Thursday, 21 March 2013

NOTD : Vant to Bite my Golden Gun ?

Hey there everyone ! So it's reeeeeeally late and it's time for me to go to bed, but I thought I'd give you a quick update as to why I haven't posted for ages now, seeing as it has been quite a while ! I've had shed-loads of work to do this past week, as of tomorrow I'll be on a two-week holiday break for Easter so ALL the work has been piled up into this last week. I'm travelling back home to France tomorrow, so I'll be taking nail varnish and plenty of supplies for the next two weeks, but I won't be able to guarantee when I'll post anything, I do promise I will definitely post something though ! Anyway, I'll show you a quick photo of what's on my nails at the moment, before I go off to bed !

Today I've got a base of OPI Vant to Bite My Neck ? under two coats of OPI The Man with the Golden Gun. I really love the way it looks, although doing it just before bed didn't help as I got major shrinking somehow because of it... oh well !

Anyway, I'm going to go to bed now, it's too late for me ! I'll see you all again soon, now I've just got to make the incredibly hard decision as to which nail polishes to take back with me... so much to choose from !

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Swatch : Accessorize - Pink Spice

Hello again everybody ! So I must apologise for my lack of posting this week, I completely forgot to post anything on Thursday evening (I ended up in bed watching Harry Potter again by 9 o'clock), and yesterday I was away visiting my Grandma so I couldn't post anything ! But, I'm back again today, this time with a swatch of an absolutely amazing nail varnish ! You won't be disappointed !

So this is Pink Spice by Accessorize, a polish I picked up quite a while ago but never got round to swatching until now ! This nail varnish is made up of a deep pink jelly base, with duochrome shimmer and micro-glitter that shines bright pink, and at certain angles a really bright coppery orange colour... super pretty !

For this swatch I used two coats of Pink Spice, and then a coat of Seche Vite. I've been wearing this colour for a whole week now and there's no sign of any chips or peeling, just a bit of tip wear at the end of my nails - result ! I could maybe have done with doing a third coat of this nail polish, but I felt that the coverage was even enough at 2 coats so I just left it there !

Sorry for the overly pale skin on this photo, but it shows off the duochrome-iness of this colour really well ! The shimmer really does look great in the sunlight, but it still glows even in the shade ! The consistency of this nail varnish was really good as well, I didn't have any trouble with application !

So that'll be all for today everyone, I'm off to bed because I'm tired from the travelling I've been doing ! I'll see you again tomorrow, hopefully with a Saint Patrick's Day manicure !

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Inspired By : Kenzo Resort 2013

Good evening everyone ! I am SO tired for some reason, probably because it's almost time for me to go to bed (and I probably will do just that once I've finished this post), but seeing as it got too late for me to post anything last night, I thought I'd better not leave you without a post for yet another evening !

So I was just looking through the internet for nail inspiration the other day, when I came across this design by Kenzo for the Resort 2013 season. I knew it would translate well into a nail design, so off I went to start with the painting ! Unfortunately I didn't wear this design for very long as I dented my thumb pretty soon after taking the photos, so I went on to do something else !

For this design, the nail varnishes I used were OPI My Vampire is Buff for the base, and then I used Catrice Salmon and Garfunkel for the spots which I then outlined with my Models Own Wah Nails nail art pen in black. I really liked the way this looked, and it's a shame that I had to take it off so quickly, but there's an endless amount of colour combinations you can do with this design !

And that'll be all for today everybody ! I'm going to go to bed whilst watching some Harry Potter, always a great way to get to sleep ! See you all again soon everyone !

Sunday, 10 March 2013

NOTD : Geometric Diamonds

Happy Sunday everybody ! So on Friday I eventually got round to doing my nails (finally) after my floral design from last Sunday, but I never seemed to be happy with the design I did until about midnight last night, which is why is didn't end up posting anything until now ! I am however super-pleased with this design (even though it's gone now due to important swatches that needed to be done), but I think I need some really really really nice weather to come along and inspire me now !

Basically I've been working on a diamond sort cubey tessellation drawing thing while I've been watching TV for the last week, and seriously felt to the need to do it on my nails, but I really couldn't be bothered because I knew it'd take forever to paint ! And I was right, it took about 2 hours to do, and I only did one hand (there was no way I was going to stay up any longer just to struggle recreating on my right hand as well). I am really really pleased with how it looks though, maybe next time I'll do the pattern slightly bigger so I don't have to do as much small detailing !

For this design, I started off with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, then with a LOT of patience, I used American Apparel Hassid and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook for the diamond shapes that make up the pattern. I really like how cool it looks, and from a distance it really does look like it's a nail wrap or something, which is always good !

So that's all for today ! I now have plenty of designs for posts this week, I've got lots of work at the moment so not so much time for nails, so it's just as well that I couldn't decide on anything these past couple of day ! What do you think of tessellation designs like this ? Would you paint it despite the amount of time it takes to do ?

I'll see you all tomorrow hopefully if I get time to write a post, but until then, have a great day !

