Archive for category Nail Art
• Sinful Colors Cloud 9 (orange, might be 2 coats?)
• Sinful Colors Nail Art Time Off (black)
• Seche Vite top coat
I adore any and all sparkly oranges, and Cloud 9 is a fab one. I can’t remember whether I did 2 coats here, as it’s quite sheer. I did zigzags and dots with the Time Off black. Didn’t entirely get on with Seche Vite though, as it started peeling after a few days. I’ll have to try again with another top coat sometime :)
• Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
• Rimmel Stormy Skies
• Seche Vite top coat
Sunshine Sparkle is quite a thin, runny polish, in a creamy yellow with a bit of sparkle that is more evident in the bottle than on the nail. (More coats might show it more, I guess). This was 2 coats. I’m not fussed about the not hugely sparkly nature of it, because I love this shade of yellow. (It is paler than both the other yellow colours I have used recently). Stormy Skies is a nice steel blue colour that I did lines, wiggles and dots with. If I was doing beads, definitely Lauscha dark teal (aka steel blue). Could be tricky doing the stringer work, since that is a very spreading colour. Might need encasing in clear first, or leaving raised.
I was impressed, this one lasted 8 days without too much chipping. I wore it to Flame Off because I didn’t have time to do any flame designs, so I was packing glass and beads, hefting them on and off the train, unpacking at Uttoxeter… then repeat in reverse to get them home again! So this combo gets on with Seche Vite just fine.
I have trimmed my nails for a bit of a change since these – new job, new keyboard, etc etc…
Last week’s nails.
• Revlon white (part of a neon duo set)
• Collection 2000 Hot Looks – Big Hair (the red)
• Pretty – Scatter effect (black dots in whitish grey)
• Sinful Colors Time Off (nail art black)
• Seche Vite top coat
I like the way this came out. I wanted something to try out the scatter polish with. It needs a base under it because it is a very translucent whitish grey with the little black dots in it. It isn’t hugely saturated with glitter either, so you get quite a thick layer of polish with not a great deal of dots, so to layer it up itself to opaque would be tricky.
Big Hair is a lovely bright red that I like a lot.
The Sinful Colors nail art black was a very handy find, also in Poundland. I didn’t actually know it was a nail art one when buying it, I was just after any black, and the label was printed in black… The brush is really nice – very long and thin and great for making the lines.
Oh and this last one was from before. The beads are ornate bicones in a nice creamy coloured base with flame shards applied. The nail polish was Revlon’s Chroma Chameleon aquamarine, which has lilacs at some angles. I put Chit Chat Ariel on top, which is another of Poundland’s. Very pretty blue-aqua hex glitter in two sizes, though again there’s a lot of thick base polish and the glitter’s not so saturated. This was two coats, with Seche Vite stuck on top to get it to actually dry – the clear base is a very jelly one. Still pretty, just don’t try and get full glitter coverage with these!
Inspired by Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing’s polka dot tutorial.
I went for some nice bright spring and summery colours. (Also, I might have to make beads in these colours, because they are rather nice. Not sure if I have a coral that is this pink though, I don’t usually use coral).
Dotty Fruit Salad
I used alternating base colours for my nails.
• Collection 2000 Lemon Soda
• Collection 2000 Fruit Salad
Lemon Soda is a similar colour to Miss Sporty’s Popcorn, but a warmer shade. Fruit Salad is a coral pink. They’re both pretty opaque, which is good for this. They are also both fast drying, which is very handy when you are layering lots of dots!
I used Seche Vite as a top coat because you want something fairly thick to go over the layers of dots. Though it may just be me, but it seems to be shrinking even faster than usual over these colours.
I used a dotting tool – it has one larger round steel ball end and one smaller. If you don’t have one, then anything with a rounded end works. I have used the end of a mandrel before, and a toothpick should do for small dots. Brushes are bad for making dots because they give you splodges instead.
Thumbs! (I trimmed my thumbnails down before they caught on anything, they were getting slightly impractical. As a nail biter, it is a novelty for my nails to get too long). See also experimenting with my camera’s timing option for the two-hand pics.
And one of each hand. The colours make me happy.
I should find a matte top coat sometime, because I think they would also look awesome frosted. I have three matte polishes, which I was unsure about at first, but I do really like the finish.
I did these at the end of last week (we were having a theme day at work).
Hazard Warning decals
• Miss Sporty – Popcorn
• Saffron London clear (for decal base)
• Black Sharpie marker
• Seche Vite top coat
I made the decal base on a ziplock bag like before. Then I started off using acrylic paint for the warning signs, but you need precise and sharp lines for these and doing that small enough with the consistency of tube paint wasn’t working for me. Sharpies write on most things, so I tried to see if they would write on dry polish – yep! You could draw directly on your nails too, but I wanted to do both hands so this way was easier. I left enough space around the decals for them to cover the entire nail, so there are no little edges to show up.
I put a couple of coats of Miss Sporty’s Popcorn as the base colour. This is a rather nice warm buttery yellow, no neon or green tinge. The brush was awful though – bristles sticking out and falling off and generally rough feeling. Strange, as the £1 Saffron ones have perfectly serviceable brushes.
