Saturday, 4 August 2012

Purse Friendly 'Tips' - 2 Manicures for £5 #4

Hi Everybody!

I can't believe another two weeks has passed. Honestly I only remembered about this post a couple of days ago, I was convinced I still had another week, but here are my Purse Friendly Tips!

Today's post is very simple and you hardly need anything for the two manicures! The supplies come in at under £3 as well! Here's what you'll need:
MUA Shades 11 and 5, Striping Brush and Dotting Tool

These nail polishes were £1 at Superdrug, the striping brush is one I've used before, it worked out at about 40p in a set of nail art brushes on eBay, and the dotting tool is something I bought recently, I got a set of them on eBay for £1.50 and that was for 5 of them!

Now onto the manicures!

For my classic mani with a twist I chose to do half moons. Usually if I was doing half moons I would use reinforcement stickers, but I couldn't find them, so I freehanded them instead with a striping brush, which is why it looks slightly messier than I would have liked! Here's what I did:

Step One: I painted on three coats of MUA Shade 5 and let it dry.
Step Two: I painted some polish onto the striping brush and painted half moons at my cuticle.

That's it, and here's what it looked like:

I was pleased at how it turned out. I LOVE the colour combo, I just wish I had a steadier hand for freehanding. If you don't have a steady hand I'd suggest using reinforcement stickers. In case you don't know what they are, they're the stickers you put over the holes in paper so they don't rip when you put them in a folder. They're very cheap and easy to find!

For my nail art design, I decided to try something I've seen a lot of on Instagram. I don't know what it's called, but with the colours I've used it reminds me of the old Windows game "Pipe Dream." When I was little I used to play this game and I could never get my head around it, even though it's such an easy concept!

Here are the steps to create it!

Step One: Paint all of your nails with Shade 5, I used Shade 11 for my ring finger as an accent nail. Three coats of both polish. Wait for it to dry.
Step Two: Paint two or three silver vertical stripes on each nail (green on the silver accent nail).
Step Three: Use the larger side of the dotting tool dipped in polish to paint some dots along the line in the same colour as the line.
Step Four: Use the smaller side of the dotting tool in the base colour of your nail to do smaller dots inside the larger ones.

All done, and here's the result!

I love this and I can't wait to try it in black and white, or neon!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget you can check out my blog here. See you soon!

Fay xxx


  1. These are so cute! I really love the colors you used-they're very unique and eye catching. I really want to be able to do the first mani xoxo

    1. I love the colour choices too! Especially the greeny colour x Don't forge to check out Fays blog xx

  2. cute, love your choice of colors :) can win some polishes and other goodies in my giveaway :)


    1. I entered your giveaway today! Thanks lovely! Don't forget to check out Fay's blog! x

  3. This is fab! Bet it'll look great in Neon.

    1. Totally agree! I have a new neon yellow that I need to crack out! x

  4. I love these posts, your nails look lovely in both pictures x

    1. Glad you're loving them! I love having Fay too! :) x

  5. Thanks, glad you liked them! If you want to do the half moon mani and don't want to freehand it, then paint your nails with the colour you want for the half moons, then put a reinforcement sticker at your cuticle, and then paint over it with your second colour. Peel the sticker off with the polish still wet, I find that works better for me. Thanks for reading! Xx

  6. Look no1 looks Great- these colours work perfectly together!! X


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