The new nail art theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is ‘Jewellery’, which I know a lot of us are excited about!
I was looking through my polish collection trying to decide what to paint around this theme and noticed one of my favourite polishes – Topshop Easy Breezy. This immediately made me think of the Tiffany boxes with the white bows on and knew that I had to choose that for nail art!
I started by painting my nails with two coats of Topshop Easy Breezy and once that had dried, I used the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White (review HERE) to draw on the bow and ribbon design. I used a toothpick and a bit of clear polish to stick on the gem before painting on a Seche Vite topcoat.
I’m so chuffed with how this looks. Subtle and classy but still fun and cool.
I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for this look, would anyone be interested?
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!
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
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