Tag Archives: monochrome

Theme Buffet: Cute

A dog themed mani! wpid-20140119_224450-1.jpg

For the Theme Buffet, today’s theme is cute, so I’ve done a dog-themed design.

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Too Much Time on my Hands

According to my housemates, painting my nails means that I must have too much time on my hands. So I took it a bit literally…



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GOTpolish Challenge: Stripes


This is my contribution for the GOTpolish Challenge stripes week. I’m quite shamelessly following a tutorial here from QTplace, which I have been a little bit in love with for quite some time!

Created using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Rio nail art pens in black and green, Essie We’re All In It Together (pale pink) and Rimmel Hot Shot (bright pink).

You can see all my other GOTpolish Challenge designs, as they’re released, here.


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Die Another Day

Die Another Day because of the James Bond film, and that the plural of dice is die…. geddit?


This simple take on the dotticure was created using two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and a Rio nail art pen in black (though in retrospect, I’d use a regular black and a dotting tool for this mani).

Perfect for a Christmas mani when you haven’t got time for anything complicated, and want to reference those dreadful board games that you will, no doubt, be playing with the family!

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I love these little stylised penguin faces – very wintery without being specifically Christmassy.

To recreate this look, follow the diagram from left to right.
1. Paint your nail entirely in white (I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
2. Using a fine nail art brush, or a Rio nail art pen, draw an arch on the nail
3. Fill it in using more black nail polish
4. Using a small dotting tool, apply a triangle of orange nail polish for the beak. I used Barry M Gelly in Mango.
5. Using a large dotting tool, apply two white dots for the eyes
6. When dry, use a  small dotting tool to add a drop of black nail polish onto the eye



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Tutorial: Christmas Tux


Christmas is coming up, and that normally means that people reach for the glitter and snowflake stickers when it comes to nails. I decided to be a bit different, and swap glitter for monochrome! These nails are a nod towards what the other sex will be wearing to all those Christmas balls – a tux!


To recreate this look
1. Start by painting your nails white – I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
2. Use a black Rio nail art pen to draw two lines from the middle of your cuticle to the tip of your nail, making sure that they cross slightly at the end.
3. Fill in the outer areas
4. Using the pen attachment, put three small dots for buttons
5. Still using the pen attachment, draw a larger dot towards the end of your nail
6. ‘Drag’ out the excess polish to form a bow shape.

These are a lot easier than they look, I promise!

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Yin Yang



Yin and Yang (or Yin-Yang) is a Chinese way of representing how seemingly opposite forces are interdependent and give rise to one another. Examples in the natural way include hot and cold, light and dark, and life and death.  It’s often depicted in the Taijitu symbol, which is what I’ve depicted on my nails.

Created using a basecoat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Rio nail art pens in black for the black parts, plus the white one for the white dot.

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