Frosty Zig Zag Nails

For this design, I firstly painted all my nails in 2 coats of a silver colour. I let this have plenty of time to dry.

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Next I placed my zig zag shaped sticker across the middle of each nail. I went for the thickest one that I had, as I wanted the centre of each nail to have a wide silver zig zag.

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On the section of the nail above the tape (near the base of the nail), I used a shimmery purple shade.

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On the opposite section near the tip of the nail I used a glittery nail polish with a light blue translucent base to it.

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I worked on one nail at a time. This was because I needed to remove the tape before the blue and purple had too much time to dry.

Daim Bar Milkshake

This one is so bad for you, but tastes oh so good. My husband couldn’t get enough of it.

  • All you need is 3 Daim bars crushed up and added to you smoothie maker cup.
  • Then add a little bit of milk so that the Daim bar is covered. You only want enough to help blend up the Daim bars fully.
  • Then let it blend until you can get it as fine as possible.
  • Then all you need to do is fill the rest of the smoothie maker with vanilla ice cream.
  • Give it another little blend just so that everything is mixed together, and then you can serve.

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Purple Chevron Nails

For this design I layered a sheer polish on top of another to make a unique background shade.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark shimmery brown/purple colour called ‘Dusky Mauve’ by Barry M.

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Next I went over all nails with a coat of Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’.

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Then on the bottom half of the thumb and ring finger nails, I painted 2 coats of a lilac shade.

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Lastly I taped off a chevron shape across the middle of all nails with tape. I made sure this covered the join in colours where I used the lilac shade. I then filled this in with a white shimmery shade before removing the tape.

Rainbow Ombre Stripe Nails

All week I was thinking in my mind that I would practice my water marbling skills again this week, and then at the last moment this idea popped into my mind. I figured I might as well take advantage of the fact that I have managed to keep my nails long without breaking them too badly recently, and this design is easier to achieve on long nails. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and how bold the colours I chose look together.

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First, I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a neutral nude shade. This will form the first bar of colour on all nails.

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Next I took 5 different colours in light/pastel shades. I used a different colour on each nail. I painted starting from 2/3 of the way up the nail down to the tip. If any colours needed a second coat then I did this.

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Afterwards I took 5 corresponding darker shades to the colours I had just used. I painted the bottom 1/3 of each nail in the darker colour.

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Once everything had dried, I used some gold striping tape. I placed 2 stripes of this across each nail in order to cover up the lines where the different colours meet. Originally I was thinking to go over the darker shade with a flakie top coat to add some glitz. However I felt it would ruin the vibrancy of the colours next to each other and so decided against this in the end.

LED Tea Light Rose Candle

For my latest crafty time activity I decided to make some of these gorgeous rose LED tea lights that I stumbled across at this link on Pinterest. The tutorial looked just too good to not try out and share.

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They are actually quite simple to make. All you need is some LED tea lights. Ones with a switch at the bottom, rather than the twist kind is better, as you will be covering the sides of the light. I also went for the kind where the LED flickers like a real candle. As well as this you need some plastic spoons (I used clear ones to make them more ‘invisible’), some fabric rose petals in the colour of your choice (I went with pink to match my living room), and a glue gun.

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You take your plastic spoons and remove the handles. Then glue a petal to the back of each spoon. You then glue these around your tea light, placing the bottom of the spoon around halfway up the side of the tea light. Then you repeat the same, but you glue this layer around the bottom of the side of the tea light. When placing the spoons, do them in the same direction so that the petals overlap each other on the same side. When placing the last spoon in a row, make sure that it overlaps on the correct side, but then underlays the petal on the opposite side. I found I needed 8 spoons in total (4 in each of the 2 rows).

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Then to complete the rose, place more rows of petals going around (without spoons) in the same direction in order to cover the remaining gaps and the tea light. I found for the size of mine meant that I needed to add 2 more rows. I therefore did a row of four petals and then I used 8 petals for the most bottom most row. If you glue only the one side of the first petal in the row, then I found this makes it easier to overlap it over the last petal that you place.

