Sunday, 21 December 2014

Forest of Christmas Trees

Yep, we're still firmly in the Christmas spirit! However, today's post takes more of a toned down approach to Christmas nails. I used just two colours to create this Christmas tree pattern, Barry M - Forest* and White. Forest is my favourite from the silk collection and perfect for these little trees, even the name is apt! 

I love over the top Christmas nails, but felt the need to mix a more simple one into the bunch too! I started with a white base and then drew on the trees with a small brush. They were really easy and simple but the repetitive pattern makes them look impressive! 

In hindsight I probably shouldn't have done one large tree on my pinky but as the nail is small I wasn't sure the little would fit very well. Alternatively I could have added some decorations to the large tree to jazz it up a bit. 

Only 4 days to go! Are you excited?


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Pastel Jumper Dreams

Last year Jo and I came up with very similar Christmas jumper designs so I thought it was only right that I did another similar one this year. I decided to mix things up a little with a muted palette of pretty pastels. 
Colours used from thumb: Rimmel Little Bo Peep, Models Own Apple Pie, Rimmel Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Models Own Utopia, Models Own Blueberry Muffin.

These fairisle kind of prints are still some of my favourites at this time of year. Creating them can be tricky - I seem to have trouble getting them straight! - but they look really special once complete. 

Last Saturday before Christmas - hope you are finishing the last touches to your Christmas presents and not rushing around like me panicking that you haven't got ANYTHING! 


Friday, 19 December 2014

Prince George Guards Nails

George is obviously enjoying himself - here he is captured flashing a cheeky grin during the photography session
We're total suckers for Prince George's cute little outfits here at Dahlia Nails HQ, and this week's Christmassy tank top is no exception. How adorable is this little chap in his Cath Kidston Guards Jumper! I'm not sure why guards seem Christmassy to me, but I assume it's the Nutcracker connotations, or maybe just that I've gone Christmas mad this year.
Prince George's wardrobe is so coveted that this tiny tank is already sold out across the UK, imagine being a style icon before your 2nd birthday!

It's not the first time I've been inspired by baby/kids clothing. The patterns are just so cute and they tend to be bright and bold which translates across to nail art well!

To create this Prince George inspired mani I started with a base of Rimmel London - Navy Seal*, which is the exact same shade as the tank top. It's one of my favourite blues as it's dark enough to be easily wearable but not so dark it looks black. I drew the guards shape on with a Barry M white nail art pen and then filled the colours in with a small brush. The red coats are Rimmel - Mars*, the yellow belts are Maybelline - Electric Yellow, the trousers are Barry M - Elderberry*, the faces are Rimmel - Let's Get Nude* and the black detailing was done with a black Barry M nail art pen.

The little chaps didn't come out quite as well as I'd hoped and you can see the imperfections on close inspection. However, overall I think they're pretty cute. I usually don't get to keep my mani's on for work, but as it's Friday (and Christmas) I'm wearing this one today, they make me smile every time I catch a glimse!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection

Today we bring you swatches of OPI's Fifty Shades of Grey collection*. I was so excited to receive the six-shade collection as I had seen the press release and couldn't wait to try out the array of greys. 

Now, I have read a few reviews of the polishes and my other nail blogger pals haven't been all that taken with the book and don't seem to be booking tickets to the film but I am (quite ashamedly) a big Fifty Shades fan. I have read all the books (more than once) and am looking forward to seeing how they are converted to the Big Screen. I'm most excited to sit down and ogle after Jamie Dornan for a few hours! 

Even if you aren't a huge fan of the series I think there is still a lot you will like from this collection. 
Cement the Deal*
The lightest of the bunch this creme polish ticked a lot of boxes for me. The formula is perfect as with many other OPI polishes I have. This is two coats with a thin top coat. The colour is nothing I haven't really seen before but it is a stellar grey that has already got my mind thinking about designs to put on it. 
Embrace the Gray*
This is kind of the next shade up on the OPI Fifty Shades scale. It has similar undertones to Cement the Deal* but is obviously a bit darker (doh!). Again, the formula was great. This is two thin coats and a top coat. This is more wearable for me than the lighter shade as it looks quite classy and is less in your face. 
Dark Side of the Mood*
This is my second favourite shade from the collection. It is a deep, dark grey that looks super shiny and is so chic. The formula worked flawlessly for me but I have heard reports from other bloggers that it seemed a bit thin. I wore two coats with a top coat. I just love this colour!
My Silk Tie*
I am not a huge fan of foil polishes. The colour of this is lovely but as with most foils it applies quite streaky. I found it difficult to work with as I am so impatient but someone with a steady hand may be able to get this to look beautiful. 
Shine For Me*
Another finish here, this time a glitter/texture. This is a super shiny silver with specks of blue glitter. I didn't use a top coat here but I would recommend it as the finish is gritty. I am not a huge fan of this but I can see that it compliments the collection and will be fun for this time of year. 
Romantically Involved*
I am in love with this colour; it's the red that I have always been looking for! The formula was the best of all six polishes, applying like a dream, and the colour is to die for. 

