Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Annie Get Your Gun Nails!

Regular readers will know how much I love the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield - I've posted about it and done nails here, as well as having done snooker nails here. Last night though, I got a very exciting opportunity which deserved its own nails!

Every Christmas, the Crucible does a classic musical. This year's is Annie Get Your Gun, which I'm very excited about because OMG! Cowboys! Chaps! Saloons and comedy shooting competitions? What's not to love?  It opens on Friday and runs to the end of January, and I've got tickets for a week on Saturday.  But yesterday I was lucky enough to be part of a group of twitter fans who got to have an exclusive backstage tour, and it was SO MUCH FUN! We met the musical director, who took us to the remote orchestra pit under the stage and gave us some sneak peeks at the music secrets. We went to the wardrobe and costume department and chatted to the staff, and tried on lots of hats (and oohed and aahed at Kenneth Branagh's Richard III costume). We ate pizza, we chatted panto and musicals and theatre, and we got to watch some of the technical rehearsal for AGYG itself. There's a TRAIN! And hats! And chaps! 

The nails are inspired by the production artwork, which is gorgeous!

You can read all about Annie Get Your Gun (including lots of photos and cute video trailers) here

Anyway, on to the nails! I started with a base of Barry M Mustard, and sponged a mix of Barry M Satsuma, Full Throttle and Models Own Sarong Wrap to make the blended background. 

I really liked how these looked, and wore these for two days as they were. 

Tonight I added the bullet holes, using Konad Black sponged on and then Konad White dotted on over the top. I then mattified everything using Barry M Matte Topcoat.  Then, because I never know when to leave well enough alone, I added a fringe to the ring nail, using nail glue and some edges from a fringe on an old scarf, as well as an accent stud. Because every cowboy mani needs fringes!

The fringe wasn't massively successful to be honest, but I suppose it's quite fun. It was too short to have any weight though, so it wouldn't swing very well. 

I'll let you know what I make of the show when I go - I really can't wait!


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lace Stamping

Last week I bought my first stamping plates from Bundle Monster - the first plates I've bought that aren't from MoYou London in a very long time. I bought a set of 5 blogger plates, and the nails in this post use the plate by YaGala.

I started with a base of Barry M Golden Sands, and then stamped using Konad Black and Bundle Monster BM-XL208 and a lacey design.

I wore these for a couple of days without topcoat, and then for another couple of days with topcoat. I like how they look in closeup, but at arms' length I felt they looked sort of grubby...  Whether that was the colour combination or what, I'm not sure. 

Autumn Gradient with Stamping

I hate this time of year! It's wet and cold and clammy and work is stressful and everything is just generally uurgh.  Hence the lack of blogging I suppose. I have done my nails, but I've only taken photos of some of them.

Anyway, here are some nails I wore a couple of weeks ago. I started with a gradient using China Glaze Riveting and Barry M Sparkling Amethyst.  I wore these like this for a couple of days at work.

I then stamped over the gradient using Konad Black and.... probably one of the MoYou London XL plates, although I can't remember which one. 

I really liked how these looked. The stamp is supposed to be floral, but I think it's ended up looking more abstract here. I love Riveting (the shimmery orange one) but haven't worn it for a really long time - I clearly need to dig it out more often!

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!

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