Sunday, 16 September 2012

Purse Friendly 'Tips' - 2 Manicures for £5 #6

Hi Guys, 

Welcome to the first edition of my official monthly column! I was so honoured to be offered this opportunity and so excited to show more of my ideas! I'm really pleased with how this post came out, especially since I've been so busy over the last couple of weeks! I was away for a week and then I came home and my boyfriend went offshore, so he's away and I'm spending all my time looking after my son, but I managed to come up with a post despite all that!

So here are my Purse Friendly Tips!


Today's post is inspired by one of the MASSIVE trends for this Autumn/Winter: baroque. I love this trend, but seeing as my life consists of changing nappies, going to playgroups, and generally making sure my son doesn't split his head open with his boisterous behaviour, I don't think velvet, brocade and all that good stuff is appropriate. So this post has a black and gold theme, which is how I can express my love for baroque on my nails...

Here's what I used:
MUA Shade 2, Barry M Gold Foil
MUA Shade 2 is one of my favourite nail art blacks, and it's a bargain buy at £1. The Barry M Gold Foil retails for £3.99, and in my opinion it's worth every penny! 

For my classic with a twist mani I went for dots. I think adding dots in an accent colour really adds something to any manicure, if you want to mix your existing mani up a bit, dots are the way to go. Here's how I did it:

Step One: Paint on two coats of black polish and wait a couple of minutes until it's dry.
Step Two: Using the gold polish, paint on dots. Make sure there isn't too much polish on the brush.

Usually I'd use a dotting tool for the dots, but that's only because I'm lazy! It isn't actually necessary, and besides, I couldn't find my dotting tool set! Here's how it looked:
For my nail art design I decided to try something that I've seen a lot of recently, cloud/scalloped nails. This is quite hard to describe, so I'll get straight onto the how-to!

Step One: Paint on two coats of black and wait until it dries.
Step Two: Using the gold polish, paint on three vertical "stripes," from left to right, paint them up to 1/3, 2/3 and then nearly to the top of your nail and wait for it to dry. 

Here's how your nails should look at this point:

Step Three: Using the black polish, repeat the second step, but stop a little bit earlier. Wait for the black to dry.
Step Four: Use the gold to repeat, stopping earlier again.

Here's what my nails looked like:

This manicure is adaptable, you can reverse the colours if you want (of course) and you can also carry on going to cover your whole nail like this. I decided to stop at this point because I loved the way it looked, but at the end of the day, everything is down to personal preference!

The cloud/scalloped nail art design is definitely something I'll try again, I think it would look amazing with neons or pastels. If I'm going to try neons it'll have to be soon, we're running out of summer!

I hope you enjoyed my baroque-inspired colour scheme and design! Let me know what you think in the comments section or pop over to my own blog, Truly Polished!

Fay xxx

20 comments:

  1. I'm loving the cloud nails! Looks great with the black and gold!

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous, I'm going to have to try them too I think :) x

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  2. Oh wow!! Absolutely love both of these effects and once my dotting tools from ebay have arrived I'll be experimenting with those colours as they look great together. Fab post :) x x

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    1. I need to get myself some dotting tools too! x

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  3. Love this! Black and gold is such a fab combo x

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    1. Classic isn't it, can't really go wrong :) x

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  4. really cute ideas, love the cloud type nails

    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They look really whimsical don't they :) x

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  5. That looks stunning! I am so nervous still to attempt nail art.

    xoxo

    http://www.onestilettoatatime.com

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    1. Yeah me too, my few attempts have been so disastrous x

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  6. Looks fab, so simple yet I just would never of thought of it.

    B xxx
    backfortea.blogspot.com

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    1. The simple ones are always the best, aren't they :) x

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  7. looks cute... Can try this pattern..

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  8. I love that you didn't scallop all the way down the nail - it makes it so different from every other scalloped mani.

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  9. These manicures are wicked. I'm lovin' the one with the stepped design.

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  10. I'm loving the gold and black shades together especially the polka dots, I might give this a try, I've always wanted to use my blacks more.

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    1. Yeah I love wearing black, but I only ever wear it on it's own! x

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