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...

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