It’s Mani Monday time!
This week I’ve gone for an ombre nail – but in its simplest terms – using five shades, one on each finger from dark to light.
I used Avon Nailwear Pro+ in P605, LOOK Nail Pop in Prom, Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink, LOOK Nail Pop in Ribbon, and Tesco All About Nails in Honey Pink.
And here are the results – a little bit different but I’m quite taken with the look:
Will you be trying the simple ombre mani?
– love Stef x
Welcome to Mani Monday #26, or technically, my Mani Monday #1 – having a job which saw me typing on a keyboard for nine hours a day, five days a week, meant my nails were rarely in a good enough condition to participate in our weekly feature.
But, one redundancy later (more on that bombshell to come), my claws are finally in shape and have had a little glitzy makeover which I thought I’d share.
Now, I am not a nail art expert – in fact, although I own enough nail varnishes to put Models Own out of business, I rarely do anything too fussy or fancy.
This mani took about ten minutes and consisted of three varnishes – Avon Nailwear Pro+ in shade P605 (not the catchiest of names), Models Own Magenta Divine and Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Clear.
Starting with the P605, which is a bright, punchy fuchsia as its snappy name suggests, I painted two coats (with drying time in between, obvs) before adding a thin layer of the Models Own glitter.
The clear varnish was then used to seal the deal, and et voila – a very simple, very glitzy mani.
Not bad for a first go, ay?
– love Stef x
A close friend of mine walked down the aisle last week and tied the knot with her long-term boyfriend. After a week of hunting down the right dress for the occasion, I needed nails to match.
Honestly, finding the right dress is a blog in itself; I didn’t want to wear black or white, but something pretty enough for an evening do, so I went for a yellow dress with a cream pattern and a peter pan collar. Now all I needed was a matching manicure taking full inspiration from my outfit.
The yellow nail paint is quite thin and requires a lot of layers, so the trick is to use a white base coat.
I still had to do two layers of the yellow for even coverage, but the white base coat helped show off the colour and lighten it up at the same time.
For my nails to really pop, I used a nail stamp to add a lovely flower design. The design is actually only four flowers so I had to repeat the stamp on each nail about three times. To finish, I used my favourite matt top coat.
I was really please with the way my nails looked.
– love Clare x
At the beginning of the year there was a big push for textured nail polish – everything from matte nails to sugar coated. Naturally, my interest was piqued but particularly by feather effect polish.
The first feather effect polish I saw was Nails Inc On The Money Feather Effect polish – which made me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night – what else could make my nails look like that?
Unfortunately, I never did buy it. However, a few weeks ago I walked into my local Boots and came across Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat. I couldn’t leave without it.
What do I think now? I should have brought Nails Inc.
Firstly, it’s like a glitter polish when applying… It takes some time and thinking to have an even distribution.
Secondly, it sort of melts the base coat, which means it takes time to dry. If you smudge it you can’t save it. You can see from the pics why you need to let it dry completely.
In saying all this, I do love the texture and it’s a great style to use either to highlight one nail, or you can do all nails for a bold look (I recommend 2-3 coats).
I don’t see Van Gogh though, and that’s really where my disappointment stems from.
Have you had much luck with this polish, or can you suggest a better one?
– love Clare x
After the release of Maleficient, I couldn’t help but go for a Disney-esque theme.
Like most girls, I love Disney. That and my serious girl-crush on Angelina Jolie (sorry Jen!) meant that when I first heard about Maleficient, the fan girl in me cried with joy.
I should, therefore, have created Aurora and a slanted dripping cake. However, I have been holding on to Models Own Blue Moon nail polish for a chance to paint a mermaid theme, so I went with Ariel instead.
Using a fine paint brush (not actually designed for nails) with a fairly shaky hand, I painted a scale print in a metallic grey on top. To make Ariel pop, I found a jazzy looking red for her hair and a light coral for her skin. A star jewel would be perfect for the starfish she wears in her hair, but I don’t have any.
Finally, If you haven’t already, go see the movie and revel in all the childhood nostalgia!
– love Clare x
*EDITOR’S NOTE: This does not reflect the opinion of the editors, and we are in fact still waiting for Brad to come to his senses.*
This weeks Mani Monday will cost you 50p – that’s right ladies, I hit Primark again, and this had to happen.
Forget nail foils, they take too long, scratch off quite easily (in my experience) and lose the shine after a day. These bad boys, however, keep it strong and don’t look as tacky as you may think.
Okay, so they’re not suitable for work, but they are very cool on a night out, especially if you’re wearing pink or coral tones.
Give them a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
– love Carla x
Welcome to another Mani Monday!
I’m still resisting the blue and trying to get into the summer mood with this subtle free-hand design. I’m also giving you a glimpse at my right hand!
Everyone asks me about how I paint with my left hand… Well here you can clearly see I can’t! Credit for trying and from a distance its not so bad.
Painting a simple colour is easy enough, just take your time and keep that trusty toothpick nearby to pick out the finer details like I have here.
A steady hand really is key but of course as with everything – practice, practice, practice. Take your time and don’t worry if you make a mistake!
If it’s really bad just start again, it’s not like a tattoo…
– love Clare x