Friday, 27 July 2012

Chameleon Pink - Easy Gradient Nails | Scrapbook Nails

Barry M's Chameleon polishes are probably the easiest polishes to work with to achieve the popular gradient look.
All you need to do is sponge on a topcoat, making sure the very tips have a heavier coverage & HEY PRESTO you've got simple, but beautiful, gradient nails.
This is probably one of my favourite manicures to date, and it was so easy to achieve.

I added coloured dots to my ring fingers, using different sized dotting tools.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the only issue with the chameleon polishes is that they don't last long. With this look though, the maintenance is minimal, so you could quickly add to the tips if you have wear and tear and wanted the mani to last a couple of extra days!

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth

Base colour - Barry M, Chameleon Pink - 330
Polka Dot colours - Various, see picture below.
Top coat - China Glaze, Fast forward Top Coat

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Chameleon Lilac Stripes | Scrapbook Nails

I've been saving really hard recently and sticking to a tight budget, which means I've not been buying any new polish. But a couple of days before payday I had some spare pennies, and while I was in Superdrug, I couldn't resist picking up the three new Barry M Chameleon polishes.

I love the idea of them, just add a topcoat and the colour changes. I decided to try out tips first, which I liked, buuuut I wanted to add my fave stripes too.
The only downfall is that the mani doesn't last long because you can't add a final topcoat once you've finished your nail art, without ruining it all.

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth

Base colour - Barry M, Chameleon Lilac - 332
Top coat - TopShop Nails, Matte

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Foil Splatter Tips | Scrapbook Nails

This was a bit of a fail :-(
I originally thought the foil I picked out looked a little peacock like, so I thought if I put it on my tips, on top of a blue base it might look like a peacock inspired mani.

Then I realised it looked nothing like a peacock...

So I decided to go for a 'tip splatter' and this is how it turned out.... it's not the best, but I think if I tried it again, with different colours for the base and foil, it would like quite pretty.

I used:
Base coat - No7, So Smooth

Base colour - Nails Inc, Hanover Square
Foil - from a RIO kit.
Top coat - the special foil one from the RIO kit, followed by TopShop Nails, Matte
(All topcoats are RUBBISH at keeping foils on the nails. You can see in the pics that the foil had already stared to come away from my tips after just one day. As matte topcoats are a little thicker then most, I thought I'd give that a whirl. In my opinion, it didn't make the foil last any longer - worth a try though, right!)

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Neapolitan Dreams | Scrapbook Nails

I've named these my Neapolitan nails, although if we're talking about the ice cream, I have done the colours in the wrong order...

Still, I love the yummy texture of this manicure. I didn't use a sponge for this, I used a blunt bristled nail brush and just dabbed the colour on. I wasn't going for a gradient, more of a 3D layer type effect. I used a crackle polish for the pink, which helped to achieve the look I was going for.

Doncchha just love pink & brown together?!

I used:

Base coat - No7, So Smooth

Brown - Barry M, Mushroom 310
Pink - Barry M Crackle, Pink Fizz 314
White - Models Own, Snow White
Top coat - China Glaze, Fast Forward Top Coat

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