I’m Back! With a look back at Christmas designs!

Hello! Well, hello to those who are still kind enough to read my posts despite my absence from blogging. I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who still visits or has visited my blog even though I haven’t posted. I found out the difficult way, A levels are very time consuming and although I may be several months into the learning process, time management has been one of my weaker skills. I haven’t painted my nails in about a month,( 😫 ) let alone posted. I do still have my Halloween decals to post… But this will be part of a water decal overview, maybe in the new year. I have really missed blogging and I hope to do several Christmas designs before the big day! So please don’t give up on my blog completely! 🙄

My last post seems like a lifetime ago. Which is probably true. Fortunately though, my Countdown to Christmas program that I produced last year hasn’t failed to let me down! Last year, I went for an advent calendar style posting method, revealing a new design each day of December. Please excuse the photo quality. My year ago self blogged with a ‘that’ll do’ attitude as I just couldn’t wait to get my creations out there and I was pretty clueless about editing, watermarks and photo sizes. These days however, when I do post, I spend a lot of time editing photo brightness, size and so on adding watermarks (I’d rather not spoil a photo with a logo or watermark however, some websites like ‘taking’ photos without giving credit to the owner, something that really annoys me! 😡), followed my writing mammoth posts, several grammar and spelling checks (but I still manage to make mistakes…), photo uploads, tags, categories and pressing the final ‘publish’ button.

I do have a new design prepared however, I won’t be posting that right now. Instead, I will be doing a review of my previous Christmas designs from last year. As I said, please excuse the photo quality. Here are some of my favourite designs from last Christmas.

1. Nordic sweater nails

Christmas Jumper nails

I really liked creating these Nordic nail combinations last year. I used a variety of designs as inspiration and used a ‘mix and match’ approach for this design. My favourite part has to be the reindeer on the thumb. These nails can be easily created with a white striper or nail art pen. You can read the full post here.

2. Santa Nails

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I created these nails on Christmas eve last year. They’re very easy to create and I just used the nail polish brushes and a dotting tool to create these santas.

3. Santa suitsanta suit

These nails would go really well with the above santa nails. They’re also quite simple to produce and you can also produce Elf suits by replacing the red polish with green.

4. Snowman

Snowman by Ljmoo123I thought this little guy was really cute, I combined him with some holly, Santa, Rudolph and Christmas pudding nails. You can view steps here.

5. Snowflake 20131207-121921-pm.jpg

I love producing snowflake nails at Christmas. They are easy to create and each snowflake is unique. I use my Barry M nail art pens ad basically doodle all over my nails, creating different snowflakes on each nail. My design that I’ll be posting soon will feature some snow flakes so watch this space!

That’s all for today’s post! Thanks for reading! New post soon 🙂 Although I’ve only just realised how close it is to christmas… Woah. I will try my best to add a few more designs 🙂 🎅🎄

 

Christmas presents!

I’m back and ready to show you all some brand new nail designs this year! I will be regularly posting new tips, trends and things to try throughout this brand new year of 2014. Be sure to sign up for emails notifying you of new posts, or alternatively, you can follow me via your WordPress reader. All can be found in the side bar (to the right if using desktop, bottom of the page for mobile page)! Thank you to all of you that have already signed up!

Without further ado, today I will be showing you some brand new polishes and materials that have been added to my collection! I’ve gathered together all of the nail art related things that I have received this Christmas so a big thanks to all of my family and friends who bought them for me ❤ You know me too well 😉

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As you can see, Santa has been very kind in the nail department this year! On the left in the image you can see my new nail art book which I would really recommend for nail art lovers like me. It’s full of inspiration, origins of nail art and even nail art in the fashion industry.

Below the book I have my two new Avon Colour Attract polishes in ‘Rose Flash’ which is orange/bronze with silver and also ‘Blue attraction’ which is a navy and silver colour. They are both Magnetic polishes which I love. Magnet nails are so quick and simple but look amazing! I also had a variety of magnet sticks to go with these polishes. These are not in the picture, however, I will be showing you some swatches and the detail of all of the magnetic effects very soon!

Next up I have my ‘Birthday Babe’ polish by OPI and my mini San Francisco collection from my best friend 😉 You can see the swatches of these polishes in my previous post here.

Below those OPI’s I have a selection of nail files and orange sticks! A girl can never have to many believe me. I also got some new nail buffers which I may just review soon.

Finally, I’ve saved one of the best until last. On the right in the picture, you can see my Nails inc. Polish diary! This set is amazing!! It features 12 polishes, one for each month. So each month I will be showing you a new polish in detail and ideas for each one! Some of the polishes are new releases, some are graffiti, textures etc… You name the polish- this set has it! I’m very excited to try all of these out!

As always, I decided to treat myself to a few new additions too. I found quite the bargain in TK Maxx as I scooped up two full size Orly polishes for just £4 in total! I will be showing you these very soon in my next design! I also bought myself a brand new top coat based on recommendations of other nail art lovers. I decided to order the Seche Vite fast drying top coat which I am also looking forward to trying. Another thing to look out for soon is my review on my top coats! I just can’t wait to share my rant of Sally Hansen’s ‘No Chip’ acrylic topcoat because guess what? It chips… Anyway, saving that for another day! Finally I decided to buy the second edition of the WAH book of nails. I loved the designs in the other book which is why I decided to purchase the ‘Downtown Girls’ book by WAH. This edition features interviews and tips of some of the World’s leading nail artists and businesses as well as some new designs so be sure to check it out.

That is all for today. I cannot wait to start reviewing, showing and providing you with tutorials! Watch this space…