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 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.
OPI Skull & Glossbones, Essie Lapis of Luxury, OPI Dating A Royal, China Glaze Peachy Keen, China Glaze Electric Beat
After my foray into floral/abstract nails the other day with my Inspired by a Book mani I thought I’d give the style another go. Usually I like my manis to be quite geometric and structured. A grid of polka dots, evenly spaced lines; that’s my kind of nail art. I had such fun blobbing on random spots of polish and squiggling lines around that I just had to do it again. They don’t even really look that much like flowers, but I’ve discovered that that is the genius of this kind of manicure. It’s very forgiving.
This mani stayed on my nails for an epic five days! That’s almost unheard of for me.
Orly Glitz, OPI Dutch Tulips, Essence Make It Golden, Essie Matte About You
I’ll admit I kind of cheated on this whole half moon thing. I know they’re meant to be done with little circular stickers over your cuticles, but every time I attempt it that way they just look really bizarre on my hands (and weirdly not anything at all like everyone else’s Perhaps my stickers are too big?) and I have to change my mani straight away! So, for Half Moon day I decided to go for the skinnier moon and rock it ruffian style. It’s still moon shaped so I say it still counts.
I was quite happy with this mani before I added the glitter, but some days you just can’t help but add glitter and I couldn’t resist! And who doesn’t love mattified glitter?
Essence Jacob’s Protection, OPI Pink Shatter, OPI Pirouette My Whistle
Hello all! Some of you may have noticed that I’ve added a new little thing just to the right of this post called Today’s Nails. Call it an unofficial New Year’s resolution, but I kind of want to intensely document what goes on my nails on a day to day basis.
I like facts and spreadsheets and statistics, and I’m actually quite curious as to how often I really paint my nails, as well as what my most used brands, colours etc are. This led to me deciding to do a 365 of sorts on my nails this year. Every day I will take a photo on my phone (so no excuse not to do it!) of what’s on my nails and it’ll pop up in that little thing on the blog.
I’m hoping it will also make me be less of a lazy bones and post my blog worthy manis more quickly, since you’ll all be able to stalk Little Nails flickr and yell “Rosie, we know you did this mani two weeks ago! Stop being such a lazy bones!” at me when I’m slacking!
So, onto today’s mani, and yes, this is what’s on my nails this very second!
I’ll be honest with you, this is perhaps one of the weirdest combinations of polish I’ve had on my nails in a long time. Yesterday I wore Essence’s Jacob’s Protection*. Then, after work I decided to add to it for today. On went a coat of Pink Shatter. Next I added a coat of Pirouette My Whistle because I couldn’t be bothered to add a top coat. I was actually very surprised by the end result. They look kind of spacey and kind of rocky. Like fancy moon rocks!
*Ugh, it kind of annoys me that this is a Twilight themed polish. It was purchased on its own glittery merit, not because I’m “Team Jacob” or anything like that!
Essence You Belong To Me, China Glaze Aquadelic, OPI Fly, Milani Gold
Day 4 was green, and I was originally going to try and do some kind of leaf themed elaborate mani. I had planned to add more lines (little tiny perpendicular ones between these lines, like the veins on a leaf) but when I got to this point I liked it so I stopped. I did however add some glitter from Milani Gold to the corners for a bit of fun!
China Glaze Strawberry Fields, Barry M 289 Gold, Essence Make It Golden (and a tiny hint on the very edge of the tips of Ulta3 Gold Rush Fever)
Like every other person on the planet I’ve seen the Hunger Games at the movies in the past week and read the books. And like every other nail polish addict on the planet, I’ve done a HG manicure! Hooray!
Because I am not all that skilled with painting intricate designs like Mockingjay birds, or tiny bows and arrows, I did something different. When I saw the movies I loved Effie’s nails. I love Elizabeth Banks (they need to bust Avery out of North Korea on 30 Rock so she can be a regular again on the show!) and honestly, Effie was my favourite part of the movie! These nails are inspired by the awesome gradient mani she rocked in the reaping scene:
(hardest thing to find a photo of on the interwebs. They were much more impressive in the movie but you get the idea)
Anyway. They were awesome so obviously I had to have them too!
