Sunday, 31 March 2013

Rows of Yellow Roses

I like making the roses and I wanted to do something a little different with them, so I thought this might be a cute idea. I tried to make a row of roses down the middle of each nail.
The polishes I used were Avon's Orchid Splash for the main colour and then the darker part of the roses was done in Sunshine. I then combined the French White Tip also by Avon with Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow to achieve the lighter yellow colour for the rose petals.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Figures in a Dream

I had yet another dream of a nail design. I love it. I love the fact that I have dreams of nail designs that is. This one reminds me of lonely figures with no features on their faces kind of. I must say I certainly dream of interesting designs. No idea where they come from, just lucky I guess. haha

The three polishes I used for this look were Barelements Grey along with Avon's Licorice and French White Tip.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Circles in Circles

This idea has circles inside circles. It has a 70's look to me.

I used Avon's Tweed for the main colour, then created the largest circle with Sunshine also by Avon. The second largest circle was done in Art Orange again by Avon and the next smaller circle was with Orange Orange by Nail Treats. The smallest circle was done using Avon's Cherry Jubilee although it look just the same as the Tweed in this combination. 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Zebra Stripes +

I attempted to make zebra stripes and then added a hot pink stripe across it for a little bit of a colour flash.
The polishes I used for this were Avon's French White Tip, Licorice and Viva Pink.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Easter Eggs

We did Easter nails in the class I teach today. The ladies nails looked great. I did spring coloured Easter eggs along with a little chick hatching for an accent nail.
I used Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow, Avon's Sweet Mint, Luxe Lavender, Pastel Pink, Vintage Blue, French White Tip and Swift Sherbert.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Terrific Toesday

This Toesday I gave Grey Flash by Avon a try. It's a nice dark grey colour with just a hint of shimmer to it.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Glitter Stars

I used Cosmic Blue by Avon for the background colour. I then did the stars using Avon's Starry Sky and while it was still wet, I dipped them in the Brilliant Chrome glitter powder also by Avon.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Party Nails

A fun look that would be good to wear to a party. I used Sally Hansen's Golden-I for the base colour and then taped half to put on Nail Treats Purple Glitter for the bottom diagonal half. I then added green gems from Gem Chic to the thumb and ring fingers to complete the look.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Black Abstract Dream Design

 Well it had been a while since I dreamed of a new nail design, so I was happy when I woke up dreaming of this. I don't know where my mind comes up with these, perhaps they are memories from a past life. :-) The thumb nails are exactly as I dreamed this, the other nails were too little for that much detail.

I used my new dotting tool small end to make the stripes and found they came out nicer than when I had previously used a toothpick to draw lines. I then dotted the colour blobs on with the dotting tool, but used a toothpick to make the messy blob ends.

Avon's Licorice was used for the background colour. I then used Avon's Starry Sky for the stripes and some blobs. L.O.L. by Essence was used for the light green blobs and I mixed Nail Treats Emerald Green with Avon's Sprightly Mint for the darker green blobs.

Friday, 22 March 2013


I tried to capture the opal effect of this glitter powder finish, but I'm afraid this is the best I could do. If you look closely you might be able to make out all the various colours shining.

These were simple to make. While the second coat of Borghese Bianco White Tip was still wet, I dipped the nails in the Iridescent glitter powder by Avon.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Red with Gold Crackle

This look used Avon's Cherry Jubilee for the base colour and then topped off with a thick layer of Avon's Mosaic Effect in Gold Glimmer.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dot On

For today's class we did simple dots. The ladies chose to do their own style of dots and they turned out nice. I decided to use Avon's Platinum Beauty Suede polish for the main colour and then do a single row of dots darker to lighter in purples. Starting at the bottom I used Luxe Lavender, then Orchid Splash followed by Smoky Plumes and finally at the top Midnight Plum all by Avon.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Terrific Toesday!

I am not quite fully awake this morning and forgot at first that it was Toesday, but I eventually clued in. haha

I gave Avon's Crystal Calm a try this week and it is a gorgeous bronze colour. A very nice metallic look to it.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Triangle Gems

 This has an 80's look to me. I just used tape to make the triangles and then placed a gem at the point on all the nails. Before I added the gem I thought the green nails with the pink triangles looked the nicest, but once the gems were on, they all looked equally nice to me.
I used Avon's Sweet Mint and Viva Pink polishes and the grey gems from their Halloween collection.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Black with Gold French Tip and Dots

 My first attempt at using my new dotting tool that my wonderful Avon Representative Teresa gave me as a gift. She is such a great lady. I used the large end of the tool to create these dots. Again, this is a simple design to make.
I used Avon's Licorice for the main colour and then Golden Vision also by Avon for the French Tip and the dots.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Acid Wash

 These remind me of gobstopper candies I used to eat when I was a kid. I was constantly pulling them out of my mouth to see what new colours I had revealed by sucking on them. haha

To make these nails you simply put single coats of various colour polishes and then use a brush dipped in nail polish remover to wash away the layers underneath.
The nail polish colours involved with this were Avon's Pastel Pink, Lagoon, Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow, followed by Avon's Sweet Mint and finally Luxe Lavender. It is almost impossible to see the yellow as it blended in with the green too much.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Simple Bride Nails

 I wanted to make a set of simple nails that might be used for a wedding. I thought the little blue heart gems were perfect for the something blue category. If you aren't familiar with the saying for the bride to prepare dressing for her wedding day, it goes like this:

"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a half penny for your shoe."

