Archive for the ‘Challenges’ Category

Flamingos

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

This week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group on Facebook (come join us!), the theme is Birds.

While trying to decide what to decorate my nails with for this theme, I scoured my stamping plates and thought about hand painting like birds in a cage, but when I started thinking about the more obscure birds and finally it was down to either flamingos or penguins!

Flamingos it was!

Flamingo Nails

I’ve seen these style of flamingo nails on a few blogs before, but I just couldn’t help recreating them myself!

I started by painting my nails with three coats of Sinful Colors Cinderella (a review to follow later in the week) which is a gorgeous pale blue with a pink shimmer to it. I then used a small paintbrush to paint on the head, neck and body of the flamingos using Barry M Bright Pink. Next I used the same small paintbrush and Angelica Marshmallow to paint the wing of the flamingos. I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Matt White to paint the white bit of the beak and then the same white polish with a medium sized dotting tool to create the whites of the eyes. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi with a small dotting tool to finish the eyes, and the same black polish with a tiny paintbrush to paint the beak.

What do you think? I love these guys!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with for birds this week!

Fruit Challenge: Watermelon

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

After a really really REALLY long break from the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges facebook group, I have finally restarted the challenges, and this week’s theme is fruit!

I’ve done a few fruit themed manicures before – Cherries and Strawberries – so I had to think a bit harder this time to come up with another fruity idea.

So what do you think of my watermelons?!

Fruit Challenge: Watermelon Nails

I started by painting two coats of No7 Cheeky Chops which is a wonderful bright coraly-pink. Just what I needed to cure the misery of this horrid weather in England right now! I then used Invogue Matte Suede Emerald Dust to paint the tips of my nails a shimmery green colour. After that had dried, I used Sinful Colors Exotic Green to create the stripes over the Invogue polish. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the tiny seeds.

We ate so much watermelon on our honeymoon last month, and it’s so nice to have a little reminder of that on my nails today!

Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

This week’s theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Superheroes!

I was quite excited about this theme as I am such a huge fan of superhero films at the moment as SO many have recently been released.

I was trying to think which superhero to choose, and I was swaying towards one of the Avengers as that has been my favourite superhero film recently, however I thought it might be a good idea to choose a superhero that I WANT to be made into a film.

I’m a little too young for Wonder Woman I’m afraid, but I would LOVE to see it made into a film!

Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman Nails

I started by painting three fingers with a base of Barry M Blackberry and my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Next, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the stars. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint the background of the Wonder Woman logo, and Nails Inc Black Taxi to outline it.

Take a look below to see what the other girls have come up with!



1950s Challenge: Polka dot dresses!

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

This week’s theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is the 1950s, so I decided to paint little polka dot dress on my nails!

Can’t you just imagine when swinging and swirling around with their giant petticoats and ankle socks! SO cute.

1950s Challenge: Polka Dot Dresses

I started by painting all my nails with a base of Angelica Marshmallow which is a lovely matte pink polish – the perfect strawberry milkshake colour!

Next I painted each of the dresses on using Barry M Blood OrangeBarry M PlumNails Inc Black Taxi, and Barry M Blackberry. For this I used a tiny paintbrush and had to use two coats to get an opaque colour.

Finally, I used Barry M Matt White, my favourite white (pictured) to dot on the polka dots and paint on the waistband.

I am so excited to see what the other girls came up with in the group this week!



Reptile Challenge: Snake Skin

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

It’s Monday again! That means that it’s time for a new theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group. This week, the theme is reptiles!

I’m sure I’m going with the crowd a bit this week, and I know it’s not very original but I’ve never done a snake skin design before and I’ve wanted to use this stamping pattern for AGES.

I bought the polish pictured – NYC Magic Earth – from Superdrug this week, along with the other polishes from the NYC Foil Explosion collection and I’m so impressed at their stamp-ability (yes that’s a word), especially for only £1.99 each!

Reptile Challenge - Snake skin nails

I started by painting my nails with Essie Navigate Her and after that had dried, I used NYC Magic Earth and Bundle Monster Plate BM-215 to stamp over the snake pattern.

I love the subtle effect so much! The shine really captures the scales I was going for :)

Can’t wait to see what the other girls come up with!



Cocktail Challenge: Mint Mojito

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

The theme on the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is Cocktail Nails!

