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nail art: floral plaids

I'm quite lazy to do up a nice tutorial picture for this since I found that I have this pictorial that I posted on my fashion instagram before. I got the design from another nail artist, but I forgot whom. I'd go with lighter colours or polishes with less pigments for the plaids, but I didn't have that kind of nail polish at hand so I just made do with this outcome. It's quite colourful and pretty still. 


So, start off with a white base coatPaint a thick blue stripe off centre Paint some pink stripes above, below and in the middle of the blue stripePaint a yellow strip down the side of the nailNext, add some coloured dots for the base of the flowersAdd in details for the flowers and leavesTa-da!It's not very simple to do if you do not have a thin brush at hand, but still doable. 


Well I hope you have been inspired! xoxo

chunky knit cardigans

It's fall/winter in the northern hemispheres now and chunky knit cardigans have been floating around instagram. So, at first I thought they wouldn't fit me because they were meant to be worn oversized, and since I'm so skinny, I thought I might just drown in them. But the more I looked at them, the more I fell in love with the look, so I couldn't resist but to get a few of my own. I thrifted this white one online for about $10. It has crochet details so it allows wind to pass through, which is perfect for singapore's weather. It doesn't feel to hot and heavy either. It also doesn't drape on me like a curtain, like I initially thought it would. White is also great for pairing with anything. I paired mine with a graphic tank from forever21 and some denim high waist shorts. Simple and cute.  Switched to a striped crop top from forever21 in this version. Chunky knit cardigans are really versatile and great for layering as well. But, I won't be wearing that m…

nail art: starry cosmos

I finally got down to doing galaxy nails, something I've wanted to try for a very long time already but I didn't think I had the right colours for it. 

I used dark purple, blue and a dark metallic purple/pink. You can try using metallic nail polish or (concentrated) glitter nail polish, they should work nicely as well and give a shimmer finish.This nail art makes use of a sponge to dab on the colours so that it blends nicely. 

Paint a black base coat for the night sky.Paint some white on the makeup sponge and dab it onto your nail. You can dab the entire nail white or just portions of it. I did the entire nail for mine because the colours wouldn't show otherwise. I just regret not putting more white towards the edge of my cuticles. Using the colours you have chosen for your galaxy, paint them on the makeup sponge before transferring onto your nails. Spread the colours around and try to mix/blend them. I topped off mine with a transparent coat of glitter with stars. I bought …

nail art: flower power

This week's nail art is nothing much, it's really simple to do. I was actually hoping to create different designs for each nail but I wasn't liking what I was doing so I just put flowers on every nail. 

Each flower consists of five dots, so that's all you need to do to create them. Join the portion of the dots towards the centre so that the shape is more defined. 

And, they totally match my outfit to school today! 




I think the ombre nail trend is back with a twist. Shall try it out and show you guys soon.

xoxo

nail art: sweet florals

Nails for this week is this sweet candylicious floral look from Chalkboard Nails. I really liked the colours and design for this so I copied that look and made a tutorial for you guys :D 

I used a soft metallic pink - it actually looks silver with a tiny hint of pink, pretty pretty - a light pink for the floral base, a darker/hot pink for the floral outline, dark mint green (instead of light mint green as used by chalkboard nails), yellow and black. 


So, paint your nails two or three coats of the metallic pink for the base colour. You can use a light beige, nude or light grey too. Those would be nice as well.Then, use your light pink polish to make irregular circles for the flowers. Concentrate them towards the sides of your nail rather than in the center. Using your red/dark pink polish and toothpick, make some outlines for the flower. I did three strokes for the outer petals and two or three smaller strokes for the inner petals. The strokes do not need to be neat and straight, in fact…

nail art: sweet bits ice cream drip nails

I've always wanted to try out this drip nail art thing because they look so fun and yummy. But they look a tad bit hard because to make it nice, you really have to know how to draw that drip part nicely. I still need a bit of practice, as you can see. 


I used a blue nail polish with confetti from etude house. It's part of some ice cream series I guess since the bottle is shaped like one. It's cute, but it's actually not very nice to use because the colour pigments don't spread well. Otherwise, it dries pretty fast. As for the brown, choose something dark that looks like chocolate sauce, if you are aiming for this look. Other colours are fine too. There are some pretty cool combinations if you google them. I had to do 2 - 3 coats of base colour to hide the streaking and ensure that the colour was more opaque.For beginners, I suggest starting with a line of brown (I think I'm gonna call it chocolate sauce instead). It doesn't have to be straight. Then, make a …

diy: aztec tribal phone cover

I've always wanted to do aztec design for my nails, but it's quite hard to do those fine details with a nail polish brush. I knew you could use permanent marker but that is sort of cheating eh? Anyway, I was supposed to make Chen Xin a case for her future iphone 5, so I asked her what design she wanted and it was between aztec and chevron. I've seen a nice aztec design using sharpie markers here, but that required a little too many markers. I'm on a budget heh. So I bought these four colours, aqua, peach, turquoise (looks more blue to me) and plum from Times bookshop at Plaza Singapura for $1.30 each. The rest of the colours are nail polish, except for the black which is also a marker. As you can see, I used a lot of lines of varying thickness, intersected with some zig zags, triangles or circles. The patterns create a break between the solid colours and that is the trick.

I used a glossy cover but I think you're better off using a matte cover where the ink can clin…

nail art: tumblr floral nails

I've done this nail art quite a number of times already. I really like it because there's coral and mint green in it! Got the design from tumblr actually. Like, this:


So pretty right. I tell you how to replicate. 

