Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cross My Heart

Want an easy way to jazz up a simple polka dot mani? Easy - add a few more dots! For this design I started with a regular polka dot pattern and then went back and added four extra dots to each of the originals, creating a cross shape. 

The base is the gorgeous Coconut Cream by Models Own, I'm still loving this even as we move into winter. This creamy polish is the perfect base for nail art and was the obvious choice for this design. I just used a Barry M nail art pen to add my dots. Annoyingly you can see some of the polish coming through where the pen pushed into the polish, grr!

I'm really pleased with how this came out, as I was worried it would be one of those designs that only looks good in your head! I think it's got a classic and stylish look so it's easy to wear but more interesting than plain nails. 

What do you think? Are crosses the new polka dots?!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mr & Mrs Dracula

How cute are these two?! I really don't know what came over me when I created this look. I was trying to stop myself from creating any more Halloween manis but couldn't get past this idea. So I just went for it. I would like to say it will be my last Halloween look for you but I can't make any promises! 

I used a couple of Rimmel polishes for this look: Little Bo Peep (the most perfect grey), and Mars* as well as OPI's Yoga-Then-Yogurt*. I also used my black and white nail art pens for the details. 

I'm afraid I had to put a filter on this pic as we are back to that time of year where natural light comes and goes quicker than my ideas so had to take this pic indoors with a horrid tungsten light. The filter softens it a little bit. Eeeek, they're too cute!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tough Mudder

This weekend my other half participated in his third Tough Mudder - a 12 mile, 26 obstacle, mud and ice filled challenge. Although I opted out of joining in, I did have the pleasure of the 5:30am start to go along as a spectator! As we had to set off so early one of his team mates, Lauren, stopped at ours for the night and I got the pleasure of doing her nails.

We opted to the Tough Mudder colours of black and orange with some trademark flames (there is actual fire involved in the course). We didn't get the chance to get the lightbox out for proper photos so sorry for the iffy quality.

I started with two coats of Rimmel - Oragasm* for the main orange theme. Once this was dry I used a small brush to outline the flames and fill in the black area with Barry M - Espresso. I then added Barry M - Lemon Ice Cream at the base of each nail, again with a small brush. Finally I finished off the flames with a smattering of glitter - a little H&M miniture polish I picked up a while back.

For the thumbs we ditched the flames and just added 'Tough Mudder x3' with a Barry M nail art pen.

Lauren's nails with her bib on the day
I've been wanting to try flames for a while (had them planned for bonfire night) so I was quite glad when Lauren requested them. We didn't have too much time so they're not my best work and I'm a bit disappointed that they're patchy in places. Maybe I will try them again soon and see if I can improve.

I was surprised how well they fared, 4 hours of crawling through mud and over obstacles and there were only a few chips!

Have you ever competed in a challenge like Tough Mudder?


Monday, 27 October 2014

Calavera Catrina

I decided to create a cute sugar skull mani as Mexico's Day of the Dead coincides with Halloween but is a bit more colourful which I like. I really like this look. The skull is colourful and out there but the whole mani is wearable and quite quick to create. I will definitely be wearing something like this come Dia de los Muertos! 

We should have done a Halloween week as we have thrown so many themed manis your way recently. We have more to come too so sorry if you aren't enjoying them! 

Do you celebrate Halloween or the Day of the Dead? Or both?!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas, despite it's title, is synonymous with Halloween for me. I'm amazed that we didn't create any NBC nails last year, how did that happen?! For an extra creepy look I went for a version of Jack from early on in the film, when he's still his super scary self (we like him better like that!) I teamed Jack with some black and white stripey nails to represent his rather snazzy suit. 

I was expecting this mani to be a lot more complicated than it ended up. I started with a white base and once this was dry drew on a circle for Jacks head with a Barry M nail art pen. I then added a neck and filled in the outer area with the black pen. I used the same nail art pen to draw on the features, and a white one to clean up any errors (so useful!) Jack does look a bit wobbly, but I quite like that as he's not exactly smooth and perfect in the film.

I used a metal nibbed nail art pen to draw the thin stripes onto the rest of the nails to complete the monochrome design. I'm a bit disappointed that the stripes aren't very even and vary a lot between the nails - more concentration needed next time!

Ah man, writing this up makes me want to watch the film again. Such a good'un!

What's your favourite spooky film?


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Neon Triangles

With autumn on the brain I felt like I needed a little light relief in the form of some neons. I came across a print on Pinterest that reminded me of a brash late 80s/early 90s print like those found in Clarissa or The Fresh Prince. I knew I had to give a similar style a go to get me out of my mustard-hued funk. Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely loving the autumn manis that are around at the mo but I just needed something different to brighten my day. 
For the base of this mani I went for one of my all time fave daily shades: Rimmel's Little Bo Peep. I then drew the shapes on with my black nail art pen and filled with a selection of neons from OPI. I then re-outlined the triangles. 

Just what I needed to lighten the day! Are you still enjoying brights this autumn?


Friday, 24 October 2014

Simple Skulls Tutorial

This week I created a quick skull mani for Halloween, and thought I'd include a mini tutorial for you to go with it. All you need are two polishes, a small brush and a dotting tool. See the five simple steps below...

Step One: Paint two coats of your base colour, I chose 
Rimmel - White Hot Love*, and let it dry

Step Two: Fill the corners of each nail in with your second colour, 
mine is Rimmel - Blindfold Me Blue*, using a small brush

Step Three: Continuing with the small brush, add three stripes into 
the bottom half of your skull shape

Step Four: Using your dotting tool add large dots for eyes

Step Five: Back to the small brush to add a little upside 
down V for the nose and you're done

Now just add your fave top coat and here's what you'll end up with!

As soon as I finished these I had a rather strange realisation... although they look like skulls on first impression, they also look a lot like sad jellyfish. Now all I can see are the poor little jellyfish!! They look so upset!

Apologies for the awful chip on my middle finger, I had a catastophe. If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen this already. I thought about going back to round nails to cover it, but decided to wait it out and stick with square. So sorry that they'll be a bit wonky for a while!

If you do give our little skulls/jellyfish make sure you share your efforts with us!

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