Nail Art

He is risen!

After portraying the fun side of Easter in a manicure yesterday, I thought it would also be a good idea to to portray the more serious side, and the side closer to my heart.

I’ve been a fan of gradient manicures for a while and I’ve seen plenty of the ‘island in the sunset’ manicures, so I thought I would do a twist on it of the three crosses on the hillside.

He is risen!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White to get an even base before doing my gradient. I then cut up a makeup sponge to make it the right size for my nails, then painted onto it Barry M Blood Orange, Block Orange and Yellow in stripes, blending them together a bit. I then sponged the polish onto my nails, making sure I got a good gradient. After that had dried, I used L.A. Colors Black Striper to paint on the black hill. Finally, I used a tiny paintbrush and the same black polish to paint on the crosses before finishing with a top coat.

I’m so pleased with how it came out :)

‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…’
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)

Happy Easter everyone!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Make up sponge
  • L.A. Colors – Black Striper
  • Tiny paintbrush
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Easter nails!

Happy Easter! I hope you’re all having a lovely Easter weekend :) Here in the UK we get a four day weekend over Easter so we’re having a great time!

Today I decided to do a fun take on Easter. I’ve seen quite a few manicures of bunnies, chicks and easter eggs over the last week, so I thought I would have a go at it too!

Easter nails!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Lilac Dream, Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, Topshop Easy Breezy and Barry M Bright Pink. I waited until it was dry and then used a tiny paintbrush, a dotting tool and a selection of nail polishes (listed below) to paint on the Easter egg patterns. I especially love my index finger!

For the bunny, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Matt White to paint the shape of the bunny and once that had dried I used Barry M Bright Pink to paint in the ears and nose. Finally I used a dotting tool and Nails Inc Black Taxi to dot on the eyes!

Have you had a go at an Easter manicure?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Lemon Ice Cream
  • Topshop – Easy Breezy
  • Rimmel London – Tangy Tangerine
  • Models Own – Lilac Dream
  • Nails Inc – Black Taxi
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Copycat: Spots and Stripes

For a while now I have been a fan of the blog Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing. Claire comes up with such wonderful nail art designs – she’s really talented! So today I thought I would start a new nail art series doing my own take on some of my favourite nail art designs, starting with Claire’s Spots and Stripes design.

Claire has such lovely long nails compared to my short ones, so I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do as many spots, but I am so pleased with the outcome!

Spots and Stripes

Black and pink is such a nice combo, especially as the pink has a bit of sparkle in it. I love how striking they are! I’m starting to think that this pattern would be really nice in pastel colours to give it a spring look. Maybe green and yellow or something. I can’t wait to try this again when my nails have gotten longer.

I would really recommend following Claire’s Nuthin’ But A Nail blog if you don’t already – I’m sure I’ll be copycatting her designs again in the future!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Kiko – 277
  • L.A. Colors – Black Striper
  • Dotting tool in 2 sizes
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Wintery Springtime

Woooo stamping! I forgot how much I love stamping, and how it makes me stare at my nails all day. Sometimes the most subtle designs have the sweetest effects.

I fancied doing something floral today, but as it is so cold and snowy outside I wasn’t sure I could face spring colours, so opted for a smart purple and white design.

Winter Springtime

The really like the Barry M Blackberry. It is such a great shade of purple and it only takes one coat to get it opaque! I started by painting one coat of the Blackberry, and after using some Seche Vite I stamped these pretty flowers with Konad White (the best white for stamping EVER) before topping with more Seche Vite.

I always laugh at how diddy my little finger is. I can never fit a very bit stamping pattern on it properly so it always ends looking a little sad because it’s not allowed as many flowers as it’s friends! Haha.

Are you still enjoying your wintery colours? How is the weather with you?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blackberry
  • Konad – White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Strawberries!

These Strawberries were a request from one of the men at work. Honestly, it’s scary how much interest they have in them.

I’ve seen quite a few posts around of strawberries and agreed that it would be cool to try it for myself. It took a lot of patience, but it really paid off in the end.

I started by painting my nails with one coat of Barry M Blood Orange for the red strawberry colour. I then used Models Own Scarlet Sparkle for one coat to make the strawberries more glitzy (I think I’d probably pay more for glitzy strawberries in supermarkets). Next I used a teeny tiny paintbrush and Essie’s Navigate Her (what is that name all about?) to paint the background of the leaves. Barry M Spring Green was used next to fill in the leaves, and finally I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint on the little seeds.

I actually kept this design on for four days which has got to be nearing a record for me, but they were so cute I couldn’t bring myself to take them off!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Models Own – Scarlet Sparkle
  • Essie – Navigate Her
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Scion Flight Insipred Manicure

I’ve recently gone a little mad over Pinterest. This could be due to currently planning a wedding but I seem to be living on it, and one of my favourites things to find and look at are patterns. So I’ve decided to do a series on patterns. All patterns and any patterns that I find on Pinterest.

This was one of my favourite patterns on the list. I love how simple it is and reminds me of a summer’s day at the beach where my parents live. Plus, I was quite confident that it wouldn’t be too tricky to paint for my first attempt. It’s actually a wallpaper pattern too, and you can click on the photo to be taken to John Lewis’s website to purchase it.

I started my painting my nails with Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream which I think is my only light blue. I really need some more light blues. I used a really tiny paint brush to paint white birds on my nails with Barry M Matt White and then used the same paint brush to accent a few of those birds with No7 – Sing the Blues.

I can’t believe how easy it was to create such a cool effect! i’m also using my snazzy new light tent for these photos which is why they look so much better than the old ones! Woop!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • No7 – Sing the Blues
  • Seche Vite Quick Dry Topcoat
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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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