Designers Guild pattern

Designers guild pattern tutorial

I’m getting the hang of this video thingy maboob. Well, that’s what I think. Feel free to tell me what I need to approve on. Sooooo, I can’t get enough of flowers… or stripes… or flowers. Yes, that’s how I roll. And if you think I’m repeating myself you are correct, but I have decided to embrace it. Why hunt for patterns and ideas that don’t speak up to me?

This time it was a lovely spring fresh pillow case compilation that I found here, that sparked my creativity. I simplified it since I didn’t have the patience for complicated detailed art today.

Here is how I did it:

Flowers and stripes using nailvinyls, ( http://nailvinyls.storenvy.com) and my favorite top coat HK Girl from Glisten & Glow (http://tinyurl.com/ovud9ad )

  1. Paint the outline with the green to make a space for your flower. Essie ‘The more the merrier’
  2. Make c-shapes with your first medium pink. Essie ‘Love every minute’
  3. Fill in with lighter pink. Essie ‘Romper room’
  4. Accentuate with darkest pink. Appeal4 ‘Love in the mist’
  5. Highlight and make shadows on your leaves. LimeCrime ‘Pastelchio’ and H&M ‘Jungle me’

next step:
1. Tape off with different sized straight tape, I use nailvinyls from the link above since they are so easy to work with.
2. Paint with your desired colors and use a thin brush if you have a thin line to fill in. I used Essie ‘Love every minute’, LimeCrime ‘Pastelchio’ and Essie ‘Chinchilly’.
3. Remove the tape immediately.
4. Top coat your design.
5. Clean up.

Good luck!

I loved it so much that I snapped a lot of pictures.

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

Designers Guild pattern

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Hearts for Helene

Hearts for Helene

Sometimes you are just to far away to give your friend a hug when they need it the most. So I wanted to make a heart mani for my darling friend Helene aka. @henulle. She is always the sweetest and most positive, but sometimes stuff happens and she had a truly shitty day. Since she is the queen of gradients I made a pink one with Essie ‘Romper room’, OPI ‘Mod about you’ and ModelsOwn ‘Shades’. On top of that I added a holographic top coat from Glam Glaze, since Helene is also my holo hussy soul mate and we thrive on holographics.

I added white hearts and filled them in with ILNP ‘Birefringence H’ and put a big heart stud from Born Pretty Store on my middle finger. Lastly I topped it of with the best top coat I know; HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.

A hug and some chocolate would have been better, but this is the best I can do from a distance. To you Helene!

Hearts for Helene

Hearts for Helene

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer girl

I started with the colors today and made a gradient out of China Glaze ‘For Audrey’, Love Angeline ‘Sons of Adam’ and Essie ‘Bikini so teeny’. I thought it looked like some tropical waters so I wanted to add a sail, from there it turned into a surfer girl. Sometimes it just works out even if you don’t have a plan, and it’s double the fun I think. For the design I used too many polishes to list, but then I topped it off with my favorite top coat Glisten & Glow ‘HK Girl top coat’.

Then I had some fun with the props while taking pictures. What do you think? Are they fun or just distracting from the mani?

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer mani

Windsurfer mani

Gaastra jumper

Nautical jumper mani

I saw this super cute jumper from Gaastra, so I had to do a mani of course. Nothing too complicated so I hope the video is self explanatory. Colors used are OPI ‘Alpine snow’, ModelsOwn ‘Shades’ and Appeal4 ‘Bottle brush blue’. I didn’t have the exact shade of blue from the jumper, so if anyone knows where I can find one, please tell me. Tape is from Nail Vinyls as usual.

Gaastra jumper

Gaastra jumper

Gaastra jumper

Cath Kidston flowers

Cath Kidston flowers with @nailsbydaniellet

I did another bestie twin nails with Danielle. We were inspired by a Cath Kidston flower pattern and I love how they came out. So summery and cute.

  1. I started with a base of Essie ‘Baby’s breath’ and added dots with OPI ‘Kiss me I’m Brazilian’.
  2. After that I top coated and added a matte top coat to make my acrylic color stick better. If you use nail polish you can skip this step all together. This is the step that makes the design float a little from the background and makes it look 3D.
  3. Paint the flower shapes with the acrylic paint, add petals and stems.
  4. Go back with the accentuating colors to create contrasts.
  5. Top coat.
  6. Clean up with acetone on flat/angled brush around your cuticles.

This is another design that seems hard before you try it, but if you do one nail at a time it’s not that complicated. If you use acrylic paint and top coat before you start, there is always the possibility to go back and clean up the acrylics with water and start over. So don’t be afraid to try.

I hope you don’t get tired of seeing my flower designs, because I just love doing them. And they make me feel girly and pretty.

Don’t forget to check out Danielle’s on Instagram. I love hers and she is the master at taking gorgeous pictures to really show off her designs.

