Welcome to Autumn…

So I’ve been sitting on this nail art since September, it’s just that I couldn’t get my butt in to gear to edit the pictures and write a post.  I used my Pusheen calendar as the source image and just sort of copied it like for like.

As I’m so out of practice, my painting isn’t the neatest but I still think it turned out cute!

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Autumnal Pusheen Nail Art Inspo.JPG

Beach Pusheen…

So even though I don’t really like cats, I find Pusheen super cute. And therefore I  have quite a bit of Pusheen merch including a monthly calendar. (If you follow me on Instagram and happen to watch my stories you have no doubt seen some of my ‘collection’.) I copied, to the best of my ability, this months picture which happens to be Pusheen having a stroll along the beach. Cute.

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Pusheen Full Design Nail Art

Floral deer decals…

So I wanted something on my nails but couldn’t be bothered to paint any nail art, so I grabbed some water decals. This one is from a big sheet of animal decals from BornPrettyStore which I’ve previously reviewed here. It’s a pretty handy set as it includes 120 ‘nails’ and includes several kinds of animals in all different colours so there’s something for every occasion.

Floral Deer Water Decals close up

Anyway, I went with an accent nail and tried colour match it’s base as best as I could, then added some dried flowers for a little extra.

Floral Deer Water Decals nail art

Kiko Denim…

So I have a bit of an ongoing love affair with the cosmetics brand ‘Kiko’, does anyone else use their stuff? They don’t test on animals and their make-up is really great. I only wear, (therefore only buy) eye make up so that’s all I’ve used but it’s highly pigmented, comes in a great range of colours and is actually really affordable for such quality.

Anyway I thought I would try some of their nail products, firstly these nail wraps. As much as I love to paint my nails there’s sometimes just no time to actually do so, so wraps are a great convenience.

Kiko Denim Nail Wraps

The applied really smoothly, they were reasonably sized and I was able to file off the excess easily. Over all I was impressed! If you wanted to they could have been customized quite easily with say gems or studs or even mixed and matched with nail polishes.

Kiko Nail Wraps Applied

Old MacDonald…

So way back in June I went to the Royal Highland Show and painted my nails to match the event. However there weren’t any pigs at it – whoops! It was a really great day (if you happen to follow me on Instagram you would have been spammed with loads of pictures from it sorry/not sorry), as it was a real treat getting to see such beautiful and magnificent animals up close.

Farm Animal Nail Art

Nigerian Watermelon…

So I attended a World Cup Party at the weekend where you had to dress up as a competing country. I decided to go with Nigeria as I think their traditional dress is beautiful and the patterns and colours they use are inspiring. I personally love watermelons so it matched perfectly with Nigeria’s reputation for watermelon farming. I sewed the whole thing myself (with a sewing machine) and even made my hat, it didn’t take too long and I really enjoyed doing it. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out as it’s only my second sewing machine project and I didn’t use any patterns just pins and a pen – it certainly was a learning curve!

Naturally I had to paint my nails to match!

Nigeria Watermelon Nail Art

World Cup Nigeria Costume

 

French (bulldog) manicure..

So with the weather being amazing lately I felt like I wanted something bright and fun to adorn my nails. I delved in to my nail art supplies and came out with gemstones, glitter and some adorable French Bulldog water decals. Perfect! I then resorted to picking two of my favourite Barry M polishes so favoured that the names have worn off…

So which do you prefer? Pink or green?

Pink French Bulldog Water Decals

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Side by Side French Bulldog Water Decals

Poké-polish 2…

So way back in November, not long after returning from my Japan trip, I tried one of the two Pokemon x Its demo polishes that I brought back. It’s only taken me till now to try out the other one, not bad huh!

The first polish was clearly related to Pikachu, I mean it had lightening bolts in it – check out the post here. It was a bit harder to tell which Pokemon this one was based on but out of Pikachu and the three starters featured on the matching hand-cream I’d go for Squirtle because of the silver squares and blueish flakies.

Pokemon X Its Demo glitter topper

Anyway, I decided the Charmander of nightmares (look at that haunting smile and dead eyes…) was the one I wanted to paint today. Even though I deemed the polish as being squirtle based, he’s my least favourite started so I didn’t want to paint him.

Pokemon x Its Demo Charmander nail art (1)

For being a cheap polish around £3 it is actually quite good quality – not smelly, plenty of glitter and dries quickly when applied with a sponge. I just wish I’d brought more back now! I’ll just have to start saving for another J-trip…

 

Princess Mononoke…

So I painted these a couple of weeks ago now and just never got round to posting them. One of our ‘local’ independent cinemas (The Cameo, in Edinburgh) shows vintage films on a Sunday and it just so happens that it’s Studio Ghibli month. So when I found out Princess Mononoke was showing I had to go. It’s probably my favourite Ghibli film, I mean I even dressed up as San for Halloween once and it was subbed not dubbed – bonus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m some sort of elitist about subbed vs dubbed it’s just that after hearing it in Japanese so many times that’s their voices now and anything else would just sound weird.

Princess Mononoke Nail Art

P.S. Here’s me dressed up as San, and my partner as Ashitaka of course. (Way back in 2012 might I add!)

Ashitaka and San Costume