The Varnishing Point

Each nail is a mini-canvas.


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It may not be the best ice-cream weather here in Lancashire but July is apparently “ice cream month” so I thought I’d create some childhood (OK, not just childhood) favourites on my nails.

*Mint Feast
*Twister
*Cornetto
*Fab

I cheated on my little finger, it’s just vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. Glittery sprinkles, obviously!

It may not be the best ice-cream weather here in Lancashire but July is apparently “ice cream month” so I thought I’d create some childhood (OK, not just childhood) favourites on my nails.

*Mint Feast
*Twister
*Cornetto
*Fab

I cheated on my little finger, it’s just vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. Glittery sprinkles, obviously!

Reblogged from notyouraveragenails
kobitosnails:

notyouraveragenails:

Summer 2k14 Giveaway
It’s giveaway time again! Yay! Honestly, this was supposed to be held like a month ago as a thank you for reaching 5k followers, but I’ve been lazy busy so it got pushed back a bit. 

To Enter: 1 Like + 1 Reblog for a total of 2 possible entries (no giveaway blogs, please).
Following: Not necessary, but always appreciated!
Shipping: International.
Ends: July 28th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
The Prize Pack Includes:(1) OPI Coca-Cola 10 Pack of Style Mini Set(2) OPI Little Bits of Neon (6 Piece Mini Set)(3) Sally Hansen I ♥ Nail Art Studs Kit(4) A custom nail set*
* The nail spine will be hand painted with the design of your choosing. It can be a recreation of a design I’ve done previously (for example my Octopus or Overdose nails) or you can request a custom design! Pretty much anything goes, but I reserve the right to decline a request if I don’t have the materials or abilities to produce it.

Rules/Disclaimers: Following is not required.  /  No Giveaway blogs.  /  One Like and One Reblog count for a total of Two entries, additional reblogs will not count.  /  One winner will be selected using a random number generator.  /  Please have your askbox open so that I can contact you if you win. / If the winning party does not reply within 48 hours they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be chosen in the same manner.  /  The winning party must agree to allow me to announce their URL to show that this is a legitimate giveaway with a winner.  /  If you win, please be prepared to provide a shipping address.  /  Shipping is international.  /  Please check and be aware of your county’s protocols on the importation of cosmetics before accepting the prize as some countries do not allow it.  /  If shipped internationally, the package will be sent as a gift; if any duties or taxes are charged in relation to the package they are the responsibility of the winner.  /  While I hope everything goes smoothly, any damage to the prizes that occurs during the shipping process is not the responsibility of the blog.
Good Luck!

Been a while since I last entered a giveaway. Good luck everyone!

:-)

kobitosnails:

notyouraveragenails:

Summer 2k14 Giveaway

It’s giveaway time again! Yay! Honestly, this was supposed to be held like a month ago as a thank you for reaching 5k followers, but I’ve been lazy busy so it got pushed back a bit. 

To Enter: 1 Like + 1 Reblog for a total of 2 possible entries (no giveaway blogs, please).

Following: Not necessary, but always appreciated!

Shipping: International.

Ends: July 28th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

The Prize Pack Includes:
(1) OPI Coca-Cola 10 Pack of Style Mini Set
(2) OPI Little Bits of Neon (6 Piece Mini Set)
(3) Sally Hansen I ♥ Nail Art Studs Kit
(4) A custom nail set*

* The nail spine will be hand painted with the design of your choosing. It can be a recreation of a design I’ve done previously (for example my Octopus or Overdose nails) or you can request a custom design! Pretty much anything goes, but I reserve the right to decline a request if I don’t have the materials or abilities to produce it.

Rules/Disclaimers: Following is not required.  /  No Giveaway blogs.  /  One Like and One Reblog count for a total of Two entries, additional reblogs will not count.  /  One winner will be selected using a random number generator.  /  Please have your askbox open so that I can contact you if you win. / If the winning party does not reply within 48 hours they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be chosen in the same manner.  /  The winning party must agree to allow me to announce their URL to show that this is a legitimate giveaway with a winner.  /  If you win, please be prepared to provide a shipping address.  /  Shipping is international.  /  Please check and be aware of your county’s protocols on the importation of cosmetics before accepting the prize as some countries do not allow it.  /  If shipped internationally, the package will be sent as a gift; if any duties or taxes are charged in relation to the package they are the responsibility of the winner.  /  While I hope everything goes smoothly, any damage to the prizes that occurs during the shipping process is not the responsibility of the blog.

