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 –  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…


Halloween Ghostly Nails

Come Halloween even the most girlie of girls wants a little touch of Halloween horror in her life, and nails are a quick and effective way to do this – without having to dig out the white face paint and fake blood.  Which I find the horror really lays in scrubbing the stuff off the next day.

I have seen a lot of great Halloween inspired nail art on the blog scene over the last couple of weeks, but I am no nail artist – I can paint my nails without making too much of a mess but when it comes to getting arty with a nail pen, I struggle. But I thought I would give ghost nails a go (if it is your blog that I got this idea from let me know and I will tag you – I can’t remember where I seen it).

My ghost’s do look more Pac-man ghosts than terrifying supernatural ghosts but they are quite cute, regardless.  When I was trying this out I actually done the ghosts pink and black as a test run, as I had the intentions of doing it again with grey polish but I start work on Monday – hence the edited photo’s.

To get this look:

1. Chose your base colour for the ghosts and paint your nails as you usually would.
2. Wait to dry – seriously, wait.
3. Use black nail art pen (I use Models Own) to draw the points at the tip of the nail, to create the outline of the ghost. You can actually see this better in the first photo. I used the brush of the nail art pen rather than the actual pen but I feel it would work better with the pen – more steady.
4. Dot two white dots using either dotting tools or free hand – I used free-hand.
5. Use the nail art pen to place the pupils – this time you need to use the pen end.

I found the layers of polish took quite a while to dry, so you might want to watch a film or something whilst you do this, as not to be tempted to do something that will smudge the polish.

What are your favourite Halloween nail art designs this year?

Black Velvet Nails

Anyone who knows my personally will know how much I adore velvet but since most of you don’t know me personally I’ll let you in on my slight fetish for all things velvet.  Most people I know hate velvet – it makes their skin crawl but I’d love nothing more than to wrap myself up in a big velvet blanket.  I own velvet bags, jackets, tops, dresses and shoes to name a few things. So when I seen velvet nails on: The Black Pearl Blog I just had to try it out.

I headed over to Ebay and purchased 6 flock pots for about £3.  The Flock Pots came under arts and crafts rather than nail art or beauty so if you want to find some your best bet is an art shop. If I ever reach 100 followers I may add one or two of them into a give-away.

Step 1: Find something that you can tip the flock on to unless your pots are flat enough to dip your nail into.  My pots were too tall to simply dip so I poured quite a lot of the flock on to a tea plate and then used a flat ended cotton bud (from Asda) as some sort of spade to get the flock on the nail.

I attempted green flock nails at the weekend but didn’t have the patience to finish it. Velvet nails do take quite a while to get perfect. But do not get hung up on getting the nail looking perfect straight away just get the nail covered in flock and then move on to the next nail.  The excess flock just washes off. Do not press the nail into the flock too hard though because you will smudge the polish the flock is expected to stick to.

The flock I bought also has little speckles of glitter through it which is lovely. I have black, green, white, red, blue and purple. I am excited to do something with the red and white come Christmas time.

I loved the finish result but next time I would try it with a black polish underneath rather than a dark purple. If you are going to try this before a night out do this last because the velvet does not bode well with moisturiser, make-up or water too well.  I would say these nails lasted two days maximum without looking terribly scabby.  They do feel lovely though and it is something a little bit different. If you adore velvet like I do you need to try this!