NOTD: Roses

I’ve seen many roses nail art tutorials so I thought it was about time I finally got around to trying it myself. I love being creative with my nails and love the look of rose nails but have never got around to doing them yet.

There are so many step by step tutorials online I’ve read lots so just did it from memory. I’m a nail biter. Last year was the first time I stopped so for nearly a year I actually had nice nails. You can see these in my posts from the start of this blog. Stress, uni and work has got me biting them again and I hate the way they look. Until I can kick the habit again I’m wearing false nails a lot.

False nails can get an expensive habit. I love acrylics but not the price and the damage they do, plus I like to do my own nail art. I get my nails from Boots. The kiss brand sell 100 nails for £6.49 (here) I can get between 5 and 10 uses out of these depending on if I file down the nails that are too big. It makes them great value. I don’t like the glue in them so I get the Elegant Touch Brush on Glue £3.10 (here) This last ages. The combination of these two products means I can have nice nails reasonably cheap. The brush on glue is much easier to apply and less messy. I find it lasts about 5 days too.

For my nails for this look I painted all my nails except my ring finger in Ciate Dangerous Affair (Ciate polishes can be picked up here for £9) I found two coats gave a gorgeous pinky red shade. It’s lasted well without chipping.

For my ring finger I painted them using the Ciate Cutie Pie. It’s a creamy nude pink. I left this to dry well before starting the nail art. Once dry I applied 3 oblong shapes to my ring finger in Dangerous Affair. Then left those to dry.

Once they were dry I used my handing dotting tool and Ciate Cupcake queen to make the oblongs round with two lines of cupcake queen. I then applied a dot in the middle of the smaller one’s and swirls to the bigger ones.

To add the leaves I used the dotting tool again, this time using Avon Midnight Green (reviewed here). I adding two leaf shapes using my dotting tool.

I left it my nails to dry then painted with a coat of my trusty Seche Vite (reviewed here) I can’t be without this top coat now.

Sorry they look a bit scratched. They are four days old now!

One last thing I’m loving at the moment is this Nail file and buffer from Avon (found here for £3). It has a great cuticle trimmer on the end which makes neatening cuticles so easy. I don’t like the file much but the £3 is worth it just for the cuticle trimmer in my opinion. I get much better results then any liquid cuticle remover.

Have you done rose nail art? Would love to see your colour combinations!

Love M



  1. Beauty Bird
    March 12, 2013 / 8:13 am

    Ooh love this! The shades you chose are perfect! xx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      March 12, 2013 / 8:50 am

      Thanks lovely 🙂 x

  2. Lola and Behold
    March 12, 2013 / 11:06 am

    How does the cuticle trimmer work?! I've never seen one of those before! x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      March 13, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Hey. You put the v point over the cuticle and gently pull it along :-). I'll do a post with photos on it soon x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      March 13, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      I'll take a look now 🙂 x

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