Good Luck!

Been a while since I last entered a giveaway. Good luck everyone!

:-)

(Source: notyouraveragenails)

Just a quickie: black cats and paw prints over funky French tips.

I’m not really keen on blank nails on a manicure which is why I use a gold/pearl shimmer for the background for this French tipped style.

Just a quickie: black cats and paw prints over funky French tips.

I’m not really keen on blank nails on a manicure which is why I use a gold/pearl shimmer for the background for this French tipped style.

My final nail art in honor of The Drowned Man. Red roses of course.

My final nail art in honor of The Drowned Man. Red roses of course.

Simple, stylish, leopard print.

Simple, stylish, leopard print.

Quite why I hadn’t thought to do Romola Martin themed nail art before is a mystery to me. I have done them now, though. 

Here they are, complete with keys, red ribbon and the parcel she delivers to Mr Stanford (matte finish of course).

It’s a little dangerous though as I might start silently weeping every time I look at my hands. Poor Romola, she never had a chance…

Quite why I hadn’t thought to do Romola Martin themed nail art before is a mystery to me. I have done them now, though.

Here they are, complete with keys, red ribbon and the parcel she delivers to Mr Stanford (matte finish of course).

It’s a little dangerous though as I might start silently weeping every time I look at my hands. Poor Romola, she never had a chance…

A silvery, Art Deco style today.

I started off wanting to base the design on the Temple Pictures studio female executive dresses but as I was using the striping tape it came out a lot more like the dress Fania as Andrea wears to the private party. Which is entirely appropriate too.

A silvery, Art Deco style today.

I started off wanting to base the design on the Temple Pictures studio female executive dresses but as I was using the striping tape it came out a lot more like the dress Fania as Andrea wears to the private party. Which is entirely appropriate too.

Leopard print is an easy classic style that looks very striking and effective. I’ve jazzed it up and made it relevant to the P.A. character in The Drowned Man by adding small stickers as details (lipstick mark and the black cat) and also the pearl necklace belonging to Dolores…

Leopard print is an easy classic style that looks very striking and effective. I’ve jazzed it up and made it relevant to the P.A. character in The Drowned Man by adding small stickers as details (lipstick mark and the black cat) and also the pearl necklace belonging to Dolores…

Summer Floral Sunburst Tutorial.

Thanks to the lovely people at House of Fraser and Nails Inc I was asked to make a creative nail tutorial using the latest Nails Inc Summer Collection.

The summer trends this year seem to have a lot of bold geometric designs and floral patterns so I thought I’d mix the two up and create a versatile design that incorporates both. You can customise your finished look by adding slightly different details to me. Plus, with the range of shades in the Nails Inc collections you can mix and match to suit your wardrobe!

The polishes are a six piece set of this seasons trendy pastel shades. There is something for everyone in the set and  they range from a muted nude shade to a more vibrant pink. They all complement each other as you can see by my finished nail design!

Polish review:

The polishes have a beautiful, smooth consistency and dry in record time to a slightly satiny finish. I’ve worn the blue and green on my right hand without top coat (due to laziness!) but they have lasted three days now with very minimal tip wear.

The worry with pastel shades is that they can seem a bit chalky or patchy but the Nails Inc pastels are opaque with two coats and as you can see they layer up well and are extremely good for fine details as they have enough pigment.

I really like all the colours but a special mention goes to the pale pink ‘Princes Gate’ and the peachy pink ‘Bruton Lane’. I’m not usually a fan of pinks (as my regular followers can clearly see!) but Princes Gate is pink with a very slight hint of mauve and Bruton Lane is bordering on neon and would really look good against tanned skin…so fingers crossed for more sun!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy recreating my design.

Flag nails to represent each team at World’s Strongest Team event tomorrow in Stoke On Trent

Flag nails to represent each team at World’s Strongest Team event tomorrow in Stoke On Trent