For this design I wanted to try out some glittery striping tape that I recently purchased from Born Pretty.
I started by painting all nails in a black polish. I used 2 coats on the thumbs, middle and ring fingers, and 1 coat on the rest.
On the little and index fingers I used 2 coats of a polish that has a translucent black base and a dense multi glitter in it. This is called Rockstar from Barry M’s glitterati collection.
On the thumbs I painted the bottom half of the nails in the same multi glitter polish. On the middle fingers I painted about 3/4 of the way up with the glitter and on the ring fingers I just painted the tips.
I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the black base and glittery polish met. On the ring fingers I also placed 2 extra stripes of the same tape nearer to the base of the nail.
Please excuse the messiness of this design. It was my first ever time trying out gel polish and a UV lamp. I think I painted my layers a bit thick so they came out uneven in places. I found that the brushes held a lot more product than I expected when compared to normal nail polish. I guess it’s because the consistency felt a bit different.
However I found that the smaller flecks of glitter covered the nails before the larger ones had chance to. I then used a gel top coat over the glitter and cured it before repeating this on the other thumb.
For the ring fingers, I repeated the same process and used the same loose glitter. However I dipped each nail in the glitter pot instead and used a fan brush to brush away the excess.
By this point I had got loose glitter everywhere and some of it got stuck to the other nails that I had only put the base coat onto. In hindsight I should have done the glitter nails last.
I then painted and cured all the remaining nails in a black gel. On top of this I used a no-wipe top coat and cured it. I then applied a metallic teal nail powder with an eyeshadow applicator before using another layer of topcoat to finish the design.
For this design I wanted to place diamond shaped duochrome glitter flakes in sort of random broken up rows.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a metallic bright blue colour.
Once this was dry I took the smallest sized dotting tool I had to help me pick up the diamond glitter flakes. I found that using anything bigger than this made it impossible to place them precisely.
I used a clear top coat and painted one nail at a time. Before the top coat dried fully I placed the diamonds onto the nail in the pattern I wanted.
I tried to arrange them in rows going along the length of the nail. But I did not make full rows, as I wanted there to be gaps in the design. I tried to make it so that every nail was completely different to the rest.
I then held everything together with another coat of top coat. I found that the diamond flakes showed up a lot better in indirect light so it was hard to photograph them well. I also did a small video so you can see the design a bit better.
For this design I tested out a duochrome green stamping polish that I purchased from the Born Pretty website a while back. I really love the colours in it. It is like a dark green base with a lighter green and almost gold shimmer. I decided to go for a double stamped effect by stamping the same pattern first in a plain white and then the duochrome green over the top of it.
I started by painting my middle and ring fingers in a dark green shade from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range. On the rest of the nails I used the shade ‘Tiki Hut’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.
On the index finger, I placed one single small rhinestone on the top middle of the nail. On the ring fingers I placed a medium sized rhinestone on the top middle of the nail, and then 2 small ones on either side of it.
On the little fingers, I stamped the pattern I was using (from Born Pretty plate BPL-028) in the green over just the bottom half of the nail. I then painted a white line across the middle of the nail where the stamped pattern ended.
On the remaining thumb and middle nails is where I did the double stamping. First I stamped the same pattern from plate BPL-028 in a white stamping polish. Then I did the same with the duochrome green. However I made sure that I placed them slightly differently each time so that you could see the pattern in both the white and the green on the nail.
I’ve been really busy lately so for this week’s design I needed to do something that I could complete quickly, so I went for an easy stamped design.
I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of ‘Skinny Dip’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion Range.
Once this was touch dry I used a quick dry top coat and used liquid latex around each nail to help with clean up.
I then finished off the design by stamping a lace pattern in black over the top of each nail. The stamping plate I used was Harunouta #3.
I then peeled off the latex and cleaned up around each nail before putting on my final layer of top coat.
For this design I wanted to use a tartan pattern from one of my stamping plates. The plate is Harunouta #10. The pattern only covers the one corner of the plate so is a bit on the small side, but I just about managed to cover my nails with it.
I also wanted the background colour to have a little depth to it so I used a red magnetic nail polish with a stripe patterned magnet.
I started by painting all nails in one coat of the red magnetic polish that I had chosen as my base. Once this was dry I applied a generous second coat, going one nail at a time, and immediately held the magnet over the top to give it a stripe pattern.
I gave this a good bit of time to dry really well. During this time I set up my stamping plate and tools. I used a black stamping polish to stamp my design. I also used liquid tape around my nails to help with the cleanup.
When I was ready I stamped the tartan pattern over each of my nails, removed the liquid tape and then used a flat brush with acetone to clean up any areas that needed it. I tried to place the design so that it was different on each nail. I also wanted to place it straight, but as I was not using a clear stamper, this didn’t quite happen on some nails.
This was a nice simple design with a bit of stamping and a few rhinestones thrown in for some extra bling.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a brownish grey colour that has fine gold shimmer in it.
After I used a floral pattern from stamping plate BPX-L019 by Born Pretty.
I used this with a white polish and stamped to the base areas of the thumb and ring finger nails only.
I finished off the design with a single rhinestone under the middle of each stamped nail area.
This design is a simple one with a couple of the nails in a half moon design with a floral dotticure.
I started by painting the index, middle and little fingers in 2 coats of a coral orange shade.
I the other nails I used a curved brush in the same orange shade to paint the half moon designs.
On top of the orange I then used a translucent gold pearly shimmery shade. I am obsessed with this polish. It’s from Born Pretty from their Pearl Lustre polishes.
I then finished off the design by using a dotting tool in black to put a flower in the middle of the half moons and adding a few dots to the line on either side. For the centre of the flowers I used a single rhinestone.
This was a simple glitter gradient design I made using a pot of loose iridescent glitter.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light baby blue shade.
I then used a pot of loose iridescent multi glitter and a clear top coat. I painted the tip of each nail going one at a time with the top coat and then touched the brush in a few places randomly going up the nail.
I then dipped the tip of the nail into the glitter pot. I used a sponge eye shadow applicator to dab over where the glitter went on the nail to press it in place better. I then moved up the nail slightly and continued to dab the applicator to try and create a more gradient effect between the glitter and background colour.
I then finished off with a layer of top coat. I found that more of the green comes through in the glitter in real life than what did in the pictures.
This design is very purple. It is my favourite colour after all.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a lilac shade. On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a dark purple.
Over the top of the lighter nails I used one coat of a gold shimmery polish from Born Pretty from their ‘Transparent Shell Glimmer Nail Polish’ range. I am really in love with theese polishes at the moment. They are so pretty and seem to be really hard wearing. On the darker nails I used one coat of the same type of Polish but in purple.
To the lighter coloured nails I then added a row of 5 purple rhinestones to the one side at the base of the nail.
I finished the design by adding a row of 4 gold nail beads underneath the rhinestones and then top coating all nails.