Tuesday, 15 January 2013

[nails] Splatter - Yellow, Orange, and Blue

Hey everyone, hope you all had a good week! Last Wednesday I went for sushi for the first time ever - I wasn't a huge fan of the raw fish but I had a yummy chocolate ganache cake for dessert ;) 

Today I've got my second splatter mani - when I did this technique for one of my festive designs I knew I'd be doing it plenty in the future, it's just so fun! I know a lot of people can't stand the clean-up that comes with this type of mani, but I don't tape off my fingers at all and I find that as long as you do the clean-up relatively soon so the polish hasn't fully dried onto your skin or cuticles, it's not too bad. 

I chose to use a white base again, and splatted with yellow, orange, and blue (one of my favourite colour combinations). Here was the result:

I used Barry M - Matt White as the base, and Barry M - Lemon Ice Cream and Cyan Blue and La Femme - Orange Cream. Hope you guys like it :)

Katy xo

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

[nails] Polish Days - Something New

Howdy partners, today is another one of the best kind of days - Polish Days! As ever, this has been organised by the lovely Hannah of Polly Polish and is the time when nail bloggers get together to post designs on the same theme, all at the same time. Since we've just started a New Year, the theme for this month is 'Something New'. This is pretty flexible - you could swatch a previously untried polish, or experiment with a new technique. I decided to go for the latter option, inspired by these excellent drippy nails from Naily Perfect.

I've seen drippy nails around all over the place over the past year but for some reason have never gotten round to doing them myself. So I thought they would work perfectly as my 'something new' for 2013. Here we go:

(It is at this point that I must apologise for the following failure of photography. By the time I got round to finishing these it was around 4 in the afternoon which means that in Britain - land of no sun and of crappy EU-regulated energy-saving lightbulbs - it's bloody dark. Camera just couldn't cope so unfortunately I have terrible lighting and focus. Please forgive me :'[ )

As you can see, I went for a somewhat... bright colour scheme. Brightens up the dull winter days, right? I used Barry M - Indigo as the base, followed by drips in China Glaze - Four Leaf Clover. And for a bit of extra colour I added Lush Lacquer - Lite Brite to the drips. 

This was a pretty quick look to do, although I think next time I might try starting the drips with a dotting tool instead of a nail art brush, it might make them a bit neater. But hey, I'm no longer a drippy-nail-art virgin ;)

If you want to check out what the other wonderful Polish Days participants have been doing, have a look down here:

That's all from me, 

Love and hugs, 

Katy xo