Claire’s Nail Art

Vicki from Claires Accessories sent me some information about their new wave of nail art!

They have brought out nail wraps, bling nail stickers, new falsies with nail art and glitter polishes.





The nail wraps look like something that could be really interesting, theres multiple designs and my favourite is looking to be the peacock feather. Vicki has kindly given me some bits to try so I will be posting about these once I’ve tried them out!
The bling stickers look really interesting too, diamonds without the effort of sticking them all on separately!

So what do you think? Something you would try out?

Paige xx

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Crackle and shatter, what’s the difference?

Crackle and shatter, what’s the difference?
Is there any difference?

Well, yes, in a sense. I’m going to put this as it would come out of my mouth;
Crackle: Stays as a piece, but has cracks apart.
Shatter: Separates into individual pieces.

If that makes no sense, I will show you with photo’s :)


Here’s (from L to R) China Glaze: Lightning Bolt, Barry M: 316, MUA Nail Quake: Jailbreak, Barry M: 311, Beauty UK: Goth.

China Glaze: CRACKLE

Little Finger: CRACKLE, Ring Finger: SHATTER

Middle Finger: CRACKLE, Index Finger: SHATTER

Quality and Performance:
Lightning Bolt is really opaque and thin.
Barry M 316 (White) is also opaque but very gloopy. (I added thinner)

Beauty UK has a OPI like brush, but is even more gloopy than Barry M.
MUA has a thin brush, and gives a really even application, this shatter seems very shiny and jelly like.
Barry M 311 (Black) is opaque, but is the same as the white in consistency.

Hope this clears up the Shatter/Crackle issue.
ps. many thanks to my mum for letting me use her as a hand model!


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Aztec Nails Tutorial

I’ve had a nosey on the internet, and I can barely find any simple nail tutorials out there, I know that when I first got into nail art, these were what I wished was on the internet. Youtube provides some good ones, but there isn’t many on any blogs.
So i’ve decided to make my own series, starting with aztec. I’m going to be running this once a week, so if you have any suggestions, tweet me @paigemcdonagh, or email me at paigemcdonagh(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Aztec is one of the best nail art designs out there, firstly, its really on trend, clothing wise, and second, you can make mistakes, and cover them up as if they was meant to be there. I love aztec designs, they go with everything, and you can pretty much make them up as you go along.

Firstly, paint your nails with any base colour you fancy… I used Models Own: Concrete Mixer


Then add a stripe anywhere you fancy of a contrasting colour. I choose Flourescent Orange. Give your contrasting colour a black outline, and add some black and white stripes. (wherever you want)


Add some detailing, you can use a nail art pen, a paintbrush/nail art brush, a dotting tool, or even a toothpick! I used my nail art pens in black and white. Be creative, look around for inspiration. I will post some pictures and links at the end of this post, for some inspiration.



Now, add some dots! in black, or white, or any other colour you fancy!
Make this design fun!


As bad of a photo that is, you can see I dotted around the cuticle line, and up to the free edge.
Add some topcoat, and your finito! ;)

This is just my take on Aztec nails, you could do something completely different. This is a great place to start as a beginner to nail art!

WAH Nails: the official best of the best for aztec nails:

Effiesmakeupbox: did a lovely set of Aztec nails, she does awesome nails too, check her out :)

That’s me done for today…

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Aztec Neon Nails!

I topped up my fake tan due to the crappy weather here in London. So to match my tan, I gave myself some neon nails!

This is infulenced by the infamous WAH designs.

I striped my 3 colours underneath with a white base underneath. I used Sinful Colors: Snow Me White, with Barry M: Yellow, Milani: Awesome Orange, Milani: Pink Hottie. I used a striper brush to stripe them on, the lines dont have to be very even, theyre mostly covered up anyway.

Then I used a black and white nail art pen to draw on the detail.

thank god for this little bit of colour in my life :)

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Galaxy Nails.

This post shows how much better I’ve got at nail art in the past few months!

I haven’t been posting a lot recently, I’ve been using Tumblr. The group Polish-Aholics Anonymous on Facebook has got me back into blogging, along with some support from my boyfriend.

So the Monday Nail Art challenge on the group Polish-Aholics Anonymous theme this week was Galaxy nails. I did try these out a long time ago if you scroll back through my posts, and to be honest, when I look back now. It wasn’t very impressive!

Heres my attempt this time!!

(click to enlarge)

I’m geniunley really proud of this. I love the ring finger, it looks so galaxy like! This did take me quite a while. I really would enlarge this picture just to show you the true beauty of the way the colours work together. I used a sponge to create my galaxies and a dotting tool for the stars. I found a really good way to use a sponge and have it small enough to create little splodges.

I ripped up a makeup sponge and placed it in a pair of tweezers, I then tied it up with a snag band. I saw this on a youtube video, but i cant remember which one!

