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!

The equipment:

Models Own 'Bare Beauty'
Ciaté 'Pepperminty'
Barry M 'Lady'
Models Own black nail art pen
Essie 'Matte About You'
Fine nail art paintbrush
For the bases I used 'Bare Beauty' and 'Pepperminty'. I've never tried Ciaté polishes before, mainly because of the price tag, but I've heard so many good reviews, so you can imagine how excited I was when I spotted the 'Very Colourfoil Manicure' set in TK Maxx for a fabulous £9.99. Along with lots of different coloured foils, glue and a nail wheel, the set included a gorgeous turquoise shade (if you read this blog regularly, you'll know I'm a bit obsessed with turquoise/teal). As well as being a beautiful colour, the polish applied really well, mainly due to the broad - but not too broad - brush. It also only took two coats for opacity, because the formula is of such high quality. I will definitely be purchasing Ciaté polishes again!
Once my bases were dry, I used my Models Own nail art pen to add details. As I said before, I didn't really plan the design, I just painted on some patterns and hoped for the best! Once I was happy with my 'flock' efforts, I used 'Lady' to add a few glittery bits. I've had my eye on the new Barry M 'Textured Effects' collection for a while, and although I really love all of the colours ('Princess' and 'Duchess', to name a couple), I decided to be very kind to my bankcard and only purchased one on a recent visit to Boots... Well done me! 
I used a fine nail art paint brush for the 'Lady' bits (I realise this sounds a bit rude but it's too hilarious to not delete), and each part required two coats to make sure the sparkle really 'pops'. When everything was finished, I topped it off with Essie 'Matte About You'. What do you think?


  1. These are so cute, ill have to try these one day.

  2. They look gorgeous!

  3. these are lush! Wish I could do something so amazing like this x

  4. Ooh! Such a beautiful pattern you've created there! ;) Love it! Especially with all the details and the matte finish! ♥

  5. this pattern is so perfect!

    PS I love the layout of your blog- it's so neat!


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