Saturday, 25 June 2016

Strawberry Nail Art Tutorial

Strawberry nail art designs are perfect for the summer months, so now the sun is starting to break through the clouds, I thought I would embrace this summer strawberry nail art.

Strawberry Nail Art

What will you need?

You will need a white, red, pink, dark & light green polish, a dotting tool, a makeup sponge and a top coat.
The polishes I used were Essie 'Blanc' (white) Illamasqua 'Throb' (red), Avon Gel Finish polish in Parfait Pink (pink), Barry M 'Key Lime' (light green) and L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche L'Huile in 'Vert Absynthe' (dark green).

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Strawberry Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in the red polish. You don't need to take this the whole way to the cutie, so just go about 3/4 of the way up the nail.

Step 2: Next, taking the lighter pink shade onto a makeup sponge, press randomly over the nail to create some texture.

Step 3: To begin the strawberry leaves I took the white polish to create the outline, this helps the green appear more vibrant instead of applying over the red polish. I then went over the white with the light green polish. Once dry I took the darker green onto a sponge to create some texture again.

Step 4: Finally take the white polish onto a dotting tool to create the strawberry seeds. Once everything is dry, add a layer of top coat to each nail.


... and there you have your strawberry nail art


Have you ever created a fruity nail art?

Happy nail art-ing! 
Sam x

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Watercolour Nail Art Tutorial

I was having a scroll through pinterest and came across many watercolour nail art looks which inspired me to created my very own with a gem/3D twist. 

Watercolour Nail Art Tutorial

What will you need?

To create this look all you will need is a white polish, I used Essie 'Blanc'; some sheer nail varnishes, I used the OPI 'Sheer Tints', however you could also mix acetone with a regular polish; some nail art gems, mine were from the Avon 'Nail Gem Assortment Wheel' and finally a dotting tool to help you pick up the gems with ease.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Take a white polish and paint this onto the base of each nail. Leave this to dry completely before moving on.

Step 2: Next taking your sheer polishes, add randomly over the nail to create a watercolour pattern.

Step 3: Finally seal everything into place with a top coat and press the nail gems onto each nail in a design of your choice. You may want to go back in with a top coat after to make sure the gems don't budge.

And there you have your watercolour nail art?

Watercolour Nail Art Tutorial

What nail art looks will you be rocking this summer?

Happy Nail Art-ing! 
Sam x

Marble & Shattered Glass Nail Art Tutorial

Both marble and shattered glass nail art techniques are all over Instagram at the moment, so I thought I would combine the two to create the look below. Keep reading to find out how...

Marble & Shattered Glass Nail Art Tutorial

What will you need?

To create this look you will need light pink, dark pink and black polishes, a glitter/shattered glass top coat, some cling film, a makeup setting spray, a large-ish bowl full of water and some cotton buds.

The polishes I used were Essie 'Lovie Dovie' (light pink), 'Big Spender' (dark pink) & 'Liquorice' (black), along with Avon 'Magic Effects Diamond Shatter'. I also used the NYX 'Matte Finish Setting Spray' for the marble technique.


Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Water Marble Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in two coats of a Barbie pink polish.

Step 2: Next take some cling film, wrap it into a ball, lightly paint a darker pink shade onto one side and press this over the nail.

Step 3: Now for the water marble technique. Add two drops of black polish into a bowl of water and spray over the top with a spray (such as a makeup setting spray) to disperse the polish and create a marble effect (shown in the image below). Drop your nail over the polish and down into the water and then take a cotton bud to clean up the excess around your finger and in the water.

Step 4: Take a glitter/shattered glass top coat and paint over each nail. Finish off each nail with a layer of top coat to seal everything in.


And there you have your marble nail art topped with a shattered glass effect!


Have you ever created a marble nail art using water?

Happy Nail Arting!
Sam x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Mermaid Holographic 3D Nail Art

Today I jumped onto the 3D nail art trend and created this holographic/mermaid inspired design. The gems might be too much for some, but why not skip this step out and just create the holographic base for a more everyday, wearable look. Keep reading to find out how I created this nail art look...

Mermaid Holographic 3D Nail Art

What will you need?

A pink and blue polish, a holographic top coat, a clear top coat and some nail art gems.
The polishes I used were Essie 'Lovie Dovie' (pink), Illamasqua 'Caress' (blue) and Models Own 'Indian Ocean' (holographic top coat). The gems I used were from the 'Avon Nail Gem Assortment Wheel'.

Step-By-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by sponging the pink and blue polishes onto each nail. I created an ombre effect on the thumb, middle and ring finger, added just the blue polish on the little finger and on the index finger I added a coat of the pink polish.

Step 2: Take the holographic top coat and add this onto each nail. I added two coats to make the effect stronger.

