Firstly an apology for disappearing for a little while. I had to make an unplanned trip back to the UK last week due to a death in the family and decided to take a short break from blogging and blog-related stuff.
I’m back home now and ready to get back to painting my nails and blogging about it!
The nails I’m showing you today were some I did for a prompt on the GOT Polish challenge a few weeks ago and never got round to posting. It’s far too late to post them for the challenge now but I quite like this mani and thought posting a few pics that have been hanging around and need to see the light of day would be a good way to bring my blog back to life!
It’s a nice simple dotticure using neon(ish) shades which I was quite pleased with and really like the dots in various sizes and mosaic-like effect.
I used: My Boyfriend Scales Walls – OPI, Lady in Black – OPI, Psychedelic Orange – Rimmel, 420 – Flormar, Matt Aqua – BYS, Pink Rose – GOSH, NA07 – Flormar
I don’t own a lot of polishes I would truly call coral so I decided to go with a mani inspired by sea coral. I thought branching corals would be the easiest to use as inspiration as the patterns are really random and gave me a lot of freedom to create fun branchy shapes without worrying about it looking perfect.
I started with a dark blue glittery base as I thought it would be shimmery like the sea and then painted random coral inspired patterns over the top in a coral pink polish.
I liked the result and had fun doing something quite free and abstract but wish I had done something more interesting for the base – maybe a sponged base with a variety of shades of blue.
Anyway, now I’ve realised there’s a coral shaped colour hole in my polish collection, I’ve got a really great excuse to go out shopping and find the perfect coral polish!
I used: Jacob’s Protection – Essence, Westferry Circus – Nails Inc
I really enjoyed the brushstroke mani which I tried for the first time last month for the Techniques Challenge. Last time I used metallic polishes and you can see my attempt here
I thought it was a design which would look great in pastel colours and was excited to try it. In my rush I used a base colour which I’ve had for less than a year (Play It Blue – Catrice) Oooops! I realised what I’d done but really didn’t want to start over so this one is a bit of a blip! All the other polishes I used for the actual brushstroke bit of the mani are over a year old – I didn’t totally mess it up!
I loved the result and thought it would be fun to use a matte topcoat over the finished design. I like the soft spring feeling of this mani and love the brushstroke technique even more on a second try!
I used: Play it Blue – Catrice, Sumner Place – Nails Inc, Elizabeth Street – Nails Inc, Keep Calm Paint On – China Glaze, Do You Lilac It? – OPI
The prompt for today was yellow/peach but I didn’t have any peach polishes that were over a year old so I went with yellow instead.
This mani was an idea that seemed much cooler in my head. I imagined bright yellow teardrops on a black background in a kind of psychedelic swirly style. In reality they look like random globs of yellow paint. It probably didn’t help that both the yellow polishes I used are feeling their age and starting to go a bit gloopy making it difficult to get perfect tear shapes rather than globs.
Anyway – I don’t mean to sound negative about this mani – it was in no way a disaster just not as fun or with as much impact as I’d hoped for.
I used: Mellow Yellow – Sally Hansen, Yellow – Sweets Sweet, Sand Dune – Ciaté, Black Passion – GOSH
Not sure what happened here… I’d set this one to post on Thursday and it’s been such a hectic week I never got round to checking to see if it had published itself. It hadn’t. Oops! So here’s my very late GOT Polish Ruffles:
I wanted to use some holographic and metallic polishes for this ruffle as I thought it would be fun. It didn’t quite turn out as I’d hoped and my ruffles are not particularly neat here. It’s been a busy and tiring week for me!
I do love the colour combination though, and think these polishes look fantastic together so hopefully that makes up for my lack of skill with the technique this time. I like ruffle manis and always think they’re a fun and relatively simple design, so this won’t be my last ruffle. Next time I’ll try and keep my lines of dots straighter and more evenly spaced!
I used: Lanesborough Place – Nails inc, Fit for a Queen – Ciaté, Princess Tears – A England, Peacock Green – Kiko
Can you believe I got the tape out again!?! Two manis using tape in one week is unheard of for me! I’m proud of myself for keeping on trying with tape. I tend to have more success with striping tape than normal stationery tape and get slightly cleaner lines.
I also find sponging over tape to be less messy, stressful and likely to lead to disaster than painting over it. I liked the idea of a regular looking crisscross pattern rather than random laser line taping this time and am pretty pleased with the result. My tape lines are still not perfect but they’re not looking too bad!
