Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Winter Mermaid

After the (almost) success of my Halloween challenge I decided to take part in a little November nail art challenge on Instagram. Needless to say this one didn't go as well and I only got as far as the first day.
The theme of this one was 'mermaid'. Decided to go with a winter mermaid theme and use some icy blue colours. Also added a little scarf on the silhouette of Ariel.

31 Days of Halloween

*Warning* longest blog post yet!

Last October I decided to give myself a little nail art challenge. Turns out it wasn't quite so little and was definitely a challenge (especially whilst working full time) but it was so much fun.
The challenge was to paint a different Horror or Halloween film on my nails every day for the entire month. I also watched each of the films as I was painting them.

Day 1:
The Shining (1980)
I'm a huge Stephen King fan and although he's not a fan of the film, it's still a classic.

Day 2:
Hocus Pocus (1993)
My favourite Halloween film since I was a kid. It's one of my traditions to watch this every year at Halloween.

Day 3:
Scream (1996)
One of my first ever horror films when I was 13.
This was also the first ever portrait I painted on my nail and I was so happy with how it turned out, it became a bit of a theme...

Day 4:
Dracula (1931)
Love an old black and white classic and no one does Dracula like Bela Lugosi.

Day 5:
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The prosthetic makeup in this film is so iconic. It still gives me nightmares.

Day 6:
Carrie (1976)
Another Stephen King. This was actually the first King book I read and the film holds up really well in comparison.

Day 7:
The Exorcist (1973)
Another prosthetic make-up classic which still holds up as absolutely terrifying.
By this point I started to get a bit behind because of work so the next few are all painted on the one hand.

Day 8:
Beetlejuice (1988)
You can't go wrong with a Tim Burton classic at Halloween! And what a soundtrack too! My favourite quote has to be "Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself am strange and unusual."

Day 9:
The Birds (1963)
This was actually my first time watching this film. Hitchcock really knows how to make an intense thriller.

Day 10:
Candyman (1992)
This one definitely still scares me the most, yet it's really quite beautiful. Just don't say his name 5 times.

Day 11:
The Addams Family (1991)
Morticia and Gomez are life goals for sure; "When we're together darling, every night is Halloween." Also super pleased with how Uncle Fester turned out. Took about an hour to get the shading just right on that one.

Day 12:
Psycho (1960)
The most classic of the Hitchcock's.

Day 13:
Friday the 13th (1980)
Can't beat a good old classic slasher film. The variety of deaths in this are so creative. Amazing prosthetic makeup work by my idol Tom Savini.

Day 14 and 15:
The Blair Witch Project (1999) and The Witches (1990)
Decided to get two witchy films on the one hand for these.
I saw Blair Witch Project at the cinema back in the day, was a lot more terrifying then. The Witches was another childhood classic for me.
Also my nails had started breaking off at work by this point so they're looking a bit worse for wear. Didn't stop me continuing on with the challenge though, just gave me less painting space.

Day 16:
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A spoof of my favourite film of all time, Dawn of the Dead (1978). It's definitely become a British classic choc full of awesome references. (You may also notice I cheated a tiny bit and left the blood splatter on one of my nails from the Friday the 13th set.)

Day 17 and 18:
Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Another two classic black and white horror films. Such a beautiful and sad story. I also have these two tattood on my arm because I love their iconic makeup.

Day 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23:
The Omen (1976), Jaws (1975), Saw (2004), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Suspiria (1977)
Another mega catch up after a week of late shifts. Suspiria's definitely my favourite film of the bunch. It has stunning cinematography and a super creepy soundtrack.

Unfortunately I didn't manage to complete the challenge as it got a bit much for me with my work schedule. I did manage to do my final hand however:
Day 31:
Halloween (1978)
Had to do Halloween on Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis is one of my favourite actresses and she took the title from her mother as scream queen after this classic. Love a horror film with a strong female lead. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

I also finally got the Halloween tattoo I've been wanting for a couple of years now! Done by the fabulous Rhiannon at True Tattoo London.

And here's a pic of my Halloween makeup:
Just got this awesome Ariel wig so I decided to go with a skeleton mermaid.

Might only be April now but I'm looking forward to Halloween again already! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Friday the 13th Flash


My annual tattoo nails for the London Tattoo Convention.
Decided to paint Friday the 13th flash tattoo nails this time. Including my Jason mask which is one of the many Friday the 13th tattoos I have.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Totes TOTS!


Totes TotS!
After I returned to hmv we began the annual Top of the Shops competition to be the best store in the company. I got into the spirit by painting our store motto on my nails. The 177 is our store number.
Unfortunately we didn't win but we worked our arses off and were runners up. ๐ŸŽ‰

We also had a few dress up days for our 'Decades' promotion. These are my costumes:
Gryffindor student and Lumpy Space Princess.

This is also my 150th blog!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Summer of '16

Rio Olympics 2016.


