Double Stripes

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Hi!

I did this simple, but really gorgeous nail design the other day.

It gives the effect that my nails are long than they actually are and I love it!

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I used an orangey-tan colour for the base, pink and then purple.

1) Base coat, as always!

2) Paint all nails a nice (but not too bright) orange colour.

3) Once that dried I swiped the pink polish from the top right corner of my nail to the bottom left.

4) After letting the pink dry I made a small swipe of the purple polish over the tip in the same direction as the pink.

5) Top coat!

And that’s it!

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Note that I didn’t use any tools for this design at all! If you want the lines on every nail to be more precise then I recommend using sellotape to make sure they are equal.

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Confetti Effect Nails by Barry M

I bought this polish from Barry M without really knowing what to expect. And the first time I tried it I honestly did not like it (I used the confetti polish on a French pink base which so didn’t work!!)

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It’s created a really subtle nail design which I really like now that I’ve found it looks good on blue nails. And I’ve done accent nails – on just the ring finger and thumb.

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Barry M Confetti Effects: CNP 4 Bubblegum 325.

Barry M 294 Cyan Blue 026.

What do you think?

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Has anyone got anything similar? 

Comment below! 

Colourful Polka Dot Nails!

I’m back! Sorry, I disappeared for over a month, but I’ve had tons going on. Including my graduation! Whoo! 

 

I’ve done this cute, kind of summery nail polka dot design. It did take a while as you have to keep letting the layers dry, so I recommend doing this while watching TV or something (I did it watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…I always forget how young the characters look then!) 

 

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What I used:

Black (Rimmel 020 Black Cab); White (Boots Nail Tip Whitener); Pink (Barry M 272 Shocking Pink); Blue (Barry M 294 Cyan Blue); Purple (MUA Frozen Yogurt); Top coat (MUA Top Clear Coat); Dotting tools – two sizes, one large and one small.

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How to did it:

1) Base coat

2) Black polish

3) Once dry, randomly place differently sized dots using the white polish. 

4) Let this dry (takes some time!)

5) Go over the white dots with the colourful polishes using the dotting tools

6) Once dry, add a top coat to prevent chipping

All done!

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Dotty nails!

I’m not sure if I like this design, so I thought I’d put it up and ask what you guys think of it =)

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It was easy to do! Just used my Dotting Tools, Top and Base coat (beautyUK top coat, No.3), Black polish (MUA 1440 Shade 2), a Nude polish (BarryM GNP 10, Lychee 316), and a While polish (Boots brand, Nail Tip Whitener).

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I really don’t know what I think about this design, so please let me know! 

Summery Nails using the Stamping Kit!

A while ago, I posted photos and a short description about this stamping kit I bought from amazon.co.uk by Bundle Monster (https://mypurplepolish.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/nail-stamps/) and I’ve used them to create a spring/summer nail design!

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What I used:

Top and base coat (beautyUK top coat No.3), French Pink (beautyUK, pink), Purple (Barry M, 161 Vivid Purple), Bundle Monster plate BM06).

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The photo above is the stamp plate I used and my finger is by the flower stamp I used.

What do you think? =)

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Thanks for reading!

Vertical Gradient Nails

Hi! I really loved my first attempt at gradient nails that I thought I’d do something similar again but vertically down my nails and with more summery colours.

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What I used:

Base and top coat (beautyUK glam nails Top Coat 3); A shimmery blue (Barry M 245 Xmas SLE 2012 A); Purple (Barry M 303 Bright Purple 041); and Pink (Max Factor 704 Disco Pink) as well as a cut out piece of porous sponge.

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I painted 3 vertical lines of the blue, purple, and then the pink. And dabbed it over my nails. Then added a top coat to smooth out the design and blend the colours together.

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Clean up with this design takes a while, but I love the way this one looks! And the shimmery blue spread over the nail so it’s got a sort of glittery gradient effect across the nail as well!

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What do you all think? Let me know in the comments section, and if you try it out then I’d love to see your recreation, leave me a link or email me a photo to mypurplepolishblog@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll publish it in my next post!

Gradient Nails!

This is a design I’ve been wanting to try for ages but it never worked! The reason for it is that I was trying to use a latex make-up sponge whereas you need one which is not covered so I used a washing-up sponge instead and it worked amazingly!

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What I used:

Base and top coat; Sponge; 3 complementing colours; Base colour (Barry M GNP 10 Lychee 316, although white would have worked too).

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My polishes: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine GNP 10 Lychee 316; Max Factor 24 Intense Plum; Barry M 294 Cyan Blue; Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine GNP 3 Watermelon 316; beautyUK glam nails Top Coat 3.

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1) Base coat

2) Cut a small piece of sponge, enough to cover your nail

3) Paint three stripes along the sponge

4) Dab the sponge onto nails

5) Top coat which smooths out the design

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What do you think? Tried a similar design? Any colour combinations which you think will look great? Comment below! 

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Textured Nails

I bought this Barry M Textured Nail Effects (TNP 3: Kingsland Road, 313) not really knowing what to expect…it’s really awesome! It has this grainy/sandy texture which appears once you paint your nails. It seems to be lasting as well, I sort of expected it to peel off or something!

I would recommend it to anyone who wants one simple colour but with a fun twist.

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I tried to take photos of my nails to show you guys what it looks like, but the texture wouldn’t sure up in the photos which is a shame but I’ve still uploaded it if you wanted to see the colour I chose.

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Have any of you used this polish or something similar? Any comments about it? Let me know!

Stripes!

Sorry it’s taken so long for me to do a new design, I’ve been insanely busy. But great news, I’ve now finished university!! 3 year have come and gone so quickly, a lot of stress but it’s been worth it.

Anyway, back to the nails!

What I used:

1) Base and top coat

2) Black polish – Rimmel 080 Black Cab

3) Blue polish – Barry M 294 Cyan Blue

4) Sellotape

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These were really easy to do, and I am considering doing the design across all my nails and not just my ring finger.

After applying a base coat, I used black polish on all my nails except for the ring finger, which I painted blue. Once dry, I cut small strips of sellotape and placed them across my ring finger in a random pattern. Then painted  over this with black polish. After peeling of the tape, I then did a top coat on all my nails and that was it! So easy to do. Image

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What do you think? As I placed the tape randomly spaced, both hands look different. I think this design will look great in pretty much any combination of colours.

Comment with your thoughts, and if you try the design out I’d love to see! mypurplepolish@hotmail.co.uk

Three Month Update!

I started this blog at the end of January (Jan 31st 2013) as I’ve been trying hard not to bite my nails and found that by painting them I didn’t. So I thought I’d mention that my nails are growing, less prone to breaking (although they still do break as they are really weak from years of me biting them), and definitely are getting longer than they have every been!

I’ve been enjoying trying out new nail art techniques and have no intention of stopping! Although my nails still break every now and then, using nail hardeners as a base coat has truly worked wonders. I know my designs aren’t the most advanced, but I am a beginner and hope to improve as time goes on.

Thanks to everyone who has been visiting my blog, and I hope you’ll come back!

mypurplepolish x