Monday, 30 December 2013

Black & White Nail Art With The Polish Party: Zebras

Hi everyone! Today I've created a mani for The Polish Party's December instalment. This month's theme is 'Black & White', which I first assumed to be pretty simple, but in fact turned out to be rather tricky. There's only so much you can do with two colours, and I decided to challenge myself further by not allowing the use of any extras, like gems and glitter. After a bit of pondering, I decided to try a zebra design. Rather than sticking to zebra stripes on all of my nails, I thought I'd attempt to add a face in as well. I'm not really that pleased with this design, partly because I painted the eyes too big so there wasn't any room left for a nose, and also because I ran out of top coat so the final product is a bit bumpy and lacks a good finish. Never mind. I'm not exactly selling this manicure am I?! Anyway, keep on reading for a few more pictures and details...

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas Haul: A Few Naily Treats!

Hi guys and gals :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, ate plenty, drank plenty, and got lots of presents of course! I've had a really busy few weeks what with Christmas, visiting friends and family and then organising our impending relocation for my new job, so I haven't had a minute to spare for nail art. I'm going to have to play catch-up this week; my nails are feeling extremely neglected and my polish collection is screaming to be used! Speaking of which, here are the additions I received for Christmas... I was well and truly spoilt this year, and along with the nail treats from my friends and family, I got a lovely Secret Santa gift from one of the nail girls on Twitter (I'm still trying to track her down - I really am a useless detective). This post is going to be pretty picture heavy, so prepare yourselves! 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Nail Art: Raymond Briggs' The Snowman

Hi everyone! Today I am so, so, soooo pleased with how my mani turned out. It was a very big risk, considering the amount of detail that was required to recreate (and attempt to do justice) Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story. I decided on this theme because for as long as I can remember, The Snowman has played a huge part in my family's festive celebrations. I don't know a single person who hasn't seen the film either, which just goes to show how popular it is! I'm not going to lie, this manicure took about five hours in total. It's a bloody good job I have little else to do at the moment! I used soooo many polishes it would be ridiculous to sit here and list them all, so I think I'm just going to post a few images and then add explanations where I feel appropriate. I hope you like them!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Red Wreaths: Christmas Nail Art With MoYou Nails

Hi guys! Apologies for not posting for a while, I've been sooooo busy recently and my nails have been very much ignored. I'm currently feeling a little bit worse for wear since it was my graduation yesterday, and at the time, a bottle of wine seemed like a good idea (not in the middle of the ceremony, I must add. Alcohol was saved for the meal afterwards!) Anyway, the current state of my body and brain dictated as much simplicity as possible, so this design was nice and quick to achieve (though I must admit, the whole stamping element took quite a few practise runs, as I'm a total newbie when it comes to nail stamping!) Oh, and please ignore my scabby thumb, I had a fight with a potato peeler the other day...


Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Rise Of Nail Art: Article For RetroCULT Magazine

Hi! Today I want to share something a little different with my lovely readers. You'll be well aware that one of my main passions is nail art (duh), but you might not know that I'm also a very keen writer. A few months ago, when I was trawling job sites on the hunt for the 'perfect' role, I came across an ad calling for writers to contribute to an up-and-coming magazine. I jumped on it immediately, and began creating articles to submit to the editor. Fortunately, he liked my ideas and decided to include two of my stories in Issue 1 of RetroCULT magazine.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Winter Bouquet Nail Art

Hi everyone! First of all, I want to say a BIG thank you to all of my lovely readers - last weekend my blog hit an amazing 20,000 views, which I am super excited about. So thanks to everyone who has visited Little Tip Off over the past 8 months, you are absolute angels. I hope you continue to enjoy taking a peek at my nail art endeavours - I plan to keep on blogging for a very long time! Anyway, gushiness aside, today's manicure is my first attempt at something 'wintery'. I am a bit grinchy (it's my new favourite word) when it comes to Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore the giving and receiving of gifts, the visiting family and friends and, of course, the food and drink. But in terms of putting up a tree, wrapping presents and donning a reindeer jumper, I try not to think about it until the 1st December strikes. Thus, I have vowed to avoid overtly Christmassy nail art until next week at least! However, I can't see anything wrong with being slightly seasonal now the big day approaches, so when a desire for a floral mani struck, I decided to inject a bit of festivity into it and create a sparkly winter bouquet design.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Disney Nail Art: Pocahontas

