Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nailmas Day 17 - Glitter gold stripes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today's look is all about the striping tape - and boy did I have problems with this one! I had to experiment a couple of times as every time I took the tape off the top layer would muck up the gold lines. Anyway, I think we got there in the end, so let's have a closer look at it. 

I painted a coat of Gosh's Frosted Gold as a base, let it dry completely, then added striping tape on top. I wanted to show a hint of the gold, but have the purple as the main colour.
I painted Model's Own's Diamond Luxe in Oval Plum on top of it before taking the tape off and topping with a topcoat. I love the purple colour and how the Gosh polish gives it all a textured look.
What do you think of this look? Link your festive looks below!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nailmas Day 16 - Festive Dotticure

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I love a dotticure manicure, and haven't done one so far as I have lost my dotting tools :( So while I wait for the ones I've ordered to come I improvised using the bottom of my nail art brush for these - I think they've worked out alright. I wanted to go for a festive look using different shades of green and reds, unfortunately, the colours, which looked quite different shades in real life, look quite similar in these pictures, never mind. I'm always learning, and when I do it again I know how to improve it.
I started with a nude base - No 7's So Simple which gives a barely there look. On top I dotted:
Topshop Lacquered
Rimmel Block Your Green
Seche Iconic
and LA Colors Metallic Green

So there you have it - Look 16! The end is nearing, but I am quite enjoying trying out different techniques and making use of the colours I do have in my stash. What do you think of today's look? Link your festive looks below!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nailmas Day 15 - Christmas Baubles

Monday, December 15, 2014
It's getting closer to Christmas and I'm getting more excited! I met up with my friends in Wales over the weekend as it was probably the last time we will get to see each other before Christmas. We swapped presents, had a good gossip and a catch up and had cocktails - mocktails for me.  So I did these nails before I went away.
I went for Model's Own Grape Juice for the base. And then a whole mixture of polishes for the baubles. I will have to list them here:

Thumb: Gosh Frosted Gold
First finger: Ciate The Hamptons
Second: Model's Own Oval Plum and LA Colors Frou Frou
Third: Barry M Jingle Bells
Fourth: Model's Own Rocket.

A lot of polishes! But I put a coat of colour beneath the glitters to make them stand out more.
So there you have it! What do you think of it? Link your festive looks below!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nailmas Day 14 - Frosted Gold

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Today's Nailmas look is this gorgeous matte gold look - Gosh's Frosted Gold. I got this a few weeks ago and have been using any excuse to paint my nails with it. It is an unusual texture as it feels like sand on the nail but is made of packed together gold which is shiny and matte in one.
It only needs one thick coat and dries super quick and I love it as I don't tend to normally like metallic colours.
A simple look but definitely one I'm thinking of wearing for my work's Christmas party next week. What do you think of it? Link your festive looks below!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nailmas Day 13 - Do you want to build a snowman?

Saturday, December 13, 2014
I love this mani for being so simple yet Wintery. This weekend is meant to be really cold and blustery in the UK and some parts of Scotland have had snow in the week, so I thought it was time to do a snowman mani for today. I went for alternate designs of snowmen and their faces and I think it looks cute.
I went for a base of Model's Own Hyper Gel in White Light. On alternate nails I went for Model's Own Blueberry Muffin. For the black I used Nail's Inc Alexa Leather, and for the red scarf I used Model's Own Diamond Luxe Heart Luxe.
In hindsight I should have used a darker blue as the snowmen don't stand out enough against it, but I still like the overall look.
What do you think of the latest look? Link your festive nails below!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nailmas Day 12 - Oh Christmas Tree

Friday, December 12, 2014
It's Day 12 and can you believe this is my first Christmas tree mani! If you saw my Instagram a few days ago (Safiraali) you would have seen that I have acquired quite a few polishes on a recent shopping trip. I bought some Model's Own polishes in the 6 for £20 offer, some LA Colors in some browns I had missing from my collection and a Barry M glitter I can't wait to use in one of my posts coming up. The Barry M ones are available in either a gold glitter, which I got, or a festive green and red one that I am wanting to go back for, if you spend £6 on Barry M in Superdrug at the moment. And on the way home Asif surprised me with another bag from Model's Own! He got me some scented pastel polishes and the Hyper Gel topcoat as a gift as he had been called into work last minute :( 
So back to today's design. I wanted to try out one of the polishes that Asif got me and went for the Apple Pie - it does have an apple scent to it too! I painted two coats and let it dry completely. Over it I wanted to do a Christmas tree, and thought about making it into a dotticure design, but decided against it after rifling through my stash and finding this Ciate The Hamptons glitter which I got from T X Maxx recently. It has dense dark green glitter with gold hexes in it - so pretty!
I used a nail art brush to paint the tree on - but it took forever as the glitter kept drying up! so I had to do a little at a time and had to alternate between nail art brushes and cleaning them regularly as the glitter would go solid. I finished with a brown striper for the trunk and pretty much left it. It doesn't need any decoration as the glitter gives the effect of tinsel/ baubles on the tree, and I don't think it really needs anything on top of the tree - I like it just as it is!

What do you think of today's tree design? Let me know in the comments below, and link to your festive designs! x

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nailmas Day 11 - Gift Wrapped

Thursday, December 11, 2014
How is your present wrapping going? I've wrapped a couple of presents so far for early gifts to give to friends as we won't be able to meet again before Christmas. While wrapping, I thought this will make a great nail design! I wanted to do each nail a different colour so went for this from thumb to little finger:
Model's Own Diamond Luxe Heart Red
Mavala Bamako
No 7 Milan
Gosh's Frosted Gold
Mavala Samarkand

Phew! That's a lot of polishes!
By far my favourite is the Gosh as it is the most beautiful matte gold with glitter - so unusual, but I loved it so much I used it as the ribbon design for the thumb and pinky. For the green I used a silver Artistix pen from Model's Own and for the middle one I used Model's Own Heart Red again with a nail art brush.
I adore this design, though if I did it again I would use the same striping brush to do all the ribbon designs to make them more even, but to be honest, it's quite true to life with my wrapping as the ribbons do all look different!

Let me know what you think of today's design and if you like it. Link your festive designs below!