Nailart for funn!

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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Halloween Stylin’

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Here’s my Halloween style manicure. I used thin nail art tape and OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies along with Barry M’s Black Nail Paint.

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I really like how these colours compliment each other. The Black Nail Paint was a dream to paint over the purple and tape. It’s nice and thick without being gooey. Maybe that’s because it’s a new bottle. I’ve had really goopy black nail polish before, it was Sally Hansen brand.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is becoming one of my favourite polishes. It’s a really pretty shade of purple. I think it’s nice for nights out, but it could also be a good day time polish for this time of year. It requires at least 2 coats, because there will be bald patches.

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To see my Halloween mani’s from last year check here and here.

 

Happy Halloween bloggers! xxx


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Lace Inspiration From One of my Favourite Bloggers

Hey fellow bloggers,

 

It’s been a while since I posted an actual nail art post, so here’s one for you! I used Casino Royale OPI, and Black Nail Paint by Barry M. 🙂

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I had searched the internet for inspiration for a Halloween type mani, but wasn’t very inspired. Then I browsed back through one of my favourite blogs which is Trine Marie’s blog and I found this post on lace nail art.

She used different colors, and in my opinion her manicure is much neater than mine, but it was fun trying this out!

I recommend her blog to everyone because she has great fashion ideas, nail art, and is in general, a really interesting person! 🙂

Part of blogging is meeting new people and since I’ve been blogging I have to say I have three favourite bloggers. Here are their blog’s that I recommend you check out.

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Cowboys and Crossbones

Short and Sweet in Texas 

Cowboys and Crossbones will have you loling around the floor at her antics and her sweet cat Ted is amazing.

Short and Sweet is amazing for finding cute nail polishes and showing them at their best.

All three of these bloggers are so enjoyable to read I really think they are amazing women. Too often I don’t have the time to blog but these ladies are religious about their posts. It’s fun to see what they are up to, and they often have great ideas that I like to try myself.

 

So, this post is a big thank you to them, for making my blogging experience so enjoyable and rewarding!

 

 


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It’s Time Nailartforfunn Went NEON!!

 

 

 

 

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I know neon nails has been done but not by me! I never really bothered with that look this summer. I think it’s because I was focused on the wedding and all things french manicure-y. Yes, I made up a word. I do that a lot.

Pic 1 topcoat is OPI’s The Living Daylights, Pic 2 OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun, Pic 3 MODI.

Yesterday I went into Penney’s (Primark). For those of you who don’t know Penney’s it sells everything from clothes, to shoes, to accessories, and it’s REALLY cheap. I went in to buy furry cuddley socks. I came out with 20 euro worth of stuff! Including these nail polishes. There were actually 4 in the pack but the neon yellow one had turned into a putty, so I didn’t bother with that one.

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All four only cost 2.50! Couldn’t pass that up! The bottles are only 6ml and they smell strong when applied. Each polish needed just 2 coats, except the green which needed 3 to cover bald spots.

 

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I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more bargain polishes from now on!

 

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Which one is your favourite? I think mine is the first one. That orange-y tang is quite cheerful!

 

 

 


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Vampy Nails

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Here’s a real simple look I did the other evening. I used OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns and a black nail art jewel. I have so many cute little accessories that I need to start using! 🙂 The jewel gives the manicure a little more edge I think. It’s also super quick and easy to do.

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Between the French Maid looking nails, and these, I feel I’m veering towards Halloween! The stores here are already selling Christmas candy, but no Halloween stuff yet. Which is sad, because Halloween came from Ireland. True story! It came from pagans.

 

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What do you think? You like? Got any other color combo suggestions? 🙂

 

 

 


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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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Momicure! Because sharing is caring! :)

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When someone cooks, cleans, and does laundry for you it’s only fair to pay them back with a manicure every once in a while. Mom’s fav is a french manicure. For this look I used OPI Base Coat, Essie’s Sugar Daddy, Essie’s Blanc and Seche Vite top coat. I was quite happy with how it turned out (mom was too). 🙂

It’s weird painting someone else’s nails! It took me a while to get confident at it. It’s definitely not the same as doing your own. It’s good practice though! 🙂


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The Girl with the Butterfly Print Nails

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Here’s a look inspired by a beautiful dark blue dress I saw the other day. This Sephora by OPI polish (Opening Night) is a perfect match with it, and I think the butterflies add a little magic to the look. I used Konad stamping plate m21, and Konad silver stamping polish.

