Tuesday, 25 December 2012

[nails] Festive Mani #6 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Merry Christmas to one and all - I guess not many of you will be checking your blog feeds today but I shall send you my best wishes nonetheless. Today is my final festive mani of 2012 (sadface) and unfortunately it's quite badly photographed (double sadface), but on the bright side I was very pleased with how it came out and will probably be doing variations of it in the future. 

I wanted to do a holly leaf manicure after I surprised myself by doing the leaves on my Christmas puddings nails so neatly. I decided to do a full-nail print design instead of just one or two big leaves on each nail, and this was the result: 

I used China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint as the base, and then Barry M Spring Green, Red, and Red Glitter for the holly leaves, which were painted with a very small nail art brush. As I said, the pictures are rubbishy because I had to take them in the evening (well, not really, but since it gets dark at about 3pm there's pretty much no afternoon any more), but I think you can still get an idea of the mani and the colours are pretty accurate. I really love wearing this design and I'm definitely going to do more full-nail small prints like this in the future, even if they do take a while to paint!

So that's all from me on the festive side of things - back to normal nails (and maybe even the rest of the Challenge) after this. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and I send you all Christmas hugs <3

I shall leave you with Festive Nail Platypus and his sparkly shiny tinsel:

Katy xo

Monday, 24 December 2012

[nails] Festive Mani #5 - Reindeer

Hey guys! Just a quick post today to show you the fifth Christmas mani I've done so far, although this one is for my sister so perhaps shouldn't count... Anyway, after I did the Christmas pudding nails I had an idea for something similar so I decided to give it a go on Holly's nails because I had other, more different ideas for my own. That idea was: reindeer!

I did these on a neutral background because I didn't want to overshadow the nose glitter which I had planned in advance. The base is Essie's Sand Tropez, and then I used all Barry M polishes for the reindeer - Dusky Mauve, Chocolate Brown, Black, Red, and Red Glitter. Unfortunately my shaky hands meant that a couple of the reindeer looked somewhat squinty and lop-sided but overall I think it's a pretty good effect. Holly was happy with them anyways =)

Hope you lot are having a lovely Christmas Eve, and see you tomorrow with my final (sob) Christmas mani! 


Katy xo

Saturday, 22 December 2012

[nails] Festive Mani #4 - Christmas Tips

Hey everyone! I just have a quick festive post for you today - it's my dad's birthday today so I don't have much time to write! We're just about to sit down to a yummy roast dinner. This is my fourth festive mani of the month, and for this one I decided to follow this amazing tutorial by Kayla Shevonne for a festive french tip design. 

I used Barry M - Emerald as the base, topped with an unnamed Claire's green glitter. Then I used Barry M Red and Laval White to do the tips. Unfortunately I didn't have time to topcoat these and they got chipped before I had the chance to take a picture, although I tried to hide it as much as possible in this picture ;)

I highly recommend this tutorial if you're looking for something simple but festive that doesn't take a long time, Kayla is a bit of a genius. Hope you guys are all having a good festive period, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and look out for a couple more festive manis on the way in the next week or so!


Katy xo

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

[nails] Festive Mani #3 - Splat.

Good tidings I bring, to you and your king, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Guess who's in the festive spirit again? Although to be honest you lot should be glad you're only getting my festive spirit through blog posts, in real life my hyperactivity tends to get more than a little tiring (or so I'm told!). Today I've got another of my festive manis for you, and this one is a new technique for me, the splatter mani!

I'm sure you've all seen tutorials for this so I shan't bother with my own, but the basic idea is that you dip a straw into your polish and blow through it to splatter the polish onto your nail. I can tell you right now that this is the funnest type of nail design I have ever done (and probably will ever do, nothing beats this). Obviously it gets messy and needs a fair bit of clean-up but IMO it's worth it for both the hilarity of the process and the final effect. 

My base was two coats of the white jelly, China Glaze Oxygen. Then I splattered on Barry M Spring Green, Red, and Gold, before finishing with a top coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for some added sparkle. I probably should have taken some pictures before I added the glitter so you could see the full effect of the splatter, but I still liked it with the glitter, and this is definitely a technique I will be using again!

Hope you guys liked them, and endless hugs from me and the Nail Platypus (he's been helping me wrap presents today),

Katy xo

Monday, 17 December 2012

[nails] Festive Mani #2 - PUDDINS!

