Challenges

Fast Food Challenge: McDonalds Nails

I am so so pleased that last week was so successful as the first week of my new She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Group. Everyone was so creative and came up with so many great sweet themed manicures! You can see mine HERE, HERE and HERE. If you’re interested in joining the group, just request to join the group on Facebook and I’ll accept you :)

This week our theme is Fast Food – one of my favourite things in the world I am ashamed to admit! And one of my best grab on the go meals is a McDonalds. I know that their food isn’t the healthiest in the world, but it doesn’t hurt every now and then surely!

McDonalds Nails

This manicure was so much fun to do! I had it all in my head, but doubted my ability to do it completely!

I did enough finger one at a time unlike usual. I started by painting my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange and then used Barry M Yellow to paint on the famous golden arches. Then I tackled the cheeseburger. I painted the beef first using brown acrylic paint, and then did the cheese, relish and salad using yellow, red and green acrylic paints. Finally I used Barry M Lychee to paint the bun and used Barry M Matt White to dapple the seeds on top. Next I used acrylic paints to paint the fries onto my index finger and Barry M Blood Orange for the packet. Finally I used Barry M Matt White and Barry M Blood Orange to paint the cup onto my little finger. At the end, I used Seche Vite to give all my nails a lovely shine!

What’s your favourite fast food?



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Sweets: Lollipops!

Today is the last day of the sweets theme in my nail art challenge group, She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. We’ve seen some amazing entries, and cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with for the next week’s theme which is Fast Food! Why don’t you come and join the group too?

I had this idea for a manicure a few days ago, but I needed to get a few other posts done before I could think about doing it. So last night I finally sat down to do it!

Lollipops Nail Art

I started by painting my nails with a white base of Barry M Matt White so that when I sponged a gradient over the top, I would get bolder, more consistent colours. The polishes I used for the gradient were Barry M Bright Pink, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Barry M Mint Green. Can you tell I like Barry M polish yet?! Haha. You’ll also notice that I reversed the gradient on my ring finger just to mix it up a bit!

After the gradient had dried, I used Konad White and the lollipop image on the Mega Cheeky Stamping Plate A to stamp the lollipop image on in a random pattern. I also used Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw the white stripes on my ring finger. Finally, I topped it all off with a Seche Vite topcoat to make it all shiny!

Good enough to eat!



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Sweets: Haribo Cola Bottles

Continuing with the Sweets theme this week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Facebook group this week, I wanted to do another nail art manicure!

I was thinking about what my favourite sweets are, and somewhere at the top of the list I would place Haribo Cola Bottles – both plain and fizzy! As these are relatively simple looking sweets, I was wondering how I could convey them on my nails. I thought about drawing little bottles, but thought that might end up looking a little weird. In the end, I came up with this…

Sweets: Haribo Cola Bottles

How cool is the fizzy nail!!

I started by painting my index, ring and little finger with a base of Barry M Lychee, and my middle finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Once that had dried, I sponged a gradient onto the cola bottle nails using Barry M Lychee and LA Colors Bronze Bombshell. I also painted the word ‘Haribo’ onto my middle finger using Barry M Yellow. After it had all dried, I painted my nails with Rimmel Pro Matte Finish topcoat, so make them look less shiny, and while it was still wet I sprinkled some sugar over my ring finger to give it the soured sugar effect!

I am so so pleased with how this came out! It just makes me want to go and buy a bag…

What are your favourite sweets?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Lychee
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Rimmel – Pro Matter Finish
  • Sugar
  • Makeup sponge
  • Tiny paintbrush



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Sweets: M&Ms and Skittles

It was quite an exciting day for me yesterday! I took the leap of setting up my very own nail art challenge group on Facebook called She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. The plan is to set a theme every Monday and throughout the week, members can submit pictures and blog posts of their manicures that are to do with that theme! I would be great if you could join us!

The first challenge started yesterday and the theme of the weeks is Sweets/Candy. I think food inspired nails were always going to be my first choice of themes! I did after a while though, think that maybe this was quite a hard theme to choose as the first one.

I started this about what my favourite sweets and treats are and very quickly thought of M&Ms! I thought these would look great on my nails so decided to do one M&M per nail. I also thought it would be a nice twist to paint my ring finger as a Skittle as those are my Dad’s favourite sweets – and conveniently very much like an M&M in appearance!

She Who Does Nail Art Challenges: Sweets - M&Ms and Skittles

I started by painting each of my nails with a base of Barry M Blood Orange, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Yellow and Barry M Block Orange. After those colours had dried, I used a teeny tiny paintbrush dipped into Barry M Matt White to paint on the m’s and s.

Overall, I am so so pleased with how this manicure turned out! Scroll down below to see other entries to the Sweets theme this week, and don’t forget to join the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Facebook group!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat



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Day 30 of the 30 Day Challenge: A tutorial

It’s the last day of the challenge! I’m kind of glad that it’s coming to and end actually as my nails really need a bit of a rest, but I have enjoyed having to come up with something new every day!

Today’s theme is ‘a tutorial’ so I have decided to create a tutorial about how to stamp. I realise that some of you may already know how to do this, but I know a couple of you have never seen this technique before. So this tutorial is for you!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green, which is one of my favourite polishes at the moment.

Here you can see the stamping plate I am using for this tutorial. It is a small round metal plate with patterns and shapes indented into it. In this case, the images are of little monsters!

