Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas Day Gradient Nails | Scrapbook Nails

I ordered some Christmas themed nail stickers off Ebay, and they arrived on Christmas Eve. What great timing! So here's how my Christmas Day nails turned out...

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth
Base colour – Barry M, Silver Foil
First gradient layer – Models Own, snow white
Second gradient layer – Barry M, Blue
I used the same Superdrug sponge as in my last gradient mani & then topped each nail with a cheeky snowflake.

The pictures I took do not do this justice, I LOVED this mani, and it lasted a good few days. I think the layers help to prevent chipping.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Matching Nails & Tights | Scrapbook Nails

Colour Coordination, my friends - that's always fun.
I painted my nails to match my tights. These tights cost me £3 from Primark. They are black, but with three coloured stripes on the thigh. Something a bit different for the Christmas party!

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth
Base colour - Models Own, Red'n'Black
Orange stripe - Nails Inc, Atomic
Pink stripe - Nails inc, New York
Blue stripe - Barry M, B (029)
Top coat - China Glaze, Fast Forward Top Coat

They were done freehand, hence the wobbly bits <3

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Green & Gold sponge gradient | Scrapbook Nails

This was my first attempt at the sponge gradient technique, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
I couldn't get a picture in daylight, and the flash isn't showing the colours true to how they are in real life, but you can see the gradient effect. I used a greeny/gold for the first layer to try and make the gradient transition more smooth, but it's a very translucent lacquer, so you can't see it very clearly. It probably could have done with another coat.

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth
Base colour – China Glaze, Turned Up Turquoise (neon)
First gradient layer – OPI, Sit Under The Apple Tree
Second gradient layer – Nails Inc (mini), Hans Cresent
Top coat - China Glaze, Fast Forward Top Coat
I bought the sponge from Superdrug
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Candy Cane Nails

So my candy cane nails didn't turn out how I'd hoped, but I still think they looked quite nice.
Instead of the ring finger being different, I had my pinky nail different, adding a layer of glitter on top of a solid red base.
I used:
Base - OPI, Alpine Snow
Stripes & pinky - RIO, metallic red nail art pen
Glitter - OPI, I Lily Love You

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I decided to add a matte topcoat.
Boots, No 7, Stay Perfect Matte Top Coat

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Red with Pink Crackle | Scrapbook Nails

I painted my nails with Nails Inc's St James - a nice bold red. I wanted to do tips, but I couldn't get the lid off my bottle of white! So I put on Barry M's Pink Crackle, thinking that the two colours would clash, but I end up being pleasantly surprised with the outcome.


Christmas Water Marble

I wanted to do a festive water marble using gold, red & green.
I used a base of OPI's Alpine Snow, then for the marble colours I had a few options (shown below) but in the end, I used:
Barry M's Gold Foil - 320
Barry M's Spring Green - 290
and Nails inc Aspen

I did different patterns on each hand, my right hand is more bold and blocky - and the most Christmassy!

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CrissCross tips | Scrapbook Nails

Base coat - Two/ Three coats of OPIs Bubble Bath
Tips - Konad stamp plate M45 & Konad Special polish in dark blue (33)