minnie mouse(esque) nails

I made these partly for my birthday, but then Danny offered to paint my nails as he was taking me to dinner, he never followed up with the offer, but he did buy me 4 topshop nail polishes, so I kind of forgave him! I used ‘Misfit’ on my birthday (Wednesday) which he brought me, I’ll blog about that tomorrow, and all the other colours!
I also got 4 opi’s and a mini set of nails inc ones :) and teeny tiny nail art brushes which got delivered today! :)

I was going to do this matte, but on consultation of my mum, she said to slap on the seche vite!

I think it looks quite cute :’)
I used..
black; barry m-black
red; opi-color so hot it berns
white; mac vestral white


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ombre manicure (sort of)

i kind of added my own twist to the ombre manicure, and made the colour difference a lot more obvious, instead of keeping the shades really close to each other.

please excuse the disgraceful cuticles, and the seche vite shrinkage.


ive seen something like this before, but using other colours, and stripes instead of dots.

the dots went a little bit dodgy because i was really shaky that night for some reason.

i actually picked out loads of different colours for this but i settled with blue in the end.

i used:


thumb: mac vestral white. (dots are polishes as follows)

index: barry m blueberry ice cream

middle: topshop the big easy

ring: a barry m colour, think its colbat blue?

little: nails inc denim.


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purple+pink mix up.

i didnt have much time, and ive been wanting to use these sorts of colours together for ages!

i really like how these turned out, and excuse the smudge on the index finger, i did these just before bed…

i used:…

thumb: china glaze; flying dragon with andrea fullerton gemstone overcoat. (which i hear is a dupe for nubar 2010, sally hansen hidden treasure, and gosh rainbow.)

index: eyeko lilac polish.

middle: barry m indigo as a base, with models own disco mix over the top.

ring: models own pastel pink, with mac vestral white for the dots, using a dotting tool.

little: barry m flamingo pink.

everything topped with 1 coat of seche vite, 2 on the disco mix because its a bit gritty.

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a galaxy far far away.

i couldn’t think of any other title by the way. :$
i’ve adored people that do ‘galaxy’ nails before, but i’ve been to scared to try myself because it looks so difficult!
i grew a pair, and tried it, and its so easy, it took me like 5 minutes, its taken me longer to do this blogpost!

first, you need a black base, one with a slight shimmer/glitter preferably. it adds more depth to the whole design. i used cosmic from eyeko.

next you need to find a tool to ‘sponge’ with, i used a makeup sponge, but i guess you can use tissue or something like that? you then need a holographic polish of any colour, i usedholographic from gosh. you need to sponge it, anywhere on the nail, but not covering it, so like, up one side, in a diagonal across the nail, a tip. differ it on each nail for a different effect.
you then need a sheer polish, a colour like, purple, navy, medium blue, pinky. i used a sheer duochrome from maxfactor called sunny pink. you need to sponge this on in the same way as above, you can go over the holographic, because its sheer, it just adds to the effect.
now, do the same thing, but with another sheer polish, this part is optional, you can leave it how it is if thats the desired look, and skip to the next step. i sponged on dazzling blue from maxfactor, i sponged it in the same way, i basically just filled in gaps that i thought would need filling in.
lastly i added a glitter topcoat over, i think flakies could look quite nice instead of glitter aswell, because you cant really see it that much, but it adds a slight look in different lights. i used twinkle by elf.
to finish i added some rhinestones, and a coat of seche vite to make it extra shiny, and the rhinestones to stay :)
ill definately be doing this again, maybe with some more colours to add some more depth.
ps, excuse the cuticles, i’ve just slapped loads of lemony flutter on, i think its all the writing+revision i’ve been doing :)
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little bitt’a leopard.

i couldn’t think of much more to do, and considering i have a ton of revising to do i wanted something i could do quick that was easy.
i have exams on wednesday+thursday, so im gonna be slacking behind i think!
i used my new elf polishes i got aswell!
amazing as always!!

i think the colour combination is really sweet. i didnt think it would go at all, but the blue makes the nude really pop.
i used elf-innocence, but based it with elf-white, because innocent is so sheer it would have took a good 6 coats, and i couldnt be bothered to wait that long! so in the end i did 1 coat white, and 2+a bit innocence!
i used barry m-cyan blue for the splodges, and barry m-black for the outside bits,
all with a thin nail art brush

im off to revise-boreeeeeeeee.

