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

Friday, 5 May 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Watercolour

This week's prompt was watercolour (or watercolor)
I started with a white base, 'Ard As Nails White Van Girl, and then stamped various images from Moyra Florality 2 with Saffron London Black.
I used the Saffron polish as it's quite a washed out black, not the best for stamping but perfect for doing a soft outline.
I did try colouring directly onto the nail with sharpies and then using the isopropyl alcohol but that didn't seem to work very well for me so I scribbled on my Ubermat and then added the alcohol and painted it onto my nails. That seemed to work better. I just used blue, green and purple.
I think it worked quite well and  hope you like the bluebell shots.
Moyra Florality 2
Moyra Florality 2
 Moyra Florality 2
 Moyra Florality 2
Moyra Florality 2
 Moyra Florality 2



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