Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Burst my You Tube Cherry!!!

I have finally took the plunge and set up a You Tube channel! I have posted 2 vid so far one a short introduction (testing my editing skills!!) and the other is a quick guide to painting you nails. Hopefully you'll check them out and as my skills improve so will the quaility of the vids!!

My next video in the making is a teal and nude gradient with accent nail. This one will show off the skills of the NYC Peelable base as a cheaper Liquid Palisade!

To check out my tutorial Click Here

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

NYC "Strip Me Off" Peelable Base Coat Review

NYC have recently released a peelable glitter base coat called "Strip Me Off". I got my hands on it to see how well it works. These kinds of bases have become more and more widely available with OPI's Glitter Off being the most noteable. I love glitter polish but hate taking it off so was so excited when it arrived!

The first thing that struck me about this product was how much that smell reminded me of PVA glue from school. This is essentially what the base of the product is.

So to test this stuff out I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 100 Copper Penny.I put on my Essie Grow Stronger nail strenghtner to protect my natural nail. Then on one of my ring fingers I put on 1 coat of the NYC base and on the other 2 coats to compare how they removed. The product applies white and you have to wait till it dries clear before going for it with your glitter of choice!

I left it on as long as any nail-aholic can withstand so it was on for a total of about 2 days. The was no change into how the polish wore. There was no chipping or premature peeling which I was really impressed with. When it came to removing the manicure the trouble really began! I used my steel cutical pusher to get a bit of an edge before attempting to peel it all as expected, but to my horror only a tiny piece came away. So as a result of this I had to continue using the cuticle pusher with it only coming off in tiny pieces as you can see below. Also there was no difference in removal between the nail that had 2 coats to the one that had 1.

Even though this nail base let me down by not performing as it was supposed to all is not lost. I have been looking into getting "Liquid Palisade" to put around my nails when I do stamping or sponging but $22 compared to the £3.99 of NYC is a tad steep for something that I am only going to use tiny amounts of. So I thought that I would try the NYC for comparison. I painted it around my nail and with a pair of tweezers it peeled off beautifully!!

So overall the NYC Strip Me Off Base coat may not impress as it was intended it is a really cheap alternative to "Liquid Palisade" so all you nail artist out there get some now!!!

Love Ya!! x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Firework Nail Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on how to re create my latest design!

1.  Apply you base coat. For this I used Essie Grow Stronger. I love this stuff!!!! After a couple of uses my nails feel stregnthened and also it contains ingredients to promote healthy nail growth!

2. After this is dry put on 2-3 coats of a dark navy or black polish. I used Ciate 3am Girl which is a lovely deep navy and is opaque in 2 coats and allow to dry completely

3. For this design I used white acrylic paint to do the basic design and a fine line nail art brush to paint thin explosive looking lines. Using paint instead of  nail polish is much more forgiving as they don't dry as quickly and also if you happen to make a mistake then you can remove it from your nail with just a cotton wool pad and water. Also the white base for the design will help your colours pop against the dark background.

4.  Now to get colourful! Choose a variety of bright firework inspired colours. I chose neon pink, neon orange, gold, teal and electric purple. Using the same brush carefully paint over the lines that you have already created.

5.  Now you have done all the tricky parts all you have to do is allow the design to completely dry before apply a glittery top coat. I used Models Own Snow Fairy but any one will be fantastic!

And thats it! Not too complicated but really effective! I would love to see you recreations so tag me on Instagram @nailpixi or #nailpixi

Love Ya!!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Halloween Nail Art!

We are well under way with a nail artist favourite time of year!! Nothing is off limits with halloween and then we have bonfire night and to top it all of the sparklyist time of year CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! I absolutely love this time of year as you can really go to town and nothing is off limits!

So over the next few weeks I will be sharing the designs that I come up with and also show you how to re create a few yourself!

I know that Halloween is past with but there is always next year! I bought some almond shaped nail tips off Amazon and felt this was the best time to whack them on. I used a UV gel overlay to make these. I just not a fan of the smell of the acrylic liquid and find it really hard to do on myself so the self levelling gel is my go to.

I had been looking for weeks for designs that I wanted to do for Halloween and then on Instagram I seem Zoe from Zoella on You Tube with different designs on each nail and though this it what I would go with so here is the result.

I used a mixture of nail polish and acrylic paint to make the designs. I have just recently started using paint in my art and find it far more forgiving when it comes to more complex designs as it dries slower and using water to clean my brushes is making them last a lot better.

So as you can see there are a mixture of cobwebs, pumpkins and frankenstein but by far my favourite is this eyeball on my thumb. It came out really good and just the right amount of creepy.

By far this has been my most liked picture on Instagram and this was so overwhelming. I know that 60 likes is a drop in the ocean for most nail bloggers but it was an amazing feeling that my art was liked by so many people so just want to say a massive thank you to those who did!!

Right better be off these nails won't paint themselves you know

Nailpixi xxxx