Sunday, 1 December 2013

Polish Party: Disney Theme

It's that time of the month again, so here are my Polish Party nails, for the theme: Disney.
I have a slight obsession with Minnie Mouse, so what better way to show my love than painting a set of nails?
My nails have all snapped and I'm planning on keeping them short until I can get them into a better condition, so I thought I would do this design on a set of falsies as I'm painting a load for my sisters Christmas present!
These aren't the best nails I've done, but I still think they're pretty cute, and I hope my sister will like them, although she has around 30 pairs to choose from to wear! I love all of the other Polish Party girls' take on Minnie Mouse nails!
But oh wow, I've just noticed it's been a month since I last blogged, oops! Uni work and Christmas has just been getting on top of me and I haven't had time. Although if you follow me on twitter @Smugginsx (Long story behind the name) you'll be able to see more nails that I do as some of the I deem not blog worthy!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Polish Party: Halloween

As most of you are aware, the Polish Party, has a monthly themed challenge. So I give you my Halloween themed nails!
They're not exactly scary, but Halloween can be cute too, for my Thumb I really wanted to do a Jason Voorhees Mask design, but as you can see it didn't come out the best, but I'm sill impressed with how well I did.
This was the first time that I have ever tried doing a "Splatter effect" design, I found it a bit tricky at first, but after a few trial and error attempts, I finally stuck with one of the Blood Splatters I was happy with.
What Halloween Mani is complete without a Spiders Web? This was very simple to do, over Barry M's Lady from the Royal Glitter Collection, and I absolutely love the way it turned out!
A simple Blood Drip effect is always an easy, simple method for halloween nails, and finally my little baby pumpkin! I love it!

For the detail on the nails, I used a Black Nail Art pen that I found in Primark, they come in a pack of two, and for only £2, how could I resist? They are extremely simple to use, and as you can see, the polish inside is surprisingly good quality for such a cheap product. It isn't too thick to work with, and gives a great outcome!

Colours used: 
Barry M; Matt White,
Bright Red,
Gelly: Mango
Royal Glitter: Lady

And finally a Black Nail Art from Primark

Monday, 21 October 2013

Velvet Goth Collection

So last week I got my hands on Models Own Amethyst from the Velvet Goth collection, and I absolutely loved how it looks.
I'm still torn between wearing it matte, or using a top coat, however I have came up with a solution. Wear it matte for a couple of days, and then add a top coat to make it last longer while giving your mani a whole new look!
The day after I bought Amethyst and Strawberry Tart and Jack Frost, I went back the next day and spent a further £20 on 6 new polishes, inluding 3 from the scented collection, and 3 more from the Velvet Goth collection, inluding Absinthe (pictured below)
So far Amethyst is my fave, with Absinthe a close second, but I guess thats because I haven't got around to trying the other 2 out yet, I'll be sure to post once I've tried the other, although unfortunately I do not have Obsidian as of yet.
I found that the application of Amethyst was quite thick and difficult to get level. However, the application of Absinthe was unbelievably easy and smooth so I'm unsure if my Amethyst had just thickened a little more in the bottle. For the Velvet Goth collection, I found that 2 coats leads to the perfect application, anymore and it looks too thick.
Velvet Goth are my new fave polishes, I really don't know why I didn't get them as soon as they were launched! I would recommend them to everyone!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Pink Christmas.

Ive been really quiet recently as I've been back at uni, and all of my nails have snapped so I've been waiting for them to grow so I could post, but Im too impatient, so heres a simple design on my short nails.
I took a trip into boots and got dragged in by the buy 2 and get a velvet goth free.
I ended up buying Strawberry Tart, Jack Frost and choosing Amethyst for my free Velvet Goth.
I couldn't wait to get them home to try out, so I started with a coat of Strawberry Tart as I cant resist pink! I applied a second coat and then I decided to use Jack Frost over the top. It is the perfect combination! Its unbelievably girly and sparkly, but no picture will ever do it justice as you will never capture the sparkle!
I can see this being such a cute Christmas mani, I might have to try Jack Frost over plain white to get a snow effect!
I cant wait to use Amethyst, I've seen lots of pretty pictures of the Velvet Goth collection and I just HAD to have atleast 1!
My trip to boots also ended up with 5 Barry M's: Textured effect; Princess, Duchess and Lady. Along with Crystal Glaze and Foil Effects in silver. Not enough nails!!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Autumn Theme Challenge

So as some of you are aware, me and a few girls from Twitter decided to start a Challenge each month,I'm proud to be involved in this Polish Party group and I've loved seeing everyone's designs, so I give you my design for the theme: Autumn.

