Friday, 25 January 2013

NOTD : Nebula Nails

Hey there everyone ! So it's the end of exams today and time for the inter-semester break, which apparently means for pretty much everyone here expect for me, a wild night of partying. As for me, I've been chilling all day, watching films and doing my nails, and plan on going to bed at a reasonable time (whether I'll be allowed to stay asleep or not during the night is at present unknown). So I've got a great design for you all today which I'm really proud of, and I hope that you like it too !

Yeah ! I've done galaxy nails again, happy times ! I've been wanting to try doing a new galaxy design ever since I got Butter London Royal Navy, but haven't really got around to doing it until today for some reason ! It took a while to do, but the reason for that was probably the fact that I was watching a film at the same time and getting distracted, whoops !

So the nail varnished I used for this design are, as I already mentioned, Butter London Royal Navy for the base, and then for the actual design I used American Apparel T-Shirt, American Apparel Office, China Glaze Man Hunt, Orly It's Up To Blue, China Glaze Fairy Dust and then my Models Own Wah Nails nail art pen in white for the stars. I'm really pleased with how this nail design turned out in comparison to my previous galaxy nails, not just because the length of my nails in the first attempt were really too too long, but also because I prefer how the design flows on my latest attempt, don't you think ?

All in all I'm really happy with how this turned out, as you've probably guessed already ! Unfortunately I don't know exactly when my next post will be as I'll be away from tomorrow until next Friday, and so I won't have a chance to post anything really until then ! I really should have sorted out something out, but I will see what I have in my folders and try and find at least something to tide you over for the week !

If I don't post before then, have a great week everyone !

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

NOTD : Stars and Shiny Stripes

Hola everyone ! So I had my first exam today which went pretty well so I'm really happy, and so I decided to reward my good work with some baking and some nail art ! I made some reaaaaaally tasty macadamia nut caramel squares which are seriously tasty, and after that I just decided to chill and do my nails whilst watching ANTM (oh lord I have spent far too long watching it during this past week..) ! So without further ado, the nails !

This is an idea I've had in my head for quite a while, but I have never got around to executing it ! I'm really glad I did finally get to do this nail design though because I think it looks great ! I think I'm getting slightly over-the-top with the amount of nail art designs with these two accent nails recently, it seems to me that I've been doing rather a lot of them ! Never mind !

So the nail polishes I used for today's design are American Apparel T-Shirt, China Glaze Man Hunt and OPI Die Another Day, plus my Models Own Wah Nails nail art pen in white for the stars on my accent nails. I thought that Die Another Day would be a bit too orangey for the stripes for the USA flag, but as it turns out it really works quite well and the orange-ness isn't that noticeable ! I think a deeper red polish would have been too much maybe !

And that's that for today everyone ! I hope you all enjoyed today's design, now I'm off to watch a bit more ANTM before a friend comes over to watch Team America ! Happy times ! Hopefully it won't be too too long before my next post, my next and last exam is on Thursday (unless of course it gets cancelled because of this damn snow, ugh I hate snow so much right now), so hopefully I can post something after that as I'll be revising all day tomorrow !

Hope you all have a great evening !

Friday, 18 January 2013

NOTD : Melting Lines and Studs

Good evening everybody ! So I finally managed to finish my essay last night (it was due in today, maybe shouldn't have procrastinated so much) and today after handing it in I decided to give myself a lazy day before starting major revision for my exams next week ! So obviously, lazy day means nail painting, and I'm really super happy about the designs I've got to show you all today !

 So whilst trolling the internet for patterns and prints to put away in my nail inspiration folder, I came across a seriously funky illustration by Joe Van Wetering that I knew would look awesome translated into a nail design ! I only did two accent nails though seeing as it took aaaaaaages to do just those, and I can't imagine doing ALL my nails individually with all different colours, maybe when I decide I have more time !

I used LOADS of different colours for just the two accent nails, so I'll try and name as many as I can remember ! I started off with a base of OPI Don't Pretzel my Buttons on all my nails, and then for the accents I used Collection 2000 Spangles, OPI Funkey Dunkey, OPI Sparrow Me the Drama, OPI Berlin There Done That, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, Barry M Cyan Blue, China Glaze Man Hunt, P2 Hug Me, OPI Planks A Lot, Essie Mint Candy Apple, OPI Dim Sum Plum, OPI Skull and Glossbones, OPI Casino Royale and OPI Mermaids Tears. Okay that's a lot, I think that's pretty much all of them, don't think I've missed any !

And that's it ! I'm off for an early night so that I can get on with my revision tomorrow (ha, that was a pretty good joke, wasn't it ?), hopefully I won't procrastinate as much as I did for the essay, we'll soon find out ! Wish me luck !

Have a great weekend everyone !

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Swatch : Shimmer Polish - Fanny

Good evening everybody ! So I've been super busy since my last post last week, but I promise I have very good reasons for my absence ! I got back to uni late last Saturday, and I didn't lift a finger work-wise the entire time I was home in France, so I've had lots of catching up to do, plus house hunting for somewhere to rent for next year ! See ? Told you I had a good reason ! So anyway, I still have an essay to finish, so this'll have to be a very quick swatch post for you all today !