Cath Kidston flowers

Cath Kidston flowers

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Cath Kidston flowers

Cath Kidston flowers

@nailsbydaniellet

@nailsbydaniellet

Bestie twin nails

Bestie twin nails

face behind the nails

10k

Say what? Yesterday I reached 10.000 followers on Instagram. That is totally amazing and unreal at the same time. I’m so humbled and grateful that there are so many that like what I do. A bottle of champagne is now chilling in the fridge, but I haven’t decided when I will open it. I don’t really need an excuse like this to drink champagne, but it certainly calls for it.

I started my nail journey last year with a new job where a lot of my colleagues were nail crazy, so I started painting my nails too. And I quickly got obsessed with OPI. I think my first venture into good polish was OPI’s liquid sand ‘Into the night’. When I started being more active on Instagram I discovered a whole new world with talented nail artists that I stumbled upon. There after I googled and read blogs and quite quickly got drawn into (you could say obsessed with) nail art. I think I have found my arena. It’s creative, stress-reducing, fulfilling and so much fun. In the end of september I started trying out nail art a bit more and quickly started a nail account since I was spamming my personal feed with nail pics. It so happens that not all my friends are as interested as me, go figure.

And here I am. 10.000 followers later. That’s cool. And I’m still in the beginning of my journey.

I want to say a big thank you to all you lovely people I interact with through nail art, a huge bonus to this obsession is all the lovely people that come with it. Thank you!

Neon green dotticure

Neon green dotticure

face behind the nails

face behind the nails

Glamorous attire while picking nettles

Glamorous attire while picking nettles

Holographic gradient

Holla holo!!

Sunshine demands holographic polishes, in my world anyway. So cinderella hand got a holographic gradient today and oh how she sparkles. I wonder if I’ll ever tire of these polishes? Let’s hope not. So I used Liquid Sky Lacquer ‘Cloudy day latte’, ILNP ‘Charmingly purple’ and Dance Legend ‘No 10 Cosmic rainbow’. They are very forgiving in gradients and blend well, so it’s really fun to work with them like that. I added pastel and silver studs from Born Pretty Store (use my code AMJ61 for 10% off). I also did a line down one nail with Essie ‘Lilacism’ and LimeCrime ‘Lavendairy’.

Enjoy the sparkle!

Holographic gradient

Holographic gradient

Holographic gradient

Holographic gradient

Holographic gradient

Holographic gradient

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel tutorial

Since the sun is shining and giving me summer feelings every day here in Sweden I did another summery mani. This time it’s inspired by one of my towels.

  1. I started with a base of Essie ‘Find me an oasis’, two coats and then my favorite top coat HK Girl.
  2. When that was completely dry I taped off irregular lines with thin nail tape. For these kind of designs I like the cheaper version of nail tape, and save my nailvinyls for other patterns.
  3. I painted two sections at a time using different bright colors, China Glaze ‘Too yacht to handle’, ‘That’s shore bright’, ‘Sun-kissed’, ModelsOwn ‘Sun hat’ and Drip Drop Nailpaint ‘Pink’.
  4. I removed the tape as I went so the color wouldn’t dry.
  5. Top coat again.
  6. Clean up with flat/angled brush dipped in acetone around the cuticles.

All done!

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel stripes

Beach towel stripes

Beachy holo gradient

Beachy gradient

While I’m having nail fail upon nail fail on my left hand I’ll show you what I did on cinderella hand today. I’m so happy with it, it’s so sunny, summery, shiny and beachy. I started with a white layer to make the lighter colors pop and protected my fingers with Isadora’s peel off base coat. It really makes the clean-up so much easier, love it. For my gradient I used OPI ‘Teal the cows come home’, Essie ‘Sand Tropez’ and ‘Rock the boat’. I then dabbed some Kicks Sugar Lacquer ‘Desert storm’ on the tips for a little bit more sandy feeling.

I liked it this way but I received a holographic top coat Glam Glaze ‘Spectra flair top coat’ yesterday and just had to try it out. On top I added two ocean themed nail charms from Hex Nail Jewelry.

My nails match my drink

My nails match my drink

Beachy holo gradient

Beachy holo gradient

Beachy holo gradient

Beachy holo gradient

Spring flowers

Spring flowers, tutorial

I hope you all had a lovely easter weekend. I’ve spent the time with family and we have been enjoying the beautiful weather here in Sweden, so mani time and blogging time has been limited. But last night I had time for a spring flower manicure  loosely inspired by a scarf that the sweetest girl Isabelle, sent me.

The base color is Essie ‘Spin the bottle’ and then I painted on the other polishes in blobby patterns. It’s another design that doesn’t require any precision, my favorite 🙂

 

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

Flowery scarf

Flowery scarf