Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mardi Gras 2017

Rainbows with ILNP's various Ultra Metallics shades.

Freehand stripes!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cherries and sadness

I keep wanting to do cherry nails but they never quite work out. This is one of those instances.

I mean, they are okay. But that is faint praise indeed!

Friday, May 19, 2017

That time I went to karaoke!

The moral of this story was to leave more than five minutes to do the notes!

Christmas in May ... ?

It's been so long! So busy. Maybe I will keep up better if I don't make any posts to go along with the pictures? With that in mind, submissions from Christmas 2016:

I've done the Father Christmas nails before but I really like them so they may become an annual thing. And the candy-cane polka-dots were quick and easy and matched the wrapping paper I was using up last year!

Achieved easily with a dotting tool and some nail vinyl stripes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Galaxy nails - then and now!

I think one of my very first attempts at nail art were galaxy nails. These ones:

I didn't know what I was doing but by golly, I was doing them! I don't think I had seem or read any tutorials but I gave the concept a go.

I have since watched a few tutorials and my latest attempt is far more pleasing:

The stars are a bit bigger and less precise than I would have wanted but the galaxies themselves look pretty good. I started with a base of 'Shruikan', a black holo polish by Celestial Cosmetics, and sponged on a white polish. I sponged a dark blue holo ('You Win or You Die' by Celestial Cosmetics also) around the other edges of the white with a lighter blue holo ('Sea of Tranquility' by Celestial Cosmetics) through the middle, blending the blues in a bit. I then went right through the middle again with the white, just a few dabs here and there at the centre of the galaxy. Finally, I neatened the whole thing up by sponging the black holo around the edges a bit.

The holo polish is such a good idea for galaxy nails. So easy to get the galaxy look with far less effort. I'm really quite pleased with the result!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Springtime jacaranda blooms

It's that time of year when jacaranda blooms burst onto the trees for a few weeks and make everything lovely before they fall to the ground and become mushy slippery messes. In celebration of this time, and in tribute to the fallen tree at Sydney University, the tree in front of which I had stood mere weeks ago holding up my graduation certificate, I painted little jacaranda branches onto my nails. Well, I attempted to paint them twice, failed miserably, and then sensibly practiced on paper a few times before I thought it looked right.

I really like the misty wispy cloud effect I've got going on these. I painted the nails blue ('Granny Panties' by Pretty Serious) and used a makeup sponge to dab on a gradient with the blue and 'My Boyfriend Scales Walls' by OPI, deliberately moving the sponge around in a random fashion in order to not end up with a neat gradient.

I painted on the branches using a striping brush and the flowers using a detailing brush, building three shades of purple on top of each other ('Eerie' by Picture Polish, 'Purple Rain Cocktail' by Celestial Cosmetics, and 'Hide and Seek' by Emily de Molly) using an almost dry brush.

The leaves were also painted on with a detailing brush, layering a couple of shades of green in order to match the blossoms ('Re-Fresh Mint' by China Glaze and 'Erratic Behaviour' by Emily de Molly).

Before sealing it all in with a topcoat, I added a couple of dots of purple to each flower using a Sharpie.