Tuesday, 23 December 2014

One Very Merry Christmas Tree

For the last day of the challenge, I did this simple mani with white, red and green Christmas colours. Red and green dots on all of the nails, except the accent which has the little tree with gem ornaments, a white star on top of the tree and little red balls to pull the whole look together.

The gems came from Cheeky. The polishes were Avon's French White Tip, Garden Green and Real Red.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Two Glitterbomb

Today's challenge was perfect to do glitter ornaments using glitter polish for the main colour and glitter powder for the decorations. I made a snowflake, star, wreath, stocking and bell using glitter powder and a bow gem for the wreath. Unluckily, it is another dark, cloudy, snowy, rainy day here so no sunshine to really show the sparkle.

The glitter polishes are China Glaze's Water You Waiting For, Avon's Sparkling Red, Nail Treats Purple Glitter, Color Club's Turn the Other Chic and Holiday Splendor. The glitter powders are from Cheeky and Avon. The wreath bows are from Essence.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Three French Tip

This is the only nail that turned out the way I had pictured this design in my head. haha I really need art lessons or something. For today's challenge I did holly and berries over a silver french tip.

So you can see how these didn't turn out exactly perfect, but hey, they are alright and I am actually happy with them. I got a surprise when the red colour came off the caviar beads I used on my pinky fingers when I applied the top coat. They started off as little red berries.

The french tips were created using Sally Hansen's Celeb City. The main colour is Avon's Sheer Pink Flash, which has a gorgeous pink-blue pearl finish that doesn't show up in the photos. :-( The holly leaves were painted with Avon's Garden Green. The berries were done with gems and caviar beads from Cheeky.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Four Candy Canes

As you can see, I broke a nail and then cut back all the others to the same length. (I try my best to keep my nails the same length, as I tend to cringe when I see nail art pictures and the nails are different lengths.) My middle nail is the one that broke and it is a little uneven, but hopefully I will be able to fix that soon when it grows in a bit more.

For today's challenge I went with silver, as we did gold last time. (I prefer silver to gold actually.) I threw on some candy cane decals that I made last year as that was easier than making new candy canes. (lazy, okay busy, well a bit of both actually)

I don't remember the polishes I used to make the candy canes, although I could take a guess, but there is a chance I may have posted it in an early blog post. The silver background is Sally Hansen's Celeb City.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Five Gold Bling

Again, I did simple nails for the challenge. All painted gold except for the accent nail which has a white background and a little gingerbread man surrounded by half gold beads as a frame. I tried to make it bling with a Christmas theme.

Sorry for the different lighting in the photos, but it is a dark, grey, rainy day here today. I used Sally Hansen's Golden I on all the nails and Avon's French White Tip on the accent. I used gingerbread decals I made last year because I'm not having a great day and my attempts at painting failed greatly. I think the polish to make the little men was Forbidden Fudge by Avon, but I'm not 100% sure. The gold beads were from a small kit by Essence.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Six Frosty Snowmen

For today's challenge, I did snowflake nails with the snowman accent face. I used flocking powder with black coal gems and an orange carrot gems.

I have been doing all of my nails on both hands for all the challenges, I just haven't been photographing or showing both hands. I decided to today though. ;-)

The polishes that were used were Avon's French White Tip and Blue Water Lilies. The white flocking powder and the little black gems for the mouths were from Cheeky and the other gems from a couple of packs from Avon.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Seven Super Sweaters

Well, I put this one down as a fail. Only a couple of nails turned out nicely the rest are rather messy and uneven and looked worse after I tried to fix them I think. haha Oh well, you can't win them all.

The polishes I used to try to create this look were Avon's Garden Green and French White Tip.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Eight Mistletoe

That's mistletoe, not holly, as the challenge asked for. :-) Many people confuse holly with mistletoe. I was going to do I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -underneath the mistletoe last night, but that was just too much work for me to tackle today! haha

I had to use a toothpick to create the mistletoe, as my nail art brushes just weren't small enough to use. It looked terrible until I added the red ribbon and then I was finally happy with it. What a difference the ribbon made. Anyway, I kept this plain and simple, as I said, I wasn't up to doing anything too fancy today. ;-)

The polishes used were Barelements' Grey, Avon's Green Goddess, French White Tip and Real Red, as pictured above.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Nine Jolly Santas

For today's challenge I did Santa hats with flocking powder trim on 8 nails and 2 accent nails with Santa stuck in the chimney. I would have done Santa's boots in black, but I didn't think they would show up against the Midnight Blue background.

I used Real Red and Midnight Blue by Avon for the nail colours. Then used French White Tip and Bare Necessity by Avon and Grey by Barelements for the painting. The white flocking powder is from Cheeky.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Ten Rudolph Reindeers

I re-used the last mani, by removing the striping tape and then painting over the silver and gold nails to create little Rudolph faces. The Rudolph's have glittery red noses and googly eyes among Christmas coloured nails.

