Nails Ahoy!

I always paint my nails, I cannot bear to see them naked! So I thought I would dedicate a page to all the creations I copy from things I’ve seen elsewhere on blogs, magazines and people.

Just thought I’d show you what my nails are like without any polish. I normally wear them super short as I have quite a long nail bed so they seem long, but I recently tried Herome nail hardener and am growing them to coincide with the long talon like trend that seems to be appearing everywhere at the moment and this is with 4 weeks growth.

Newspaper nails, spotted on Topshop’s Inside Out blog and other blogs.

Half moon nails in Barry M Electric Blue. (Inspired by Jezebel.com)

A little bit messy but stripy nails with a matte finish.

Another half moon manicure this time with a glitter base coat and Barry M’s Blood Red polish

Half and half nails inspired by my shoes!

Matte top coat on Barry M’s Coral, with a normal top coat tip. Saw something similar in black on the Nailporn site.

I like to call these nails sherbet ice cream, had plenty of compliments on them this week a popular one!

Drip drip… a manicure I found on the internet

Pink background with black drips on newly short nails.

I first saw this kind of design on Kelly Rowland on X Factor, the ring finger as a different design is a great way to add something to plain nails. I stole this particular design from a friend, and added a bit of glitter! (Barry M and Rimmel)

This was me trying to copy a design I saw but with different colours, it’s not very neat but supposed to be a black matte moon with mushroom background and reverse drips with a glitter background. A lot going on!

A certain person ordered me to put this on my blog, a very neat grey slashed with red. I tried something like this but ended up with the wrong colours!

A little mix of a few designs I’ve seen and done myself

A mixture of nail designs that I’ve seen, to see which look the best

My version of galaxy nails, need a different type of glitter here I think

Lightening Bolt nails, really like this design inspired by Nailside’s version. I added the matte coat after I did the glitter to see what it was like, looks good!

Lightning bolt nails in black and pastel, this design has sooo much potential!

Leopard print on purple and pink ombre, my first sponge manicure!

A manicure I did for over Christmas, snowflakes and snow on a blue ombre sponged background.

Heart shaped tips with a bit of glitter.

Tribal print

I call this read ’90’s Supermodel’ I adore it, it’s by Barry M of course. The studs are from my local haberdashery, they cost something like £1.50, absolute steal and it really adds a glamourous look to an outfit. The studs had a sticky back to them and did fall off a bit.

Love these nails they make me giggle everytime I look at them. They were inspired by Sophy Robson’s designs for Giles. So simple to do and you can experiment with different colour ways, the mini googly eyes are just from my local haberdashery and cost 99p. Bargain!

A pretty simple design, made easier using a nail pen.

Just found this on my phone, had to share it. Upon going to see the midnight viewing of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 I thought it would be a nice touch to do my nails in honour…

This is a blue black blend, with a bit of blue glitter on top.

I reeeaaaallly like this design, I love red nails and sometimes it’s nice to add a different touch to them and they look a bit 40’s retro.

These are so cutesy, I saw this design on a nail blog and thought I’d have a go. The light blue and baby pink colours along with the dots make it slightly Cath Kitson-ish and the teacup and teapot were hard to keep neat!

My attempt at caviar nails did not work, still, looks nice!

Love this design it’s super easy and looks cute!

Took a couple of hours to do this considering all the colours and drying time but love the finished look!

Dots on my right…

Stripes on my left…

A little bit fiddly, but like the mint with white.

Clouds and ice cream!

Ombre manicure, done again with sponges but a slightly different technique.
Select the colours you want, get your sponge and paint the colours in lines directly onto the sponge and then dab the sponge onto your nail, then blend the colours using the spong on your nail, there’s loads of room for error as the more mess you make the better it looks in the end! I did two coats of this to make it thicker and then applied a top coat. To remove the nail varnish that gets on your fingers use a cotton wool bud but the best way is to scrape it off in the shower.

Another ombre manicure, this was for my holiday. I used Herome Nail Hardener as my top coat and it lasted a full six days going in water, using sun cream and going on the beach. Very happy with that!

Purple ombre with black leopard print

Grey and raspberry red with gold bullion studs, very fiddly!

Pink and yellow ombre fade nails

Pink and yellow ombre fade nails

Glitter fade nails with a POW accent

Glitter fade nails with a POW accent

Negative space manicure

Negative space manicure

Festival Nails (right)

Festival Nails (right)

Festival nails (left)

Festival nails (left)

Pretty daisies

Pretty daisies

Multicolour daisies

Multicolour daisies

My favourite galaxy nails

My favourite galaxy nails

My own version of WAH nails leopard multi colour

My own version of WAH nails leopard multi colour

Tropical nails in front of the fire

Tropical nails in front of the fire

Accent nail with hearts

Accent nail with hearts

Green Christmas nails with snowflake accent

Green Christmas nails with snowflake accent

Bronze base coat and black top coat using selotape to get the cross effect

Bronze base coat and black top coat using selotape to get the cross effect

WAH Nail wraps in Leopard print

WAH Nail wraps in Leopard print

Daisies with a happy nail accent

Daisies with a happy nail accent

Black to red fade

Black to red fade

Paisley

Paisley

Split mani

Split mani

Multicoloured leopard print edge

Multicoloured leopard print edge

Barry M Textured nail polish and Gelly Hi-Shine

Barry M Textured nail polish and Gelly Hi-Shine

Navy and gold negative space

Navy and gold negative space

Palm tree prints on a textured background

Palm tree prints on a textured background

Beyonce inspired nails for her Mrs Carter World Tour

Beyonce inspired nails for her Mrs Carter World Tour

The easiest way to update your nails, especially when you have five shades of blue!

The easiest way to update your nails, especially when you have five shades of blue!

Rainbow tips! One of my favourites, and so simple to do!

Rainbow tips! One of my favourites, and so simple to do!

Basket case, pretty hard when you don't do the lines straight enough!

Basket case, pretty hard when you don’t do the lines straight enough!

Daisy chains with a forefinger accent

Daisy chains with a forefinger accent

Pastel nails with a little mixed nail art

Pastel nails with a little mixed nail art

Rainbow and clouds!

Rainbow and clouds!

All white everything. This one was popular, and all achieved with some sellotape!

All white everything. This one was popular, and all achieved with some sellotape!

Updated leopard print, there's so many different ways to do this look.

Updated leopard print, there’s so many different ways to do this look.

Mix and match monochrome

Mix and match monochrome

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Blue and yellow tartan

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Black and white tartan

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Tribal nail art

Tribal nail art

pink and white split

Split mani with pink fades

 

9 thoughts on “Nails Ahoy!

  1. Hello, I found this post when I googled googly eye nails (recently bought tiny googly eyes) you have wonderful ideas, and I would like to share a helpful hint I recently discovered. I noticed that your stripes a a bit sloppy (perfectly understandable, stripes are hard) and when I do my nails I always like for them to look perfect, so I found that using electrical tape is the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to do stripes, you can stick it on when the polish isn’t fully dried (unlike scotch tape) it makes completely straight unsloppy lines, it can be sut to any length and width, and peels off without ripping off the rest of your freshly painted nail polish (VERY frustraiting!!). Keep up the creativity, Sunny V

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  4. The WAH inspired nails are my favorite. Lovely pictures. I feel inspired to paint my nails when really I should be sleeping. Keep the pictures coming

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