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!
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.
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.
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
Floral is probably my favourite pattern to wear EVER. Most of the tops I own have some sort of floral-ness to them.
There were too many different kinds of floral to think about for today’s challenge so I decided to opt for something I have seen quite a few times before and I’m really pleased with how they turned out!
Flowers – in the sun
I started by painting my nails with Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream to give a nice summery background to my nail design. I then mixed Barry M Matt White and No7 Pillar Box to create a nice light pink and used a dotting tool to make the centre of the flowers on the nails.
I then used No7 Pillar Box with a small paintbrush to make the petal marks. Finally I used alternating strokes of Barry M Mint Green and Barry M Racing Green to make the flowers.
I really like them! What do you think?
For this manicure I used:
- Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
- Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
- Barry M – Matt White
- No7 Stay Perfect – Pillar Box Red
- Barry M – Mint Green
- Barry M – Racing Green
- Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat
So after wearing Topshop’s Easy Breezy for a day and a half, I still colour not bring myself to remove it. I really do love this colour! So for this manicure, I decided to recycle yesterday’s.
Yesterday I received some new stamping plates in the post along with some gems! How exciting! I’ve never used gems before and I’ve seen plenty of blog posts and video tutorials about them. On one of the jumbo Cheeky plates I got was a really cute set of three flowers in different sizes , so I decided to stamp those onto my nails.
My first attempt was made with the wrong stamping colour entirely. Lesson learned – Barry M Bright Pink does not stamp well AT ALL over this colour. Instead I chose to use Barry M Foil Effects Silver and stamp one or two flowers onto each nail.
Tiffany-esque – indoor with flash
It’s safe to say that I did a better job on my left hand than my right hand, but you’ll only see the left one anyway!
After I had stamped the flowers, I poured out some little clear gems onto my tray and gradually placed them at the centre of each flower with a bit of clear nail polish, finishing with a topcoat over all my nails.
As soon as I had finished and looked at them under a bright light, the colour immediately reminded me of those of the Tiffany jewellery brand. How cute!
What surprised me the most was the durability of these little gems – or the strength of my topcoat! They’ve survived the shower, several hand scrubs, a night in bed and many a handbag rifle. Really good news for someone like me!
Have you ever used gems before?
For this manicure I used:
- Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
- Topshop Easy Breezy
- Barry M Foil Effects Silver
- Clear rhinestones
- Cheeky jumbo stamping plate F
- Dotting tool
- Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri
I am obsessed. I can’t help it. I just can’t. Stamping has taken my nails to a whole new level of pretty.
The night before last I couldn’t decide what pattern to stamp on my nails, so I gave my boyfriend the choice. What a great choice he made! This really detailed pattern on Bundle Monster plate 201 is absolutely gorgeous, almost displaying a stained glass window sort of effect.
The next problem seemed to be choosing the colours. I knew that I was off to a BBQ yesterday and that I wanted to wear my black and white polka dot dress (LOVE IT) so I thought black and white would be a good idea. But as I reached for the polishes, the super duper shiny Barry M Instant Nail Effect Silver Foil caught by eye, and I knew that I had to use it.
Proving once again that I am impossibly indecisive, I could choose whether to paint a black background and stamp with silver, or paint a silver background and stamp with black. So I did both. I also wanted to try doing an ‘accent nail’ too, so I thought I’d throw that in the bundle.
The final outcome was very pleasing indeed.
Read on to find out more…