Happy Halloween! Arrrrooooooooooo!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ok, so today is ACTUAL halloween.  I wasn't planning on anymore Halloween Manicures but I guess it'd be rude to not have one going on, on the 31st!  So, after taking part in The Crumpet's Sat-Art-Day challenge, I totally loved this candy-corn vampire manicure that the lovely and talented Lacquer Buzz did, so I've done my own intepretation of that.

Again more gradients (I'm a bit obsessed at the moment).  This time I used some more of the Misa Polishes I bought recently, Happy Happy (yellow), Bop Til You Drop(pinky orange), Six Pack Summer (orange).  These polishes are lovely, really rich colour and were pretty opaque as well, so brilliant for gradienting.

After I had done the gradient, I did some angry faces on there, using a dotting tool, and Collection Cosmetics Black and White.  What do you reckon?  This is SUPER bright too.  Very in your face.


halloween candy corn nail art

halloween candy corn nail art

halloween candy corn nail art

halloween candy corn nail art

halloween candy corn nail art

halloween candy corn nail art


More checkerboard nails...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

First up; apologies for shameless self promotion, however I did make the final five for the Collection Cosmetics Halloween Competition (whoop!).  So I was just wondering, if anyone has the time to vote for my creation, I'd be really thrilled.  Thank you.

Well, since it is inevitable that I can't leave my nails with just one colour on, I have decided to jazz up my gold glitter nails with another checkerboard manicure.  I did a couple of these manicures the other week, and although time consuming, they look pretty cool. 

So over my gold I did a couple of checkerboard nails, and some stripey nails too.  What do you think?



checkerboard nails

checkerboard nails


checkerboard nails

YCC Gold Glitter 117 - Gold Glittery Sparkles

Some more sparkles for you today!  I am still raving about these YCC Polishes, they are brilliant.  117 is a lovely gold glitter, with lots of flecks of a silver holographic type glitter in it too.  It goes on really nicely (as usual) and really sparkles.  LOVE IT.


YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

Look at the sparkles under the lights!

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

YCC Gold Glitter 117

Misa - Hot People Like You...neon explosion!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Morning!  It's Monday again already - boo!  How did that happen?!  Today I've got a bright neon manicure to show you.  I recenlty got Misa - Hot People Like You and it's a ridiculously bright pink neon that I was dying to try out. So I decided to use it to do a few gradients (following the usual process!) and I decided to pair it up with Kiko Grey (328) and Collection Cosmetics Black.  I did this as a pink base to black tip on a few nails, and the reversey way on a couple of others.  I also did a couple of glittery nails using YCC 114 and China Glaze Some Like it Haute.  I then decided to go totally overboard with dots and striped just to finish off the neon explosion.

polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

polka dot nail art

Gold, Black and White Fishtail Manicure

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Today I thought I'd have another go at a fishtail manicure.  I really love these, they are so easy to do and look pretty ace.  I decided to do a few fishtail nails, and then some sparkley gold nails too.  The important part for the fishtail manicure is to pick polishes that are pretty opaque after one coat, otherwise you'll have to keep going over and over, and there's a chance of a gloopy mess going on if you aren't careful.  Also pick colours that are quite contrasting, so you can see the effect better.

I decided to use the following colours:

Collection 2000 White
China Glaze Smoke and Ashes
Barry M Gold Foil


fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

I painted my nails a base coat of China Glaze Smoke and Ashes (this has some lovely green specks in it, which you can see much better in this post).  Then paint a diagonal line in one direction using your second colour, and a diagonal line opposite this using your third colour, as shown below.


Don't worry too much about how it looks at the moment, as it will start to take shape pretty soon.  Also, you'll probably get quite a bit of polish over your fingers, but that can be cleaned up afterwards.  Continue alternating your colours painting diagoneal lines, leaving a small gap of the previous colour there.  You can see below a few stroke in that it's starting to look like a fishtail pattern.


