A look back…

I have no idea how long it’s been since my last post, I don’t even want to guess. It’s been a while. We’ll leave it at that. I go through times where I miss blogging, and struggle to find the time to paint my nails these days, let along blog about them! I thought I’d take this opportunity (aka. revision break) to explore my nail art history and my favourite nail design.

Highlights

OMD2/3

Oh mon Dieu, OMD2 and 3 are highlights of my blogging adventure. They motivated me to keep painting, despite the nail polish fumes along they way. Once again a massive thank you to all of the nail accounts involved in making the contest possible!

OMD was a great opportunity for me. Creativity becomes limited regardless of your artistic ability. I would like to count myself as a creative person (Update: I am about to embark on a course which could kick-start my art career! Exciting stuff), however, I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest wondering where my next source of creativity will come from. The OMD nail challenge changed this attitude. The daily prompts were enough to get my brain into thinking mode and I created some of my favourite (and least favourite!) designs. It was a brilliant challenge and fingers crossed, there will be another one this year!

 

 

Paris

As regular readers may know, I am in love with the city of Paris. I love incorporating the Eiffel tower and France into my nail art and I hope to create a new design soon…

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Techniques

I have learnt a lot thanks to blogging. I have explored just a small percentage of the amount of nail tools on offer in the world and I have been lucky enough to receive samples off some companies. Some of my favourite nail art has been created with stamping plates. They’re a little messy but it’s so worth it for the end result. If all goes to plan of course.

 

 

This is one of my favourite ever stamped designs, using the Born pretty plate that I reviewed here

Freehand

My freehand work is pretty dodgy these days as I don’t practise my skills as much. Looking back though, I still feel quite proud of myself for creating this freehand design with a striper brush and a dotting tool, on a pretty OPI base colour.patterb4_ljmoo123

Dry Marble

This has got to be my favourite and go-to technique. It works with practically every colour, and any design. Have a spare nail and not sure what to paint on it? Dry water marble. Want some swirly crazy colour combinations? Dry water marble. It’s my nail art solution. I love adding glitters and nail frames and all other sorts of trickery to this technique. My blue green design is one of my best outcomes but I’m quite a fan of this neon design too.

Novelty nails

The majority of these nails were created for the OMD challenge so they took a long time! I can’t say I make a habit of painting starfish on my nails but I love this type of design for challenges because they really challenge creativity. Here are a few of my favourites…

That is all for today’s spontaneous post! I hope that I’ll persuade myself into painting my nails again soon, but I’d better not make any promises… 🙄

Thanks for reading!

Born Pretty Spider review

Hello and Happy Halloween! (Well, it’s a bit late but let’s pretend that I posted this on time 🙂 )

Today I will be reviewing the Born Pretty 3D spiders! I thought these were really pretty so I chose to review them. I know that it is no longer Halloween so it may seem a little late but, as I said yesterday, you can still order for next year! Or even wear them throughout the year if spiders are your thing… The best part is, they’re now on sale!

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The siders are available with pearl and diamanté bodies which you can select on the Born Pretty website. I think I prefer the dimanté body though as it adds more of a shine and catches the light. You can view the pearl version here.

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I do really like these spiders but, they’re not very practical. Unlike the skull that lasted for a while, I just had to take the spider off straight away and the legs kept catching on everything. They were quite hard to apply as they don’t really sit on the nail. I had to file down some of the bottom of the body as it was a bit too bumpy and just kept falling off. As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t really like nail glue so I just pushed this spider into a thick layer of polish. I think nail glue is needed though, especially if you’re going to a party and want it to stay on all night.

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As you can probably tell, I moved the spider around a little to see which colours it worked with. Originally, I put it on my thumb with a no-water marble spider web inspired base. Despite it being a 3D object on the nail, you have to look quite closely to realise it’s there as the metal is quite dark. I think the spider looked pretty good with the red background though, so I would avoid black and stick to some lighter colours.

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So would I recommend this product? At the price that you pay , yes. You get two spiders and they’re cheap enough to throw away after one use although, if you manage to attach it correctly, you could even re-use it. If you want something that will stay on your nails for a week, these are not for you. But, if you just want something a bit creepy for a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, I would definitely say to go ahead and order them! Remember, you get 10% with my code NAC10K31!

Order the spiders here

That’s all for this post, new post soon! One more Halloween review to go! 😀

Please note: These products were sent to me by Born Pretty as a Press Sample review. This does not change my views in any way and all of the above comments are my own thoughts and personal opinions of the products.