Sunday, 23 August 2015

#OnWednesdaysWeWearPink Fishtale Braid Nail Art Tutorial

 I was browsing through Pinterest when I came across this effecting rainbow fishtail braid nail art by The Nail Polish Challenge. The inspiration behind for my take on this nail art look came from combining two of my favourite things, pink and glitter.

Pink Fishtale Braid Nail Art Tutorial

Fishtale Braid Nail Art Tutorial

To create this nail art look you will need a selection of pink and glitter polishes. The shades I used were Models Own 'Sun Hat', Illamasqua 'Harem', 'Seance' and 'Fire Rose', Avon Gel polish in 'Lavender Sky' and Graffiti Nails 'Butterfly Pink'. 

Step 1: Begin by painting your nails in a base of dark pink polish and leave to dry completely.

Step 2: Taking some striping tape, create the braid effect by placing pieces diagonally across the nails.

Step 3: Take each pink and glitter polish in turn and fill in the gaps between the striping tape.

Step 4: Remove the tape to reveal your design and paint a layer of top coat to each nail.

And there you have your fishtail braid nail art.

Pink Nail Art Tutorial

Nail Art Tutorial

I'd love to hear what you think of this nail art so be sure to leave me a comment below.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial

Today's nail art tutorial takes a fruity twist in the form of watermelons, perfect for summer holidays and evenings drinking cocktails. I have put together a step-by-step pictorial so if you want to find out how I created this look keep reading...

Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial

Watermelon Nail Art

What will you need?


All you will need is nail varnish in bright pink, mint, black and white (Whoops! Forgot to put this in the photo). You will also need a top coat (I used a matte top coat), some sparkly gems and a nail art dotting tool.
The shades I used were Models Own 'Coconut Cream', 'Apple Pie' & 'Sun Hat'; Avon Nailwear Pro+ 'Liquorice' and Illamasqua 'Matte Top Coat'.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Watermelon Nail Art Step By Step Tutorial

 Step 1: Begin by adding the base coat colours to each nail. I added the white polish to the ring and index finger nails, bright pink to the middle nail and mint to the little nail.

Step 2: Next its time to create the watermelons. On the nails with the white base, begin by taking the mint polish onto a dotting tool and adding it in a curved vertical line down the right side of the nail. Next, taking the bright pink polish onto the dotting tool, leave a small white gap and create another curved vertical line, filling in the space to the left of the nail.

Step 3: Finally, once everything is dry, take a matte top coat and add a layer to each nail. On the pink and mint nails, press a gem onto the top of the nail before the top coat drys.

And there you have your watermelon nail art!

Watermelon Nails

What do you think of this nail art? Do you have any summer nail art designs planned?

Happy Nail Arting! Sam x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Avon Mint Polka Dot Nail Art Tutorial

The lovely team at Avon have given me another opportunity to create a nail art video tutorial for their channels, so if you want to find out how I created the look below, head over to their Blog or YouTube channel!


Happy Nail Art-ing!
Sam x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Get Your Nails in the Wimbledon Tennis Championship Spirit!

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships started earlier this week so why not get your nails in the spirit by creating this green and white manicure.

Wimbledon Nail Art

Tennis Nail Art

All you will need to create a similar look yourself is 2 shades of green polish, a white polish, a top coat, a small makeup sponge and a small nail art dotting tool.
The shades I used are Barry M 'Key Lime', Collection 'Look at Me!' and Models Own 'Coconut Cream'.

Step 1: Begin by striping the two green shades onto a small makeup sponge and press this onto the nail, adding as many coats until you get your desired base shade.

Step 2: Wait until the ombre base is dry and then add the polka dots. To do this take the white polish onto a small dotting tool and spot evenly over the nail.

Step 3: Wait until everything is completely dry and then add a top coat to each nail to seal the design in place.

And there you have your Wimbledon tennis nail art!

Ombre Nail Art


Have you been watching Wimbledon this year? Who are you rooting to win?

Sam x



Saturday, 27 June 2015

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup Tutorial

Its been a while since I did a step-by-step eye makeup tutorial and they're one of my favourite posts to create. Recently I have been jumping on the rust and khaki fashion trends and creating an eye makeup look to match, adding bronze shades to my lids and smudging a subtle khaki shadow beneath the lower lash line.

Bronze and Khaki Makeup Tutorial

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Bronze and Khaki Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: To begin I placed a neutral shadow all over the lid and filled in my brows.

Step 2: Taking a warm brown shadow onto a fluffy brush I blended this through my crease.

Step 3: Taking a shimmer bronze shadow, I pressed this all over the lid, adding several layers to intensify the colour.

Step 4: Next I added the warm brown shade under my lower lash line.

Step 5: Taking a dark green/khaki shadow onto a small detailing brush I blended this under the eye.

Step 6: To finish off and frame the eye I added a winged liner and some mascara.

All the products I used to create the full face look are listed below...

Face:
Illamasqua SkinBase Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 'Fair' to highlight
House of GlamDolls GlamBase Wheel (to contour)
Illamasqua Sculpting Duo (to intensify the contour)
Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer to warm up the skin
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in 'Ambition'
Phees Makeup Tips 'The Original' Highlighter

Eyes:
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in 'Peek' and 'Motto'
Makeup Revolution Flawless Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline Gel Liner
L'Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

Lips:
Illamasqua Lip Liner in Fantasy
Illamasqua Lipstick in Fable

I hope you like my makeup look? What looks have you been loving recently?

Sam x


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Geometric Nail Art Inspired by Dahlia Nails

Emma & Jo from Dahlia Nails have an amazing nail art blog and their Instagram account is one of my favourites. I was recently have a browse through their page to get some nail art inspiration and I came across these amazingly bright geometric nails which I just had to recreate myself. The bright colours are perfect for summer, so if you want to find out how I created this look keep reading...

Geometric Nail Art

Bright Nail Art

What will you need?
Nail polish in white, bright pink, blue and green, a top coat and a small nail art dotting tool.
The shades I used are Models Own 'Coconut Cream' (white) and 'Sun Hat' (bright pink), Illamasqua 'Cameo' (blue) and Collection 'Look at Me!' (green).

Step-By-Step:
Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in a base of the white polish and leave this to dry completely
Step 2: Take the pink, blue and green polishes in turn onto a dotting tool and create small triangles in vertical lines on each nail.
Step 3: Wait until everything is dry and then finally add a top coat to each nail.

And there you have your fun and bright geometric nail art!



I hope you like this design! If you haven't already be sure to go and check out more of Emma and Jo's nail art designs at Dahlia Nails.

Happy Nail Arting! Sam x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Power Of Makeup

As some of you may have seen, the other day Nikki Tutorials posted a video titled "The Power of MAKEUP", where she showed a transformational makeup look by applying products to just one side of her face. To me makeup is all about giving me more confidence as well as having fun creating new looks and trying out new products. Nikki's video really inspired me to do the same so here is my, more subtle take, on a half face of makeup to show just what power makeup really has and why I love it! 



The products I used were:

Skin:
Illamasqua Skinbase Foundation in '04', Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 'Fair', House of GlamDolls 'GlamBase Wheel', Illamasqua 'Sculpting Duo' and 'Katie' Blush, Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer and No7 Shimmer Brick.

Eyes:
Crown Brush '28 Nude Eyeshadow Palette', Maybelline Gel Liner, L'Oreal Paris 'Miss Manga' Mascara and Illamasqua 'Eyebrow Cake in Motto and Peek'

Lips:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Pencil in 'Spice' and L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in '630 Beige Á Nu'

If you have created a half face look I would love to see so leave a link to your video/blog post in the comments below. 

Sam x