Sparkle and Squiggle Nails

I had cut down one of my old nail art brushes to see if it would help me achieve a thinner line. This was just a quick design I came up with in order to test it out.

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Firstly I painted all of my nails with 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a purple shade.

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Then using a silver colour and a thin nail art brush, I added some curved lines to each nail.

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Then I repeated this, but with a multicoloured glitter nail paint. I added the lines in between the silver lines.


I then finished everything off with a top coat.


Grapefruit and Banana Smoothie

For this one I took 1 white grapefruit, 2 bananas, a dash of pineapple juice and plenty of ice all blended together. I don’t normally like strong citrus fruits in my smoothies, but this kind of grapefruit is a bit sweeter and the banana helped to balance it out. My husband said it was like a sweet and sour version of a smoothie.


Icy Flick Nails

These feel quite wintery to me even though they are not based on any kind of winter theme/design.

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Firstly I painted all nails with 2 coats of a nude shade.

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Next, I painted the bottom halves of each nail with my glittery shade. I used a blueish shade from Barry M’s glitterati collection called ‘Catwalk Queen’. I had to use 3 coats to get the thickness that I wanted.

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Next I used a makeup sponge and painted a line of both the nude and glittery shade next to each other. I sponged this over the line where both colours met on each nail in order to create a slight gradient effect.

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Then using a thin nail art brush, I painted on some dark blue flicks on each nail in the design I wanted.

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I finished the design off by adding some more flicks on top of everything in a silvery colour.

Pink Glamour Nails

I think I should have taken the photos for these against the normal grey table I use instead of my kitchen worktop. Believe me when I say the colours in this design look a lot better in person than in these photos.

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I painted all my nails in 2 coats of a nude shade in order to make my natural nails look better.

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Then using a pinkish shade from Barry M’s glitterati collection called ‘Starlet’, I painted a curved tip to the bottom half of each nail. I used 3 coats for this in total.

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Then using a dotting tool, I did a row of small dots in the same shade across the nude background on each nail.

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To finish I did a row of dots along the glitterati area of the nail in a dark purple shade.

Blueberry Milkshake

My brother got me a propper smoothie maker for Christmas, which is so much more efficient than using the hand blender that I used to use. Even though it’s not really the weather for smoothies, it hasn’t stopped me from trying it out. This one uses blueberries, some semi skimmed milk and a couple of spoons of vanilla ice cream. However if I were to make this again I would probably use less blueberries as it went a bit too thick in the end.


Duochrome Crown Nails

A friend at work said that the way I had placed the rhinestones for this design looked like crowns, hence the name of this post.

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I firslty painted all nails in 3 coats of one of Barry M’s recent releases to their aquarium range called ‘Persian’.

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This is a pretty duochrome polish that is mainly a shimmery, bright, almost cadbury purple, which changes to a bronzy goldish shade in the right light.

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I did have to use 3 shades to make it opaque enough, and I probably would have been better off using a simmilar colour underneath as a base.

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Then along the base of each nail I added a row of multi tonal coloured silvery rhinestones.


I started by placing a large rhinestone in the middle and then went down in size as I got to the sides of the nail. I tried to place them in a curve rather than a straight line.

2015 Nails

So these are this years ‘new years’ nails.

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I painted all nails in a dark blue shade. The thumbs and ring finger got 2 coats, and the rest got one.

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On the nails that were not the thumb or ring finger I then used 2 coats of Barry M’s glitterati nail paint in Rockstar, which is like a black base with lots of multicoloured glitter in it. It reminds me of a ton of stars in the sky.

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Then on the thumbs I used a very small dotting tool and the same glitterati shade to draw out the numbers 2015. I went over this again to make it stand out better.

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Then on the ring fingers, I used the glitterati nail paint and a thin nail art brush to put a kind of curved triangular shape. Again I went over this for a second coat. This was to make a trail behind the stars.

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Lastly I added a small nail art star to the point of the triangular shapes I had painted on the ring fingers and then added on my top coat.