Polka Dot Nails

Hello there,

One of my favourite apps is Pinterest, it’s great for saving ideas you’d like to try out in the future, and one of the ideas I wanted to try was polka dot nails.
             

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I typed “Nail Art Tools” into eBay and up popped these 5 pens for 99p.

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They arrived 2 days later, so all I needed was a willing set of hands. Luckily my pal Susan offered up hers.

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They’re soOoO easy to use.
Firstly I put a base coat on, then pink varnish all over. After they dried, I opened the varnish I was going to use for the dots then just dabbed the point of the pen onto the dipped brush, making sure it was well coated before putting the brush back into the bottle.

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It’s so much fun to do and because the pens are double ended with different sized points you can pick and choose the size of each dot. I layered up 4 colours then when they dried I finished with a top coat on.

You could also use cocktail sticks if you can’t be bothered with waiting on eBay.

Happy polka dotting guys and gals!

~MaRiA~ xO

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Mermaid Nails

HellO there,

I’m generally not a fan of nail varnishes, because I put it on & a day later it’s chipped.  But the magpie in me spied these twinkly gems the other day & I couldn’t resist trying one.  The Barry M Aquarium range. (£3.99)

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I picked mermaid, a blue/green with flecks of gold varnish.  I put a coat of clear varnish on my nails first then when it dried I gradually built up the glitter leaving time for each coat to dry then finished it with another coat of clear.

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It stayed on 4 full days before I got a small chip so I was really thrilled with that.  Then when I went to take it off I was actually able to peel it off as I’d built up so many layers.  I’m definitely going to invest in another few bottles so I can mix & match the colours.

Are you a fan of glitter varnishes?

Thabks for stopping by.

~ LoVe & HuGs ~

*MaRia*

xO

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Fancy French Tips

HellO there everyone,

We’re talking French manicures today.  I think they’re beautiful, they make a regular old hand look so elegant, especially when you add some nice rings & a bracelet. 

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Now I may love a French manicure but I’m not all that steady when it comes to painting those white tips on with a brush.  I always find there’s too much polish on the brush, leaving my nail clumpy & taking an age to dry.  Then if I make a mistake which I so often do I’ve to remove all the polish & start the whole thing again, time consuming much?!

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Nailene White French Tip Pen is a handy way around this problem.  You simply draw along the end of your nail with its precision edge, it drys very quickly so you can paint the top coat of clear polish over it immediately.
From start to finish this took 10 minutes. 
As a rule I’d always use polish as opposed doing a French manicure purely because it’s always seemed less time consuming, but honestly after trying this pen I think my fringers will be going French more often.  The pen & polish came together in a set & cost £5.25 from Boots. 

Would you switch from brush to pen? 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ LoVe & huGs ~

*MaRiA*

xO