Nailart for funn!

A blog about nailart, creativity and life in general! :)




I would like to say that there was a logical reason I decided to paint my nails  in cow print, but no. Nope. No reason. Just me being silly one evening and having fun with nail art. 🙂

I love how it turned out! I’m having a joint birthday celebration with my fiance next weekend and the theme is black and white, I might do something with cow/zebra print for that night out 🙂

To get the cow print effect I used my dotting stick. I just kind of pushed the black polish around a little section of the nail until I was happy. It didn’t take long and it wasn’t hard. I also used a thin brush just to round the edges a little.

I like the idea of messing up an elegant french manicure and putting cow print all over it, it made me smile!

The pink is from Etude house. The white was bought at at local beauty store the brand is Prorance.


Liebster Blog Award :)

Thank you Feera for nominating me for this award! I’m still relatively new to blogging so it’s really great to know I have bloggers like you supporting me! I answered Feera’s questions at the bottom of the post.


So what is the Liebster Blog Award?

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them.

The rules are:

1) Post eleven facts about yourself
2) Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated
3) Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them in your post
4) Go to their page and tell them
5) Remember, no tag backs

My eleven facts are:
1. My birthday is Christmas day.

2. I’m left handed.

3. I can’t leave things on an odd number, eg. volume, treadmill speed etc! (weird I know)

4. I never open milk cartons the right way I’m too impatient (not the ones with the caps obviously!)

5. My favourite colour is purple, it was also my gran’s, and it’s my moms too.

6. Painting my nails physically relaxes me! It’s therapeutic!

7. I’ve never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show. (My American fiance finds this shocking!)

8. I’ve traveled to 17 countries.

9. My spelling has gotten progressively worse every year since finishing school!

10. I want to have been on every continent before I’m 40. That leaves, Africa, Australia, South America and Antartica.

11. I’m getting married next year 🙂

I had a problem finding eleven bloggers. So many have more than 200 followers! So I just decided to put the blogs I love on here. Some of you have a lot more than  200 followers, don’t be offended! I love reading each of your blogs, you give me ideas, make me laugh and feel connected to a wider community of people, so thank you! 🙂

My eleven questions for you are:

1. What’s your best feature?

2. What’s your dream holiday?

3. What’s your favourite Christmas food/drink?

4. If you could be an animal which one would you be?

5. What’s your favourite nail polish?

6. If you could have a  superpower which one would you want?

7. Which celeb would you want to rescue you from a situation? (any situation)

8. Wine or Beer?

9. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

10. Who did you have a crush on when you were a teenager?

11. What was your favourite book when you were a kid?

1. Why did you start your blog?

I needed a hobby and I searched for one I loved but I couldn’t find one, then I realised painting my nails and trying nail art was a hobby! Happy days!
2. Where is your favourite city?

That’s hard! New York was so much fun, but I love my home city of Limerick, Ireland too!
3. If you had to take part in a reality show, which one would it be?

Totally Survivor! Or maybe Amazing Race! Yeah Amazing Race, I’d wimp out of Survivor after about two days!
4. What’s you favourite cheese?

Mild Cheddar, drool.
5. What’s the most embarrassing item of clothing you’ve ever worn?

Um, so many hahaha! Probably an electric blue jumpsuit with a horizontal white stripe across it, I was 6. My brother, who was 4, had an identical one! Shudder!
6. Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

You’re responsible for everything you do so take control. Those words hit me at exactly the right time in my life to make sense and help me.
7. Coffee or tea?

Both! Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.
8. What was your first pet?

A dog, golden lab named Captain.
9. Beach holidays or city breaks?

Beach hols in summer, city weekend breaks in Autumn/Winter/Spring!
10. Where are you right now?

In Seoul, South Korea.
11. Steak or chicken?


Thanks again for the award!


Modi Glam Nails Swatches and Reviews

This is my second about this range of glitter polishes. The Modi range was so fun I had to go buy more and show you! My previous post covered a red, black and white,  multicoloured glitter. You can read it here.

This time I bought a creamy glitter with multicoloured pieces. This polish has square, circle, and hexagon shaped glitter throughout. The thing I love about these polishes is that they don’t hold back on the glitter. I don’t normally like creamy polishes but I did enjoy wearing this one. It’s cheerful and peppy.  This was two coats. I think you can see little bubbles underneath the polish because I used a peel off base coat. It was worth that not to deal with removing the polish the standard way! 

I paired this glitter with OPI’s Fly from the Nicki Minaj range. I think they compliment each other quite well. As with all glitter polishes from this range they are so packed with glitter you have to be careful that too much doesn’t come out.