List of polishes used: (it’s a long one!)

Base: Sinful Colors: Black on Black with Topshop NAILS: Gypsy Nights over the top.

Galaxies: Sinful Colors: Snow Me White, Barry M: Yellow, China Glaze: V, OPI: Color So Hot It Berns, China Glaze: Frostbite, American Apparel: Neon Coral.

Topcoats: China Glaze: Golden Enchantement with 2 coats of Seche Vite.

Give galaxy nails a go!

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bit of shatter

I haven’t posted in forever, and I’m starting again now, I will catch up.
I recently attended Pro Beauty at Excel, which was amazing and I got lots of goodies which will be featured soon :)

right, shatters well and truly been done 3 times over now, every single company I know is jumping on the bandwaggon, Barry M, OPI, China Glaze, Models Own, 17.

I did this look like 3 months ago when shatter was new and stuff, I just got behind, by like 3 months lol.

I just sponged on the colours in random effects, (see candy floss nails post) using random colours an put Barry M shatter on top.
this is a good shatter, its slightly difficult to apply because of only being able to do one stroke with the thin brush.
other than that I like it, I think 1 company should stick to doing the shatter though, but it sells I guess!

I promise I will post more often from now on :)


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sorry i havent posted in forever. like this time last month was the last time i posted, ive lacked inspiration, but gained some now.

did some peacock nails the other night, but theyre all chipped so i wont post them!


in  the mean time, i was surfing my computer+found lots of old nail art.

some of them are a bit shite…but i was learning ;)


candy floss nails.

i made this when i was going out for the birthday meal with the family+the boy.
was like a week ago now, just totally forgot to do this one.

i wanted something really subtle, but then again, i wouldnt call this subtle!

i started with a white base, i didn’t bother with more than one coat because i was in a rush!
i used elf, white.

then i got all my pastels, and started sponging.
i used…
yellow: 17: sherbet lemons
pink: models own: pastel pink
purple: opi: do you lilac it
blue: barry m: cyan blue
green: 17: mint choc chip

used these flowers from viva la nails’ blogger pack!
was really easy to apply, used matte topcoat over everything.

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gradient manicure tutorial.

i’ve never done a gradient before, because most people complain how hard it is to do etc, so i’ve steered clear, then i thought, im really good at sponging polish in different ways (see tomorrows post) so i thought i would try it. technically i did this manicure yesterday, and the post tomorrow will be from my mani on sunday, so im kinda doing this backwards.
onto the tutorial….

i used: barry m: white
barry m: black
barry m: grey
topshop: cloud
models own: grey day
seche vite
nails inc oxygenating base treatment

step one,
paint you nails with a your base coat, then your base colour, im doing a grey gradient, so i chose the lightest grey i own, realised that it wasn’t light enough, so mixed barry m white with models own grey day and used that, just use another brush to paint them with, i used a lid to mix it in.

step two,
take the next darker shade you have, i used, topshop cloud, mixed in with the colour i mixed myself, and take a makeup sponge, -the key to an amazing gradient- and sponge it about 3/4 of the way down the nail. (WARNING: this is on my left hand because i forgot to take photos of the steps on my right, so if it looks a bit sh*t, thats why, but i will show a photo of my right at the end to show how well it went)

step three,
then take the next darker shade, i used topshop cloud, and sponge just above where you last did it, you’ll be able to tell by the photograph.

step four,
repeat step three, using your next darker shade i used barry m grey and sponge a bit above again.

step five,
last step of sponging: use your darkest shade, or mix one up, i used barry m grey, mixed with barry m black and you just sponge the tips. TIP: if the lines look to harsh, or you can see where you have sponged previously, use the colours again, and re-sponge to make it look more mixed.

step six,
use a topcoat of your choice to mix all the colours together.

this is my right hand…

this sounds a lot harder than it actually is, just experiment and im sure you’ll get it!



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ruffian manicure tutorial

really been meaning to try this, but couldn’t decide on half moons, or ruffian.

incase you don’t know, this is the difference….


half moon:

(images courtesy of sites stated)

i ended up deciding on ruffian because its easier :)


start with a base colour of any choice, im using the 2 colours my boyfriend got me for my birthday!

now…you can choose to do this free hand with a nail art brush, if wanted. but to make it extra easy+quick, you can use some french tip guides, but upside down, you can normally pick a pack up of like a 100 for 99p.
place them just above your nail line, however far up you want the ruffian to be..
as you can i see i’ve only done 2 nails to make it not confusing!

then just paint in the gap between the guide and your cuticles, TIP: don’t paint too thick or you’ll get paint seeping underneath the guides.

make sure you pull these off when the polish is still wet, and slowly and gently, otherwise the polish will dry to the guide, and it will all come off together, (i’ve made that mistake before)

ahhhh, lovely ruffian’ness! ;)


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