At least that's what my mother told me. She was holding on to a half penny for my wedding day, but I don't know if she still has it or has given up on that ever happening.
The heart gems came from this package from Gem Chic. The nail polishes I used are Tuscano Pink and Bianco White Tip from Borghese.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Glittery Flowers

I tried to capture the gorgeous opal like glitter on these flowers, but the photos didn't turn out the greatest, not a professional camera nor am I a professional photographer that's for sure. >.< I think you can barely make it out if you look hard enough.

I started off trying to make white roses with the powder opal glitter for the rose tips, however the glitter was too translucent and it ended up looking like white blobs with clumps of glitter on them. (lol) So these are my second attempt at doing them.

I thought perhaps I could use my pale grey to do the rose tips under the glitter, so I made large roses on the nails and then I made the mistake of letting the polish dry before adding the glitter. I then used a clear polish, which was too difficult to see where I had applied it and ended up just glittering the entire flower. So, the result is they look like glittery flowers rather than glitter tipped white roses. Oh, well, I may try this again in future.

The background colour is Avon's Pastel Pink. The roses *ahem, cough cough* flowers are done with Avon's French Tip White, Urban Grey and Iridescent glitter powder.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Shamrock Accent

Today we did Shamrocks in the nail art class I teach. I think some of the ladies were a little shy to try it, but I hope they had fun and learned something anyway. :-)

I just did one accent nail on each hand with the shamrock design for St. Patrick's Day coming up.

This is Monster our other cat. He is the bratty one, but he makes me laugh. He was up on the table while I was photographing, so I included him in the polish photo. I used Avon's Sweet Mint and Nail Treats' Emerald Green. You sort of have to use Emerald coloured nail polish for St. Patrick's Day don't you? ;-)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Terrific Toesday!

Today's polish is Chic Reloaded by Essence.This polish was shining brightly with all its colours revealed in the sunlight, but I just couldn't get that in a photograph. It looks like a shimmery black in the photo, but it actually has a nice mother of pearl radiance about it, with red, blue and green shimmering throughout.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Peach Roses

 Another set of roses, this time on the Nailene artificial nails and done in peach. The one good thing about grey is it makes the other colours stand out more.
The main colour on these nails is Avon's Urban Grey. The roses are done with Revlon's Provoke and the petal tips with Avon's Swift Sherbert. The leaves are created using Sweet Mint by Avon.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Purple Roses

 I have wanted to do roses for so long, and tried to follow what seemed like a very easy video tutorial on youtube for making these. Unfortunately, they turned out horrible, I am guessing because in the video she used acrylic paint, whereas I use only nail polish. She got nice swirls of colour, I ended up with the polish colours blending together. hahaha FAIL!
 I then went to the Nail Nerd's site to follow her tutorial, which I should have done from the beginning. She is so talented, she just amazes me with what she can do. I am really happy with the results and went a little rose crazy for a while, which you will see with my upcoming posts. haha

I really try to clean up my cuticles and make my finger tips look photo worthy. With the naked eye they look wonderful, but once that macro setting on the camera photographs them, they look awful. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked? haha

Here is the tutorial I followed to make these beautiful nails:

So the polishes for this look were Avon's Vintage Blue on the background with the roses done in Avon's Decadence and the petal tips in Avon's Luxe Lavender. The little leaves were done with Nail Treats Emerald Green.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Silver with Purple Gems

 These nails were very easy to do. I just used Avon's Starry Sky for the polish and on the ring finger nails I made a stripe using dark purple gems from this Gem Chic collection. I made sure to apply top coat to help keep the gems attached.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Petal Circles

 These sort of look like circles of petals to me. I used Avon's Jade for the base polish. The petal circles were done using Nail Treats Emerald Green and Avon's Midnight Blue, Art Orange and Barefoot Beige.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Glitter and Gems

 I was a little weary of trying out the powder glitter I have from Avon, but after looking up some stuff online about how to apply it I gave it a whirl. I am quite happy with the results. It is really nice to work with although as careful as I tried to be, I did end up with a tiny amount on my face and on my work area. A little bit of this glitter goes a long way for using it on the nails. I was impressed.

For these nails, I used Avon's Romance for the main colour and Decadence for the french tip. I then applied the gems, also from Avon and used top coat to seal them on. I used a clear nail polish for the stripe just above the french tip and while that stripe of polish was still wet I added Avon's Brilliant Chrome powder glitter for the final touch, so the glitter powder would stick to it.