Saturday, 19 November 2011

Galaxy/Nebula Nails

These nails were pretty easy to do, because there is no wrong way to do it.

All you need is a bunch of colours, a piece of cardboard for your scratch pad, a make up sponge cut up into small pieces and a dotting tool

1)  One thick base coat a dark, sparkly colour - Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (94) "Black Diamond".
2)  Put a few drops of nail polish on your scratch pad.  Using small make up sponges, layer colours on with a dabbing action in any type of pattern across the nail, such as spots or diagonal lines:
       a)  (Blue) Sinful Colors (947) "Mint Apple"
       b)  (Green) Sinful Colors (946) "Happy Ending"
       c)  (Yellow) Sinful Colors (955) "Pull Over"
       d)  (Hot Pink) Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (320)              "Fushia Power"
       e)  (Orange) Sinful Colors (30) "Courtney Orange"
       f)  (Frosty Purple) Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (30)                      "Lilac Chantilly"
3)  Fill in any spaces with too much colour with the black from step 1.
4)  Using the small end of a dotting tool, add 3-5 dots to create stars using
Pure Ice (981CP) "Super Star!" 

Halloween Nail Art - Candy Corn

1)  Refer to "Patchwork" blog - 
2)  White - Pure Ice (981CP) "Super Star!"
3)  Orange -  Sinful Colors (30) "Courtney Orange"
4)  Yellow - Sinful Colors (955) "Pull Over"

Halloween Nail Art - Skulls

1)  One thick coat of Pure Ice (981CP) "Super Star!".
2)  Using the small side of a dotting tool, apply semi-circles on the outer corners of the nail with Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage".
3)  Using the same small side, apply 2 small dots in centre of nail for nose.
4)  Using Large side of dotting tool, apply 2 larger dots above nose to make eyes
5)  Using a nail art brush, apply 3 lines next to semi-circles from step 2 to create mouth.

Experimenting with Colours - Leopard Print

1)  2 thick coats of Pure Ice - (544CP) "Excuse Me"
2)  Refer to "leopard print" blog

Experimenting with Colours - Tiger print

Pink - L.A. Colors - "Metallic Pink" (NP285)
Purple - L.A. Colors - "Metallic Purple" (NP287)
Tiger stripes - refer to step 2 of "Zebra Toes" blog -

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Gaga for Nail Art: Paparazzi Edition

This nail art was inspired by the outfit Lady Gaga wore in the "Paparazzi" music video

1)  Apply 2 -3 coats of Sinful Colors (955) "Pull Over".
2)  Using the large end of a dotting tool, make 1 dot for Mickey Mouse's face using Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage".
3)  Using the small end of a dotting tool, make 2 dots, side by side, for Mickey Mouse's ears, with the same black nail polish.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Split Nails

These nails can be done with any colours, I did one application with pink, and one with green.
1)  Apply one or two thin base coats of Pure Ice (919CP) "Rumours".
2)  Refer to 'Patchwork' blog entry on how to apply and remove tape.
3)  One thick coat of Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (200) "Strobe Light" on untaped/exposed part of nail.
4)  Remove tape and let dry completely.
5)  Use black nail art pen to apply a thin diagonal line across, tracing over the break between colours from step 1 and 3.

 1)  Refer to instructions above replacing pink polishes with Sinful Colors (946) "Happy Ending" for step 1, and Sinful Colors (932) "Call You Later" for step 3.

Cheetah print with moons

1)  For Cheetah print, refer to 'leopard print' blog entry - instead of using a gold base, use China Glaze (933) "Classic Camel".
2)  Use a medium or large ended dotting tool, apply Sinful Colors (369) "Ruby Ruby" in a half moon shape near your cuticle.


1)  Apply tape, covering the entire nail except for a portion closest to the cuticle.
2)  Apply one coat of Klean Color's (20) "Neon Pink".
3)  Remove tape, apply new piece of tape a few millimeters further away from cuticle.
4)  Carefully, apply a smooth line of Klean Color's (153) "Neon Amethyst" against tape and previous colour.  Be careful to not paint over previous colour.
5)  Repeat steps 3 and 4 with Klean Color's (14) "Neon aqua", (204) "Neon Lime", (18) "Neon Yellow", and (19) "Neon Orange".

Acid Wash Jeans Inspired nails

These nails were inspired by:

1)  Two thick coats of Sinful Colors (943) "Hot Spot"
2)  Let it completely dry
3)  One coat of Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (300) "White On"
4)  Let it completely dry
5)  Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover, and lightly rub sporadically, over white to reveal navy    blue base.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

polka dots

These nails were inspired by:

  1. Three thick coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (53) "Must-Have Iris"
  2. Ring finger and thumb - use a dotting tool, make a pattern of diagonal polka dots using Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (300) "White On"

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Zebra Toes

  1. One thick coat - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (300) "White On"
  2. Draw horizontal stripes with a black nail art brush or pen.

Summer Nails!!

Just a bit of experimenting.

  1. Refer to 'leopard print' blog
  2. two coats - LM Nail Polish Beauty (11)


  1. One thick base coat -  Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (44) "Rose Amore"
  2. Once dry, place tape edge down centre of nail
  3. Paint exposed nail - LM Nail Polish Beauty (107)
  4. Carefully peel off tape, before nail polish dries
  5. One thick coat - Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (200) "Strobe Light"


This started out as a blue and silver diagonal design and was inspired by a Herve Leger bandage dress.
  1. One coat - Pure Ice (775P) "Celestial"
  2. Once dry, place a piece of tape from one corner of the nail to another
  3. On exposed nail, one coat - Sally Hansen Hard as Nails (850) "Pumping Iron"
  4. Carefully peel off tape, before nail polish dries

Once the tips start chipping, you can use the tap to make more shapes and add more colours.

Inspired by this dress:
Place tape one corner to another, and paint exposed nail - Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (94) "Black Diamond"

Monday, 1 August 2011

Shimmery Periwinkle Nails

Every time I do this colour, people ask me if it's from the Justin Bieber line.  Nope - just one of my own creations.

Step 1:  two thin coats - Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (30) "Lilac Chantilly"
Step 2:  one thick coat - Wet n Wild - Wild Shine (460D)

Candy Apple Red

It isn't clear in the picture, but this colour has red micro sparkles.

2 to 3 coats - Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (390) "Red Carpet"


2 to 3 coats - Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (280) "Marine Scene"

Marbling Attempts

I'm still new to marbling.  I think for my next attempt I'll stick to using mineral water instead of tap water, and use a white base, so the colour comes out clearer.