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GOTpolish Challenge: Skittle

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Today’s mani was inspired by W7’s Lava Flow nail polish

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Sparkly Chevrons & Dots

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There’s SO much going on in this mani! I created it by

  1. Two coats of Barry M Gelly in Blueberry across the whole nail
  2. One coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust across the whole nail
  3. Using a dotting tool, apply polka dots using China Glaze Tart-y For The Party
  4. Using a long, thin nail art brush, draw two lines from the cuticle to the tip, and then fill in the sides using Barry M Gelly in Lychee.
  5. Add a top coat – I used Seche Vite

I like this design because putting the polka dots over the subtly glittery Fairy Dust gave the effect that they were floating

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Theme Buffet: Sparkle

It’s a bit past the season for full on glitter, so I’ve gone for something a bit more subtle for today’s Theme Buffet, which is all about sparkle.

I was inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope, and decided to do a galaxy mani using the colours from this photo, which is a 2010 image of the Carina Nebula.

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Tutorial: Glittery Gifts


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These sparkly little gifts make a great way to make your nails more festive.

nail art, christmas present, christmas present nail art tutorial, tutorial, To recreate this look

1. paint your nails in a base colour of your choice (I used Nails Inc King Edward Street and Soho Silver).
2. add a complementary glitter top coat – I used Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red and an unnamed Barry M silver glitter.
3. Using a nail brush, paint a cross in a contrasting colour on your nail.
4. Using a dotting tool, add two loops and two short lines to create the bow.
5. Using a very fine brush or nail art pen, outline the ‘ribbon’ in black
6. Using the same tool, draw little ^ shapes at the edges of the bow, and then add a circle in the middle for the knot.

Finish with a clear top coat.

Want to see more Christmas themed nail art? Click here.

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Swatch: No7 Twinkle Glitter

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It turns out that this is a really difficult polish to photograph! I love it in real life a lot more than I do in this picture. It’s lovely for the Christmas party season.

No7 Twinkle Glitter is a limited edition and currently sold out online at Boots, but I was able to find some in my local branch. However, if you can’t find any then don’t fret! It’s kinda similar to China Glaze Lust and Lush, and Nails Inc Burlington Arcade.

It’s an iridescent flakie that mostly flashes blue shades, but that can vary depending on what colour you layer it over. The colours I tried out were

  • Index Finger: Barry M Gelly in Blueberry
  • Ring Finger: Barry M in Red Wine
  • Middle Finger: Nails Inc in New York Noir
  • Little Finger: Rimmel Lycra Pro in Navy Seal
  • Thumb: Essie We’re In It Together

All of them made Twinkle Glitter flash predominantly blue shades, but the pink was a little different, as it turned it more of a pink shade.

You’ll need to add a couple of top coats over the top too, as otherwise it’s prone to lifting a little at the corners of the flakes, but it’s a lovely top coat.

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Tutorial: Bling It On Rocks Dupe

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So, Nails Inc has brought out a ‘Bling It On Rocks’ range, which is a bit of a rip off, truth be told. I decided to create my own alternative.

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Tutorial: Glitter Gradient

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This is a glitter gradient created with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Barry M in Ruby Glitter, and it’s a surprisingly easy affect to achieve – no special tools, and no real skill required.

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