All posts for the month December, 2013

December Polishes

Published December 31, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. It’s the last day of 2013 so I thought I’d do a post on the polishes I’ve bought this month.

First up is a Nails Inc polish that came free with Glamour magazine.

20131231-193730.jpgThe polish is Katy Spade New York by Nails Inc and it’s called Soho Silver. This is two coats of the polish. I loves the colour but wasn’t 100% on the formula. It’s not a really thick polish but it does streak. Two coats made it opaque but I did have to touch up a few spots where it had streaked. A good polish (and fab freebee), but I don’t really think it’s worth the Nails Inc price tag.

Next up are these three Barry M polishes.

20131231-195129.jpgA textured, confetti and glitter.

20131231-195658.jpgHere’s the Textures Effect polish in Princess. I really liked the feel and the coverage of this polish. Although it’s a textured polish it’s not all that rough or bulky. It was opaque after two thin coats and didn’t take long to dry.

20131231-200303.jpgThis is the Confetti Effect Polish in Liquorice. It only took one coat to get the coverage in the picture and I love the effect. The design I’ve done was inspired by KiraKiraNail. Check out her YouTube video as she does three great designs using it.

20131231-201015.jpgThird is the glitter polish in Yellow Topaz. I applied two coats for this picture. The glitter is a mix of big and small pieces and has a yellowy/green shimmer to it. I’ve used it on top of pink, Jade and green polishes and it looks great on all of them. You can see these on my Instagram.

The next polishes are a pack of five Boots No7 polishes I received in my secret Santa pressie. This is the first time I’ve used No7 polishes and I was impressed. The coverage is great, the formula isn’t too thick (or thin) and they lasted three days without chipping.

20131231-201747.jpgLeft to right are Temptress, Beanie, and silver, gold and red glitter top coats. The only one I haven’t tried yet is the red glitter top coat.

20131231-202133.jpgHere’s Beanie with a coat of gold glitter top coat.

20131231-202400.jpgHere’s Temptress and the silver glitter top coat used to for my red galaxy nails. This design was inspired by The Nailasaurus.

Last up is another Barry M polish.

20131231-202804.jpgThis is Barry M’s Sequin Effect polish in White. I was looking forward to using this polish, but I really didn’t like it. The polish itself feels really gritty and (not sure if it’s just me) there’s too may glitter pieces in it. It felt really rough after it dried. Even after three top coats it wasn’t any better and was chipping and peeling the next day.

20131231-203638.jpgOverall, I wasn’t impressed with this polish and I got a better look when I used a 99p multicoloured glitter over white polish.

I hope you enjoyed this review. I’ll have a few simple, easy and glitter free tutorials in January. I’ll also have a couple of reviews too. I’ve bought a couple of Elegant Touch Envy Nail Wraps and made my first purchase from Born Pretty Store, so I’ll have lots of goodies to show off.

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a Happy New Year, Kirsteen.


Vintage Christmas Paper Nail Design

Published December 23, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’ve finished wrapping up all my Christmas presents so I thought I’d do a very quick & extremely easy design inspired by vintage/Victorian wrapping paper patterns. All you need is one or two Christmassy colours of your choice and a nail art pen in gold or silver (whatever goes best with the colours you’ve chosen). I used Nails Inc’s Nightingale Place, Accessorize’s Mermaid and a Sally Hansen nail art pen in gold. I chose these two polishes as they have a gold shimmer through them and go really well with the gold pen.

20131223-153623.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20131223-153708.jpgStep 1: apply two coats of your chosen polishes. Here I’ve only used Mermaid on my ring finger and Nightingale Place on the rest. Let the polish fully dry.

20131223-153949.jpgStep 2: with your nail art pen draw small, curved lines and curls. Do some coming in from the edges of your nail, some coming off these and smaller curls on their own to fill in any big gaps.

20131223-154227.jpgRepeat for each nail and it’ll look something like this. Let this dry and go over it again if it’s not opaque enough.

20131223-154316.jpgStep 3: clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and your done.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Santa Hat Nail Design

Published December 12, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This is my first Christmas nail art this year as I haven’t had time to do one yet, but I will try to fit another one or two in before Christmas. This design is really easy and if you don’t like red you can use any colour you prefer. For it you’ll need a nude polish, a red, a red glitter, a white and two dotting tools: one big and one small. Alternatively you can use a dry ball point pen and a toothpick. I used Nails Inc’s Luminous Metallic Red, Technic’s Christmas Cracker, MUA’s All Nude and Rimmel’s Princess Pink.

20131212-220124.jpgHere’s everything I used.

20131212-221429.jpgStep 1: after your base coat dries, paint your ring finger two coats of nude polish and the rest two coats of red.

20131212-221710.jpgStep 2: dip the small dotting tool in red polish and paint a triangle on your nude nail.

20131212-221907.jpgStep 3: apply a coat of red glitter over all the red nails and the red triangle on your nude nail.

20131212-222128.jpgStep 4: dip the large dotting tool in the white polish, paint a large pom pom over the tip of the red triangle and dab it along the tip of your nail.

20131212-222533.jpgStep 5: use both the dotting tools to apply polka dots on all your red nails.

20131212-222716.jpgStep 6: clean up around your nails, apply a top coat and your done.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.