Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Go Cubbies! World Series Nails.

Tonight is the start of the baseball World Series, and the Cubs are there for the first time since 1945, and haven't won it since 1908. I'm not a huge follower of baseball these days, but I do really like it. I was forced to a game in New York in 2001, and absolutely LOVED it, and then got addicted to the old Channel 5 MLB shows back in the day. I went to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field in 2007, and loved it even more. 

So today I've got Cubs nails. They're not perfect - they look much neater with my eyes than they do in photos!  I wish the lines were cleaner.

I started with a base of Barry M Cotton and then used some stencils (which I won from Claire at Kerruticles in a giveaway) and Barry M Blood Orange to make the baseball nail. The pinstripe nails and the W (the Cubs 'fly the W' over Wrigley Field when they win) used tape and Barry M Blue Grape. The Cubs logo was rather wonkily freehanded using both colours and a thin brush. 

I did do both hands, but just did the pinstripes and baseballs on my right. 

I probably won't be watching the World Series this year, because it's not on telly here, and I can't be staying up til stupid o'clock to stream things. If it's on at the weekend and I'm not dead to the world, then I might... I would love to see the Cubs winning! 

Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn Waterfall

Today's nails are an autumnal waterfall design. I started with two coats of Barry M's new black gelly, Black Forest.  I was SO excited to hear that Barry M are finally doing a black in the gelly range - they've got so many colours and a really good formula, but so far no pure black.  Anyway, it's finally here, and it's really nice. 

Over the black, I then used a thin striping brush and added stripes of China Glaze Riveting and Colours by Llarowe The Heart Bleeds and Golden Rule. 

I love how this came out! It's sparkly without being too over the top, and the colours blend together really nicely into an autumnal look. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sparkly With A Spike

I have no idea what to call these nails, or how to describe them!  

Recently I've been consciously trying to NOT use Barry M polishes, because I'm aware that I use Barry M far more often than any other brands.  So a couple of days ago I painted my nails using Tami Gleneagles Glamour, which is a really pretty rose gold with holo glitter.  I then thought it was a bit boring, so I freehanded a black line and a bit of a curve round the cuticle... using a Barry M nail art pen!  Oops.

I really liked how these looked, but I don't think my colleagues were very impressed. Several people said things along the lines of "oh... they're... different. I loved the ones you had on yesterday though!"  

Oh well, I don't care. I liked them.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Autumn Dotty Nails

Today's nails are some autumnal dots, using several different polishes.

I started with a base of two coats of Barry M Butterscotch Sundae.  I then used dotting tools to add curved rows of dots using Barry M Cocoa, Chilli, Mustard and Twinkle Twinkle, and OPI DS Luxurious. 

I topcoated over everything for extra shine and longevity. I wore these to work for a couple of days, and really liked how they looked.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Blue Stamping

Sorry for the lack of posts - I've been on holiday! I thought I'd set these blue nails to post while I was off, but apparently not, so here they are now.

This is another of my Bow Thermo Topcoats (I bought 5 of them).  I started with two coats of this. It dries to a pretty matte finish, with a subtle sparkle. 

This polish goes from a translucent blueish white when warm to a deep blue when cold.  

I then stamped over this using Barry M Blue Grape, and a MoYou London plate, although I can't remember which one. I also added Seche Vite for extra shine and smoothness.

I do love stamping over a thermal polish, for the way you get a pattern appearing as if by magic!
My nails look so long here! I broke a couple before I went away on holiday, so cut them down quite a bit before I went. 


Friday, 23 September 2016

Summer Neon Gradient

I wore these bright gradient nails for four whole days this week, because I liked them so much. 

I used four of the Models Own Polish for Tans for these - Sarong Wrap, Beach Fire, Barrier Reef and Island Hop.

These blended so easily, they were so easy to make a gradient with. I added topcoat for shine and longevity. 

I was planning on stamping some kind of tropical flower design over these, but in the end never did, because I liked them as they were.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Pink Stamping

Here's the next of my Bow Thermo Topcoats. This is the pink one. 

I started with a base of two coats of Bow Thermo Topcoat Pink. This is another one which is almost invisible when it's really warm - it's just a translucent polish with a slight glittery shimmer, which then becomes bright pink when cold. 

I stamped over it using Barry M Pink Punch and MoYou London Pro XL06.  I also added Seche Vite topcoat for extra shine. 

I love stamping over thermal polishes like this, so that the pattern disappears and reappears through the day!  I know the visible nail line in the warm state isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm fine with it. 

The pink is a really nice shade too, and so pretty!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Purple Stamping

Today I've been wearing the second of my Bow Thermo Topcoats.  


This is two coats of Bow Thermo Topcoat Violet. I then stamped on top of it using MoYou London Flower Power XL06 and Barry M Blackberry. 

The Violet Thermo changes from a translucent polish with a hint of lilac when warm to a dark purple when cold. Like yesterday's Red Thermo Topcoat, there is a really pretty shimmery glitter running through it. 

When my nails are cold, they are almost completely plain purple. For most of today though it's been really hot, so my nails have been the paler lilac base with the purple flowery pattern showing in full. 

I really like these thermals! They're so pretty!


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Secret Stamping

I recently bought 5 of the Bow Thermo Topcoats - the black, purple, blue, pink and red ones. I have used the red one for today's nails.

I started with a base of the red thermo topcoat (I know! It's all the wrong way round, but there we go...) and then stamped over it using Barry M Blood Orange and MoYou London Flower Power XL06.  

The Bow Thermo Topcoats are slightly sparkly thermal polishes that go from an almost invisible translucent when warm to a bright colour when cold. This one is almost the same shade as Blood Orange, so when cold, the stamping hardly shows. When warm, the stamping is clearly visible. 

I added Seche over the top for added shine. 

I love combining stamping with thermal polishes!  The thermal effect is really strong in these Bow polishes, and I really like the sparkly finish!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Jacava Black Forest Gateau with Roses

For the last couple of days I've been wearing this beautiful dark red Jacava polish, Black Forest Gateau. Today, I painted roses over it for a different look. 

I used three Barry M Gellys for the roses - Pink Lemonade, Rose Hip and Acai Smoothie, and two MoYou London stamping polishes for the leaves - Spring Green and Key Lime. 

I've topcoated over everything for smoothness and shine. 

I don't think I'll ever get bored of doing floral nails!
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