Challenges

Fruit Challenge: Watermelon

After a really really REALLY long break from the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges facebook group, I have finally restarted the challenges, and this week’s theme is fruit!

I’ve done a few fruit themed manicures before – Cherries and Strawberries – so I had to think a bit harder this time to come up with another fruity idea.

So what do you think of my watermelons?!

Fruit Challenge: Watermelon Nails

I started by painting two coats of No7 Cheeky Chops which is a wonderful bright coraly-pink. Just what I needed to cure the misery of this horrid weather in England right now! I then used Invogue Matte Suede Emerald Dust to paint the tips of my nails a shimmery green colour. After that had dried, I used Sinful Colors Exotic Green to create the stripes over the Invogue polish. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the tiny seeds.

We ate so much watermelon on our honeymoon last month, and it’s so nice to have a little reminder of that on my nails today!

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Fresh Floral Nails

My goodness.

How long has it been since I last shared my nails with you?! About four months I think! So much has happened since then. My new husband and I had the most wonderful wedding day, we moved into our new flat and went on our magic honeymoon! I’ll make sure I write a post about the day and our honeymoon soon, but for the time being I’ve been painting flowers on my nails!

This pattern I found HERE on Pinterest. I loved it so much I had to recreate it. The are so many good patterns on Pinterest, I’ve had to create a whole board to accommodate them! Use the button in the top right of my blog to follow my pins on Pinterest!

Fresh Floral Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of the good old Barry M Matt White polish. Next, I took a tiny paintbrush and painted tiny little flowers onto my nails using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Vigorous Violet, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety Split Lime, No7 Grey Skies and Topshop Easy Breezy. After they had dried, I used a dotting tool with the same colours to create the centre of the flowers.

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Bumblebee

Bumblebeeeeeeee!

I’ve seen this manicure a few times before and have wanted to recreate it for ages, but you know how things get pushed down your list! It was actually remarkably quick to do and was adorable – unlike real life bees which are terrifying!

Bumblebee nails

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream. After that had dried, I used a tiny paintbrush and Nails Inc Black Taxi to draw the background for the bee and the flight path. I then used Barry M Yellow to fill in the bee head and stripes, and Barry M Matt White to fill in the wings. Finally, I added a little black dot for the eye.

Cutest design ever or what?!

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Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

I’m doing a series at the moment on Bridal Nails (you can see the first post here) as I’m trying to find to find something to wear for my wedding day in a couple of months time.

I’m looking for something classy, but still fun and a bit different. Everyone knows I like being a bit different :)

Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

For this design I used two coats of Models Own Buff Pink, and then after that had dried, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and one of the Cheeky Mega Stamping Plates (annoyingly unlabelled) to stamp over this cute little lace designs.

I actually really like this design a lot – so elegant and pretty – but I think it still lacks some sparkle. I think I need to combine it with some glitter or something.

What do you think of this design?

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Cherry Bomb

Time for another super cute manicure!

A few weeks ago I saw this video by cutepolish I just knew that I had to recreate it, so onto my list it went!

Cherry Bomb nails

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White, and after that had dried I used a dotting tool and Barry M Blood Orange to dot on the little cherries. Next, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Spring Green to paint the little stalks on. Finally I used a toothpick and Barry M Matt White to dot on the little shines on the cherries.

It’s got me thinking of other fruit-inspired manicures I could do!

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Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman

This week’s theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Superheroes!

I was quite excited about this theme as I am such a huge fan of superhero films at the moment as SO many have recently been released.

I was trying to think which superhero to choose, and I was swaying towards one of the Avengers as that has been my favourite superhero film recently, however I thought it might be a good idea to choose a superhero that I WANT to be made into a film.

I’m a little too young for Wonder Woman I’m afraid, but I would LOVE to see it made into a film!

Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman Nails

I started by painting three fingers with a base of Barry M Blackberry and my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Next, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the stars. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint the background of the Wonder Woman logo, and Nails Inc Black Taxi to outline it.

Take a look below to see what the other girls have come up with!



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Wedding Nails Idea: Soft Sparkle

As you may or may not know, my fiancé Jack and I will be getting married in two months time. We’ve got nearly everything sorted and arranged now,  which is a big weight off my mind, and although I have my dress bought I still haven’t planned what I will wear on my nails!

I’ve decided to try out a few different ideas for my nails and show them on here over the next few weeks.

Today’s manicure is a soft glittery bridal look. I can’t get married without a bit of sparkle!

Wedding Nails Idea: Soft Sparkle

I started by painting my nails with one coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, a polish with a clear base packed with micro fine silver glitter and bigger hexagonal glitter. I then painted on one thin coat of Rimmel London Salon Pro New Romantic. I tried this out with multiple coats but it started looking far too pink and didn’t suit my skin tone. Finally I painted one more coat of the glitter before adding a topcoat.

I quite like this look I think. I think. I just wonder if it might look a little boring for me. I know it’s my wedding nails, but it’s still got to look a bit fun right?!

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Nudey Flowers

More stamping! Woop! I just love it :)

This is a bit different to the kind of stamping I normally do – mainly because I haven’t used a metallic polish!

I’ve heard through the blogging grape vine that the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are good to use as stamping polishes as they are thick one-coaters. I just had to try it out.

Nudey Flowers

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Lychee which is a really pretty beige colour that I’m loving right now. I then used Barry M Blood Orange and Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM-224 to stamp on the floral pattern.

Look how well it worked!! It hasn’t missed any of the bits of image or anything! I did have to work quite quickly, but that’s nothing different to normal when using polishes that aren’t made especially for stamping.

Have you tried any other polishes for stamping? What has worked for you?

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Fan Me!

Firstly, can I saw how sorry I am for being completely non-existent for a week or so! I have been so unbelievably busy with wedding-y stuff it has been mad. Not long to go now though :)

Today I have another stamping manicure for you today using a polish from the NYC Foil Explosion collection.

Fan Me!

I started by painting my nails with 1 coat of Barry M Plum and after it had dried, I used NYC Power of Elements with Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM-215 to create the fan pattern over the top of it.

I’m really loving the combo of a matte polish with a metallic polish stamped over it at the moment…. so cute!

I’m starting to think that I need to invest in some new stamping plates as I only have a couple of sets. Do any of you have any suggestions?

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1950s Challenge: Polka dot dresses!

This week’s theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is the 1950s, so I decided to paint little polka dot dress on my nails!

Can’t you just imagine when swinging and swirling around with their giant petticoats and ankle socks! SO cute.

1950s Challenge: Polka Dot Dresses

I started by painting all my nails with a base of Angelica Marshmallow which is a lovely matte pink polish – the perfect strawberry milkshake colour!

Next I painted each of the dresses on using Barry M Blood OrangeBarry M PlumNails Inc Black Taxi, and Barry M Blackberry. For this I used a tiny paintbrush and had to use two coats to get an opaque colour.

Finally, I used Barry M Matt White, my favourite white (pictured) to dot on the polka dots and paint on the waistband.

I am so excited to see what the other girls came up with in the group this week!



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