Party Spiders…

So this design isn’t spooky at all! I decided to go for a more family friendly, party look in contrast with some of the more gory stuff I’ve been painting. I bet arachnophobics could even wear this design right?…

I used my natural nail colour, flecked with gold and silver foil then stamped some spiders on them, finishing the design off with random dots and a top coat.

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S-Nails…

So I’ve already painted some sNail Art here, but never like this. I thought it would be super cute to use the teeny tiny shells I picked up from South Queensferry beach and use them as the snail’s shell for a 3D, impractical nail art design – and I think it worked! I don’t know what it is about snails but I seriously like them, any one else?

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Halloween Wheel 2015…

So here’s my Halloween Nail Art ideas for this year! I hand painted every nail, except from the red centipedes and black spiders which were stamped. My personal faves are probably the melted ice-cream looking ghost, and I’m pretty proud of that pumpkin too. The one I’m most disappointed with is the ‘toffee apple’, who knows what it looks like without being told! What’s your faves from my wheel?

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OMD3 – Day 27 Wings…

So I immediately knew what I was going to do for the prompt ‘wings’. I have a little pond in my back garden and last month it attracted a beautiful red dragonfly. I was blown away by the intricacy of it’s wings and it stayed long enough (on my washing that was outside) for me to get a photo.

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I created the wings by drawing an outline on some paper, placing some thin acetate on top of it and then painted my nail polish on top. I made sure to apply my top coat, Seche Vite, quite thickly. Once dried, I carefully peeled the wings off. As you can see they did leave some black behind where I hadn’t covered it enough top coat, however I trimmed the outlines anyway to make them appear more delicate.

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It totally works right! I can’t stop looking at them and, as wholly impractical as they are, I don’t want to take them off!

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BornPrettyStore: Hexagons…

So after my previous reviews, BornPrettyStore gave me the opportunity again to pick a few more products to review. (I also placed a personal order which will hopefully arrive soon, including something I’m super excited about.) The first of the items that I chose were these Hollow Out Hexagons*. They are available in twelve colours, but when I saw colour #0514  I immediately knew what I was going to do with them, you could have probably guessed before seeing the results – a bees honeycomb!

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They come in a lovely little pot, keeping everything tidy. As well as the hexagons themselves, you get the little cut out sections too which is an added bonus and would be great for other glitter placement designs.

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The hexagons are described as being ‘Ultra Thin’ – ultra might be a little bit of hyperbole, but they are certainly thin and more so than others I’ve seen. I used a slower drying top coat to stick the hexagons down and then top coated with ‘Seche Vite’. As you can see from the photos the hexagons don’t stick up or anything proving they are indeed very thin. (But I can’t quite bring myself to say ‘Ultra’, I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘Ultra’ for anything.)

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With them being really thin, it was also easy to cut them. This meant I could trim them to the appropriate shape to continue the design to the edges of my nails. It just made the design look finished and a whole lot better!

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You guys know I love bugs and creepy crawlies right? I have animals, bug objects and wilderness in my house everywhere. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pose with this metal bumblebee who lives in my garden – it was the perfect mani to include him in!

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Over all I’m really impressed with these;
– They are super thin which means no catching once top coated (Hooray, cause there’s nothing worse than catchy nails! It gives me the heebiejeebies)
– Easy to cut meaning you can continue the design right up to the nail edge.
– The colour didn’t bleed from the hexagons with Seche Vite as the top coat, I’m not sure how other brands would fair though.
– The little pot they come in is easily stored and there are tonnes in it. (There’s no way I’m counting them!)
– The cut out sections are included, meaning a little added bonus for your bucks.

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Have yous ordered anything from Born Pretty Store yet? Remember to use the code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off your order! (Full price products only)

*This product was given to me for free for review.

Caterpillar Army…

So did you know that a group of Caterpillars is called an ‘Army’? I didn’t actually and googled it out of curiosity, although I don’t think a pair quite counts. I think these guys are super cute – its the googly eyes I think, and I know it’s never cool to go on about how much you like your own work, but I really like how these turned out!

 

Caterpillar Nail Art with Googly eyes
Caterpillar Nail Art with Googly eyes

P.S I am actually on holiday right now so I apologize for any delayed replies!

Spooky Nail Transfers…

So these were out of a shop called ‘Wilko’. It’s a shop that sell everything, kinda cheaply but it’s still nice stuff. I’ve never noticed any of their own brand nail things before so was keen to try these out. They’re actually referred to as ‘Nail Transfers’ I’m not sure if that meant I should have expected them to be different from nail stickers? They certainly were thinner which had negatives and positives. Positives being that they stuck really well and didn’t curl or look raised on the surface of the nail varnish. Negatives being that I kept tearing them, so many bugs lost their legs and skulls were split in half! You got two sheets in a pack for £1 so it was good value. The second sheet included some characterized pumpkins, spiders and ghosts. Which might end up on my mums nails…

(P.S I’m only showing my pinky and middle finger as I put some magnetic polish on the rest of my fingers but totally messed them up! I wanted to give the transfers a fair chance of being judged without being distracted by some awful painting on my part.)

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A bugs life…

So some folk don’t like bugs, I love them! I’ve even kept snails and stick-insects as pets in the past. I do however think they are appropriate for the Halloween season, they’re not called creepy crawlies for nothing. My favourite from this mani has to be the fly, I think its cute!

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