Something a little more abstract from me today! I realised that I haven’t done any stamping for ages and couldn’t resist pulling the glitter out too, so here is something a little less inspired and a little more puzzle-like. I actually had quite a lot of fun doing this one!
I started by painting my nails with two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lustre Shine in Azure, and after that had completely dried, I used a Cheeky stamping plate with Barry M Foil Effects Silver to stamp on the wavey pattern. I then used a toothpick dipped in clear nail polish to place on the little bits of silver glitter to give it that last touch of glam!
I love how this mix of colours works so well. The Sally Hansen Azure changes from blue to purple as you move your hand, which compliments the twinkle of the glitter and the silver wave!
I’m doing a series at the moment on Bridal Nails (you can see the first post here) as I’m trying to find to find something to wear for my wedding day in a couple of months time.
I’m looking for something classy, but still fun and a bit different. Everyone knows I like being a bit different
For this design I used two coats of Models Own Buff Pink, and then after that had dried, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and one of the Cheeky Mega Stamping Plates (annoyingly unlabelled) to stamp over this cute little lace designs.
I actually really like this design a lot – so elegant and pretty – but I think it still lacks some sparkle. I think I need to combine it with some glitter or something.
What do you think of this design?
The theme on the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is Cocktail Nails!
I have had literally no inspiration this week whatsoever, but I do really want to get back into stamping as I haven’t done much in ages, so I had a rummage through my collection of stamping plates and found three images I liked – a shattered effect, a leafy pattern and a cocktail glass! Perfect for a mint mojito! One of my favourite cocktails EVER!
I started by painting my index and middle fingers with Barry M Matt White, my ring finger with Topshop Easy Breezy and my little finger with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express.
After they had dried completely, I used Barry M Foil Effect Silver to stamp the shattered effect over my ring finger and middle finger to look a bit like ice, and a cocktail glass on my little finger! I then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern on my ring finger and the tip of my middle finger. That was so hard to try and get full leaves!
Finally I used a bit of Topshop Easy Breezy to paint in the leaves on my middle finger!
I think I could have done my middle finger a little cleaner, but I am so pleased with the rest of my nails – especially my index finger, I love the white and silver together!
Check out what the other girls in the group have come up with below!
Purple mani!! It feels so long since I’ve done a purple mani, which is weird as purple is one of my favourite colours and I have a LOT of purple polishes!
I did these nails while on my lunch break at work. I’ve taken to planning my manicure in the morning and packing a nail kit with all the things I will need and then bringing it to work to do at lunch time! It’s been so great at getting me away from my PC for an hour.
I started by painting a base of Beauty UK Smokey Lilac on three nails, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Grape Escape on my ring finger. I then painted a quick drying topcoat over the lilac nails to make them dry quickly so I could stamp over them without smudging! I used Models Own Boogie Nights to paint over my ring finger – such an amazing glitter! Finally, I used Sally Hansen Grape Escape again and a Bundle Monster stamping plate to stamp that gorgeous flame-like pattern onto my nails.
I love that Models Own glitter so much. I have the whole Mirrorball collection and really feel like I should use them more often!
Hope you’re all having a great Monday!
A couple of days ago I did a review of the lovely Barry M Croc Effects and I mentioned that my friend Sophie had given it to me for my birthday. Well, today I have another polish for you that she gave me! Thanks Sophie!
Barry M Ridley Road is one of four in Barry M’s relatively new textured collection. It’s a beautiful milky green in the bottle, and if it wasn’t for the super stylish lid, you wouldn’t know that it was a textured polish at all!
I wasn’t sure how textured this polish would be and how the application would be as I’ve never experienced these kinds of polishes before, but I was nicely surprised to find it very easy and very smooth to apply. It took two coats to get to the opacity and textured-ness (new word!) shown in my photos, but could probably have done with one more coat to hide the remainder of my white tips which I didn’t notice until I got my nails under my bright light.
The effect on the nail can only really be described as peculiar but pleasant. The texture is really bizarre to have on nails, but it was quite nice to just sit there and run my fingers over it. Given enough time, I probably could have smoothed it down completely with just my fingertips haha!
The colour is really pretty – you know what I’m like with my greens! Sophie guessed well as this is the polish out of the four I would have picked! It’s a lovely springtime green.
I wondered how it would look to stamp over the textured polish, so in keeping with the spring look I stamped this lovely Cheeky floral pattern over it using Konad Special Polish in White. The pattern looks a little pale (due to my white colour choice), but the stamping took so well to the textured polish! I love how cool this looks!
You can buy Barry M Ridley Road as well as the other textured polishes from the collection from Boots or Superdrug stores, as well as from the Barry M website for only £3.99 each.
Do you have any of the Barry M textured collection?
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!
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!
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