Pyramid Gem Nails

I was short on time this week, so had to come up with something that was quick but not too boring.

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I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a deep red shade.

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I then took some triangle shaped rhinestones/nail gems. I only had these in yellow unfortunately, as I would not normally go for this colour. However I think they went OK with the red base colour.

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I placed one triangle in the centre of the base of each nail so that the point was pointing towards the tips.

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To finish the design off, on the ring finger and thumb nails, I placed 2 more triangles on either side of the first one. Then I placed 2 above this facing the opposite direction, and then finally one on top of those facing in the direction of the bottom row. This created a kind of pyramid shape.

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Snowman Nails

So for this year’s Christmas nails, I decided on some snowman face nails. I decided to use a glittery white textured nail paint for the background colour, as I felt it would be a pretty way to mimic the texture of real snow. The polish I used is called ‘Lady’ from Barry M’s Royal Textured Glitter collection, which is one of my favourite nail polishes.

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I started by painting this on all nails. As I forgot to use an opaque white underneath before I started, I needed to use 3 coats to get the right amount of coverage.

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On the ring fingers I then added 2 black rhinestones to each to make eyes. On the other nails I used a medium sized dotting tool and some black acrylic paint to make the eyes.

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Then I used the same black and a small dotting tool to add dots to make the mouth for the snowman on each nail. I apologise for the uneven length of my middle finger nails in comparison to the others. I find the nails on this finger are always prone to breaking easily. The one on my right hand got torn off when I was going outside and the wind blew the door out of my hand. I made myself feel better by telling myself that snowmen come in all sizes just like people lol.

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I finished the design off by using an orange acrylic paint and a thin brush to paint a small carrot triangle nose onto each nail. I then tried to add some details to the noses with a slightly darker shade of paint.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 225g Caster or Granulated Sugar
  • 14 tbsp Corn or Sunflower Oil
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 100g Chocolate Chips
  • 1 – 2 tsp Mint Flavouring (adjust amount to suit taste)

For the Icing/Frosting:

  • 250g Unsalted Butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 600g Icing Sugar
  • 80g Cream Cheese
  • 1 – 2 tsp Mint Flavouring (adjust amount to suit taste)
  • 50g Chocolate Chips
  • Green Gel Food Colouring

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Method

For the Cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C or Gas Mark 4.

2) Sift the flour into a bowl and add to it the baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and sugar. Fold it together evenly.

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3) In a separate bowl, add the oil, milk, eggs and mint. Whisk everything together.

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4) Gradually add the dry mixture to the liquid mixture and beat together until everything is evenly mixed.

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5) Place out your cupcake cases onto a baking tray. You want to fill the cases around 1/4 of the way with the mixture as it will rise a lot while cooking.

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6) Put them into the top/middle of the oven for around 20 – 25 minutes. Test that they are cooked using a toothpick. If it comes out clean then they are ready. Place them on a wire rack to cool once cooked.

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For the Icing/Frosting:

1) Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the cream cheese. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and add to the bowl as well.

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2) Cream everything together fully into a paste using a fork.

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3) Add some green gel colouring and the mint flavouring. Make sure you mix it in evenly. Repeat this if required until you get a nice mint green colour.

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4) In a food processor add the chocolate chips and chop them into small crumbs. If you are doing normal sized cupcakes then you may prefer to skip this step if you want full sized chips for decorating.

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5) You are now ready to pipe your icing onto your cupcakes. Set up you nozzle in a piping bag. Fill your bag with some of the icing and get it ready for piping. You can use any nozzle and design that you wish. I picked a smaller one as these were mini cupcakes. I went in a simple spiral motion starting from the outside and working inwards.

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6) Next decorate the icing by sprinkling on top some of the chocolate crumbs you made earlier. I recommend decorating them straight after piping as the icing will be more sticky to hold onto the chocolate. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for your remaining cupcakes, refilling your piping bag as necessary.

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Candy Glitter Nails

For this design I started by painting my ring and thumb nails in 2 coats of a pastel yellow.

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On the little finger, I used 2 coats of a pastel pink, 2 coats of a lilac shade on the index fingers and 2 coats of a mint shade on the middle finger nails.

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On the little fingers I then used 2 coats of of ‘Starlett’ from Barry M’s Glitterati collection. On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of their ‘Catwalk Queen’ shade and 2 coats of ‘Socialite’ on the index fingers.

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On the remaining fingers with pastel yellow as the base colour, I used striping tape to tape off the bottom corner on a diagonal. I filled in this bottom corner with a pastel pink shade.

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Once this was dry, I taped off the opposite corner on each of the yellow nails on the diagonal 2 times. I painted in the top section with a mint colour and the bottom corner with lilac in order to create 2 stripes that overlapped the pink and yellow.