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GOTpolish Challenge: Valentines Day


Happy Valentines Day everyone! This is my entry for the GOTpolish Challenge Valentines design. It was created using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and a red Rio nail art pen.

So, why not a more traditional, feminine design? Less because I’m a grumpy git who won’t have anything to do with this romantic nonsense (bah!) and more because the boyfriend is a first aider who likes all things medical!

To see my other GOTpolish entries, click here


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GOTpolish Challenge: Green

So, here’s the newest installment of the GOTpolish Challenge 2014! This week’s challenge is green. Not a colour I normally wear, I must confess, so my options for which polish I could use were somewhat limited.

So, to create this mani I
1. Used a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (two coats)
2. Using the regular brush from the bottle, I applied an off-centre stripe of Sinful Colors Exotic Green
3. Using a Rio nail art pen, I drew four lines on each nail


Next week, I have a rather unromantic Valenines day mani for you!

Want to check out my other GOTpolish entries? See this https://procrastacreation.wordpress.com/tag/GOTpolish


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Same design, different colours: the alternative French mani



This is a rather less festive version of a mani that I did at  Christmas, which just goes to show that this is a really versatile (and quick!) design to do



The base colour is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then (from thumb to little finger), Bourjois 1 Seconde Gold, Nails Inc King Edward Street, Barry M Gelly Blueberry, Rimmel Pompous and Rimmel Salon Pro in Navy Seal.

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Theme Buffet: Geometric

Another day, another challenge! I was inspired by this avatar that I saw on the internet – and as all good nail art bloggers do, I decided to turn it into nail art!

The base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the colours are Rimmel Lycra Pro in Navy Seal, Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, and Nails Inc King Edward Street.


I did the lines in a Barry M nail art pen in black. Unfortunately it all decided to crack (WHYYY??) but that’s life I suppose!

More after the jump…  Continue reading

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Casino Royale


Who doesn’t like a good drinking game?

Basecoat: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Detailing: Rio nail art pens in black and red

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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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Christmas Lights… That Really Work!


The fairy lights on this mani really work! The wonders of glow in the dark nail polish… Unfortunately, I thought I’d got some pictures of it, and when I came to upload the pics a few days later none of them had come out 😦 So, you’ll just have to trust me that when I went to bed, I really did have fairy lights glowing back at me!

To create this look, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white background. I then used a nail art brush to add the string, using Nails Inc New York Noir. For the lights, the blue and yellow ones were simply – I used BK glow in the dark polish in blue and yellow (it’s a strange Chinese brand that I found on eBay and smells like it’s full of all sorts of noxious chemicals…). For the red, I used Nails Inc King Edward Street, which isn’t glow in the dark, so I overlayed it with a bit of BYS’ Glow in the Dark top coat.

I think this is going to be my last Christmas themed mani of the year, but you can check out the rest of the collection here

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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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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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