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Silver Pink Half Moon Nails Mini-Tutorial

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For my summer ball last week I did these nails. Honestly, my dress was a strange coral pink so it didn’t really match, but they looked cool nonetheless. Both colours are so shiny it looks a bit space age to me. The half moon shape looks really modern and interesting.

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To create this look I used these three nail polishes in this order. A clear coat to start, then the silver base. Next I stuck paper hole reinforcers over the bottom of my nail (to create the half moon shape) and painted over my nails with the pink coat. Then I peeled off the hole reinforcers (carefully and before the top coat fully dried) leaving me with this pattern.

I really like all three of these nail polishes actually. The two colours are really pretty and shiny, and the base coat dried quickly. The shape was really easy to create too.

*~*Hope you liked my mini tutorial*~*

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More Barry M Magnetic Nail polish!

I only intended to get an eye pencil sharpener… but I saw these on the shelf and I couldn’t resist! I just love the magnetic effect, it adds a lot of depth to the nails and just looks awesome. You can read my review on the Neptune Sea one I had before here.

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I made sure that the ones I got had a different magnet shape so I could make more effects! The shades I got were Dark Silver (left) and Violet (right). The names seem a lot less imaginative than my Neptune Sea one, but still pretty colours nonetheless.

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I used the wavy lines magnet for the effect (I thought it might look a bit like scales.) For some reason it seemed more difficult with both these colours to make the pattern show up. I usually wipe excess polish on the side of the bottle, but the pattern seemed to work much better when I didn’t do that, maybe that affected the distribution of magnetic particles.

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As a result, painting them was quite messy. They are definitely not done at all neatly! But I still love the polish. It is very 3D looking because of the magnets effect. I used the dark silver for all my nails except my ring finger, where I used violet.Both the colours are really pretty and I would definitely get them again. I especially like the violet.

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(The pattern didn’t show up as well without flash. It has to catch the light well to be obvious.)

I don’t think the violet and dark silver colours go well with each other, in future I wouldn’t mix them. But as separate colours I think they are both beautiful and I would definitely recommend them. Just be sure to clean up your nails with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover after you’ve painted them!

*~*Have you tried any of this range?*~*

Strawberry Nail Tutorial

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These nails are so fun and perfect for summer. They’re surprisingly simple too. Here is my tutorial on how to achieve this nail look.

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First start with a red base.

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Next, Use a green polish to draw several little triangles on the tip of the nail that look like the leafy top of a strawberry.

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Draw on some little white dots to look like pips. You can use a nail pen or a cocktail stick to make the dots smaller.

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See how they look like strawberries? After this I cleaned up the edges using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover.

Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial! If you do try this look out I hope it works out well for you, I’ve got lots of compliments on these. Plus I feel so much happier having a summery look on my nails.

*~*Are you looking forward to summer too?*~*

Cherry Blossom Nail Tutorial

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Firstly, I would like to apologise for my absence from blogging the last week and a bit, I have been so busy! But I am back with a nail tutorial for you! This is the first time I have tried these, I was feeling inspired by all the beautiful pictures I have seen on twitter recently of the cherry blossom trees. They turned out ok, but I think next time I would use paler colours and have many more petals and fewer full flowers.

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Do a base colour of a sky blue, if you feel like it you could add clouds but I was worried that this would hide the detail of the cherry blossoms.

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Do black outlines of petals and full flowers. I made the petals a little heart shaped instead of just tear drop shape so they look more interesting, and to me this looks more cherry blossom like. In future I would try to make the petals more full and round, and also more curved looking too.

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Fill in the outline in a light pink, then while it was still dry I did white highlights and attempted to blend them in. All my highlights face the top of my nail, so the shading is consistent looking.

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To finish, I dabbed some yellow and orange dots in the middle of the full flowers, they blended together into a large multi-tonal circle instead of separate dots but I still think it looks quite nice :)I then cleaned up the edges using nail polish remover.

*~*Hope you have enjoyed this nail tutorial! Good Luck*~*

St. Patricks Day Nail Tutorial

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It’s St Patricks Day tomorrow, So here is how to do some Irish themed Nails. I was going to post this tomorrow, but then I thought that all of you celebrating will probably be too drunk for nail art by then πŸ˜‰

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Start with a Green Base.

