade, Gellifique 6020 in their one step gel range.
Then I stamped the pretty cherry blossom image from Messy Mansion MM77XL with A England Fotheringhay Castle. This was not quite the same shade, different enough for the stamping to be visible but not in your face!
Messy Mansion MM77XL
Messy Mansion MM77XL
 Messy Mansion MM77XL
 Messy Mansion MM77XL
 Messy Mansion MM77XL
Messy Mansion MM77XL
Messy Mansion MM77XL - matte

Friday, 21 April 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Pastel Floral

This week's prompt was pastel floral. As it happened I was doing a pastel fanbrush mani, and once I'd done it I decided it would be a great base to add flowers to for this prompt.
The base was Barry M Surfboard, Barry M Laguna and Danglefoot Polish Wolverine, so I already had pink, blue and yellow. I chose Colour Alike Berry Smoothie and Colour Alike Mint to add green and purple to the mani.
I started with the minty green and Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01. Then I added a more delicate image from the same plate with Berry Smoothie so that I wouldn't obscure the other colours.
The final mani was pretty but very subtle! (I stamped something very dark over it later 😄)
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01


Thursday, 13 April 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Pastel to bold gradient with something on top

This was an intriguing prompt, of course something on top meant stamping! but I did need to make sure I chose something that would stand out well over the whole gradient.
I decided I'd go pale blue to bold pink using Barry M Laguna, a really pretty pale blue and Kiko 361, a gorgeous striking pink.
Then I stamped with Lina 4 - Seasons Spring 01 with A England Polovetsian Dances.
This was such a simple mani but I really liked it and wore it for a couple of days before reluctantly removing it.
Lina 4 - Seasons Spring 01
Lina 4 - Seasons Spring 01
 Lina 4 - Seasons Spring 01
 Lina 4 - Seasons Spring 01

Friday, 7 April 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Hippy / Boho

This weeks prompt was Hippy or Boho. I went for colourful flowers over a very bight lime green base.
I had recently bought some Kiko polishes in a 5 for £5 offer and thought I'd see if they stamp - well it seems that they do! Some were brighter than others but I was pretty impressed with them.
I triple stamped Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01 with Kiko 280 (orange), 333 (purple) 361 (pink) over Gellifique One Step Gel 6022 (lime green).
I added a matte top coat to see if I could get better photos but I have to say, either way, glossy or matte, these did look better in real life. I think the bright base really upset my camera!!
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
 Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01


Friday, 31 March 2017

26 Great Nail Art Idea - Green Freestyle

This week's prompt is Green Freestyle, which I take to mean green and whatever I fancy.
I love green nails. I think blue is my favourite colour but I love so many greens that it's a close run thing and actually I think there is a wider range of green polishes.
Anyway, I started with a gel base of Gellifique One Step 6022, a bright lime green.
Then I stamped blossoms from Dixie plate DP10 with Hit the Bottle Absinthe Minded and then I added larger bolder flowers with A England Saint George. They are quite bright and in some lights the base looks almost yellow but I was really pleased with how these turned out. Although there are no other colours I think they just look so Spring like!
Green with Dixie Plate DP10
Green with Dixie Plate DP10
Green with Dixie Plate DP10
Green with Dixie Plate DP10




Thursday, 23 March 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sweets

This was a tricky one, I really struggled to find any plates with sweets on apart from Messy Mansion Merry Christmas.
So, after trying and failing to come up with an alternative solution, I went with that plate.
I started with a base of HJ Manicure Candy Pink and then stamped sweets from Messy Mansion Merry Christmas on each nail with Moyou London White Knight.
I wasn't sure if they looked a bit plain so I also did a coloured version using A England In Robe and Crown and Leighton Denny Rebel.
Messy Mansion Merry Christmas with Moyou London White Knight over HJ Manicure Candy Pink
Sweets ; Messy Mansion Merry Christmas 
 Messy Mansion Merry Christmas with Moyou London White Knight over HJ Manicure Candy Pink
 Messy Mansion Merry Christmas with Moyou London White Knight over HJ Manicure Candy Pink



Thursday, 16 March 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Spring Animals

I thought of bunnies and chicks for Spring but I think maybe that's Easter...a Spring animal is any baby animal that's born in the Spring?
Anyway, I went with the cute animals on the Bundle Monster Fuzzy and Ferocious Forest plate, BM - S167. Even if they aren't Spring animals, they are cute and the fanbrush base used pretty springy sort of colours, I think.
So, the base is three HJ Manicure polishes, Pink Champagne, Turquoise Sea and Lavender.
Then I stamped a selection of the cute animals with Bundle Monster BM-S167 and Moyou London Black Knight.
As usual I had some issues with capturing these cuties on camera and had to resort to the trusty matte top coat.
Bundle Monster BM-S167
Bundle Monster BM-S167
Bundle Monster BM-S167