Archive for September, 2012

Day 30 of the 30 Day Challenge: A tutorial

Posted on: September 30th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

It’s the last day of the challenge! I’m kind of glad that it’s coming to and end actually as my nails really need a bit of a rest, but I have enjoyed having to come up with something new every day!

Today’s theme is ‘a tutorial’ so I have decided to create a tutorial about how to stamp. I realise that some of you may already know how to do this, but I know a couple of you have never seen this technique before. So this tutorial is for you!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green, which is one of my favourite polishes at the moment.

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Here you can see the stamping plate I am using for this tutorial. It is a small round metal plate with patterns and shapes indented into it. In this case, the images are of little monsters!

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And these are the two other items you’ll need to do stamping. The first of which is the stamper which has two slightly curved rubber ends, one larger than the other. The other is a small plastic card like an old gift card or something. The one I use is a little card that came with a set of stamping plates I got.

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The first thing to do is get the polish you are going to stamp with and cover the stamping plate image you are using with a layer of it. The rest of the steps need to be done pretty quickly so that the polish doesn’t dry.

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Then, use your card to scrape the excess polish off the top of the image. I tend to put a piece of kitchen towel under the image so that you can wipe the polish off the card when you are done.

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Here you can see the polish left behind on the image after the excess has been scraped off, and the mess that I made doing it!

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Then press the stamper onto the image to pick up the polish. Try not to press to hard as you don’t want to smudge the image.

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Here you can see the polish has been transferred onto the stamper. If you have a bit of smudging (like I did) you can clean that up using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover, but remember to be quick!

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Then, slowly roll the image onto your nail from one side to the other to cover your whole nail in the image. Again, don’t press too hard to avoid smudging!

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As you can see, the stamped image can get all over your finger so clean that up with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and then move onto the next nail!

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It might sound like quite a tedious process, but actually it’s pretty quick when you get the hang of it. The most annoying part is waiting for the base colour to dry properly before stamping so not to smudge it.

You can get the stamper and plates I have by using the links shown in the steps above or by searching ‘Konad stamper’ and ‘stamping plates’ on Amazon.

I hope this post has shed some light for you!



Day 29 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by the supernatural

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

I can’t believe that this is the second last post of the challenge! This month has gone so fast, it’s mad.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by the supernatural’ and again I found this one to be a little vague. I had images of ghosts, zombies and Superman in my head but while rifling through my stamping plate collection I found a cute like monster-like pattern! I’m not sure it’s supernatural exactly, but I liked it and so decided to use it.

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I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green and then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Escape to stamp the pattern over the top. I’m actually using this exact manicure for the tutorial I have to show as the last part of the challenge tomorrow, so you’ll be able to see exactly how all this stamping malarkey is done!

I loved wearing this manicure, but I’m not sure the purple shows up very well on the green. Maybe I should have chosen a lighter green…

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Stamping Plate CH32
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 28 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a flag

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

Yes yes, I know. Bad blogger Laura for not posting this yesterday. Jack and I ended up going to the cinema last night to watch Looper so I didn’t have time to post.

The theme yesterday was ‘inspired by a flag’ so I’m sure most of can guess which flag I would immediately choose. I wanted to paint this design on my nails during the Olympics or Paralympics but I never got around to it.

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I started by painting a basecoat of LA Colors Wired and then used a small paintbrush to paint on the white part of the flag in Konad Special Polish White. Finally, I painted on the main cross using Models Own Scarlet sparkle. It’s got some red glitter in it so I absolutely love it!

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • LA Colors – Wired
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Models Own – Scarlet Sparkle
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 27 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by artwork

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

I am so chuffed with this manicure. Sunflowers are my favourite flower EVER and when I thought of artwork, the first thing that came into my head was the series of sunflower painting by Van Gogh and I knew that was what I had to paint on my nails.

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I started by painting a base of Barry M Mint Green and then used a sponge to create a mottled grass effect with Barry M Spring Green. Next I use a tiny paintbrush and mixed together red and yellow acrylic paint to create the centres of the sunflowers and then painted on the petals in yellow. Finally I used the previous orange concoction to draw some shading onto the petals. I love how they turned out.

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Mint Green
  • Barry M – Spring Gren
  • Acrylic paint
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 26 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

Morning campers! I am so tired today it is not even real. I have one of those confusing occurrences with my alarm this morning where you are sure you put it on snooze but apparently you turned it off. I still made the train on time though so no matter.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by pattern’ so I was really pleased that there wasn’t too much limitation for today’s nails. It gave me a chance to use a new stamping image that I have been longing to use since my new Cheeky plate set arrived a few weeks ago.

Look at the pretty stars!