Hi everyone! Today I am super duper excited about my manicure, for two reasons. First, it's the third instalment of the Polish Party's monthly collaboration, with the theme of Disney. Secondly, this is my very first attempt at portrait nail art, which is something I've always been very scared of. I follow several amazing nail artists on Instagram who regularly post the most incredible, detailed portraits of characters. I've always envied their abilities to make a person look 'real' with the use of nail polish and a paint brush, and although I'm no where near their standards yet, I feel like my Pocahontas design is a few steps closer to their amazingness! 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Little Tip Off Water Marbling: The Trickiest Kind of Nail Art!

Hi guys. Today's post is going to be quick, as I've got a rather busy day ahead of me. For some unbeknown reason, this morning saw the decision of water marbling attempt. I haven't had a go at this technique for months, mainly because it's so tricky and tends to end in disaster more often than success! I chose to incorporate my blog's design colours into the mani, as I love how pastel green and purple complement one another. Oooh, and please forgive me for the state of my cuticles/the clean up!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Patchwork Inspired Nail Art: Strawberries & Toadstools

Hi guys! Today my manicure is inspired by one of the patterns in Moxie Fab World's 'wonky fabric' post. I was feeling pretty stumped, so I decided to turn to good old Google images, and tried out the search term 'cartoon patchwork' as I fancied doing something bright and cheerful. Kokka Fabrics' 'Patchwork Fruit' grabbed my attention immediately, and I knew I had to try and recreate the combination of strawberries, toadstools and polkadots via my nails!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

My Nail Polish Storage Methods: Acrylic Racks, Vanity Cases & Fairy Lights!

Hi guys! For the past few months I've contemplated sharing a nail polish storage post, but have never quite plucked up the courage to snap away at (or tidy) my 'dressing room' (if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you've probably had a few sneak peeks at my lovely little space). Finally, the time has come! Recently, with my Master's degree finishing and my schedule opening up a considerable amount, I've had much more time to spend organising. Simultaneously, my polish collection has grown a lot, so I've had to enlist alternative storage methods. About a year ago, every single nail product I owned fit neatly into a cute little box. It then spread into a larger art box, and then overflowed into a plastic drawer unit. I soon realised that I needed to think outside the box (excuse the pun), and began my hunt for better storage. The requirements? It must be pretty, functional, space-saving, and most importantly, it had to showcase all my little bottles of loveliness!


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Cath Kidston Tea Set Nail Art: A Mani for Tea Lovers

Hi guys! Today I've created a design that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by those of you with a serious floral and/or tea addiction. Now, while I am more likely to accept a huge mug of coffee than a dainty little cup of tea, I've always had a soft spot for the British tradition of obsessive compulsive tea drinking. After all, a cup of tea solves everything, right? I decided to make my tea set extremely girly, and added lots of roses and pink details. Though I hadn't checked prior to starting the design, I now realise that it's rather reminiscent of this Cath Kidston set. You probably won't believe me when I say that it was a really easy manicure, but seriously, it was! I was totally surprised when I managed to knock it together in an hour or so. So if you fancy having a go yourself, just keep on reading...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Curing Nail Artist's Block: A Mix & Match, Leopard Print Mani

Ever suffered from nail artist's block? It is one of the most frustrating things in the world. You sit there, dozens (if not hundreds) of beautiful polishes smiling up at you, begging to be used. Your nails are crying out: 'Please paint me, I'm so naked/chipped/sad!'. You scroll through your Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr feeds, greeted by so many gorgeous nail art designs, and immediately feel a pang of jealousy. 

You're desperate to do your nails, but you are fresh out of ideas.

Onlookers may roll their eyes and sigh with exasperation. 'Just paint them then? You've got so many nail polishes to choose from.' The thing is, when you dedicate a large portion of your life to coming up with new ideas, trying out techniques, executing complex designs and then sharing your creations across the good old Interweb, the simple 'slapping on' of a colour just doesn't cut it. You know that plain nails will bring nothing but disappointment, both for yourself, and for the friends that regularly anticipate a gorgeous, detailed manicure. 

