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Tutorial: Hand-painted Roses

I’m extremely happy with how these turned out! The nice thing about roses is that they don’t have to be absolutely perfect to look gorge! Here’s the final result:

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I got the inspiration from Katy Perry. I absolutely love her nails, she always has such crazy designs. See the rose mani below (top left)?

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If you are curious as to how to create this look yourself, check out my photo tutorial πŸ™‚

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The polishes I used were:

  • Black: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Black Out”
  • White: Modi
  • Red: Tip Top 958 “Corel Candy”
  • Maroon: ModiΒ 68 “Riding Hood”
  • Pink: Modi 4 “Nude Shine Orange” (it’s in Korean, but I think that’s what it says)
  • Green:Nail Cone It Girl’s 1762 “Mint Cone”


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Bliss, Sunshine… and ’70s style nails!

I’m loving being back in South Africa. Although it’s technically autumn, it’s absolutely beautiful weather. This inspired me to do a cheerful, summery nail design.

I’m loving nude at the moment, so I used that as the undercoat. I’m still using mainly my Korean brands, but I’m hoping to go shopping soon. We’re staying a bit outside of Johannesburg, it’s about a 15min drive to the nearest store. So I used a Modi nude colour, Modi white and a luminous blue and orange by Organic Farm (also a Korean brand that were super cheap). The only other thing I used was my dotting tool to make little daisies. Please excuse the pics, they aren’t 100% as I haven’t made a new lightbox yet. But I hope you can get the gist of it anyway.

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We have also been playing around with my camera trying to do some awesome water shots in the pool. So we tried a nail one. It’s not amazing, but I like the effect. I’ll definitely try it again πŸ™‚

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And last, but not least: Here is a glimpse of the beautiful estate we’re currently staying on with my boyfriends parents. It really feels like a vacation and I’m trying to soak in all of the beautiful surroundings. This is a picture we took when we went on a golf cart ride around the estate the other day. I’m really so blessed and happy to be in such a pretty place!

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Time for a cute, daisy manicure

I’m happy with this, it looks so cute and simple. I used a nude under coat (Holika Holika) then I used a dotting tool to make cute little flowers. I put some diamante jewels on the pinky as an accent. That’s it. Simple, cute, easy… πŸ™‚ I hope you like it!

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Fimo cane flowers :)

I haven’t posted or been very active lately.,. I haven’t really had any inspiration. BUT, today a parcel arrived with some of my nail goodies that I ordered. So, I was very excited to try out some new things πŸ™‚

One of the things I ordered was a “fimo cane”. I’d never heard of these until a few days ago when I came across one online. I really like the idea of it because you can get SOOOO many pieces out of one stick (I’ve hardly made a dent in them). I paid about $1 for one stick, I think it’s good value πŸ™‚ Here are some pics of the fimo canes, I just used a box cutter to cut them. If you want a more comprehensive tutorial, here is a YouTube video.

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The flowers are tiny and adorable! But, quite hard to cut really thin, after a few I got the hang of it.

For this manicure I used The Face Shop (“Face It”) glitter purple and added a few flowers. Simple and cute. I hope you like it!

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Floral Stamping

Can you believe it, this is my first stamping post! I’ve had a phobia of stamping, and I finally plucked up the courage to attempt a stamping manicure to share πŸ™‚

I used Konad stamping plate number m71 (you can see it in one of the pics). For the undercoats I used two different Missha blues (they don’t have names, hence the lack of info). Then, I topped it all off with a Shimmer Topcoat (It’s in Korean – “Shwimmer Topcoat” in the picture if you can read Korean) from the Face Shop which I just bought today.

It doesn’t look like much, but it took me AGES to do. I stamped the one nail and then painted a topcoat and it smudged. So I had to start that whole nail again! Arg! But despite the frustrations, I really like it! I hope you all like it too πŸ™‚

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I absolutely loveΒ this topcoat, its so subtle, but it’s such a pretty shimmer. I think it will look nice with lots of different polishes. Yay! I love a good polish purchase πŸ™‚ And it was only about $3 πŸ™‚


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Day 4 – Silver

I must confess.. I don’t have just a plain silver polish (gasp), I know. Embarrassing. I haven’t had time or money to buy a silver polish, so I decided to just make a plan.

My plan: Pink undercoat, silver decorations. I think it worked out quite well (if I do say so myself). This is one of my fave manicures so far πŸ™‚ yay!

All I used was a Modi (Korean brand which is super cheap and so far has been great) burnt pink with a gold shimmer,Β  a silver two-way nail art pen/brush, and a few silver jewels.

So, this is my silver attempt. Although it doesn’t look very silvery in the pictures, in the light the silver really shines, it is quite pretty πŸ™‚ I hope you like it as much as I do…

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Check out the other blogs that are also participating in this challenge:

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Mommy Loves Nail Polish
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Morie’s Nail Art
Polished Off
Nail Boarders Unite!
Lavish Layerings
Happy Hands
Rew Does Nails
Perfectly Polished Tips
The Polish Squirrel
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Cute and Girly

Happy Friday to everyone πŸ™‚ It’s been a long week! I just want to do a quick post..

This is similar to a manicure I did a few weeks ago, tiny dotting french manicure. I also did an accent nail with some cute flowers. It’s a very cute, girly mani.

I used an ancient Yardley French Manicure Pink (I’ve had it for years, but it’s just a plain pink for french manicures), I also used a Modi pink, Sally Hansen “White on”, Skin Food lime green and some silver nail art tape. I used a dotting stick with a really small tip to make tiny dots. Its super cute and cheerful, it brightened up my day today πŸ™‚ I hope you like it!Β  What do you think?