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


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Nail Art For Funn’s Family Manicures!!

 

 

 

 

 

I thought I’d share some manicures I’ve done recently. Since I can’t wear polish to work it makes sense to do my mam’s nails and sometimes my aunt’s too!

I’ve actually been painting my mam’s nails since I came home in March. We started with simple colours, then I got her hooked on nail jewels and now stamping! Yay!! 🙂

I used OPI’s Barefoot in Barcelona, and red Konad stamping polish with Bundle Monster’s plate 306.

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This is a replica of a manicure I did last year. I showed mam the picture and she liked so I recreated it for her (with the nail jewels of course!)

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She’s even learning how to ‘pose’!

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This manicure was for my aunt. She wanted Autumn colours so we chose a silver Sephora polish by OPI, Social Climber  and OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies. Love, love, love, this colour, and this combo!

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My Aunt was diggin’ her chevrons!

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Also, posing quite nicely!! 🙂

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Last week we adventured in lace. Mam chose the colours and loved the result! She thought they looked delicate and ladylike. We used Estee Lauder’s Dilettante and Lilac Leather.

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I’m thinking I’ll introduce her to textured polish next, and maybe stripes? What do you think? Let me know!!!

 

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Barry M’s Papaya and really late St. Patrick’s Day manicure :)

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Barry M polish is growing on me. I’m not hugely impressed with how thick it can be, or how streaky. I think it’s definitely better that some Sally Hansen polishes. This polish is Papaya, it’s a really creamy coral shade. It took two coats and even after drying it was very easily dented. I really like the softness of the colour, but wish application was easier.

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I spent St. Patrick’s Day at home sick in bed. But I was determined to try a themed manicure! When I felt better I broke out these nail jewels, aren’t they cute?! I bought them with St. Patrick’s Day in mind. Really glad I got to use them.

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The clovers are so shiny it’s hard to get a good close up focused picture.

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Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Guess what? I came second in Mommy Loves Nail Polish‘s  nail art competition! I never win anything so this is really great. 🙂 This is the picture that I entered. Congrats to the first place Eva from flight of whimsy with her amazing nails!

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This picture was my inspiration.

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I really love that people like this manicure because it was one of the first that I did. It’s special to me. 🙂 I remember how happy I was when I managed to get it right! Here’s the original post from way back when.

Tomorrow I start a part-time job. It means I may not be able to blog as frequently. But I will REALLY try my best! Wish me luck! (first day nerves!)


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Ciate: Fit For A Queen & Hologram

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How pretty is this?! It’s bright, sparkly, and really classy at the same time (I think). I love how perky it is.

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Fit For A Queen required multiple coats. It was really easy to miss bald patches otherwise. I think I used about four or five light layers and a little cover up as well. Worth it though, and it dries really fast.

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I think that Hologram really adds oomph to this look. However, I was really disappointed at how badly the caviar stayed on my nails. I’ve bought nail caviar online before and it has stayed on for days. Almost immediately after application these beads started falling out. I’m hoping it was just the topcoat that I used.

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My Easter Manicure

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These are my Easter nails. They go with my Easter chocolate! I like the cheerful yellow. I already blogged about this style of ombre nail art in light blue here, but I just love this design so much I wanted to do it again! (that doesn’t happen me very often!) I used Sally Hansen, Lightening and Essie, Blanc and a dotting tool too.

Tonight Greg and I and a few friends are having a going away party in our local. It’s happy/sad!! I’ll miss everyone I’ve gotten to know over the last four years but I’m really keen to get on with my life and get the wedding organised, go home to Ireland etc.!

I’m not going to think about it too much tonight I’m just going to have a good time with friends and wine! (and shots!)

These are the perfect nails for my evening, cheerful and bright!

Have a good weekend everyone! 🙂

Nicola xxx

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Henna Style Stamping

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How much do I love stamping manicures? A lot! For this manicure I wanted the stamping polish to really pop. I think Barefoot in Barcelona matched up really well with my red Konad stamping polish. It reminds me of henna art. I used Bundle Monster stamping plate BM 306.

It’s a little strange not having to do a specific manicure every day now that the pre-spring challenge contest is over! Congratulations to the winners Short and Sweet in Texas and Up Close and Polished. Both girls created beautiful manicures throughout the contest. 🙂

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In-law Nails!

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Hey everyone, In the morning I’m flying to the states to meet my in-laws for the first time! I’ll be spending Christmas in Florida! I’m so excited! I really want to make  a good impression so I took a lot of care with my nails, I hope you like the results, I hope my future mother in law likes them too! Wish me luck guys! The stamping plate is Bundle Monster BW-319. I used Konad white stamping polish and Sally Hanson’s Xtreme Wear Blue It. 3 PicMonkey Collage

I was very excited when my bundle monster package arrived last week. But, because work has been so cray all week I didn’t have much time to fool around with the plates. I’ll have more time in January so watch out for some stamping manicures then! And hopefully I’ll have picked up some nice nail art supplies in the states! 🙂

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Penguins!

 

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Because who doesn’t love penguins?!I got inspiration for this manicure  here. Sometimes I really like to see if I can recreate the manicures I see online. I think that’s ok, as long as I always give credit for the image and don’t try to pass the original idea off as my own, what do you guys think about that?

 


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Chevron Nails

This is my first Chevron manicure and I am really happy with how it turned out. The red is OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns and the gold is from the Face Shop it has no name.

I wore this manicure to a Thanksgiving party that my friends threw. Thanksgiving is a relatively new holiday to me, but I love it. Friends, good food,  playing 20 questions, what’s not to love?! 🙂  PLUS I got lots of compliments on how festive this mani looked. (always makes me feel good when my nail art gets complimented!!!)

I will definitely be trying another version of this look soon!


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Moo-tastic

 

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.


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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.

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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?


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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.


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Japanese Cherry Blossoms

I got the inspiration for this manicure from this picture. (and because my fiance loves how cherry blossoms look!)

I love the stark contrast between the red and the white background.

Here’s what I used.

Here’s my base coat. It gave me a lot problems because it was so goopy and gooey. Luckily I read an article this week about how to ‘save’ nail polishes. I put a few drops of nail polish remover in the bottle shook it up and then it was much easier to apply. The polish remover thinned it out nicely.

Without the blossoms the trees kind of  look like Japanese symbols!

Here it is with the blossoms! I didn’t wait long enough for the red polish to dry before I used a top coat. Some of the blossoms ran a little. I need to learn to be more patient!!! 🙂 I still think they look good though!

 


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Nail Caviar

OK, I have to admit I didn’t have high hopes for this manicure. I saw the little teeny tiny pot of beads and shuddered!!! I really thought I was going to make a mess both of my nails and the living room!

BUT, thankfully I was wrong! I started as I always do with a coat of OPI nail envy. Then two coats of a deep purple OPI (I forget the exact shade name, I think of it as a Cadbury purple!  I will put it in later!) This shade has really subtle glitter in it. It’s very festive.

When my nails were dry I used OPI topcoat on them. While the accent nail was still wet I dipped it into the pot of caviar. I held the pot over a container which caught the beads that didn’t stick to my nails. After the first dip some parts of my nail still didn’t have beads on them so I just put a little more topcoat on those areas and poured the beads again.

I gently pressed the beads down and they stayed! Right now I think this is my favourite manicure! I LOVE the look of the nail caviar!!! Totally proved myself wrong!

The only slightly negative thing I have to say about these beads is that they lose their colour quickly. After a few hand washes some of them look more like silver than their original colour. But they still look great!