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I started by painting my nails with a base of Leighton Denny’s Rebel which my dad got me in a set on his way back from a business trip in India. It is such a beautiful colour! It shimmers a really vivid purple with pink undertones. I then used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky stamping plate CH51 to stamp the star pattern over the top.

I absolutely love this design!

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Leighton Denny – Rebel
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

The finish line is nearly in sight. I’m not going to lie…I can’t wait for it to be over. My creativity is starting to run thin.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by fashion’ and I did think about copying a dress print from London Fashion Week that has just gone but then I remembered that I had a cool new set of clothes and fashion stamping images that I haven’t tried out yet.

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First I painted my nails with No7 Winter Tale which is a polish from their new collection recently released. The colour is really lovely. One of the men at work described it as ‘battleship grey’ which I thought was a very good description so I’m stealing it. The consistency is not so lovely however. It is impossible to get the right amount of polish on the brush. You either get too much and it dribbles everywhere or not enough and it streaks and drags. It makes me a bit reluctant to buy any more from the new No7 collection.

After it had dried I used five different stamp images to stamp over the grey with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape which is a lovely dark metallic purple. These Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are amazing for stamping. I managed to pick this one up with a few other colours from Poundland a few weeks ago which was an absolute bargain.

Hope you like it :)

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • No7 – Winter Tale
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH37
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH55
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 24 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a book

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

There was only ever going to be one book (or series of books) I chose for today. I’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter books for more than ten years now and it was so much fun doing a tribute to them on my nails!

I wanted to keep it relatively simple, but still obvious enough what the theme was so I decided to do a take on the four houses at Hogwarts – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. I also add a cheeky Potter lightning bolt scar onto my thumb.

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I painted my thumb with Models Own Black Magic, my index finger with No7 Pillar Box, my middle finger with Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, my ring finger with Barry M Yellow and my little finger with Sally Hansen Emerald Express.

I then used a striping brush to make the lightning bolt and stripes. The lightning bolt and index finger were done with Barry M Foil Effects Gold, the middle finger with LA Colors Bronze Bombshell, the ring finger with Models Own Black Magic and the little finger with Barry M Foil Effects Silver.

I’m so pleased with how it came out!

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Sally Hansen – Emerald Express
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • No7 – Pillar Box
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 23 of 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a movie

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

I am so absolutely chuffed with this manicure. It’s my first proper freehand paint!

Choosing a film was pretty tough, but Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has been on the TV several times recently (the new one and the old one) so I thought I would do a tribute to that film. Personally, I prefer the first one so I based my nails on that film instead of the new one.

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I used Barry M Matt White, Blueberry Ice Cream, Foil Efects Gold and LA Colors Bronze Bombshell as a base for each of my nails and then used acrylic paint to freehand the design with the world’s tiniest paintbrush. I will definitely be trying freehanding again.

My little finger is the one I am leats happy with – it shows a golden ticket, my ring finger has a shiny chocolate base with the Wonka ‘W’ on it, my middle finger shows loads and loads of the famous ever-lasting gobstoppers, my index finger shows a little oompa loompa, and finally my thumb shows my take on the lickable wallpaper.

What do you think? I can’t wait to see everyone else’s take on movies!

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 22 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a song

Posted on: September 22nd, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

This week is definitely going to be a tough week… Week 1 was so easy when I just had to think about using red or blue or something. But ‘Inspired by a song’? Really?!

I was a bit worried about this one, but when my new Cheeky plates arrived this week gone I knew exactly what I was going to do. ‘God is a DJ’ is a song by one of my favourite bands ever – Faithless and having a stamp image that said it was so cool I had to use it. There are also quite a few other music related stamp images in the set so this gave me a great chance to use them!

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I started by painting my nails with Models Own Black Magic and then used Konad Special Polish in White to stamp the patterns over the top of it. I think i like my index and ring fingers best!

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Konad Special Polish – White
  • Cheeky Plate CH30
  • Cheeky Plate CH31
  • Cheeky Plate CH51
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 21 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a colour

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

After the disaster that was the water marble nails, I give you one of the prettiest manicures I have ever done… if I may say so myself!

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by a colour’ and as this is a bit vague I decided to use a manicure using my favourite colour of something that color. Behold! Leafy nails!

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I started by painting my nails with Barry M Mint Green and waited for them to thoroughly dry. I then used Cheeky Plate CH33 and Sally Hansen Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern over the top.

This is my first time stamping with this season’s cheeky plates and the quality is impressive. The pattern is picked up on the stamper perfectly every time and and as the images are a bit bigger than usual, the pattern covers my whole thumbnail!

I really wish I had kept this manicure on for more than just a day :(

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  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Mint Green
  • Sally Hansen – Exmerald Express
  • Cheeky Plate CH33
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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