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Tutorial: Mosaic Nail Art

This is a really simple nail art effect to achieve



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Tutorial: Cupcakes


It’s my birthday today! So what could be more appropriate than cake? Cupcakes, to be precise. If we’re using some artistic licence and squinting a little bit, it looks a bit like these cherry and coconut cupcakes that I made a while back.

I couldn’t decide if I preferred the design with or without ‘sprinkles’, so I did both!


This design is surprisingly time consuming, and it’s done entirely freehand. The steps I followed were
1. Apply a base coat in Barry M Gelly in Lychee
2. Using a nail art brush, apply stripes of Rimmel Hot Shot (bright pink) to the lower half of the nail. Allow that to dry. 3. Use a nail brush to apply stripes of Rimmel Pompous (slightly glittery purple) inbetween the stripes of Hot Shot. This will be your cupcake case.
4. Using a large dotting tool, apply OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls to create the icing.
5. Again using a dotting tool, create a glittery cherry using Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red
6. If desired, use a small dotting tool, use Hot Shot and Pompous to create ‘sprinkles’.

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Tutorial: Swallow Cushion

I made this swallow cushion summer before last, using a plain cream-coloured cushion cover (from Wilkinson’s, if I remember correctly), some blue thread and a bag of mixed blue buttons from eBay.

I started with a silhouette that I found on the internet and then edited it until it looked like this.


Then, I printed it off at the size I wanted, pinned it to the cushion, and sewed all around (backstitch) in blue thread. From there, I filled it with buttons, and then filled in the holes between the buttons with blue seed beads.


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Tutorial: Santa


Created using Nails Inc King Edward Street (red), OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (white), Nails Inc New York Noir (black) and Bourjois 1 Seconde Gold.



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Liquid Gold


So I decided to experiment a bit with my polishes, and see what I could do. I’ve never seen anyone else use this technique, so I like to think that I’ve invented it, though someone else probably got there first!

To create the look, paint a coat of black nail polish (I used Nails Inc New York Noir) onto one nail at a time. Whilst it was still wet, I used the normal brush from a bottle of nail polish to drop bits of gold nail polish onto the nail. It naturally self-settles and flattens out, leaving a black line between each dot. Leave to dry, and finish with a top coat.

Pro tip: give the bottle of gold nail polish a good shake first, as this gives the drops a sharper edge.

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Tutorial: Christmas Puds

It’s Christmas party season, so I thought I’d show you the surprisingly wearable and easy-to-create design that I wore this year.


This is a graphic demonstration of how I achieved the look. Working from left to right, and with your cuticle towards the bottom of the picture –

xmaspudnail1. Start with a base coat of white nail polish – I used OPI MY Boyfriend Scales Walls
2. Use a nail brush to apply several longer stripes of varying lengths, using brown nail polish. I used Barry M in Mushroom.
3. Use the same nail brush to apply shorter lines inbetween your original lines
4. Round out the corners
5. Use a dotting tool to apply three red dots. I used Nails Inc King Edward Street.
6. Use another nail brush, or a Rio nail art pen, to apply two small holly leaves. I used a Rio nail art pen in green.
7. Once the berries have dried, add a dot of red glitter nail polish on top of the existing berries, using a dotting tool. I used Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red, though Barry M in Red Glitter seems to be a blogger’s favourite every Christmas! Finally, finish the look with a coat of clear nail polish to seal the design

Feeling festive? See other bloggers’ Christmas food nail designs here. You can also check out my other Christmas posts here, and you can find more tutorials here.

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Old McDonald


Not many people know that I used to work on a farm, with the livestock (no, really) – and I rather miss it in a way. I kept ‘productive pet’ chickens for six years, too (before it was fashionable, if I want to claim hipster status!).

This barnyard collection consists of a bee, a chicken, a pig and a cow. Why a bee, you ask? Because not many people appreciate how important bees are to agriculture and because sheep are really difficult.

Bee: basecoat of Rio nail art pen in yellow (I don’t have another yellow!) with other detailing in black and white Rio pens.
Chicken: basecoat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, detailing with Rio pens
Pig: basecoat of Nails Inc Elizabeth Street and detailing in Rimmel Hot Shot
cownail1. Start with a basecoat of white polish (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
2. Using a dotting tool and Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, create a nose
3. Use a smaller dotting tool and Nails Inc New York Noir to create some black patches around the face. This is the fun bit, as you can basically put it wherever you like so long as you leave space for the eyes.
4. Add two circles for eyes using a nail art brush, and create two nostrils using a small dotting tool and Rimmel Hot Shot.
5. Finally, add in the pupils with a dotting tool and black nail polish.

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Tutorial: Umbrellas in the Park II

I decided to recreate a local piece of public art, which I blogged about here, in nail art form. This is the original….


….and this is the nail art


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Tutorial: Bling It On Rocks Dupe


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: 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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