Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Purple Geometric Nails

Hey Everyone!
Today's design was actually inspired by one of my favourite Youtubers, Shaanxo, when she posted the following picture on her Instagram after getting her nails done at Doll House Nails & Beauty:
A photo posted by Shannon 🐼 #shaaanxo (@shaaanxo) on
I love everything about this design, the geometric shapes, the colour scheme as well as the added glitter! I opted for a different colour scheme for my nails though, a shimmery dark purple, a paler créme purple and then silver sparkles:
As you can see my design is slightly different from Shannon's because all my nails feature a geometric pattern, rather than just two accent nails. I created this design using a striper polish with a white base for the paler purple and silver to ensure the colour pay off was to the highest opacity. This design was actually fairly quick to do and easy, all that you really need is a steady hand to make sure the lines are nice and straight. Aside from that, it isn't too difficult.

The dark polish I used is from a set I have by The Colour Workshop and try as I might to find it online, I just can't! For this reason, I found a few polishes that look visually similar online since it is a very pretty colour:
You may recognise the pale purple polish, Bubblegum, from my recent Pastel Drip Nails and Technic Pretty Pastels Polish Review and if you've seen those posts you'll know this was one of my favourites from the collection. 
Also, the Mosaic Effects Avon Top Coat is from my Chain Manicure nails, another polish I am very fond of.
I love this design because the colour combinations are literally endless, any colours your pair together in a geometric design would work so well. Making this design easier without limitation. 
What do you think of geometric nails? 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Pastel Drip Nails

Hey Everyone!
It's safe to say I kept the suspense going for this design since my last post, didn't I? I hinted at an upcoming design in my previous Technic Pretty Pastel Polishes post, that's quite a tongue twister. I expected to get this post up on Thursday as usual but life got in the way. Also, I was feeling slightly overwhelmed when it came to blogging and thought it would be best to take a step back and to come back feeling refreshed!
For this design I have dripped the pastel polishes over a matte black base, the pastel polishes themselves are glossy and so the difference in finish on the nail contrasted nicely. I used a white base to draw out the drips of the polishes before going over with the pastel polishes and blending each colour in the middle. As I stated in my review, I found the opacity of these polishes disappointing and so a white base is essential to ensure these polishes are used to the best of their ability.
If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for anything rainbow and a pastel toned rainbow may just be even prettier!
Above are the Technic Pretty Pastel polishes I used to complete this design, as well as a black matte base by Pretty which I gave a mini review of in my Chain Manicure post if you'd be interested. If you read that post you'd know this isn't the best matte polish, however, I have found that the lifespan of the polish is increased by applying something glossy to the tip of the nail to help seal in the polish.
Due to the colours being very pale, the picture of the polishes together is somewhat of a deception as they're much paler in person. For this reason, especially with Mr Blue Sky, the drips can seem off-white on first glance before the colour is noticed.
Overall, I was happy with the way this turned out and since the colours work so beautifully together I thought this was a great way to prove that.
Do you have any pastel polishes in your collection?