Sunday Slot: Guest post from Daziebugnails

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Hello everyone!  I'm looking to introduce a Sunday Slot to allow other bloggers to showcase their work on my blog...  Today is the second week and we have Amanda from Daiziebugnails - Amanda has some beautiful swatches and nail art over on her blog, so do pop over and take a look.  If you fancy having a slot on my blog, feel free to drop me a line at nuthinbutanailthing@gmail.com and I can schedule you in...


Hi there, I’m Amanda visiting today from my blog https://daiziebugnails.wordpress.com  I blog mainly as a hobby but would like to take it more seriously when my son starts school in a few years time. I am a trained nail technician but have hardly been able to work since qualifying due to ill health.

Today I have for you some simple stamped nail art on an A-England base colour. I hadn’t used A-England before but fell in love with their colours on Instagram. I ordered 3 colours directly from their website http://www.a-england.co.uk but have since found that you can buy them cheaper from www.hypnoticpolish.com if you spend enough money to justify the postage.

O.K, back to this mani - For the base colour I have used A England's ‘Kalinka' from their 'Russian Soul Collection’. It is a stunning lilac toned silvery metallic with hints of holographic. The formula was sightly thicker than your average indie polish so went on in two coats, in fact you could probably even just use one coat and be happy with it if you were in a rush. 


For the stamping I used Models Own 'Chrome Indigo’ with the Born Pretty transparent stamper (which is my current go to stamper) and MoYou London stamping plate ‘Time Traveller 05’. I’m still not great at stamping so it is a bit wobbly but I still liked the out come. 





I’d love to know what your thoughts are on A-England polishes? as at present I only own three shades. 

Thanks for having me today Claire and thank you for reading. To see more of my work please pop over to my I.G.  which is: https://www.instagram.com/daiziebug_nails (it is reasonably new) and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/daiziebugnails

Bye for now! x


Thanks so much Amanda - this is so pretty! 

Rimmel - White Hot Love

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hello!  I used to be fairly fickle when it comes to my white "go-to" polish, however this has been a firm favourite for a couple of years now.  I go through so much white as I pretty much start all nail art with a white base, I need a polish that's opaque in 1-2 coats, and dries quickly - and this is just the ticket.


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My previous favourite used to be Sinful Colors, but that's pretty much impossible to get hold of in the UK now.  Rimmel White Hot Love is easy to get hold of (they even sell it in the supermarket so this is great for me.



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Rimmel - White Hot LoveRimmel - White Hot Love

Water-decal Wednesday: bornprettystore bow and flower decals

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hello!  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing with your some cool water decal nail designs on a Wednesday (I've got something of a backlog!).  I've got some really cute water decals from Born Pretty Store to show you today.


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I went for a gradient pattern underneath, and then added some polka dots.  I then used a couple of the bow decals and flower decals to finish off the look.



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born pretty store water decal nail art design ideasborn pretty store water decal nail art design ideas
born pretty store water decal nail art design ideasborn pretty store water decal nail art design ideas

My top tips for great water decal application:

  • Paint your nails a base colour (for full nail decals I always paint a white base coat)
  • Let this dry completely
  • Prepare all of your decals in advance and cut to size around where they will be positioned on the base/sides of your nails (any overhang on your tips can be filed off)
  • When soaking in the water to remove the decal from it's backing, make sure they've soaked enough (but not too much) before removing from the backing - too little and you'll probably stretch/ruin the decal, too much and the adhesive will have soaked off.  I usually leave them about 30 seconds and then try and judge it (carefully) from there.
  • Good quality decals will adhere to your nails pretty easily and quickly.  However, when it's a full nail decal, it sometimes can take a bit longer so I usually smooth down carefully and either leave a few minutes to set, or ill give it a quick blast from the hairdryer on a (non-finger burning!) heat.
  • Once dry, apply a top coat, and rock your fingers out!

As always, these water decals are brilliant quality, and really easy to use.  Remember to use discount code MXL91 for 10% off at Born Pretty Store.

  

born pretty store feather water decals
  
*These products were sent to me for review

Bright and blingy!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hello!  I've gone for a combination of BRIGHT and BLINGY today.  


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I did this manicure to match up with the colours on a flowery dress I have, as I wanted to tie in to the outfit but not match my nails too much (which is why I went for colour blocks and diamantes instead of a flower pattern).