So this beauty is Fanny by the wonderful Shimmer Polish ! There's a huge mix of different coloured glitter such as pink, red, gold, purple and a subtle green, in a light dusty pink tinted base. The mix of colours makes for a really interesting polish, which shines in all different colours in different lights !

For this swatch I used three coats of Shimmer Polish Fanny on my thumb, ring and index finger, then for the two accent nails I did a light gradient over OPI Casino Royale. I absolutely love this shade in both the plain glitter and the glitter gradient, I think I'll definitely be doing more gradients with this polish, it applied really well, and looks great !

The formula on this polish was great, as was Jasmine by Shimmer Polish which I swatched a while ago ! Three coats is definitely enough for this glitter by itself, and any visible nail line is pretty hard to spot !

You can buy Shimmer Polish either through the blog, or via the Etsy website, and there is also a Facebook page for you to keep up to date with news and giveaways !

So that's all for today folks, I'm off to write some more of this essay, oh joy ! Have a great evening everyone !

Thursday, 10 January 2013

NOTD : Half Hearts

Hola everyone ! It's been quite a while since I posted anything, but it's my last week here in France before I go back to uni, and so I've been busy sorting stuff out, making the most of being out here, etc ! I did do my nails the other day, but I wasn't overly happy with the way they turned out, so I might post those at a later date, who knows !

So I got the idea for these nails from a design that Whitney from Dressed Up Nails has done a couple of times, here and here, a really pretty design with all different types of hearts, super pretty ! I especially liked the half coloured hearts, so I decided to just paint those on all my nails, alternating the pattern on each nail.

For this heart design, I used OPI My Very First Knockwurst for the base, and then painted on the rest of the design using OPI Casino Royale. I reaaaaaaally love this colour combination, and I love the actual nail art design, which is always a good thing, I think I'll definitely be doing a similar design again soon !

So over all I'm super pleased with this design, a very good thing seeing as I won't have time to do my nails until Saturday at the earliest, due to me travelling back to the UK ! I'll make sure I get something posted for you all ASAP though once I get back ! I'll be very happy to get back to all of my nail varnishes, as I've had a bit of a nail art block recently and I think it could be because I haven't had all my nail varnishes with me, I keep thinking up designs but I always seem to need polishes that I don't have with me, frustrating !

And that's all for today everyone ! I hope you all like today's design, and don't forget to go and check out Dressed Up Nails on Blogspot, Tumblr, and on Facebook ! Whitney's designs are all seriously amazing, and always bright and fun !

See you all soon everyone ! Have a nice evening !

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Swatch : OPI - The Living Daylights

Good evening everyone ! I had time to do my nails again today ! Happy times ! I've been feeling quite uninspired recently for some reason, plus the fact that I don't have all my nail varnishes with me seeing as I'm "on holiday" back at home because I won't be able to carry my whole stash back with me ! Hopefully I'll be inspired again once I get back to all my babies (my nail varnishes that is... I'm not ashamed) !

So today's swatch (and my current NOTD) is OPI The Living Daylights over OPI Skyfall, both from the most recent OPI collection in honour of 50 years of James Bond. I really really love all the nail varnishes in this collection, and I think that this glitter topper is really original ! This swatch shows about 1.5 coats of The Living Daylights, as I did quite a bit of blobbing to get the glitter where I wanted, but the formula and coverage was really good anyway !

I wasn't sure initially when I first looked at the different polishes in this collection, as to whether I'd like this glitter or not, but it's really grown on me since I've been wearing it ! From a distance it looks sort of like scales, which is really cool, and the colour combination is really cool, I love it over Skyfall (but that's a whole other story about another amazing colour) !

And that's it for today ! I will assume that you have all fully understood by now that I'm absolutely in love with this collection ! I can't wait to do even more nail art (once I have a wider choice of colours to use) and different combinations with the Skyfall collection ! Expect another Germany collection repeat, I LOVE IT !

I'll see you all again soon everyone, have a great evening !

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

NOTD : Skyfall Roses

Happy first day of the year everyone (seeing as I already wished you all happy New Year in yesterday's post) ! I finally sat down with my OPI Skyfall collection this afternoon and did a manicure using a couple of the colours ! I have to say, I really do love it ! So here we go for my first nail art of 2013 !

The only colour I used in this design that wasn't from the Skyfall collection was the base colour. It's a shame there weren't any light/neutral colours in this collection, I know it's a Christmas-time collection but still, it'd be nice ! This design ended up taking longer than I had originally anticipated, but that was mainly because I was being fussy about the size of the leaves !

So for this nail art design, the nail varnishes I used were OPI My Very First Knockwurst for the base colour, and then for the roses I used OPI Skyfall, OPI Live and Let Die for the leaves (I love this polish !), and then my Models Own Wah Nails nail art pens in both black and white for outlining the flowers. The white was a last minute addition, as the roses weren't really showing up very well with all the dark colours, but the white really makes it pop !

And that's it for today's first post of the year ! I personally think it's a great design to start the year off with, and hopefully I'll have many more wonderful designs for you this coming year ! Also, can you believe I've actually posted two days in a row ?! I'm finally getting more time to sort out nails and blogging, but I can't guarantee whether that'll continue ! I'll try my best though, I promise !

See you all again soon everyone ! I hope you're all having a great year so far !
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