Rhinestone and Flakie Nails

This design was a simple mix up of different things for each nail.

On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of an off white polish with small silver flakes in it. Once this was dry I added a row of different sized rhinestones in a curve at the base of the nail.

On the index and little fingers I painted 2 coats of a kind of greige with a hint of lilac to it.

To these nails I added an iridescent glittery top coat in gradient effect, concentrating more of the glitter near the base of the nails. I then went over this in the same way with an iridescent flakie polish. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up too well on the camera.

On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple. Over the top of this I used a shimmery pearl purple effect over coat. Onto the thumb nails only I also added 2 rhinestones.

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Red Holo Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to have triangle tips in a holo polish on each nail. However I feel the holo effect just did not show up as much as I wanted it to and that it just turned out more like silver glitter instead.

I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of bright shimmery red shade. It’s a nice Christmasy red.

Once this was dry I took a striping brush and the holo polish that I was using to paint in the triangle shapes from the tip ends of the nails.

I felt I needed 3 coats of the holo to cover it over the red base evenly, so using the same striping brush I added 2 more coats. I wonder if I used too many coats to make the holo effect work well.

I then finished off the design by adding a single black petrol coloured rhinestone to the middle of each nail at the point of the triangle.

Pink Floral Half Moon Nails

For this design I started by using a pink to bronze duochrome polish in order to paint a half moon design on all of my nails.

To achieve this I used a half smile line shaped brush to make things easier. I used 2 coats of the duochrome polish.

Once this was dry, I took a black polish and a very thin brush. I used this to paint a line over the edge of the duocrhome where it makes the half moon shape. I tried to do this as neatly as I possibly could.

Afterwards, I felt that the design was too plain. I decided to try and freehand some flowers in the bottom corners of the thumbs and ring fingers using the same thin brush and black polish.

However I feel this was a mistake as they turned out nothing like how I imagined it to look. I feel it is quite messy looking on my right hand especially. I think it would have been better to have done dotting tool flowers instead.

Iridescent Frost Nails

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.

Matte Glitter Triangle Nails

I think this design looks so much nicer with a matte coat over the top. Sometimes I quite like to put matte over the top of glitter.

I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers with 2 coats of a dense fine pink glitter.

On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a greyish lilac shade.

Using a striping brush I carefully painted triangle shapes to the tips of the greyish nails in the pink glitter. I did think about using tape to make the lines perfect but I was feeling a bit lazy in the end, so I opted to do it freehand.

I firstly used my normal topcoat for durability and then afterwards added a layer of a matte topcoat.

Duochrome Zig Zag Nails

Sorry for the bad photos. I actually did this design in the winter at night a couple of years ago and so only had artificial light. For this design I wanted there to be a difference in finishes between the 2 colours. Therefore I went for a plain gloss base and a shimmery duochrome over the top.

I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. I made sure I gave this plenty of drying time.

Then, working on 1 nail at a time, I applied a zig zag shaped nail art sticker. While this was on I painted over it in my duochrome overlay.

This is a pretty pink shimmery shade that changes to tones of gold and bronze. I did 2 quick coats of this so that it was opaque but had not had enough time to dry.

I then carefully peeled off the sticker and added a top coat after it had dried for a couple of minutes.

Purple Glitter Sparkle Nails

For this design we have a mix of different things going on for each nail.

I started by painting the thumbs in 2 coats of a shimmery white shade. On top of this I used a purple crackle polish. It seems like it has been so long since I last used a crackle polish.

On the ring fingers I used DIY masking tape to tape off a triangle at the base of the nail. I painted over the nail with a dark purple shade. On top of this I painted 1 coat of a dense purple multi glitter polish, before removing the tape. On the line separating the purple from the plain nail, I placed a line of small gold coloured nail beads.

On the remaining fingers I covered the nails with 2 coats of the dark purple shade, except for the index finger on which I only used 1 coat.

I placed one single square gold nail stud on the middle fingers, and on the index finger I used 1 coat of the glitter polish.

Colour Change Floral Stamp Nails

For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.

The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.

The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.

On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.

I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.

Duochrome Colour Block Nails

For this design I did a simple 2 colour block design with a line of striping tape in between going diagonally on each nail.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel lilac colour from the Coconut Infusion range by Barry M.

On top of this I taped off with DIY masking tape a diagonal line on each nail, leaving the tip half uncovered. To this half of each nail I painted 2 coats of a duochrome polish from Born Pretty. This is quite a pretty polish that changes from a shade of purple to green. It also has flecks of green glitter. It was item no. 24882.

Once this was dry I used a purple striping tape to cover the line where the 2 colours met. I then finished it off with a top coat.

I always find it hard to photograph duochrome polishes well, so I tried to capture the effect in a short video:

Floral Stamped Sticker Nails

For this design I reverse stamped a floral pattern and coloured it in to make some nail vinyls. I really love the peachy pastel orange shade that I used for this design with the iridescent glitter topper over it. The orange is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

I started by painting 4 rectangles of topcoat onto a silicone mat. I then stamped the flower pattern onto the top of this. Using a thin brush I then filled in the petals with a dark purple and peachy pastel orange shades. Once this was dry I went over it again with the top coat again.

On my middle and ring finger nails I painted 2 coats of a very light lilac shade. I peeled the nail vinyls from the silicone mat and stuck them down onto these nails with a clear top coat.

I used a cuticle stick, nail scissors and acetone on a flat brush to remove and clean up any of the excess that was overhanging the nail.

On the other remaining nails I painted them with 2 coats of the orange shade. Once this was dry I painted over it with a coat of a iridescent glitter topper.

On top of these nails I placed a single purple nail stud. I then went over the top of everything with a top coat.