Monthly Archives: September 2013

Patterns!

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Patterns!

Blue and White Patterned Nails. As I have mentioned before blue is my favourite colour, which is why I chose blue today! 😀 I paired it with white to brighten it up a little. Ok, so here’s how I did it. First I painted my nails the medium blue colour. This was a quick drying polish because I’m impatient and for the next step you need the polish to be completely dry. Next I cut masking tape into triangles and stuck them over the dry nail polish in the middle section of my nails. To create an interesting look I stuck them facing different ways rather than all the same way. Once I’d stuck the triangles to all of my nails, I painted the top and bottom exposed sections in either white or light blue in no particular order. I even did some of them with both the top and bottom sections in the same colour.

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Once this has all dried completely, I used my home made dotting tool to create the patterns in each section. I didn’t want to over do it so I left some sections blank with only the colour showing. I did dots in some sections and tried not to repeat dots in the same section on each nail. I also did lines, still using my homemade dotting tool, in other sections, where again I tried not to repeat the lines in the same section on each nail too much.

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After the polish is dry, apply a top coat and they’re done! I like the way it looks but I think the colours contrast too starkly, so I would recommend using colours in the same tonal range. For example all pastel tones or all dark tones. This will reduce the starkness of the contrast between colours and soften the overall look. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat

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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat

I just bought this Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat range Nail Polish. It’s called ‘All Yarned Up’, which is quite a cute name if you ask me. I really wanted to try it out but I wasn’t ready to take off my nail polish for the week yet so I just did my thumb haha. It came out really well and it feels really cool to touch once it’s dry. My only problem with it, is that you have to apply at least three coats before you get it looking like this. And you have to wait for each coat to dry! This is fine, except I’m really impatient when it comes to my nails and when I have to wait for polish to dry for too long it always ends up chipping or smudging, etc. I could deal with one coat, but then it wouldn’t look like it’s meant to, it just kind of looks like non glittery glitter, if that makes sense… Anyway enough of my ranting. If your patient enough this polish creates a really nice effect and looks great!

Mum’s Daisy Nails

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IMG_1960I painted my Mum’s nails!! She wanted something that wasn’t too obvious and didn’t draw attention but still pretty, so I did little daisies. I chose a shimmery light pink that could pass for skin colour from afar, so it would blend in with her natural nail colour. I then used the same technique as I did in my Spring Flowers.

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Using my home made dotting tool I placed a single yellow dot in the corner of each nail and around the egde and top of the thumb nail. These form the centre of each flower so make sure to leave space for the petals. Next I used a white polish to create the petals. I dotted five dots around each yellow dot I made.

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Finally I put on a top coat, making sure first that the flowers are dry! Some of these weren’t dry yet and it smudged a little when I applied the shiny top coat. Oops! Anyway, this is a simple, yet very cute design and I hope you enjoy it.

Black & Gold

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This weeks nails were inspired by nails Pshiiit, you can find the original post by clicking here. This came up in my Pinterest feed and loved it so I decided to try it out myself. Though I have used different colours I think the effect is still the same.

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I chose to use a glittery gold to compliment a green dress that I wanted to wear to a party. I painted all my nails with two coats of polish because the polish I used is a bit translucent with only one coat. Once it was completely dry, i placed pieces of masking tape cut into triangles with the pointy end towards the tip of my nails. I used about 4 piece of extremely pointy end triangle shaped masking tape per nail. I placed them all in different directions to mix it up a bit. I then painted the tip of my nails black over the masking tape. To reveal the jagged points I peeled away the tape once the black polish was completely dry. I finished with a shiny top coat. I hope you enjoy them!

Spring Flowers

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Spring Flowers

It’s the beginning of Spring here in Australia although with this rainy weather it doesn’t really feel like, but never the less I decided to do some spring themed nails this week. For my spring flower design I painted my nails a blue green as a background colour to for the flowers.
Then I used my home made dotting tool (a sewing pin with a small head stuck into the eraser of a pencil) to place three yellow dots spread out in a triangle on each of my nails to form the centre of each flower. For my thumbs I did five because it would actually fit.
To create the petals, if you haven’t guessed already I just used my dotting tool to place 5 dots around each of the yellow dots. I used pink, purple and copper colours but you can use whatever you want, you can make them all the same colour or even all different. This is a fun one because you can play around with where you place each flower as well. Have fun with it!

Water Marble Look without Water

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Water Marble Look without Water

When I did this I wasn’t looking to create a water marble look, it was just a happy accident that it turned out like this. I was inspired by my Visual Literacy Class at Uni, where we we doing tonal painting and exploring different techniques. Of course I got paint all over my hands and it stuck to my nails in half mixed swirls, which kind of looked cool but it was all brown coloured. So I decided to try to recreate the look with better colours!

I chose Red, Blue and White because I had previously done a drip paining (the painting in the background)that has the same kind of look i wanted. Doing this was really quite easy and if you’re careful you won’t have much cleaning up to do. So, I put a small dab of each polish on different parts of my nail, it doesn’t have to be perfect at all sine you’re going to mix it all up. I then used my homemade dotting tool, that I’ve talked about previously, to gently mix the polish around in circular motions until my whole nail was covered. Be careful not to over do it because then the polish will just mix into one colour and you will lose the swirly effect.

Once your done with all of your nails, you may need to clean up any excess nail polish that’s gotten on your skin around the nail. Usually if you do water marble nails you have to tape up your finger to avoid getting polish all over them or if you don’t you have to clean so much off and I find that really frustrating so I think it’s really great that you can get a similar effect without so much mess. I just use a cotton bud that you normally use for you’re ears with a bit of nail polish remover and gently swipe around my nails to get rid of the little pesky bits of polish. Then you can apply a top coat to protect your design and you’re done!

BLUE!

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BLUE!

Blue is my favourite colour, so I decided to use all different shades of blue for my this wavy dotted design. I used a really light, kind of shear blue with glitter for the base, I did two coats so the colour would come out more. Once that was dry I used a navy blue that also had glitter in it (but you can’t really see it… oh well) to do the middle dots. I used my home made dotting tool (I stuck a sewing pin into the rubber of a pencil) to make the dots in a wavy line up the middle of each nail. For the outside dots I used a middle blue colour and place the dots along the first wavy dotted line. Then apply a top coat and you’re done. Very easy to do and it looks cute!