Sunday, 30 June 2013

Maybelline New York Color Show collection - swatches and reviews!

As you may have noticed, I've been creating heaps of nail art with the new Maybelline Color Show collection. I've done water marble nails, tropical sunset nails, abstract candy floss nails, patchwork nails, dotty nails and rose and checkered nails!

The Color Show nail varnishes collection was launched at the beginning of the month (June 2013) and has 25 brilliant shades. I only have swatches of 23 of them however; one polish (Fuchsia Flash) had some shade issues and wasn't sent to me and the other is just a clear - so it's kind of hard to take a photo of it! I'll still add in a little review of it at the bottom of the post though.

Here's a collage of all the shades. There are some real stunners in there! Each polish is in the cute little bottle that you can see in the photos and contains 7 mL of polish.

Now I'll show you all the colours, including a quick description of them. At the end of the post I'll give you a short list of my favourites - so that if you go buy them yourself you'll know which ones are just perfect! I'll also put a link to where you can buy them at the bottom of this post.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Roses and checkered nail art

Here's some more nail art that I've done using Maybelline NY Color Show polishes! Yes, I'm seriously in love with this collection, don't judge me. 

I wanted to try out some of the darker colours as I had mostly just played around with the pastels in my previous Color Show manis. I'm quite happy with the results! If I do this design again I would use a lighter red though, and maybe have more white checkers.

I'm not at home, so not sure of all the colours I used... but I think they were:
Audacious Asphalt
Onyx Rush 
Porcelain Party
Ummm... I'll try to remember to add in the other colours tomorrow!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Easy Dotticure tutorial - dotty nails!

I'm a bit slow putting this up - it's been on YouTube for a few days already, but here's my latest tutorial; easy dotty nails! All in pinks and purples - super girly :).
I used four colours from the Maybelline NY Color Show collection for this, they were:
Porcelain Party
Plum Paradise
Crushed Candy
Purple Icon

Here's the tutorial - it's only 2 minutes long - I'm getting good at cutting down footage! I also edit a lot quicker now - it used to take me pretty much all day, now it's done in an hour or two. Phew!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Announcing the winners of my nail art competition and giveaway!

I have blatantly been dreading this day! As soon as the first entry came in for my nail art competition I knew it was going to be near-impossible to judge. There ended up being almost 80 brilliant entries and it was so hard to pick just one winner... so I chose three :P. The first prize is still definitely the best, but I'm still going to buy something little from Born Pretty Store for second and third, just to say well done. 

As it's less complicated, I'll announce the giveaway winner first - congrats to Lacey of Lace and Lacquers

I was shocked when I saw her name come up - I rarely know who the winners are! She totally deserves it though, has these great posts on her blog that list all the current giveaways she knows of. My giveaways always somehow end up there - I get a bunch of page views from them and more entrants, which is great!
I've already emailed Lacey and she replied straight away, so I'll be ordering her nail art starter kit today!

Now, for the nail art competition!
Argh, where do I begin! SO MANY AWESOME ENTRIES! I decided the only way I was able to cut it down was to look at the designs that really stuck to the criteria - Me, Myself and I themed, unique, well-done and hand-painted. My husband and I painstakingly narrowed it down to five, and then to three. 
Without out further adieu, congrats to third place winner - Giulia!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Patchwork nail art tutorial!

Here's some more nail art I did using the Maybelline New York Color Show collection - and I made a picture tutorial too! I'm thinking about making a YouTube video for this design, mostly because I want to do it again :P. I've previously done patchwork nails twice, here and here - I even made a tutorial for that second one. 
But that was my first ever tutorial and pretty average, plus I realised that they look way better with a few patterns on them. Hope you like them!

Again, the colours I used for this design are all from the Maybelline Color Show collection.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Abstract candy floss nails!

I did these fashion inspired nails a few months ago, and have been meaning to recreate them ever since - today I did! In completely different colours though.

I also made another YouTube tutorial, which is in the process of uploading as I write this. Hopefully it won't take too long... 
I like this video best so far, simply because I got a haircut today and my hair has gone from boring to awesome! So happy with it. Spent a pretty penny though, so good thing I have full-time work now :o.

The colours I used for this manicure were all from the Maybelline NY Color Show collection:

Monday, 17 June 2013

How to do gradient nails + tropical sunset!

These nails were a happy surprise. I set off to make a "how to do gradient nails" tutorial on YouTube, but they turned into something more as I added palm trees and birds! Not my best work, but considering how spur-of-the-moment they were I'm satisfied :). 

I used five polishes from Maybelline New York's Color Show collection for this design. I'm finding them really good to work with! From left to right, they are:
Porcelain Party
Coral Crush
Onyx Rush
Iced Queen

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Water marble nail art tutorial.

This is the first time I've actually well and truly succeeded at water marbling! And I got it on camera as well! I've managed to get away with average water marble before by painting over the yucky parts and adding dots, but this just worked fantastically. It really is all about the polish, I have to say. I've got the Color Show collection from Maybelline to play around with at the moment, and the first thing I noticed was how wonderfully thin the mixture was! Maybe it's normal, but I haven't had new nail polish in months and it is just amazing! I knew I had to give water marbling a shot and I'm so glad I did!

I put together a five minute YouTube video with tips, tricks and a tutorial for this design :).

