Saturday, 6 February 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Aqua or Turquoise - Dots

Hi Goddesses

Sorry I've been so absent.  I hope you're all well.  I've had a nasty sinus infection, and truth be told, I think my blogging days are very numbered now, at least on this blog.  I'm finding that I want to write in my spare time, but not necessarily about polish, so I've been more active on Debhoorah than on here.  I'm very torn between it being time to say goodbye to the nail world, and not wanting to leave it because it's been such a big part of my life for so long.  So ... not quite yet ... but soon I think, soon.

Today I have a LOVELY dotticure for you.  Whilst I do a lot of dotticures, I don't think I've ever done one over a black base before, and I loved how this one turned out.

This week's prompt is aqua or turquoise, and these were the ladies I used - 
Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Girly Bits Get Weaponised
Barry M Guava
Jessica Surfer Boyz N Berry

Please note, my camera HATES turquoise.  I find it almost impossible to get the intensity captured in the shots.  My camera likes to wash the colour out, so sadly none of these look as awesome as my actual nails did!

Don't forget to check out all the other ways you can wear aqua or turquoise below, and I'll see you in a week for Digit-al Dozen xxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - 3 Shades of Purple - Decals

Hi Goddesses

Oh goddesses, goddesses, goddesses, this post is soooooo late.    This was due to be my post last Friday, at which point I had been battling a sinus infection for a week.  Finally armed with anti-biotics, I went to bed, determined to post over the weekend, only to not actually manage to get out of bed all weekend.  I've been back at work this week but soooo low on energy.  In fact, it's a whole week since I even sat at my laptop (oh yeh, AND I have bare nails - eeeek!).

Which is a shame because I LOVE THIS MANI !!!!  This is one of my favourites that I've ever done and I loved wearing it.

So, what we got?  Well, this week's (last week's) 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme was 3 shades of purple - obviously, that's always going to be a good idea - and my prompt was decals.  I decided to only decal 2 nails and I'm glad I did - it saved time, but also gave the mani room to breathe.

I deliberately picked 3 "living" purples - colours that have extra life and shift to them.  So on the thumb we have Lorelei from Powder Perfect, a stunning flecked lilac.   On index we have Protect Your Girly Bits, a stunning purple holo twinkling with copper lights.  And finally on pinkie we have one of my all time faves - OPI Planks A Lot.

My stroke of genius was to apply my decals to a silver background.  It was unusual, and really made the whole mani pop.  I used the super sparkly Stinky Little Truck from Literary Lacquers and this gorgeous flower image from UberChic 5-02.

Ta-dah!  Super happy Crumpet :)

Friday, 15 January 2016

Digit-al Dozen DOES New & Improved DECALS and 40 Great Nail Art Ideas does Things That Fly

Hi Goddesses

Wow, that was a catchy post title eh?  Lol.  Today I am doubling up, with my final post of the DD's New & Improved week, as well as nail art for Things That Fly, this week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.

Today the 2 are united by .... decals.   Ever since I saw the Things That Fly prompt, I've wanted to use this super cute bumblebee design from UberChic.  I'm also obsessed with the notion that logically, there is no way a bumblebee SHOULD be able to fly, and yet it can.  Oh, and I love their lovely dumpling shape!

This mani is also a bit more evolved than my usual nail art, bringing it back to the Improved element.   I have 3 nails stamped with flowers, and 2 bumblebee nails.

For the garden, I did a base coat of Literary Lacquers Phizzwizard, a great pale green holo, stamped it with these super cute daisies from UberChic 5-01 and dotted their centres with OPI Hot & Spicy, Planks a Lot and Jessica Ocean Bloom.   I liked those nails a lot.

My bumblebees are from the same UberChic plate, and I coloured my decals in with OPI The It Color.  I got some smudginess from the bees' faces, but other than that, did better with my decals than before - mainly, I think, because I cut them to size before applying them to my nails.  (Over Barry M Huckleberry).

That's it for this week - I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen from us, and maybe it's inspired you to try something new or give something another go.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Digit-al Dozen DOES New & Improved - Needle Drag

Hi Goddesses

Wow this week's passing fast!   I hope you're enjoying all the DD posts this week AND that you've checked out our new members.

Today is needle drag, a technique that I adore.  It's a technique that looks so simple and effortless when I see other people do it (Sveta Sanders, I'm looking at you), but comes out looking like it was done by a challenged chimp when I try.   I used a beautiful Indigo Bananas combo - Sequins of Events (the rose gold holo) and Break The Wheel.

I don't know if I'm too heavy handed or what, but I wanted to try again after I saw Cathy - that's new to DD Cathy - do this fab needle drag for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.  She even did a little video to persuade me it was easy.  Nah.

So again .... semi fail.  I feel I've learnt to do the stripe of polish down the middle better, but I still can't get the flow that these other bloggers get.  If you look closely, yup, still got groove marks on this one.

Ok, I'm off to our DD cave to ask Cathy for advice :)

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