As I said, I think there is something for everyone in this collection and the shades keeps it from being too gimmicky and make it wearable. 

If, like me, you are looking forward to the film it is released 14th Feb 2015 with some cinemas taking pre-orders. The OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection will be available from 7th Jan 2015. A mini collection (our recommendation) will also be available RRP £19.95. 

My recommendations: Dark Side of the Mood* and Romantically Involved*

What are your thoughts on the collection? 


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Models Own Girly Party Nails!

Pink Fizz by Models Own is my absolute favourite glitter at the moment. It's a dusty pink glitter verging on rose gold (which is everywhere at the moment!) and it's name reminds us of pink champagne, what more could you ask for?! I've been dying to use it as we approach Christmas so encorporated it into a fun pink mani for you.
I started with alternating bases of pale pink Utopia and neon Sun Hat, both by Models Own. I then added a glitter fade with Pink Fizz on top of the Utopia nails. I couldn't decide what to add to the Sun Hat base and in the end went for simple polka dots. The mani turned out a little different to what I was anticipating, it's a strange mix of party and cute, which somehow works! You often find that 'party nails' are dark colours, especially at this time of the year, but we think brights and pastels are just as pretty and you'll stand out even more!

I'm having a total nightmare with my lightbox at the moment so apologies that these photos are not up to our usual standards. We can't wait for summer to come back so there's more natural light to take advantage of!!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Neon Winter Jumper

I came across the inspo for this design whilst trawling the internet for a Christmas jumper. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it - the colours, the design, the sparkles! It's from Primark but is being sold through a different website. I haven't actually seen it in Primark recently so don't know how old it is. 

I knew it was going to be a bit ambitious to try on my nails but I just had to give it a go. I am so glad I did as I love how these turned out. The best part was I got to use my fave collection from the summer: Maybelline's Bleached Neons. 

This was, unfortunately, one of those designs that I could only attempt on my left hand. Might have to enrol Jo to do the right!
I used Models Own's Utopia as the base and drew the design on my nails with my white nail art pen. I then used a small brush to fill the colours in. I then used my black nail art pen to outline everything for more of a cartoony vibe. 

This look took quite a lot of work and concentration but it was so satisfying and incredibly rewarding seeing the results. 

Only one more week (and a few days) to bombard you with Christmas designs. Hope you aren't bored yet! 


Monday, 15 December 2014

A Christmas Pud

Continuing on with our Christmas nails extravaganza I've created some mini Christmas puddings today! I keep seeing similar designs on Instagram and they're just too cute! I'm not even a fan of Christmas pudding but they look pretty cool. 

I used all Barry M polishes for this mani - Cocoa*, White, Spring Green and Blood Orange. I started with the brown Cocoa* base and then drew on the icing using a small brush. I've got better at drips and do them freehand now rather than faffing around with a dotting tool. Finally I added holly and berries with a small brush and a tiny dotting tool. In hindsight I maybe should have added some definition to the holly leaves with a darker green to make them stand out more.

Some of you may remember that I did a similar design last Christmas. I thought it would be interesting to do a bit of a then and now comparison so have included last years image below. I definitely was not very good at drips last year!! Using a glitter background is cute but makes nail art more tricky as it takes a long time to dry and doesn't leave a smooth working surface. I can't believe how much better they look this year, although that could also be that my nails are in better quality and my photography skills have improved!

I've been on a diet for the last six months and have finally reached my goal weight after losing 30lbs, yay! I'm so glad I hit my goal weight before Christmas because now I can stuff my face over the holidays and not feel guilty. Sorry for the over-sharing I'm just proud of how far I've come, I never thought I'd actually stick with it long enough to reach this milestone.

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