Sunday, 27 July 2014

Green Nails - Colour Me Crazy Week 4

I am never one to blend into the crowd, but with this weeks green theme for the Colour Me Crazy Challenge, I thought 'camouflage'!!

The colours used are:
OPI - Alpine Snow (White)
OPI - Suzi Loves Cowboys (Brown)
OPI - Green-Wich Village (Lime Green)
Essie - Pretty Edgy (Bright Green)
Essie - Going Incognito (Dark Green)

I alternated the base colour on each finger, and then using a small nail art brush I layers on the colours in random blobs.  Each nail is different, and I think works quite nicely!

Have you tried camo nails?!
Check out these other 'green' blogs using the link below!
Have a great week, 
Claire x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Yellow Nails - Colour Me Crazy - Week 3

I only own one yellow nail polish, I can't believe it, I have every colour under the sun, except for the colour of the sun!!

For these yellow nails I used OPI's Banana Bandana, the pink is Illamasqua's Collide and the matte top coat is Essie's Matte About You.

This is the first time I've really attempted a ruffian nail look, and I really like it, I can't wait to try it out with gel.  Other than the chevrons, these are all free hand.

The chevrons were created using vinyl chevrons in the medium size from She Sells Sea Shells.

Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry, my husband was trying to be an 'artist' with the camera.

Hope you like them!!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Shellac Wildfire - Bright Red Nails

Red nails are classic, they go with anything and everything. Always adding a touch of class to an outfit!

My new client asked for a classic red nail, so I chose Shellac's Wildfire. It is a classic bright red, not too pink or orange. No shimmers, glitters or effects.

What reds do you like to use? 

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Claire x

Friday, 18 July 2014

OPI Juice Bar Hopping - Neon Orange

I am really loving using OPI's GelColor. I do love my Shellac, but the OPI colours and the super fast LED curing is really swaying me towards the OPI!

Continuing the orange theme, my client last night wanted bright orange, what a great oppertunity to try out the OPI Neon range! The orange is called Juice Bar Hopping, it is a great bright orange, which looks slightly brighter when used with a white as a first coat, followed with 2 colour coats.

The colour and look is just amazing under a black light, I will be wearing this the next time I go out!!

Have you tried out any neons? What colours do you find the brightest? 

For those readers in the UK, I hope you're enjoying the rare sunshine!

Claire x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Orange Nails - Week 2 - Colour Me Crazy Challenge

Orange nails are this weeks challenge! I rummaged through my collection and found my trusty OPI A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find and Cetuem #87.  The Cetuem has a lovely gold shimmer to it so I decided to use it as a highlight.

As you know, I have a baby, so my time to do my own nails is short. Whilst thinking about what to do, I thought I'd get my Konad stamping kit out and used my favourite paint splatter stamp!

I painted my nails with 'A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find' and then stamped using the 'Konad White' and went over that with 'Cetuem #87'.

I forgot how easy the stamping plates are to use and how effective they can be!

Thanks for reading :) x

Friday, 11 July 2014

OPI Red for Week 1 of the Colour Me Crazy Challenge!

I am taking part in the British Nail Bloggers - Colour Me Crazy Challenge, which was thought of by Kerrie over at PishPosh and Polish!  This weeks challenge is red, so I of course have used OPI Red! What other red is there?!  This is a great colour that will match most skin tones, with a slight sheen to the red.  It covers well with one coat, but I always use two.

Excuse the messy finger tips, I cut my nails right down and got a bit polish happy!!

The flower type pattern was created using acrylic paint and the gold leaf in the top corner is from Rococo Gold Leaf Lacquer.  I used my OPI competition brush for the pattern.  I will blog a step by step over the weekend.

I am looking forward to next weeks challenge which is orange!

Have a great weekend, 
Claire x

Silver Chrome Shellac

I had the pleasure of doing the nails for a bridal party yesterday.

To match the navy dresses and orange flowers, we chose Silver Chrome to work with the colour scheme.

Have you used silver nails for an event? I think it works well as it stands out from the usual French or neutral nails.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend.

Claire x

Monday, 7 July 2014

Layering Shellac - Strawberry Smoothie & Rose Bud

This client wanted a more opaque colour using Strawberry Smoothie Shellac. For this slightly deeper colour, I used a base later of Rose Bud, topped with Strawberry Smoothie. This hid the whites of the free edge, and looked slightly deeper.

These nails were for a member of a wedding party wearing a deep navy dress, which looked really pretty, rather than having a matching deep colour nail, and perfect for the summer.

Have you tried layering Shellac? What colour combinations do you like?

Claire x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Shellac Hollywood - A bright Red!

This week I did a mother if the grooms nails. Her dress was made up of a number of colours, so we decided to go for this classics Hollywood red.

This colour is wonderfully bright with a golden hue! Perfect for any bridal party who wants to stand out!!

So pleased with how these turned out!! 

Thanks for reading x