Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Golden scales - BM-217

I really liked the scales image on BM-217, and always thought it was a shame that it wasn't a full nail design. So I decided to try making it into one today by using it twice on each nail. It worked much better than I thought it would, helped by the gold not being too opaque. 
My nails have taken a beating lately, as I started working as a waitress (my first job, woo!). I'm really glad that nail polish is acceptable where I work, as long as it's neat and tidy. So I sometimes only get to wear a design for a day before having to take it off as it's chipped already! I haven't been taking photos though, so I'll have to remember to take them. 
With my first pay slip, I bought three Barry M polishes, the first and third set of Bundle Monster plates, and some sock yarn (my knitting and sewing blog is here) :) I used one of the polishes for this mani, and I love it! Such a gorgeous colour.
Here are the details:
Sally Hansen Double Duty, as a base coat.
Barry M in Emerald Green, two coats.
Star Gazer in Gold, stamped using BM-217.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Foxglove Gradient

I've tried doing a gradient a couple of times, but was never happy with the result. Then I came across this tutorial the other day and had an 'aha' moment. This technique works really well! I've finally done a gradient I'm happy with. It's not perfect, I'd like to try it with a finer sponge. Here it is!
Here are the details:
SallyHansen double duty, as a base coat.
Rimmel 60 seconds in 730 Silver bullet, two coats.
No7 Stay Perfect in Foxglove 80, two coats on accent nail.
Sally Hansen Insta-dri top coat. 
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