Blue Flowers

This is a quick and simple stamping manicure. I previously made a tutorial on stamping. You can check it out here

I used Konad plate m56 and dark blue Konad stamping polish. The base coat is a brand called Eclipse. It’s made in Korea. It cost 1,000 Korean Won. That’s around 90 cents US. I fully expected it to be bad quality. It wasn’t. I love finding bargains like that! I literally fished it out of a huge bin of nail polishes all for that price. 🙂

This manicure isn’t the best. I am still new to stamping. But I plan to do a lot more and get better. 🙂 So bear with me 🙂


Sunshine Award :)

Ms. Mommy loves Nail Polish has nominated me for the Sunshine award!  Thank you soooo much!! I have answered her questions to me, wayyy down at the bottom of this post :)

About Sunshine award:

The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

The award is given and passed on to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”

With the recognition of the Sunshine Award comes a list of rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
  2. Do the Q&A below.
  3. Pass on the award to some of your favorite, deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

Without further ado, a few blogs I have been following, and and would like to pass this onto are:







I really enjoy keeping up with your posts, and I personally would like to make sure you are recognized by the blogging community :)

And for those blogs …I should also point out there is no obligation to continue this award. If this is not your thing, don’t worry.  

The only thing I would love to see, is your answers to the questions :) 
And here….are your questions:

1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I see myself married to me amazing fiance, having a career and a happy life.

2. Who was your favorite celebrity as a child?

Hmmm, I loved Macaulay Culkin, because Home Alone movies were one of my favs.
3. What is your favorite food?

I’m Irish, so that’s easy, POTATOES! In any form hahaha!
4. If you were invisible, where would you go?

Into places people are normally not allowed. Like vaults, to see world’s treasures, or the White House Oval Office, or the Vatican’s secret archives etc.
5. What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?

The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me is to ignore my flaws, see the good in me and love me for who I am.
6. If you were on an island, who would you want to be with? Why?

My fiance. I wouldn’t want anyone else! Besides he’s had training in survival so he’d be pretty handy to have around!
7. What was your favorite sitcom growing up?

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Coronation St. , Goosebumps, Simpsons, Home and Away so many!
8. How many bottles of nail polish do you have? How many is too many?

A little over a hundred. Can’t have too many!
9. What celebrity crush have you had?

Will Smith, Tom Cruise (when I was younger), Liam Neeson!
10. Where do you live and why do you like to live there?

I live in South Korea. I like it here because I can live cheaply, I met my fiance here, I have lots of good friends and it’s so different to home.

I love following Mommy loves nail polish. She was one of the first bloggers that I followed. So it was really special to get this award from her!


Modi Peel Off Base Coat

I was shopping in Aritaum last week for some more of those great Modi glitters, when I saw this product. Modi have a peel off base coat. My mind instantly ran through the implications! My first thought was that it’d be really helpful in removing glitter polishes. They always take time to get off and I worry  the glitter pieces will scrape my nails. My second thought was, will this really work? Or is it a gimmick?

It wasn’t expensive 3,500 Korean Won. That’s around $3 USD. I’ve been seeing lots of posts recently about nail bloggers using hardware glue as a base coat to get glitter polishes to peel off. This polish seems to be Korea’s answer to that problem.

So, I tried it out. I spread it on my nails as my base coat. The first thing I noticed was that it was really think and gooey. There was no strong polish smell, no smell at all actually. It took a long time to dry, about 7 or 8 minutes. Once it was dry I applied OPI’S Fly from the Nicki Minaj range over it. Usually this polish is opaque in two coats but when I applied it over this base coat bald patches  appeared a few seconds later. It was almost like the polish was rolling off the base coat in places. But it was no big deal I just used an extra coat of polish and it was fine. I applied Modi’s gold glitter polish on top of all that, and a topcoat to make it look smooth and shiny.

I left the manicure on for a day (a whole day! ha! that’s about how long a manicure lasts me) and then came crunch time. I tried peeling it all off. Success!  Using just my nails I was able to easily peel off all the polish and base coat. Some of the polish even came off in one intact piece! (and yeah that did give me a thrill!) 🙂

I did notice that my nails were slightly stained blue from the OPI polish. That never happens with my OPI base coat. I think next time I will just apply the OPI base coat under the peel off one. Also, I think I will only use Modi’s base coat for glitter polishes. Overall, I was really impressed with this base coat. 🙂


Revlon Popular and Sparkle Aplenty

These are some swatches of Revlon’s glitter polishes. Popular is a pale pink creamy glitter. It contains tiny silver glitter pieces and larger hexagon shaped pieces. I applied this with no undercoat, (no undies) and it only took two coats to pull off this manicure. I wore it for days, it didn’t chip. It also dried very quickly. I love the quality of Revlon’s products! This manicure was very work appropriate. I normally don’t like pale colours but I did enjoy wearing this polish and I will wear it again. I think this polish is classy and elegant.