I got the bags of googly eyes from the craft section at the dollar store, for just such an occasion. I am planning to use them again. The brown polish for Rudolph is Vintage Boutique and the red glitter for his nose is Sparkling Red both by Avon.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Eleven Pretty Presents


With the last nail art challenge I did back in April, I learned to keep the art simple as it is very time consuming to paint your nails everyday. This time around, it is every other day, but I still want to do simple ideas, as quite often they are the best and definitely the easiest to do. ;-)

For Eleven Pretty Presents, I just did simple Christmas coloured nails with striping tape ribbon as decoration.

I will list the polishes in the order they are lined up in the picture for a change. Starting from the left, Sally Hansen's Golden-I, Avon's French White Tip, Real Red, Noir Emerald and Sally Hansen's Celeb City. Some striping tape from Cheeky is at the bottom.

Monday, 1 December 2014

12 Days of Christmas Challenge - Twelve Twinkling Tree Lights

The lovely ladies at the Nail Polish Queen's community have devised a challenge list for the season to be jolly. Here is the link if you want to check out the awesome nail art that gets displayed: Nail Polish Queens

We are starting at Day 12 and every other day doing a new challenge. This way we can wear our art a little longer and give us some extra time to work on our nails. With our last day, Day 1 falling on Christmas Day to complete the countdown challenge. I decided to join, as I have taken quite a bit of time off from doing my nails, and haven't felt overly inspired to do anything. This will give me the opportunity to get back into the swing of things and have a little fun.


I used teardrop shaped coloured gems for the accent nail. I tried to paint teardrop shaped bulbs, but alas my artistic skills are lacking. lol  Luckily, I managed to get the last rays of sunlight that shone in my home today to capture these photos.


I used Avon's Noir Emerald for the background tree colour. Sally Hansen's Celeb City for the wire. Avon's Viva Pink, Garden Green, Lagoon and China Glaze's Solar Power for the bulbs.



Friday, 28 November 2014

Sponged Dots


Well, there is not much I can say about these nails, except they aren't very attractive. I wanted to make a sort of pom pom look, but I think these are a fail. I had trouble during cleanup and damaged the polish on a nail (not pictured) and then did the same to my thumb nail during the photo session. Of course that was the hand I was originally going to photograph for this art. lol Some things just aren't meant to be, I guess.

To do the sponge dots, I used a hole punch on my sponge wedge to create three little round shapes. I used Avon's Grey Flash for the bottom colour covering the entire nail. I then did a layer of sponge dots in Urban Grey followed by a layer of Pastel Pink and then the final layer in French White Tip all by Avon. I used tweezers to hold the little sponges to dip them in the polish and then onto my fingernails.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ombre Nail Art Article

Well, once again the editing team has changed my article. I'm not surprised, I just get so disappointed when they fudge with it so much that it no longer makes sense. This time they completely re-arranged the article and removed pictures, so what I've written doesn't completely work anymore. sigh

Here is the link to the article so you can see for yourself....

http://www.metromela.com/ombre-nail-art-for-beginners/

I have to share my articles on my blogs as part of the things I have to do in order to get credit for writing these articles in the first place. Otherwise, the editors take complete credit for all my work. To be honest, I'm starting to wonder if it's worth having credit for writing these articles, when the changes the editing staff make, create the illusion that I am an idiot. hahaha Oh well, c'est la vie! Who really cares anyway? It's only my ego that is ruffled, so I'll just blow it aside and look like a fool, which really isn't far from the truth anyway. ha

Picture source: naildesigny.com


Friday, 5 September 2014

An Article on Nail Polish and Art

Well, I'm keeping busy writing more articles. Here is the latest article at the link:

http://www.metromela.com/nail-polish-designs/

It is worth taking a look at this article just to see +Margriet Sijperda 's dragon eye nails!!

Picture Source: blackcatnails.com


Monday, 1 September 2014

Acrylic Nails Article

Another article that I have done for Metromela, this time about acrylic nails. Please click on the link below to see the full article:

http://www.metromela.com/cute-acrylic-nail-designs/

Picture Source: nailideasite.com

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Article on Bio Gel Nails

As my nails are still under repair, I am sharing an article that I wrote for Metromela about Bio Gel Nails. I certainly learned a lot about them, as I had never heard of them before being given the assignment. You learn something new everyday! ;-)


Here is the link if you would like to check it out:

http://www.metromela.com/long-and-slinky-bio-gel-nails/

Friday, 8 August 2014

Under Repair - Healing Peeling Nails




Well, I discovered during my research on gel nail application that it is bad for your nails when you push back your cuticles. Doing this causes your nails to become dry and brittle, which causes peeling and splitting of your nails. This comes from dermatologists, so I would hope they know what they are talking about. I have never had gel nails or gel polish and have never worn fake nails either, but I have been pushing back my cuticles for doing nail art. Ah hah! This may be part of the problem as to why my nails have been splitting and peeling. So, this is something I am going to correct and I hope it will bring me healthy nails once again. 

Acetone also dries out your skin and causes brittle nails and quite a few nail polish removers have acetone. I don't change my nail polish every day, so I don't believe I have been overdoing it with the acetone. I moisturize frequently and lately, have been using oil treatments to help. Basically rubbing in extra virgin olive oil on my nails, cuticles and around the nail bed. (Jojoba oil is supposedly excellent for this, too!)
 
