Friday, 27 May 2016

ABC Challenge 'D': Dry marble nails

Another Friday, another instalment of the ABC Challenge! (Follow the link to find out more about it.) Last week for the letter 'C', I did constellation nails. Today for 'D' I chose to do this design using the dry marble method.

Dry marble nail art with thermal polish featuring Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Dry marble nail art using Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Alice' and 'Megara'

I added a little twist by using a pink-purple thermal polish, so the overall look changes depending on how warm or cold my fingers are. Read on for the details, more photos, and a video tutorial - my first video on YouTube!

Friday, 20 May 2016

ABC Challenge 'C': Constellation nails

It's week 3 of Nail Polish Society's ABC challenge! (Follow the link to find out more about it.) Here's my interpretation - 'C' for constellations. Read on for the details, more photos, and a video tutorial.

Stamped constellation nail art with ILNP 'Lulu'
Essie's 'Starry Starry Night' would have been quite appropriate for this!

Friday, 13 May 2016

ABC Challenge 'B': Bow nails

I'm back with my entry for 'B' on Nail Polish Society's ABC Challenge! This is a new weekly nail art challenge based on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Last Friday I did an accent nail design for 'A'.

For 'B', I had a few ideas - my favourite was my sister's quirky idea of 'Bonsai'. However, given my lack of freehand painting skills and a stamping plate with bonsai patterns - I settled for 'Bows', using my favourite tool, striping tape.

Simple bow nails with striping tape, by polilish
B for Bows. Bottle: Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Rose Red'

Read on for the details, more photos and a video tutorial!

Friday, 6 May 2016

ABC Challenge 'A': Accent nail (& A-England)

Emiline of Nail Polish Society recently came up with a new nail art challenge inspired by the (English) alphabet. It initially looked daunting, as the schedule stretches on until December to accommodate all 26 letters, once a week on Fridays.

Then I started getting lots of ideas for several letters, and I realised that this is quite a brilliant challenge, because it leaves a lot of room for interpretation. But it is still a challenge because it does introduce a constraint - for instance, my previous striped design had absolutely nothing in it that would have fit the 'A' prompt. And I will be painting my nails at least weekly for the foreseeable future - so I'm on board!

Floral accent nail art using reverse stamping, with A-England Gloriana and Bridal Veil
A for 'accent nail' (and A-England)

Today for 'A', I've went for a design with an accent nail. Read on for all the details, more photos, and a video tutorial - plus links to all the other nail artists who've joined in on the challenge.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Striped nails with 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin'

Along with the Cirque Colors Metropolis cremes that I recently blogged about - Whitney, Don't Forget the Cannoli, and Chelsea Girl - I also bought a few polishes from their recent Speckled and Sparkled collection. For this relatively simple design I've used 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin'.

Striped nails with Cirque Colors 'Hatch' and 'Cin Cin' from the Speckled and Sparkled collection
Cirque Colors 'Hatch' (white & grey) + 'Cin Cin' (gold)

Read on for a video tutorial and more photos, including close-ups!