As I mentioned, these colours are all from the Maybelline Color show collection. There are 25 amazing colours to choose from and I honestly love them all! I'll be doing a swatching/review post next weekend of all the colours.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Skull nail art

Okay, the cuticles aren't cleaned up properly and they're bad photos but I can't help but LOVE these! Skull nail art FTW! They're a direct copy of these nails, and I did them on a lovely friend of my brother's called Brittany. 

I'm going to have to do these on myself sometime, too. They're just too hilarious not to. I love how they join up to create half a skeleton... I haven't done much of that sort of thing, but it makes a manicure just that little bit cooler.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Studs and teal leopard print

I received these little studs to review from KKcenterhk a little while ago, and decided to match them with my favourite design - leopard print!

Leopard print is just so versatile, I love it! Plus it's pretty easy to do, so you can do it quickly and not worry about it going too wrong. 

I liked these studs - they came in a pack of about 50 (the photo below was taken after I'd already used a few) and were easy to apply. I used my wax pencil, but you could still use a cuticle stick dipped in clear nail polish. They're 4mm x 2mm, which I think is a good size. Enough to be a bit special but not so big that it's annoying. However, if big and annoying is your thing they have heaps of other sizes (and studs) available!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Batman nails!

Batman nail art! I spent the whole time painting these with "dinner dinner dinner dinner BATMAN" playing repeatedly over in my head. Extremely annoying, but at least it kept me focused on the manicure. These were requested by some of the four-year-old boys at work - and I'm so glad they asked for them! It's not something I would have naturally turned to, so it was good to challenge myself. I'm not a huge superhero fan (mainly because I'm jealous that many of them can fly) but I have watched two of the batman movies; The Avengers, and all the main characters from The Avenger's individual movies (Captain America, etc).

Best thing about these nails? They only took an hour to do on both hands. I've recently started watching the time when I'm painting my nails, and it's quite cool to see how much faster I've become! It would have taken me a good two and a half hours six months ago. 

I guess when I think about it, most of my blog-related time is spent replying to people, watermarking, editing posts and looking at other people's artwork for inspiration. And boy, is there a lot of that. I had a decent scroll through my Tumblr dashboard for the first time in ages yesterday and I forgot how amazing people are at this! I feel like such an amateur compared to them! It's so cool seeing all the ideas, I'm never going to run out of things to do!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Bumblebee nails!

Wow, I did these a whole month ago today! I meant to publish them about the same time as I posted my ladybird nails, but I completely lost the photos. I ended up finding them in a folder deep in my computer, phew - so here they are! Not one of my more complicated or well-done designs, but as my purpose was just to entertain the kids at work I was happy with them! 

Here's my first attempt at bumblebee stripes, by the way! Bit of a difference!

To do this bumblebee nail art I used: 
China Glaze - Sunshine pop 
China Glaze - Ink 
Revlon - Metallic
China Glaze - White on White

I just painted them yellow, painted on the black parts and finished off the detail with silver and white.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Rainbow leopard-print nails!

I'm really excited to show you this nail art design, I love it! That doesn't sound very modest, haha, but I just love rainbows so this makes me happy :). As you can see, I've done a rainbow gradient and added in leopard print and cute little 3D bows. I'm not normally that into 3D stuff but I thought I'd give it a try. Surprisingly, it was alright! A little less practical than normal but totally fine in small amounts like this. 
I've had this design on for ages too, although the bows have fallen off. I work with kids, and they're fascinated by them!

This is the first time I've actually succeeded at doing a rainbow gradient as well. Last time I tried (a good six months ago) I sponged it too much and it just turned brown, yuck! This time I decided I had to make it work, as I wanted the rest of the nails to match the bows I'm reviewing for KKcenterhk. Aren't they the cutest?

Monday, 3 June 2013

Baroque nail art + nail art pen review

I have a new nail art pen from Born Pretty Store to review! I have a kind of love-hate relationship with these things - I've never found one that I'm completely in love with. However, they do have their uses, which I will explain further down. Here's the design I ended up with! 

I guess it's the Baroque style that's been going round lately, I'm not really sure! I mixed up the colours quite a lot and made all the nails different, so it's quite an interesting design!
As you can see, the pen I used is white, and you can buy it here. 

Like most other nail art pens I've tried, you need to do several different coats to make it opaque, which is a bit annoying. It tends to stab into the still-drying layer below, making bumps, so for this design I just did one coat then went over it with actual polish. 
Here's what the design looked like before I touched it up with nail polish.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

The Uglies! My 14 worst designs.

Sometimes, in life, you win. 
Whether it's a pay rise, new friend or a simple compliment, we, as human beings like winning. In nail art, sometimes you win and end up with a gorgeous design. People on and off the internet ooh and aah over it and you feel successful, proud. And sometimes you lose. Sometimes you want to throw all your polish in the fire, break your brushes in half and be nail-naked forever.

This post is dedicated to the failures. These are the designs I've created that were meant to be banished to a folder deep inside my computer for eternity. But despite the bad memories of hours wasted, nails destroyed, intense frustration and broken confidence, I have decided to post these. Because honestly, while some of them are shocking, they are also hilarious. Without further delay, I present the uglies!

Messy Uglies

The main problem here is that they were too messy to be proud of. It's no surprise that three out of four are watermarbled - I hate cleaning up after that!

Check out that attractive bubble! And I wonder where my
cuticles are underneath all that mess?