Saturday, 22 June 2013

Flower Ring

This design was inspired by my flower ring. I always get compliments when I wear the ring, so I thought it'd be neat if I replicated the flowers onto my nails!

The polishes I used were Essie Beyond Cozy, L'Oréal Golden Lucks, L'Oréal Tangerine Crush and a jelly cream Barielle polish. 

Golden Lucks is very similar to the gold outline on the ring, however the polish is quite sheer. Instead of outlining the flowers with Golden Lucks, I used it as a base colour then painted the flowers. I didn't want to use rhinestones like the ring for this design, so I simply painted Beyond Cozy between the flowers with a dotting tool.

I like the idea of accent nails, so I only painted the flowers on two fingers for both my hands. This way it won't look overwhelming and busy. Here's another view of my hand!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Needle Marble

I'm behind on my posts since my nails have grown out of this square shape and into an almond shape now. So let's get to it!

Of all the types of nail art, water marble is probably my worst; it never turns out well every time I try. Having said that, I was excited to hear about an alternative marble design without using water! This is the final look of my version of needle marble nails. 

The polishes I used were Ciaté Power Dressing and Ciaté Cabaret. Power Dressing is a mini rich dark blue that came with my Ciaté mini mani month. Cabaret is a creamy purple that came with my Velvet Manicure set. My favourite part about Ciaté polishes are the packaging; the bottes and bows (of course) are absolutely adorable!  

To achieve this look, I started with a clear base coat, followed by the Ciaté polishes depicted below. I applied thick layers of each polish and lightly swirled the two colours with a dotting tool.

The swirling from the dotting tool adjusted the level of the layers a bit, and for that reason I used Essie Good to Go as my topcoat to make the design glossy and smoother. 

I love how my pinky from my dominant hand turned out, so here's a closer picture.

Aaaand here are a couple more snapshots with my thumb!