Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowman

Earlier this week, I showed you how to freehand some snowflake nail art. Now it's time to look at the cutest, littlest snowman!

What you'll need:
A dotting tool, a piece of foil (or plastic) and a toothpick.
You'll need a background polish (here Boy Next Door by Essence), a white polish (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors, not pictured), a red polish (Fame Fatal), an orange polish (Flashy Pumpkin) and a black polish (Black is Back). I also recommend a quick drying top coat. An optional extra is an irridescent glitter topcoat (I used Crystal Shimmer by Accesorise).

Start off with your base colour, then seal it with your quick drying top coat (as discussed on the previous post). Use a large dotting tool and your white polish to create the body of your snowman - three white dots of decreasing size bottom to top. If your nails are shorter, you can just do two dots.

Using your black polish and a toothpick, give your snowman some coal eyes and a few buttons.

Now pick up just the teenyiest amount of orange polish and draw a carrot nose.

Using your red polish, give your snowman a nice woolly scarf.

Now, you can leave your snowman as is, or - if you've still got some extra space on your nail - you can use your black polish to give him a hat. If your nails are wider, you could use a brown polish to give him some twiggy arms.

After a few minutes, add your quick dry top coat to seal in your design. If you'd like, add some sparkle to represent the falling snow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowflake

Christmas in South Africa may be far from a Winter Wonderland, but you can't deny the festive imagery that snow conjures. Snowflakes are a surprisingly easy piece of nail art that looks rather impressive! Here's how I do mine:

You need two polishes, one for the background (I'm using the newer Boy Next Door by Essence) and one for the snowflakes (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors). I also recommend a quick-drying top coat (Sally Hansen InstaDri is my all time fave). An optional extra is an iridescent glitter polish (here Crystal Shimmer by Accessorize) to add a bit of sparkle to your snow.  You'll also need a bit of foil or plastic, and a tool to work with. You can use a small dotting tool, but I'm going to show you with a toothpick.

First up, get your background colour ready (remember to use a good-quality base coat to protect your nails and extend wear time). I recommend sealing your polish with top coat now - this means that if you make a mistake with your nail art, you can quickly erase it with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover without removing the underlying colour.

Now, to get started. You're going to use your piece of foil or plastic like a disposable artist's palette. Add a small drop of your white polish. For this to work neatly, your polish mustn't be thick or gloopy. Get a little bit of polish on the end of your toothpick. If you want, first practice drawing a line on your foil to get an idea of how much polish you need to use.

Draw three intersecting lines on your nail to form your star. I like to do each snowflake in a slightly different place on the nail. Start off smaller than you would like your snowflake to be, because we'll grow it in the next step.

To turn your star into a snowflake, add a small v-shape to the end of the lines. You can also add small branches in the middle of the lines to add detail.

And it's that simple! Continue for the rest of your nails. You might need to add another small drop of polish to your foil if your existing drop starts to dry out.

 Finish off by sealing in your design with a coat of quick dry topcoat and add a thin layer of glitter if you desire :)

Come back on Fridayto see how to create the snowman on my accent nail!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Laquer

Rubybox Nailed It! Nail Lacquer in Down to Earth
Catrice Nail Lacquer in Two Million Dollar Baby

While everyone is busy going nuts for pastels this spring, I've been firmly rejecting the social construct and sticking to bolder hues. I've also been trying to work my way through my huge collection of unused polishes. Enter this gorgeous metallic brown-bronze nail polish from Rubybox. I received this polish in a Rubybox earlier this year but somehow it escaped my notice until recently. The pigmentation in the polish is amazing - a true one-coater! The polish applied smoothly and streak-free, although I wasn't a fan of the skinny brush (I made quite a bit more messy applying my polish than I normally do - I chose to take a photo pre-cleanup to show you what I'm talking about). This metallic shade was just calling out for a little bit of silver and gold glitter, so I added one thin coat of Two Million Dollar Baby by Catrice over the top before sealing with top coat.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my first experience with Rubybox's Nail Lacquers and will be keeping an eye on them in the future.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NOTD: Be Bold!

essence be loud "not punk nor funk" over Sally Hansen "Scarlet Fever" (pre cleanup because I'm lazy and forgot to do clean up)

Ok, you guys probably know by now that I'm a sucker for glitter nail polish toppers (for example, exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c...). They're a fun way to add a little something extra to your nails with practically zero extra effort. So when I saw a glitter topper in the Essence "Be Loud" collection, I couldn't help grabbing it. I used one thin coat over my base colour as this polish is packed with glitter pieces: rose microglitter, hexagonal glitter in gold, black and iridescent, plus silver bar glitter. I like this look but would like to try it over other colours, maybe black or white? The only thing I didn't like about this glitter topper is that those silver bars had a tendency to lift out of the polish, creating rough ends.
As for the base shade, I got this Sally Hansen polish at the Rubybox Beauty Night Out. It's my first time trying a normal polish from Sally Hansen (although I love the InstaDri Top Coat) and I quite like the formula. This polish was almost a one-coater, beautiful pigmentation. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. I did experience a teeny bit of staining, but nothing too bad.