Wednesday, 31 October 2012

[nails] Day 21 - Inspired by a Colour

Hey everyone! I hope you can forgive me for the gap in posting, but I wanted to save these for Halloween - you'll see why in a second! Most people when doing the 31 Day Challenge take the 'inspired by a colour' day to mean inspired by polish names, and I did just that. I was umming and ahhing for a few days over the polishes I had in my collection, but then I hit on the perfect idea, inspired by Rimmel London's 'Grey Matter'! You've seen this polish a couple of times before on this blog, as the base for both my Day 9 Rainbow nails, and my swatch of Lush Lacquer's Midnight Affair. However, for this look I took the name of the polish and only used it sparingly in the actual design, because the look I went for was of course: BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIINNNNNNS!



Yep, brains. It took me while to get this design to something I liked - I had to take off two versions and start over again, but I ended up with this - the line down the middle being the centre of the brain between the two hemispheres. I've had mixed reactions to this: some people think it's hilarious, others are faintly disgusted - my mum just decided it was 'pretty pink squiggles', sigh. But I was really happy with how they turned out and I've worn them for almost a week. 


I'm also giving you a rare picture of my right hand. The left-hand design was a bit too precise for me to do with my wrong hand, so I went with something a bit more simple: BRAAAAAAAAIIIIINS! Sorry, I just enjoy saying that.


The thumb says 'INS', in case you can't quite read it...
The polishes I used here were:

  • W7 - Sheer Pink, Diamond Top Coat
  • Maybelline Express Finish - Blushing Bride
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds - Grey Matter
  • Barry M - Red, Chocolate Brown, Black
  • China Glaze - Westside Warrior

So there you have it! This was intended to be just a regular challenge design but since it turned out so Halloween-y I thought I would save it to post today. Do you guys like it? Or are you faintly repulsed by it too? :P

As ever, the Nail Platypus wishes you a fond farewell and a Happy Halloween!
Katy xo

Saturday, 20 October 2012

[nails] Day 20 - Water Marble

Okay, so I'm hoping that any of you who have also done the 31 Day Challenge had a similar reaction to the water marble day as I did: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. I had one very half-hearted and entirely unsuccessful attempt at water-marbling about a year ago and have avoided it ever since. When it came to doing it this time around I was a bit more careful - I don't have a water filter but I did boil it first in the hope it would be a bit easier for the polish to spread out, and I tried a few different polish combinations before I settled on China Glaze Riding the Waves and Max Factor Nailfinity Disco Pink. 


I did a test nail on my right hand first (my non-photo hand) and actually managed to get a semi-decent design, so I went ahead and did my whole left hand:




As you can see, I managed to get some kind of marble design which I was quite pleased with, but because I used a light colour (China Glaze - Sweet Hook) as the base, the bits where I didn't quite pick up enough polish look like tip wear >_> I struggled with clean-up too, hence the messy edges. 


So there you have it - not a complete failure but not a success either! It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be though, and I don't think it's too bad for a first real attempt - I might even give it a go again in the future. Have you guys ever tried water marbling before?


Farewell from the Nail Platypus <3
Katy xo

Thursday, 18 October 2012

[nails] Day 19 - Galaxies

Howdy, partners! How are you all? I am ridiculously excited because I'm off to London this weekend with my family to celebrate my sister's 18th birthday - we're going to see Mamma Mia on stage, yay! However, you have no need to fret and worry about my absence, I have new nails for you today and I'm scheduling another post for the weekend to keep you satisfied. 


So without further hesitation, I present Day 19 of the 31 Day Challenge, galaxy nails! I assume all of you have seen the galaxy nails trend before - I'm not entirely sure when it began but I've always enjoyed seeing galaxy designs, although I'd never tried one myself. I hesitated over them for a while because both my black polishes are now so thick and gloopy that they're practically unusable (although I've ordered some nail polish thinner from Born Pretty so hopefully that should be remedied soon). I then realised that I could probably get the same effect from just using a dark blue base, so that's what I did! Here's how they turned out: 




For the base on these, I used one coat of Barry M's Cobalt Blue, topped with one coat of China Glaze's Riding the Waves. This created such a gorgeous deep blue base that I was reluctant to cover it up! I sponged on in different places: Rimmel London 60 Seconds - Black Out, China Glaze - Electric Beat, Rimmel London 60 Seconds - Green With Envy, China Glaze - Re-Fresh Mint. Then I used a dotting tool and Electric Beat and Laval - White to create some stars, and topped the whole thing with a coat of China Glaze - Fairy Dust, to make it twinkly. 


