#OMD3nails! Day 24 – Flames

Hello! Today I will be showing you my post for day 24 – flames. Now this ideas is very different and slightly out of my comfort zone but I like pushing boundaries with this challenge.

I created a dramatic accent nail for this design using a false nail which is very impractical and I took it off after photographing the design because I couldn’t even type with it on and almost poked my eye out 😀

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I painted all of my nails black using Orly’s Liquid Vinyl polish and added a goal stud to the bottom of each nail. Basic, but I didn’t want to detract attention from the ‘wild nail’. I was slightly inspired by the Hunger Games series, in particularly Catching fire, for this design and wanted to stick with that colour scheme.

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To create the accent nail, I cut a white false nail into a flame shape at an angle. I filed the edges to make it a bit less sharp but it was still lethal! I applied the false nail onto my nail using sticker tabs which I much prefer to glue because they don’t destroy your nails but still provide a strong base. You may notice that I’ve used my right hand for photographs this time – this is because I accidentally snapped the nail which I’m using as the accent 😦 It was a sad moment… but at least I used it to my advantage and it saved me from filing down another nail.

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To create the flame effect, I used a neon yellow, orange and red polish to create a no-water marble nail. I added all of the polish onto the nail and used a toothpick to swirl the colour around and make it look fiery!

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I topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite for an extra shine and chip protection although I pulled that pointy nail off straight away to avoid injury!

Let me know what you think of this design. It’s a bit different and no good for everyday wear although it would be cool for a party and I think it would match a Hunger Games theme. Katniss Everdeen or Effie Trinket would rock this design. I’m getting carried away. But you get my idea.

Thank you for reading! New post really soon!

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#OMD3 nail! Day 4 – Black and Gold

Shhhh! I’m a day late but pretend this is on time!

Today I am going to be showing you my entry for Day 4 of this wonderful challenge – Black and Gold.

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Now in my head, I had this one all planned out. Matte black nails with gold designs including dots, stripes and maybe a hint of matte gradient. For some reason, this didn’t quite go to plan – hence the late post. I tried 7 different gold polishes but each one looked silver on camera or after the matte topcoat. If you’re going to do black and gold nails, they have to be done properly. By properly I mean they have to actually look black and gold…

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So back to the design stage and once again by Primark nail art wheel was calling me. I decided to go for a gold bead placement nail. There’s just something about glitter and bead placements, they may take a while but the end result is so elegant and adds a sprinkle of ‘wow’ factor. I took a much-loved macro to appreciate this moment.

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As my base colour, I used ‘Liquid Vinyl’ by Orly. I absolutely love this polish! I snapped it up at a bargain price of £2 in TKMaxx (it was in a £4 two-set polish) and I’ve drooled over it’s killer back shade ever since. It also dries really quickly.

I spiced up my mani a bit more with a sparkly gradient. I used a mini OPI gold glitter (I’ll get back to you on the name, it was part of the Mariah Carey Christmas set 😀 ) and a polish by Flormar (shade 394) which is almost like a gold holo polish with tints of red, blue and green, depending on the lighting.

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In case you’re wondering, I took these macro shots with a macro iPhone lens so the quality isn’t the best (due to the iPhone camera) but you can still appreciate the amazing glitter shot ❤

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I probably wouldn’t do this design exactly the same next time. I would stick to an accent nail rather than alternate between gradient and beads but this challenge is a learning game.

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That’s all for today’s post! Hopefully I’ll get back on track with the challenge but I have a busy week lined up so we shall see! In the mean time, check out the other designs I the linkup and be sure to join I at any point! Click the image below to visit the reference page for all the details!

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Thanks for reading!