This is Revlon’s Sparkle Aplenty. I should love it but I don’t. For this manicure I used  Sally Hansen’s Black Out as a base coat. It took two coats and then I just dabbed on the glitter pieces around the nail. Just like Popular, Sparkle Aplenty has silver glitter and silver hexagons throughout. I didn’t like it because the polish is a weak black, without a base coat it would look terrible. Also, I didn’t like that the polish dulled the look of the glitter. Maybe I would wear this polish for a night out, maybe. But I don’t think it looks good for day to day ordinary, no occasion wear. Know what I mean?

With Popular I found myself staring at my nails and admiring them. With Sparkle Aplenty I just wanted to grab the nail polish remover and take it off. It’s funny how two pretty similar polishes from the same range bring out such different reactions in me. If you have these polishes let me know how you found them.


Muffin and Stripes Manicure

Happy Friday everybody! I hope everyone has fun weekend plans. My plan is to have a  big fat glass of wine after work with my fiance, then another one with my best friend, and then sleep as much as possible this weekend! What are your plans?

I’ve seen this type of manicure all over pinterest and I decided I was in a nail art kind of mood so I tried it! I like how cheerful it is! The accent nail was a little challenging. Just trying to get the white part of the muffin to look good took a little time. I used a dotting tool. It’s not my best manicure but it’s one of my brightest! 

I used OPI’s Strawberry Margarita for the base. A purple nail art polish with a really thin brush helped me make the stripes. For the accent nail I used Sally Hansen’s White On and for the little dots of colour on the muffin I used Sally Hansen Insta dry (for the blue and yellow) the peach colour came from The Face Shop. So did the red cherry on top. They don’t have shade names it just says The Face Shop on them. I can’t complain about that because they were about 90c each! The base coat for the accent nail is a glitter polish from a store here called Missha. 


Modi Glam Nails Swatches and Reviews 1

Last week while shopping in Gangnam, Seoul I came across these beautiful glittery polishes in a store called Aritaum. These are Aritaum’s Modi Glam Nails. They were so eye-catching I had to buy them. I’m just sorry I only bought three! They were 3,500 Korean Won each. That’s roughly $3 USD. Bargain! 🙂

The thing that surprised me the most about these polishes is that one coat was enough! They are JAM PACKED with glitter and bits and pieces. If you scroll down and check out my macro shots of each bottle you can clearly see this. So each manicure was simple and took the minimum amount of time! That’s a win for me.

The pink base coat is OPI’s Strawberry Margarita.

Look at all that inside!!

I think this manicure would be really great for a Christmas party. Some of the pieces of  glitter were quite large. The red base coat is OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns.

Mmm full of glittery goodness.

Here’s my last swatch. This glitter would go with any colour but I love how it looks with light and dark purple. That dark purple is OPI’s Louvre Me Louvre Me Not.

Can you see how jam-packed each one is with glitter? I may just have to go back and get some more this weekend!


Albanian Manicure

Hey everyone! Today’s post may seem a little random, it’s the Albanian flag.  Last week on my Facebook page I asked if anyone had any ideas for manicures. One suggestion was to do a different flag every once in a while. When I asked what flag I should start with, Albania was the answer. Once I saw the flag I understood why. It’s pretty impressive looking!

Here’s the Albanian flag.

Here’s my Albanian manicure! 🙂 I used OPI and a black nail art polish. I painted on the flag symbol freehand.

So, if you guys have any more suggestions for me let me know either here or on my Facebook page. 🙂


Cling Film Manicure

I love how easy this manicure was! I read workplaypolish’s awesome blog about Saran wrap nails. She broke it down so well and made it seem so easy so I  was inspired to try my own. Check out her great post about this!

After I painted my nails with a base coat, I let them fully dry and put on topcoat. Then I spread another lighter coloured polish on a piece of plastic. I dabbed the cling film onto the blob of polish and then dabbed that onto my nails. I tried not to dab too much as I really liked the marbled effect I got from lightly going over the nail with the cling film.

This was fast, uncomplicated and the results were. . . well you can see the results! I really enjoyed my cling film nails!


Miss Universe

These are my Universe nails! I loved creating them. They reminded me of one of my heroes, Carl Sagan. 🙂

This manicure was easy, I thought it would be complicated but after I watching a tutorial it was simple! The tutorial is underneath.

I was really organised and had everything I needed close at hand for this one. The most difficult thing was holding back and not using too much polish while sponging on the nebula. I changed sponges and have started using makeup sponges instead of the black nail art ones. They work much better I think.

What do you guys think?


Dots ‘n’ Crackle!

This is just a simple polka dot manicure. I really liked it because it was feminine and cute.

Here’s what I used.

Then I started wondering what it would look like if I put crackle over it. I spread the crackle on from side to side, not from the base to the tip of the nail.

I really liked the results!

The purple crackle looks burnt in places and almost pink in other places.

This last picture was taken in outdoor light.