Step 3: Taking different sized nail gems place them onto the nails whilst the top coat is drying.

Step 4: Take a clear top coat and paint a layer onto each nail to seal everything into place.

And there you have your holographic/mermaid nail art with a 3D twist.

What are your favourite nail art trends at the moment?

Happy Nail Arting! Sam x

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter Chick & Spring Flower Nail Art Tutorial

Happy Easter everyone! To celebrate the Easter weekend I have created this Easter chick and spring flower nail art.

Easter Chick & Spring Flower Nail Art Tutorial

What will you need?
To create this look you will need polishes in white, pastel green, pastel blue, pastel pink, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink and black. You will also need a dotting tool to help create the smaller designs.
The polishes I used were L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche L'Huile in Blanc De Lune (white), Dimanche Apres-Moi (pastel pink), Violet Vendome (purple) and Nymph (pink); Avon Sprightly Mint (pastel green), Rain Washed (pastel blue), Lemon Sugar (yellow), Orange Crush (orange), Emerald City (green) and Matte Black (black).

Step-By-Step Tutorial

Easter Chick & Spring Flower Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by taking the pastel shades and painting each nail a different shade. Keep the ring finger nail yellow for the chick.
Step 2: Next taking various shades onto a dotting tool, create the flower petals and add a dot to the centre of each flower.
Step 3: Using the orange polish create two feet and a beak towards the bottom half of the nail. Then taking the black and white polishes create two eyes.
Step 4: Once everything is dry, add a topcoat to each nail to seal everything into place.

And there you have your easter chick and spring flower nail art!

Easter Nail Art

What are you up to for easter? Do you have any easter nail art plans?

Sam x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Art Deco Ribbon Nail Art Tutorial

Ribbon nail art designs are one of my favourites to create as they look super detailed but are so easy to achieve!

Art Deco Ribbon Nail Art


All you need to create a ribbon nail art look is some striping tape, a selection of your favourite polishes and a dotting tool.
The polishes I used in this look were Avon 'Tender' (nude base), Illamasqua 'Boosh' (black), Essie 'Bahama Mama' (maroon) and Essie 'Leggy Legend' (gold).

Step By Step Tutorial:

Art Deco Ribbon Nail Art Tutorial


Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in the nude polish and leave to dry completely.

Step 2: Take some striping tape and place diagonally across the nails to create the ribbon design.

Step 3: Take the maroon, black and gold polishes in turn and fill in the gaps between the tape.

Step 4: Peel off the tape to reveal your design and paint a layer of top coat onto each nail to seal everything into place.

And there you have your ribbon nail art!

Ribbon Nail Art Tutorial



What are your favourite nail art designs to create?

Happy Nail Art-ing!
Sam x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche L'Huile Collection Review & Nail Art Tutorial

L'Oreal Paris have just launched a new nail varnish collection, Colour Riche L'Huile*, and as a nail lover I was so excited to try the range out! The collection is made up of 22 shades all bottled up in stunning glass packaging with a quilted finish, making them stand out from all the other polishes in my collection. Along with the prestige packaging, the formula is infused with precious oils and intense pigments, leaving the nails with an opaque glossy finish in just one coat. 

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche L'Huile

Along with standard red and pastel pink shades, Colour Riche L'Huile features a great range of on-trend nude and grey polishes, which are a great addition. 21/22 of the polishes have a gloss finish with 1 metallic shade completing the collection. The polishes are all super pigmented making them great for nail art as you will see in my look below. 


The wand on each polish is also unique. The 3 ridges down the length of the wand mean the polish is drip resistant and the fan shaped brush, with over 400 bristles, allows for a precise application. I found one coat of polish to dry in about 2 mins (pretty good!). At just £4.99 I would definitely recommend these polishes for anyone looking to update their nail varnish collection.


So onto the nail art look I created with the collection...

pink nail art

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

pink nail art tutorial

Step 1: To begin I took the Colour Riche L'Huile in 112 'Blanc De Lune' (white) and added one coat all over the nails and left to dry completely.

Step 2: Next, taking some tape, I placed two pieces horizontally and 2 pieces vertically on each nail to create a crisscross/checked design.

Step 3: Taking 222 'Jardin Des Roses', 226 'Nymphea' and 332 'Violet Vendome', I added a small amount of each polish in turn onto a makeup sponge and lightly pressed over the nail to create a tie dye/galaxy effect. As the polishes are so pigmented you only need a small amount to achieve a fantastic pigment.

Step 4: Peel off the tape to reveal your design and paint a layer of top coat onto each nail to seal in the design.



To check out the full collection head over to the L'Oreal Paris Website here.

What shades do you like the look of in this collection?

Sam x