I used : Holland Park Road – Nails Inc, Impulsive – Revlon, Do You Lilac It? – OPI, My Boyfriend Scales Walls – OPI
This orange polish is one I’ve had for ages. It also has a stupidly long name that comes out as something like The Most Awake Bright Psychedelic Orange when translated from Japanese – it’s from a Rimmel collection which was only available in Japan and I got as a gift when I lived there. I’ve used it in loads of manicures and will be sad when it finally runs out.
I wanted to try the houndstooth check pattern but knew it would be a challenge so decided to use white acrylic paint to try and make it easier. It was still a huge challenge and my second mani of the week that looks much better from a distance and shouldn’t be examined too closely!
I followed this tutorial by 10 Blank Canvases which made it look so much simpler than it is! Hers were so perfectly neat! Mine are a bit rough around the edges and I don’t think I got my grid of dots and then squares evenly spaced at the beginning which is key to a good result in this pattern.
I’m still quite pleased with the result, even if it’s not that neat, and am glad I tried this pattern out!
I used: Psychedelic Orange – Rimmel, white acrylic paint
Chevrons usually mean tape and I’m really off tape at the moment! I had a horrifically messy tape disaster a week or so ago and just wasn’t in the mood for fiddly bits of tape that take ages and may not have the result I want. Rant over.
So instead I decided to try and freehand a chevron. I was inspired to do a kind of gradient chevron by Nuthin’ but a Nail Thing but doubted my ability to do such a neat gradient as she’d done without the aid of tape so decided to outline my chevrons in black.
I thought I’d done a fairly good job keeping my chevrons even but when I looked at them at the end I realised there were some pretty wonky lines in there. Perhaps it’s time to revisit taping and make my peace with it! I do love seeing the amazing manis other people create using tape and it’s something I wish I had better skills with. As much as I love to freehand as much as I can, I’m going to make myself a promise to do taped manis on a more regular basis until I get the hang of them better.
I used: Mellow Yellow – Sally Hansen, Yellow – Sweets Sweet, Psychedelic Orange – Rimmel, Revlon Red – Revlon, Victoria – Nail Art, Black – Decorative Nail
I wasn’t really inspired to do a typical Valentines mani with lots of pink and red hearts so I wanted to come at it from a different angle. I’d been doing simple Valentines poems with some of my students at work so decided to go with “roses are red, violets are blue..” as my theme (although my violets are purple not blue…)
I found a couple of stock images of rose and violet pattern illustrations which you can see here and here which I used as the base for my design.
I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and think my freehand skills are getting a lot better and considerably neater!
As well as this mani being for the GOT Polish challenge being hosted by Crumpet’s Nail Tarts, I’m going to enter it into the Valentines Nail Art competition which Luchessa and the Polish Alcoholic are hosting. There are some absolutely amazing entries which have already been submitted to their competition but I’d love to have the chance of winning a gift card for Polish Alcoholic’s online store which is the very exciting prize!
I used: My Boyfriend Scales Walls – OPI, Black – Decorative Nail, Impulsive – Revlon, Do You Lilac It? – OPI, The Boltons – Nails Inc.
I felt like doing a water marble as I haven’t done one in ages. I have a few greens that I’ve owned for over a year and I spent ages testing them out to see which ones would water marble. Not many of them worked well, or at least several of them would spread out nicely on their own but not in combination with another polish. Finally I found two which seemed to work well together.
This was the messiest water marble I’ve ever done and I’m not entirely sure why. I managed to get polish absolutely everywhere, the end result looked messy and it took me way waaaay longer than any other water marble I’ve ever done! The polishes were both minis and maybe t was the smaller brush size, but they just didn’t seem to want to drip. I also found that the polishes started to blend a bit rather than stay in neat bullseye circles.
On a more positive note, I did rediscover a great polish which I’ve only used once or twice before: Symons Street which is much prettier on the nail than in the bottle and which I should definitely use more often.
Some nails came out looking pretty good and others not so much. I think I’m still at a very hit and miss stage with water marbling where I have very little control over the end result – but practise makes perfect and the odd messy evening getting covered in green polish might help me get it right in the long run!
I used: Symons Street – Nails Inc, Lime Cocktail – Sephora