Thursday, 28 August 2014

Gingham Man at the Helm Book Inspired Nail Art + Review

Hey everyone! I've been meaning to do gingham nails for ages, they've been at the top of my to-do list for over a year, but I just haven't plucked up the guts to do them. Anything involving line work puts me off, I don't feel confident doing lines, and they often go awfully as a result, and as gingham is just lines, I've always been a bit wary of doing it incase I mess it up. So when Penguin got in contact a couple of weeks ago and asked me to do some gingham nails inspired by the cover of their new release, Man at the Helm* by Nina Stibbe, it was the push I needed to finally do the design. 

I'm a huge fan of books, up until uni (which destroyed my free time) I never really had my head out of a book, now I only tend to read on trains, and ever since I got my car that's become a lot less regular as well. However, this summer I've really rediscovered my love of books. I've always been a staunch hater of e-readers but I got one a few months ago to save me lugging books around betwen uni and home, or on holiday, and I took it on holiday with me and read 4 books in a week, so they're pretty handy in a way, but I'm still a staunch supporter of having a book in hand. Especially when the cover is as lovely as Man at the Helm's. Which of course you wouldn't get to see if you were just reading it on Kindle. I've also done a few designs based from the cover of books before, and I've done a design of Penguin's own book covers, so it was an honour to be contacted by them. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Etoile Pumpkin Bunting Washbag Inspired

Hey everyone! sent me this gorgeous Etoile washbag* which is called 'Pumpkin Bunting' on their website, and I was instantly inspired to create some nail art from it. I was going to do all orange bunting but I decided to add a couple of accent nails in lime green to make it a bit more interesting and I really like how they turned out. I feel like I maybe should have used a darker lime green so it showed up on the white a bit more, but in person they weren't as contrasty so it wasn't an issue. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tracey Beaker Nail Art - Bog Off!

Hey everyone! Today I have some nails that I'm very excited to share with you: Tracey Beaker nails! My friends have a running joke that I look like Tracey Beaker (I don't, they just know it irritates me), and they once even hacked my facebook account and changed everything to be Tracey Beaker. I think to this day I still apparently attended the dumping ground as a school! I know some of you wont have a clue what I'm talking about at all, or why I have 'bog off' in the title, but you'd have to watch to understand. Tracey Beaker started off as a book by Jacqueline Wilson, who was my favourite writer when I was younger, and was made into a childrens TV programme by the BBC. Her favourite phrase was 'bog off' and she would never admit she was crying, it was always hayfever instead. It sounds truly awful I know, and to an extent it was, but it's the kind of thing you hate to love and love to hate. 

I saw this design over at Nancy MC nails and I instantly knew that I had to recreate it, it was almost a *drop everything and run to the desk* kind of situation, but I was at work so I did have to wait a few hours to do them. Nancy also described her as someone she loves to hate, so it must be true! You can see her original design here. Of course, Nancy is the queen of cartoon nail art, so mine aren't anywhere near the standard of hers, but I'm still pretty proud of them, and I've had a lot of comments on them which is always a good sign. They took about 2 hours to do because I didn't want to muck up the face, and they were definitely worth it. I even put a gel topcoat on top (post coming soon) to make sure they wouldn't chip at work! I might regret that when it comes to removing them...

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Guest Post for Very Emily - Tribal Jelly

Hey everyone! Today I have a guest post over on my dear friend Emily's blog, which you can see here. It was about time I repaid her back for the guest posts she's done for me in the past, including this one that you saw a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I'm not going to say anything about the nails because you can head over to Very Emily to see all the info there.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. And dont forget to check out the post HERE for more info

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Galaxy Hearts Nail Art for Divine Caroline

Hey everyone! I'm SO excited to show you these nails, I did them about 3 weeks ago and I've been waiting for them to go live on Divine Caroline so I could show you. I saw this design a few months ago and I just knew that I had to recreate it. I was entirely sure how to go about it and when I looked online I saw that there weren't any tutorials, so I decided to make one myself, and wing it along the way. For the full steps click HERE to go to Divine Caroline.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to check out the tutorial HERE

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

V Festival 2014 Nail Art for Avon

Hey everyone! This weekend in England has been 'V Festival', I'm not a festival kind of girl. I love music, but I'm not a fan of standing up for long periods of time, or getting muddy, or camping, so festivals are definitely not for me! Nevertheless, Avon asked me to do some nails in honour of V Fest, so of course I obliged. I did the logo on the thumb, along with the Virgin heart from the logo, and then I did musical notes on the other fingers. It was actually a lot quicker to do that I expected so if you like this look, even just with the musical notes, I promise it doesn't take too long to do!

Like an idiot I deleted my other photos, so this is the only one I have!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

There's only just over a week left to vote for your favourite blogs in the Cosmo Blog Awards, I'd really appreciate your votes for 'Best Established Beauty Blog' if you feel I deserve it! You can vote here, and if you don't want to vote in the other categories you can just press next.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Nails on Tour

Hey everyone! So I've just (a week ago) got back from a wonderful holiday in Italy, which you may or may not know from a few of my previous posts. I decided whilst I was there that I wanted to do some holiday pictures on my blog, but I also wanted to include my nails, so I decided to take a photo (or two/three) a day with my nails to document what I did. I also wanted to document how well my nails fared. I was wearing Red Carpet Manicure - Red Carpet Reddy*, as I've been trying out gel manicures recently (post coming soon), and it fared brilliantly. I got a teeny chip on the side of my thumb on the last day (you'll see why below) but apart from that they were pretty much perfect until I took them off.