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Fire Obsidian nail art 
2 weeks 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

Fire Obsidian nail art macro

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Picture Polish Orchid perfect summer polish
2 weeks ago

Picture Polish Orchid perfect summer polish

It’s finally warm in the UK, spring is giving way to summer, apart from the past couple of days which were more like November! My summer dresses are out, and I want some bright, pretty nails to go with them! I had my eyes on plenty of summer polishes in yesterday’s best of nail polish post, so Picture Polish Orchid is perfect for right now.

Picture Polish Orchid swatch

Picture Polish Orchid swatch

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3 secrets nail artists know make their manicures awesome
3 weeks ago

3 secrets nail artists know make their manicures awesome

There are a few tips and tricks that nail artists like me have to make our manicures look amazing. I want to share the 3 secrets nail artists know, because they are really easy and will make such a difference to your designs.

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Rose Gold nail polish nail art stamping 
3 weeks ago

Rose Gold nail polish nail art stamping 

This design was a recent contribution to the Maniswap Circle challenge, where I recreate another nail artist’s work in a different colour. This month I worked on a design from Donna, using Rose Gold nail polish.

Rose Gold nail polish Cirque Halcyon

Rose Gold nail polish Cirque Halcyon

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Easy nail art matte navy blue stamped silver
3 weeks 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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Worker Bee nail art for Manchester stamping decals
4 weeks ago

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester stamping decals

The events in Manchester last week really shocked me. The audience for an Ariana Grande concert are young people and children, their parents, so it felt particularly callous to me.  It’s part of my job to react and deal publicly with these sort of things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a serving police officer or anything, but I did spend the whole day working on reacting professionally to the bombing, so when I got home all the emotions got to me at once.   I decided to add a Worker Bee for Manchester to my nails, to show my respect and support in my own way.

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester

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Glitter Mermaid Tail Nail Art Mint Green
2 months ago

Glitter Mermaid Tail Nail Art Mint Green

Yes, I know this is another green manicure. I’ve honestly been trying to do something different, but this isn’t really my fault. This Mermaid Tail Nail Art is part of this month’s Maniswap challenge, and the prompt was mint green.

I based it on a design from Jane, who is known as Foxxy Nails on Instagram and has a YouTube channel too.

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Danger High Voltage Electric Nail Art with Superchic Lacquer Pheromone
2 months ago

Danger High Voltage Electric Nail Art with Superchic Lacquer Pheromone

Superchic Lacquer is a new brand to Rainbow Connection (where Annette helpfully enables my polish addiction) and Pheromone is a stand out colour for me. It’s a very bright, chartreuse-leaning yellow holographic.   I decided to create some Electric Nail Art to match the bright colour.

Electric Nail Art - Superchic Lacquer Pheromone

Electric Nail Art – Superchic Lacquer Pheromone

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Gradient Stamping Spring Celtic Knot Design
2 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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White Marble nail art stamping cheat
7 months ago

White Marble nail art stamping cheat

I definitely see marble backgrounds everywhere on social media, it seems to be the default for flatlays and beauty bloggers.  After seeing Jamie of Tanned Beauty Addict, who showed off her great marble nails on Instagram, I wanted to try White Marble nail art for myself!

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