Friday, 29 January 2016

Back to Basics: Vintage Florals

Argh I'm so annoyed at how bad a blogger I am being this year. If you've seen that quote going around about 2016 starting again on 1st Feb this is how I feel about life right now. although I really need this year to begin again in March. Really can't get my head into anything at the moment! Taking the time to do my nails though is so therapeutic so I need to remember to step back from the craziness that is life to do the things I love. This classic style design got me right back in the mood, I do love a vintage-style floral!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Create your own nail paint with Palette London

We haven't done a review for ages because we've been so busy recently. It took me over a week to even reply to the team at Palette London to tell them that we definitely wanted to test out their awesome-sounding Create Your Own Nail Paint Collection! Fortunately they forgave us and sent us out one of the kits above. 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Black White & Mint

Oops, forgot to post these over the weekend, sorry for the sporadic posting recently! This is a simple design that I've been meaning to try out for absolutely ages. It's directly inspired (ok, I totally stole it) by Alice at One Nail To Rule Them All. I thought about doing it for one of our mani swaps but there were so many to choose from it never made the top spot. I'm glad I got round to it as it was so quick and simple and I'm in love with the final look.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Pow Accent

For the first time in a long time at the weekend I had a day of just being inspired and creating nail designs. I have had a bit of a hiatus in here and poor Jo has had to keep things afloat while I've been drowning in work so it was really nice to just browse through Pinterest and Instagram to get inspired. The idea behind this design came from a print I found on Pinterest. I loved the contrast of the monochrome and the bright green. Unfortunately I was logged in to my other account and didn't like the pic so I am having trouble refinding it but if I do I shall post the link for y'all.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Stars In Our Eyes

galaxy nailart
I'm not sure why but I just had the urge for a galaxy mani today. It's one that we churn out every so often but are always fun to do, and no two are ever the same. Emma seems to manage to make hers look really individual each time where mine end up a bit samey whatever colours I use, not sure how that works?! I was intending to make this one stand out by doing something a bit different, like bringing some negative space into it, or adding a drippy outline, but once I'd done the base I liked them too much to mess with! 

Monday, 18 January 2016


slytherin nail art
We grew up firmly in the Harry Potter generation so last week's news of Alan Rickman's passing hit us hard in the feels. I remember being read the first chapter of The Philosopher's Stone sitting on the in a year 6 classroom, aged about 10, and the books came with me all the way through my school years. I was a particular fan of Alan Rickman as we actually attended the same school. One year while I was there he even took part in the school play, he played the part of the ghost of Christmas future in A Christmas Carol, performing via pre-recorded video clips! 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

January Aztec

I love a good Aztec design but it can sometimes be difficult to think of ways to incorporate the look in winter as I think it suits summer shades a lot better. However, we have done wintery Aztecs before and are not quick to be dissuaded so decided to give it another go. I'm still not convinced that this look actually suits this time of year but I did enjoy having a little Aztec back on my nails!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

You Can Stand Under My...

We are having such miserable weather in London right now, I can't take it. My biggest problem is that I hate umbrellas so every time I leave the house I end up absolutely soaked. I've only had one umbrella that I truly loved which was a ladybird one which I stupidly left in Topshop on my last day working there. God I loved that umbrella! Now I just brave the elements and go for it so in homage to my 'oneness' with the rain I thought I'd do a little weather themed mani.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Manicure Monday with Models Own

Happy Monday everyone. We're into the second working week of the new year already and I can't believe we're almost halfway through the month! There is so much going on this year that I know it's going to fly by, but that makes my to-do list seem very intimidating. So far there are four weddings (2 abroad and one my own!), two work trips (within the next 3 weeks!), a family holiday and a honeymoon. It's going to be epic!

Friday, 8 January 2016

Prepare to be Bedazzled

It's just a short post for you today I'm afraid. I've gone back to work after a nearly a month on gardening leave and I'm absolutely shattered! By the time I get home each evening all I can face is cooking dinner and collapsing. I'm sure I'll get used to commuting again pretty soon and will have a bit more energy to be more creative in my designs. I'm already looking forward to summer so I can take daylight shots midweek. It's dark when I leave and dark when I get home at the moment, how depressing, I feel like I haven't seen the sun all week!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Feliz año nuevo

south american nailart
This year for NYE my friends hosted a dinner party. Not being ones to do anything by halves this included a theme, five courses, full decorations and entertainment! The theme was loosely South American and a nod to the theme was expected in our attire. Obviously I decided to decorate my nails accordingly! Now we sometimes get 'told off' online for appropriating culture by using these styles, so in the interest of full disclosure I googled 'South American patterns' and based this design loosely on the image results. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Sea Foam Stripes

I'm really feeling blue polish at the moment. I've no idea why but I've had a run of reaching for the blue shades in my collection. I don't always posts designs in order so you may not have seen many yet but for me it feels like every design recently! It must be the time of year, drawing me towards cooler tones - I've not used neons for at least a week...

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! It's time for our annual number mani to remind us what year it is now, although we'll still think it's 2015 for the next couple of months anyway! 2016 is set to be an exciting year for us with lots going on, we hope yours is looking just as promising. 
© Dahlia Nails | All rights reserved.
Blogger Templates by pipdig