Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci nails

Sometimes you find a pattern that you just have to put on your nails. Gucci just released an anniversary limited edition of Flora, that arrived at Parfymeri1. Then I discovered that my Gucci sunglasses had the same pattern inside so of course I had to make my nails to match.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

It’s been a long while since I took the time to do something so detailed and intricate on my nails and I might have cussed a bit when I realised what a task I had given myself. In the end though I’m very happy I did it and I’m so proud of the result.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition with matching nails and sunglasses.

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Flowers & bling

I’m loosely inspired by an artist on IG called @hestianails and I took her gel design and modified it for me, using nail polish and acrylic paint. When I see all these amazing artists doing beautiful gel/acrylic designs I really want to learn with those materials too. Maybe I will one day, but for now I will have to make do with the products I know how to use.

As before I’m fascinated by the watercolor look, and this time added some bling to complement the soft flowers. I received some gorgeous ss 14 Swarovskis from PinkNovelera that sparkle like crazy. Usually I don’t bling my manis much, so this is different for me. But I really like it and I can see myself doing something similar if I’m dressing up.

Here is how I did it:

  1. Base is Essie ‘Baby’s breath’.
  2. I then diluted my acrylic paint with a lot of water and painted one petal at a time, soaking up excess water with a dry brush in between petals.
  3. I used both dark blue and purple and let the petals overlap in places. I also added some mint green shapes of some kind.
  4. I added some lines in the middle to create depth to the flowers.
  5. After that I blobbed on some top coat and added some bling with my wax picker. Swarovskis and caviar beads placed at random to make it a little bit haphazard.
  6. Top coat, clean up around your cuticle lines with a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone!

Good luck and have fun with this design!

Flowers & bling

Flowers & bling

Valentino rockstud nails, tutorial

Inspiration is everywhere, and I’ve seen so many pictures of these gorgeous heels from Valentino.

Valentino rockstud neon yellow

Sadly I don’t own them and I expect I’ll never will 😦 so the next best thing is of course to paint them on my nails.

Here is how I did them:

  1. Base is one coat of OPI ‘Glints of Glinda’ and one coat of quick dry top coat. I use HK Girl. Wait until this is completely dry before the next step.
  2. Next I cut up a french mani tape to create a slight curve and a t-strap in the middle. Nail tape is from nailvinyls.com
  3. Fill in with a nude color, I used Essie ‘Urban Jungle’
  4. I then place the studs in my sticky nail polish. If you want them to stay on for a couple of days I recommend nail glue. I use a wax picker to place my studs.
  5. For the tip I painted neon yellow ‘Bikini’ from Models Own.
  6. Clean up an top coat!

I really like how they turned out. Maybe one day I’ll have heels to match…

Valentino rockstud nails

Valentino rockstud nails

Palm trees on gradient

Palm trees on gradient, recreation of @piouh

Sometimes we gather round in the nail community and try to cheer each other up. My lovely French friend Dana aka. @piouh has been down so we decided to recreate her unique and gorgeous nails to cheer her up. I decided to try my hand at her gradient with palm trees.

🇫🇷 Gradient et Palmiers. 🌴 🇬🇧 Gradient & Palm Trees. 🌴

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So this is mine and how I made them:

  1. Use black polish or acrylic paint to make the silhouettes of palm trees and grass.
  2. One stripe for the trunk, two “branches” on each side of the top of the trunk and then squiggly lines for the leaves.

It’s not very important to be precise. Even though I wasn’t to happy with my palm trees, the end result looked nice anyway.

Palm trees on gradient

Palm trees on gradient

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

 

Inspired by a pattern from Joules, tutorial

Today I went slightly nautical but still within the floral theme if that makes sense. I was inspired by a pattern from Joules and a picture where they paired this floral print with a striped cushion. So here we go:

Start with a base of navy and white on different nails, I used Isadora ‘Blue Jeans’ on ring, pinke and thumb and OPI ‘Alpine Snow’ on the others.

  1. Outline the flowers with white to make them show up on the dark background.
  2. Fill in with chosen colors, I did one white and one pink. Shading done with others colors in the same spectrum.
  3. Add little dots with green and blue.
  4. Tape the white nails horizontally. Wait until the base is completely dry before adding tape. I use tape aka. nailvinyls.
  5. Paint the navy on top and immediately remove the tape.
  6. Wait a while before you top coat and use a very light hand to not smear the navy.
  7. Clean up with acetone around your cuticles.

Good luck and have fun!

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

Navy flowers & stripes

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

Neon flower dotticure

Tutorial for Oshima nails design

Since Jasmine of Oshima Nails only works with gel polish I thought it was okay to show you how I tried to recreate her design using nail polish instead. All the details are listed in my previous post, but here is a short video how to.

  1. Paint your nails white
  2. Use a thin nail art brush and outline a flower. I used black nail polish but of course you can use acrylic paint as well.
  3. Fill in the middle of the flower with neon yellow.
  4. I dabbed on OPI sheer tint ‘Don’t violet me down’, it doesn’t have to be perfect for this look.
  5. Top coat. I use fast drying top coat HK Girl from Glisten & Glow .
  6. Clean up with a flat/angled brush dipped in acetone.

Good luck and have fun!

Neon flower dotticure

Neon and flowers

After my third consecutive nail fail on my left hand I browsed some of my favorite artists on IG and this design from Oshima nails struck my fancy and I shamelessly copied it. She makes so gorgeous and dreamy designs. I really needed something pretty for my left hand too. So I ended up using my OPI ‘Alpine snow’ as a base. ModelsOwn ‘Bikini’ on my thumb and pinkie with swarovskis from the Nail Room (which is Oshima’s) . Then I outlined some flowers on pointer and ring finger with OPI ‘Black Onyx’ and then filled them in with OPI Sheer tint ‘Don’t violet me down’ and ‘Bikini’ in the middle. For my middle finger I did a little dotticure.

This is really an adorable design and I can really recommend you to check out Oshima’s awesome work. Now I’m happy with my nails again 🙂

Would you like a tutorial on how to achieve this look?

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

Neon flower dotticure

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