Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Chevrons

This week's prompt was Chevrons and I have combined it with a #clairestelle8 prompt - Metallic.
I do feel a bit of a cheat as this ended up being a very quick simple mani, but life is so busy, it's nice to get a quick mani every now and then!
I did a 3 step gel mani last week and decided that where possible I would allow the gel base to be part of my mani, rather than just an extravagant base coat.
I am having a bit of a love hate relationship with gels. I love how they make my nails feel stronger and all the staining is gone, but  hate how long it takes to get them off, and they can be annoying if I have a dark gel on and then need to do a white base mani.
Anyway, there was no colour restriction for this mani so I used Moyou London Fashionista 04 with 2 True Pro Metallic Aglaia over Gellifique Cats Eye 005 (a dark purpley brown)
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04
Moyou London Fashionista 04



Friday, 15 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn

This weeks prompt was Autumn. I do love Autumn - despite not liking yellow or orange I love a good autumn leaves mani!
I was already wearing a dark red base, with some subtle red stamping so I went straight on top of that. I wasn't entirely sure how many layers I was going to do but I just kept going until I was happy with what I had done.
I used UberChic Lovely Leaves and started with Esmaltes da Kelly Bee. It's not a yellow I particularly like but it always seems to work well in an autumn mani.
Then I used Colour Alike Scary Pumpkin with the same plate. I do love this polish despite its annoying shimmeriness which makes clean up impossible!
Finally I added Esmaltes da Kelly Frogger, with two different images from the same plate again.
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves
Uber Chic Lovely Leaves

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Stripes

This week's prompt was Stripes. Normally I leap at the chance to do nice neat clean stripes but having just done a fanbrush mani I felt that a more natural stripe would look good.
So, I have recreated a green zebra on my  nails!
I started with my fanbrush base of Itsy Nails Green with Envy, Bohemian Gypsy and A England Holy Grail and then added stripes with Lina Get Wild 01 and Nails Inc Madison Avenue.
I was really pleased with how these looked - it is always a great feeling when a plan comes together!
Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01
 Lina Get Wild 01
 Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01
Lina Get Wild 01


Friday, 1 September 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dotting tools but not just dots

"Oh dear" I thought! I don't like dotting tools at the best of times, and having to do something more creative than dots...The only think I use my dotting tools for is touching up manis where a bit of colour is missing, or for leadlighting or reverse stamping when a brush doesn't seem to do the trick.
Anyway, stop moaning and just do the mani!
I did a fanbrush mani with black, white and yellow (no, I won't moan anymore - you know I hate yellow!)
I used Oriflame Sundance as the base and then fanbrushed Nails Inc New York Noir and Avon Iceberg White on either side.
Then I used the dotting tools to add white dashes to the black side and black dashes to the white, and then finally added a few small dots too.
It wasn't a huge success, the polishes were nearly empty so a bit sticky but to be honest I quite liked the end result in a grungy, graffiti kind of way!
 
 
 



Thursday, 24 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Sunflowers

This week's prompt was sunflowers. I am not certain if the image I used is actually a sunflower but the colours are right!
I started with a base of 'Ard As Nails Oi Blondie (neon yellow!) and then stamped with Dixie Plate DP02 and A England Lancelot (black red).
Although I'll probably never be a lover of yellow nails I think they worked well!
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot
Dixie Plates DP02 with A England Lancelot


Friday, 18 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - The End of Summer

I love summer - well, I love warm weather and we certainly don't get enough of that in England but there is one thing that I do like about the end of summer. All the woollies can come out - as a knitting person, who really prefers a chunky knit to a light weight summer one, I am always happy to get all my jumpers, cardigans, scarves and of course gloves out ready to wrap up against the cold!
So, when it came to this prompt, End of Summer, I decided knitting was the way to go.
I used one of the gorgeous Messy Mansion plates MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque to stamp over my fanbrush mani of brown, green and lilac.
I really like the result, lovely and cosy!!
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Nautical