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You will need rainbow colours πŸ™‚ I don’t have a green here because I am just going to use the base for the green part of the rainbow.

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Draw a line with the red that kind of joins to your other nails in a rainbow arch shape. Repeat with all the others colours until you have a full rainbow πŸ™‚

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Using black, draw on the outline of your pot of gold.

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I did an orange background first for the gold. Then I added on yellow dots. Makes it look more like coins.

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On the thumb I drew a clover. This one is four leafed to make it lucky πŸ˜‰ I did a black outline and then used a smudge of yellow in the center of each leaf to give it more depth.

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I did the same on every nail on the other hand. Because the rainbow was enough of a struggle right-handed πŸ˜› Plus it does look more interesting have both hands different. Some are 3 leaf and some are 4 leaf.

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Here is the finished Rainbow with the Pot of Gold at the end πŸ™‚

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And you’re done! Irish themed nails ready for the day of green stuff and drinking that awaits!

*~*Hope you have a wonderful St Patricks Day everyone!*~*

Panda Nail Tutorial

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Here is a tutorial on how to do some of my favourite nail art, Pandas. They’re really simple to do and I usually get a lot of compliments on them too!

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I use nail art pens by Rio now. I got mine from Argos, but I imagine they will be on eBay/Amazon. They make nail art a whole lot easier, plus the polish itself is good quality. This look is also possible without nail pens, just use the brush provided and cocktail sticks for the eye dots (and possibly nose.) I have done it by this method before, but I just find nail pens so much easier and stress-free.

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First I like to draw the outline of the head in white. I tend to use dots rather than a line as it’s easier to get the correct shape. You’re aiming for a vague semi-circle/oval shape here. You don’t have to be too pernickety with it, it always seems to work out fine. If you are not using nail pens you will likely find it easier to just skip this step and just draw the oval shape on and fill it in in one.

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Next you fill in the face shape. This is the base for the pandas head. You will want to wait for it to dry before doing the next step, or it will smudge everywhere.

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The next stage is to draw on 4 black circles to each nail. I try to square of the head end of the ear circles to make them more ear-shaped, but it doesn’t matter if they are circle either. Don’t stress yourself out too much doing this. The eye circles don’t even have to be circle or symmetrical, they’re just fur markings so they could really be any shape. If you are not using nail pens then just do a small blob of polish for these circles.

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I usually use black for the nose too, but this time I used pink to give it a bit more colour. Red would work too. You’ll want to try to make it a bit triangley or nose shaped. I usually do a line with a dot underneath to make the kitten nose shape. Sometimes they blend into triangles or blobs, but they look fine too. I think using pink does make the nail look a bit more interesting. If you aren’t using nail pens, then you will probably need a cocktail stick to do this, unless you are very steady with your hands and have a fine brush.

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Finally do small white dots inside the black eye circles, this will finish off the pandas eyes. Try to make them roughly central so the panda doesn’t look cross-eyed. Now you are done! I use this design quite often as it’s one of my favourites plus cute animals :3 And who doesn’t love pandas?

*~*Hope you love your panda nails!*~*

Peek-A-Boo Hoop Nail Tutorial!

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After getting slightly bored of my plain colour pink and silver nails, I decided to create a hoop effect on them. Here is a tutorial for any of you who want the same look.Image

For this look you will need:

  • An already dry base colour.
  • A Top colour (Preferably dark or thick polish so it can cover the last colour)
  • Stick-On Hole Reinforcer Hoops (These are really cheap at most stationary shops)

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Stick on the Hole Reinforcers over the dried base colour. You can have one or more on each nail in any placement you want. All depends on the look you want to create.

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Next Paint over the whole of the nail, being careful not to miss any. It doesn’t matter if it’s messy, you can remove polish that missed your nail afterwards.

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Finally, peel of the hole Reinforcers, I used tweezers because it was easy. Try to be quite gentle but firm. I was too rough on one of my nails and some of the base colour came off! 😦 If your polish is runny, wait for it to dry a little before peeling them off, but also be careful it doesn’t dry too much or you risk ruining the clear outline by peeling off too much. Once it has dried you can remove any excess polish with a Cotton Bud dipped in nail varnish remover.

*~*Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial!*~*