OPI Dating A Royal, OPI Skull & Glossbones, OPI Mermaid’s Tears, Essence Forget Me Not, China Glaze Heli-Yum
I’ve been in a bit of a dotty mood lately, and thought I’d try out some multi coloured dots. I was a bit too dot keen on my left hand (I’m a leftie, so I blame my right hand for not spacing the dots correctly), and they’re closer together and a little less great than on my right hand but oh well, they still looked all right.
I had to go into the city today and it was a great trip for nail polish! I randomly found a stand of Barry M’s in a chemist (I didn’t even know they were available in Australia!) and they were half price! ($5.50 down from $11). I grabbed three, Gold 289, Navy 296 and Vivid Purple 161. It was actually a bit bizarre seeing such boring nail polish names.
Continuing on with my Good Luck Nail Polish Day, in David Jones the OPI Holland collection was on display! They got it in this morning! I was just so excited because I’d been at the Bondi Junction DJs yesterday and the lady there said she thought they were getting it in in a couple of weeks! I’d only been lusting after one colour, I Have A Herring Problem, so I caved and picked that up!
OPI Skull and Glossbones, OPI Fly, Bundle Monster BM-225
OPI Fly, OPI Ate Berries In The Canaries, Essence Make It Golden
I am a massive green / turquoise / blue kind of girl so Fly from OPI’s Nicki Minaj was just calling my name. I kind of thought it might be the same as China Glaze Custom Kicks, one of my favourites, just without the gold bits, but it’s different enough that it’s clear now that I definitely needed it. At the same time I also got Skull & Glossbones. Now, I was all kinds of obsessed over the Pirates of the Caribbean collection when it came out, but thought that Skull & Glossbones was too boring, so I didn’t get it. Big mistake Rosie! Then, over the past few weeks I’ve been seeing it everywhere on the internet, looking all lovely and neutral, so of course I had to have it!
Today I present to you: Nicki Minaj, two ways. The first mani is my classy lady Nicki Minaj mani. It kind of looks like wallpaper and I love that! And of course to balance out the classy demure Nicki I had to do a crazy Nicki mani. Bright colours? Check. Out there accent nail? Check. Glitter explosion? Check.
In other news, today just happens to be my birthday and my awesome housemate Lucy surprised me with a very special nail polish, which I am sure will be featured heavily in Monday’s post. I’ll give you some hints… it’s one of the most talked about polishes of 2011 (in my humble opinion), it changes colour, it is amazing and it comes in a square bottle. I have it on my nails as I type this, and I just can’t tear my eyes away from my fingers! Have you guessed it yet????
China Glaze Custom Kicks, China Glaze Grape Pop, China Glaze Rodeo Diva, Essence You Belong To Me, Face Of Australia White Gold
A few people have been asking how I did the scaley nail on my Sparkly Mermaid Nails mani, so here’s a tutorial for it. It’s really very simple, all you need to be able to do is to make dots.
First I start with a base coat, usually using one of the colours I’ll be using for the dots. Then, starting from the tip of my nail I make a row of dots using different colours. Sometimes I put a blob of each nail polish on my desk and dip my dotter in there, other times if I don’t want to waste any polish I’ll just poke the brush of the polish with my dotter. After each dot I wipe the dotter on a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover so the colours don’t get all mixed up.
The reason I use so many different colours is that it looks better if there aren’t any dots of the same colour next to each other, and having lots of colours makes it easy to keep them all separated.
After the first row, I just keep dotting different coloured dots down the nail, overlapping them like the scales of a fish.
At the end I use the same colour as the base coat to sort of form a start off point for the scales. In my original mani I started from the bottom, instead of the top, so it was backwards to this, but you can do it either way. And finally, finish it all off with a nice top coat!
This one is a little bit messier looking because I used smaller dots but it’s the same process. So, if you can use a dotting tool and have a bit of time then you can do this mani! I hope this made sense. If you’re unclear about anything just comment and I’ll try to explain it in a better way.
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Since I popped this online I’ve seen a couple of other nail bloggers’ designs using this tutorial and they just look so amazing that I wanted to share them here, so you can all see how awesome they look and the great colour schemes and whatnot so check out getnail-d and Delaynee’s versions! Now I want to do this mani in a million different colour schemes! Thanks ladies!