Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy cutesy Easter!

Happy Easter! What better way celebrate the festivities than with some colourfully decorated Easter Eggs (and maybe a couple of cute bunnies thrown in there for good measure).
These are probably the most basic nails I've done in a very long time but I just wanted to do something quick with a variety of pastel colours for Easter. I also used my Claire's matte top coat over the patterned nails to give them an egg shell finish. It dried ok however the little finger on my left hand turned white as it dried.
To paint these I painted all my nails with a white base coat, I use two coats of Barry M, then used a thin brush to paint the stripes and zig zags and a dotting tool to add the polka dots. I painted a pink and yellow coat over the white for two of the nails for a bit of variety (both Rimmel). For the rabbits I actually painted the colour on over the white then added the black and pink detail (I think the rabbit on the left hand maybe looks a bit too psycho).
Hope everyone enjoys their day of chocolate and yummy foods and don't forget what Easter is really about - zombie Jesus!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easter of Thrones

It's Easter! Which can only mean one thing... Game of Thrones is back for 10 short weeks of the year! This is by far my favourite show currently on TV, therefore I always look forward to this time of year, especially now that I've read enough of the books to know what's going to happen this season (don't worry I'm not one of those smug readers who gives away all the spoilers).
So to celebrate the return of this awesome show I've painted my nails with the accessories or clothing of nine different characters.

On my left hand I have 'GoT' in the Game of Thrones font, Melisandre's necklace, Jon Snow's wolf pommel, Tywin Lannister's Hand of the King broach and Arya Stark's sword, Needle. On my right hand I have Danaerys Stormborn's necklace, Littlefinger's mocking jay broach, Margaery Tyrell's embroidered dress and rose belt, Davos Seaworth's pouch which contains his fingers and Joffrey's crown.
With my GoT nail I wanted the replicate the style of the Season 3 DVD box so I painted it with a white base coat, then I used a soft brush to stipple a light grey colour, then more white over the grey until it had the right texture and colour (it's all about layering). I then painted the letters using black to start with before going over with my Barry M metallic silver to create a 3D look. Also you may notice the Tywin nail has a slight crimson look, I used a black base then painted over with a layer of OPI German-icure for a dark red tint to get a nice dark Lannister colour.

Only two episodes in to the new season so far and already it's proving to be the best season yet. If the books are anything to go by, they have a lot to fit into this season and I can't wait to see how it all plays out!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

First Week of Spring

Painted these a couple of weeks ago on the first week of Spring, just as the weather was warming up and the flowers were blooming. Decided to go with a Spring flower theme as it's a very pretty and colourful time of year.
On my left hand I have pansies (also included a "Happy Mother's Day" for last Sunday), daisies, bluebells, cherry blossom and a bumble bee. On my right hand I have a violet, a blue butterfly, daffodils in a pink bow, dandelions (unfortunately the top coat took away some of the detail of this one), and a field of tulips.
Made my mum blueberry pancakes for Mother's Day and had a lovely week in the sunshine. Hope the weather stays this way now and look forward to Summer fun!

Coming up next week, GoT theme for the start of the new series...