Challenges

Fast Food Challenge: Fried Chicken Nails

Please tell me this looks like fried chicken legs! I know my ring finger is a bit weird, but literally no one at work could work out what they were :(

It has been so so hard coming up with another manicure for the fast food theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group, especially after the mad success of my McDonalds design!

Finally, I came up with the idea of fried chicken nails. It looked better in my head before I started painting it, admittedly.

Fast food Challenge - Fried Chicken Nails

I started by painting one base coat of Barry M’s Blueberry Ice Cream and then used a tiny paintbrush to paint the chicken bits of the chicken with LA Colors Bronze Bombshell, also using it to paint my ring finger. After that, I used the new Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw on the little chicken bones (still loving these pens – see my review HERE). Finally, I used a brown acrylic paint to create the texture on my ring finger and on the little chicken pieces.

I hope you all like it! It’s making me want a KFC for lunch!



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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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Review: Barry M Nail Art Pens

I’ve seen so many other reviews of these Barry M Nail Art Pens that have been raving about them, so this week I caved and bought them! Superdrug had an offer of 3 for 2 on Barry M nail polish, so on my lunch break I bought the black, white and silver pens. After I had had a play around with them I popped back into Superdrug that evening to buy the pink one too! What can I say, I am a sucker for full sets!

Barry M Nail Art Pens

The first thing I noticed was how easy they are to use.

On first use, you need to give the pen a good shake, then remove the lid and press the nib down on a bit of paper about 20 or so time to get the polish to come down the nib. I found that when you start to see the polish, put the lid back on and give it a good shake, and you’ll be ready to go!

Barry M Nail Art Pen White

They’re so much easier to use than a normal polish and paintbrush! My problem was coming up with enough designs and patterns to do! The possibilities are literally endless. They’re also easier to use than the pens that you have to squeeze – I could get so much more accurate and less shaky lines. Plus, you don’t end up with not enough polish or massive blobs – just a constant about of polish on the nib!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Silver

All four coloured pens are a great opaque colour – even the pale pink showed up straight over a black polish without needing to trace over my design again. And the polish from them comes off very easily with normal nail polish remover which is good.

Barry M Nail Art Pen Black

For each of these manicures I painted one or two coats of the nail polish (beige, blue, red or black) before adding a quick drying top coat to make it dry faster. Once it was completely dry, I used the pens to draw the designs onto my nails. Each whole manicure took less than ten minutes and it’s such a great effect!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Pink

I would really recommend these nail art pens to anyone. I just know that they’re going to make my nail art so much easier!

I put a plee out to Barry M – please make a whole rainbow of colours of the pens! I would buy ALL OF THEM.

You can buy Barry M Nail Art Pens from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website for just £4.99 each.

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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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It’s my birthday!

It’s my birthday today! Woop!

I hope you’re all having a lovely day today – I’m at work so it’s not too exciting, but Jack and I are going out for dinner tonight :)

Today I have for you bunting nails. These have been quite popula recently and I fancied giving them a go – they are so springy!

Bunting nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Barry M Matt White – I seem to be using this polish a lot at the moment! I then painted triangles onto my nails in alternating colours of Topshop Easy Breezy, Rimmel London Tangy Tangerine and Models Own Lilac Dream with a tiny weeny paintbrush. Finally, I used the same paintbrush to outline the triangles using L.A. Colors Black Striper polish.

I’m chuffed to bits with these and love how well they suit the fact that it is my birthday.

Bunting nails
For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Models Own – Lilac Dream
  • Rimmel London – Tangy Tangerine
  • Topshop – Easy Breezy
  • L.A. Colors – Black Striper
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Lasers

I have seen this manicure done by so many people so many times and I love it. Getting the Models Own Ice Neon collection seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.

I love how the stripes look like lasers in a nightclub. How cool! I also tried out a gradient on one finger to mix it up a bit!

Laser nails

I started by paining all my nails with a base of Barry M Matt White. I then painted my index finger with Models Own Toxic Apple, my middle finger with Models Own Bubblegum and my little finger with Models Own Luis Lemon. I also used a make up sponge to make a gradient with all three colours on my ring finger. When it had dried a bit, I painted a quick drying topcoat over all my nails – this meant that the tape I was about to stick on wouldn’t pull off the nail varnish.

Next I cut off lots of pieces of tape and stuck them randomly over my nails making sure that they were stuck down well. I then used Nails Inc Black Taxi to paint over the polish and tape on my nails so the colours was blocked out completely. Before it dried, I carefully used tweezers to pull off all the pieces of tape. Finally, after it had dried well I used a final coat of topcoat.

Laser nails

If you have nail tape I would really recommend you try this out. If you don’t have tape – get some!!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Models Own – Toxic Apple
  • Models Own – Bubblegum
  • Models Own – Luis Lemon
  • Nails Inc – Black Taxi
  • Makeup sponge
  • Nail tape
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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My first time with tape!

So AGES ago I bought these rolls of nail art tape from eBay and I am only now getting round to having a go with them.

How cool does this look! I wore it out to dinner after doing the manicure and I felt all special and snazzy with my dolled-up blingy nails. My only annoyance was that I forgot to put a top coat on after the tape and gems so the tape started peeling and the gems fell off after a while :( Lesson learned for next time!

My first time with tape!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream – two coats to make it completely opaque. I then painted a coat of Seche Vite to make it dry quicker so I could get sticking! Then for each nail, I cut off a piece of tape, stuck it on my nail and trimmed it down to the right size. After that, I used a toothpick to dab a bit of clear nail polish onto the place where I was going to stick a gem, then picked up a gem using the toothpick (clear polish remnants are sticky!) and placed it onto the nail….and then did that for all the gems!

It took a while, but it was totally worth it!

Have you ever had a go at using nail tape?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
  • Blue nail tape
  • Clear nail art gems
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Copycat: Gradient Dots

So as I enjoyed doing the last copycat post so much, I was so eager to try another one.

The blogger I have been inspired by today is Sarah at Chalkboard Nails. She is a pretty big name in the nail blogging world and always manages to come up with clean and clever new ideas.

Today I have decided to copycat her Red and White Gradient Dots post using the colours black and silver.

Gradient Dots

Now I knew that I would never be able to get it as perfect and clean as Sarah gets it, but I am so so pleased with how it turned out! I always find sponging quite difficult, so that was the hardest bit of this manicure, but I managed to figured it out in the end.

I love the effect the silver dots give as they become more vivid!

If you don’t already, you should really follow Sarah on her blog as she has some really inspiring ideas!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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