Wednesday 29 August 2012

Ugly Doll Nails Tutorial

A while ago on Tumblr I posted these nails before I started this blog and recently someone asked me to do a tutorial for them. I'm afraid it's only a picture tutorial but I hope you like it :) tutorial is after the jump!

Monday 27 August 2012

Scrabble love nail set

So a while ago on tumblr I posted these nails and they became my most popular post ever. I don't really know why because I almost didn't even upload them because the background to the picture annoyed me. Anyway, I decided to redeem that picture by doing them in the form of a new set that's now available on my Etsy.


Sunday 26 August 2012

Something that was meant to look better than it did

So in my head today's nails looked a lot better than they did in reality, I just dont think the colours really match and it looks a bit strange. I like these simple flowers and I've done them before and will probably do them again, so one mistake doesn't mean the end of the world. Nonetheless, I needed posts for whilst I'm away so this is what you're getting haha. 

I used China Glaze - Gaga for Green, Rimmel's white tip nail varnish, Barry M - Blueberry and an unnamed dark pink. Hope you like them!


Friday 24 August 2012

Pink Mix 'n' Match

So today I decided to combine some of my favourite nail artist's ideas into one manicure. I chose pink because it was first to hand but I may try this with other colours in the future because I really enjoyed doing them. 

Thumb - based on tutorials by The Nailasaurus
Forefinger - based on a more complex design by Dressed Up Nails
Middle finger - MrCandiipants' lovely little flowers
Ring finger - just fancied some studs and I've seen a few people do these
Little finger - Mr Candiipants' again with her zig zags.


Monday 20 August 2012

Back to normality!

So now the challenge is over we can return to normality, although having written all these posts in advance for my 2 week holiday I wouldn't exact call it normal. I'm not one of those bloggers who has a large selection of things still to post, I do my nails and I post them, simple. So it's been pretty stressful to try and get some extra posts sorted for whilst I'm away, but I hope you'll enjoy them.

Today's post came to me accidentally, I was just messing around and this is what I came up with. I actually really like it though I think it would have been even better outlined in black, maybe I'll try it again when I get back from my holiday. 

I used Barry M - Blueberry and Matt White + acrylic paints, using a dotting tool for the hearts and a small thin paintbrush for the details. Hope you like them!


Sunday 19 August 2012

Day 31: Recreate your favourite challenge.

So that's it, the challenge is over! I've really enjoyed doing it but whilst the inspiration was good it was stressful to manage everything alongside getting a post up everyday. Today I decided to do gradients again, they're super easy and I think I need to improve on them a lot because mine are never very smooth, the sponge effect is always very obvious. I also felt that my original post's colours weren't obvious enough so I changed them around a bit (and I made it into a 3 colour gradient instead)

I used China Glaze - Something Sweet and an unnamed light pink and an unnamed darker pink. Hope you like them!


Friday 17 August 2012

Day 30: Inspired by a tutorial

The second I saw what today's post was I knew what I wanted to do. I did this design before way back when I never took pictures of my work (idiot) and it probably wasn't very good anyway but it's such an awesome design that I wanted to do it again. I chose this tutorial by the Daily Nail, the blog that started me on the path to nail art, and let's face it she is awesome at nail art!

I love these nails because they really stand out and I'll be re-doing them for my holiday on Saturday (don't worry I have lots of posts lined up) because I can't take any nail varnish with me (BOO)

Hope you like them! I had to mattify them because I've run out of Seche Vite and whilst I have other top coats they are AWFUL and I didn't want to ruin these nails with them + matte is awesome.


Thursday 16 August 2012

Day 29: Inspired by the supernatural

I had no idea what to do today so I just turned it into "inspired by halloween" and did a halloween themed post with a haunted house, bats and ghosts.

The background is Barry M - Black and then I use white acrylic paint for the outlines.


Wednesday 15 August 2012

Motel Rocks

Hi everyone! A break from the challenge today to bring you a tutorial for some nails I did for a website called Motel Rocks, it's a clothes website and they have some really lovely stuff. You can check out my post on their blog here and check out their website here.


Tuesday 14 August 2012

Day 28: Inspired by a flag

I must say that the olympics have made me very proud to be British and I was definitely supporting Team GB the whole time, so when we placed 3rd in the medal table (which, when you think about how small we are, is quite a feat) I knew I wanted to do flag nails related to the olympics.

Our flag takes pride of place on my middle finger (don't look too much into that) and in order of the top 5 from thumb to middle finger is the American flag, the Chinese flag, our flag, Russia's flag and the Republic of Korea's flag.

The base to all nails was Barry M - Matt White and I also used Barry M for the red and blue and acrylic paint for the yellow and black.  All details were done with a small brush. Hope you like them! There's only one picture today because it seemed a bit silly (and offensive) to cut off the American flag on my thumb as I usually do.


Monday 13 August 2012

Day 27: Inspired by artwork

These nails might seem rather lazy but I had barely any time to do this design in and I couldn't think of anything inspired by artwork that wouldn't take a billion hours to do.

I have done this design before, before I had this blog and before I could actually take pictures of my work that were in focus. I have a few designs on my computer that are all out of focus and I've been intending to redo them all for a while, mainly so that I have good pictures of them but also to see how I've improved in the last year or so. So consider this the first installment, perhaps I should post before and after photos? What do you think?

For this design I used Barry M for the red, yellow and blue, and unnamed pink from a set I got ages ago and China Glaze - Gaga For Green. Then I did the details in acrylic paint and Barry M - Matt White. Hope you like them!


