Mani Swap with Dani…

So when I saw Dani’s vegetable nail art on her Instagram I immediately knew I wanted to copy them! I love vegetables, being a keen grower, and it was just such a fun looking design. I got in contact with her after I got over my own worry of ‘will she reply, will she think I’m a nutter, etc etc’ to see if she would be interested in doing a swap and the answer was yes! It turns out Dani is located in Australia, meaning I was talking to her in my ‘tomorrow’ and she was always sending emails back in time to her  ‘yesterday’ so we didn’t quite manage to nail the synchronized posting but I think our results are really great!

First up is my re-creation of Dani’s Vegetables. I tried to keep the colours as close to the original as possible and also to paint the same amount of vegetables on each finger. Although due to my broken index I could only fit on 4 pea pods, it ripped right in to the quick and it’s still a little tender.

Dani chose to re-create my Dragonfly nails. She only started working with acrylic and gels in October, and I think she’s done a wonderful job. (She also has a super busy household with three younger kids, so kudos for finding the time!) The results are beautiful – she’s added lovely details to it’s body and eyes and I love the touches of gold and that blue holo base! I feel that Dani is really good at giving her nail art character, and she’s certainly done so with her dragonfly.

Dani's Re-creationIf anyone else fancy’s doing a mani swap in the future, don’t be shy to drop me an email at!


Nail Art Swap Feat. Unghiesmaltate98…

So I recently took part in my first ever ‘nail art swap’ and it was great fun. A lovely Italian blogger named Beatrice from ‘Unghiesmaltate98’, dropped me an email suggesting we collaborate and I basically bit her hand off – it was such a great compliment that someone would want me to re-create their nail art and vice versa.

(P.S through-out our correspondence Beatrice was teaching me some words in Italian, I managed to kind of work out that ‘Unghie Smaltate’ sort of means ‘painted nails’, how cool is that!)

At first I was super nervous, I spent days looking through her blog searching for the right nail art to ‘copy’. (She was very patient as I also disappeared away on holiday for a week) After getting to know Beatrice and her nail art a little more, I realized that her signature style was definitely Leopard Print. When I saw the following post on her blog I knew this was the design I was going to paint. I thought the way she had reversed the colours of the base and spots just looked so cool. I also admire how delicate she can make her hand look when photographing it, I always think mines looks awkward.

Beatrice says she chose the bow design of mine as she liked the colours and the gold glitter, she also thought it was ‘tereni’ (meaning cute!). I think she did a wonderful job, I can’t believe how close in similarity they are! We are publishing our posts at the same time so I can’t link to her post yet, but bare with me!

Nail Art Swap