Today’s nails: if there’s no rainbow in the sky, paint them on instead!

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So I was behind a bit on nail designs lately…what’s better to catch up than just using 5 different colours?

This design is so Nail Dummy proof, all you need is enough bold shades of polish and, if you’d follow exactly what I did, a couple of cute starry studs.

I chose mostly cheaper colours – all together this costs less than one bottle of fancy polish, which means you have no excuse for not buying them!

The blue is a favourite of mine, Sinful Colors’ Sinful Shine ‘Endless Blue’. Next up, the yellow by Essence, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. My middle fingers are painted with Catrice ‘I’m not a greenager’. Followed by the cheapest but arguably the best colour red, Wet ‘n’ Wild ‘I red a good book’. Last but certainly not least, the orange. It’s by an awesome natural polish brand called Piggy Paint. Not only non-toxic and kid friendly, it’s also just great stuff to paint on! It’s targeted towards mothers to get for their young girls, which is great but I’m still 12 inside so I can use it as well 😉 The orange I used here’s called ‘Mac-n-cheese please’.

To finish it off, I stuck on the starry studs completely random while the polish was still wet, to make it ultra playful. Some top coat over it, and done are these happy hands! 🙂

Quick weekend red and yellow leopard

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Hello ladies and a couple of gents, I’m home at last for a full 8 weeks, so I’ll have more time to blog again! This week I was working in Madrid, Spain which inspired me to do something in their flag colours red and yellow, and being busy as I was that quickly turned into a leopard design.

I’ve done a couple of other leopard prints on this blog so it’s not very new and original, however it’s still very on trend and I love the design, regardless of the colour combo used.

For this particular design I took Barry M’m Gelish in red, did 2 coats of that and let dry. Next, I took a black nail art pen (mine’s from Claire’s) to draw the leopard ‘C’ shapes and occasional dot and stripe. Make sure you get a real nail pain and not just nail art polish with a long thin brush – I find it LOADS easier to really draw it on.

Once the stripes are dry, I coloured in the spots with Hello Kitty ‘Banana Cream’, quite spot on name for this creamy yellow. I admit to having bought this just because I thought the bottle was cute, but this colour actually is really nice.

As last step, but not least important considering I used a nail art pen for this design, I sealed it in with a generous coat of Seche Vite top coat (you can use any other fast drying top coat as well). I almost patted it on to avoid smudging.

Happy rest of your weekend!

Red, red wine…on my nails

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I’m still a little jetlagged, so today no new nails just yet, but a recent design I hadn’t shared due to my heavy travel schedule…

Anyways, I had a bottle of Nails Inc. ‘Victoria’ lying around for a while already, and although they call it one of their ‘hero shades’, I hadn’t yet decided what could be hero of wine red; yes I love wine, but wasn’t this particular shade of red most popular as a hair colour in the late ’90’s?

But I bought it, so I promised myself to try it out. And so I did, for an evening out – I figured this would be the best occasion for it. Did it very simple, just 2 coats, shiny top coat and a little gold stud on one nail per hand…and decided I loved it. I shouldn’t have doubted the hero status of this colour, it’s so classy it rocks!

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And how good does it look clutching a little glass of red (disclaimer: from 16 in Holland, 18 in most of other European countries, 19 in Canada and 21 in the States, if younger grab some grape juice 😉 ;-))

Off to waking up a little more again!

Today’s nails: playing around with reds

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Soooooo the husband’s out of town, I’m home alone eating a microwave meal, thinking of what to do…oh what the heck, let’s just practice some different nail art techniques!

I couldn’t decide what to do, so I first chose 2 base colours: Catrice ‘Bloody Mary to Go’, a nice deep red, and Catrice ‘Papa don’t Peach’ – indeed, a bright peach colour. Continue reading

Red-dy for the weekend!

OPI Animal-istic

Sometimes, I like a colour so much on its own that I’ll just go back to basics and have some classy classic nails. OPI’s Animal-istic is such a colour. I found it by chance at my local make up store as unfortunately, this shade is no longer being made (it was part of the 2011 Muppets collection). Depending on the light it’s sometimes a deep red, sometimes a coral, with just a hint of glitter. Perhaps there’s something out there that looks like it!

Actually I’d like to ask you a question: how do you like your nails? Basic 1 colour, basic but several colours, light nail art or complete works of art?