Shiny orchids on matte background

Orchids for @crisalvarado17

As we’ve done before in the nail community, we rally some online support when someone is having a rough time and this time it’s Cris’s time. Since she is the flower queen I decided to make a flower mani in my attempt to show my support and try to cheer her up.

I really wanted to try to make a shiny/matte design to see how it would come together and here is how I did it:

  1. I started with Essie ‘Spin the bottle’ and I mattified it with Essie ‘Matte about you’.
  2. Next I outlined the flower petals and stems with acrylic paint.
  3. For the petals I used OPI Sheer tint ‘Don’t violet me down’ that I first diluted with thinner to make it easier to work with. Then added some more thicker color to make the colors a bit shaded.
  4. After that I added some white acrylic paint.
  5. I topped it off with painting on my favorite top coat; HK Girl by Glisten & Glow just on my design to make a shiny/matte contrast.

Hope you like it and try something similar!

Essie 'Spin the bottle'

Essie ‘Spin the bottle’

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

Shiny orchids on matte background

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Girly nails with OPI sheer tint

Here I experimented with OPI Sheer tint ‘Be magentale with me’ and I paired it with OPI ‘Kiss me I’m Brazilian’ and Essie ‘Cocktails & coconuts’. A simple dotticure with outline and some cute bows with pink rhinestones.

OPI Be magentale with me

OPI Be magentale with me

Flowers

Flowers inspired by @nailsbydaniellet and @mrcandiipants

This is a design that I made in a mani swap with Danielle @nailsbydaniellet, I loved hers so much that I really wanted to recreate them. She originally got the inspiration from Mr Candiipants and did her own twist to them. It’s such a fun technique where you are free to use your own imagination and doesn’t require a lot of precision. Of course you can use acrylic paint but I like the stickiness of polishes for this design.

Flowers

Flowers

Here are the colors I used:

  • OPI I Love Applause
  • OPI Fiercely Fiona
  • H&M Want a lemon
  • Essie Find me an oasis
  • Essie Truth or flare
  • Essie Hide & go chic
  • Essie The more the merrier
  • OPI Amazon…Amazoff

Tools you need is just a nail art brush that doesn’t have to be very fine since it’s going to be used in a dabbing, dotting motion.

So here is a tutorial for how I do them.

  • Start off with painting your base color, here I used OPI I Love Applause.
The base is prepped

The base is prepped

  • Then take the lightest yellow on your nail art brush and dab it on with making a circular shape out of the dabs. Don’t worry about making it pretty, it will come together in the end. Here I used H&M Want a lemon.
Lightest yellow first

Lightest yellow first

  • Take your next color and dab it over the first. Don’t cover it all up. Using different shades of yellow gives the flower more dimension. Here I used a slightly darker yellow OPI Fiercely Fiona.
Darker yellow

Darker yellow

  • Repeat the dabbing with the colors for the flower. Here I do a blue flower and I start with the lightest color first, and I don’t cover up the layers with my next color but keep some space for the different colors to peek through. Colors used for the flowers are Essie Find me an oasis, Truth or flare and Hide & go chic.
Essie Find me an oasis

Essie Find me an oasis

Essie Truth or flare

Essie Truth or flare

Essie Hide & go chic

Essie Hide & go chic

  • When I’m done with the flowers I paint some leaves blending my two green colors Essie The more the merrier and OPI Amazon…Amazoff. I also use the darker color to paint a smaller line in the leaf to create some dimension.
Paint the leaves

Paint the leaves

 

  • Finish off with your favorite top coat and you are good to go!
Top coat

Top coat

Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment. You can always go back with a lighter color to correct if you are over zealous with a darker color.

Good Luck!

Flowers

Flowers

 

Strawberry watercolor nails, tutorial

I loved my watercolor apples so much I decided on a strawberry counterpart. This time I opted for a slightly more subtle look with Essie’s ‘Romper room’ as my base color. This technique is so fun and gives you room for creativity and mistakes, it isn’t all that important how you do it since it’s supposed to look a bit ‘messy’. This soft pink is a favorite of mine but a bit hard to capture in photos since it’s so subtle, in some lights it’s hard to see the pink.

  1. The base color is Essie ‘Romper Room’.
  2. I mattified it with Essie ‘Matte about you’ to make the acrylic paint stick a little better.
  3. Dilute the acrylic paint with a lot of water so you can make blobs of color on the nails, let it sit for maybe 30 seconds and then soak up the extra water with a dry brush.
  4. I paint two or three at a time so I have time to go back and soak up the extra water without them drying to fast.
  5. I fill in with darker red and paint stems and leaves with green. Repeating the soaking up process. I added some extra random dots too.
  6. I painted some seeds with brown, but not to many. This design isn’t supposed to be precise.
  7. Finish off with top coat and clean up around your cuticles using a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone.

