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Monday, 6 January 2014

'V-shape' Nail Art

Sometimes it's nice to do a simple design rather than elaborate scribbles which make my eyes hurt -- although I did end up having to spend more than I had planned on this.

The reason being that this is textured nail polish which can be a little bit tricky to draw with. The base colour is done with two coats of Rimmel Space Dust 'Aurora' while the V-shape is done with Rimmel Space Dust 'Total Eclipse'.

I had the bright idea of using my usual masking tape for this design - cutting a 'V' shape into a square of masking tape and placing the two pieces a few millimetres away from each other on the nail, using the gap as a stencil for the 'V'. I realize while I am writing this that that I should have just taken a picture when I was making this but I didn't, so I really can't explain it any better unfortunately!
The problem is that obviously masking tape doesn't really stick to textured nail polish (however this concept didn't occur to me at the time - it's a bit like sticking tape to a cement wall and being surprised when it falls off instantly) so I had to paint the V in about 1.5 seconds which was a complete mess and I ended up just painting them with a nail art brush (still, the tape template provided some guideline, I guess!).
Therefore, as mentioned, I ended up taking longer than I thought, but hey-ho, you live and you learn!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Nails Inc: 'My Nail Polish Diary' - January

For the main post on Nails Inc's 'My Nail Polish Diary', with links to all other months, click here.

 January! First of all, Happy New Year! This is perhaps not the most exciting polish to be doing at the start of the year, but it is the first in the Nail Polish Diary by Nails Inc, so here it is! 'Kensington Caviar Topcoat'!

They say it dries in 45 seconds, and I have to say, it did seem pretty quick to dry! It does leave a nice shine - I did try to capture it in daylight, in the 2 hours it was present (that's Winter for you!).
This is possibly the only time you will see my nails 'bare'. I considered painting my nails a colour first but then I figured that would defeat the purpose and you wouldn't actually see the topcoat. A couple of my nails have a few ridges which this polish seemed to fill in pretty well for the most part! Definitely a good topcoat, and made better by the large soft brush which makes it ideal for nail art as it won't drag and ruin it.

Nails Inc: 'My Nail Polish Diary'

As many will know, the post-Christmas sales are one of the best times to get expensive nail polishes, and when I saw this box for half price, I just had to buy it! This 'Nail Polish Diary' has one polish for every month so that your nails will look fabulous all year, awww yeaahh! At first, I considered just using them all with no regard of the month they're assigned to (which, to be honest, will probably happen soon anyway), however I then thought this might be a good way to ensure I have at least one post per month, as I often have no posts while at uni. So, the first of every month I will be uploading a post about the month's nail polish. Below are the list of polishes in the diary - they will be clickable when the post has been published.

March: Baker Street

Obviously, you can already find many other reviews on these polishes on other blogs if you search, however I don't mind taking a year to do this, haha.

Hope you enjoy!