Light mint green, darker turquoise, white, coral, gold and pinks for the flowers.
The pictures are self sufficient instructions because there really isn't much to it. Just add a base colour and add a coat of gold for the little finger and middle finger. Then paint stripes for the index and thumb. You can choose to add the turquoise/mint colour as a base then use the other colour as the stripes. Up to you. 
For the flowers, I dotted a few big dots of light pink/purple then used my toothpick and dark pink nail polish to add some details. I draw flowers by dragging from the center to the edges then highlight the rest of the edges like a dotted line. Don't forget to add some leaves. 
AND, I made a matching phone cover because I love the patterns here. 

Nothing new from…

nail art: mint iced nails

Just did these this morning. They're not the best job I've done mainly because I was impatient today and I just wanted to move on to the next nail as soon as possible. So, ended up messing up a lot. 

I've had this idea for quite a while and though I'm not totally satisfied with the result, it's still nice..

Materials:

Nail foil - I ended up using only two pieces of the biggest size in the pack, meant for toesNail polish - I used a light mint green from thefaceshop and a black nail polish from etude houseNail fileNail scissorsSteps: Buff and clean nailsApply base coat (optional), then apply your colour over. I used one coat then the nail foil and then the next colour coat over the uncovered parts again.Cut out a fitting size of nail foil and paste it on your nail. I just estimated so it's not perfect. I pasted with the long edge first and covered the tips with excess because my tips are a bit rounded, so I needed the foil to wrap around. Push off air bubbles and fil…

nail art: pink ombre

This week's nail art is ombre! All you need are at least two nail polish colours. They do not need to be in different shades of the same colour. You can use any colour like fuschia and orange. 
Materials: Top coatNail polishMakeup spongeIt works pretty much the same way as the galaxy phone case tutorial, where you will use the sponge to do a bit of blending.

I painted my nails with white first to bring out the colours, and also because some of my colours weren't very pigmented. Paint your sponge with the colours you are going to use in succession, like what I did. Dab it onto your nail. It doesn't matter if the colours didn't transfer fully. You can keep doing this step until you are satisfied. I gave mine about 2 or 3 coats of colours before I got my final result. Let the polish dry before proceeding with the next coat of colour, and remember to keep the polish on the sponge wet. You don't have to wait for all the nail polish to dry before putting on your top coat. T…

diy: aurora galaxy phone case

I've been intending to do this for a very long time. I bought a bunch of 1yuan phone cases to diy. Anyway, I love galaxy stuff. It's so magical~ 
Materials: Phone caseNail polishMakeup sponge1. I am using a black plastic phone case and white, hot pink, purple and blue nail polish. According to the colour chart, that translates into deep pink, dark orchid and dodgerblue. You can use any other coloured phone case as well. Just paint it over with black or white if you wish to. As for the nail polish colours, feel free to experiment with other colours like green, red, brown or orange. Google some images for inspiration! 2. I sliced my makeup sponge into a smaller piece for easier usage. Take your paint and paint on the sponge. Alternatively, you can pour out some paint and dab your sponge on it. Same same.  3. With your paint on the sponge, dab over the case. The key is to be messy and random. Just freestyle. Well, that's what I did. I used white for a base first because my paints…

nail art: minions

While we are still in the season of despicable me and minion goodness, why not give yourself a minion manicure! 

Materials: 

Nail polish in white, grey/silver, black, yellow and blue. Dotting tools/toothpick, thin brush (optional)Since all my nails are painted already before I decided to do this blog and tutorials, I have used a replacement for my nails. See that white piece of card? Assume that is my nail okay?


Paint your nail yellow. If your polish isn't very pigmented, you might want to paint it white first, then paint the yellow over. White will always bring out the colour to it's fullest. Take your grey polish and place one or two big dots for the goggle rim. Make it circular, not ovals like what I did. Minions have big circular eyes. Use your black polish to pain the black head bands. Try using the thinner side of your brush if you are having difficulty, and drain the polish first before applying.Use your dotting tool or toothpick to add some hair.Add the whites to the eye.…

nail art: punk rock metal

Alright, first simple tutorial.

Being stranded in China, I had no nail polish or anything on my nails at all, so when I couldn't take it anymore, I went a little crazy and ordered some shiny nail foil stickers to try out for the first time. I've always wanted to try them out anyway although the idea behind it is still a bit silly cos it's like just pasting tape on your nails. But, I wanted this foil-ish look so, fine. 

They come in a sheet with at least 10 stickers normally. Extras are always good. The rounded edge of the sticker is supposed to be placed near the cuticle area of your nail and it should fit nicely. If it's too big, you can always trim it and if it is too small, you can stretch the sticker. So i guess that's what makes it different from normal stickers? 

Sorry, I dont have pictures to help. 


So, you can start off by filing and buffing your nails if you want. Just the basic manicure procedure. Push back cuticles also. Select the most fitting size for y…

greetings earthlings

I have been spending 10 weeks in China and I need something to keep my sanity because I don't really like this place. So, pretty things will do the job. But, I have to make them pretty things. 

I strive to make pretty image layouts like thebeautydepartment.com, but since when do I have such great lighting. My room has two fused bulbs so it is a whole much dimmer. I guess I can do something with the massive sunlight that floods the room when the curtains are (undrawn?) open. 
Okay, I may include steps as to how I achieve some of my creations so that you can go try them out on your own. They are hardly as hard as they look.