I really wanted to make my nails as textured as I could, but it didn't quite go to plan. Originally I intended on using an actual leaf for one of the nails to add texture and to be a bit different, but when I went to look for one, I couldn't find one that wasn't soaking wet, or the Autumn reds and oranges I was looking for. So when that idea went out of the window I replaced it with striping as I had always intended on using water marbling for the accent nail, and a caviar effect on the middle finger. 
I just HAD to have an Owl on my thumb nail, what's more Autumn than an Owl? It isn't the best looking owl, but I was getting frustrated with it so it got left how it turned out!
I used a sponging technique for my baby nail so I could incorporate all of the colours I would associate with Autumn.

The colours used for this design are all Barry M: Mango, Bright Red, Limited Edition Yellow, Foil Effects Gold, Matte Mocha (From the new A/W range), White, and Teal. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pink valentine.

I am excited to show you the cute valentine nails I have just created.
Pink, pink and even more pink, what girl doesn't like having pink nails?
It was pretty simple to create, and I love the way it turned out!
This is the first time I have used striping tape, so I decided on only putting it on one nail, the thumb. I had heard that it is very fiddly to use, and they're not wrong, but if you use a pair of tweezers, it makes the process a whole lot easier!
All of the colours used in this design are Barry M.
Colours used; Matt White, Bright Red, Red Glitter, Peach Melba, Pink Nail art pen and finally my own mix of colours used for the base colour on thumb and 2 other nails, created by mixing a few drops of Bright Red into Peach Melba.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Jack Skellington- NBC nails

So I decided on doing some Jack Skellington nails, simply because The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my fave films! I just love all of Tim Burtons films!

I had to have a lot of patience when I did this as it kept smudging and not looking right, as you can see from the picture below, Jack just looked too angry, and I prefer nice Jack. I found it looked more like Oogie Boogie, and I couldn't be having that!

I'm pretty impressed with the end result of my design, it could be better but practice makes perfect as they say! I just HAD to make one of my nails glittery, I'm a sucker for glitter. I can safely say that my bed isn't too fond of glitter, it went everywhere! Oops.
I'm definitely going to be recreating these nails again, maybe with Sally on a nail? Or perhaps zero, he's probably easier to do, right?
I need to get inspiration from other films, as hard as they are, I LOVE creating character nails!
Thanks for reading :)

Done using: Barry M White, and Audrea Fulerton's Stripe and Sparkle.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Pastel Nails

This design was featured on Barry M's Twitter, and received a really good response, everyone seems to LOVE it, so I thought it's about time I blogged about it :)
This is a simple, but cute design, and everyone is loving pastel nails this summer! So I wanted to have a go at creating my own design to show you!
It didn't take too long to create, and didn't even require striping tape!
Firstly I always start with a base coat, I am currently using Sally Hansen's Maximum Growth as I am trying to help my nails grow, and I have to say, I am quite impressed with the results! I am hoping to start using Opi's Nail Envy when I have a little more money as I have heard a lot of great reviews!
'How To'
Firstly I painted each nail with a different pastel colour to give an all over coverage. 
Leaving to dry completely, I then painted different sections in various colours making sure each colour was dry before applying the other. I found it best to start with the lighter colours to save the colour showing through the next.
Once I had the desired pattern I then tidied the 'cross over' of colours by adding a stripe of white with one of my brushes, I think adding the white stripes is essential to this design as it adds a cute finish.
For the thumb nail, I was just experimenting with a 'fan' brush I have, I used all colours and just started layering them up using the fan brush to create a stripy finish.
Finally, always add a top coat, this will hold the design in place and make it last longer! :)

The colours used in this design are: Matt White, Blue Moon, Peach Melba, Berry i/c and finally, Mint Green. All Barry M.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Paper Planes!

I'm pretty bored so I'll do another post saying as though my blog is a bit empty!
I found an idea of this design while I was looking for tattoo ideas!
It looks like such a simple design, yet I found it a little difficult to do the plane!

For this design, I used Barry M's Peach Melba, White, and Black. I have a set of 15 brushes that I picked up on Ebay for around £2, these come in handy with all Nail Art designs. I will definitely be repeating this design, maybe on different background colours, and a sparkly trail? Everyone loves a sparkle! Is it apparent that I mainly only have Barry M varnishes? They seem to be the only ones that don't chip on my nails, but I plan on getting more Models own to see how they do!
'How To'
To do the plane I found it easiest to draw the outline first, and then fill the inside with White using a small brush, I guess if you have a nail art pen it would be much easier to do! Once it has dried, adding the outline can be a little tricky, so take your time!
The trail is easy peasy! Just go along with Black using a small brush or nail art pen, and miss a few bits as you go along to give the trail effect!
Let it dry completely, and then add a good top coat, I'm using Sally Hansens' Maximun Growth for mine, and as a base coat, but it's not really designed as a top coat, but I think it works perfectly!


I still have no clue what I'm really doing on here, how to follow people? Connected to Bloglovin, and now I'm even more confused!
What is life?!

Birds on a wire

This isn't the best nail art I have done, but I thought I would give it a shot, you never know how an idea you have is going to go on your nails. Will it be a success, or will it be a mess?