Captain America: Civil War

Last summer was full of events, games and films and these are some of the designs I created at the time.
Athletics and diving are my favourite to watch at the Olympics so I painted the logos for those, along with the Rio logo and the Olympic torch.
Pokรฉmon Go definitely took up a lot of my time last summer so I painted five of my favourites. Snorlax, Pikachu, Jiggly Puff, Squirtle, and Eevie.
Captain America: Civil War was released on DVD and Blu Ray at the end of the summer so I painted a few of the characters for it. Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Antman, the Scarlet Witch, and Falcon.
These were also the longest my nails have grown in a long time and I'm loving the shape I have here.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

DC Heroes vs Villains



HMV were having a DC dress up day last summer for the release of Batman vs Superman on DVD so I whipped out my Harley Quinn costume and painted my nails for the occasion.
Decided to theme these as heroes vs villains so on my left hand are Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Wonderwoman and the Flash.
On my right hand are Catwoman, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, the Joker and Harley Quinn.
Love any excuse to get dressed up. Hopefully there'll be more to come soon...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

LFCC Birthday Fun Times



For my birthday last year I went to London Film and Comic Con for the weekend which was so much fun! I painted these for some of the film and tv stars who I met there.
My left hand is a Game of Thrones theme with Hodor, Joffrey's crown, the iron throne, the Lannister sigil and the Stark sigil.
On my right I have Harley Quinn, Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt, BMO, the green Power Ranger, and Tonk's wand in Harry Potter.

I was lucky enough to meet a few people and get some pics with them too:
Kristian Nairn who plays Hodor.

Natalia Tena who plays Osha/Tonks. 

My favourite pic of the day, Jack Gleeson aka Joffrey sitting on my Iron Throne dress sat on the Iron Throne!

I showed these guys my nails and they all loved them which totally made my day. Can't wait to go back again this year!

Rainbows and gore



Every year I go to IMATS makeup convention and last year I was lucky enough to be working there. I painted one hand of pretty nails and one of SFX gory nails for the occasion.
The bloody nails are my favourites. I used Barry M's Lolly Gloss for the shiny, stippled wound effect as it has the perfect amount of transparency to it.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017





These were all pictures from the Black Milk Clothing 'pic a day May' challenge which I take part in on Instagram every year.
The first one is a British flag to show where I'm from. The second is a red galaxy nail to match my red galaxy leggings (and cheeky red velvet cupcake). The third are Disney Alice in Wonderland nails to match my skirt.
I always have great fun with this challenge and look forward to taking part again this year.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Star Nails: The Art Awakens


Took me long enough to do these but I decided to wait until the DVD and Blu Ray release to unleash my full set of Star Wars Episode 7 nails.
On my left hand I have the title, Rey, BB-8, R2-D2 and C3-P0.
On my right hand I have Poe, Finn, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and the light and dark lightsabers.
The nail I'm most proud of in this set is Kylo Ren because I painted a tiny bit of metallic red on his mask to look like the reflection of his lightsaber and it really works!
Can't wait for the next episode!

Make-up guru


In April last year I started a new job in a makeup shop. To celebrate my first day I painted these!
On my left hand I have lip pencils, makeup brushes, lipstick, lips, and mascara.
On my right hand I have pink lipgloss, eyelashes, nail varnish, hair brushes, and a mirror.
Unfortunately it wasn't meant to last but I enjoyed my time there while it did.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

His Master's Voice



April last year I left a store which had been a big part of my life for 6 years and moved on to new adventures.
These are just a few things that immediately make me think of working life at HMV.
On my left hand I have the hmv logo, a security tag, 2 for £10 dvd's, 5 for £30 blu rays, and a 'hear my voice' card. On my right hand I have the loyalty card logo (being a top performer on this I had to give it a whole hand), and the Nipper logo.
I have since returned to hmv and am fortunate enough to still love my job there.

Prehistoric Easter



Easter nails, featuring Model's Own speckled egg and chrome polishes.
Wanted to paint some eggs using my new colours of speckled egg so I decided to go prehistoric with my designs and create some real and some chocolate dinosaur eggs.
All polishes featured here are Model's Own.

Game of St. Patrick's Day



Last year Game of Thrones Season 5 was released on DVD in the same week as St. Patrick's Day so I painted a hand for each.
On my left hand I have Tyrion and the dragon, the 'Shame' bell, a Sons of the Harpy mask, the door to the house of black and white, and a blood puddle.
On my right hand I have the Ireland flag, a buckle, a four leaf clover, a horse shoe, and a pot of gold.
St. Patrick's Day is once again round the corner, however we still have a long wait ahead for the new season of Game of Thrones...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Meowther's Day!



I go to Professional Beauty Con in London every year to network with fellow nail artists and find some good offers on the latest polish. Last year I picked up some of the OPI Hello Kitty range so I used it to paint my nails afterwards. It was also Mother's Day coming up so I kept them pink and girly for my Mum.
I think my favourite is probably the Hello Kitty face in the cupcake. ๐Ÿ˜ธ

My stash from the day:
Love me some OPI and Morgan Taylor!