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Bright and blingy nail art design ideasBright and blingy nail art design ideas

Sunday Slot: Guest post from Hellznails

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Hello everyone!  I'm looking to introduce a Sunday Slot to allow other bloggers to showcase their work on my blog...  Today is the first week and we have Helen from Hellznails - Helen is a fellow UK blogger and is pretty ace at stamping (something I just have never managed to master!).  If you fancy having a slot on my blog, feel free to drop me a line at nuthinbutanailthing@gmail.com and I can schedule you in...


Hi everyone I'm Helen and blog over at Hellznails and I'm thrilled to be posting here on Claires blog today. Claire is an amazing nail artist and I love all her swatches and polka dot manis so I decided to take inspiration from both her polka dots and the gorgeous black, white and gold set of nails she did recently here.

I've recently rejoined the nub club after a week of water-sports in Lanzarote so I really hope my tiny nails do my inspiration justice!




For my black, white and gold mani I used China Glaze White On White, True Brit London Taxi Cab and Models Own Chrome Rose along with different sized dotting tools, striping tape and the stamping plate Qgirl-018. A thick layer of Seche Vite topcoat finished them off nicely and will protect them until I'm ready to change them again.




As they are metallic and glossy they are quite tricky to capture in a photograph so I have taken one in the shade to hopefully show the design off.




A huge thank you to Claire for letting me guest post here today, I've really enjoyed making my post and hope you have all enjoyed reading it too.



Thanks so much Helen - I really love this manicure!  The dots are so neat and the overall look is great!


If you want to see more of Helen's nails you can find her at:

Colourful fishtail manicure

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Hello!  This is a manicure I did ages ago that's been sat in my drafts for ages.  I guess it just kept ending up at the bottom of the list and I forgot about it!


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Anyway, here is a fun fishtail manicure, with loads of different colours on the go, vaguely going from light to dark...



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fishtail manicure nail art design ideafishtail manicure nail art design idea
fishtail manicure nail art design ideafishtail manicure nail art design idea

Water-decal Wednesday: Full Nail decals from bornprettystore

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hello everyone!  It appears I've got a bit of a backlog of water decal nail art to show you, so for the next few weeks I'll be sharing these on a Wednesday...


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My top tips for great water decal application:

  • Paint your nails a base colour (for full nail decals I always paint a white base coat)
  • Let this dry completely
  • Prepare all of your decals in advance and cut to size around where they will be positioned on the base/sides of your nails (any overhang on your tips can be filed off)
  • When soaking in the water to remove the decal from it's backing, make sure they've soaked enough (but not too much) before removing from the backing - too little and you'll probably stretch/ruin the decal, too much and the adhesive will have soaked off.  I usually leave them about 30 seconds and then try and judge it (carefully) from there.
  • Good quality decals will adhere to your nails pretty easily and quickly.  However, when it's a full nail decal, it sometimes can take a bit longer so I usually smooth down carefully and either leave a few minutes to set, or ill give it a quick blast from the hairdryer on a (non-finger burning!) heat.
  • Once dry, apply a top coat, and rock your fingers out!


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full nail water decal flower nail art design ideafull nail water decal flower nail art design idea



These water decals and many, many more can be purchased from Born Pretty Store - there's a huge selection so do go and take a look!  Remember to use discount code MXL91 for 10% off at Born Pretty Store.
  

born pretty store feather water decals
  
*These products were sent to me for review

Models Own - Polish For Tans Nail Art

Monday, 15 August 2016

Hello!  I couldn't resist the opportunity for a gradient using the lovely new shades from the Models Own Polish For Tans collection.


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Look how nicely they all blend together!


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Models Own - Polish For Tans Nail ArtModels Own - Polish For Tans Nail Art

Now, I'm never one to leave a gradient just on it's own so I thought I'd add a bit of a black and white pattern over the top.


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To do this, I used striping tape to mark out the pattern and then dotting tools to paint in the black and white.  A bit time consuming but the end result looks really effective.


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Models Own - Polish For Tans Nail ArtModels Own - Polish For Tans Nail Art

Finally, I thought a few dots might look a bit cool too (always a bit of a risk at this point of ruining the look by taking it too far!)


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But luckily this seemed to work!


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Models Own - Polish For Tans Nail ArtModels Own - Polish For Tans Nail Art

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