Helloooo folks! Apologies for the delay in posting, I had an open exam last week for one of my uni modules which took up a lot of time, but now I'm back at home for Christmas so hopefully posts will be a bit more regular from now on - in fact I have three manis already waiting for me to show you. 

Today is the second of my festive, Christmassy designs, and I decided to go for Christmas puddings. I have been crocheting little Christmas pudding tree decorations for the past couple of week - partly to sell for charity as part of my university's Knitting Society's stall at the Christmas fair, and also for friends as little gifts. So I figured I may as well take the whole thing one step further and get them on my nails as well! 

I used a base of Barry M - Gold Foil, then layered Laval's Gold over the top for a slightly sparklier finish. The puddings were done using Barry M Chocolate Brown, Red, and Spring Green, and the white is China Glaze Oxygen. I freehanded the design using both the polish brushes and a small striper. 

I wore these the other week when I went ice skating with a few friends - one of the funniest nights in a while! I'd been once when I was about 9, and had been roller-blading when I was younger too, but it took us all a long while to get confident enough to let go of the barriers! Eventually we all got the hang of it (more or less), although I was the only one who fell over - although it definitely wouldn't have happened if the guy in front of me hadn't fallen over and gotten in my way ;) The bruises on my knee have only just disappeared! 

The Nail Platypus is getting into the Christmas spirit too, by helping me write my cards ^_^

Wishing you all festive funtimes, 

Katy xo

(P.S. I should probably explain that the 'PUDDINS!' in the title is the result of my housemate and I being obsessed with Great British Menu earlier this year - a British tv cooking competition - and one evening where we had had rather too much sugar and got over-excited about some very fancy and delicious-looking desserts =P)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

[nails] Polish Days - Bling

Greetings, lovely people! Today, as probably quite a few of you know, is another Polish Days event, organised by the wonderful Hannah of Polly Polish. This month's theme is a festive one, and that is 'Bling'! This is inspired by holiday-season parties and all things sparkly, so naturally it's pretty much perfect for me! 

The design I have done is one I had in mind as soon as I heard the theme, and it was probably the most time-consuming mani I have ever done. I love it though! I'm sure most of you are aware of the recent craze for glequins - glitter sequins - so I thought it was time to give mine an airing. I went for a simple honeycomb look because the hexagons tessellate nicely. Warning: if you have some sunglasses to hand, you might want to put them on now... SPARKLES AHEAD. 

I used a base coat of Rimmel London 60 Seconds - Black Out for all of my nails, and then on my left hand I applied silver glequins using a toothpick and some cheap clear polish. On my right hand I used gold glequins (apologies for the quality of these pictures, I can't hold my non-dominant hand steady enough to get a good picture with my crappy little camera >_>):

The glequins I used are from Born Pretty Store - they come in little pots with absolutely loads inside, no need to worry about using them up quickly. Even with this mani which used hundreds of the things, I barely made a dent in my current stock! 

I think I managed to fulfil the 'bling' theme pretty well, and it was worth spending all the time on these just to see people's reactions, which were very positive and quite disbelieving =P

What do you guys think of these? Are you involved in Polish Days too? Anyone can take part and I highly recommend it, just click here to sign up. 

Here's all the other wonderful designs that are part of this month's event:

Lots of love and hugs, 

Katy xo

Sunday, 2 December 2012

[nails] Simple Festive Stamping

Hi everyone! I apologise for the crazy delay between posts, I've been busy lately with both university work (I'm in my final year now so things are kinda intense!) and also with my other main obsession - knitting/crochet. I've decided to put the 31 Day Challenge on hold for the festive season, since I love Christmas too much not to do as many themed nail sets as possible! So here's a simple design using Konad plate M79:

I used Barry M - Raspberry as the base. This is a new purchase of mine and although I didn't use to be such a fan of red polishes, I adore this one. It's a perfect, deep, festive colour. The stamping was using Gold Foil, also by Barry M. I didn't use top coat here. Even though this was a quick and simple look, I was happy with how neatly I managed to pull it off, and it looked pretty cool from a distance as some stamps do :)

And now for something completely different... I forgot to take a picture of Mr Platypus with the polishes themselves so here's one I snapped just now on my phone of him inside a mini wheelie bin I bought at the pound shop recently. Cute, isn't it? 

Hope you liked this design, and see you soon for more festive designs and probably cake and knitting and things ^_^


Katy xo