Saturday, 1 November 2014

Skeleton Nail Art & Face Paint - Plus FAMOUS Nails!

A few days ago I painted some skeleton nail art on my nails and posted a picture online. 
Oh. My. God. It blew up the internet. In my two-and-a-half years of nail blogging I have never experienced anything like it. Currently, this picture has 1,700 hearts on We Heart It, 1,000 on Instagram and 500 on Facebook. I got about 1,000 new followers out of it, was featured on Tumblr and heaps of Instagram accounts (including @nails2inspire) reposted it with credit. 
It was nuts, but in a very good way. 

The best part was, that after months and months of constantly making tutorials for other people, I did these purely for ME. Because I wanted to wear them. So to end up with nails I liked plus having half the internet drooling over them, it was a pretty good outcome. It also really reiterated that I'm doing the right thing by focusing on what I love, rather than forcing myself to be a tutorial-making machine. Here's the design!

I had been thinking for a few days about what I wanted to dress up as for Halloween, and how I was going to match my nails to it. I've done a bunch of Halloween designs on YouTube, but I wanted something different; something that I hadn't done before. I was quite keen on a skeleton, and found a bunch of ideas online where the skeleton crossed over two nails - I definitely had to go with that! In the end, the biggest inspiration for those nails was this design by The Nailasaurus. I added a bit more detail to it though, around the hips and the skull and added some cracks across the whole design to make him look more realistic.

 After doing the skeleton, I decided I wanted a Halloween version of French tips on the rest of the nails. I found this cool design to inspire me, but had an absolute nightmare of a time trying to figure out what the name of the blogger was! If you clicked that last link you would have seen that it was very blurry, and seeing what the watermark says is completely impossible. 

However, after about 10 minutes of searching for different sizes of the picture I finally found one of a good enough quality that I could read the little writing on the watermark. Turns out I recreated a design the was a recreation itself! I initially saw A Sassy Conspiracy's photo, and after a bit of searching found that she followed Brush Me Blush's tutorial.

If you're wondering how I did these, I'm afraid I won't be making a tutorial for these any time soon. You can follow this tutorial for the tips though, and all I did extra was to add some fine black lines around the bones to make them look cracked. For the skeleton, I painted on the basic shapes and lines with white them dotted/striped in detail with black polish. They're not that hard, in comparison to my Disney series at least  - that's why I was so surprised they went so viral!

Their cute factor is through the roof, I guess. I've still got these on, and even managed to get away with using acetone on a client's nails this morning without removing any of my nail polish - win!

I only used a few polishes for this design, and they were:
Nicole by OPI - Sheer Fun
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Here's my other hand. I've got a video all about painting your nails using your non-dominant hand if you want some tips.

 Now, on to the face paint! I haven't ever done this before, so wasn't too sure how it'd turn out. I opted for a skeleton, of course. Considering I'm unrecogniseable in photos, I think I did okay!

Chris made himself a Vampire, but one with a tanned neck, haha.

 I have issues with ribs. I added them in last-minute and didn't bother thinking much about their placement or how many there should be. So yeah, lots of ribs. My poor crushed lungs.

Later in the night I got a bit cold, so put on a hoodie. I realised it suited my makeup pretty well! Creepy...

We had heaps of other cool dress ups at our Halloween party last night, it was a really good time. I've never celebrated Halloween before, but this first certainly won't be a last!

Next week I'm planning on doing some Maleficent nail art, which will be part of my Disney series. Can't wait to show you what I come up with!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Witch Hat Nail Art for Halloween!

I love these nails - so easy to create, yet they look so detailed and effective! I've got a Halloween party this weekend, and must make sure I don't forget to do my nails for it - it'd be a bit shocking to forget to after all the tutorials I've made this year!

The tutorial for this is only two minutes long - short ones are my personal favourite as they're quick to watch, and easier to film and edit. I'm cutting down on my YouTube tutorials at the moment as I'm aiming for another career, but I imagine they'll still pop up from time-to-time, I am a little bit addicted... and my nail art will always be around!

Here's the video, and please subscribe ☺.

Cutting down on YouTube means spending more time on my blog, which I am beyond excited about. It's been somewhat neglected since July, with only posts about my latest videos. I'm really looking forward to doing some detailed nail art soon, and posting a nice big, chatty post on here all about it!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Female Frankenstein Nails | Collaboration With Eyedolize Makeup

While I love filming for my YouTube channel, and at times enjoy editing, I've found that if I'm doing it with someone else the whole process is so much more fun! It happened with videos featuring my husband, and it definitely happened when Bridgette from Eyedolize Makeup and I met up!

Bridgette's from Australia, and while we've collaborated once before, this was the first time we had met in person. We had yummy homemade burgers, a few drinks and filmed two videos - one for my channel and one for hers! Here's what she did on me for her channel - you can watch it here!

I loved it, and am so keen to start trying some of this kind of thing on myself. Maybe in the next year or so I'll expand a bit to this - we'll have to see how everything else goes ☺,

Here are the nails that I did for Bridgette - and jeez, the footage for this was pretty shocking. I was cringing while editing, but also laughing because really, it doesn't matter that much. All positive feedback so far too, which is awesome. 