At first I wasn't sure about these, and I'm still not convinced they look much like galaxies, but I think I've fallen a bit in love with them since they're so sparkly! For such a dark-coloured design I was surprised how much I liked it. Do you lot think they look anything like space? :P


So long, lovely readers, I love you all! <3 Nail Platypus
Katy xo

Monday, 15 October 2012

[nails] Day 18 - Half Moons

Afternoon everybody! Today is Day 18 of the 31 Day Challenge - half moons. I don't know if you will remember, but back in July I posted these nails, which are pretty much one of my all-time favourite designs I've done. I had to fight the urge to just recreate these, but I still ended up doing a pretty similar design! I got a few new polishes recently from a shop in town that sells cheapy ones, so I decided to use a couple of those and then do the same style half moons over the top. Here's what I got:



First off, I'd like to apologise for the poorer quality and squareness of the pictures - now I'm back at university I no longer have access to my sister's high-quality, widescreen camera, so I'm back with my 6-year-old crappy one which is near impossible to focus! Hopefully I'll get a new one of my own soonish so you won't have to put up with pictures like this for too long. 


Anyway, the polishes I used here are:


  • W7 - Mojito. A yellow-toned green microglitter, almost foil-looking. So pretty. I used four coats here because it takes a while to build up colour intensity, but application is a dream.
  • Technic - Mermaid. A bright blue holographic glitter mix. SHINY. 
  • Laval - White
  • Rimmel London 60 Seconds - Black Out
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I really liked how these came out - I think I'll probably always end up doing half moons this way with the dotted border (although that's partly because my hands aren't steady enough to get a neat line so it's easier to cover it up!) What do you guys think?

Farewell, as always, from the Nail Platypus <3
 Katy xo

Thursday, 11 October 2012

[nails] Day 17 - Glitter

Howdy folks, today I'm bringing you Day 17 of the 31 Day Challenge - and I managed to do it without a two-week break in between like last time, huzzah! Glitter is a pretty wide challenge with lots of freedom to do what you want, and since I have a pretty big glitter collection it took me a while to decide what to do. Against all my natural instincts, I actually settled on the idea of a subtle glitter look using a flakie glitter, and here's what I got:



I didn't have the best light to photograph these, but I was so happy with how they turned out! I think flakie glitters look great over light colours since they catch the light so well, and layered over white here they looked like snow ^_^


For this look I used three coats of No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Snowflake, topped with two coats of Nubar 2010. I kept it on for a fair while since I liked it so much :)



What do you guys think?



Much love from both myself and the Nail Platypus as always, 


Katy xo

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

[nails] Day 16 - Tribal Print

Good lord, it's been over two weeks since I posted! I knew it had been a while, but not that long. I'm so sorry guys! I don't really have any decent excuses, but I've just moved back to university for my third and final year (argh what) and I've also just taught myself to crochet and that's turned into a bit of an obsession. However, I've gotten back to the 31 Day Challenge and today I'm bringing you Day 16, tribal print. 


I've actually always wanted to try out tribal print nails, but when I got around to this day I was feeling so uninspired, and although I wasn't very happy with how these set turned out, I just couldn't be bothered to take them all off and try again! Also, I took these pictures after a couple of days of wear, so apologies for the big ugly chip on my thumb nail. Here we go:




The polishes I used in this design were:

  • China Glaze - I'm With The Lifeguard, Re-Fresh Mint
  • Barry M - Emerald Green, Spring Green
  • Sinful Colors - Call You Later
  • Claire's - Unnamed Green Glitter

As I said, I'm not mad keen on this design, but perhaps some of you guys will think it's semi-decent! Thank you for not giving up on me while I was away (being lazy), and I promise posts will be more regular from now on! 


All that remains is our usual fond farewell from the Nail Platypus:




Hugs, 



Katy xo