So how do you solve this predicament? How do you cure the dreaded condition of nail artist's block? Well, my two failsafes are leopard print and mix & match. Leopard print is the go-to pattern for many; it is simple, yet effective, and allows for the use of any colour combination. Mix & match nails are also an excellent option: the most basic designs can be brought together, making for an eye-catching mani, and enabling you to combine tricky techniques with more modest methods. 

Here's what happens when you fuse the two...


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Birthday Haul: Lots of Naily Treats!

Hi everyone! Today I've decided to show you some of the nail-related gifts I received for my birthday last week. I turned 24 on November 3rd, and since then I've been so busy with various events and meetings, I haven't had a moment to spare for my poor little blog. Although I haven't had enough time to create a new nail art design, I thought that you may enjoy having a little nosy at some of my newest naily treats. I did extremely well in terms of presents this year - I'm pretty certain I've never received so much, and I felt spoiled rotten. It just goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can still feel like a child again when it's your birthday! 


Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Mani for Zara Manchester's Launch Party: Leopard Print Curtains

Hi guys. Tonight I'm going to the relaunch party of Zara in Manchester, so I really wanted to create a striking, sparkly design that's easy enough to replicate on my Cinderella hand. I'm a bit of a sucker for coordination as well, so I wanted my mani to match my new bag. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you probably know that I turned 24 on the 3rd November, and I received the most beautiful handbag from my long-suffering boyfriend. I'll show you it at the end of this post! Anyway, I took inspiration from the wonderful One Nail To Rule Them All and created my own version of her Rose Curtain manicure, swapping the florals for leopard print. Oooh, I should probably also mention that Mum and Dad got me a camera for my birthday too - it's the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 and it's bloody marvellous. Hopefully you will be able to tell the difference between the following photos and my previous iPhone pictures!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art: Scarily Cute Faces

Ok, ok, I promise this is the LAST Halloween nail art I'll do! The possibilities for a Halloween mani are endless, and I didn't want to jam pack my blog with a million other posts (especially since I've already posted Sparkles & SpidersCrazy Pumpkins and Black Cat Silhouettes), but I was desperate to attempt a much more detailed design as my recent ones have been kind of basic. Anyway, to avoid an overwhelming amount of Halloween manicures, I decided to combine a few different concepts into one. Cue an unbelievable amount of nail polish, paint brushes, acetone and swearing (sorry Mum) in my creation of Scarily Cute Halloween Faces!


Friday, 25 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art: Black Cat Silhouettes

Hi guys. Yep, you guessed it, I've got another Halloween manicure to share with you today - black cats! I've been desperate to use the Rococo polish that my friend very kindly gave to me a few weeks ago, so this was the perfect opportunity. It's a gorgeous dusky lavender colour, and I knew it would look really effective along with simple black silhouettes.

Halloween Nail Art: Crazy Pumpkins

Hi! Today I've got another Halloween manicure to show you... Pumpkins! This design was really quick to do and I love the contrast of colours. I'm not a big fan of orange (it tends to clash with my ginger hair!), but it is definitely one of the most Halloween-y colours. I tried to make each pumpkin's expression a bit different for some variety, and also added glitter to make the manicure more girlie.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art: Sparkles & Spiders

Hi everyone, long time no see! I've been the WORST blogger recently, I don't even dare look at the date of my last post. Oooops. I've been working a lot recently so my nails have taken a back seat, and all of the keyboard bashing has turned them into sad little stumps! Anyway, I decided to reenter the world of nail art with a spider design. I've had several different ideas for Halloween, so I'll probably end up doing quite a few posts. I decided to start off with spiders and cobwebs, since I knew it'd be nice and simple, which is probably best as I'm seriously out of practise!

