Friday, December 28, 2012

Snowflakes on a gradient nail art

Hey pretties! I hope you all had a good Christmas! Phew! I've been so super busy, but I'm here now, showing you the nail art I've been sporting since Tuesday. Yup, I painted my nails on Christmas day. It was awesome :D

The gradient is made with Essie's Blanc with Essie's Lapiz of Luxury sponged on it. I dipped the tips in some craft glitter I had laying around. I needed some heavy top coating to get it smooth but it worked fine, and I painted some cute snowflakes on top of the gradient. Sometimes, when I have my doubts about the color, I use the facts that I have two different hands to my advantage :-p I just used white on my left hand and silver on my right. Guess I was right to use white on my 'photograph-hand' because it turned out better, in my opinion.

I'm very happy with this nail art. Maybe the strokes didn't come out perfect but I'm in love with it :D Thanks for watching!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to make velvet nails

I showed you my velvet nails on Sunday. Today, I'll give you a bit of a tutorial on how to make them yourself!

First off, here's what you need:
- Flocking powder in any color you like
- Nail polish that is roughly the same shade as the powder
- Top coat
- A low plastic container like a lid or something would be nice too

Two bags of 2 grams each and I got something extra :)

You can get flocking powder in any craft store. It's very inexpensive and you only need a little bit. I had two grams and my bag looks like it's hardly been touched. (Voor de nederlandse dames: ik heb mijn fluweelpoeder gekocht bij Mini Mil's en ik was aan mijn hele bestelling met 2 zakjes maar €2,20 inclusief verzendkosten kwijt)

It's really easy, you'd be a genius if you managed to screw this up ;-)

After applying a base coat, paint your nails with your base color. This doesn't have to be perfect because it will be covered up later by the flocking powder, but don't leave gaps because it might shine through.

Let your polish dry completely. You will want to put your powder in something more convenient to use than a bag, like a plastic lid. I used a tiny lid from a box that used to hold beads, so it's very low and easy to roll my nail bed in.

Okay, so here it goes: apply your top coat, not too thick but also make sure your nail is completely covered or there will be bald patches. Then, put your nail bed in the flocking powder and gently push and roll through it, making sure your nail is covered. Take your nail out and pat on the powder with another finger, pushing it flat and securing the powder to your nail.

After it's dried a bit, and this is quickly, you can stroke the excess flocking powder off your nail and shape the edges a bit. Mine has glitter so I'm still cleaning up after this nail experiment.

It feels funny and weird but it looks SOOOO FLUFFYYYY! Also, it's a lot of fun to do. But you'll have some cleaning up to do, I think, because that powder gets EVERYWHERE.

And that's my tutorial! As you can see on the last pic, you'll have a lot left afterwards, so you can try this as many times as you like. Thanks for watching!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Nails for Newtown

There have been many words about recent events, but I'm at a loss for them. I can't think of anything useful or meaningful to say. It just hurts. That's all.

We've had some terrible events in the Netherlands too in the past week, with young people ending their lives because of bullying and teenagers kicking a soccer ref to death. Compassion reaches far beyond any border. 

I'm honored to join my fellow bloggers in wearing white nails for peace and innocence. 

Half lighting

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rainbow rhinestones nail art

I've gone all out this time with my wheel of rhinestones :-p I was in the mood for it, so I made a rainbow! It's so beautiful on the black. And sooooo shiny :D

So pretty! And the best part is that I have loads of rhinestones to spare :D

Friday, December 7, 2012

Heart accent nail

Hey pretty ladies! I'd like to show you something I found on the internet. It's a nail art design by Sue from Creative Nail Design by Sue. If you're not following her yet, please do because she really has talent and a lot of creativity. I liked this design so much that I wanted it on my own nails.

I emailed Sue asking if I could use her picture, and I could! She told me she had it from a youtube channel called Luvable nails, and this girl called her design Dancing Hearts.

I asked Sue for permission to use her pic

I think it's very cute, and I really like the way the purple surrounds the heart on one side, like it's protecting it or something. I told you yesterday about the new polishes I got (for freeeeeeee) and I was dying to use them! So I took Essie's Cute as a Button and put it on my nails. Getting the ring finger to look like the picture wasn't easy, let me tell you. It took some talent and a lot of effort, and it still didn't turn out exactly as I wanted it to. 

I put glitter on the rest of my nails. Sally Hansen's Disco Ball, and it really gave the design a boost. Thank you Sue, for sharing your lovely designs!