Inspired by Artwork. Geez, it took me a while to decide what to be inspired by with this one! I was almost going to do Mark Rothko inspired nails with some kind of colour block type manicure but I ended up going for something a little more “nail arty”. Joan Miró has always been one of my favourite artists. I saw my favourite Miró, Woman and Bird in the Moonlight a few years ago and it was incredible, but definitely outside of my skill level for nail art!
These nails are inspired by Dancer which was perfect for nail art.
I have been painting up a storm over the past few days to try and get through the last days of the 31 Day Challenge. I started it on the 5th of September last year and I’m determined to finish it within a year! There may be some double posts.
Day 26 was inspired by this pattern. I love patterns.
This one came from a design pattern book and I knew that it’d be great for nail art. It was also a great excuse to practice my freehand painting skills.
It’s 31 Day Challenge time again and I figure I should attempt to actually finish my 31 day challenge from last year. Day 26 is fashion. I love clothes but I’m not that much of a fashion buff. Honestly, my favourite fashion website is Go Fug Yourself. It’s hilarious. One outfit which caught my attention recently was this one worn by AnnaSophia Robb, on the set of The Carrie Diaries.
Neon colours? Check! Crazy triangles? Check! Sheer checkerboard? Check! Perfect for nail art. A little later than scheduled, on day 358, I painted these crazy nails.
I saw a manicure on Pinterest recently and tracked it back to SuPa Nails (while we’re on the subject of Pinterest, I hate it when people pin without links back to the source. So annoying!) Susanne is a nail art wizard and the second I saw this manicure I knew I had to have it on my nails. Can’t Find My Czechbook and French Lavender were already sitting out on my desk and all of a sudden my nails were like this! Well, a good while later they looked like this. Seriously, this was super tricky and it just goes to show how talented someone like Susanne is! First I tried creating the diamonds with tape, but with four colours and not ever waiting long enough for the polish to dry it did not go well. I ended up (painstakingly) hand painting the diamonds with a nail art brush. I definitely need to practice my brush skills, so I’m sure this kind of mani will be popping up on my nails a lot over the next couple of months.
I feel like I should do gradient nails more often. They’re surprisingly easy if you don’t mind the clean up and they always look fab!
Anna from Kester Black sent me some of her polishes a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t resist starting with a gradient. French Lavender and Deep Violet are both from Kester Black’s Winter Garden collection (which you can buy online and in store around Australia and New Zealand) and match each other perfectly. Winter Garden is full of polish gems but I’ll flail over the collection as a whole shortly. It deserves its own post. I was so excited that I went from ‘playing around with a few’ to swatching the entire collection. I couldn’t help myself!
These polishes were sent to me for review.
Welcome to the most epic post in the history of Little Nails! This is my 2013 piCutre pOlish Blog Fest post. piCture pOlish is an Australian brand with the greatest tradition. Every year they have The piCture pOlish Blog Fest and invite bloggers to review their nail polishes.
This year’s Blog Fest theme is Celebrating the Year of the Blogger and has an emphasis on nail art.
As soon as I heard which shades I was getting and the whole nail art side of it I knew exactly what I was going to do. It’s not new news that I’m obsessed with making nail art sticker/decal stripe things, usually with a chevron pattern and over the past few months I’ve found that piCture pOlish shades (and Ozotic shades, also sold by PP) are fantastic for this kind of nail art. They seem to be more flexible than other brands and the strips never crack when you handle them.
This time I thought I’d branch out from the chevron pattern. I played around with stripes and triangles and ended up with a red, white and blue mixed manicure.
And just in case you want to try this kind of mani out yourself, I’ve whipped up tutorials for the decals which are at the end of this post (warning, I may have gone slightly overboard! The general concept of each tutorial is the same but it’s always fun to try different patterns)
Dorothy is a red glitter polish. It’s actually tiny silver glitter in a red jelly base and doesn’t need many coats to get the great red colour.
Ocean has piCture pOlish’s amazing little shards of rainbow goodness, what I’ve previously described as “particles of magic”. They’re suspended in a blue jelly base. I wouldn’t call this kind of polish a glitter, but it has a lovely sparkle and glimmer to it.
White Wedding also has “particles of magic” in it. It’s absolutely impossible to capture on camera the rainbow hidden inside this colour. It’s definitely a wearable white and was great to apply. Three coats was more than enough.
All shades can be purchased online at www.picturepolish.com.au and if you don’t live in Australia don’t fret, you can purchase piCture pOlish all over the world through their network partners. They also have everyday deals to take advantage of.
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Once you get the hang of sticking down the polish pieces it’s really easy to make cool geometric patterns and the possibilities are endless. This is all the same method, just with different shapes. I use tweezers and a dotting tool (or a pen or pencil if you lose your dotting tool like I did) to apply the polish pieces. Sometimes I’ll dampen the dotting tool with clear polish or even remover to make it easier for the polish pieces to stick to the dotter.
These polishes were provided to me for review.
Orly Glitz, OPI My Vampire is Buff, China Glaze First Mate
I’ve been eyeing off this Madeline Poole mani for what feels like forever. I finally got around to recreating it!
It’s been so dreary in Sydney and it’s been raining for what feels like forever (seriously, there was something on the news about only having had 7 hours of sunshine in the past week). There was some kind of miracle after I finished this mani and the sun was out for about 15 minutes. Just enough time to take some photos!
OPI Ate Berries In The Canaries, OPI My Vampire Is Buff, China Glaze First Mate
It’s been a while since I’ve had any kind of freehand nail art on my fingers and I was in the mood for sitting in front of a trashy TV show and playing around with a nail art brush. This is what I ended up with at the end of it.
And can I just say how much I love My Vampire is Buff? I’ve really been developing a taste for off white polishes over the past year or so. Every time I get a new one I think it’s the be all and end all of off white polish then a new one comes along that seems to be even better. I think I’ve worked my way through a good chunk of OPI Skull & Glossbones, My Boyfriend Scales walls got quite the workout, and now I seem to be reaching for MVIB every time I sit down to paint my nails.
OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, OPI DS Extravagance, Orly Glitz, My Ten Friends Lunar Love Song
I’ve been eyeing off some Hare Polish pretties for quite some time and finally bought a couple from Femme Fatale Cosmetics here in Australia. On a bit of an impulse I added My Ten Friends Lunar Love Song to the order. Gosh am I glad I did. It ended up being the polish I was most excited about and I had to try it out first.
I layered it over OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and added some Chevrons for good measure (also because I hate having to take glitter off all ten fingers).
I have a feeling my next little polish order will have a couple of bottles of MTF in it (Hailing Frequencies Open, I’m looking at you). Although I may have to wait for the new collection to come out to get Space Opera and Starry Night.