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Hot Pink Pretties with Gold nail tape trim

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Elegant Gold Pattern

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Elegant Gold Pattern

Black and Gold colours again! I’ve just moved across the world from Australia to Britain for 4 months and I was only able to bring 10 polishes! Not nearly enough! So I’m kinda lacking in colours right now. For the next four months you’ll be seeing the same 10 colours! And also for some reason this is the only picture I have of this design! I can’t believe I remembered to get the progress shot but not the final! 😦 Oh well you can see the final design on one of the nails! That’ll have to be good enough because I’m way too lazy to redo the same design again!

Anyway let’s get into how to do this. You will need 2 colours of polish, a dotting tool (mine’s homemade 😉 ), something to put polish on and a top coat polish. Begin with your base colour and paint all of your nails with as many coats as your polish requires to get a good coverage and colour. Once your base colour is dry put some of your second coloured polish onto your palette of choice, mine is a piece of plastic. Then use your dotting tool to mark out big dots over your nail as shown in the pic on the middle finger. Once you have your markers you should easily be able to add in smaller dots between them to create the diamond shaped criss crossed patterns. I could only fit about 2 little dots between the bigger dots. Then you can apply your top coat and your finished! I hope you enjoy these nails! 🙂 Have a good week!

Blue Freckled Nails

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Tones of Blue Dots!

This was just a quick job, I rushed it and surprisingly it turned out really good! Yay! So I started out with a base colour of really pale blue with a slight shimmer to it. This is just so that any spaces that I missed with my dots was covered as well.  I used 5 different shades of blue for this, including a blue green colour. I had a dob of each colour polish laid out on a plastic sheet so it was easy to just dip in my dotting tool and randomly place dots all over each of my nails. I had tissues handy to wipe the dotting tool clean before changing colours. I finished it off as always with a shiny top coat, hope you like these blue freckled nails!

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Night Time Sparklies For My Friend!

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Night Time Sparklies for my Friend!

I painted my friends nails when she came over last week. We decided on a simple black with silver glitter on the tips. I also did a full glitter nail accent on the middle nails. I’ve done something like this before but with a clear base polish. You can find it here.

So if you want nail this look, you just need to start with a base coat of black polish on all of your nails. Once that’s dry take a sponge, I used a course  one because I find that it applies glitter better than a make up sponge, but a make up sponge will still work. There are a few ways to do the glitter. You can use a range of polishes with glitter already in them, preferably a clear polish. You can dab it onto your sponge and then again dab the sponge onto your nail where you want the glitter to be.

The way I did it was using loose glitter powder. I have it in a little tub which is the perfect size to dip my sponge into. To make the glitter stick to the nails, I apply a clear polish onto the sponge before dipping it in glitter. Then apply the glitter to your nail only to the tips, I generally do it for half my nail so it becomes a gradual dispersion of the glitter. I never worry about trying to keep the glitter only on the nail because you’ll never get good coverage if your trying to avoid your skin. You can always clean up any excess glitter with an ear bud and some polish remover when you’re done. If you want to have an accent nail covered in glitter just use the same method but cover your whole nail rather than just the tips. Don’t forget to cover the glitter with a clear top coat to seal it all in and to help to stop the glitter from coming off. Enjoy the sparklies everyone!

All Wrapped Up!

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All Wrapped Up!

It’ll be Christmas soon so I’ve done some Christmas inspired nails! I’ve done some shimmery purple present nails wrapped in silver ribbon and 3 little white baubles for decoration. They’re super easy to do and pretty quick as well. First thing you need to do is choose your colour, I went with silver and purple because they’re the only two shimmery colours I have that work together and I wanted a festive look. I also used a plain white polish for the baubles.

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Now you just need to paint all of your nails with one coloured polish, in my case the purple. Once dry you can do the off centre cross that makes the ribbon. I just used the polish brush that came with the polish and lightly traced the lines onto my nails. You need to be very careful not to make the line too thick if you do it this way. Otherwise you can use a thin brush to do these lines. Again you need to wait for this to dry before doing the next part, which is the little baubles over the intersection of your cross. You will need to use a dotting tool and by now you should know mine ishomemade with a sewing pin stuck into the eraser of a pencil. I put a little polish onto a plastic sheet to make it easier to dip my dotting tool into. You just need to dab three dots onto the part of lines that cross over in a little triangle.

Finally finish off with a clear shiny top coat and the look is finished! You’ll be all wrapped up and ready for Christmas! I hope you enjoy this look and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Purple Glitter Stripes

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Purple Glitter Stripes

This are my glitter striped nails that I did a while back and totally forgot to post. I only have one photo of them, which is probably why I missed it. Anyway, for this design I had to do a lot of layers of polish. The glitter polish I used is Revlon ‘Brilliant Bordeaux’ which has the purple glitter with some silver as well but the polish colour isn’t quite clear, it has a murky blackness to it. I found this out the hard way after painting my nails all white, thinking it would help the purple colour stand out more. Instead you could see all the murky blackness, which wasn’t very nice so I just kept adding more coats of the glitter until you couldn’t see it anymore! It would probably have been easier to just start again using a dark purple or black base colour but oh well.

For the next part the layers and layers of glitter needed to be completely dry and I mean completely so I waited over night! haha when it was dry I used making tape cut into strips and stuck on two strips per nail. I did some diagonal and some straight etc just to get some variation and make them more exciting. Once all the strips of masking tape were stuck down I painted over them with black polish. And then waited and waited for it to dry so I could peel the tape off to reveal the pretty glitters. The final thing to do was apply the top coat to make it even more shiny 😉

STRIPES!!!

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This week’s nails are stripes! I decided on stripes because I recently bought some new nail polish and I wanted to use them so I did! I bought a few colours but the two I used here are Revlon Metallic- 928 Silver Dollar and Rimmel London- 200 Orange Your Life. To do these nails you will need two different coloured polishes of you choice, masking tape or equivalent, scissors, top coat.

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So the first thing I did was to paint one coat of Silver Dollar on all of my nails. It looks good on it’s own too and I love the metallic look.Next i cut the masking tape into strips of reasonably similar thickness. Once the Silver Dollar was completely dry I stuck down the strips of tape onto each nail. I had two strips of tape per nail and again I tried to place them as evenly spaced as I could. Tip: Before you stick the tape onto your nail you should stick it on your palm or any area of skin a few times. This will remove the stickiness of the tape so that went you stick it to your nail and then remove it, there’s no sticky residue from the tape.

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Once all of my nails were taped up, I applied a coat of Orange Your Life. I found that you could see the silver through just one coat so I applied a second one to give it more solidarity. Then once this was completely dry, I peeled the pieces of tape off of all my nails to reveal the silver colour underneath. And there you have your stripes!! As always I finished it off with a shiny top coat. I hope you enjoy these nails!IMG_1966