Roses and dots, easy tutorial

I did a maniswap with Lisa aka. @loudandlavish, a very talented and sweet sixteen year old. I wish I was that good at her age. I chose to do her neon dotticure with roses on top because I adore dots, neons and roses. Cute and easy, sometimes that is what we need.

Here is how I did them:

Start with base color, I used Dance Legend ‘Best Vacations’.

  1. Add dots with dotting tool/bobby pin. I like to do one row at a time so its easier to place them evenly.
  2. My roses I start with a medium pink and just make a big blob where I want them.
  3. I go back with a darker pink and make small c- shapes to outline the petals.
  4. Then I use my lightest pink to highlight, and blend the colors together slightly.
  5. Finish off with adding some leaves where you like them. I use two green colors.
  6. Add top coat and you are good to go!
roses & dots

roses & dots

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Ikat pattern

Ikat tutorial

Since my lovely friend Helene aka @henulle got me some of the ILNP summer collection at the same time as she bought hers, we decided to do a twin nail design featuring one of our new polishes. What we finally decided on was to make an ikat pattern, neither of us had made one before so it was long overdue. As out main color we chose the stunning green holo ‘Rehab’ and made two nails with ikat pattern.

  1. Paint your base color, i used OPI ‘Skull & glossbones’
  2. Paint the shapes with squiggly lines, I used ILNP ‘Rehab’
  3. Fill in with next color, here I used Models Own ‘Bikini’
  4. Lastly I outlined with black squiggly lines. OPI ‘Black Onyx’
  5. Top coat and clean up.

This is one of these designs where you don’t have to be precise. Just have fun with it and squiggle away!

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

Ikat pattern

@henulle

@henulle

Bestie twin nails

Bestie twin nails

Summer hiatus, but not really. Maniswap coming up!

I seem to have entered summer mode and don’t have much inclination to blog. So I will reduce my posts but still try to get 2-3 a week. I don’t even know if anyone cares 😀 My nails still get painted though and I’m most active on Instagram, you can find me here. So I will try to recap a bit here.

A while back I did a mani swap with the lovely, talented Gianna from @nailstorming. A mani swap is where you choose a mani from the other person and recreate it. It’s so fun to see your work recreated and interpreted by someone else. She chose the florals that I did with my Costa Rica nail bestie and she did a gorgeous job too. It’s funny how we let some things intimidate us that really we needn’t be scared of at all. Gianna admitted to being scared of florals, when she had no reason at all, since she is AWESOME. I myself am intimidated by water marbling and one stroke flowers which I haven’t even tried once.

Anyway, I did a design of hers which was a gorgeous sunflower on mint/teal background. It was so simple and beautiful I had to recreate it. She has a tutorial on her IG if you want to know how to do it.

 

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

And I was going to add a picture of our swap and my pictures are messing with me. Arrghhh, I might get it in later.

Inspired by fashion

I paired up again with one of my favorite girls on Instagram; Danielle aka @nailsbydaniellet. We found inspiration from a fashion account called @thestylemob, they have really cute outfits and as a total nail geek everything can be translated into nail art. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant in picking out my acrylic paint, because when I do I like it so much. It’s so much easier to work with than polish. But it seems my love affair with polish just overrides practicality. Well, I’m getting there. It is so much fun.

The base is OPI Alpine Snow, and on my other fingers I have OPI Rumple’s wiggin.

  1. I start with two coats of white.
  2. Top coat with fast drying top coat, I use HK Girl by Glisten & Glow
  3. Then I use matte top coat on top to make a good surface for the acrylic paint to stick on. I use Essie Matte about you.
  4. Paint the flowers and stems with acrylic paint. You have to experiment to find out how much water your paints need to dilute to a nice consistency.
  5. I use pure color no9, from @stylishnailart as my brush.
  6. Top coat again. (I added lavender corners later to resemble the jacket worn over this flowery dress that was my inspiration, of course that is optional)
  7. Clean up around your cuticles with acetone on a flat/angled brush.

Good luck and paint away!

I hope you like it. I really enjoy these collaborations, in this case I love Danielle’s version more than mine.