This week's prompt (well, last week's - late again! and too late for the inlinkz) was nautical.
Messy Mansion sent me MM93XL to review a while back so I thought I'd better use it again as it hasn't had a lot of use.
I started with a base of Itsy Nails In Deep, a lovely watery blue, perfect for a nautical mani.
Then I added one of the rope images with Moyou London White Knight.
Then I added the anchors with A England Natasha's Dance. I chose 2 images, the smaller anchors on index and little finger, and the larger images on middle and ring finger.
As a final touch I coloured the larger anchors in with my Sharpies, but the colour wasn't quite close enough and I didn't top coat the final stage for fear of smudging!
The photos aren't brilliant and I think a matte top coat would have helped, but again, I didn't want to smudge the colouring - sorry!!
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL



Thursday, 3 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Colour Explosions

This week's prompt was Colour Explosions and as I had just done a black, white and red fanbrush mani I thought that would make a good base to add yellow, green and blue.
I used the splashes of paint image on Lina Make Your Mark 03 with Colour Alike Cobalt Kick, Colour Alike Yellow Glow and Colour Alike Green Light.
I liked it but I did think it needed a bit more colour so I added a second layer with parts of the same image and Colour Alike Fuschsia Flash.
Finally I added a matte topcoat although I think the glossy finish was my favourite.
Fanbrush base
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03 - double stamped
 Lina Make Your Mark 03



Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Beach

This week's prompt was beach - I decided to use Dixie Plate Summer 01 again and went for a selection of images including the very cute flamingo.
I started with a gradient base of Barry M Golden Sands and Polished by Leanne Ocean Breeze - great names for a beach gradient!!
Then I stamped with Barry M Popsicle, because flamingos are pink!
I took a couple of glossy shots and then added matte top coat and took all the photos with my seaside prop - my Albufeira dolphin as it is also pink!
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01

Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01



Saturday, 22 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Sunshine

This week's prompt was sunshine. I searched through all my plates and really couldn't find anything suitable sunshiny and then it occurred to me that maybe a mandala type pattern, stamped yellow on orange or orange on yellow might do the trick.
I had just used Apipila Super Plate B for another mani and spotted an image that I thought would be perfect. So I painted my nails neon orange with 'Ard As Nails Too Shy and then stamped with Esmaltes da Kelly Bee.
I took a selection of pictures including an impromptu shot with some self set poppies in the back garden. To be honest, since I don't like yellow or orange very much I didn't really expect to like these much but I did (not sure the photos really do them justice either, not the right colour combo for my camera or my skin) - but one of the nice things about nail art, you just have to give things a try, they might surprise you! I think it helped that the sun was shining!!
Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B



Friday, 14 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Ocean Life

This week's prompt was Ocean Life and I couldn't resist using the very cute images on Bundle Monster BM-S166.
Although the colours weren't exactly typical for an Ocean Life mani, I am tight for time again so I used my fanbrush mani as my base. As it turned out I think it looked OK.
I stamped with Messy Mansion Delft Blue and I think that looked great against the silver background.
I do love the cute images on the Fuzzy and Ferocious plates and they always seem to stamp well.
There are not lots of pictures because it was raining, and to be honest all the pictures I took looked the same!
I did go on to colour the images in for another challenge so I have included a mini collage at the end.
Bundlemonster BM-S166
Bundlemonster BM-S166
 Bundlemonster BM-S166


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Beach

Sorry the posting is so late...
This week's prompt (well, last week actually) was Beach (or animal silhouettes) but I wanted to use Dixie Plates Summer 01 so I went with beach!
I used my coral and gold mani from #whencolourscollide as my base. That was Dixie Plates Summer 01 and Avon Gold Leaf over Nails Inc Copacabana Coral.
Then I added Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine. They turned out quite well but really needed a matte top coat to capture the detail on camera.
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine






Saturday, 1 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Neon

This week's prompt was neon. I wan't quite sure where to go with this one but when I saw the Friday fanbrush colours -lime green, beige and black- I decided they'd go well with neon pink.
I chose the palm tree image on Dixie Plates Summer 01 and stamped that in neon pink over the fanbrush mani. I don't think the coverage was quite as perfect as it should have been for full impact, the dark base did still show through the pink a bit, but overall I liked the look and the colour combo.
The neon would not photograph and by the time the weather and lighting had improved I'd worn the mani for 3 days and it was not quite tidy enough for more photos.
A lot of my recent manis have been a bit rushed, not enough time to redo the less than perfect ones but I am hoping I will have a bit more time and energy now and get back to doing better manis.
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01