Saturday, 30 August 2014

Clowning Around

fish nail art
These nails remind me of my good friend Vicky. She used to be absolutely obsessed with clown fish while we were at school and used to drag us past a particular shop (Karen Millen on Sloane Street, I think) every day because it had a fish tank. Ah, good - and random - times!

I would call these Nemo nails but they don't really look like him *sad face*. I was definitely going for Nemo but let's just say they are a random, nameless clown fish. I used the beautifully bright Juice Bar Hopping* by OPI for the base of this mani and used my black and white Barry M nail art pens for the details. 

Maybe not a look for every day but fin if you are going to the Aquarium or something. Or if you have a clown fish obsessed friend!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Rainbow Leopard Print

L-R: Mushroom, Berry Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream, Peach Melba, Lemon Ice Cream, Mint Green, Sugar Apple*, Huckleberry*, Blueberry Ice Cream, Grey
For today's design I used a lot of Barry M polishes, eleven of them in total! I wanted to do a rainbow design so raided my Barry M stash, you can always rely on them for bright and fun colours. I tried to pick out mostly pastels for this mani.

I chose to create a leopard pattern in a rainbow colour scheme. To achieve this look I started with two coats of white polish and let it dry fully. I then lined the polishes up in colour order and assigned two per nail. With a small brush I drew the leopard print pattern on, covering half a nail per polish. I did have to mix the really pale colours Huckleberry* and Sugar Apple* with their neighbouring colours as they just didn't stand out against the white.

I'm not that happy with how this mani turned out as some of the colours are too similar, and some are very different to each other. Overall I think it's fun and the multicoloured leopard is nice, but I just had a bit of a disaster with my colour choices!

Have you tried any rainbow coloured designs? How did yours turn out?


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Centre Stripes

What on Earth has happened to the weather?? I hope the Sun is still shining where you are but it has most definitely faded from London skies. However, Jo and I are still using up the last days of 'summer' to showcase our favourite neons. My favourites this season were, without doubt, the Maybelline Bleached Neons. I love them and I am sad that they will look a bit inappropriate in winter but I will definitely be wearing them well into the colder months as they make me happy!  
I used the gorgeous Tropink as my base for this mani. It's such a pretty pink - very girly but not overwhelming. A hint of neon stops it from being too babyish. To create the stripes I used my black and white Barry M nail art pens. 

I really like this mani in the flesh but unfortunately my pictures did not do it justice. The light this weekend was dreadful so I was unable to get a good image - sorry folks! Hopefully you get the idea of what I was trying to achieve. 

Which summer polishes will you find it hard to stop wearing into autumn?


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Beautiful Beach Bag

So I'm totally in love with Models Own Polish For Tans, whyyy did I not get these as soon as they came out?! I can't stop using them in my manis at the moment, so I hope you like them too!

Today's mani uses Beach Bag and Misty Grey, both from Models Own. I started off with a simple fade and liked it so much I had to photograph it. The worst thing about doing a nice fade is the potential to mess up the design on top, so we've got into the habit of taking some quick pics before adding any art work, just in case! I would happily have stopped my mani here, the two shades are gorgeous together, but I just couldn't resist something on top. 

I went for a geometric design on top of the fade - does everyone else think neon and geometric were born to go together?! I chose a simple freehand triangles pattern. Using a Models Own nail art pen I drew random triangles, evenly spaced, onto each nail. Although pretty easy to create, this design did take forever and I had a very shaky hand afterwards! I love how the design came out so might try it again, maybe mixing up the colours, or filling some triangles in with a different colour.

I'm making the most of these neon pastels while we cling on to the last dregs of summer! They are so fun and bright, but the pastel element makes them really wearable too. I even wore Shades to work the other day!

Do you have any of the Polish For Tans collection?


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

When The Moon Hits Your Eye

Jo and I are both trying to be a bit healthier with our eating at the moment but I am finding it soooo difficult. It's pretty apparent from my recent nail designs that all I can think about is food. Why does bad food have to taste so good?! 

Pizza is one of my all time favourite things to eat. I'd definitely have a cheese and tomato pizza as part of my Death Row last meal. Rather than ordering a Dominos this weekend I created a pizza slice mani to satisfy my craving. Kind of worked. Not.
To create this mani I used two coats of Models Own's Apple Pie as a base. I then drew on the pizza slices using a black nail art pen. I used a small nail art brush to fill the slices with colour: Sinful Colours Unicorn, Models Own Nude Beige, and 17 Grapefruit. I then went back over the black lines and topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite (I used an old-ish bottle which dragged a little and shmushed my design). 

Well, they didn't exactly curb my craving for pizza but they are quite cute so I don't mind! What's your Achilles Heel food?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Tressa Nail Inspo

Today's design was inspired by a really cute dress I saw on Fashion Union's Instagram page. The 'Tressa' dress is a 60's-esque white dress with black and pink checks and it's so lovely. I instantly thought of my nails when I saw the eye catching pattern and colour scheme. 

I set to work with Barry M's White polish and Black and Pink nail art pens. I had to make sure I was very patient and let the white base dry, as usually I don't and just end up smudging everything. Once dry I drew the black checks on freehand with the nail pen. On top of this I added the pink checks. The pattern isn't the neatest, but I wasn't really going for the perfect look, especially as it was inspired by fabric.

Fashion Union have tons of awesome patterns and colour combos on their site - will definitely be using them again for nail inspo, thanks guys!


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Inspired By: Lana Del Rey

I am a little bit obsessed with Lana Del Rey. I have been listening to Ultraviolence on repeat since it was released which is a bit sad really but I don't care! As well as loving her music I think the art direction in her videos is really beautiful. I love that vintage LA vibe she has going on. 

Despite loving her work and being generally inspired by LDR I found it quite hard to think of suitable nail designs. A lot of the imagery I had in mind didn't work together so it took a couple of attempts to get this right. Here is one such nail fail - the sunset nail just did not work with the look at all. 

The nails in my final was inspired by Lana's songs and videos: The blue roses from her Born to Die crown, the USA flag features in several of her pics and videos, the palm tree from West Coast, the denim from Blue Jeans, and the thumb just kind of fit. 

Next time I really want to try making my own decals with some Lana pics. Maybe I'm a bit too obsessed! 

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