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Golden Dots

Hey there everyone ! I've got a lot of work I've got to get going on, so here's a quick post for this evening, just so I don't leave you another day without any posts ! I'm still wearing my floral design, and I'm still just as in love with it, so I'll have to figure what I'm going to do about doing my nails, as I still can't bare to think about what will happen to my baby floral ! Any suggestions ?

So for this design I was just trying out a new Models Own Wah Nails nail art pen that I got for Christmas in my stocking, plus I wasn't feeling very inspired to do any fancy nail art when I did these (I think I was really really tired or something), probably at the point where my nails were bare, but I couldn't not paint them !

For this design, the nail varnishes I used were OPI My Vampire is Buff and my Models Own Wah Nails nail art pen in gold for the little dots. I really like how opaque the gold pen is, and that it really shows up well, it'll definitely come in useful for plenty of nail art in the future I think (especially Christmas) !

And that's all for tonight folks ! I'm better get going as I seem to have caught a cold from when I sister was over here visiting (not at all happy about this) so I'd better go and olbas myself up so I can actually breathe during the night ! See you all soon !

Sunday, 3 March 2013

NOTD : Converse Floral

Hey there everybody ! I've put a special effort in to doing my nails today (even if this post isn't as early as yesterday's was), so much so that my Russian homework seems to have gone out the window so far today, but that's going to be rectified soon enough ! I don't know what it was, I just seemed to be super inspired today to do some florals on my nails, perhaps because it might actually start warming up here this week, so at least I'll be prepared !

So I went to Bristol with my Mum and sister on Wednesday and when we were in Schuh I was doing some browsing I tried out some really nice floral converses, which really inspired me to do some similar nails, seeing as Spring is coming up and all ! It's a pretty rough interpretation, as once I got going with the roses I stopped using the photo of the shoes to help with the design, but there are still some similarities !

For this design, the colours I used were OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! for the base, as it was the closest polish I had to the colour of the canvas on the converses, I like it though ! For the roses I used American Apparel T-Shirt, OPI Dim Sum Plum, OPI My Very First Knockwurst, OPI Mermaid's Tears and OPI Jade is the New Black. As you can see, I even put in the extra effort of doing my right hand as well as my left, which I think makes me love this manicure even more ! Yay for matching nails !

Sorry for the shed-loads of photos today, six photos was the smallest amount I could narrow it down to, I just love this design so much ! Needless to say, I think I'll be wearing this design for days now, I can't even bare to think about having to take this off yet, I'm loving it too much !

I'm going to go and get ready for bed now, although I might do a little bit of work first, don't want to have to rush it tomorrow ! Goodnight everyone ! Hope you liked the nails !

Saturday, 2 March 2013

NOTD : Framed Watercolour

Hellooooo everybody ! So I'm doing a really quick post this evening as I've got to get moving, staying with a friend tonight so I won't be able to post anything at my usual time ! I actually did my nails at a reasonable time today, which means that this  post is ready to be done nice and early before I have to go !

So I hadn't initially planned on doing framed nails, as I was going to attempt doing "spotted" nails, however that failed miserably, and my watercolour base needed something to make it pop ! I think this design looks far more effective in person than it does in the photos, as the close-up really shows up the imperfections !

For this design, the nail varnishes I used were OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, OPI Dim Sum Plum, OPI Planks A Lot, OPI My Very First Knockwurst and Essie Mint Candy Apple. For the framing, I used American Apparel Hassid, some nails turned out better than others, especially on my left hand compared to my right hand, but it's minor when looking at them from a distance !

So that'll be all for this evening ! I'll hopefully do my nails again tomorrow if I finish my homework early enough, we'll have to see !

Have a great evening everybody !

Friday, 1 March 2013

NOTD : Naked Dots

Hello again everybody ! So it got a bit too late to post my nails that I did last night after I finally finished painting them (got waaaay too sidetracked during the day to do them, whoops), so instead I'm posting them for you all this evening ! It's an idea I've had in my head for quite a while, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out !

I've been really enjoying seeing other people's nails leaving bare nail underneath designs, so I thought I'd give it a go, seeing as my nails were looking all pristine last night since I cut them down quite short the other day ! I don't think you can actually see very much bare nail, unless you look really close up, but I think the general effect of the colours is really Spring-appropriate !

For this design, I started off with a thin coat of Champneys Nude, just to tone my natural nail a little bit, then using different sized dotting tools, I put on random dots using OPI Suzi's Hungary Again!, OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, OPI My Very First Knockwurst and Essie Mint Candy Apple. I really love how all the colours come together on this design, and how it just looks like a pastel blur from a distance !

Even though you can't actually see the nail very well under the dots, I really like the fact that my nail isn't completely covered, and that you can still see a tiny bit of nail line ! What do you think ? Do you prefer to have you nails completely covered or would you try leaving some nail visible for a design ?

I'm going to watch a bit of TV before I go to bed now, so I'll try and blog tomorrow (got a busy day, hopefully I'll be able to post something), if not Sunday ! Have a great Friday everyone !
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