Saturday, 29 March 2014

31 Day Challenge

I have joined a nail art challenge. I haven't done one before because I wasn't sure if my nails and cuticles could survive the wear and tear. I have decided to use white glue for my base coat, to save the trouble of having to use nail polish remover every day. With the glue, I can simply peel off the design and start the next one with minimal clean up and damage. I hope. :-D

This challenge was presented to us by +Mary Daniel at the Nail Polish Queens community on Google+ and a few of us have accepted the challenge. We start on April 1st. No foolin'!

So it will be a busy month here for April with posts everyday. I have already planned most of it out having tried to come up with different techniques and to use different polishes as much as possible, so you won't be seeing the same colours and designs over and over again. ;-) I think the inspiration section will be the most challenging of list as it will take a lot of freehand art to do, well that's because I don't use stamping. Wish me luck!

If you would like to see all the work that will be created for this challenge please click the links for the different blogs taking part below:
Nail Polish Queens Community
Nail Polish Queens Blog
MD nail ART
Spark of Allure
Adorned Claw
Eccentric Whims

Monday, 24 March 2014

Clan Coutts Nails

Well, I decided to take part in this week's nail art challenge at Nail Polish Queens community again. And am I glad I did! This week's challenge is Plaid/Tartan.

My last name Coultes is a very rare surname and took me years to find out where my roots came from. Turns out it is a Scottish name. I did some real internet diving to try desperately to find our tartan for this challenge. We don't have one, but I found out that we Coultes' descend from the Coutts/Colts. I found the tartan for the Clan Coutts, which I figure is okay for me to use for this nail art.
Here we are with the Scottish flag (done twice), a sample of the Clan Coutts Tartan and the coat of arms symbols, a stag's head and a pheon (arrow).
And here we have the other hand, although I'm not left-handed I think it turned out pretty good.
Polishes: Avon's French White Tip, Shock, Garden Green, Vintage Blue and Sally Hansen's Mellow Yellow. I cheated a little and used a red and black sharpie, since I don't have any nail art pens. *Warning: the red sharpie smudges big time with the top coat and clean up.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pale Spring Mix

After the disaster of the last nail polish art, I decided to go with something simple, but I wanted to jazz it up a little. I chose two pale colours and then a glittery topping and a gem. I painted my ring finger and thumb in the pale green and did the other fingers in the pale blue. I was going to just put the glitter on my ring finger, but I thought it'd be more fun on a blue nail also, so I ended up doing the two, one green and one blue. That left the other nails too plain, so I threw on a gem. ;-)

My skin and nails seem to be slowly recovering from this nasty winter, although despite it being the first day of spring, we still have winter weather here.

The pale blue polish is Vintage Blue and the pale green is Sprightly Mint both from Avon. The glitter polish is Sally Hansen's In the Spotlight. I got the gems from Sneha Bindi.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Doomed Mani

All the trouble I went through yesterday, just to do my nails (see previous post) was doomed from the start. I should have known it wouldn't last. I painted my nails early yesterday afternoon. I went to bed around 11:30pm last night and when I awoke this morning, they were damaged from sleeping.
This polish had approximately 8 hours to dry if not more and it wasn't enough. I didn't even put on thick coats either. How sad is that?
Lovely pillow lines and a chipped thumb nail too. I have a couple more damaged polished nails from sleeping, but I figured these photos were enough to give you the full story. These pictures also give you a better view of how goopy the edges got from the clean up yesterday, too. Well, off it comes!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Venus with Bling

Trying to do nail art today almost had me in tears. I just couldn't get anything to work or look good. This is the best picture I could use of these nails as everything else looked awful. I'm not kidding. These nails only look good with the naked eye at a far distance, and even then, that's debatable. lol

I tried to do a negative space accent nail and failed at it four times, completely removing the polish and starting over every time. After four attempts, I gave up. That almost had me in tears. Then in the process of trying to add the gems onto my ring fingers, the tweezer got sticky from the clear polish and the gem stuck to them. It was a struggle to get the gem off the tweezers and onto my nail. I tried to clean the tweezers and it damaged one of my nails on my other hand. To top it all off when I was doing the clean up around these the polish on my nails was still soft and gooped up at the edges making them look quite ugly. ugh

The only place I could get any light to photograph these was on my cobwebby, cat hair covered window edge. It might have been good if it was Halloween. HA! - Oh what a day. The polish I used was Avon's Venus and then little rectangular gems from Cheeky.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Atisha & Je Tsongkhapa

First of all let me apologize for the state my skin is in. I had conditioned my cuticles and moisturized my hands, but on the macro setting on the camera it picks up the tiniest details and my skin looks awful. I'm not very happy with the quality of these photos either, but if I wait too long to take the pictures the paint job will get wrecked.
This set of nails represents Atisha, a great Buddhist master. The thumb has his name, the pointer and ring finger have Upali flowers, the middle finger has an image of Atisha in a meditation posture and the pinky has an image of a Stupa. I'm no great artist that's for sure. lol
The background colour used on all my nails is Avon's Celestial. Other colours include China Glaze's Solar Power, Rimmel's Sage All the Rage, Avon's French White Tip, Barefoot Beige, Pastel Pink, Viva Pink, Garden Green, and Tangtastic.
This set of nails represents Je Tsongkhapa another important Buddhist master. The thumb has his name, the pointer finger a flaming sword, the middle finger is an image of Je Tsongkhapa in a mediation posture, the ring finger is the side view of a book of Dharma (Dharma is the teachings of Buddha) and the pinky is the Dharma Wheel.
The base colour on all the nails is again Avon's Celestial. Other colours used were China Glaze's Solar Power, Sally Hansen's Golden-I, Avon's French White Tip, Barefoot Beige, Cherry Jubilee and Tangtastic.

I did these nails as part of the Weekly Challenge for the Nail Polish Queen's community here on Google+. This week's challenge is Saints. Although, technically we don't have Saints in Buddhism, we do have great Buddhist masters and teachers that could be considered saintly.

Saturday, 8 March 2014


It has been a while since I have posted anything. As you can see, my nails are very short. It has been a very, very cold winter here in Thunder Bay, and only recently seems to be warming up. This deep freeze has been difficult for me on a number of levels, as it has been very hard on my Fibromyalgia and the extreme cold weather, mixed with the dry electric heat in my home has made my nails dry and brittle and dried out my skin, too. So, my nails and cuticles have looked a horror, and I didn't even paint them for months. Hopefully, we won't get anymore Arctic air blowing our way and freezing us.

Today's polish is Avon's Moonbeam from their Cosmic collection. You might be able to make out the faint holographic shimmer this polish has to offer. That's the best it looks in direct sunlight. Out of the sunlight, you wouldn't have a clue there was anything holographic about the polish at all. Despite this, I wanted to wear this colour. :-)