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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….

ruffian: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/4845510023_b12e5c49e9_b.jpg

half moon: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_eYNIYJe4QTQ/TH95Sg-SKpI/AAAAAAAABbA/qLps64b6UyE/s400/c4a6012df45d1124_Half_Moon_Manicure.jpg

(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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