Keep going until you reach the tips of your nails, tidy up around your nails with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover, and then top coat.  Job done!  The gold glittery nails I did a basecoat of Barry M Gold Foil, then a couple of coats of China Glaze Blonde Bombshell, then a couple of coats of Milani Gold Glitter, to make it really pop out.  And there you go, fishtail braid manicure is completed!

fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

fishtail manicure gold black white nail art

Sat-ART-Day - Halloween Challenge

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Morning!  I am very excited to be participating in The Crumpet's Sat-Art-Day challenge!  Today the Challenge is Halloween, now I did some Halloween nails a few days ago, so I decided to do something completely different this time (I didn't leave myself a lot of options though!).  However, here we have blood splatters and stitches.


halloween blood splatter nail art

For this, I did a base coat of Collection 2000 White, and then used a sponge to sponge on a slightly messy gradient (to look a bit blood spattery) of GOSH Hot Coral and Rimmel Celebrity Bash.  I then used Collection 2000 Black and a dotting tool to create the stitches. 

halloween blood splatter nail art

halloween blood splatter nail art

halloween blood splatter nail art

halloween blood splatter nail art

halloween blood splatter nail art

Gradient Nails - Tutorial and Tips

Friday, 26 October 2012

Right, I do love gradient nails, they can look really effective, they are great on their own, but also a great base for stamping / dotting / nail art over the top.  I've mentioned various hints and tips for doing them in different blog posts, but I thought it would be useful to have everything together in one place.



1.  Preparation / Tools Required For The Job
Get everything ready.  For a gradient manicure you need (aside from your polishes which I will explain next!) some cheapy makeup sponges (you can buy bags with tons in either in Superdrug, Boots or even Poundland), a flat surface, a piece of paper, plus cotton buds and nail varnish remover for cleaning up afterwards.



2.  Pick your colours
What colours to use?  The big decision!  I love pastels for gradients, I also love mixing up with dark and lights together, and also just using all the same colours.  Really, you can do just about anything, but what I would recommend is that you pick polishes with similar opaqueness after the same amount of coats (e.g. don't use one colour that you need 3 coats to get opaque with a one-coater, as this just won't merge together nicely, as one will over-power the other).  Decide how many colours you want to use.  If you are going for all the same shades (e.g. a blue gradient) pick three or four colours.  Generally I like to do either contrasting gradients (e.g. deep pink into grey) or different colours (e.g. pink into mint green into grey) so I will use two or three.  Also, last tip; try to keep the tones of the polish similar, e.g. all pastels, all brights.  in particular if you are looking to make your gradient contrasting as mixtures are a bit tricker to get them to merge nicely.  Here are some colours I've used in the past:





3.  Paint your nails with a white basecoat
I use Collection 2000 White, but any opaque white will do (Barry M is decent also).  You do need a basecoat as you are sponging colour on, and you don't really want to be doing it onto naked nail, as you might not get a deep enough colour (depending on the colours you are using) and this helps the colour "pop" more.  It doesn't need to be totally perfect application, as you are going to be covering it up anyway.  Let this dry!

4.  Gradient me up, baby!
Right, now for the sponging!  So, what I'd recommend you doing is getting all your polishes ready, undone and lined up next to each other in the order that you are going to use them.  Get your make up sponge and run it under the tap, and squeeze out the excess, so it is damp.  Now, paint your polish onto the sponge in lines.



Now!  Before you apply this to your nail, sponge it onto the paper (not too hard).  This will allow the colours to smoosh (technical term) together a bit first.


Then take the sponge, and sponge onto your nail 2-3 times.  Don't do this too hard, if you do, the colours won't apply well, and you run the risk of getting tiny bits of the sponge stuck to your nails.  I'd recommend sponging it on 2-3 times, quite quickly and fairly lightly.  Also, move the sponge up a tiny bit for the second go, and slightly down a bit for the third go, again this will help the blending of the colours.  Repeat this for all your nails.  Don't worry about getting polish over your fingers, you can tidy this up afterwards.  You can probably do 2/3 nails per application of polish to the sponge.  Also, the good thing about this is that your nails will dry pretty quickly.  I'd then repeat this process all over again one or two more times, so that your nails will then have good coverage. 

4.  Clean up
Once you are happy with your nails, then you will need to do some clean up.  This is what you need the cotton buds and nail polish remover for.  Tip a little bit of polish into the lid of the nail varnish remover and dip the cotton bud in.  Use the cotton bud to carefully wipe off any excess polish on your fingers.  Be careful not to wipe any of the polish off your actual nails.  Then once your done, top coat, and it's good to go.







And don't forget!  You can always go one step further and turn your gradient manicure into a laser mani, or go dotty!







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