Friday, 11 October 2013

A Quick & Easy Mani: Love Hearts & Glitter

Hi everyone! Today I've created a really easy manicure which, despite its simplicity, is very effective (well I think so). I've been struggling to come up with new design ideas recently, but was really desperate to paint my nails and achieve a pretty mani. So, as many of us do when we're lacking inspiration, I went for the old failsafe of glittery polish! Also, if you're a regular reader, you're probably wondering why my primary manicure photo has changed (normally I do a full 'claw' shot). For some unbeknown reason, my long-suffering iPhone camera had actually decided to focus amazingly for once. I thought it was well and truly dead after spilling acetone all over it, but evidently it can still manage to take decent shots every now and again. Anyway, since my blog generally lacks high quality photographs (but not for long - it's my birthday next month and I am expecting a camera-shaped surprise!), I thought I may as well showcase a half decent image!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Petals & Vines: My Take on Flock Patterns

Hi guys! Today I was inspired by the flock designs that have been buzzing around the nail art world recently - I can't remember exactly which artists have been painting these patterns, so unfortunately I can't link, but if you know who I'm talking about, please let me know so I can credit properly. Anyway, I decided to do my own take on the traditional flock designs and create a less repetitive pattern (which made it much easier!) I didn't plan it out, I just started painting, and the whole thing just kind of 'happened'. When I finished, I realised I'd created a mani of petals and vines, with a few bits of glitter for some added sparkle!


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Pink lilies for breast cancer awareness month

Hi everyone! Today I've created a pink lily manicure for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lots of girls over on Twitter have been showcasing their pretty pink nails to raise awareness, so I had to join in. From a young age I've known many people to be affected by breast cancer, both directly and indirectly, so it's a cause that's really personal to me and my family. I know that lilies are typically funeral flowers, but I wanted mine to have more upbeat and positive connotations, so I placed them on a yellow background and added foil details to make them super bright and shiny!


Friday, 27 September 2013

turquoise & teal dots: inspired by malcolm gladwell's 'blink'

Hi guys! Today I bring you a simple design inspired by the cover of one of my favourite books, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell. I'm not usually one for non-fiction, but this is definitely worth a read. The author explains how our ability to make snap judgements is a lot more effective than cautious decisions, and encourages you to trust your instincts rather than over-thinking things. It basically gets you thinking about thinking... If that makes sense?! Anyway, I've always loved the cover art (I should probably mention it's by 'Kai & Sunny'), so I decided to recreate it via my nails.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Nail lacquer competition prize: a very girly mani!

Hi everyone! If you follow me on FacebookInstagram or Twitter you may know that I recently won Nail Lacquer's 'Farewell To Summer' nail art competition. I submitted my ice lolly nails (you can find the tutorial here), and I was so excited when I found out I'd got the most votes. If you voted for me, thank you very very very much! Anyway, the prize was my choice of indie nail polish, and after swooning over the majority of the stock in Nail Lacquer's Etsy shop, I finally settled for 'Pink Star'.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Squirrels & Acorns: Autumn with the polish party

Hi everyone! Today I bring you my first manicure of the Polish Party collaboration. A group of us got chatting on Twitter and decided to start up our own monthly nail art challenge, and the first theme is 'Autumn'. I wanted to do something a little bit different, so I settled on a mix-and-match red squirrel and acorn design, which I'm still trying to decide if I like or not. I also got to use some of my newest Sinful Colors purchases in this manicure - this brand never ceases to amaze me! Each polish is only £1.99, and although you tend to need around 3 coats for opacity, the quality is definitely fantastic for the price. Plus there's a huuuuuge range of colours, so if you happen to pass a bigger Boots store in the future, make sure you pop in and check out the Sinful Colors stand!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

london fashion week day 4: christopher kane

Hi everyone! Today's post is a little bit late... Ooops. Anyway, it's inspired by my favourite LFW designer of Monday, Christopher Kane. I was desperate to find some really bright prints to recreate, since my previous manicures have all been quite muted. While this design still involves pastel shades, the combination of lilac, pale green, nude and metallics makes it a little more eye-catching, and I'm pleased with the result.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

london fashion week day 3: mulberry

Hi guys! Today I bring you a design inspired by one of the most popular fashion houses of today's LFW schedule: Mulberry. Mulberry has created one of the biggest buzzes online thanks to their cute and clever invitations - rather than sending out traditional invites, they collaborated with Wedgewood and delivered tiny tea cups to the lucky individuals on their guest list. I had a snoop around online and came across a gorgeous image of Mulberry cups and saucers, and knew immediately that I had to recreate the colours and patterns on my nails!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

