Friday, November 22, 2013

Colourful Matte Dots

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed that I posted these nails yesterday. I was too excited about them to not share straight away. I was supposed to be one a no-buy month, but Priceline's 40% off cosmetics sale was just too good to ignore, so I bought the Revlon Matte Top Coat. I had been wanting it for so long, but just couldn't justify spending almost $14 to get it. I am so glad I broke my no-buy month because I love this top coat so much. I love all matte finishes and most of my lipsticks are matte because I prefer it over glossy lips. 

My first instinct when I got this was to do black nails with bright dots to give my nails a chalkboard look. That was all I could think of doing and I love the way they turned out. I did two coats of Blackmail - Australis and then used a dotting tool to put some dots everywhere. You may notice in the photos that there is some white, that's because I wanted the colours to really pop so I did white dots before putting down the colours and I think it worked brilliantly.

The colours I used were:
Orange: Orange Fizz - Savvy
Purple: Grapetini - Savvy
Blue: Feeling Blue - Models Own
Green: Misty Jade - Rimmel
Pink: Daiquiri - Savvy

My right hand nails are in such awful shape and I never realised taking a photo of them would be so difficult! 

Is there anything anyone would particularly like to see in the coming weeks? I'm up for taking suggestions on future posts if anybody wants to see something specific from me!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Splatter Nails

The splatter design is my go-to nail art when I can't think of anything else to do or if I'm feeling uninspired. Over the past week and a bit I've realised I can't do nail art that doesn't begin with a white base, with the exception of the cling wrap mani though and maybe some dotticures. I always need a fresh white base to begin with, no matter what I attempt to do. I tried branching out and starting with different bases, but I just couldn't come up with anything decent or I couldn't replicate a design I liked. So expect to see a lot of white based nail art in the coming weeks!

For this design I used MBSW - O.P.I as the base, which everyone should know by now is my favourite white polish. I then used three colours: Vanellope - Lilypad Lacquer (from the August What's In-die Box?), Cosmic - Savvy by DB and UFO - Savvy by DB. Vanellope is a holographic polish, and I chose the other two because they had a holographic aspect to them, they both have tiny flecks of other colours amongst the polish and sometimes look sparkly.

This design is always fun and easy to do and it doesn't take too long! That's why I always enjoy doing it.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

NOTD: L'Oreal 811 Magic Croisette

I am so in love with this colour it's ridiculous. I've worn it a few times but I had to post about it this week. I originally stole this from my sister at the start of the year and she never wanted it back so I kept it. It goes on a little awkwardly if you don't have enough of the brush, but that's obvious, the brush is wide and covered the whole of each of my nails brilliantly and two coats is perfect for it. The only downside is that it's such a small bottle, only 5ml so I think I'm almost out of it, which means I'll have to buy my own this time, if it's still around that is.

In the right light it has subtle hints of green to it and you can see that when you look at the bottle as well, which I should have taken a photo with but I can never get it to look natural and not awkward, oh well. I really do love this colour, I think it could be one of my favourites and I always forget about it because it's the only L'Oreal polish I have.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Blue/Purple/Pink Gradient under Watermarble

If you follow me on instagram you'll notice I posted this over the weekend. I was just too excited to wait to show everyone. I was inspired by this tutorial by Erinzi. I've seen her do this a few times recently and I'd always wanted to give it a go. There were a few mess ups, like on my index finger, but I really like how it came out and I think I'll definitely keep trying this because it's so simple and I never thought to use a not so opaque polish in watermarbling the way her tutorial shows.

I didn't really like the way the gradient came out and that's when I decided to follow Erinzi's tutorial.

I used Nail Bibs for my watermarbling, they make clean up so much easier and they're less hassle than using sticky tape. Plus they're reusable if put back onto their backing and treated well. You can find them here. They're cheap too and when I ordered mine the other month they arrived within about a week, which is super quick for international shipping.

I used three colours from the Miki Bright Nails collection I posted about in my haul and the black is Onyx Rush - Maybelline.

I'm hoping to get a few posts out in the next week, so look out for them!