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AEngland Captive Goddess swatch
2 months ago

AEngland Captive Goddess swatch

When you are short on time but still want to look polished, grab one bottle of gorgeous polish and get painting!  I didn’t need to add any embellishments or nail art, so have a look at my AEngland Captive Goddess swatch – with some beautiful macro photos as well.

Holographic sparkle from AEngland Captive Goddess

Holographic sparkle from AEngland Captive Goddess

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Fluid nail art: Sinful Colors transforming top coats
3 months 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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Amethyst Crystal Nail Art Smoosh Technique
8 months ago

Amethyst Crystal Nail Art Smoosh Technique

In a very exciting departure, I’m writing about nail art that isn’t green!! I’ve been on a bit of a theme lately, so here’s something different.  Along with opal nails, trying to recreate nails that look like semi-precious stones has been a challenge. This Amethyst Crystal Nail Art uses a smooshing technique which worked really well to create the layers and stripes you see in this type of stone.

Amethyst Crystal Nail Art left hand

Amethyst Crystal Nail Art left hand

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Halloween Nail Art Orange and Black Splatter
1 year ago

Halloween Nail Art Orange and Black Splatter

After my brief sojourn back to summer with my Miami-themed Sunset Palms design, I’m into the Halloween designs now. This is actually a #maniswapcircle design, reproduced in orange and black for the season. If you’d like some unique Halloween Nail Art, these are perfect.  Read More

Frank Stella nail art Monochrome Lines
1 year ago

Frank Stella nail art Monochrome Lines

Fabiana set this art-inspired challenge on NailArtNation this week, and she definitely had me in mind! His artwork is a mixture of colour and monochrome pieces, and I loved the monochrome line work, which had an almost op-art quality about it. I’d like to present my Frank Stella nail art!

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Maniswap Circle in Lilac
1 year ago

Maniswap Circle in Lilac

The fortnightly challenge is run by Angela and Natasha on Instagram. This time I was recreating Andrea’s plaid design. I know she didn’t like it that much, but the fox is so cute! It was based on a Kate Spade design, and I think it is perfect for Maniswap Circle in Lilac. Read More

Drag Marble nail art
1 year ago

Drag Marble nail art

The challenge on Nail Art Nation this week is here! I’ve tried this technique just once before, so I decided to keep it simple with some monochrome Drag Marble nail art. Read More

Picture Polish Merge
1 year ago

Picture Polish Merge

I am a bit of a sucker for Picture Polish shades, and this is one I bought earlier this year.  Picture Polish Merge is a beige creme with scatter holo particles.  That means all the individual pieces make their own rainbow, rather than one big one across the nail.  I started with a swatch, then added some nail art (of course) and then had to go a bit crazy with the hand positions to capture the art!

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Bracelet Nails
1 year ago

Bracelet Nails

I’ve seen photos of this design a few times and I think Bracelet Nails are going to be the next big trend in nail art. It involves a sheer or nude base, with thin, roughly horizontal lines near the tip, loaded with nail jewellery like a charm bracelet. This is my take on it! Read More

Cirque Hustle Swatch
1 year ago

Cirque Hustle Swatch

I made the most of Cirque’s anniversary sale recently, and invested in a few polishes I’d been lusting after. Cirque Hustle is one of those, and I have a little nail art after the swatch. Read More