Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Toadstool Toes!!

Good afternoon!!! Hope everyone is well??? Excuse the toes picture....I normally hate toes and do anything to avoid looking at my own, let alone other people's!!! But after I'd done these, I was quite proud of them, so I thought I'd show you anyway!! Please bear in mind, I was about 26/27 weeks pregnant at the time of doing these, and my bump really got in the way....so that's why it's not perfect and also why my nails and cuticles look pants!! But fear not, within a week I booked a pedicure and now have lovely nails once again!!

I used OPI's Mad as a Hatter from the Alice in Wonderland collection (thank you, eBay!!) on my little toes, and I loved it!! It's so sparkly, and pretty and I just love love love it!! I used a clear base coat on all my nails, as this wouldn't change the appearance of Mad as a Hatter, which is what I wanted. Then on my big toe I used Rimmel Lycra Pro in Posh Trash as the base colour, which goes on lovely and lasts for ages! I'm not too keen on the actual colour as I feel like it makes my skin look a bit weird, but underneath nail art it seems OK. For the 'grass' I used StarGazer nail polish in 154.....I picked this up from a New Look store, but I'm sure I've seen them on eBay. The toadstool stalk and spots on the toadstool was done with Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener, and the red part of the toadstool was Thanks So Muchness! from the OPI Alice in Wonderland Collection. I topped it all off with 17 Glitter Nail Xtras to give it a bit more of a magical feel. Hope you like!!

Big hugs xxx

Monday, 20 September 2010

Shrek Nails!!

I love OPI. I truly do. I love the colours, I love how chip-free it stays for days, I love the names of the polishes, the collections.....everything!! Well...almost everything. I loved the Shrek polishes in the bottles...in the cute little box it came in, but the actual polishes??? I can't love them. Wish I could, but I can't. They're streaky, messy, gloopy and really hard to use!! So thats why my Shrek nails aren't that impressive! I don't know whether I just had a really bad batch or whether I'm just rubbish, but I will only be using these polishes for small, nail art uses and most definately not whole nails!!! :(

Oh, I'd like to say that I thought this idea up by myself, but I actually saw a very nice manicure on http://katrinasnailblog.blogspot.com/ and kinda went along that theme!! If you haven't already, check out her blog cos she's so sweet!!! :)

Pink Butterfly Nails!!

Hello!! Hello!!! Well...I must firstly apologise for the massive gap in between this and my last photo post!! I can assure you that I have been one very busy lady!! But, hopefully *fingers crossed* all is going to settle down now!! I have a few photo posts that I'm going to try to pop on tonight, then I'm off for an early night as I have my DRIVING TEST tomorrow!! So scared!! But anyways.....on to the nails!!!
This has probably been my most 'boring' nails that I've worn for quite a few months! But, I kinda liked it :) I used OPI's Past, Present and Fuchsia on top of a base coat, and of course I used Seche Vite on top!!! But, to jazz it up a little bit I used a fimo nail art slice to decorate the ring finger. The fimo cane was something I had in my craft stash, but you can pick them up really cheap on eBay if your looking for that sort of thing.

I thought this picture came out better, and this was on my phone using the flash. The other picture is off my phone too, but without flash. It was very hard to capture the exact colour of the polish, so you will have to take my word for it that this polish is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Friday, 10 September 2010

I haven't forgotton you!!!

Hey, just wanted to let u kno i'm still alive and well.....just been mega busy and tired of late......and also having a HELL OF ALOT of trouble with OPI's shrek collection....it's a nightmare!!! Speak soon,

Big hugs xxx

Friday, 27 August 2010

Strawberry Nails :)

Hi guys!! Hope everyone is well?? I've been mega busy of late, but haven't actually got anything done!! So frustrating!! I think it cos I've been working quite a bit, and being about 5-6 months pregnant, and having a 2year old, and having 3 kittens running around the house, my nails drop to the bottom of my list!! :(

Well....here's a nail pic I found whilst I was sorting out my photo albums on my laptop. It was taken a fair while ago, well before I'd even considered doing a nail blog. It's not a brilliant pic, but I think you get the idea of what I was doing!

