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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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Chevron Studs

Rather simple, and I like this design so much I’ve done it twice now!

Two coats of Barry M Gelly in Lychee to start with. Then, using a nail art brush, two coats of Barry M Gelly in Blueberry in the shape of a triangle. Once that’s dry, add a coat of your favourite clear top coat, and then stick a stud on the point of the triangle. Finally, add another clear top coat on to seal in the stud.



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Work-Friendly Dotticure



So, it was back to work today after the Chrismas and New Year period, and perhaps time for more sober, office-friendly nails.

This is a base coat of Barry M Gelly in Lychee. I then used a dotting tool to apply Barry M in Mushroom and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls in a polka dot pattern.

You can find more work-friendly manis here and more polka dot designs here

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Blog Scrabble


A mani dedicated to that oh-s0-wonderful game of Scrabble.

If you wanted to recreate this mani, you can do it with lots of different words, such as LOVE or LIFE, or perhaps even ‘LOVE’ & ‘HATE’ on different hands for the full hardman effect…

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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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Tutorial: Matte Movember Mani


Seeing as it’s the last day of Movember today, I thought I’d celebrate with a moustache mani.

For those of you who don’t know, Movember is a charity event that happens every November, and it involves men growing m0ustaches to raise money for and awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, which is a pretty cool thing to do! However, seeing as I am completely incapable of growing a ‘tache (being, y’know, female) nail art seemed to be the obvious answer.

I created the design using a base coat of Barry M Gelly in Lychee, and then used a Rio nail art pen to draw the moustache on. But, I hear you cry, Gelly is a hi-shine nail varnish, so how come you’re saying it’s matte? Well, I used Bourjois’ Stay Matt top coat, which is a fab mattifying top coat.

You can see the difference it makes here – the index and middle finger are just Gelly, but the ring and little finger, along with the thumb, all have So Matt on top. It looks translucent in the bottle, goes on shiny but then dries matte, and leave your nails feeling strangely smooth and strokeable!

Painting on a moustache isn’t as tricky as it looks, if you do it in stages

moustache tutorial

1. Draw a small black circle on your nail that’s a bit off centre.
2. Draw a second circle that overlaps the first
3. From the bottom of two circles, draw two curved lines
4. Round out the inner corners

Et voila, one matte Movember mani!

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Simple Stripe


Created using two coats of Rimmel Aqua Cool, and then a quick stripe using the brush from a Rio nail art pen, finished with a quick coat of clear nail polish. Rio pens don’t have official names, but this is the dark blue shade from their original collection

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China Glaze Fast Track

imageThis is a swatch of China Glaze Fast Track. It’s from their Capitol Colours collection, which ties in with the Hunger Games movie. Each polish represents a different district, with Fast Track representing District 6 Transportation

The formula is nice and easy to apply, but you do need two coats to avoid streakiness.

In theory, the colour is a sort of nude with lots of fine gold glitter throughout. However, it was much more gold than I was expecting (and more gold, indeed, than most swatches out there on the internet actually show). It’s still a lovely shade, but I’m not sure it suits my cold skin tone quite as much as I might like.

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Nails Inc The Southbank Swatch


This is a lovely shade of mid-grey that is surprisingly versatile, and I used it as part of my 50/50 Stud  tutorial. It goes on well and dries quickly, but needs two coats for full opacity.

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