Saturday, 10 November 2012

Then And Now: Week 1

Hey everyone! Today I have the first installment of 'then and now'. I can't remember exactly when I did these nails but I'd say it was around 2 years ago, and I'm hoping my skills have improved in that time! If any of you have any old photos lying around and want to have a go at the 'challenge', please do :D

Apparently I also didn't know how to colour coordinate then either, because these flowers are crazy, but I enjoyed doing such a bright and colourful design. I find that I struggle for inspiration more than I did then, I didn't need much to give me a design and I wish I could still have that, even if the designs were a little mad! The original design was created doing a dotting tool, I only remember that because that's all I ever used then, a set of dotting tools was one of the first things I bought and I used nothing else until about 6 months ago when I decided to try using brushes in this post. As I've mentioned before, I'm still not very confident with brushes, so sometimes I will turn back to my trusty dotting tools, but not this time, I know now that it's a lot quicker to use the brush from the nail varnish to create big flowers like this, so that's what I did. I then used a dotting tool for the dots and specks within the flowers. Original picture after the jump!



For the base colours I used Nails Inc - 'grosvenor crescent' for the pink and Nail Inc - 'putney bridge' for the purple. Both went on in one coat which is awesome, and I'm definitely glad I spent £30 on a set of 10 (oops). 
Then I used Nails Inc - 'hyde park gate' for the green flowers, a mixture of Barry M - yellow and a tiny bit of Barry M - matt white for the yellow flowers, and China Glaze - refresh mint for the blue flowers.
For the white spots I used Barry M - matt white, and for the black specks I used acrylic paint

I told you the pictures were horrendous! 


I hope you liked my first 'Then and Now' post, the next installment shall be next Saturday!
Alice

18 comments:

  1. Whoa! That's really interesting to see. I love the design. Your photos are always so perfect, it's nice to see they weren't always like that! There's hope for all of us, lol!

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    1. Haha! All my pictures were more focused on my bed than my actual nails, as you'll soon see, it was so bad! Thankyou :D

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  2. I love this idea of re-doing your nails. I didn't start taking pictures of my nails long ago but I know the quality of the photos are god awful so I know the shame to think that you were ok with that at the time. I actually really like those colours that you used but I'm colour mad so I love them! Can't wait to see more 'then and now' x

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    1. I don't think the quality of your photos is bad at all! Especially not compared to those up there haha. And thankyou! I probably should go a bit colour mad now and again

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  3. This is stunning))) I think it's one of those design that looks super complex, but isn't that difficult to recreate - will have to try this!!

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    1. Thankyou! And it really was simple, probably took about 10-20 minutes, not bad really, I'd love to see your version :D

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  4. I really like your "Now" mani ;-) And I love the idea of Then and Now. I agree with Natalsie, your mani's looks very intricate, but the way you explain them makes me want to try them all!

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    1. Thankyou! Please do try it, I'd love to see :D

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  7. These are fantastic, I think the colours look fab together! And I love the Then and Now idea, I haven't been blogging long enough to do it myself which is a shame but i'm definitely going to keep it in mind for the future! X

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    1. Do! I think I'm going to really enjoy this challenge, and I'm sure you would too :)

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  8. Love these colors and the flowers! I'm a new follower and have only recently developed an interest in polish.

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  9. Found your blog through tumblr and I'm glad I did. Love your nailart!!!!! See me cheesing :D

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  10. these are really cool! They're super visually striking, the design is great and the color combo is kind of crazy but it totally works! I also looove seeing then and now pictures, I can't wait for more! I kinda want to do some now too :)

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    1. do do do! Starlett Approved is starting today, you could start next saturday when I post my second one? It'd be cool to do it with a few of us! and thankyou :D

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  11. The colours definitely clash.. but in a good - in your face - awesome kind of way. It's always so interesting to see 'then & now' pictures, looking forward to seeing more! ^^

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  12. This is so much fun! It's so fun to see how much you've improved!

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