Then a third coat to use as the one to stick down the decals – actually, two in total would have been fine. Popcorn is a fast-drying polish, so I didn’t wait long before applying the decal. I put them all on before filing the ends to remove the excess there and then using a brush and acetone around the sides. Add Seche Vite and presto.
The thumb got some bubbles trapped under the decal and there was the occasional smudge, but on the whole they worked incredibly well. (And of course, you don’t see little messes when they are at arm’s length!)
You can get Sharpies in all sorts of colours – I wonder if others work as well as the black does?
These are so very much not colours that I’d normally wear, but I thought I’d go ahead and see if they grew on me.
These were the marble pattern made from the Models Own colours – Luis Lemon, Pukka Purple and Dinky Pinky. I prefer the yellow when it isn’t on top of the blue, because of course it picks up a green tinge then.
My favourite is absolutely my pinky nail. I like the colours there and the accidental little heart!
I put the decals on over a base colour of the yellow and then Seche Vite topcoat. This decals was rather thick in places, which causes problems at the base of the nail particularly as you get a very noticeable ridge there and this is where any catching of the polish will happen. This is also why my pinkies were my favourites, as they came from a thinner section. I had to rescue a couple of these and reattach them (and of course, adding a second topcoat makes the problem worse). They lasted 6 days before I took them all off, which isn’t bad. These decals were again made on the 30th Dec, and put on on the 19th Jan. It *was* getting brittle by this point. I ended up with quite a few little broken off pieces, which you can use as a confetti decoration placing just a couple over a base colour – it looks a little different that way.
I did try going round the edges with acetone to melt them down slightly, but that’s a mistake when the backing isn’t clear because the purple especially gets smeared out and muddy along the edges if you do that. Never mind!
I took all the rest of my decals off their backing sheets when I was getting these ready. I got a surprise as the very first one I made, with greens and metallic brown, came straight off the greaseproof paper no problem! The rest were more finicky and more brittle. (They’ve all been together in a ziplock bag). It had the Collection 2000 clear down first, which none of the others did, and then W7 spearmint. So something in that combo made it very easy to remove – possibly just leaving it so long, as the clear was very hard to remove earlier on its own.
These are painted decals on a clear background, which are also rather fun to do.
(Fear not, there will be more bead and glass posts here too! I just have a slight backlog of nail art ones I wanted to put up).
Background: Jess Moonflower
A midnight blue purple with a satiny sheen finish. When I was wearing it as a single layer with no top coat, the satin effect was much less in evidence. Two layers and a Seche Vite topcoat, however… I like it a lot, it’s a good dark colour but with more interest than black.
Yes, I got some Seche Vite. I now know exactly why so many people rave about it, and also why some people have gone off it. It sets incredibly fast, hard, and stays so shiny. No risk of sheet crinkles being impressed in your nails overnight. However, it does shrink back. You can fix that for the tips by wrapping them (putting polish along the tips first before doing the rest of the nail in stripes as usual), but I find it shrinks back from the sides and base of my nails too, leaving a ridge that you can catch in clothing and will have all your layers of polish coming off in one. It seems to very slowly shrink over time too – not so much a problem on the first day, more of one after a few days.
I also got some Sally Hansen – Green Tea & Bamboo nail strengthener to use as my base coat. Dries a little slowly but seems to be doing good things for my nails’ growth speed and not tearing at the edges.
I made these feather decals with a white called High Maintenance – Milk. These are little polishes that are 2 for £1 from a local market stall and are made in China. The colours vary in opacity but they have some nice bright ones. Milk worked just fine for this application, opacity very good. The other colour in the feathers is Payne’s Grey acrylic paint, because I have misplaced my black nail polish. I always used Payne’s Grey instead of black when painting – just preferred it.
The decals have a layer of clear put down first, then I painted the feathers, then put more clear over the top. You don’t necessarily need to do that if you aren’t using any acrylics. The clear I used here was my Collection 2000 maxiflex. It isn’t a good one for doing this with as it sticks hard to the greaseproof paper and stretches rather when you try to pull it off. It also is slightly misty as a background rather than fully clear after you have done all this. These decals were made on Dec 30th and I used them on Jan 10th. The clear was getting a bit brittle by this point, but no problems using them.
Thumb closeup (my favourite feather)
I just did two per hand because I hadn’t made that many, or considered the size of them at all! Bit large for the smaller nails.
I think I will make a template of my nail sizes that I can put under my decals when I make them. Much easier to judge sizes that way.
You can see the edges of the clear if the light catches them right – it’s better to leave enough clear around so that the decal can cover your whole nail even if the picture doesn’t, but I made these all squished together.
Ghibli nail decals!
I made these at the same time, but they were a present for someone so couldn’t show them until they had been presented :)
Soot spirits and little white Totoros. The set over on the right were made with a different clear and done on a ziplock bag, and came off so much easier than the others. The clear stays clear too. It was Saffron’s clear, which I also got at the market stall (made in UK, you can find masses from them on eBay alongside La Femme). £1 a bottle, works so much better for this – I’ll be using that in future then!