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

Inspired by a dress

@nailsbydaniellet

@nailsbydaniellet

#bestietwinnails

#bestietwinnails

Counting sheep mani

Insomnia/counting sheep mani

This is a collaboration with my super talented and awesome friend Stephanie aka. @la_manisera. We have gotten to know each other through Instagram and I’m lucky to have ‘met’ her. We are both mom’s with kids who have diseases, which leads to many sleepless nights and occasionally insomnia. So Steph found this gorgeous picture from a make-up artist who does truly magical work; @tal_peleg, and it inspired us to recreate her image on our nails.

I love the result so much and I’m so happy to share it with you. I also did a little video to show you how I painted with my acrylic paint on top of a gradient to create this look.

Counting sheep

Counting sheep

Counting sheep mani

Counting sheep mani

Steph's insomnia/counting sheep nails

Steph’s insomnia/counting sheep nails

Bestie twin nails

Bestie twin nails

Counting sheep matte

Counting sheep matte

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

Florals on green

Floral collaboration again

Well my Costa Rica bestie Cristina is the flower queen, and when I did another collar in her honor she really liked the image I chose. So naturally we decided to do those. We can’t get enough of those flowers 🙂 I used OPI ‘Gargantuan green grape’ as my base and painted the flowers with acrylic paint.

Florals on green

Florals on green

Florals on green

Florals on green

Floral collaboration

Floral collaboration

Vintage roses and polka dots

Roses and polka dots

In another collaboration with Alondra on instagram we decided to recreate our mutual friend Cristina’s first manicure on instagram. Such a cute design, and let’s face it; Cristina was awesome from the start. Sometimes it’s just so nice to go back to basics and do something simpler, because it looks so good.

The design is vintage roses on green, with pink and white dotticure. I used OPI ‘Suzi’s Hungary again’ and L’Oreal ‘Wasabi hint’ as my base colors.

Vintage roses and polka dots

Vintage roses and polka dots

Vintage roses and polka dots

Vintage roses and polka dots

Collaboration

Collaboration

More florals

My bestie in Costa Rica Cristina aka. @crisalvarado17 and I have a love of everything floral, so we thought it was time to do a design together. She is crazy talented so it was a bit daunting to do a design with her, but also a fun way to push my own boundaries and try to improve. I found a pattern on Shutterstock that we both fell in love with, so we made our designs out of that.

I used H&M ‘Want a lemon’ as base and painted the rest with acrylic paint. I bought some new ones on ebay and I really like them, they seem to be easier to work with. All in all I’m very happy with the end result. It was hard but fun and I love both of them.

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Florals on yellow base

Dumb ways to die #somanidumbwaystodie

Oh how I love these little characters that were created by as an ad campaign to increase safety around trains from Metro trains in Melbourne, Australia. They became a viral phenomenon and even turned in to an app with a game where you are supposed to save the little guys from certain death by doing really dumb stuff.

Here is the video with the awesome song and adorable little characters

When my kids showed this to me I got totally hooked. I suck at the game so I’m constantly killing the little fellows, but they are so adorable in all their morbidity so of course I wanted to put them on my nails. Again I paired up with Danielle, who fell in love with the guys as well. We started by presenting some of the characters alive and introducing the genius hashtag #somanidumbwaystodie that Danielle came up with. See the pun there? Haha, maybe we enjoy it more than anyone else. But it’s a good thing to be able to entertain one self too.

#somanidumbwaystodie

#somanidumbwaystodie

#somanidumbwaystodie

#somanidumbwaystodie

 

 

Then we chose characters to start telling stories with, and it just happened that we started with the first characters in the song. “Set fire to your hair, poke a stick at a grizzly bear…” The hashtag is meant to encourage others to join, we want to see more manis with these. If you tag we can see yours too, and it would be so much fun to have others join too.

Poke a stick at a grizzly bear

Poke a stick at a grizzly bear

Poke a stick at a grizzly bear

Poke a stick at a grizzly bear

We will be doing more so don’t be afraid to join in the fun. And remember; be safe around trains!