I think, if I remember correctly, I used Barry M 262 Bright Red for the base colour, Barry M 290 Spring Green for the strawberry leaves and 17 Lasting Fix in Sherbet Lemon for the dots. I never have a problem with application when I use Barry M, it's awesome! But, with this red colour, I do remember I had a massive staining issue afterwards! Despite the use of a base coat (at this point in time, it would have most likely been No7 Base Coat) it still stained, badly :( and I lived with horrible yellowy stained nails for AGES!!

Well, I hope to be back very soon with some more nail art designs! I have just bought myself the OPI Shrek minis collection and managed to get the OPI Alice in Wonderland mini collection off of eBay for a reasonable price :) and I absolutely cant wait to use them, so hopefully it wont be long til I'm back!!!

Big hugs xxx

Friday, 20 August 2010

Rainbow Nails :)

Hi everyone!! I've been missing on here for a few days because I've been mega busy, and a bit under the weather, but here's something to cheer everyone up, Rainbow Nails!!! How could you not love ??!?!

This is my thumb nail, where I focused most of my rainbow-attention! Wow, didnt actually think it would have been too hard, but boy was I getting frustrated!! Probably my fault as I didnt leave much time, as you can see, the yellow part of the rainbow was a bit neglected as I was pushed for time!!!

Here's a list of the polishes I used to make the rainbow (it was all done free hand and straight from the bottle brush) :

Base Coat : Rimmel Stronger Try Harder Double Duty Base Coat
  • 17 Fast Finish in Knockout Red
  • 17 Lasting Fix in Orange Soda
  • 17 Fast Finish in Go Go
  • Barry M 290 Spring Green
  • Barry M 306 Blueberry
  • Barry M 161 Vivid Purple

Top Coat : Seche Vite

Here's what I did with the rest of my nails! I painted french tips on them, using all the colours that I used for the rainbow! The other hand has the green and red, and I used the blue and purple again because I thought that looked the best :)

I got a fair few comments on my nails, especially whilst I was at work. One guy came in and said to me "I'll have a chicken chow mein and nails like yours please, they're awesome!!". That put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!!

Well, he liked my nails, I liked my nails, what do you guys think??

Big hugs xxx

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Pink Tips :)

Hello again :) Hope you guys are OK?!

Today I have a reeeaaaalllllly simple nail design for you to look at. Pink Tips!!!
It started with a base coat, I used Rimmel Stronger Double Duty Base Coat, as I can suffer with quite flaky nails :( and have found this helps a bit. If you guys have any suggestions as to what else I can do/try I'd love to hear it :)

Then I painted the tips on all of my nails, except the ring finger, where I painted the whole nail. I used Barry M Bright Pink (no.279) throughout. I didn't use nail tip guides as I often find I make more mess that without them :/ however, this would be a perfect time to use them should you find them useful.

After applying two coats on every nail, I then used a nail sticker to decorate my ring finger. The application of the varnish was lovely, this is a polish I come back to again and again, and would buy more of. Not only is it cheap, the range has an awesome amount of colours and the application for all that I've tried has been great.

I did, however, MASSIVELY struggle with the sticker. It was, I admit, part of a cheap set from eBay but to me this shouldn't make a difference. Surely a nail sticker is a nail sticker, right??

Well.....I stuck it on, it lifted up. I stuck it down again, it lifted again. It did this before and after I applied the topcoat. I even used Seche Vite!! (I wanted to try this top coat out, so purchased a sample bottle, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed!!)

I'm unsure whether it's because I was using cheap stickers, or whether there was another reason. Anybody have any suggestions as to how to fix this little problem of mine??

Anyways....I hope you enjoyed :)

Big hugs xxx