Bronze Triangle Nails

My nails are quite short at the moment so I wanted something simple but pretty that would suit short nails.

I started by painting my thumb and index fingers in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.

On the ring and little fingers I used 2 coats of a light greyish purple shade.

On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of a glittery bronze shade.

To complete the design, I then took a small brush and the same bronze polish and painted triangles on the tips of the index and ring fingers.

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Double Stamped Nails

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.

Simple Christmas Stripes Nails

This is a super simple design that you could do for Christmas time due to the colours, or you could change the colours around for any time of the year.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright red shade, except for the thumbs and ring fingers.

On the thumbs and ring fingers, I used a striping brush to paint a diagonal line in the same red shade starting in one corner at the base of the nail and ending about a 1/3 of the way down the nail on the opposite side.

I filled in the area closest to the tip of the nail in 2 coats of the red shade, leaving a small negative space area near the base of the nail.

On the same thumb and ring finger nails I first took a gold striping tape. I placed a diagonal stripe of this so that the line was coming from the opposite corner to the the line I had painted in red with the striping brush. I then placed a green stripe of striping tape just underneath the gold stripe, leaving a little space in between.

Green Floral Stamp Nails

For this design I started off by painting the ring and middle fingers in a grey shade.

On top of this I did a dry brush effect, first using a white, then a light sea green and then a metallic turquoise.

On top of this I stamped a floral lace pattern in black from Born Pretty Plate BPL30.

To the thumb and index finger I used 2 coats of the sea green shade.

I finished off the little finger with 2 coats of the metallic turquoise shade.

Wedding Favour Heart Biscuits Recipe

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A friend of mine asked me to make some biscuits to use as favours for her wedding, and these are what I made. I used white chocolate coloured in a mint shade to match her colour scheme. Sorry in advance for the bad lighting in some of the photographs. I was short on time so a lot of the work was done whilst it was dark outside. We don’t get much daylight here during the winter months when compared to the summer. So back when I made these it was dark outside when I left for work and dark outside when I come home from work.

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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 white chocolate
  • Decorating glimmer sugar sprinkles or other decorating sprinkles of your choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. 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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15. Repeat steps 9 – 15 in order to use up the remaining dough.

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16. 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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17. Immediately add a little of your gel food colouring to the melted chocolate and mix well. Use sparingly, but add more if required and mix fully.

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

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19. 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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20. Repeat steps 18 – 19 for the remainder of your biscuits.

21. Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the chocolate has set. Be careful not to let them touch each other while in the fridge. Afterwards you can transfer them into your favour wrapping/packaging. I used little clear cellophane bags with gold twist ties on top as shown below.

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Bold Stripes Nails

For this design it took me ages to decide what colours I wanted to use lol.

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I started by painting the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of white.

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On the little finger I painted 2 coats of a coral shade, on the middle finger I used a dark purple and on the index finger I used a green/teal shade.

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On all nails that were not white, I added a single silver rhinestone to each nail. I then used a top coat on all nails and allowed everything to dry fully.

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On the nails that I painted white, I used striping tape to mark out space for 3 stripes on each nail. I then used the colours from the other nails to paint a stripe of each colour before removing the striping tape. I then finished those nails off with another coat of top coat.

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Green and Pink

For this one I used a shimmery pastel pink over the whole lid.

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I then took a green and blended this along the top of the crease.

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I used a green eye liner on the top lash line.

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

Eye Shadow Colour Combo – Green, Pink and Gold

For this combination I used a gold shade on the inner corner and a green on the outer.

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In the middle I used a bright pink and blended this into the other 2 colours.

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On the upper lash line I used a metallic green eye liner.

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On the bottom lash line I used a gold eye liner.

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.

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.