london fashion week day 2: antipodium

Happy Saturday everyone! For my second London Fashion Week post I've taken inspiration from Antipodium's SS14 collection. I popped back over to Vogue for the latest images, and was immediately drawn to the pretty pleats and cute prints of these designs. I'm one of those people who loves coordination, and Antipodium's matchy-matchy combinations really appealed to me. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

london fashion week day 1: bora aksu

Hi :) I'm sure you're all aware that today saw the launch of London Fashion Week 2013. I know a lot of bloggers have done it before, so I've decided to dedicate my next few posts to the huge fashion event. Today, I've taken inspiration from Bora Aksu's collection, which I fell in love with as soon as it appeared in Vogue's coverage. Aksu made a massive statement this morning with his combinations of bright colours and intricate textiles, all of which are reminiscent of his native Turkey. 


Thursday, 12 September 2013

a few bits & bobs: 6 month overview & the liebster award (kind of)

Hi everyone :) Today I haven't got a new design to share with you, but I've decided to do an overview of some significant moments of the past six months. While doing this, I'm going to attempt an alternative Liebster Award post - I can't quite believe I've been nominated by six different bloggers over this last week?! Crazy times! Anyway, you're probably already aware, but the Liebster Award is a bloggy-thing that involves accepting a nomination, answering the questions that were asked, inventing your own questions, and then nominating some of your favourite bloggers with under 200 followers. It's kind of like a chain letter, and is really good to promote some of the lovely blogs you follow. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

6 Month Celebration: Rainbow Birdies

Hi everyone! I can't quite believe that today marks Little Tip Off's six month anniversary. In some ways I feel like I've been painting my nails and blogging about it FOREVER, but at the same time it has totally whizzed past! I just want to say a massive thank you to all of my followers on all of the platforms I use - it really does brighten up my day every time I get a notification that someone has commented on a post, retweeted a picture or 'liked' a design on Instagram. I honestly don't think I'd still be blogging if I hadn't received such a positive response :) The nail art community really is full of the best girls (and boys!) out there, and everyone is so friendly and encouraging. If you're still contemplating starting up a nail art blog, I have one piece of advice... DO IT!!!

Monday, 9 September 2013

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Dotty Gradients & Sparkles

Hi guys and gals! So I know the title of this post refers to Wednesday, and I'm well aware that it's only Monday, but it seemed like the perfect name for this manicure (plus I didn't want to wait two days to post!) Who doesn't love a good old Mean Girls reference, eh? This design was ridiculously easy to achieve, and I think it looks really effective. I haven't involved photos of the step-by-steps because it's pretty self explanatory... 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Skulls & Sparkles: Inspired by Rankin's Death Masks

Hi guys! Today I've created a manicure inspired by the Rankin photography exhibition that's on at Liverpool's Walker Gallery at the moment. The show is called 'Alive: In The Face of Death', and features over 70 images that identify, explore and challenge our perceptions of death. Rankin photographed lots of people who have been touched by death, whether they miraculously survived, live with a terminal illness, or work within the death industry. The exhibition was really moving along with aesthetically impressive, and it was really sad to discover that some of his subjects passed away as recently as the launch of the event. It takes quite a lot to upset me (I only really cry if I stub my toe or dye one of my favourite tops in the washing machine), but this show is a real tearjerker. Nevertheless, it's really beautiful and well worth a visit, so if you're in and around the area before September 14th, get down to the Walker Art Gallery!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mechanical Nails: Inspired by Models Own & Ford Fiesta

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I bring you a review of a new Models Own set, and some funky mechanical-inspired nails. My favourite nail polish brand and Ford Retail have recently teamed up to develop an A/W collection, and the colours all match the new Fiesta shades. These varnishes are perfect for petrol-heads with a penchant for pretty polish!

