Nailart for funn!

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


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Purple Waterfall Nails

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For my wedding day I had a french manicure. I went to the spa and had Shellac nails done in the nail salon for the first time. They lasted really well, more than two weeks. The salon charges 10euro to remove the polish. While I was in there excitedly chattering about my wedding, the nail technician and I started to talk about nail art. I eventually told her about my blog, and she even asked me to write down the name so she could check it out! Such a compliment! She also told me if I bought a bottle of acetone I could take off the Shellac myself. I’ve never used acetone before. I’ve always just used nail polish remover. I found a bottle for 2.99 and took off the Shellac yesterday! It was a great tip, because then I used it to clean all my brushes, and tidy up the lines around the cuticle for this manicure! It also saved me money and an unnecessary trip to the nail salon. To remove the Shellac I just soaked small pieces of make up remover pads in the acetone, put it over the Shellac, and covered it in tinfoil. I left it on for less than ten mins and then it just literally fell off my nails.

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Once my nails were Shellac free I wasn’t sure what to do with them. It’s been a while since I dabbled in nail art. So, I went back to the start. The place where I first fell in love with easy nail art. Nailasaurus of course! I browsed around a little bit and fell in love with Sammy’s waterfall nails! She’s done them in a selection of colours and helpfully, she made a tutorial which makes it super easy to do. I sat down, feeling inspired and excited about painting my nails. It took one or two false starts, sometimes the bristles on my brushes would go wild. I found a little lip balm kept them together as I worked.

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For this look I used MODI nail hardener, Estee Lauder Lilac Leather, OPI Casino Royale, Sephora Dream On, Sephora Dark Purple, Sephora Social Climber and Seche Vite top coat. Hope you like these and try them out for yourselves! xxxx PS. It feels great to be painting my nails again!!! 🙂


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One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you to the lovely and talented Rachel from Rew Does Nails and Eeek! Nail Polish for nominating me for this blogger award.

I need to give you seven facts about myself. I’ve done this before for other posts so I’m going to try really hard not be repetitive!

1. I don’t bite my nails, but sometimes I nibble on my cuticles.

2. When I was younger one of my biggest fears were vampires because I read Interview With The Vampire when I was 10 or 11.

3. I am terrified of spiders.

4. I consider chocolate its own food group.

5. Sometimes I worry that people won’t like me.

6. Buying socks makes me happy.

7. I used to smoke, I quit almost two years ago. 🙂

Those are my facts, thanks for the award I’ll proudly display it on my blog! 🙂


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I’m now a .com!

Happy Friday everyone! (well it’s Friday here in Korea anyway). I just wanted to share my news,  I bought the domain name for nailartforfunn. It’s    now a .com 🙂 I thought about this for a while and I really want to continue improving my blog and I feel like this is one of the first steps towards that. 🙂

I have a few other ideas in mind that I want to put into place in the future. I’ve been so happy with my blog ever since I started it. It really has been a great outlet for me and a way to be creative at my own pace.

Soon I will be moving home for the first time in years. It’s gonna be very busy with lots of changes  and it’s nice to know that my blog will be there when I need to express myself! Which might be a lot considering I have a  wedding to plan and a new fitness routine to master.

I can’t thank other bloggers enough for their help/comments/advise/humor ! I haven’t had one bad experience since starting nailartforfunn! In fact I have made some friends and learned A LOT and not just about nail art. I’ve tried new recipes, new make-up, I’ve learned how to apply make-up a lot more professionally! I’ve learned how to use wordpress more effectively (I’m not that great with computers so I’m pretty proud of that!) I love checking my reader and discovering new products, and styles. 🙂

Take care everyone, have a great weekend! Maybe even have a gigantic margarita or two! Nom!

Nicola 🙂


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I Know You Know Collection From The Lady Varnishes Part Two and Preview of the Because You Listen Collection

This is part two of my review of The Lady Varnishes polishes, part one is here. These polishes, from left to right, are called: I Know You Know, To The Blueberry, You Know That’s Right, You Heard About Pluto?, Dazzle And Stretch, and Girl Needs A Doughnut.1

You Heard About Pluto?