Here's the tutorial - check out that amazing wonky camera angle, terrible lighting, and have fun squinting while trying to see the nail!

Taking photos of someone else's nails is also something of an art form, especially at night time... we managed to get a couple of decent ones at least!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Easy Mummy Nail Art Tutorial | Halloween 2014

Today I have a really quick and easy Halloween nail art tutorial for you! It's my fourth one of 2014, and you can find all the others (as well as last year's) here.

Mummy nails! Spooky...? More cute, I'd say.

The biggest issue I have with this kind of nail art - as in, designs that have dark horizontal lines over a light background, is that the black tends to smear when you apply a top coat. Many a manicure ruined... I've managed to find a way around it though, and I mention that at the end of this tutorial. 

Please subscribe! Just hitting the 8,000 mark at the moment, yay!

The polishes I used for this nail art were:
Jordana Pop Art - Black Mark
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Revlon - Ruby Ribbon
Sally Hansen - Without A Stitch
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Monday, 20 October 2014

Stamping FAIL - Help!

With nail art, you generally get better over time. I've seen my hand-painted nail art go from weird colourful stripes to patchwork to detailed cartoons. Hurrah. But I have never improved at stamping - in fact, I think I've gone backwards. The only hope I have is that maybe it's not me, maybe it's the polish I'm using. I've only ever stamped with normal nail polish, or stamping polish from Born Pretty Store. The one time I tried Konad, it belonged to a friend and it worked perfectly... I'm not sure if that was a one-off or not, but it gave me some hope.

I received a heap of stamping products to review from Born Pretty Store, and was excited to give it a try. The polishes are quite expensive, so I figured they must be awesome. But I don't know what it was - it was the most frustrating thing ever! I spent hours trying to get it to work one day, and this is the best I could get - plus this is after fixing it up the best I could by hand-painting in the gaps.

I pouted about my failed attempt for a good two weeks, but decided I owed it to Born Pretty Store, who I usually fully endorse, to try again. Maybe I was just having a bad day.

But no. Granted, this time was a little easier than last time, but most of the design still didn't transfer, and the white polish was far from opaque.

The awkward thing was that I intended to make a "How To" video with this stuff. But really, it was just a "How To Suck" video. I asked on Facebook if people wanted me to still upload it, despite it's... issues... and the response was a unanimous "yes," so at least I don't have to feel too bad about uploading such a sub-par tutorial. It's to please the people!

So I need some serious stamping help. Please, if you know anything about stamping, tell me what I'm doing wrong! It's worked in the past, with some other BPS polishes I have, but these ones... either I've gotten worse or the polishes aren't very good. The black was decent, come to think of it, but the white was too sheer and didn't transfer properly and the red dried so fast it was near-impossible to transfer. See the video for what I mean - and please subscribe!

Here are a few shots of the stamping supplies from Born Pretty Store. I did like the plates - there were heaps of awesome designs that I was so excited to try out, but it just didn't work out for me.

I heard that there's a company (or maybe several?)  that make extra large plates, for us ladies with wide fingernails. Does anyone know what the company's name is? I might see if I can hunt them down. Stamping isn't really "my thing" anyway, I like to hand-paint, but I know that a lot of people do like it and it'd be good to film a video where it worked perfectly.

Friday, 17 October 2014

My Little Pony Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

I've been wanting to upload this for ages! Now that I'm doing three videos a week, I have an upload schedule and try to balance out my favourites, instead of putting them all in at once. This is my second My Little Pony design, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

As you can see, it's Halloween-themed, and was inspired by this picture. Of course, I made a tutorial for it, which you can watch here - please subscribe to my channel!

This is my third Halloween nail art tutorial for 2014, and I still have two to edit and upload. It's kind of fun, sticking to a theme, but I'm still mixing it up with other videos in-between. I'm definitely doing a lot more My Little Pony nails - I just love doing them! And so far I've been pleasantly surprised at how they've turned out. They're hard but not too hard, if that makes sense? The hardest part is trying to keep my hands in-camera; that part can be a bit frustrating.

I did Rainbow Dash nail art a little while ago, and you can check that out here.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Bloodshot Eyeballs | Halloween Nail Art

 Today's nail art is Halloween-themed... gross bloodshot eyeballs!

So creepy! My candy ones were a lot more cute, but there's something fun about these gross ones. The next one I'll be uploading is a cute one though - I've got a sneak peek at the end of the tutorial. You can check that out here - and please subscribe!

I applied glow-in-the-dark nail polish over the eyes - and loved how they looked once it got dark! It was seriously hard to get a good picture though, so sorry about the quality.

The glow polish did make the whites turn a bit off-green, but I decided that just added to the sickly image. 

The polishes I used were:
Model's Own - Hyper Gel Blue Glint
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Glow and the Dark polish

If you want to see the rest of the nail art tutorials I've done in both 2013 and 2014, check out this playlist - and heaps more are coming soon! Isn't October going fast?!

Hope you like these Halloween nails!

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