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



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Rainbow

This week's prompt was Rainbow and I decided to combine it with another prompt, butterflies for #clairestelle8march.
I went with my initial idea for this mani and then I wasn't sure. I did all fingers the same on the other hand (because it's easier!) and I think I preferred the look so I re-did the middle 2 fingers so they were all the same.
I am posting both so you can see.
I used Esmaltes da Kelly Soap Bubbles in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and then stamped the butterflies using Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14 with A England Camelot.
I used the Soap Bubbles and a small brush to lead light the butterflies in version 1.
Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14
Rainbow butterflies
 Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14
 Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14
Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14
Loja BBF 46 and Moyou London Kitty 14



Friday, 3 March 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Mixed Tape Mani

Not such a great idea!!! I hate striping tape and when I saw this prompt I thought - oh no, no way I can cheat or avoid that - I will just have to face it. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
Well, I did it. I used my fanbrush mani as a base and then waited 'til the next day so it was properly dry before doing the tape. I only had one type of tape so I used vinyls stripes too.
I applied the tape and vinyls in a random pattern and then painted with A England Polovetsian Dances, a gorgeous dark purple holo that I thought would give the best contrast against the green and orange.
It smudged a bit in places and although I took a lot of photos there was no getting away from the fact that this was not my best work! At least I tried...
Mixed tape mani
 
 


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Red and Black

This week's prompt was red and black and I had already decided that I wanted to do red and black roses and had chosen the plate I wanted to use, Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01.
I hadn't quite decided which red but then my latest order from Glam Polish arrived including the February 2017 Limited Edition - The Boy Who Lived.
This is a red jelly packed with glitters and flakies - it is stunning and I just had to use it.
Actually with the detailed image I should probably have used a plain creme colour as I had real trouble photographing this. To the naked eye I can see the image perfectly but the camera couldn't so I had to add matte top coat.
I did prefer the glossy finish and I put a glossy coat back on after taking my pictures!
Glam Polish The Boy Who Lived
Glam Polish The Boy Who Lived
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01


Friday, 17 February 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Blue Floral

I am having such a lot of fun trying to master the "blank" image on the Lina Stamping plate, Lina Make Your Mark 03 that I think background gradients will feature on a lot of my manis.
It is so much less messy than using a sponge for a gradient and as I only ever using a gradient as a background for stamping the results I am getting are encouraging and acceptable.
This time I used two blues- A England Tristam and A England Dancing with Nureyev.
Then I added flowers from Lina Make Your Mark 03 with Esmaltes da Kelly Wendy, and then a second layer of flowers with Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01 and A England Natasha's Dance.
This was one of those manis that parts of the stamping were invisible to the camera at certain angles but overall I think the effect was quite pretty and of course being blue I really did like it!
I included a shot part way through to show the steps although I was a bit pushed for time so I did not do a a full step by step collage.
Partial blue floral mani
Blue Floral with Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Blue Floral with Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Blue Floral with Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01 
Blue Floral with Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Anti-Valentines

Well, this was a tricky one - I wasn't entirely sure what Anti -Valentines was all about but I decided I'd go with a standard Valentines mani and switch the colours. Traditionally red and white would be the most typical colours so I went for opposites, with green and black.
I started with a base of 'Ard As Nails Missy, a gorgeous khaki green creme. As usual with these polishes it applied beautifully, and if you spot any blemishes it's where I still haven't mastered the art of applying a gel base properly!
I went for quite a simple design, having decided to do black on darkish green. Anything more complex would have been lost. As it is, the end result is quite subtle but that's OK, I really wasn't in the mood for bright and colourful - understated is fine!
I used A England King Cophetua, a delicate black holo, described on the website as a blackened green and I think it went beautifully with the khaki base.
Although I do have some newer plates, I chose a plate I have had for a while but really not used enough, Apipila Super Plate B as I thought this pretty heart image was solid enough to stamp in holo black over green.
I was really pleased with how these turned out.
'Ard As Nails Missy
'Ard As Nails Missy
A England King Cophetua and Apipila Super Plate B
A England King Cophetua and Apipila Super Plate B
 A England King Cophetua and Apipila Super Plate B
 A England King Cophetua and Apipila Super Plate B





Friday, 3 February 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Black and White Valentines

Earlier in the week I had to do white watermarble for a challenge. I cheated and stamped of course using Dixie Plate DP02 and Avon Iceberg White over Colors by Llarowe Chasing a Unicorn.
I can finally wear this CBL because the gels seem to have stopped the staining, the old staining has grown out, at last and also wearing a nude gel base meant that the opacity of the polish wasn't a problem. This mani got a ridiculous amount of likes on Instagram!!
Anyway, I thought this white base would be perfect for the Black and White Valentine prompt.
I stamped a heart from Dixie DP02 on my middle finger, scribbly hearts from DP07 on the index and little finger and finally, using the Deluxe Dixie shrinking stamper, I shrunk the "couple under the umbrella" image for my ring finger.
Dixie Plate DP02 and DP07
Dixie Plate DP02 and DP07
Dixie Plate DP02 and DP07


Friday, 27 January 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Blue and White

I really couldn't decide what I wanted to do for this one - I love blue but I had just done 2 dark manis in the last 2 days (both in a shade rather close to dark blue) so I decided to go for a white base with blue stamping and as there was no theme, I thought it was a great opportunity to do some random stamping with Lina Make Your Mark 01.
I started with a base of Freckles Snowdrops, a lovely crisp white with good coverage.
Then I used the Hit the Bottle I Blue it all on Polish to stamp a random watermarble or maybe waterspotting type of image. Ah ha! the problems of blogging rather than just IG, I need to think of the actual word that the describes the image - I like it anyway and I'll certainly use it again, possibly with less contrasting colours and use it as a base for something else.
I think the result was fine for a blue and white prompt, but a bit white for wearing on my nails all day so I added a second layer with the same plate and A England Natasha's Dance.
Lina Make Your Mark 01
Lina Make Your Mark 01
 Lina Make Your Mark 01


Friday, 20 January 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Red and Pink (circles)

This week's prompt for 26 Great Nail Art Ideas was Red and Pink. This co-incided with Clairestelle8's January challenge of Circles so I combined them.
I started with bases of Itsy Nails Drop Red Gorgeous and Itsy Nails Ooh La La, and then used Colour Alike Red Dragon and Colour Alike Sweetheart with Loja BBF 46 and Dixie Plate DP04 to stamp some rather retro looking circles.
I love both these images which is why I used both! I just couldn't decide which one!!
I couldn't get a shot without reflections so I added a coat of Freckles You Make Me So Matte.
I wouldn't generally put red and pink together but I was quite pleased with how these turned out.
 Loja BBF 46 and Dixie Plate DP04
 Loja BBF 46 and Dixie Plate DP04
  Loja BBF 46 and Dixie Plate DP04