And these are the two other items you’ll need to do stamping. The first of which is the stamper which has two slightly curved rubber ends, one larger than the other. The other is a small plastic card like an old gift card or something. The one I use is a little card that came with a set of stamping plates I got.

The first thing to do is get the polish you are going to stamp with and cover the stamping plate image you are using with a layer of it. The rest of the steps need to be done pretty quickly so that the polish doesn’t dry.

Then, use your card to scrape the excess polish off the top of the image. I tend to put a piece of kitchen towel under the image so that you can wipe the polish off the card when you are done.

Here you can see the polish left behind on the image after the excess has been scraped off, and the mess that I made doing it!

Then press the stamper onto the image to pick up the polish. Try not to press to hard as you don’t want to smudge the image.

Here you can see the polish has been transferred onto the stamper. If you have a bit of smudging (like I did) you can clean that up using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover, but remember to be quick!

Then, slowly roll the image onto your nail from one side to the other to cover your whole nail in the image. Again, don’t press too hard to avoid smudging!

As you can see, the stamped image can get all over your finger so clean that up with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and then move onto the next nail!

It might sound like quite a tedious process, but actually it’s pretty quick when you get the hang of it. The most annoying part is waiting for the base colour to dry properly before stamping so not to smudge it.

You can get the stamper and plates I have by using the links shown in the steps above or by searching ‘Konad stamper’ and ‘stamping plates’ on Amazon.

I hope this post has shed some light for you!



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Day 29 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by the supernatural

I can’t believe that this is the second last post of the challenge! This month has gone so fast, it’s mad.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by the supernatural’ and again I found this one to be a little vague. I had images of ghosts, zombies and Superman in my head but while rifling through my stamping plate collection I found a cute like monster-like pattern! I’m not sure it’s supernatural exactly, but I liked it and so decided to use it.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green and then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Escape to stamp the pattern over the top. I’m actually using this exact manicure for the tutorial I have to show as the last part of the challenge tomorrow, so you’ll be able to see exactly how all this stamping malarkey is done!

I loved wearing this manicure, but I’m not sure the purple shows up very well on the green. Maybe I should have chosen a lighter green…

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Stamping Plate CH32
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 28 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a flag

Yes yes, I know. Bad blogger Laura for not posting this yesterday. Jack and I ended up going to the cinema last night to watch Looper so I didn’t have time to post.

The theme yesterday was ‘inspired by a flag’ so I’m sure most of can guess which flag I would immediately choose. I wanted to paint this design on my nails during the Olympics or Paralympics but I never got around to it.

I started by painting a basecoat of LA Colors Wired and then used a small paintbrush to paint on the white part of the flag in Konad Special Polish White. Finally, I painted on the main cross using Models Own Scarlet sparkle. It’s got some red glitter in it so I absolutely love it!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • LA Colors – Wired
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Models Own – Scarlet Sparkle
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 27 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by artwork

I am so chuffed with this manicure. Sunflowers are my favourite flower EVER and when I thought of artwork, the first thing that came into my head was the series of sunflower painting by Van Gogh and I knew that was what I had to paint on my nails.

I started by painting a base of Barry M Mint Green and then used a sponge to create a mottled grass effect with Barry M Spring Green. Next I use a tiny paintbrush and mixed together red and yellow acrylic paint to create the centres of the sunflowers and then painted on the petals in yellow. Finally I used the previous orange concoction to draw some shading onto the petals. I love how they turned out.

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Mint Green
  • Barry M – Spring Gren
  • Acrylic paint
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 26 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

Morning campers! I am so tired today it is not even real. I have one of those confusing occurrences with my alarm this morning where you are sure you put it on snooze but apparently you turned it off. I still made the train on time though so no matter.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by pattern’ so I was really pleased that there wasn’t too much limitation for today’s nails. It gave me a chance to use a new stamping image that I have been longing to use since my new Cheeky plate set arrived a few weeks ago.

Look at the pretty stars!

I started by painting my nails with a base of Leighton Denny’s Rebel which my dad got me in a set on his way back from a business trip in India. It is such a beautiful colour! It shimmers a really vivid purple with pink undertones. I then used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky stamping plate CH51 to stamp the star pattern over the top.

I absolutely love this design!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Leighton Denny – Rebel
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

The finish line is nearly in sight. I’m not going to lie…I can’t wait for it to be over. My creativity is starting to run thin.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by fashion’ and I did think about copying a dress print from London Fashion Week that has just gone but then I remembered that I had a cool new set of clothes and fashion stamping images that I haven’t tried out yet.

First I painted my nails with No7 Winter Tale which is a polish from their new collection recently released. The colour is really lovely. One of the men at work described it as ‘battleship grey’ which I thought was a very good description so I’m stealing it. The consistency is not so lovely however. It is impossible to get the right amount of polish on the brush. You either get too much and it dribbles everywhere or not enough and it streaks and drags. It makes me a bit reluctant to buy any more from the new No7 collection.

After it had dried I used five different stamp images to stamp over the grey with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape which is a lovely dark metallic purple. These Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are amazing for stamping. I managed to pick this one up with a few other colours from Poundland a few weeks ago which was an absolute bargain.

Hope you like it :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • No7 – Winter Tale
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH37
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH55
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat



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