I am going to stop pushing back my cuticles and not wear any polish of any kind until I get things back to normal. Well, as normal as I can be. hahaha Without using nail polish, I won't need to use any nail polish remover, so that will help prevent more drying of my nails. I will try to do an oil treatment every day for at least a week and then every few days or so until my cuticles are good and healthy and my nails have repaired. 

This means no nail art posts of my nails for some time, but I will continue to post any nail related articles that I do for Metromela. If I can find anyone that is interested in having their nails done and allow me to photograph them to put on my blog, I may do that. Until then, I hope you will enjoy the articles that I share and with some good fortune I will be able to post new nail art pics soon. :-)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Japanese Nail Art Article

Well, I have been busy writing more articles for Metromela and it's been fun! You may have noticed I haven't been doing much nail art myself and you would be correct. ;-) I am currently giving my nails a break as they have been chipping and peeling, so I have cut them down to little stubs and giving them oil treatments. I rub a tiny amount of extra virgin olive oil into my nails and cuticles to help them out. Hopefully, they will get well soon and I can do some more artwork. If you have any suggestions to help me heal my nails, please share this with me in comments. I really appreciate it.

Here is a link to my latest article on Japanese Nail Art:

Japanese Nail Art @ Metromela


I love these Katana shaped nails with the fun nail art worn with a traditional Kimono! This is so cool! You can find this photo and more great Japanese fashion at Tokyo Fashion.com.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Animal Print Nail Art Article

This article gives you a step by step guide on how to do Tiger, Leopard, Giraffe, Zebra, Cow, Turtle, Fish, or Tentacle nail art and includes a video tutorial for doing Snake skin nails, too! So it you want to learn how to do these animal print then please click the link to see the full article with Metromela:

http://www.metromela.com/top-9-animal-print-nail-arts-go-wild/

Thursday, 24 July 2014

An Article on French Nail Art

Please check out my latest article from Metromela on Nail Art, this time it is all about French Manicures. Click the link:

the-many-ways-to-do-french-nail-art

This article features the work of +Sophie T from Nailingtons , +Margriet Sijperda of 365 Days of Nail Art and +Ruth Phelps from The Adorned Claw !

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Metallic Diagonal Stripes

I think this look would be good for autumn more than summer, but I love how it makes my nails look long. I simply painted my nails in a beige colour and then used striping tape to create the diagonal lines. I painted a shiny metallic copper colour for the stripes up top and gold for the bottom stripes.
Polishes I used were Avon's Barefoot Beige, Sally Hansen's Golden-I and Avon's Lucky Penny.

Monday, 7 July 2014

A New Nail Art Article

Here is a link to my latest article from Metromela: Water Marble Nail Art

These are not my nails, but some of the photos from the article. This article includes tutorials so you can learn to do this style too!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Vintage Peach Roses

This week's challenge at the Nail Polish Queens community is Vintage Nails, so I did these cute little fancy French Tips with a row of roses at the top of the tips. To create this look I simply did two coats of the blue colour and then free handed the white french tips. I didn't worry about the french tips being perfect because I knew I was going to cover them partially with the roses. I then used the darker of the two peach colours I had and put dabs along the french tip for the base of each rose. I didn't make them perfect dots, as flowers aren't usually perfectly round. I then added the lighter peach colour to make the petals and finished with little dabs of green for the leaves. Unfortunately, the peach smudged a little with the top coat application, but I am happy with how they turned out.

The list of polishes I used for this look are: Avon's Seabreeze for the blue base colour, French White Tip for the French tips, Revlon's Provoke for the darker peach rose base, Avon's Swift Sherbert for the petals and Sweet Mint for the leaves.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Glow in the Dark Gradient

I wanted to do something a little bright for the nicer weather we are finally having and something a little fun, too. I decided to use the glow-in-the-dark nail polishes my son had bought me for Mother's Day last year to make a gradient. These almost look like MacIntosh apple skins to me, I guess because of the yellow polish mixed with the purple it turned out a more red shade.
 This is the best picture I could get of them glowing in the dark, but when I went to bed last night they were super glowing. It didn't occur to me until after I went to bed that our one cat, Monster, likes to chase lights especially in the dark and that he might just go after my glowing nails!! So I had to hide them under the covers to be safe! haha You can actually see the gradient effect when they glow in the dark as they are lighter and brighter at the bottom than at the top of the nail. I think that's cool!
These are the polishes from Claire's. They do not have individual names, so they are glow-in-the-dark purple, yellow and green.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Pink Party Splatter

I didn't know what to name these nails, so I combined the names of a couple of the polishes I used along with the pink colour. I'm so boring at naming my nail art. haha

These are a mess, I apologize, but the black polish really stained my skin this time and I had trouble cleaning it up. I guess I should have cleaned it up sooner, than I did.

This is another designed that I dreamed of. My son told me that he thinks it would have been better if I had forgotten this particular dream, because he doesn't like them. haha
The polishes I used for this look were Avon's French White Tip, Licorice and Essence's Party Princess glitter topped with Avon's Blackout splatter.