Christmas Jumper Nails

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I went to Kaycie’s with the outfit from my christmas jumper outfit post on, and asked her kindly if she could match my ensemble. I think she has done a spectacular job. She used shellac polish for all the designs apart from the red and pink glitter acrylic on a few fingers. She used a red, pink, white and black shellac and used a fine brush to paint all of the details. Featuring a mixture of snowflakes, miniature hearts, snow, present ribbons, baubles, and christmas jumper pattern. I absolutely love the complete design, it matches my new jumper perfectly!

You will need:

CND Shellac Power Polish – BASE COAT & TOP COAT SET – 2 x 7.3ml

CND Shellac Wildfire 7.3ml

CND Shellac Hot Pop Pink 7.3ml Gel Colour UV3 polish

CND Shellac Black Pool 7.3ml Gel Colour UV3 polish

CND Shellac & Brisa Gel UV Nail Lamp 36W – Original UK Version Curing Light Nail Dryer

CND Shellac Studio White / 0.25 oz. – 7.3 mL

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Watch the video to find out how Kaycie made the Christmas jumper nails happen!

Emily

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Quiz Clothing Sequin Dress & Foil Nails Combo

When I was made aware of this competition, to match your nails to one of Quiz Clothing’s dress range, I knew it was the perfect nail inspiration. Not that I need any help on that front. As soon as I saw this dress, I knew it was the perfect dress and nail combo for the festive season. When I told Kaycie of the challenge, she got very excited and her instant response was that she has the perfect foil to get the same effect that the sequins on the dress provide. Between us we came up with such an awesome nail design. Dontcha think!? If you want to get involved, you can find the details here.

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What you will need

CND Shellac Black Pool 7.3ml Gel Colour UV3 polish
♥ NailStar™ 36 Watt Professional UV Shellac Gel Nail Lamp Dryer + 4 x 9W Bulbs Included and 120 Second Timer
12 Rolls Mix colors Nail Art Transfer Foil Set Nail Tip Decoration New Fashion
CND Shellac Power Polish – UV TOP COAT – 7.3ml

Here’s how to create this look.

♥ We used CND shellac black polish for a base and cured each of the two layers but we didn’t put the top coat on to seal it yet.
♥ We cut up small inch size selections of the nail foil in a selection of colours, teal, gold, Blue and green.
♥ Because the shellac remains sticky until you apply the top coat, it provides the perfect base for applying the foil. We dabbed on the foil which clings to the sticky shellac base and we layered up the colours.
♥ Kaycie of course added some sparkle on one finger with a beautiful Indian inspired gemstone arrangement to add some bling to the overall look.

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Why not check out the video to see a step by step application to find out how you can replicate the look!

 

Emily

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DIY Halloween Nails Tutorial with Matt Black & Red Glitter Polish

Are you ready for Halloween yet!? Have you thought about what nails you are going to have? No outfit would be complete without rocking some awesome Halloween nails. Today I am going to be showing you how to create a really simple technique that creates a really bad ass selection of Halloween nails.

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What you will need.

Black Polish
 Clear Matt Polish
Blood Red Glitter Polish
Deep Red Glitter Polish
White Varnish
Black Nail Art Pen
Top Coat

How to create your Halloween Nails

 If you want to recreate exactly, alternate your base coat. Three black, one White and one full glitter red.
 Apply two coats if required.
 Allow to dry.
 We wanted to create a Matt black with gloss glitter on top to create a contrast so we used the Matt varnish over the black base coat and allowed to dry.
 We then blobbed some white from the tip on one nails and from the nail bed on the other two, to create a dripping effect on top of the Matt black.
 Once that was dry we blobbed some of the blood red glitter over the top. The initial white coat helps the glitter to stand out against the black.
 Now to create your mummy. Use the black nail art pen and draw some thin and wonky lines to create your mummy’s bandages.
 Leave a slightly thicker gap two thirds up the nail, in the gap draw a couple of black blobs to create the eyes peeping through the bandages.
 Finish that off with a white dot to one side.
 Finish the set off by using a gloss top coat on the nails you haven’t created a Matt finish.

If you would like to see it in action before you give it a go, watch the video below.

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DIY Tutorial // Glitter Ombré Nail Art

This week I am getting my glitter back on and it is time for a glitter ombré nail tutorial and video. As autumn rolls in, I am putting the pastels behind me and going for something a lot darker and more seasonal. Whilst, I am not one for reds and oranges, I do love a good dark pink and throw a bit of glitter in and that is my autumn all over.

I very rarely have the same design on every finger nail so today we have gone for a different design on each finger, but if you want to keep things simple, I wanted to show you very simply, how you can create a glitter ombre nail art. It is so easy to do but is so effective, anyone can do it and make it look like you have been to the salon.

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What you will need

Any base colour you like, we used one like this and this.

Less dense glitter – We used Barry M Cosmetics Glitter Nail Paint Rose Quartz 

More dense glitter – We used Models Own Pink Fizz Glitter Nail Polish

 

How to create your glitter ombré nail art

It is best to start with a dark base if you want to go for a gold or silver glitter, but as long as the colours are contrasting you should get a great result.

Start by giving each nail two coats of your base colour.

Apply each layer as thin as possible.

Be sure to let them dry thoroughly before applying the glitter.

Take the fine glitter to the longest part of your faded affect about half way up the nail.

Build the more dense glitter up over the top, applying the most coverage at the base.

Again, be sure to let them dry properly. If you will be doing regular nail art with several coats, it may be wise to invest in a Nail Dryer.

Apply your top coat.

 

Check out the video to see how it was done.

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DIY Tutorial // How To Do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!

Back in April I had dark galaxy nails for the first time, and through all the nail inspiration research we did before trying out this new nail art, these turned out to be the best galaxy nails I could find, Kaycie did a fantastic job, and of all the nail art I have had, these have got to be in my top five designs…. Until last week! I wanted to revisit the galaxy nails because they look amazing and when you know how to do them, they really are quite easy to achieve. Not one to ever have the same nail art twice, I wanted to create a little twist on the original galaxy design by throwing some unicorn inspiration, and by that I just mean the colour scheme and vibe I was hoping for. You can watch the video to follow the process all the way through but here is a summary of how to do unicorn galaxy nail art.

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You will need:

A base colour – We used Models Own Purple Nail Polish and Models Own Hyper Gel Blue Glint Nail Polish

4 “Splodging” colours – We used some of the Essie range but Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection  would work perfectly.

A Shimmer – We used Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Indian Ocean Nail Polish

A large glitter – We used Models Own Nail Polish Blizzard

Nail art brush and Pen – Models Own Nail Art Pen White

A Sponge

 

How to do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

Paint your choice of base colour on in a random order with just one coat.

In any order, paint a splodge of you pastel colours on to your sponge, and dab on to each nail. Repeat with each colour building up your spoldges on each nail.

Paint your shimmer colour across some or all of the nail in no particular order (the more random the better)

Wait to dry.

Use the thin brush of the nail art pen, and draw stars sporadically on each nail (1-2 per nail)

Use the pen nib of the nail art pen and dot small dots near the larger stars in clusters on each nail.

Use the Blizard glitter to cover over the clusters.

Wait to dry. – There are a lot of layers you will need to dry so don’t touch anything for a while!

 

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