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10 Christmas nail art ideas to try
2 weeks 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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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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White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle
3 months ago

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

It’s time to reveal what nearly 200 nail artists have been working on for our Maniswap Circle! This month we’ve focused on white and blue nail art designs in memory of Liam Kowal again. As a result, all our designs are blue and white, and some include a ribbon too.

This time I was recreating the work of Meredith from Merely Nails. I chose a stamped geometric pattern, which left me space to add a freehand ribbon.

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

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Fire Obsidian nail art 
6 months ago

Fire Obsidian nail art 

As part of my series inspired by semi-precious stones, I've been looking around for my next project. The photo (scroll down) really caught my eye, so I'm trying this Fire Obsidian nail art. It's an experiment in progress so I think I'll be coming back and trying this again.

Fire Obsidian nail art macro

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Easy nail art matte navy blue stamped silver
7 months ago

Easy nail art matte navy blue stamped silver

Since I’ve been doing a lot of green nail art lately, I needed some outside colour inspiration. One of my Instagram friends Tanya suggested navy blue, one of her favourite colours.  For some quick and easy nail art matte navy blue is really chic, and very work appropriate.

Macro of easy nail art matte navy blue

Macro of easy nail art matte navy blue

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Purple Mojave Turquoise water spotted nail art
7 months ago

Purple Mojave Turquoise water spotted nail art

I had been feeling like I’d really lost my inspiration and motivation lately. After joining in on a Bloggeration Chat on Sunday morning I had a look through my Pinterest board, and found some Purple Mojave Turquoise that I found really beautiful. I put my mind to recreating it as nail art, and I’m so happy with the results.

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Gradient Stamping Spring Celtic Knot Design
8 months ago

Gradient Stamping Spring Celtic Knot Design

I feel like I’ve really lost my nail art mojo lately. My full-time job is taking a lot out of me at the moment and I think there’s no space left for creativity.  Or energy left at the end of the day. I came up with this gradient stamping design because I wanted something with a little more interest than a straightforward stamped mani, which has kind of been my default lately.

It’s still quite simple and quick, and the gold flakes in the base colour show through delightfully.

Teal to lime gradient stamping

Teal to lime gradient stamping

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Swatch: FUN Lacquer Shana with Rainbow Connection
11 months ago

Swatch: FUN Lacquer Shana with Rainbow Connection

Hi everyone!  I’m guest posting on Secretary’s Nail Art today, with a swatch of FUN Lacquer Shana. This is a beautiful polish from a collaboration between FUN Lacquer and Rainbow Connection.

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Picture Polish 2001 blue grey scattered holo
11 months ago

Picture Polish 2001 blue grey scattered holo

I’ve really been into my galaxy-themed swatches recently, and here’s another.  Based on 2001: A Space Odyssey, this collaboration from The Nailista Shop is lovely.  Picture Polish 2001 is a grey-blue scattered holo definitely reminds me of a far away place.

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