Sunday 12 August 2012

Day 26: Inspired by a pattern

I had a billion ideas for this but I chose this one because it was different to my usual style, hope you like it!

All done with dotting tools of different sizes on a background of China Glaze - Refresh Mint


Saturday 11 August 2012

Day 25: Inspired by fashion

Hello everyone, I'm afraid I'm not a massive follower of fashion, in fact most of the 'fashionable' pieces of clothing in my wardrobe are those that I barely ever wear, so for this challenge I turned to trust Google images and put in 'fashion' and then chose the first thing that caught my eye.

I used Orly - Glowstick and Barry M - Matt White and Black with tape to create these nails, hope you like them!

Of course as is always the case with neons it was difficult for the camera to pick up, but I promise you it was incredibly bright, and you'll just have to take my word for it ;)


Friday 10 August 2012

Day 24: Inspired by a book

Let's face it, today couldn't be anything else with a blog name like mine. Especially as I've been intending to do them for so long. So here I present to you: Lord Of The Rings nails.

On my pointer and middle finger I have Frodo and Sam in the style of my cartoons, much like this post, and then of course the elvish writing on the ring "one ring nail to rule them all".

I used acrylic paint and a small paintbrush for the detail on a base of Barry M - Gold Foil and Models Own - Peach Sherbet. The hair was done with Barry M - Yellow and Barry M- Mushroom using a thin dotting tool.


Wednesday 8 August 2012

Day 23: Inspired By A Movie

So as you can see, I really couldn't decide on a specific movie to do today so I decided to do a variety of childhood favourites (Shrek is still one of my favourite films now, I'm such a child at heart). These nails took forever but they are so worth it, I'm really proud of these. I wanted to push myself and I'm glad I did.

All the details were done in acrylic paint on a base of Barry M - Matt White. I had to adapt Wall-E to fit on my super short nails but I hope you like it anyway!

I love animations, but my boyfriend hates them (whut?) and I can't wait to see Brave. Although I dont think any recents have lived up to the brilliance of monsters inc/shrek/finding nemo. Which (if any) is your favourite animation?


Monday 6 August 2012

Day 22: Inspired By A Song

When I was thinking through this challenge there were never any dispute over which band's song I'd be basing my nails around. It was always going to be Mumford and Sons. Unfortunately their songs aren't very transferable to nail designs, so I picked the most obvious and went with 'Little Lion Man'.

If you've never heard of them, open a new tab/window now (don't quit this post because what would be the point in me writing it eh? And you wouldn't get to see the nails) and go to youtube. I'd recommend Dust Bowl Dance or Thistle and Weeds, but they're one of those bands that makes a brilliant song absolutely every time, so just type in their name and go with the flow if you must. I'm ranting on about them now I know, but they are brilliant musicians. I went to see them live at the beginning of June when they came to Huddersfield (whut?) and they were just as good, if not better, and that says something about a band.

ANYWAY, here are the nails, which I'm sure is what you came here to see. I used Barry M - Yellow and sponged on Revlon - Mad About Mango. Then I painted the lion just by mixing Barry M - Mushroom with Barry M white/black for the lighter and darker shades of brown using a very small brush and then used acrylic paint for the details. Hope you like them!


Saturday 4 August 2012

Day 21: Inspired By A Colour

First of all, a letter to whoever made this challenge, WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS MEAN. End of letter. I took it to mean inspired by the name of a colour, but then still couldn't decide what to do. So I sat in front of my box of polishes and went through loads with no inspiration, and then I came across China Glaze - Sea Spray and inspiration hit.
Now I know this design is not original, both MrCandiipants and The Nailasaurus have done designs similar, but I loved them both and I'd always known I wanted to recreate something similar, so here we go. I was going to add a surfer, but I didn't have time :( hope you like them anyway!


Friday 3 August 2012

Day 19: Galaxies

So here's what was supposed to be yesterday's post: galaxies. I didn't know how these were going to turn out but I'm pretty happy with them. Though my nails are waaaay to short, I don't think they've been this short since I used to bite them. I have to leave the house in less than 5 minutes so this is a super quick post, hope you like them!

Extra picture of the beautiful Barry M - Black Glitter


Thursday 2 August 2012

Day 20: Watermarble

So as I mentioned yesterday, I'm doing day 19 and day 20 in the wrong order. Mainly because I was dreading the watermarble and just wanted to get it out of the way and secondly because I'm now not going to be at home for a month. I've brought all my nail varnishes with me (yes, all 300+ of them D:) because I'm a crazy lady but I wanted to be sure I could do them with the materials I have at home + my sisters help (which just meant she stood there and watched basically, but still).

So here you go, watermarble nails. I HATE WATERMARBLING. I was surprised I even managed to get a pattern this time, normally it just sinks to the bottom, although they're still awful. I also made them matte, to give them a little bit of awesomeness, if not much. Though I do quite like the thumb, I smudged the corner which is why there's some random dots there but the whole frenchie effect is pretty cool, a total accident but nevertheless still cool.

You only get one photo because I'm so ashamed. If it wasn't part of a challenge I wouldn't even post them, so consider yourselves (un)lucky to get one ;)

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Day 18: Half Moons

Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting yesterday, I do have a genuine reason though, I was revising for my driving theory test which was today (I passed, yay!). So here you go, a day late and kind of boring half moon nails. I'm also going to be doing Day 20 water marbling tomorrow and Day 19 galaxies on friday for reasons I will explain tomorrow, you'll still get both but not in the right order. :D Anyway, hope you like today's nails :)