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Cherry Milkshake

For this one I took one banana and broke it up into my smoothie maker cup. Then I added a couple of handfuls of frozen morello cherries. I find buying berries already frozen is cheaper than buying fresh and less work for me. Plus they blend better when frozen. Blueberries for example seem to go a bit gelatinous if not frozen when used in a smoothie. Then I covered the fruit with milk and added a couple of spoons of vanilla ice cream before blending together. I placed another frozen cherry on top as a garnish before serving.

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Mint Peach Bar Nails

I think the combination of the peach and green shades work really well together in this design.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I wanted each nail to be slightly different and so this was whatever colour was closest to the base of the nail.

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I then added on my second colour to each nail. I placed it so that I could split each nail into different stripes of colour. Again I attempted to randomise the order of the colours.

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Once this was dry I repeated the same with the 3rd colour, so that each nail was left with 3 different stripes of colour. On the darker green/tourquize shade, I went over it with a multi glitter top coat as I wanted each stripe to have a different finish to it.

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Lastly, I covered over the lines where the different colours met with a gold holographic striping tape. This helps to make everything look a lot neater.

Sun Ray Nails

The colours and stripes in this design reminded me a little bit of the suns rays.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went with a white. I gave this plenty of time to dry.

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Then I used striping tape and placed 3 pieces of tape on each nail. Each strip started in the centre of the base of the nail. The middle one going straight along the middle of the nail to the tip, and the others going out diagonally on either side.

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On top of this I painted the base half of each nail in a yellow shade and the tip half in a dark orange shade. Whilst this was still wet, I put a small line of each colour next to each other on a make up brush and dabbed this on the nail where the 2 colours met in order to blend them into a gradient.

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I worked on one nail at a time as you need to carefully remove the striping tape before everything has chance to dry fully. Afterwards I applied my top coat.

Diagonal Colour Block Nails

I got the inspiration for this design from this picture I seen on Pinterest recently of a set of drawers. I really liked the colours and how simple, yet pretty it looked.

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I modified my colours slightly. The colours I used were Cappuccino, and silk effects in Meadow and Blossom by Barry M.

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Firstly I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I decided to alternate between the pink and the green. I left this to dry fully.

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Next, using striping tape, I taped off random diagonal sections across the bottom of each nail, making sure that I focused on one side of the nail at the same time. I then painted these sections in my second colour. This was the opposite pastel shade to the base colour of the nail.

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I carefully removed the striping tape before it had chance to dry. I again let this dry fully. I then taped diagonally across each nail again. This time I taped in the opposite direction and focused more on the opposite side of the nail to the previous time.

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I then painted each section in my darkest colour. I removed the tape before anything dried. After a few minuted I added my topcoat.

Dried Petal Nails

I was given a nail art gift a while back that came with a few polishes and some little pots of dried flowers. I thought that as spring is here, it would be the perfect time to try it out.

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Firstly, I painted my nails in 2 coats of my base colours. For the thumb and ring finger I went with a light pink. For the rest of the nails I went with a light purple.

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Next I decided how I would place the dried flowers and laid them out. I painted my nail with clear polish and then using tweezers I placed the flower on the nail. Anything that was sticking over the nail I trimmed down with nail scissors. I then covered this with my top coat to seal it in.

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It was at this point that I realised that the more 3D the flower was, the harder it was to get it to stick down. I wanted to be able to cover the flower fully with my top coat and have it flat against the nail to increase its durability. When trying to do this the more intricate flowers became a bit messy, because it was so hard to get them to stick down flat.

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Due to this, I changed my plans a bit. Originally I was going to place 2 different flowers on each nail and have them overlap. But I changed this to just one in order to prevent everything becoming too much of a mess. The small pink flowers that I used were the easiest to stick down as they were made up of just one layer of petals.