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Santa Claus is coming to town!

So I did promise you one more bonus Christmas manicure and here it is – Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town nail art

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Advent Tutorial: Star

And now for the nail art design I had planned for today! Doesn’t this advent calendar look so pretty now that it’s nearly complete?! I can’t wait to show you what it looks like all finished tomorrow.

This afternoon’s nail art design is a great big star in the deep blue sky!

Advent Tutorial: Santa Claus Nail Art

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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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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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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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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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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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