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.

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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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