I have had literally no inspiration this week whatsoever, but I do really want to get back into stamping as I haven’t done much in ages, so I had a rummage through my collection of stamping plates and found three images I liked – a shattered effect, a leafy pattern and a cocktail glass! Perfect for a mint mojito! One of my favourite cocktails EVER!

Cocktail Challenge - Mint Mojito Nails

I started by painting my index and middle fingers with Barry M Matt White, my ring finger with Topshop Easy Breezy and my little finger with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express.

After they had dried completely, I used Barry M Foil Effect Silver to stamp the shattered effect over my ring finger and middle finger to look a bit like ice, and a cocktail glass on my little finger! I then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern on my ring finger and the tip of my middle finger. That was so hard to try and get full leaves!

Finally I used a bit of Topshop Easy Breezy to paint in the leaves on my middle finger!

I think I could have done my middle finger a little cleaner, but I am so pleased with the rest of my nails – especially my index finger, I love the white and silver together!

Check out what the other girls in the group have come up with below!



Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

SO PRETTY. Look how vibrant and spotty they are!!

As you know, the theme for this week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Jewellery. I loved the more elegant Tiffany Box design I did a few days ago, but I thought I would go to the other end of the spectrum and nailify some cheaper jewellery!

When I was in my early teen years I became a little obsessed with making those thread friendship bracelets. I used countless patterns and colours to make different bracelets for all my friends and family. In tribute, I tried to replicate a few different patterns on my nails!

Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

This manicure was so simple to do. All you need is a couple of different coloured nail polishes and a dotting tool!

I started with two coats of Barry M Matt White to get a new even base for my bright patterns to go over. I then alternated using Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Block Orange and LA Colors Fun In The Sun with a dotting tool to create the different patterns on my nails. I finished with a Seche Vite topcoat to smooth it all out.

Give it a go! It’s so easy :) I think this is one of my favourite manicures I have done in a long time!

Jewellery Challenge: Tiffany nails!

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  3 Comments

The new nail art theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is ‘Jewellery’, which I know a lot of us are excited about!

I was looking through my polish collection trying to decide what to paint around this theme and noticed one of my favourite polishes – Topshop Easy Breezy. This immediately made me think of the Tiffany boxes with the white bows on and knew that I had to choose that for nail art!

Tiffany's Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Topshop Easy Breezy and once that had dried, I used the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White (review HERE) to draw on the bow and ribbon design. I used a toothpick and a bit of clear polish to stick on the gem before painting on a Seche Vite topcoat.

I’m so chuffed with how this looks. Subtle and classy but still fun and cool.

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for this look, would anyone be interested?

Holiday Challenge: Beach nails

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  3 Comments

I’m back again, starting a new challenge theme with the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group! This week the theme is Holidays!

My first thought was to paint a gorgeous sandy beach shore, complete with starfish and crab! I am so chuffed with how this came out!!

Holiday Challenge: Beach nails

I started by painting my nails with a base of Models Own Bora Bora (didn’t I say that it looked like sand in my review!), and then painted on the waves area with LA Colors Sea Siren. I then gradually mixed Sea Siren with Barry M Matt White to make the edge of the sea lighter. Next I used Angelica Iced Sorbet and Barry M Block Orange to paint on the little starfish. Finally I used No7 Pillar Box to paint the crab, and Barry M Matt White and Nails Inc Black Taxi for the eyes.

I am completely in love with this nail art design. The sand is so sparkly and I just love how the sea edge turned out!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with this week!


Fast Food Challenge: Fried Chicken Nails

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

Please tell me this looks like fried chicken legs! I know my ring finger is a bit weird, but literally no one at work could work out what they were :(

It has been so so hard coming up with another manicure for the fast food theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group, especially after the mad success of my McDonalds design!

Finally, I came up with the idea of fried chicken nails. It looked better in my head before I started painting it, admittedly.

Fast food Challenge - Fried Chicken Nails

I started by painting one base coat of Barry M’s Blueberry Ice Cream and then used a tiny paintbrush to paint the chicken bits of the chicken with LA Colors Bronze Bombshell, also using it to paint my ring finger. After that, I used the new Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw on the little chicken bones (still loving these pens – see my review HERE). Finally, I used a brown acrylic paint to create the texture on my ring finger and on the little chicken pieces.

I hope you all like it! It’s making me want a KFC for lunch!