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Valentines Nails

So I don’t do Valentines Day, and I don’t do freehand art, but I thought I’d have a go at this. Turned out alright I think. Hope everyone had the day they wanted today. x




Pre Spring Challenge – Day 11 – Beach

Look at me, squeezing in another post before the end of the weekend! I will get this challenge finished eventually…

My beach themed mani is inspired by these beach huts:


The bright colours made me happy, so I’ve transferred them to my nails like so:




I used Sally Hansen – White On as a base for all of them and the others are as follows…

Orange – Leighton Denny – Perfect To Party
Yellow – Milani – Yellow Whiz
Green – Sally Hansen – Grass Slipper
Blue – Sally Hansen – Model Behaviour
Red – Orly – Ma Cherie

Purple Tape Gradient

I’ve seen a couple of versions of this type of manicure kicking around lately, although of course I’m not organised enough to have noted where and who they belonged to, so thanks lovely anonymous internet ladies who gave me the inspiration for this one.

I am also not together enough to have found the time to take photos when I was done, so we’re going to have to make do with a phone picture I took while at work. However, I’ve just got a new phone and I’m really impressed with the picture quality, so that’s a bonus lesson learned.

The polishes used are Essie – Nice Is Nice, which is one of the lilacs that I always think it’s a good idea to buy and then I realise that it’s a colour that really doesn’t suit me. To make it wearable I sponged Orly – Charged Up over striping tape. Normally with tape I follow the advice to remove it while the polish is still wet, but on this one I left it until it was dry and I was really pleased with the crisp lines I ended up with. The only thing I didn’t like about this manicure was the area that I dinged once I’d applied my topcoat, but I guess you can’t have everything…

And here is the finished result:


Greenish Gradient

It seems a few days have gone by since my last post, I’m not quite sure how that happened as I’ve had lots in my head that I wanted to write about. But now I’m back and writing with aid of my late Christmas present from a lovely man – I now have a keyboard for my ipad which is going to make blogging so much easier.

The manicure I have for you today came about from the realisation that I hadn’t done a proper sponged gradient for longer than I can remember, so here we are.

I just used two colours, Essie – Mint Candy Apple and Orly – Green With Envy. These are both core range classics and Green With Envy makes for great gradient due to its creamy jelly (crelly) texture, so I think I got away with using two colours without an interim one between.

You might want to ignore my manky skin in these pictures, I’m having some issues with allergies at the moment – one of my colleagues scared me by suggesting I might be allergic nail varnish, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case!



Advent Nail Art Challenge Day 10 – Lights

I tell you what, I’m struggling with this advent challenge. I’ve got so much on this week and next week that there’s no way I’m going to manage nail art every day (experience tells me that my best work is not done drunk at midnight…) It’s pissing me off that I’m posting things that would normally never see the light of day, I want to try and keep the quality of the blog as high as I can and that just isn’t going to happen if I try and keep this up.

Plus, it’s Christmas and really I just want to wear glitter. Nothing but glitter. All the time.

So I think I’m going to dip in and out when I can, but I’m not going to manage to complete the full 24 days.

However, I have had a go at ‘Lights’. I think everyone’s seen a version of this mani around the internets, so I thought I’d have a go. We’ve got old faithful Sally Hansen – White On and Orly – Liquid Vinyl, plus glitter from one of my Snowman polishes for the lights.

Perhaps not my best work, but not too bad…!



Advent Nail Art Challenge Day 8 – Starry Night

I’m so glad this theme fell on a Saturday so I could take my time with these nails. ‘Starry Night’ screams galaxy nails which I’ve never attempted before and while I haven’t gone all out for true galaxies, I think I’ve got something approximating them.

I used Orly – Sea Gurl as my base and did a cling film (saran wrap) effect over the top with L’Oreal – VIP Status. This has got a bit lost under everything else, but it’s always fun to do! Then we’ve got Barry M – Christmas Gold and Essence – Be Optimistic! (their exclamation mark, not mine) sponged on top. I finished with some stars from a nail art set I bought in Poundland to give you my literal interpretation of ‘Starry Night.’




The fabulous Mommy Love Nail Polish has compiled a list of everyone taking part in the advent challenge which you’ll find

Advent Nail Art Challenge Day 6 – White & Day 7 – Ornaments

Two birds with one stone today, a quick mani on my newly nubbified nails to get myself caught up with the advent calendar challenge.

My inspiration here is these Pantone baubles:


I say inspiration, I’ve copied them exactly…



You might spot on a couple of them where I experimented with adding a ring to the end of the baubles, I decided that just looked weird so I covered it over but it didn’t quite work on the red and yellow.

The white is Sally Hansen – White On and from left to right we’ve got:

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Grass Slipper
Barielle – Lemondrops
Orly – Ma Cherie
Bourjois – Bleu Violet
Bourjois – Bleu Model

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for something a bit more festive.

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