Sunday, 8 July 2012

Purse Friendly 'Tips' - 2 Manicures for £5 #2

Hi Everybody!

It's me again, Fay from Truly Polished and today I've got my second two looks for £5!

I was really excited about this post, because I've wanted to do something black and white themed for ages but when I was thinking of design ideas, I realised I needed to add a pop of colour. It is summer (although the weather would suggest otherwise!) so I picked turquoise for my colour pop. It's one of my favourite colours and it reminds me of the sea on holiday - just what I need when it's raining!

Here's what you'll need for this manicure:
Black nail art pen, Wet'n'Wild white, Rimmel Sky High, Striping Brush
The Wet'n'Wild white polish cost me 99p on eBay, the Rimmel 60 Seconds Sky High cost me £2.99 in Boots, and the double function black nail art pen cost me 50p in Primark. I also used a striping nail art brush, it came in a set of three for £1.20 on eBay. So the total price of these manis is £4.78.

For my classic mani with a twist I chose stripes, which is technically nail art, but I don't class it as it because it's so simple! Here's how I did it:

Step One: I painted 3 coats of white and let it dry.
Step Two: I used the striper brush from the nail art pen to do the black stripes, I did three stripes on each nail.
Step Three: I dabbed a blob of Sky High onto a bit of plastic and used the nail art striper brush to paint two stripes on each nail.

Here's how it turned out:
I love how this turned out, it reminded me of Humbug sweets, but with a little bit of colour!

For my nail art I chose Aztec print. I LOVE the Aztec print trend at the moment, it's so summery. I'm not one for loud patterns, but I think Aztec patterns are easy to pull off. This nail art was easy to do. It looks quite complicated but even with my lack of skills I was happy with this!

Step One: I painted 3 coats of white, but I didn't let it dry for long enough which caused problems later on!
Step Two: I painted a horizontal stripe of Sky High 2/3 of the way down my nail.
Step Three: I used the nail art pen part to outline the turquoise stripe and did dots on the stripe.
Step Four: I used the nail art pen again to draw vertical lines down to my cuticle.
Step Five: I drew a zig zag line using the nail art pen at the tips of my nails.

And...Here it is!
I really like this design, it's something I can't wait to recreate again! I love the white base and I can think of loads of colours I'd love to use!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I really look forward to showing you my next one soon.

Fay xxx


  1. White base makes a great canvas.

    1. I love using white to make design on! x

  2. aww fab! Aren't you creative! dunno if you saw my reply but I got the business cards from Moo... they're really good quality and the website makes it really easy to design them :)


    1. Fay is so creative isn't she! I don't think I could replicate this, although I'm going to have to try :) Thanks for letting me know about Moo. I really need to check them out x

  3. I just bought my first nail art brush today - I'm excited to try out a print similar to the one you did

  4. I love the aztec design, it's so striking! The turquoise is perfect, it just pops. Aztec print translates really well to nails I find!

    If you love aztec print btw check out the post I did this week, all indie UK shops and designers as well -

    Julia x
    Carousel Secrets

    1. I totally agree! I'd love to wear this on my nails, it stands out so nicely! x

  5. Love the Aztec print, fabulous colour and design :) Very punchy and bold and creative.

    1. I think so too! I want her to come do these on me :D x

  6. I love the aztec print, I will have to try it out!

    Lisa xx


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