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newspaper nails tutorial.

i keep attempting to read my nails and try and make sense of them.
these are dead easy to do.

you will need:

-white nail varnish, well a plain colour, like ‘greige’ even
-10 pieces of newspaper larger than your nails
-a shot glass worth of vodka UPDATE: you can also use whiskey i have learned.
-a topcoat

Firstly, paint your nail, the colour you want it,
i went with white

then soak your nail in the vodka for 1 minute
place the newspaper on the nail and press down firmly for 30 secs
peel off gently+add topcoat…
voila :)
click to enlarge it, it looks a lot nicer close up.
also, this was pre-cleanup, excuse the polish on my cuticles.
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getting my jigsaw on.

this was influenced, by the boy’s little brother, who made me complete puzzles for him to smash up, then say to me today, that if i did it again he “promised he wouldn’t break them” – i wasn’t having none of it! ;)

this only took me like 5 minutes, which was suprising, when i thought of it i figured i’d be there for a long while…
i matted them before i added the puzzley bits, cos i thought it would look better.
i used,
thumb: elf: lilac (courtesy of the boy, as a big xmas haul for me!)
index: 17: sherbet lemons
middle: elf: mint
ring: barry m: blueberry ice cream
little: barry m: pink flamingo
and i used barry m black, and a fine brush to draw the puzzle shapes.
its a lot easier than it looks…you just draw a square, and add bits on, or take some away.
then 1 coat of seche vite, for chip resistance, and 2 coats of matte finisher from elf…
talking of that, what’s up with this brush?!
looks a lot worse in r/l, but it used okay, apart from the odd splodge on the cuticle.
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rainbows on grey days.

the rain influenced this post!

because its all grey and ugly and rainy outside, but just grey is boring, so i added some water marbled rainbows!
slight bit of trial and error with polishes, but i think i got it…
my set up!
stage 1
stage 2
never got any pictures of the other stages because i was too busy actually dunking my nails in :)
left hand
right hand
i can never ever get a good photo of the other hand. grrrrrr.
i used….
red: opi: color so hot it berns
orange: opi: flit a bit
yellow: collection 2000: sherbet lemons
green: china glaze: kiwi cool-ada
blue: barry m: cyan blue

and the grey was models own: grey day.
plus 1 coat of seche vite.

i did have a purple, but i took it out because it was making it look a bit too dark+harsh
until today, i have never really been able to do a decent marble, but i think im getting the hang of it..
-use a base colour (i used grey)
-make sure the polishes are thin
-definately use ‘room temp’ water
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tuxedo’s and moustache’s.

been meaning to do this for a long time, just havent got around to it, and for the first time ever, i didnt practice my design on a wheel before i started, i just did it! :)

left hand.
right hand (excuse the rotation, it wont work!)
this took me about 20 mins to do maybe, just because the lines weren’t going straight, and i was redo’ing them, over+over. painful process.
i am actually in love with this though, it think its so cute!
i used Topshop ‘Geography Teacher’ for the base colour, and barry m, black+white with a little nail art brush for detailing :)
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blue days.

didn’t have a clue what to do with my nails today, as i spent most of it, making a nice wheel :)

-once i’d done that…I…
1) had no time.
2) was bored of nails
3) nothing was working for me
i ended up with this…

i actually really like it though, its a little more blue than the photo shows, but its the best one i had. (couldn’t take photographs either today)
also obsessed with fimo slices at the moment! -so pretty!!
Little Finger:
Topshop “The Big Easy”
Dots: China Glaze “Frostbite”
Ring Finger:
Topshop “The Big Easy”
Leapord: OPI “Whats With The Cattitude?”
Middle Finger:
Topshop “The Big Easy”
Index Finger:
China Glaze “Dorothy Who?”
China Glaze “Towel Toy Boy”
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