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This is a black jelly base with holographic glitter and silver shreds. It’s a very thick polish. It’s really easy to apply and  very dense. It crossed my mind while applying this polish that it would look great for a fancy night out/date night. It’s not smooth, I think it’s kinda edgy, it would really compliment a black sequined party dress. I didn’t try to smooth it out or put top coat on it, I was really enjoying how different it was. This one is quirky and it definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Dazzle and Stretch

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Dazzle  and Stretch is a glitter filled (hexes, bars, and shreds) topcoat that can also be worn on its own. It is only available with the purchase of the entire collection. It is really bright and clean. I loved how simple it was and especially loved the colour. Perfect to glam up any tired looking colours!

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Girl Needs A Doughnut

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Girl Needs a Doughnut is from the soon-to-be-released Because You Listen Collection. So this is a preview! Yay, I love having insights into new collections! This glittery polish has both fine and larger round pieces of glitter. It’s the round pieces of glitter that make this polish special for me. Just like the other polishes in from The Lady Varnishes this one is quick drying.

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The Lady Varnishes can be found on facebook, Etsy, and their blog is also worth checking out!


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I Know You Know Collection From The Lady Varnishes: Part One

I was very happy when the post came today. I received a package from the lovely Elissa and Kirsten of The Lady Varnishes. It contained six beautifully packaged sample sized bottles from their I Know You Know Collection, and a preview of their Because You Listen Collection, plus a bonus bottle of polish that comes when you order the whole collection.

These polishes, from left to right, are called: I Know You Know, To The Blueberry, You Know That’s Right, You Heard About Pluto?, Dazzle And Stretch, and Girl Needs A Doughnut.

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I have to say my first impression of this range of polish is very positive. I love how each bottle has a little charm on it, and the charm has a colored jewel which matches the shade of nail polish. It’s detail and personal touches like that which really make me feel that this collection is special. These bottles would make great little gifts for nail polish lovers and girly girls. All the polishes are 3-Free and cruelty free.

The Lady Varnishes is owned by two sisters Elissa and Kirsten. They are very approachable and friendly. I am always impressed when people find a way to do what they love and these two definitely have a huge passion for polish. 🙂 They’ve gone from experimenting with polish in their spare time to opening an Etsy store and starting collections!

I Know You Know

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This polish took two coats and a little extra dabbing to cover less glittery areas. It’s a matte green glittery polish, with very fine green glitter, and larger white shreds. To apply, the polish is quite thick. This was great because it was easier to deal with than really watery streaky polish. I found it quite easy to evenly apply. There is a very healthy amount of glitter in each brush stroke. A bonus with all these polishes is the drying time, it’s super fast! This polish, although loaded with glittery goodness, wasn’t too coarse when it dried. I liked it because it reminded me of spring and freshly cut grass. 9 10

To The Blueberry

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Ok, to be honest I was a little nervous when applying this polish. I’ve had bad luck with blue nail polish staining my nails. Thankfully, this polish did not do that. It came off really easily with no staining. The best thing about this polish is the colour, it really pops! I don’t think it’s possible to capture how eye-catching it is in real life but I hope my camera came close. This polish required three coats to cover bald patches. The polish is a shimmery blue with black and super fine silver glitter. It just sparkles across the nail. Yum.

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You Know That’s Right

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I don’t usually go for lighter nail polishes, I seem to gravitate more to bolder colours. That may be about to change. Purple is my favourite colour anyway so this wasn’t really a hard sell! This is a very ladylike shimmery violet with purple, silver, and green glitter mixed in, that’s a great combo! This is a very cute polish that I think will appeal to most people.

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The lady varnishes can be found on facebook, Etsy, and their blog is also worth checking out!


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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.

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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! 🙂

http://trinemarie.com/

http://thepolishsquirrel.wordpress.com/

http://poundlandprincess.wordpress.com/

http://leslielovesnails.wordpress.com/

http://everysensory.wordpress.com/

http://lacquerlackey.wordpress.com/

http://lacquerandlashes.ca/

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?

Steak!

Thanks again for the award!