Tag Archives: colours

Easy Way to Impress!

3 Mar

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Deceivingly fast and easy!!

1) Choose your colours, I would go with 3 to 5 different colours. These are the colours I used:

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2) Go through each colour, painting different sections of the nails. It doesn’t have to be neat since you will be outlining each box:

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3) Outline the boxes (I couldn’t decide between white or black, so I tested both and went with the black because it stood out better than with the white):

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4) Add extra stripes if you want. It’s another level of detail/uniqueness. Make it your own:

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Play around with colour combinations and patterns. Happy Painting!

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New Designs

10 Mar

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Sponge Effect

16 Aug

I bought make-up sponges just to try out this technique. This is an easy and fast way to dress up your nails, adding colour to your look as well. Literally took me 10mins to do because since the amount of polish actually on your nail is thinned out with sponge, it dries so much quicker so you don’t have to wait as long between layers. Plus, even if it’s not completely dry, that fine since you want it to look slightly blended with each colour anyways.

Polishes used: Base Coat (OPI), Angora Cardi (Essie), Violet (Revlon Top Speed), Yellow (Butter), Top Coat (OPI)

How to get this look:

  1. base coat
  2. sponge on the purple to just the top half of the nail
  3. dipping the sponge into the yellow and pink, dab these colours on top of the purple
  4. top coat

 

The quality of these photos are not the greatest, but I think the first picture portrays these nails the best, closest to what they look like in-person.

I will definitely use this sponging technique again and try to perfect it

Attempt: Daisies

13 Aug

My attempt of daisies. Kind of a let down. Looks a bit more like fireworks?

Brands

5 May

I don’t think the most expensive brands are necessarily the best, it’s all about preference. Almost all polishes are the same, one doesn’t last longer than others for me, what makes my nails last longer is how I take care of them. Even using the same nail polish with last a different amount of time on your nails before chipping, that’s just because we use our hands for everything, check out my “Prolonging Polished Nails ” post for some helpful tips. Being cost effective will help you expand your collection without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Buy a few polishes at a time to see if you like the brand, then from there you can buy more if you do. Different people like different brands for various reasons, so test them out yourself first. A lot of people are in love with OPI, not sure if it’s because of brand loyalty, but I’m not a fan of the price ($10). I think any nail polish works just as well for the fraction of the price. Really you are paying for the array of colours they have available and the brand name. Yes, OPI is great if you’re looking for the precise shade, but since I’m poor and don’t want to pay very much for my collection, I mix my existing colours to the shade I want (as I have mentioned in my earlier post), mind you I’m not that picky when it comes to the “right colour”. I’m sure many would disagree with me and is adamant on the perfect shade, but for my purpose, close is good enough. I’m not saying that OPI is bad, just that for my budget it’s too high to buy many polishes from there. I do have a couple OPI nail polishes (mostly just use the base coat and top coat), which I like, but there are other cheaper brands that are just as good. I like OPI’s base and top coat polishes, honestly, haven’t really tried any others yet. I’ll keep you posted about other brands for base and top coat polishes as I try different ones.

OPI‘s pros is that that it is easy to apply, a good polish (not too thick or thin), good brush, lots of colours to choose from. The con is the price.

Essie is another more expensive brand, but I do prefer it over OPI. I really like the polish, it goes on very nice and even. They have a pretty good selection of colours, still not as vast as OPI’s collection. The quality of the colour is great, I have the ‘Blanc’ and it looks good, doesn’t look like i have whiteout on my nails like some other collections of whites. With the cost being a bit more on the pricier end, I only bought Essie’s black and white since they are essential base colours for most of my designs. I would suggest that if there is a colour that you often wear as a solid colour or as a base colour for your designs, get it from Essie, I really like their quality and colours. As with OPI, a nail polish collection from this brand would be very costly (hundreds of dollars invested), but a couple of polishes would be good to have.

I prefer the Xtreme Wear from Sally Hansen, it works really well for me and is probably my favourite brand right now (will probably change in the future as I try more brands out). I like this brand because the polish is a nice consistency, the brush is easy to use, it’s pretty quick to dry and it is cheap (at $4). Overall, it is easy to use and cheap, so it is great for someone starting off. The down side to Xtreme is that their colour choice is very limiting.

Insta-Dri by Sally Hansen has nice bright colours, but I am not a fan of the “squared” brush, it makes it difficult to stay just on the nail especially in the corner spots.

Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Pro has the same brush as the Insta-Dri, but the Rimmel’s brush is thinner so it is a bit easier to use. The polish isn’t great, I find it quite thin so I had to put about 4 layers on. I prefer polishes where I only have to put 2 layers to get the desired look.

Recently, I bought Nicole, by OPI (didn’t realize that it was an OPI collection until now actually…). I got the ‘Nickle’ and the ‘Brilliant idea’, both are very sparkly, which is what caught my eye. 2 coats and my nail’s sparkling already, 3 and it’s overload for me (I’m sure most would actually like 3 coats of this). The problem that I found with this one is that it started peeling off before the end of the day. It would peel off chucks at a time, I would rather polishes chipping than peeling. I could literally peel off the entire polish from my nail in one go, actually did that for a few since it was coming off. Mind you, I had applied the polish straight to my nail without a colour or a base coat underneath, might have been better and lasted longer if I had. I just didn’t realize about base coats until recently and now I can’t do my nails without a base coat (keeps your nails healthy and from turning yellow), more on base coats check out “A Few Things“.

Right now, my favourite colour is  the ‘Red Carpet’ (by Xtreme Wear). It is the perfect red colour for me and the glitter in it isn’t over powering, it is subtle and it helps bring the colour alive. What is your favourite nail polish colour?

used here: ‘Gunmetal’ and ‘Red Carpet’, both are by Xtreme Wear. These pictures don’t accurately portray the bright red colour, the next picture I have already posted in my blog, but I think shows off the red better.

Most of my nail polishes are Sally Hansen, did not realize this either because they have so many different collection names. Try the different brands out and tell me if you have a preference, which you like and dislike.

Getting Started

7 Apr

Hi,

This is the first time I’ve ever blogged, I’m not too sure how to start, so I’ll just give a bit of background and what future posts will be about before I get into posting about nails.  I’ve never really been into nails.  I only started doing nail art as a hobby in May of 2011. On my trip to Australia, my aunt gave me nail polishes that have a long thin brush, which I have never seen before so I thought it was pretty cool and started experimenting with simple shapes.  Now I enjoy doing my nails especially when holidays, events, or seasons come around because then I can have festive themed nails. I’m not professionally trained, just self taught.  This blog will mostly be a log of the different nail designs/colours I try.  I will post pictures, things that have work and haven’t work for me, and my favourites (designs, nail polishes, brands, etc).

Enjoy!