Sunday, 30 September 2012

Nail Rock- Spots and Stripes

So a few months ago I tried the Nail Rock nail wraps for the first time. Taken in by their vast range of designs I gave it a go!

 As you can see in the photo above I have worn the nails for a few days as they were getting chipped. Also my nail on my index finger chipped off, so I tried to paint it again in a similar way. Hopefully my next attempt at using nail wraps will be a bit better!

The steps I followed in order to try and achieve the best look with these nail wraps are as followed!-

Step one: I removed any old bits of nail varnish off my nails, pushed back cuticles and used a hand conditioner.

Step two: I shaped and filed my nails in an oval shape.

Step three: I then buffed my nails which took away the shiny surface, which also makes it easier for the wraps to stick to the nails.

Step four: After picking the wraps closest to my nail size (which can be trimmed to fit) I then carefully placed it on my nail.

Step Five: I pressed the wrap onto my nail and smoothed it from side to side, avoiding any lumps and bumps.

Step six: If any creases or lumps appear, lift the nail wrap up again stretch it back over the nail again.

Step seven: Once the wrap is stretched over the nail, use a wooden hoof stick, nail file or nail to tuck the remnants of the wrap under the nail.

Step eight: Using a nail file, file the edge of the nail in one direction which will remove the excess of the nail wrap.

Step nine: Once you've continued this for all nails, you should end up with a fab looking nails with a lovely, long lasting finish :)


Thanks for reading, A x

Monday, 24 September 2012

Tuxedo nails

If like me, you don't feel particularly gifted when it comes to nail art or have a steady hand either, I can show you easy ways in which to paint your nails and give them a touch of glam!
Below is a picture of the one I did earlier.  This is a photo of the first attempt at painting tuxedo nails, although they aren't perfect I was very pleased for a first go.

If you're interested in painting your nails like this then follow these simple instructions beneath, If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask me!

Step one: I started with clean,washed, unpolished nails. I used a non acetone nail varnish remover to remove any old bits of nail varnish. If you aren't wearing any nail polish it can still be important, just to take off any residue.

Step two: Use a cuticle remover (I use Cutipen from boots which costs £4.35) and rub the cream/gel into the cuticle and remove with warm water.

Step three: I trimmed my nails down, then file and shape them into a natural shape. Filing in one direction only. This makes it easier for the false nail to set onto the nail or rather gives the finished painted nail, a more elegant look.

Step four: As seen in the picture, I used some false nails from boots (Kiss 100 Full Cover Active Oval Nails which costs £6.49 and also comes in numerous sizes according to your preference)

Step five: Before gluing the nails on, I like to get choose the right nails first as the glue I use, sets fast. I use Kiss Professional Nail Glue. Which is maximum speed, so it'll dry in four seconds.

Step six: Once I've applied all the false nails and made sure they are all properly set, I can then apply the nail varnishes.

Beneath this is a photo of the various nail varnishes I use.
In my opinion, I don't think any different brands will make a lot of difference. I chose these brands either out of availability or cost.

Step seven: Depending what colour you want for the base of the nail, I alternated between black and white, paint each of the nails with this colour/s. To paint the nails, I find it easiest doing three strokes per nail.One stroke in the middle and two either side, being careful for the polish not to drip into the sides of the nail. However if this does happen it is easy to correct. I dip a cotton bud into some nail varnish remover to carefully remove the excess.

Step eight: After painting all the nails, a second coat of the colour may be needed. Then wait for the nails to dry completely. Once this is done you can start on the fun, nail art side of it!

Step nine: To do the parts to make the nails look more like little tuxedos I used nail art pens from Models Own. They are priced at around £6 from Boots, or you can buy it elsewhere including ASOS.

Step ten: I used the striper attachment from these nail art pens to make the triangles that look like the shirt underneath. Starting from about a quarter of the way in from each side of the base of the nail I took the striper and made a triangle, and then proceeded to fill the colour in. Once I've done this for every nail, I waited about five or so minutes for it to completely dry.

Step eleven: I took the nib pen to create the look of buttons and the bow tie. To do the bow tie I used a similar kind of technique as earlier. I made two little triangle like shapes that were close together and joined them up and filled them in, creating the look of a bow tie. Et voila!

I hope you enjoyed my blog, thank you for reading,

Abbie x

First blog post!!

Urm..Hiya..I don't really know how to start something like this off, its got to be memorable right? Ah well, I'll just tell you a little bit about me and if you like the sound of it, come back to my blog sometime soon..I may get a little bit lonely.. I am an eighteen year old girl with a penchant for make up, fashion and hair. I haven't got any existing qualifications to do with make up, hair or beauty but I believe that practice makes perfect and how are you going to know if you're good or bad at something unless you try?  Since a young age I enjoyed raiding my Mum and Sister's wardrobe or make up boxes to see what I could find! I am a firm believer that you do not need to wear make up everyday to look beautiful, however speaking from experiences I know that if you aren't the most confident person or are just having a low day, it can certainly help a treat.

 One of the many things I enjoy about doing my hair and make up, and fashion in general is that its so versatile and always changing. I like to think that on the outside everyone is like a blank canvas and we are free to dress it up and make it unique to ourselves, without the prejudgment of others and for their style and taste to overpower. Everyday I see so many people looking practically identical the amount of boys where I live wearing chinos, band t-shirts and Nike blazers or girls wearing Vans, leggings, short shorts and vest tops.. I'm all for following trends, but whatever happened to originality?! Rant over.

I think a little bit more about me is in order.. I'm definitely not the most confident person in the world but similar to many other people with the help of a bit of make up and steady hair styling, I think you could take on anything.Like many other people, I feel at my most confident when I think i'm looking nice, and this is why i'm doing this blog, to share my insight into the world of fashion and beauty... on a budget. I spend  a lot of time getting ready, doing my nails and hair and it really puts a smile on my face when people notice these tiny details and compliment me on them. Therefore I am going to share my limited knowledge with you all!

Thank you so much for reading, A x