Friday, 31 October 2014

Last Halloween Manicure.

Gothic Halloween Nails.


Hello friends and Happy Halloween to you all. For my last Halloween mani, I have gone for a Gothic look, rather than do the normal pumpkins, skeletons or another patchwork! 
I used 5 different stamping plates, and crackle polish.
I started by painting my nails with a creamy shade polish by Revlon called Pale Cashmere. Then used Moyou Nails black for the stamping. 
These are all the polishes and plates I used..







A lot of plates, and out of my comfort zone having a different design on each nail, but you will see what image I stamped on what nails in this next photo..




Then with Nails Inc in Big Apple Red, I added this detail..


  

Then I painted over the red polish with Barry M Black Crackle, and added a small red rhinestone on my index finger. Top coated and finished.




I haven't used Crackle polish in ages and I'm not really a lover of the effect, but for this look I think it suits and makes it look more Gothic. What do you think?
Drop me a comment, I reply to all :)
Well have a great night and have fun with whatever you do, and as always stay safe, much love...




Thursday, 30 October 2014

A2Z Nails

A2Z -A is for Angles

Hello again all, and can I say how excited I am to be doing this A2Z nail theme, and a big thank you to Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes for asking me to join. Each week on a Thursday, I along with other nail bloggers will be going through the alphabet with each letter having its own nail art theme. So let's start with the first. A for angles. I wasn't sure how or what to do, then came up with this using these polishes by MUA.



 I painted my nails with Sweet Peach, then used the other polishes and swiped lines across my nails to create different shapes of each colour polish. Finished by outlining the shapes with black acrylic paint, then top coated. 




Hope you like these :) there is a main hub page where you can see what everyone else has done for their A manicures.
Come back next Thursday to see what the letter B is for :)
Till then stay safe and much love....




Saturday, 25 October 2014

Patchwork take 2!

Looked better in my head...


Yes it most definitely did! Hello all again, for today nails I envisioned a black and orange halloween patchwork nail art. Painted my nails black, made small squares and lines with white paint and coloured over them with orange polish and added stitches in white. To say it was a fail is most true, and it looked better in my head than on my nails, I took a photo just to show you...


This is with no topcoat, but just didn't look right. So off it came and then I had know idea what to do, just knowing I wanted to try another halloween patchwork. Then it came to me...


Painting my nails white and added random shapes with these three polishes from Beauty UK, the patchwork was done. Added black tiny stitching detail and finished with Beauty UK Matte topcoat.



I think the matte finish makes this patchwork design look much better than a glossy finish would. I will have one last Halloween nail art for the day itself, so check back to see what I do..

Have a fab weekend and stay safe, much love...


Friday, 24 October 2014

Nails Inspired by Another

Vampy Roses


Hello friends hope you are all well. I've still got my cold, but slowly getting better and was excited to be doing some nail art again. Over on facebook I'm part of the Inspire Me Nails group and the latest theme is nails inspired by someone else. I have been following Tartofraise on youtube for a while now, she also has an English page called Cute Nails. What this lady can do with acrylic paint is pure amazing, her nail art is so awesome and I have tried a few of her designs before. But her latest really wowed me and I thought what a great one to try for this theme.

You can watch Cute Nails create her latest nails, that I'm inspired by here. 
Here's what I used for this manicure.


Revlon Pale Cashmere, MUA Pitch Black and Red Rose, black and red acrylic paint.

After applying my normal base coat, I painted half my nail with Pitch Black, the overlapped slightly and painted the rest of the nail to the tip with Red Rose. To finish the gradient I applied a small amount of each polish to a sponge and dabbed over where the 2 colours meet. Tartofraise did this for her gradient, and I can say this was so much easier and gave a better ombre effect, My ring finger was painted with 3 coats of Pale Cashmere.
Now I have painted free hand roses before, but nothing like this, and looking at my finished nails the only thing I would change would be the shade of red acrylic paint to a slightly darker one. But for a first attempt I'm really happy with how they look. I was also worried that the design on my ring finger would go wrong, but taking it slow, it came out fine, and to be honest my favourite nail of the lot. 
What do you think?

