The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art

An inspirational birthday present from the ‘other Victoria’ of Victoria Sponge Pease Pudding – check her blog out.  She makes fabulous cakes.  I miss her cakes…pfft, and her face.  She lives in Aberdeen so I don’t see her half as much as I would like to but an adventure to Granite City is definitely on the cards in the near future.  
What in the wah is Wah?

Wah nails started as an independent nail art boutique in London with a blog dedicated to all the different nail designs created in the store, but it has now branched out into Topshop on Oxford Street.  If only I had realised when I was visiting London last week.  I love nail art, and loathe the original french manicure or more so plain nails.  Nail art gives us a means of expressing our individuality and style, and unlike fashion it doesn’t matter what size you are or where you bought your clothes.  
Although I have just stated that I love nail art, which would suggest that I am a practiser of this art – I am not.  Well, not regularly.  I have attempted glitter, two tone, the odd kitch design but only when I have been granted the patience to do so.  I am not a patient person, waiting for my nails to dry can be a chore for me.  However this year I am going to branch out and try new designs – we will see if my nail art techniques progress with practice or if I am best sticking to getting my nails done professionally.

The book gives step by step instructions, information on tools, and tips as to how to get your nails in the perfect condition before and after. WAH have also teamed up with Models Own with their own range of tools – http://wah-nails.com/store.  There are 25 different examples of nail art for you to attempt at home.   Illustrated below is the candy stripes design which I attempted.  The book is beautifully illustrated and each model comes with a personal story.  Hip is how I would describe this book, hip and professionally cool.

Here is my first attempt at the simple striped look and due to the stripes slightly warped nature I have named them ‘Burtonesque Stripes’.  I know they are far from perfect, and I didn’t pick the easiest of colours to attempt stripes with.  Next time I will be using a darker base colour for the stripes and trying to draw the stripes with the nail brush rather than the pen. Leopard print next?  I have been meaning to try them for a while…

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