Baby Spider Nails

For this year’s Halloween nail art I went for some simple cute baby spider nails.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark green shade.

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Then taking a large dotting tool and a silver colour, I put a large silver oval shape in the one corner of each nail.

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Next I took a silver nail art pen and used this to draw in the legs for each of the spiders.

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Finally, I used a black nail art pen to dot on eyes for each spider.

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Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Nude Smokey

This is a smokey nude combination using neutral shades.

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I used a shimmery pale neutral colour on the inner half of each eye.

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I blended this with a brown on the outer halves.

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For the eye liner I used a dark brown. On the upper lash line I added a little glitter.

Matte Glamour Nails

I’ve been really wanting to try out more matte designs recently.

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I first painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour, which is a shade by Barry M called ‘Dusky Mauve’ and has a subtle amount of fine purple shimmer in it.

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On the ring finger I then painted 2 coats of a purple translucent shade packed with glitter.

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I then sponged the same glitter shade onto the tip end of the thumb nails in order to make a gradient.

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I then painted all nails in my normal top coat for durability before going over everything with 2 coats of a matte top coat by Avon called ‘Satin top coat’. This has a fine pink shimmer in it which added an extra dimension to the overall look as making everything matte flattens out the glitter used on the ring fingers.

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Blue, Red and Gold

For this combo, I used a gold shimmery shade in the inner corner and a blue on the outer.

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I used a reddish shade in the middle and blended it together with the other 2 colours.

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I used a dark blue eyeliner on the upper lash line.

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On the lower lash line I used a silver eye liner.

Matte Glitterati Tip Nails

For this design I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a black shade.

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Next, I took 2 of the shades from Barry M’s Glitterati collection called ‘Starlet’ and ‘Fashion Icon’. I painted one coat on the tip of the ring fingers in a straight line in Starlet. On the remaining nails, I repeated the same on the tips with the Fashion Icon shade.

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Next I went over everything with my normal top coat to make everything more durable.

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Then I made everything matte by painting 2 coats of a matte top coat over all nails.

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Lastly, I went over the glittery tips with a second coat to make them glossy and vibrant again.

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Green, Purple and Gold

This adventurous combo is made up of 3 different colours from my 88 shimmer palette.

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On the inner corner I used a gold shade, and on the outer corner a green.

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In the centre of the eyelid I used a purple, which I blended into the other 2 colours.

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I used a dark purple eye liner on the top lid, and a gold on the bottom.

Gemstone Biscuits Recipe

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I wanted to bake some biscuits that were decorated with chocolate and sprinkles. These little diamond shaped treats are what I came up with, but you could use any shape biscuit cutter that you like.

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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or other flavouring of your choice
  • Gel food colouring in colour of your choice
  • 200g chocolate
  • Sprinkles/Hundreds and Thousands

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Method

1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.

2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.

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3. Add your vanilla essence and cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork.

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4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl.

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5. Add a pinch of salt and fold everything together into a dough using your hands.

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6. Make an indent in the dough and add a little of your food colouring to this.

7. Manipulate the dough until the colouring is fully incorporated. Add more colouring if required and repeat.

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8. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

9. Dust your work surface with flour and remove the dough from the fridge.

10. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 5 and grease a baking tray with butter.

11. Roll out the dough to just under 1cm thick and use a diamond shaped cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.

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12. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.

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13. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.

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14. I placed them in the over near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.

15. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.

16. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and carefully removed them from the tray and left to cool. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.

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17. Repeat steps 11 – 16 in order to use up the remaining dough.

18. Afterwards melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on the hob. Remove from the saucepan once melted.

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19. Using the back of a tea spoon, spread the melted chocolate onto one half of a diamond shaped biscuit.

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20. Then sprinkle your sprinkles over the chocolate half of the biscuit. Use a small plate to catch any excess and turn your biscuit upside down and give it a gentle shake to let the excess fall off.

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21) Repeat steps 19 – 20 for the remainder of your biscuits.

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22) Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the chocolate has set before serving. Be careful not to let them touch each other while in the fridge.

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Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Gold and Dark Orange

I used colours from my 88 natural palette for this colour combination.

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On the inner half I used a shimmery gold shade, and on the outer half a shimmery dark orange. I prefer shimmery shades over matte.

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I used a black eye liner on the upper lash line and a gold on the lower.

Cracked Emerald Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark racing green.

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Once this was dry I used a shimmery gold crackle effect and painted this onto all nails except the ring finger nails.

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On the ring fingers I carefully painted 2 coats of a shimmery gold shade in a curved section near the tip end of the nail.

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To finish the design off, I used some light green rhinestones to cover the line where the green and gold colours met on the ring fingers.

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I then sealed everything in place with my top coat. I really like how the shimmery gold crackle goes well with darker deep colours.