Monday, 30 July 2012

Simple Abstract Nails

I needed a breather from the heavy duty art nails I've been doing, so here's something simple.

I started with a set of false tips and a clear UV gel overlay, just to protect them from the damage in class. On top of that the base colour used is "Sparkle Top Coat" by Finger Paints. I created a simple gradient using "Ahoy!" by China Glaze and "Butterscotch" from Sation. On top of that I used some acrylic paint to make some abstract swirls.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Flashback Friday: Silver Butterflies

Base colour is "Sex on the Beach" from China Glaze, with some fauna and butterflies stamped on using Sally Hansen's "Silver Sweep" and Bundle Monster plates: BM208 and BM05.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

UV gel Experiments

Done on the same day our UV clear overlays were done, we experimented.

Left: Blue and black glitter; Right: orange and purple marble.
 I did both of these nails, still playing around with the UV coloured gels and adding glitter. I like the marbled effect I got on the one on the right.

Left and Right: Ayesha's; Middle: Mine
 The far right and far left nails my cousin Ayesha did, she made up some beautiful turquoise UV gel using clear gel and turquoise eye shadow. The right one she mixed in some blue glitter, and the left nail she patted the blue glitter on top, both creating a different effect. I like the one she did on the right.
The middle nail with the rhinestones I did, there was some orange and turquoise left over so I did a gradient and stuck on some rhinestones before curing it. It reminds me of something you'd find in Bollywood.
Fruit Salad
I did both of these, but Ayesha coated/encased the right nail with clear gel. All is did was mix magenta and orange eye shadows with clear UV gel and stuck on some cute little fruit fimos for added fun.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, comments or concerns leave them down below and I'll get back to you!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

It Kills 4

This has nothing to do with nail art, I guess it's just some shameless self promotion of my DeviantArt page (link in the side bar and below). But here's an image I just finished, it's the fourth in my "Smoking Girl" Series.

Artwork (C) Me, Ayesha Khan DO NOT USE without Permission.
Done in Paint Tool Sai. Come find me on Deviantart here: Neko-dansu.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Gold Filigree

No new nail art today, since I'm giving my nails a break before my exams begin.
So instead I'm bringing you a piece from my previous project.

The base colour is "Marooned" by Ocean, with one coat of "Molten Gold" by Nina Ultra Pro, with some hand painted filigree and yellow rhinestones.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Flashback Friday: Wooden Shoe Like To Know? OPI

Today, I bring you the lovely paws of my darling cousin Shaheena. She's studying to be a doctor :) And is not afraid of the sparkly! Enjoy!

Close up.

Both Hands

Close up on the Pinky.
So for this, I was mostly practising a Spa-style manicure that school taught me. It was mostly about getting my time right as well as keeping all the steps. All in all it took me a touch over 45 min (not good, I should be at 45min or under). On to the polish! The base colour is OPI's "Wooden Show Like To Know?"; its a beautiful creamy brown with coppery-gold shimmer. I put one layer of "Sparkling" by Revlon over top to give her extra bling, as she never does her nails. I like this combination quite a bit, very subtle, and elegant.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

UV Gel Clear Overlay

My cousin Ayesha and I (yes we share a first name) decided to play with our UV gel kits.

Close up.
Due to learning how to blend nail tips, all of our nails got thinned out pretty severely. They were breaking pretty bad and bending, so Ayesha and I decided to test out our UV gels on ourselves, I did this simple clear gel overlay for her to keep her natural nails safe until the damage grows out. She also did a beautiful set for me. This is the first time I put gels on and actual person and they turned out nice.

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Dark Knight

My older brother and I were practically raised on Sesame Street and Batman. So it's no wonder that I'm a fan of the recent Dark Knight movies. Since the final in the trilogy is out on Friday, I felt the need to don some serious Batman Pride.

July/16/2012 Whole Hand
 My design is based off of the Mimobot USB keys for Batman. Which is why it's not quite so Dark Knight-esque.

Index to Pinky: Batman, Catwoman, Joker, Robin.
 I used "Silver Sweep" by Sally Hansen to create the metal outline for Catwoman's goggles. The base colour nail polishes I used were "Touch of Mauve" by Revlon (pinky), "French White Creme" and "Black Creme" by Wet n' Wild for the rest of my fingers.

Thumb close up.
I used just regular acrylic paints to do all these aside from the polishes stated above. I hope you enjoyed this manicure, and if you go see the final Dark Knight movie, tell me what you thought of it!
Have a good week!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Not-So Flashback Friday: UV Gels 2

I'm very excited with these gels in case you haven't noticed. So much so I postponed the other Flash Back Friday I originally had scheduled for today, just to show you some more of my practise fingers.
I hope you enjoy these!

 So here's my 3rd practise finger. I attempted mixing my own gel colours, which is simple, and proved successful. This means I can get some use out of those old eye shadows I have lying around. I topped it off with some white rose outlines in paint and a glitter top coat.

If mermaids wore stiletto gel nails, these would probably come quite close, no? These are some deadly ones, but I love them, I sculpted a stiletto using clear UV gel, then used some blue eye shadows to put in the colour. I topped it off with a healthy dose of pearls and rhinestones.

I really hope you enjoyed these and if you have any questions, comments or concerns leave me a comment down below and I'll get back to you :) 
Have a Happy Friday!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

UV Gels

I'm so excited! I finally received my UV lamp which means I can finally play with my UV gels!
So this here is my second attempt at using them. 
Alright! So aside from the fact that its off kilter, or rather on a slant, I think I did a pretty decent job for my second attempt. I need to work on packing on those glitters to make it more opaque, but I managed to be patient enough to let it self-level and only need to file it a tiny bit.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

I Herd That

Kind of early, but I've heard rumours that the Internet will be down tomorrow for some dumb reason. I bought some new polishes after having my dermals removed on Friday. Here's one of the polishes I picked up.

The base colour is "I Herd That" from China Glaze's 'On Safari' collection. It's a nice sandy glitter polish with hints of copper, it dries matte so if you want it glossy use a fairly thick top coat, and multiple layers. I dressed it up with some black hand painted flowers.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Flashback Friday: You Callin Me a Lyre

3 thickish coats of O.P.I's "You Callin' Me a Lyre" from their NYC Ballet Collection. On top of that is one coat of Revlon's "Sparkling". OPI's "YCML" is a nice sheer pastel pink, it would be good for french manicures and days when I'm too lazy to wear anything fun, but still want polish on them.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Susan's Nails - Manicure

Ran over to Susan's house again, this time to do a manicure!

This time the base colour is "Purple Panic(Neon)" by China Glaze, with one coat of "Electrify" by China Glaze over top.