First up is 'Candy Blue'*, which I adore. I have a thing for blue and turquoise polishes, and this is a lovely edition to my collection. Once applied it has more of a green tint than the bottle suggests, and there's a gorgeous fine glitter throughout. This only took 2 coats and it dried nice and quickly, like all Models Own polishes. My only gripe is that the consistency was rather runny, but this always tends to be the case with subtle shimmers.
Next is 'Fashionista'*, which I hate. I have never come across a nail polish colour that I dislike so much. I knew as soon as I saw it that it would NOT be a winner, and once I applied it, I was so unimpressed that I had to remove as quickly as possible! There was just something about the colour that didn't sit right with me. I tend to like my golds really rich and lively, but this has more of a greenish tint. The finish was also streaky, and it took quite a while to dry so I smudged it a lot. 
Finally is 'Hot Magenta'*, and I'm so gutted that my iPhone camera doesn't do the colour justice, because it is gorgeous! It's a deep burgundy with a very subtle red shimmer throughout, and it only takes 2 coats for a perfect, smooth finish. This cheered me right up after my 'Fashionista' woes, and I loved it so much that I kept it as a base for my manicure!

So, as I said at the beginning of the post, Models Own and Ford Retail have recently partnered in the creation of a new collection - the 'Glam It Up' set - which will be exclusive to test drivers of the new Ford Fiesta throughout the month of September '13. To get your paws on a set, all you have to do is register your details with Ford, visit one of their new car showrooms, and take a car for a test drive. Then this set will be posted out to you! The whole concept developed from the new Ford Fiesta's contemporary style, with every feature designed to make for a state-of-the-art, fashion forward driving experience. 

I wanted to do some car-inspired nail art for this manicure, so I Googled 'car engine' and used the images as a starting point. It would have been reeeeally difficult to recreate an actual engine on my nails, so I kept it a bit more simple and just took inspiration from the components. My manicure ended up looking quite tribal, but I still think it echoes the cogs and contraptions of a combustion engine, and the added bits of glitter make it very girly!

The equipment:

Models Own 'Hot Magenta'*
Rio gold nail art pen
Rio silver nail art pen
e.l.f. 'Dream Maker'
Tiny dotting tool
With my rich red base, I began to add details using Rio nail art pens. I used the striping brush ends for the lines, and then added more details using the pen nibs. I combined stripes, dots and dashes, and then carefully added the larger sequins from 'Dream Maker' using the dotting tool. 
I wasn't too sure about this manicure at first, but I really like how random and funky it is. I also love the gold and silver details on top of a red base, it's very autumnal! What do you think? Do you like Models Own and Ford Retail's "road-worthy nail polish collection"?**

*'Glam It Up' will be exclusively available to test drivers of the new Ford Fiesta for the month of September. To book your test drive visit These products were sent to me for review, however this has not influenced my opinion in any way. As always, I have been 100% honest about my experiences with the product.

**Quote Ford Retail's Group Marketing and E-Commerce Director, Celia Pronto.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint: 'Papaya' & 'Greenberry' Review

Good morning! Today I bring you a review of Barry M's Gelly polish, which I have only just got around to purchasing. A lot of the girls on Twitter have been talking about it for a while, so I decided to find out what all the fuss is about, and popped into Boots to treat myself to 'Papaya' and 'Greenberry'. The polishes are a bargain £3.99 each, and I took advantage of Boots' 'Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price' offer, so it was even better for the old purse strings. Initially I was worried the formula would be gloopy and take ages to dry, but I was pleasantly surprised!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Rosy Russian Dolls

Hi! I'm finally home after a week away, and I'm so glad to be back to my nail-arting ways. Today's design was suggested by a friend, and it was such a good idea that I had to have a go. This is actually my third attempt at Russian dolls (the first two didn't go down very well), and I discovered that simplicity is DEFINITELY the way forward. I also made use of my brand new nail art brushes, which you will see pictured below...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Galaxy Nails: A Nail Art Classic

Hi everyone! For the next two weeks I'm super-duper busy so my posts will be short and sweet. I'm back at my parents' in York for a while, and unfortunately it was neither appropriate nor physically possible to bring all of my nail polishes with me! But never mind, because I've got another set of falsies to share with you.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Dots and Daisies: A Simple Floral Technique

Hey everyone! Today I've got a little post about some nails I did recently. Normally when I do floral designs I stick to pinks and roses and girly bits-and-bobs, but I thought I'd try something different. I hadn't mattified in a while either, so I decided to combine some abstract daisies and dots with a real clean, matte manicure.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sloths 'n' Dots

Hello everyone :) As you may or may not be aware, I've decided to start selling hand painted false nails. There's been quite a lot of interest over on my Facebook page, but I wanted to make sure all my lovely blog readers are kept up-to-date as well! My own nails are still refusing to play nice - I really did abuse them while working on my dissertation :( I think I'm going to have to invest in some quality products to get them back in shape! Any suggestions?

