Friday, 23 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Going on Holiday

This week's prompt was Going on Holiday - I really wasn't sure what I was going to do - I love holidays but the run up with all that organising and packing and checking lists is quite depressing! Anyway, Dixie Plate Summer 01 arrived and I just had to use the cute flip flop image. I have never even owned a pair of flip flops but the kids live in them on holiday and they just scream holiday to me.
I started with the stunning holo base of  'Ard As Nails Freeze Mother Bit*hes, a colour that just conjours up images of deep blue swimming pools and it is the most beautiful blue. This polish is amazingly holo too, far too amazing for me to photograph!
Then I added the blobby image on Dixie Plates DP11, using Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast, a similar toned blue to the holo and I think it was the perfect addition for a holiday mani!!
Finally the flip flops! I thought I'd try Barry M Popsicle, a gorgeous deep pink and it stamped beautifully.
This is definitely one of those manis which came out a whole lot better than I thought it would and I wore it for 3 days - it made me smile !
I also could not resist taking a few photos with my dolphin, a momento from a Portuguese holiday a couple of years ago.
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
 Dixie Plate Summer 01


Friday, 16 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Fruits

This week's prompt was Fruits. I don't have many fruit images but as I was browsing through my plates I spotted Bundlemonster BM-702 - it has strawberries on and they are my favourite fruit.
I think it coincided rather nicely with a swatch of iZ Beauty of London Ready to Wear, a gorgeous dusky pink. I am not really a pink person, I use it in manis but there are very few pinks I would just wear - a dusky pink is the exception, I love a dusky pink!!!
This one applied beautifully and it was a shame to stamp on it so soon but I did think it was a lovely base for my strawberries. I stamped using A England Rose Bower, I love this slightly pinky red for stamping and I thought it was the perfect choice.
I was really pleased with how these turned out, even if I was brought up to believe you shouldn't wear pink and red together!
Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
 Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower

Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower
 Bundle Monster BM-702 with A England Rose Bower

Monday, 12 June 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Water

This week's prompt was Water.
I am afraid this is a very brief post - very busy week.
I used Bundlemonster BM-XL210 + Sloteazzy and Barry M Guava over Barry M Scuba to create a watery background (sorry no step by step shots again this week)
Then I stamped Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash with Messy Mansion Delft Blue and Amalfi Coast. I don't think the contrast was sufficient to see both layers. It was visible to the naked eye, and slightly more visible on the matte version.
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 Lucy's Stash
Bundlemonster BM-XL209 + Lucy's Stash





Friday, 2 June 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Music

This week's prompt was Music - luckily I have a stamping plate with musical symbols on. I was a bit short of time doing these before going on holiday so I probably didn't spend long enough on them but I think they looked OK.
I started with a base of iZ Beauty of London Curious Ivy. This is a really pretty pale green which was sent to me for review. It applied really nicely, gave good coverage and dried quickly.
Then I added some stamping with Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11 and Moyou London Black Knight. I stamped a few notes across the nail and then added a few musical symbols. The base looked a bit bare so I sponged on a small amount of iZ Beauty Emerald City and then added matte top coat.
I think the 2 greens went well together.
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-11
 


Friday, 26 May 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Lilac, Pink + Gold

My last few manis all seem to have gone wrong so I decided to play safe with a nice random pattern for this one. As there was no theme I figured I'd get away with it.
I started with a base of Avon Luxe Lavender (I don't seem to have any lilac polishes) and then I used Uber Chic Mini - Texture-licious with Avon Frosted Peach (virtually gold) to stamp a random camouflage type pattern.
Then I used a scribbly pattern from the same plate and stamped with Colour Alike Fuchsia Flash.
The gold was a bit subtle but overall I think it turned out OK.
Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious
 Uber Chic Mini Texture-licious


Friday, 19 May 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Delicate Print

This weeks prompt was Delicate Print. I am not entirely sure I went down the right route with this one but it is done now and I liked the end result.
I had just been sent some polishes to review by iZ Beauty of London so I thought I would use one for my base. I chose the dark green, Emerald City as I thought it would look pretty with some delicate holo stamping over it.
It is a beautiful green, almost tealy. It applied nicely, giving good coverage with 2 coats and dried quickly.
Then I stamped with the peacock tail image on Powder Perfect - Art Deco 1 and A England Dancing with Nureyev. Sadly the sun did not shine so no holo photos but at least you can see the stamping.
Powder Perfect - Art Deco 1
Powder Perfect - Art Deco 1
 Powder Perfect - Art Deco 1
 Powder Perfect - Art Deco 1


Monday, 15 May 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Yellow and 1 bold colour

This week's prompt was Yellow and 1 bold colour. For my bold colour I went with the lovely stamping polish that Messy Mansion sent me recently, Amalfi Coast. This is a bright tealy blue although over such a powerful yellow it does look rather green. I don't think that matters, it's still bold.
The base colour is one of the new neons by 'Ard as Nails. I am not really a neon sort of a person but it's nice to have a full range of colours at my disposal and I have to say Oi Blondie seriously is a great yellow!! I am unlikely to wear it on its own but it's a perfect base for stamping.
I wanted both colours to be fairly equal on my nails so I chose a fairly solid image from Dixie Plates DP10. I didn't want the yellow to stand out too much but I didn't want to swamp it. I think the balance is about right although I subsequently stamped over it with white and black. It was still bright, but much more wearable for me!
As usual I took a million photos, but I think in the end the green background worked better than the reddish purple bush that I usually favour for my photos.
Dixie Plates DP10 with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast
Dixie Plates DP10 with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast
 Dixie Plates DP10 with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast
 Dixie Plates DP10 with Messy Mansion Amalfi Coast

Dixie Plates DP10 triple stamped
Dixie Plates DP10 triple stamped