We posted this a while back over at The Beauty Belle‘s blog. As we weren’t sure how many of you guys had seen the guest post we decided to pop on on our own blog too as we loved some of the designs we did for this.
1. Glitter nails: I don’t know about you but I absolutely love glitter, especially when like this one it has different sized pieces! Glitter is a top banana for Spring, and thank god, cos I’m obsessed with this one! It’s by Saffron and you can find it on eBay for a measly £2, winner! I used No7 So Simple as a nude base colour:
2. Nail art: Nail art is not going anywhere any time soon! I like to keep things quite simple normally, but with pastel shades being high on the hit list for Spring 2012, I did my own take on them using my favourite metallic from Model’s Own. For this I used Barry M’s 304 Mint Green, Models Own Champagne and 17 Lasting Fix in Fairy Cake:
3. Dotting tool: A new addition to my nail kit that I can see getting a lot of use out of! As I said above, I like simple colours and patterns, so for my dotting tool design I used Model’s Own Champagne (again!) with Nails Inc’s Black Taxi to do the dots, I quite like the effect!
4. Save/Spend/Splurge: We’ve all done it at some point, bought the most expensive nail varnish just because we could! But there’s plenty of other options…one of Spring’s top colours is lilac and here’s a range of nail products that you could buy depending on your budget: (All photos taken from producers website)
Save: Barry M’s 308 Berry Ice Cream £2.99
Spend: Nails Inc’s Lowndes Square £11
Splurge: Dior Vernis Forget me Not £16.50
5. Most grabbed for shade: Last Spring I wore this colour to death! The bottle is almost empty now, and I’m even tempted to repurchase. It goes with everything, does need 3 coats to be opaque but it’s worth it I think!
Natural Collection: Antique Coral
6. Glitter Nail
I love applying the glitter to the cuticle area and fading it up. Glitter is a pain to remove but how amazing it looks out weighs that for me. I used Natural Collection Antique Coral, these are a bargain and only £1.89 the coverage did take three coats but I love the slightly muted orange tone of it. The pink glitter is Chine Glaze Doll House and a definite favourite of both of ours. The silver glitter I love as it has different sizes of glitter. It’s a brand called saffron and I picked it up cheap from Amazon.
7. Nail Art
I saw a design similar to this on my favourite nail art blog, polishyoupretty. It’s a fading pink into bright pink, great to get you from nudes into bright pinks, ready for summer. It looks great with any colour as long as you have four varying shades. You just need a steady hand or you can line the nails with tape to get a neater line. I didn’t quite have the medium pink I needed for this look. Nail varnish used China Glaze Secret Admirer, Avon Rose Quartz, OPI Strawberry Margarita and Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus
8. The dotting Tool
These can be picked up cheaply from ebay or you can just use a Kirby grip to get the same effect. With dotting tools there are a variety of different designs you can achieve using it. As it’s spring I decided to do a daisy design on my ring finger and thumb. I prefer to do it on just a few fingers as a statement but it’s simple enough to do on all of them. I used OPI Strawberry Margarita for the base coat, OPI Apline Snow for the petals, Dior Water lily for the stems and an American brand for the lilac, not sure of the name sorry.
9. Save, Spend, Splurge
Nothing says spring like a pastel green to me. These are some of my favourite shades for different budgets. Elf Mint Cream, China Glaze Re-fresh Mint and Dior Waterlily. I’m lucky enough to own Dior waterlily and I can’t wait to purchase the Elf nail polish to try out
10. Most grabbed for Spring Polish
For me at the moment I am loving blue polishes. My favourite for spring is China Glaze Secret Periwinkle. Here it is with a coat of Snow Globe over the top but it’s such a pretty shade on it’s own aswell, reminds me of the hopefully nice blue skies we’ll be having soon.
Love L and M