Personally, I think that this Barry M varnish looks its best when it doesn't have my design on, the pastel blue is such a pretty colour, this could just be because, for the life of me, I couldn't draw birds on my nails! I thought little blobs would look best, but they just went messy, practice makes perfect I guess, or so they say! 
Next time, if that exists, I would probably opt for finding some nail transfer stickers to use as doing this design was more hassle than what it's worth!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Barry M- Marshmallow confetti nail varnish

I have seen many people complain that Barry M's Confetti nail varnish is like cement, and that it is impossible to remove. However, I find that this is a good thing as my nails are very weak and thin at the moment so I have started using Sally Hansen products to strengthen them, but this will take a few weeks. 
So in the meantime I have used a protective Sally Hansen basecoat, and then applied a few layers of Barry M in marshmallow.

This has been a huge help for keeping my nails from breaking as, like I said earlier, it's like cement and doesn't allow my nails to bend and break. It's such a pretty varnish too and gives a great nail effect.
I find that it is actually rather easy to remove as it comes off in a big chunk and then remove the rest with varnish remover. However, if it isn't so easy to get off your nails, soaking them in warm water is always a helpful way to ease the varnish off.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Top Tips

If you find that your varnish has thickened, add a couple of drops (but no more or you'll spoil the varnish) of varnish remover and mix. This should make the varnish thinner and manageable giving a new life to an old varnish that was ready for the bin. 
No varnish deserves to be binned without a second chance!

Alternatively, if you think your varnish is getting too thin, to thicken it up pop it in the fridge for a bit, this helps to cool it down and thicken as you may be storing it in a temperature it doesn't like. 
Varnishes should be kept out of direct sunlight and avoid heat!

Pastel Nails

This is a simple little design that doesn't take long to do. I think it's such a cute design and will look good with other colour combinations.
All of the varnishes used in this are Barry M, mainly pastel shades.

'How To'
This doesn't take much explaining on how to, just the standard dot work, dotting one colour up the nail with enough spaces for another colour, wait until dry to add the second colour.
For the thumbnail flowers, use a white and add 2 dots per flower, you will then paint a blob of the base colour of the flower in-between the 2 white dots, wait until dry and then add the 'petals' colour in comma strokes to give a layered effect. Finally add some leafs in green to give the finishing effect of the flower. 
Colours can vary but for this flower I used Barry M's Peach melba, bright red, white and green.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Minnie inspired nails

These cute Minnie inspired nails will go with a range of coloured outfits, and they're very simple to do! 

Firstly, you will need to do your base coat, a clear base coat is best as it helps keep your nails from staining from the dark colours. You will then need to paint your fist coat of your colour, in this case it is red and then white for the statement nail. (This design also works with a range of colours, be adventurous!) 
A second coat is best for a great coverage of the nail. It is important that you wait for each coat to dry fully before applying the next coat!
Waiting for each coat to dry fully is essential for your nails to look there best, so stop being impatient!
You will then grab a dotting tool, cheap as chips on Ebay, but if you don't have one to hand, a tooth pick is just as affective. Paint a blob (Definitely the technical word, I promise) onto the dotting tool or tooth pick, the bigger the blob, the bigger the dots will turn out, so if you want small dots make sure you only put a small amount on your tool of choice. Repeat until you have the desired look you want.
Lastly, you will need to add a top coat to your design.

All nail varnishes used for this design were Barry M, Bright Red, White, and Base/Top coat.

Top tips.

Got home to realise youve bought a polish you already have? Grab your old polish and add a dash of white to give yourself a lighter shade! Or if you're feeling brave, add a different colour to it and mix to create a custom colour!
I did just that with a peach melba from Barry M which I already owned, and silly me bought another thinking I didn't have it, so I added some bright red and created a lovely pink! (Middle in picture)

Friday, 9 August 2013


Only just starting out on this, so I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing. I'll be posting mainly nail art, and I'll start to review Beauty products that I use in time once I've got used to this.

Marble Nail Art-How to.

I created this look by using various Barry M nail varnishes. They are ideal for creating marble nail art as they do not dry as soon as they touch water, fast drying varnishes are not recommended for marble nail art.
You can create this look by getting yourself a beaker filled with water, ideally you will start with a white for a base colour, you will then continue to drip any desired colour, in this case it was red, wait until it expands and then add your next colour, continue to do so until you have plenty of colours.
You will then need to grab yourself a tooth pick and drag this through the varnish to create a design, making sure to only drag from the second colour as it will all bundle up if dragged from outer colour.
You may want to put tape around your finger nails to avoid a big clean up after.
Dip your nail into the pattern, and keep under-water until you have collected the remaining varnish onto a Q-tip so it doesn't spoil your pattern when you remove it from the water.
Wait until dry, remove tape and clean up around edges with nail varnish remover.