Sunday, 13 April 2014

Matzah Tutorial II

It's almost Passover time and I have decided to put together an updated tutorial of my classic Matzah nails I did two years ago. I have made a little change to them by finishing the nails with a matte top coat after I saw someone use my tutorial and update it by using a matte finish. It was a great idea so I decided to incorporate that idea (Thanks Wacky Lacki).

I did the design on a set of false nails as I am not going to have the time to do the nails on myself before tomorrow evening, so I made up a set of falsies that fit me perfectly. 

The finished product:


I used a mixture of nail polish and acrylic paint to create the nails as I didn't have the exact shades of brown I needed for the perfect Matzah look!

Have a great Passover! 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Marc by Marc x Diet Coke

My latest nail inspiration came from the special Marc By Marc Jacobs Diet Coke bottles. A while back Diet Coke launched some special bottles designed by fashion designers, and I kept a few of the bottles as they look so cool! 

So, when I was lost for ideas I just looked around my room and thought these would make a great mix for my nails.

The nails are really quite simple a mix of stripes, polka dots and a glittery nail. I love the final look of these nails (especially the black and white heart nail).

I really like the way these nails turned out and I will be using these as inspiration for some other simple mix and match designs.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Swiss nails

Hi all! I'm back in London after a weeks skiing break in Switzerland. I have always loved Switzerland, its such a beautiful and scenic country. I, of course, had to do some special nails for my holiday. The picture below is taken of my nails holding a bottle or Rivella, a special Swiss drink (the drink is made from milk whey - but tastes so good!) and of course some Swiss mountains in the background. 

The nails were inspired by Switzerland: Swiss flag on the thumb, the flag of Berne (the capital and the canton I was visiting), snowflake in a heart, some black and white snowflakes, and the crest/logo of the village I stayed in.

I took so many photos of the beautiful views on top of the mountains and I can't resist sharing a few with you! 

I do wish I could jump back into the photos, but its lovely to be back in London with such nice weather and back to nails. I have a few more Swiss themed nails I will be doing as I took lots of pictures of inspirational patterns and can't wait to try them out on my nails!

❅ ❄ ❆  

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Peter Pilotto

My latest inspiration for nails came from the new Peter Pilotto range created for Target in the US. Luck for us in the UK the collection is also available on Net-a-Porter. In fact by the time I did these nails most of the collection had sold out online! I am not surprised as the designs are really striking and come at a very reasonable price. I also have seen them being promoted in pretty much every magazine I have picked up recently! I first saw them in Stylist, and cut out the article  as I really wanted to do it as a nail design. 

Also as seen in Company Magazine

I love the contrast between the bright blue and vibrant red flower patterns. I wish these nails had lasted longer!

Hope you like the nails. As the collection sold out so quickly it was the only way I could get to wear a bit of Pilotto for Target!! I will have to keep my eyes out for when its back in stock!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

House of Holland II

Big news today! If you haven't already seen them House of Holland have launched their second range of nails with Elegant Touch and I was there helping work on the designs again. I love working on House of Holland nails, they are so bright and different and Henry Holland has the best ideas, and nothing is too much (as you can see from how colourful this range is).

The 9 original seta have been replaced with 9 new inspired designs: Jewel Thief, Game Changer, Royal Explosion (with a glittery nail underside), Thorn in My Side (with some 3D roses), Block Heads, Sweet Tooth, Tie Dye For, Glitter Face Ache and Kitty Kitsch. Check out the article for a closer look at the nails and you can buy them here.

I am still so impressed at how the final nails came out pretty much exactly the same as the final nails that I hand painted for them. As you can see below my original nails are on the left and the final nails are on the right:

During London Fashion Week Elegant Touch were on hand in the Shopcade Bus parked at Somerset House where everyone could get their nails jazzed up with the new House of Holland nails. I have taken some pics from @eleganttouchUK and @catnails twitter accounts to show off how great the new nails look!

Finally, if this wasn't all exciting enough Henry Holland has had a trippy/amazing video for the launch of the new nails with some crazy masks made from false nails! Take a look:

I think thats enough exciting for one day! What do you think of the nails? Any favourite that you would love to wear? Check out Elegant Touch or House of Holland to buy the nails.

Friday, 14 February 2014

I Heart U

Happy Valentines Day to all my lovely readers!

I did some special heart themed nails for today, based on my favourite black and white mix and match nail design. I then added some glittery red hearts over the top (the glitter doesn't show too well in the pics). I wanted some nails that weren't too pink and fluffy for the day but still had a valentine theme!

♥ Hope you like 

♥ x ♥ x ♥ x

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield nails

Hello and happy new year all! I am back from a vacation and little blog break but have to share my special nails with you today. 

I did these nails specially to meet Chris Hadfield the Canadian astronaut who came to fame last year with his amazing videos and photos being sent from the International Space Station. I did similar nails last year and had to do them again when I decided to go to see him at his book signing at Foyles this morning. 

Left hand nails (Thumb to pinky): Chris Hadfield as David Bowie (inspiration), International Space Station, view of Earth, Hadfield's badge, astronaut (like the book cover).

Right hand nails (pinky to thumb): Canadian maple leaf, Canadian space agency logo, guitar, expidition 35 insignia, view of earth from the space station cupola.

I was so excited to get to meet Hadfield as he is such an inspirational character and I was so pleased to show off my nails! I am sure he hadn't seen anything like it before. He was quite pleased and called his wife, Helene, over to have a look too. It was worth the time doing the nails and waiting to see him.

Me and Chris Hadfield 
Me and Helene Hadfield
I hope you like the nails, and if you haven't seen Hadfield's videos check them out here.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Nails

Its almost Christmas and I wanted to show you some great festive false nails by Elegant Touch. They come in 3 different styles so you can even mix and match, but my favourite thing about the nails is that I designed them! These nails were really fun to work on as I love Christmassy things and fairisle/nordic designs that are big this time of year (I am still on the hunt for the perfect fairisle jumper - they always sell out so quickly!).

Because its almost Christmas and I'm feeling the spirit of giving, I am going to host a giveaway to win some of these nails. First prize will be all 3 sets of nails, then I will give 4 runners up each one set of nails. Giveaway is open to anyone, and enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post.

Black and Red Reindeer

Black and Red Snowflake

Pink and Black Snowflake
I think the pink and black ones are my favourite - I love neon pink and intricate snowflakes so they are my winner! Which nails do you like the best?

Enter here to get a chance to win:

Also you can buy these nails online (here) or in Boots, they make a great stocking filler - as do the House of Holland nails or Little Mix nails!! 

Good luck!! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mr Quiffy Nails

Todays I have a flashback to the summer for you! I did these nails quite a while ago and forgot to post them, so they aren't very wintery! But I think there is nothing wrong with wearing bright summery colours on your nails in the Autumn/Winter - the brighter the better really!

I was inspired by House of Hollands Mr Quiffy range and their travelling ice cream van they took round the UK. 

I painted the little ice cream guys on my ring finger with different patterns on my other fingers like on the van. I really loved these nails, they were so cute and bright.

Mr Quiffy

Mrs Quiffy

And here is Henry Holland with his customised ice cream van:


The van with its House of Holland goodies, with Mr and Mrs Quiffy on the back, cute!


Don't forget my Nicole by OPI giveaway ends tomorrow, so make sue you enter!
Also keep your eyes on the blog as I have lots more products to give away over the next few months. Yay!