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Ella + Mila Polish at Professional Beauty 2018
6 years ago

Ella + Mila Polish at Professional Beauty 2018

I visited Professional Beauty 2018 in London this week, and I was really happy to find a brand on sale that I haven’t seen in the UK before.  Ella + Mila Polish is available in Target in the US, and online, but I found it on sale from a vegan beauty retailer here too! I bought some of their shades, and used two for this easy but effective design of a glitter gradient.

Ella + Mila Polish design - left hand

The grey-blue creme and copper glitter is a lovely contrast, and I was really impressed with the Ella + Mila polish formula.

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Matte Metallic Gradient with subtle marbling base
6 years ago

Matte Metallic Gradient with subtle marbling base

Recently I went out for brunch to celebrate my upcoming birthday, and this matte metallic gradient stamping was the design I created. I went to B&H Buildings with my besties Lisa and Kim, for an amazing bottomless brunch with apple and pear mimosas.

Left hand fingers and thumb curled towards the camera on a black background with grey nails and purple-pink gradient stamped design

Super shorties with a matte metallic gradient

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Freehand Flowers and Lines for Valentine’s Day
6 years ago

Freehand Flowers and Lines for Valentine’s Day

My latest design for Maniswap Circle really takes me back to when I did loads of freehand nail art. This Freehand Flowers and Lines design inspired by Sezies Nails (Sarah) is based on a dress, and was originally created in white, pink and black. I used the Maniswap prompt colours of brown, white and red to create a beautiful Valentine’s Day design.

Freehand Flowers and Lines using Barry M, Color Club and Chanel polishes

Freehand Flowers and Lines using Barry M, Color Club and Chanel polishes

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Leaf Print nail art ready for spring
6 years ago

Leaf Print nail art ready for spring

Over Christmas I was getting really frustrated with breaking off corners and a couple of nails starting to break really low.  In a fit of pique, I cut them off really short and this is the result… I needed some nail art to remind me that spring is on the way – this Leaf Print nail art is just the thing! Read More

Stamper Fluid Nail Art and new nail shape
6 years ago

Stamper Fluid Nail Art and new nail shape

Long time no see! Many apologies for my absence, but life and a car accident got in the way of blogging for a while. I’m still loving playing with my Sinful Colors Transforming Top Coats to create Stamper Fluid Nail Art, so here’s my latest design…

Stamper Fluid Nail Art is as easy as a smoosh design!

Stamper Fluid Nail Art is as easy as a smoosh design!

 

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10 Christmas nail art ideas to try
6 years ago

10 Christmas nail art ideas to try

Now it’s December, we can really bring out the Christmas nail art ideas!  I’ve got ten different Christmas themed designs that will make your nails look awesome this holiday season… Click on each image or the link to get tips and a list of polishes and tools needed to create your own!

Christmas nail art ideas

Christmas nail art ideas

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt nail art
6 years ago

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt nail art

I’m always looking for inspiration, and I have had this MoYou London plate for ages, which has elements of Gustav Klimt’s artwork.  The Art Nouveau artist was influenced by Byzantine artwork and mosaics, and his golden phase works are most familiar to me.  I created this Klimt nail art based on the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which is one of his most famous.

Thumbnail detail of Gustav Klimt nail art design

Thumbnail detail of Gustav Klimt nail art design

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Chevron Nails and Stylist Live London
6 years ago

Chevron Nails and Stylist Live London

Last weekend I went to London for two of the three days of Stylist Live.  Unintentionally, I matched my nails to the show design at Olympia, with these Chevron Nails. I’ll share some images from the show, along with my nail art, so keep on reading and scrolling!

Stylist Live at Kensington Olympia - giant glitter logo outside the show

Stylist Live at Kensington Olympia

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Simple Fall nail art using Picture Polish Autumn
6 years ago

Simple Fall nail art using Picture Polish Autumn

A quick and easy nail art design for you this week. I’m short on time, but ready for Autumn! I think this is my favourite orange polish (out of the 20+ I own), and although I’m not quite ready for Halloween nails, I’m on board with Fall nail art.

Picture Polish Autumn with holographic stamping

Picture Polish Autumn with holographic stamping

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Fluid nail art: Sinful Colors transforming top coats
6 years ago

Fluid nail art: Sinful Colors transforming top coats

Fluid nail art is the latest trend to be adopted by nail artists.  It’s inspired by fluid art, where acrylic paint is mixed with a little silicon, before dripping or pouring it over a canvas.  The silicon helps to stop the paint from mixing, so you get little ‘cells’ of different colours appearing, and an organic forms and lines of colour from the movement of the paint.

There are a number of different techniques, using both normal polishes and some special ones.  In this case, I used the Sinful Colors transforming topcoats with regular polishes, which are designed to separate and create the cells I mentioned.  It’s definitely a more advanced nail art technique, but I found this way much less messy and less wasteful of polishes than others I’ve seen for creating fluid art. You could always limit it to one or two feature nails to make it more manageable.

Fluid nail art - left fingers

Fluid nail art – fingers

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