Oh, Mr Candiipants, you sure know how to make a fab tutorial. I was tossing up between a few tutorials for this manicure when this video tutorial popped up on my tumblr dashboard and well, that was that.
This mani is deceptively easy and looks super impressive. Candice did it on a black background for the start of autumn in the northern hemisphere, but here in the southern hemisphere, spring had just begun, so I did it on a lighter background and stuck with pink flowers.
I was quite uninspired by this day’s challenge. I tried to find a flag that wasn’t for a country, that was a little more interesting or exciting but I ended up going with the good ol’ Union Jack pattern. It felt a little weird to have flag nails for no particular reason so I switched the colours up a little.
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 love Kester Black‘s Winter Garden collection. As I mentioned in my previous post, I started playing around with the polishes and all of a sudden I’d swatched most of them (and I never swatch! It was quite fun!) Application was great and most of these were two coaters. I’m a dedicated three coat kind of gal, and I surprised myself by happily leaving a lot of these at only two coats. Snowdrop was the only one that gave me a bit of grief, but that’s more due to the fact that it’s a frosty kind of finish and all frosty polishes are notoriously tricky.
This whole collection has a lovely wintery dustiness to it. I especially love Moss, Silver Birch, Snapdragon and Periwinkle. In the two weeks since Anna sent me the polishes I have not worn another brand of nail polish.
You can purchase Kester Black nail polish online (shipping is to Australia and New Zealand only) and in stores.
They are five free (no Toluene, no DBP, no Camphor, no Formaldehyde, no Formaldehyde Resin), made in Australia, cruelty free, CCF accredited (Choose Cruelty Free) and vegan!
These polishes were provided to me for review.
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.
You can find piCture pOlish all over the internet including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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.