Flowers and gems….

Title says it all really; I used flower transfers then added gems. My god what incredible value I’m adding to your lives!

 Flowers and gems

One thing I would note is that I am incredibly anal (steady, that’s for a different blog) about symmetry. With the paw prints for example, they went from bottom right on my right hand and bottom left on my left hand – symmetrical.

The flowers, however, are too big to fit on one nail as I think it’s meant to be a random swirling selection of roses and leaves that cascade from one nail to the other. You place them in a multitude of different positions on each nail, sometimes with two transfers on one nail, to create a plentiful bouquet of roses spread across 10 gorgeous nails.

Bullshit.

I. Like. Symmetry.

Once I was done, I had a compelling urge to remove it immediately but decided that was a waste. Especially when I could rant about it to you! I then proceeded to add gemstones and force myself to keep it on long enough to take a picture.

Then I removed it with reckless abandon.

For someone who likes a veritable smorgasbord of flowing patterns and styles this might work, for me, it was hell.

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Nail transfers

Following a slightly mad shopping spree on Amazon, nail transfers are my new best friend. My selection was from here…..

Also in this spree I bought two sets of tweezers – one for transfers, one for gemstones – yes, they’re COMPLETELY different.

I actually expected the transfers I bought to be entire nail wraps as opposed to small designs but I don’t mind, because they’re amazing!

Paint a base coat, cut out the transfer, dip in water (20 seconds… ish), slide onto the nail and let it dry then slather on some top coat.

Also – the issue I was having with top coat making my nail art run doesn’t apply for transfers. Win.

Swirls

 

These were a little fiddly as the pattern had to be cut to the right length for each nail but it didn’t take too much time, and does look pretty cool.

I have my nails in an oval shape at the tip which meant there was a little overhang of transfer on each corner. You can press it up on the underside of the nail but I chose to trim as I found it easier and neater.

Boom.

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Animal Magic

Everyone likes a cheeky bit of animal magic….

So, without further ado…..

POW!

Animal toesAnimal nails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know.

Really easy to do: base coat, black varnish, white nail art pen (one big and three little appropriately placed blobs), top coat.

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Polka Dots!

Next up in the nail instalment: Polka dots!

Everyone loves polka dots, no one more so than my best friend. Pretty sure she had a mini orgasm when she saw my nails, then she noticed the matching toes and collapsed in a full blown convulsing series of orgasmic spasms. Metaphorically. If she’d actually collapsed that would have been much better…

This is one of those great patterns that’s incredibly simple to do but everyone fawns over your nails and you have at least eight conversations that go like this…

Them    “Did you do this yourself?”
Me        “Why yes, yes I did”
Them    “That’s incredible!”
Me        “Oh thanks, it’s really easy”
Them    “No way, they’re the best nails I’ve ever seen”
 
 

Ok, you got me, no one has yet said that last line, but I’m sure every single person who saw my nails has thought it.

Dots

So, to the simple and pretty quick method….

  1. Base coat (Use a base coat. Every. Single. Time)
  2. 1st coat of colour
  3. 2nd coat of colour
  4. Apply dots
  5. Top coat (see direction from point 1)

See, told you it was totes simps.

Two major points that need just a little further explanation. You NEED to have nail art pens, not just ones with a thin brush but ones with this needle like point on the left… Nail art pens

 This essentially produces a pin head size amount of nail varnish, and boom, polka dots! I do a diagonal line from bottom right to top left on each nail then do lines either side – it helps create a more uniform pattern of dots.

Be careful not to squeeze the bottle too much of the dot will be too big and you run the risk of them merging together. Of course if you want big dots that’s fine, but leave more room between them to allow for spreading, plus they’ll take longer to dry.

The other main point of note is the top coat. The one I currently use (L’Oreal Color Riche Nails Parisian Crystal 000) does have a tendency to ‘run’ the colour below. Not an issue with one solid colour but when you have a pattern it can smudge and make an intricate design go blurry. Until I find a top coat that doesn’t do this (believe me, I am searching), the only advice is to do the top coat in one firm, thick stroke and then leave it!

That’s pretty much all there is to it, play around with colours, size of dots, you could even do half with dots or half without, or half with dots and half with stripes… which might even be my next adventure….

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Nail Caviar

Next up in the nail instalment: Caviar!

Bought from TopShop about a month ago, this took a little bit of getting used to.

The application is relatively straightforward – paint the nail, dip in the caviar and gently press the beads down.

Nail CaviarThe problem was that I did this one evening, then woke up the next morning and needed to shower. I figured the beads would be fine; they’re stuck down pretty well, right? Wrong.

By the time I made it to the office, only the bottom half of my nails actually had beads left which wasn’t really as perfect as they’d looked the night before.

They were incredibly scratchy and I found them in my bed, the bath, my bra, my hair, my ears, generally all the places one should never have small silver balls… Unless we’re talking about Ben Wa balls, but that’s for another time.

They annoyed me so much during the course of the day, I took them off as soon as I got home. Not willing to admit defeat though, I persisted – the second time I put them on I used an almighty layer of clear top coat. Did it help? Did it bollocks. Still scratchy, still fell off, still finding them everywhere.

I have since thrown the caviar away. Whilst it did look lovely, it just isn’t suitable for someone that actually has to do stuff. It might work if you put it on for a night out then took it off the next morning, but I don’t think it’s worth it, especially when there are other techniques that will look awesome and not make you want to pull your nails off!

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Nails

Right then: nails.

We all have them and every single one of them deserve love and attention, feet arguably more than hands. I’ve always been a fan of outsourcing most of my maintenance whether it be waxing, manicures, pedicures, massages (obv), tanning, eyebrow shaping/tinting, facials and eyelash extensions…. Yep, I’m pretty groomed!

Highlights also fall into the outsourcing list. I used a DIY kit once, things went a little (read: tremendously) wrong, bits were ginger, bits were blonde, bits were falling out – my hairdresser now has me under pain of death if I ever do something like that again, but I digress.

Nails.

My toes are still the responsibility of a wonderful place in Clapham, I can soak and buff and file and scrub and paint them myself, I choose not to. However my fingernails are my pride and joy and recently I spent an obscene amount on transfers, gems, pens, striping tape, varnish, stencils and tools to try and recreate some of the beautiful things I’ve seen recently.

For better or worse, I’ll be posting the results here over the coming weeks/months…

First up: Gemstones.

I bought some nail art pens from Rio Nails and these gemstones came free, most unexpected but very much appreciated – as you’ll learn, I’m a sucker for some free stuff!

This is a pretty easy one to start off with, paint the nails, add a tiny dot of nail varnish, add the gem, slather on top coat and dry. Viola!

One word of warning – make the dot of varnish really tiny otherwise it will squidge out from under the gem and look a little manky! Other than that, a pretty easy one to start off with.

Gemstones

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