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Negative Space Flowers

Published September 28, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a quick & easy one, perfect for any nail length. 

 The great thing about this design is you can do it with any colours you like. It would look great in pastels, neons, candy colours etc. I’ve done mine in jewely/Autumn colours. All you’ll need is a clear base, a white polish (you can skip the white if your polishes are really opaque, but it makes the colours stand out more), two flower colours, a green polish, and two dotting tools (one slightly bigger than the other). 

 I’ve used all Technic polishes for this design: Clear, White, Cactus Flower, Amethyst, and Zephyr. 

  Step 1: apply a layer of clear base coat and let it dry. If your nails are little too stained for this, you can add a layer of a sheer pink or nude after your base coat. 
  Step 2: use your white polish and the smaller of your two dotting tools and paint flower shapes over your nails, take care not to leave big gaps in between them. Let the polish dry before moving on.
  Step 3: take the bigger dotting tool and one of your two colours and paint over half of your white flowers.
  Step 4: repeat step 3 with your second colour, then allow the polished to dry.
  Step 5: take your smaller dotting tool with your green polish and place a dot in the centre of each flower.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope your liked this design, and give it ago with your favourite colours. I’ve went with Autumn colours this time, but a change of colour and it’s perfect for any season!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

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Review: Technic Tip Top Nail Tips

Published September 14, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi Everyone, this week I have a review for you. I’ll be trying out the Tip Top Nail Tips press on falsies from Technic. 

 I was sent a few packs of these nails by Technic to try out a while ago. They retail for £2.99 a pack and come in a range of colours (white, black, nude, red, bright pink, pastel pink, jade) 7 nail art designs, and packs specifically for toes. 

 This is the packaging for the coloured and toe nails (the nail art packs are white). The full application and removal instructions are printed on the back of the box (and I was glad to see they’re cruelty free too). 

 In each pack you get 24 nails (in 12 different sizes), a nail file, and nail glue. 

Application:

 The first thing I did was pick out the correct size for each nail. The best was to do this is to make sure the edges of the false nail only match up with the edges of your natural nail when pressed down (this avoids the nail digging into your skin if there’s any overhang). 

 I did have some trouble with my ring finger, the press ons were either too narrow or too wide. If you get this problem, go with the wide one and use the nail file provided to file down the edges to the perfect fit. 

 After sizing, the first step is to take the shine off your nail with the file included. I will say do this lightly, as it’s a lot courser than a buffer and I felt it was a little too rough on my nails.  

 After buffing, either wash your hands or wipe your nails with acetone to remove any dirt/oil that might be left. 

 To stick the nails on, apply a little dot of glue on the false nail and another on your nail. Line the thinnest part of the nail with your cuticle and press down for a few seconds. 

  This is what the nails look like on. I have to say I was impressed. I’m not the biggest fan of false nails, two of the reasons being the length and the thickness of most press on nails.

Wear:

These nails aren’t too thick, which I liked as they didn’t feel really bulky. I really liked the length too. I hate long nails and most false nails I’ve tried before have been far too long, but these were just a little longer than my own nails so I wasn’t catching them on clothes or in my hair or poking myself in the eyes when trying to take my contacts out.

Even though I only used a little bit of glue they lasted really well. I kept them on for a few days and put them through the normal wear and tear (hair washing etc) and was quite surprised that none of them popped off. When I went to take them off they were as solid as they were when I put them on.

Removal:

  The instructions on the packed advise to soak the nails in either warm, soapy water or acetone polish remover. The important thing is to soak them off, do not pick them as it damages your own nails.  

 I soaked my nails in acetone for around 5 minutes, then gently pushed them off with an orange stick. They came off really easily and just left a little glue residue.  

 The glue residue was easy to get off too. I just wiped it away with a cotton pad soaked in acetone then washed my hands with soap and water. Another reason I normally never wear false nails is the state they leave my nails in. This time though I was surprised to see they were in practically the same state as before I put the falsies on, just a little dry after all the acetone.

  To finish off I put on some hand cream and rubbed in some cuticle oil.

Verdict:

Overall I was really impressed with these nails. Personally, I wouldn’t wear them on a day to day basis (I’d miss painting my nails too much) but as they were so quick to put on I’m definitely going to use them again, especially when I need a last minute manicure for a night out. I think I could also get two wears out of each pack by filing the wider nails down to fit, and for £2.99 that’s a bargain. 

If you’d like to get your hands on these falsies, you can buy them online here: http://www.lovethymakeup.com/false-nails

I hope you liked this review and found it helpful. Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x
 

5-In-1 Easy Wedding Nails.

Published September 9, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone! One of my besties is getting married this Friday, so I thought I would share some of the wedding friendly nail art I’ve been trying out. These are really quick and easy, and are great whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest. 

 A couple of these are designs I’ve done recently, but have changed them around a little with wedding friendly colours. I’ve done all five with just four polishes. I picked a nude, a white, a gold, and a light pearly polish. The coloured polish isn’t necessary, but I thought it would be nice to add a little hint of your colour scheme. My friend’s colour is a lovely ‘Cadbury’ purple, so I opted for a light purple polish for just a  hint of colour. 

 The polishes I used are White, Moon, Seashell, and Violet (all by Technic). I’ve also used a thin nail art brush, a dotting tool with a medium & small side, a makes up sponge, and a bit of cling film/plastic wrap.

Design 1 – Dry Marble: 

 Before you start this design, I’d recommend having a thin eyeshadow or concealer brush you don’t use and some polish remover handy for a neat cleanup.

Step 1: paint your nails with one coat of nude polish.

Step 2: dab on blobs of white polish.

Step 3: dab on a few blobs of nude and gold polish.

Step 4: place a small piece of cling film over your nail and pat down.

Step 5: peel the cling film off, gently (this will take any excess polish with it).

Step 6: use your brush and polish remover to clean up.

Design 2 – White & Gold Flowers: 

 Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of nude polish. 

Step 2: using the medium dotting tool and white polish, create a few circles of five dots to make the flowers.

Step 3: place a dot in the centre of each flower with the medium dotting tool and gold polish.

Step 4: place some white and gold dots in the spaces between the flowers with the small end of the dotting tool.

Design 3 – Waterfall: 

 Step 1: on a white base, use your nail art brush and gold polish to paint some wispy lines starting at the base and finishing just under halfway down your nail.

Step 2: repeat this with your pearly colour polish, filling in the gaps between the gold lines.

Step 3 (optional): I’ve skipped this step, but for a little sparkle you can add some lines of gold glitter polish (I did this in my original post with silver glitter).

Design 4 – Confetti  

 Step 1: paint your nails with one to two coats of nude polish.

Step 2: place a few medium and small white dots on the top half of your nail, concentrating on the tip (try larger ones at the top and smaller ones lower down making it look like they’re fading).

Step 3: repeat this with the gold polish, filling in any big(ish) gaps with small dots.

Step 4: add a few dots with your pearly colour polish the same way.

Design 5 – Fadeout French Manicure: 

 Step 1: paint your nude and white polishes onto a makeup sponge, making sure to overlap them.

Step 2: dab the sponge over your nail, making sure the white is at the top half of your nail.

Step 3: dab the white on another couple of times, concentrating on the tip.

  The last step for each design is to clean up and add topcoat! 

I also wanted to add couple of extra pictures for you too.  I thought the French manicure wasn’t as easy to see as it was on my pinky, so here’s the original! I loved this on as it made my nails look longer and is a little more subtle than a normal French manicure. I was also a bit surprised at how many people though I had false nails on too!

These two next pictures are of my Scalloped French Manicure…  …and my Layered Dot Manicure.
 I didn’t include an update of these two in this post as I did use the same polishes I’ve used today to create these originally. 

You can see the original posts for these here https://beginnersnailart.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/easy-scalloped-french-manicure/ and here https://beginnersnailart.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/layered-dot-manicure/
I really hope you liked these designs and give them a go, even if you don’t have a wedding coming up!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x