These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.
Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas. I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.
Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.
To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.
For this week’s design I tested out the fan brush I got recently in a set of small brushes.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a peach colour.
Next I took a yellow acrylic paint and used the fan brush to make little strokes across all nails.
Next I used a orange paint and repeated the same.
I completed the design by repeating on top of this with a red paint. The way the different lines of colour overlapped and mixed together reminded me of flames.
I really think I made a good choice when I decided to pair this deep dark red shade with the gold flakie glitter. I think it gives it a sophisticated look, like something you would wear with an evening gown.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a nude shade to improve the look of my plain nails.
Then I took a dark red shade and painted 2 coats going on a diagonal line across the bottom halves of each nail. I made sure that the tips of my natural nails could not be seen through the nude base colour.
I then took a chunky flakie glitter that was mainly gold with a little bit of rose gold flakes in it.
I placed this over the line where the red meets the nude shade to cover it and make it look more tidy. I found it was easier to use the corner of a make up sponge in order to apply it.
I was short on time this week, so had to come up with something that was quick but not too boring.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a deep red shade.
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.
I placed one triangle in the centre of the base of each nail so that the point was pointing towards the tips.
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.
For this combo, I used a gold shimmery shade in the inner corner and a blue on the outer.
I used a reddish shade in the middle and blended it together with the other 2 colours.
I used a dark blue eyeliner on the upper lash line.
On the lower lash line I used a silver eye liner.
I recently stumbled upon this video: Watermelon Cookies. I thought they looked so cute and cool, so I had to try them for myself.
You basically make a biscuit dough and separate it into 3 parts. The biggest part you colour red and make into a cylinder shape. Then you make a flat plain layer to wrap around. Then make a flat green layer to go around that. You then cut it into slices and cut each slice in half to get your segments. Then add some chocolate chips for the seeds.
I converted the recipe from the video from cups to grams as best as I could using online calculators. However I found I needed to add more flour than what it calculated.
Next time I make these biscuits I will use 150g of sugar, 150g of butter and 300g of flour. When I made mine I also used almond flavouring instead of vanilla to give it a subtle ‘battenberg’ taste.
I’m not really sure what I wanted to achieve with this design other than I wanted to use the colours black and red, but I did not want the tips to be the standard boring ‘straight’ tip like you would do for a French manicure. The problem was that I was short on time.
Therefore I ended up with these squiggly line kind of tips. The final result reminded me a little of flames hence the title of this post. I love how the above image reflects my camera in it lol (which is also red by the way).
I painted all nails black, except for the ring fingers, which I did in red. I used a bright red that had a little shimmer to it.
On the ring fingers I then added a line of 3 black rhinestones.
On the tips of the rest of the nails, I used a smaller nail brush to add the squiggles/flicks in the red colour. I think i should have used a even thinner brush though to make it look better.
This has given me the idea to try and do some proper flame nails in the future sometime using shades of yellow, orange and red.
I wanted to start doing more mid-week posts again, as for a while now I only really find time to post once a week on Saturdays. Therefore I’ve decided to try and do what I like to call ‘mini posts’. These would mostly be shorter/quicker posts, possibly with less text and/or less photos. For example in cases where I only have one photo or low quality photos of something I wanted to share. However I wanted to also make these posts an excuse to quickly share things when on the go and not at my home PC. For example if I see something that I think looks cool and want to share, I can take a quick pic on my phone and make a post from there.
For the first of these posts I wanted to share a picture of a simple dotty nail design I did on my friend a while back. This uses a blue background, with red dots, except for the ring fingers which have gold dots.
This year I decided to go for a cartoon heart design for Valentines day.
For my base colour I went for a very sheer nude pink as I didn’t want it to distract from the design.
Then using a thin nail art brush I attempted to freehand heart shapes in a shimmery bright red.
As you can see this came out better on some nails than others. I then went over this in a second coat to make it less streaky.
Afterwards I used a white nail art pen to add a small highlight to each heart.
Then I finished off the hearts by outlining them with a black nail art pen before covering with a topcoat.
Overall I’m happy with how they turned out, but the thumb nail of my left hand definatley came out the best.
I was a bit late with posting my Christmas designs this year. The past couple of months have been hectic for me will all the changes in my life. Anyways better late than never I guess.
This was a very simple Holly design. Although I only did it on the ring finger, you could easily do it across all nails if you have more time.
I painted all nails in 2 coats of nail paint. The thumb and middle finger in a racing green colour, the ring finger in silver, and the remaining nails in a bright red.
On each ring finger, using a very small dotting tool and the same green colour, I made the holly leaves out of 6 tiny dots. Imagine the dots were placed similarly to the following string of characters: o88o
Afterwards I used a slightly bigger dotting tool and the red nail paint to add 3 dots for the holly berries. I made sure to overlap the leaves slightly to make everything look connected together properly before finishing with a top coat.