Anyway, since my own little tips are far too ugly (and naked) to share with the world, I thought I'd show you another one of my designs. If you've been a regular reader for a while, you will probably know that I did a 'Sloth' design during my 7 Deadly Sins theme, which you can find here. I've got quite a few friends who are sloth-obsessed, and they're such funny little creatures (sloths, not my friends...), that I decided to recreate the manicure on falsies!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Little Tip Off Falsies: Launching Soon!

Hi guys! Sorry I've been MIA for a while. The last few days were spent frantically trying to finish my dissertation, get it bound and hand it in. Honestly, I have never felt such a huge sense of relief in my life! Unfortunately, my nails have been suffering through the diss-drama, and the hours bashing away on my keyboard combined with stress-induced nail biting means they're looking a bit worse for wear. Hopefully after a little bit of TLC they will be in a good enough to condition to paint (and photograph) again! Anyway, since my own nails have been short and naked for the past week or so, I've been channelling my nail art energy into another little project... Hand painted falsies!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Retro Sweetie Nails: Liquorice Allsorts

Good evening! Today I've created yet another food-related design... What is wrong with me at the moment? Anyway, this manicure is inspired by Liquorice Allsorts (my mum has been demanding it for a while). Now, I really don't like liquorice at all - in fact, I'd go as far as to say that I hate it. However, it's one of my mum's favourite sweets (along with Turkish Delight... Again, YUK!), and I knew it would make for a really bright, funky manicure. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Ice Lolly Nail Art: A Few Of Your Childhood Favourites

Hi guys! Well I've been suffering with the WORST nail artist's block (it's a real thing, honest) recently. Ever since I did my cocktail nails I've been racking my brains for something new and exciting. I love recreating old favourites, and I'll never turn my nose up at a good old leopard print design or a floral mani, but sometimes it's nice to try something totally different. Anyway, I had a little moan over on my Instagram account, and quite a few suggestions were made. I decided to go with the ice lolly manicure that my friend suggested, and she proceeded to list what I should include (as well as explaining to me what a Nobbly Bobbly is!) After quite a bit of googling and sketching, I settled for five different lollies on my nails: the infamous Nobbly Bobby, a Fruit Pastille lolly, a Fab, a Twister, and finally my childhood favourite - a Mint Feast.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Cocktail Nails: Tipples on Your Fingertips

Hi everyone! My manicure today was inspired by one of my favourite things... Cocktails! I love cocktails because not only do they taste amazing, but they look amazing too. So much care is taken in the preparation, and they're always really bright and pretty and packed with fruit and straws and umbrellas and what-not. Anyway, I decided to recreate some of the most popular cocktails on my nails - Sex on the Beach (yes, I said sex on my blog), Appletini (for all the Scrubs fans out there!), Raspberry/Strawberry Daiquiri, Blue Lagoon, and a Lemon Drop. Unfortunately I had neither the time nor the patience to create a step-by-step tutorial, but I've still included lots of photos and a few explanations.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Stripes, Lovehearts, and a Sprinkle of Glitter

Evening! This is my second post of the day... What is wrong with me?! Anyway, I was so impressed with my new Jacava nail polishes (see the review here), that I couldn't help but do some nail art. I kept my 'Mont Blanc' swatches as a base, and decided to add stripes, hearts and sparkles to create a pretty glittery manicure.

JACAVA London: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, I hope you're all well! Today I have a review of a lovely new brand called Jacava, a UK-based company that specialises in luxury nail polish. Jacava's nail polish 8-free. You may or may not have heard about 3-free polishes (brands such as OPI and Essie don't contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene or Formaldehyde, which are considered toxic) and 5-free polishes (the likes of Chanel and Dior are also free of Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor, which research has also proved risky). Well, Jacava take this even further by ensuring that all of their polishes are free from eight key nail varnish downfalls: there's no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, DBP, Collophane, Phthalates or Animal Testing. What's more, their bottles boast a gorgeous 22 carat gold print, so if the science and ethics don't impress you, surely the packaging does?!
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