 

Watercolor strawberries

Watercolor strawberries

Watercolor strawberries

Watercolor strawberries

Orange roses on gradient, tutorial

Florals, again. It’s been a couple of days so here we go again. This time I went with a soft gradient with some vintage colored roses on top.

  1. I paint a base with OPI ‘Put a coat on’, a white base coat so the light colors of the gradient will pop.
  2. Protect the cuticles with OPI ‘Glitter off’, a peel off base coat that makes clean up much easier. Elmers glue works too. There are tutorials on how to mix that with water to each the same effect. I also like to moisturize my cuticles before, it makes it go off even easier.
  3. Wet a make-up sponge and squeeze out all excess water and paint lines of your colors onto the sponge. I used Essie ‘Find me an oasis’, ‘Meet the parents’ and ‘Lilacism’.
  4. Dab the sponge onto your nails, repeat until you reach desired opacity. Let each layer dry a little bit to prevent the sponge from bringing the base back off.
  5. Top coat immediately to blend the colors together. I use HK Girl from Glisten & Glow.
  6. Remove the peel off base coat.
  7. Paint the stems and leaves, I used OPI ‘Taupe-less on the beach’ and details with OPI ‘My boyfriend scales walls’.
  8. Paint the roses, the base is H&M ‘Want a lemon’ then the details are LimeCrime ‘Peaches & cream’, Essie ‘Resort fling’ and OPI ‘Juice-bar hopping’.
  9. Top coat.
  10. Clean up.

I hope you enjoyed! Play around with the combinations and good luck!

orange roses

orange roses

orange roses

orange roses

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

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

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

Pink plaid easter chicken

Tutorial on plaid easter pattern

Hello! I decided to recreate the plaid pattern from the mix and match easter mani I did. But I didn’t want to totally copy myself so I used other colors and a softer shades. Here I have Essie ‘Got engaged’ and ‘Love every minute’ from the 2014 wedding collection. So pretty and super soft pink shades. Totally love them, especially ‘Love every minute’. They are a bit sheer, but nice formula and they level out nicely on the second or third coat.

Tutorial:

  1. Paint your base with as many layers as needed. Let dry completely. I use HK Girl Glisten & Glow top coat in between to make it dry faster.
  2. Use tape to make the pattern, I use nailvinyls in the single chevron but you can use strips of tape just as well.
  3. Paint the next coat in your next color, remove the tape immediately and pull in the same direction as the tape to minimize smearing.
  4. Take a thin nail art brush and paint little squares where the tape has left crosses, in another color. I used Essie ‘Meet the parents’.
  5. Use a striper brush to do thin lines of another color in the middle of the existing lines. I used white.
  6. Paint the chicken in the middle of the squares.
  7. If your top coat usually smears your designs, make sure you wait before putting it on. With the HK Girl I can top coat right away using a gentle hand, and it doesn’t drag the color underneath.
  8. Clean up around your cuticles with a flat/angled brush with acetone. Go gently so you don’t clean off to much!

Voila!

I hope this helped in any way. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Pink plaid easter chicken

Pink plaid easter chicken

Pink plaid easter chicken

Pink plaid easter chicken

Striping with flowers

Catching up

So I haven’t been blogging much these last couple of days and a friend of mine who doesn’t have Instagram wondered why I didn’t have any new designs. Ha ha, I guess I have gotten you used to my frequent posts, but sometimes life gets in between.

I have been in a little bit of slump I feel so it’s not as fun to post the ones I’m not as happy about. But I got to do my mom’s super tiny little nubbins and that was so much fun. She never does her nails and have to keep them short for her violin playing.

Flowers on nubbins

Flowers on nubbins

The base was Essie ‘Spin the bottle’, a gorgeous shade on my mom and suitable when you aren’t used to wearing bright colors.

Then I did a white mani where I striped off a glitter topper from another indie brand called Drip Drop Nailpaint, it looks crisp and fresh. But the grey weather didn’t give me any good light so you can’t really see how pretty ‘Stairway to heaven’ is.

White glitter striping

White glitter striping

 

Then I continued with my striping all over the place, using Essie ‘Find me an oasis’ and ‘Meet the parents’ and painted some random flowers (of course, I’m getting so predictable) on top. A bit disappointed with my idea, it turned out ok but my mojo is really hiding somewhere.

Striping with flowers

Striping with flowers

Striping with flowers

Striping with flowers