Nail Of The Day – Galaxy Nails / Nail Art Challenge #19 Galaxies

galaxy nailsHi there! The 31 Days Nail Art Challenge is challenging in many ways. I’m not good with ‘real’ nail art and I prefer stamping and foils (and I can’t draw anything).

And there are so many awesome designs I never even dared to try. Today’s mani falls into the second category, but I did it now!

And as you can see from the title of this post, this many is my attempt at Galaxy Nails (Nail Art Challenge #19).

I painted my nails with NYC In A Minute 001 Evil (black base, two coats). And then I started to apply different nail colours with (a small piece of) a make-up sponge.

I used several colours: MUA Whitewash (white), P2 Color Victim 240 Joyful (yellow), Astor Fashion Studio 085 (pink), a nameless Boots 17 mini polish (purple) and MakeUp Revolution True Blue (light blue). I then used MUA Whitewash to apply a few ‘stars’ (well, dots!).

I think this mani turned out alright for a first attempt. But I’ve also realised that there are a few things I could do better next time. First of all, if I’m sponging on polish all-over my nails, I don’t need a black base. Secondly, if I want the base colour to show, I need a smaller piece of sponge to apply the different colour polishes, and I need to be less generous with those colour polishes!

I also think I should try a glitter topper (mini glitter, not chunky glitter) and I need to use a smaller dotting tool to apply the ‘stars’. So yeah, I will definitely do galaxy nails again! 🙂 What do you think? Feel free to get in touch. And thanks for reading!

Nail Of The Day – Blood Spatter Nails / Nail Art Challenge #24 Inspired By A Book

blood spatter nailsHi there! Today’s post is about another mani that’s suitable for Halloween – and for every Dexter fan out there. It’s the ultimate quick and easy blood spatter mani.

I’ve done this mani before, but I love it so much that I’m sporting it at least once every couple of months. And today I’m entering it into my lifetime 31 Days Nail Art Challenge as entry #24 Inspired By A Book. The book would be ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’.

I painted my nails with Essence The Gel Polish 33 Wild White Days (2 coats). I love and hate this polish. In terms of coverage it’s the best white polish I’ve ever had. But it’s very goopy and a nightmare to work with. And polish thinner doesn’t help at all! 😦

Anyway, I did the actual blood spatter with the help of the wonderful Rimmel 60 Seconds 320 Rapid Ruby – and a toothpick. Yes, I applied the red polish with a toothpick. It sounds easy, and it is easy. And trust me, you can’t do anything wrong because, obviously, the mani is supposed to look messy.

How do you like this mani? Have you chosen your Halloween mani already? Please feel free to let me know in the comments. And if you’re doing blood spatter nails, please let me know, I would love to have a look! And thanks for reading!

Nail Of The Day – Watercolours & Stamping Featuring Rimmel, Revlon, NYC and more

uploadHi there! Today I want to show you the cute mani I did the other day. I wasn’t sure if it would work out, but I really liked it. And the best thing is that it was really easy to do!

I used NYC In A Minute 019 Perfect Day (light grey, two coats) as my base colour.

Then I chose four colours as my watercolours:
Rimmel French White Tip Pro 110 French White (white),
Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish 406 Cute As A Kitten Heel (yellow),
Revlon Colorstay 110 Marmalade (orange),
Fearne Minty Maggie (mint green).

And then I sponged on the watercolours. It’s exactly this: I dabbed on the colours randomly – with a make-up sponge. It’s really easy. You can’t get it wrong.

The last step was stamping on the butterflies. I used images from six different stamping plates. One of those plates was Pueen 39 from Pueen’s Love Elements collection. All the other plates were unbranded ones. The black polish I used to stamp on the images was Revlon Colorstay 270 Stiletto.

Please feel free to tell me what you think of this mani. And thanks for stopping by.

Nail Of The Day – Blood Spatter Nails

Blood Spatter Hi there! Last week I told you that I’m trialling potential Halloween manis, so here’s candidate number two.

I painted my nails with the white polish from one of Revlon‘s double-ended Neon Nail Art polishes. This white is absolutely brilliant in terms of coverage. The formula is not that great, but we’re talking Halloween manis, so I’m not planning on sporting this look forever. 🙂

When the white polish was dry, I applied one coat of clear polish – to make the nail surface more even – and then I used a tooth pick and a red polish (this one’s from Manhattan’s Mode Pilot collection) to scatter and spread a few blobs and lines.

I think this mani is just as great as the ‘bats on monster slime’ mani from last week. What do you think?

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Allura Nail Art Brushes

Allura Nail Art BrushesHi there and Happy Sunday! This week I’ve been really busy and it’s just now that I feel like I’ve got half an hour for myself. So what do I do? Write a quick post about one of my latest beauty purchases.

I bought Poundland’s Allura Nail Art Brushes not too long ago and now, after using almost all the brushes (I still haven’t used the fan brush), I wanted to let you know how awesome these little tools are. (And scroll down for a picture of the actual brushes!)

But let me start from the beginning. This set contains six nail art brushes and a small dotting tool. The dotting tool is great for tiny dots, but you can obviously create larger dots or circles as well. I like the dotting tool a lot because it’s great to do eyes when I’m working on a cute animal mani. I’ll show you soon! 🙂

I’m happy with the selection too. There is an angled brush, a square-ended brush, a pointed brush with a bend (which is very handy for spaces that you cannot reach easily), a fan brush (which I have yet to use), an actual ‘paint’ brush and a striping brush.

Apart from the fan brush I’ve used all the other brushes at least twice and I’m happy with the quality. No problems to report! These brushes are no different from the ‘value basic brushes’ you can order for £3 online – but these ones are obviously £1 only.

Granted, this set won’t give serious nail art pros an adrenaline rush, but it’s a nice little set for starters and for those who only use nail art brushes every now and then. And the set’s £1 only, so you really can’t go wrong!

As promised, here’s the photo of the actual brushes. From left to right: angled brush, square brush, pointy brush, fan brush, paint brush, striping brush, dotting tool.
Allura Nail Art Brushes
Thank you for reading. And please feel free to comment if you’ve added these brushes to your nail art stash, or if you want to add them or if you’ve got anything else to say. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde