Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Blue and White Pottery Inspired Nails

Hello friends, how are you all this week?  It feels almost like spring where I am right now, and not at all like a typical February here in the GTA. My boyfriend visited me last week and the weather was just gorgeous, it was so warm and sunny! I really hope that this weather lasts until summer, though that'll be unlikely. This week, I actually really wanted to do a spring inspired design because of how spring-like it feels outside. However, not wanting to jinx this beautiful weather, I decided against it. 
The idea for the design came to me because my mother showed me a post from her chinese website about dresses inspired by traditional blue and white pottery designs. I've always found traditional chinese pottery to be extremely beautiful. I've spent many hours as a child staring and admiring the the beautifully glazed ceramics.
With this design, I decided to that it would look best if done purely with nail polish. Normally, I would prefer using acrylic paints for such intricate designs, but I did not have any paints in this colour (I definitely need to add some more colors to my collection). Plus, acrylic designs tend to look a bit more flat compared to polish based designs and  I wanted to achieve that glazed ceramic feel without having to add thick layers of topcoat. That being said, I had not worked with nail polish as a medium in a while and I was definitely not used to how fast the polish dried up! It was certainly quite a fun process, and I think that I'd enjoy trying this with some acrylic paint in the future.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my tips and tricks on how to create these nails (and some more pictures)!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Quick NOTW: Simple Valentine's day Nails

Hello friends! Happy Valentine's day! I hope you all get to spend some time with your loved ones today, or you can spend some time showing yourself some love (buy yourself that chocolate, you deserve it). I have this really simple and cute Valentine's day design to share with you today. I've been wearing this on my Cinderella hand for the past couple of days and I think it's really stunning. It's bold and eye-catching. The best thing about this design is how easy it is to create, it's a great for beginners! All you need is a dotting tool or a thin paintbrush. Anyway, I hope you all have the best, love-filled day!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Quick NOTW: Cute Squirrel Pun

Hello friends! I'm back with another cute (and slightly lame) pun design. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I wanted to be as cheesy as possible. It was quite difficult to choose from the huge selection of cute animal puns; I wanted to do them all! I may try more of these puns in the next few weeks, just to keep the pun streak going.
As a child, Valentine's Day was always one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in school. I remember making  a ton of different crafts in class and getting to deliver hand made cards to all of my classmate. One year, My parents helped me make really adorable cards, with Hershey's Kisses attched to them. If only I knew what puns were back then; I would've definitely wanted to make a bunch of cute squirrel themed cards.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Quick NOTW: Punny Avocado Nails

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've last updated my blog, but I've settled back into a routine and I am ready for another year of posts. With Valentine's day drawing near, I wanted to do a cute and punny design (because I live for cute puns). For some reason, when I sat down at my desk today, the only thing that came to my mind was avocados. I absolutely love avocados, they make me so happy. I could probably eat avocado toast every day for the rest of my life! I somehow managed to fit two puns onto my hand this time, and let me tell you, the lettering was quite a challenge for me. I have no idea of what came over me when I decided to put the phrase with more letters on to my smallest nail, but it turned out alright... I think.
I'm very excited to share these pictures with the world! For Christmas, my boyfriend and I decided to make gifts for one another this year. I wrote him a box of "open when..." letters and he built me a lightbox (& his gift totally trumps mine)! It's so lovely and my pictures are turning out beautifully, but I'm still getting the hang of using it. My pictures are so much more clear. I guess I also have to start paying more attention to details now too, oh boy.

Keep reading for some tips and tricks on how to create these nails....