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The butterflies are really not that visable, it’s only when the light hits them, or if someone is really looking closely that they appear.

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I haven’t stamped in months, so some of the butterflies are a little askew. But this was fun, so I may have to go back to my stamps again soon. 🙂


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Fan Nails

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Feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted on my blog about nails! Things like working 12 hour shifts, planning a wedding, hanging out with people I haven’t seen in a while have all taken up my time, oh and working out too!! I got a trainer, his favorite word to describe me is ‘disaster’! It’s a complicated relationship. Anyway, I can’t promise a whole load of future posts, but I will try to make more of a nail art effort in the future!! I am, as always, enjoying lots of YOUR blogs and posts.

 

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Here are some ‘fan’ nails I did a little while ago. This look is GREAT when you just don’t have time for delicate and intricate detail. A few quick swipes and a little clean-up and you’re good to go.

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I used OPI’s Red Lights Ahead. . . Where? and Essie’s Blanc.

 

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Barry M’s Greenberry

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This is Barry M’s Greenberry. I bought it because I love these kinds of colors, they remind me summer is coming and they are bright and cheerful. This was no exception. I thought it might have been a bit dark when I applied it but I shouldn’t have worried! The color POPS off my nails, fabulous! (if I do say so myself) The polish was a bit streaky and I ran into the usual problem with streaky polishes, I put on too many thick layers and then it dents before it dries, anyone else do that?

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Since I knew I was gonna swatch them I HAD to do something with this polish! So I used OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun. I think this is my most expensive polish!! And I’ve only used it twice, my mam loves it, she’s amazed that it has 18 carat gold in it. Hmm, maybe she likes it a little TOO much, better keep it away from her! Anyway, I think it looks pretty smart with that top coat.

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Finished day two of my job at the hospital! Tomorrow I only have a short day, it’s been great so far, staff are so lovely and the patients are fun and in good spirits! It’s really hard physical work but it’s rewarding and the time flies and I feel really useful which is great!! No hanging around the house for me!! I do miss not wearing nail polish though! It’s prob a good break for my nails.


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OPI Barefoot in Barcelona

Hey! Short post today, lots going on here. 🙂 This is Barefoot in Barcelona and I just made it a little more interesting with some black lace from Etude House.

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Today my Glossy Box arrived, so did my swap with Julie from Short and Sweet in Texas! So I’ll have lots to blog about in the next few days! 🙂

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I remember buying this colour because I wanted to broaden my colour spectrum. It wasn’t because I loved the shade or anything. But, now I see it and have worn it I really love this color and look. It’s subtle, and smooth, and warm, and I love it!

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Moonraker

Hey everyone!

This manicure is from January. It’s really simple and I wore it for an ‘open day’. That’s when parents come and watch you teach a class (nerve wracking!) So, I wanted something a little profesh and I this is what I used. It needs three coats and looking at the pictures now maybe it could have done with a fourth! Oh well, it got me through an important work day. 🙂

OPI’s Moonraker from the Bond Collection.

 

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Jigsaw Nails

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These are my jigsaw nails. I’ve always wanted to try these out! They look really good but they did take a long time to do. I used, Essie (blanc), OPI (Strawberry Margarita), and The Face Shop (light purple).

I’m looking forward to wearing them out tonight. Every second Tuesday Greg hosts a Trivia night in one of our local bars. It’s always fun to sit with my friends and do the quiz. I’m always really proud of him and the effort he makes to keep it really fun. Tonight is the last night because we are leaving in a couple of weeks. All our friends will be there and I’m really looking forward to the evening  and of course rocking these nails!!! 🙂 1

 

 

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My Valentine’s Nails

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Valentine’s day is tomorrow, I can’t wait! But not just because of V day, tomorrow is my last day of work! After 4 years teaching in Korea I will be done! I can’t really believe it, but I am excited and looking forward to the future.

Also, I can’t wait for tomorrow night, Greg and I are going to our favorite restaurant. We love steak and this place is super amazing and romantic. Bliss!

This is the manicure I’ve been wearing for the past few days. I’ve been too busy to get adventurous. It’s really simple. I used OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns and Etude House nail stickers, how lazy am I ?!! 🙂 3 4