February 14, 2013

Glitter Heart French

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope you all are enjoying it as much as I do! What can I say, I'm a big sucker for the day. I just love seeing all the balloons, teddy bears and flowers everywhere you go, and who can resist all the heart shaped treats. I know I've definitely passed my calorie intake for the day, starting with the cupcake for breakfast. Tonight I do not have super exciting plans, we are staying in and I've decided to cook a nice dinner, but even though I am not going out, I definitely had to have some fun nails for the occasion.

I am still wearing the pointy nails, so I saw the perfect opportunity to do this design. I wanted to wear a sparkly french in the shape of a heart. I have this loose pink glitter that I am in love with and I knew it would be perfect. I started with a coat OPI Bubble Bath to have a nice base colour, I waited for this to dry before I continued. Next using a pink polish similar in colour to the glitter I painted a heart on the tip of each nail. With my finger I pressed the glitter into the nail, filling each heart entirely. Once this was done I outlined each heart with my Jet Black Instant Artist paint. To finish the design I went along the top of each heart (what would be the smile line) with my platinum striping paint, this made the heart pop a little bit more.

This design is really quite simple but also very bold. I like it!

February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras

For today's post I just had to do a set of Mardi Gras nails. During my blog project last year I was so caught up in valentines nails and I completely missed the chance to do this design.

Mardi Gras makes me think of bright colors, sequins and of course the Mardi Gras beads. So when I started this design I was so excited to pull out all my glitters and crystals to start creating. I started with a solid black base, China Glaze Liquid Leather. While the polish was still wet I pressed the glitters into the polish. On the thumb I used ultra fine purple glitter and on the index, middle and pinky I used a large hexagon glitter in a purple and turquoise color. I wanted strings of beads over the one accent nail, so on the ring finger I used three colors and sizes of crystals and created this effect. To finish the design I used my instant artist paints to paint in the Mardi Gras mask and add the gold swirls on the three nails. To add a little definition to the swirls, I outlined them with a couple of Stripe Rite glitter
Paints in a blue and purple shade (the label rubbed off so unfortunately I can't give you the names) and then top it off by painting in the words Mardi Gras.

I am pretty happy with the outcome of these nails, it is a little tricky to take a picture with so much glitter and crystals, but for this much sparkle its definitely worth the struggle.

February 01, 2013

Sparkle Fade and simple Filligree

Today's design was done on a client, she was going in vacation and wanted something a little fancier than usual. I came up with this design and could not be happier with the outcome

This is a very simple design with a big impact. I started with Gelish Forever Beauty, but any neutral pink shimmer will do. I cured the polish then pressed loose sparkles into the nail fading blue at the tip into pink. My local nail supplier sells these amazing glitter concoctions, there are numerous sizes and shapes of glitter all mixed in one little pot, everything from tiny dots, to confetti and there are even stars mixed in there. I will post a picture of the glitters below. Once the glitter was all applied I sealed it with a coat of top it off Gelish, this gives me a smooth surface to work with my nail paints. Using my Jet Black Instant Artist paint I painted in a very simple filigree design on the tips of the nails, to finish it off I glued a single purple crystal in each corner and gave it one more coat of top it off.

These nails were lots of fun and I know the client loved them so this one is definitely considered a success!!