Flash

Natural Light

Natural Light
Very vampy and sexy looking, and perfect for Halloween. As I said for a first go at this I'm really happy, I'd love to hear what you think of this manicure..

Till next time stay safe and much love...



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Flutter Polish Review and Swatches

Flutter Nail Polish


Hello all, let me first apologise for not doing a post on Saturday. I woke up with a full on head cold and had no energy, even though I did paint my nails, that was an effort and I took it straight off! I'm still not 100% and needed cheering up so treated myself to a box set of nail polish from Superdrug at the bargain price of £4.50.



I have never heard of this polish before, so was very interested in how the formula, application and drying time was.


Pretty colours, though the green isn't a favourite, but this others overpowered my decision to buy them lol.
The application was nice, and looked good with just one coat, though I always do two. The silver was a disappointment as it left brush marks even when dry. Will be interesting to see how well this one stamps, and how they all water marble. A nice glossy finish with no topcoat, and drying time was pretty good. Five 10 ml bottles, and sadly they have no names. A nice size brush to paint all my nails, even my pinky!



Then I added a matte topcoat.


Overall I like these polishes, and for £4.50 for the 5 of them Im happy I bought them. When I try the stamping and water marbling I'll be sure to post about it. Hopefully I will feel up to doing my nails again soon, but for now stay safe and much love xx


Saturday, 11 October 2014

First Halloween Manicure

Halloween Patchwork Nails


Hello my lovelies, hope you've all had a good week. The weeks seemed to be going quicker than ever!! So I thought it was time to do my first Halloween manicure. Now you all know how much I love my Patchwork nails, so I thought, oh why not do a Halloween version, and I admit two of the polishes I have used for this are out of my comfort zone for colours, although I do use them in my normal patchwork nails, or rainbow nails. But I use a smaller amount of polish than I have today.


Wet 'n' Wild Lime Time, Beauty UK Jelly Bean and Jess Satsuma. I started out with two coats of Lime Time and added a Matte topcoat. I do this as I have a thing for matte looking nails at the moment, and Its easier to get a smoother finish when painting you nails, and using paint.



Then with some tape cut into small rectangles, and then cut from corner to corner to make a long triangle, I stuck these to the middle of each nail.



Carefully painted the bottom of my nail with the orange polish, and the tip with purple, and removed the tape while the polish was still wet.



Using black acrylic paint and a very thin striping brush, I added some detail.

 
Then added the stitches..


And finally after a small amount of cleaning up, finished with a matte topcoat.



Such an easy nail art to do, and I think the matte finish looks better than a glossy one for these colours, adds to the effect. Hope you like it as much as I do, and feel free to have a go yourself :)

Thanks for dropping by and till next time, stay safe and much love...


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Red, White and Blue

Nails for Jules Bianchi



Hello all again. If you have been following me for a while, you would know I am a massive Formula 1 fan. I watch every practise, qualifying and race no matter what the time is. So with Sunday's Japanese F1 in Suzuka being soaked by heavy rain and the horrific accident that Frenchman Jules Bianchi had, I just had to do my nails in support of him, and hoping he makes a full recovery. I shout and scream at the tv screen, but wouldn't wish an accident like this for any driver. 
I have used Beauty UK new 'nails' quick dry, high gloss and long wear polish, and did an ombre of the French Flag.


Great Blue Beyond, White Out and Coral Burst. Painted two coats of White out first.


The using a make up sponge I made the blue, white and red ombre.



This is before topcoat, and just look how shiny the polish looks. 


Topcoat smooths out the polish and makes the ombre better. I hope you like these as much as I do, and I think its a nice tribute to Jules Bianchi. My thoughts are with him and his family at this time, and as I said before, I'm hoping he makes a full recovery. 

Stay safe and much love..