10.19.2014

Halloween NOTD - Frankenstein Nails!

Hullo there lovely readers! Hope you're all experiencing a better weekend than moi at the moment! What started off with a delightfully shortened week & spending a fun coupla days in London with a friend ended with yours truly contracting some sort of food poisoning thus spending these past two days bed ridden & recovering...no fun! However remedies of chicken soup, Disney movies (& plenty of drugs!) should have me back up & running in no time :)

Time for another Halloween mani my dears! I love this time of year so much as it gets the fun creative juices flowing plus it also allows me to get some good usage from those particular shades that to be honest with you, I wouldn't normally reach for, which is definitely the case with today’s mani...Frankenstein Nails!


Like I said, this particular shade of green is most definitely one of those 'out of my comfort zone' shades  however come Halloween time it couldn't be more perfect! These went down particularly well with the work colleagues I was even asked to do theirs! :)


The vibrant green base that starts off these Frankenstein print nails is courtesy of *Bad Apples Green Bramley polish, most definitely a bright eye catching limey green! I applied two coats, formula was lovely to work with smooth application.


Next I used this lovely dark green crème polish from Colour Club with a nail art brush to apply a triangular shaped patch to the tips.


Me being me I couldn't resist a spot of glitter & so applied some Orly's Monster Mash over the green to jazz it up, which is from their Halloween collection a few years back so I couldn't not use it! Monster Mash is a stunningly unique mixture of green, gold & holographic bar, hex & micro glitters, insanely gorgeous!


I then used a nail art brush & some black polish to create the Frankenstein-esque stitches along each nail to complete the design.


Finish with a thick coat of topcoat of course & you're done! :) Hope you liked the Frankenstein inspired mani dolls! Thanks for reading as always!

Lotsa love to ya!

Disclaimer - * products featured were sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)

10.11.2014

Halloween NOTD - The Nightmare Before Christmas...

Greetings darling ones! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Finding myself fully getting into the swing of all things Halloween with another mani to share with you today! For this manicure I took inspiration from a film by one of my favourite directors Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. I absolutely love watching his dark Gothic creations & this one is a definite favourite! I also love how you can watch it at both Halloween AND Xmas...WIN.


Went for a Jack Skellington vibe obviously with the black and white pinstripes there & of course his wee face as an accent, even though the resemblance isn't exactly as strong as I'd hoped but hey ho, I'm no arteeest haha! And I couldn't resist a little blood again, tis for Halloween after all!


I started with painting all nails with two coats of NYC Pinstripe White. To add a bit of depth I applied a coat of glitter topcoat by 17 on top of the white.

I then used Models Own nail art pen in black to add 3-4 straight lines to every nail except the ring finger. On this I just used my nail art brush & some black polish to draw on Jacks grinning handsome face.


Blood drips look great on any end of the nail, here I decided to do my blood drips from the cuticles to kinda give the impression of bleeding from the skin...nice. I used a dotting tool & Nails Inc St James, a vibrant red perfect for blood to create the drips.


I couldn't help myself from adding a bit of sparkle so applied some red glitter in the form of Nails Inc Trafalgar Square to jazz up that blood :)


Finish with topcoat to really make that glitter twinkle & The Nightmare Before Christmas mani is done! Hope you liked dolls. The midi ring is from Topshop FYI. Thanks for stopping by!

Lotsa love to ya!


10.04.2014

Halloween NOTD - Chanel Dripping Blood Nails...

Hello there lovely readers! So October is here at last in all its glory goodness which means one thing in my book...Halloween manicures! Amongst other stuff sure but yeah...its all about the Halloween nail funness to be had...until Xmas arrives that is! You can check out the Halloween manis I did last year HERE.

I thought for my first Halloween themed mani I'd go down the dripping blood route which is always fun...with a slight twist using an image I remember seeing on Instagram yonks ago using the Chanel symbol. So here we have some Chanel-esque dripping blood nails...


So my loves it turns out that free handing two backwards C's is actually pretty darn hard didn't ya know? So hopefully you can at least figure out that it was the Chanel symbol I was attempting here haha!


First up let me mention this absolutely scrummy nude base colour for my mani, Nina Ultro Pro in Rum & Reggae. I found this brand in Sally’s recently, on sale for just a few squids & there’s nothing I love more than trying a new brand of polish! And this does not disappoint, smooth formula, great brush & perfect application in two coats in the loveliest creamy beige I think it may be my new favourite nude!


I then grabbed a nail art brush & used OPI's I Sing In Color from the LE Gwen Stefani range. This also happens to be another bargain sale buy from Sally's. Whenever I pass one I always pop in to visit the sale section to hunt down any prettys! I Sing In Color is a stunning vampy red black brown gloss, perfect for blood tones...


After (rather abysmally) drawing my Chanel C's I then just used a dotting tool & some more of the OPI & added on 3 drips to each nails plus a few extra blood droplets.


Finish with a coat of topcoat for shine. I definitely need to practice my free handing C's but overall I'm still pretty chuffed! Can't wait to roll out some more Halloween manis! Will you be going all ghoulish on your nails? Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


9.25.2014

NOTD - Owl Nails!

Hullo there chums, hows tricks? Almost the end of the week huzzah! And it will be the first weekend this month where I shan't be working, double huzzah!

Another cheerful mani today dears, is it strange that I like to use my nails as therapy? Don't get me wrong, I go down the normal route of stuffing my face silly with sweet foodstuffs when one needs an uplifting boost but I do enjoy putting something jolly on my nails to make me smile which these did, so without further ad(H)oooo...Owl Nails! *sorry*


Do you like? Cute right? And not just any owls, here we have some psychedelic funky purple owls! With a bit of glitter thrown in too, oh yus. There's always room for glitter in my world.


To create the owl shape I simply used those round hole punch reinforcement stickers you find in stationary shops, applied on the cuticle end of the nail leaving about three quarters of the nail bare. They make great guides & I love using them for these kind of manis.


I then applied one coat of Seventeen Supreme Shine polish in Wicked, a lovely deep purple satin polish.


On top of that I went in with a beautiful purple glitter polish Be A Star, from the Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! range. I've mentioned before how awesome Miss Sporty polishes are, I urge you to try them! I then removed the reinforcement stickers while the polish was still wet.


Then for my little owls bellies I used a pretty lilac crème from Cynthia Rowley that alas has no name...so lilac crème it must be! Onto the bellies I added a few more dots for feathers using the Seventeen Wicked.


For final details I went in with my trusty dotting tool & a yellow & black polish for those big owl eyes before adding an orange tear-drop rhinestone for the beaks. Finish with a thick coat of topcoat to seal & finito! What a hoot! (okay I'll stop now)

Thanks for reading as always lovelies!

Lotsa love to ya!