Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat nail art tutorial 2!

Hi peeps! Since according to this post, you all absolutely loved these two tutorials, I made a new Cat in the Hat* nail art design!

This one was inspired by this picture of the Cat with a blue background:

Here are the items I used:

– base coat by OPI, top coat by Seche vite

– sky blue polish (Denim Dreams by H&M)

– red polish (036 by Inglot)

– opaque white polish (by Seventeen)

– red, white, and black nail art stripers

– a medium and a very small dotting tool or toothpick

Once your base coat has dried, apply the sky blue color to your nails.

Next, create quite a thick french tip on all fingers but your ring finger:

Next, with the red nail art striper, create two thin red stripes over the white tip: one at the base of the strip, the second one in the middle. This will represen the cat’s hat 馃檪

Get your red and white nailpolishes, along with your dotting tools and a scrap sheet of paper, ready.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on the scrap sheet of paper, and with the medium dotting tool, roughtly create the outline of the Cat in the Hat on your ring finger.

Next, dab a bit of the red polish onto the paper and with the smaller dotting tool, create the red hat stripes and the bow.

Finally, with the black nailpolish and the smallest dotting tool you have, fill in the black parts of the cat’s body and draw his facial features.

Since you applied so many layers of nailpolish, wait a long while (I would recommend an hour) until your design is completely dry before applying your top coat.

You’re done! Have fun with your nail design XXOX

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the cat in the hat image posted above; I borrowed it to use for inspiration 馃槈

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Hufflepuff!

Finally, here is the design that completes the Harry Potter series.

Hufflepuff colors are yellow and black, but I made a golden-black-white design, with no letters or coat-of-arms this time as I’d like this to be a wearable design even now that all of the Harry Potter hype has temporarily subsided 馃槈 So do try it out!! It’s a fun design and in my opinion turned out quite nice!

Here are the items I used, you can use similar colors for the same effect 馃槈

– base and top coat by OPI

– “Gold” by H&M

– White nailpolish by Seventeen

– Black and white nail art stripers by Essence

– dotting tool

For the design, I was inspired by the background of the Hufflepuff coat-of-arms (movie version), particularly the diagonal stripes and pretty leaf-looking thingies… anybody know what those are called?

Here is how to create the design. After your base coat has dried, apply the golden color to your nails until it is opaque.

Next, draw black diagonal stripes on your index, middle, and pinky fingernails.

On your ring finger and thumb, draw the leaf-design.

Next, put a聽 bit of white polish on a scrap sheet of paper. Use a dotting tool to create dots between the black lines. Don’t worry if the dots have random size and seemingly arbitrary position–this will make the design more interesting 馃槈

Also place four white dots around the leaf-design, at the tip, base, left and right sides of the nail.

With the white striper, draw a second, smaller leaf-shape within the larger black one. With the black nail art striper or a dotting tool, place smaller black dots inside the white dots on your ring finger and thumb.

Now just add a top coat and you’re done! Enjoy 馃檪 XOXO

Update & collective haul

My computer broke!~Nooooooo! So i’m doing this post from my old laptop till that gets fixed… And I’m stating that as the official reason for the short break I took from nail-art blogging ;p

This post will be about all of the nailpolishes I got in the past month or so, so take a deep breath–it’s a looooong one 馃槈

First and foremost: at the beginning of December, Catrice unvielded its re-vemped permanent collection and–aaah!–they added three new colors to their nail varnishes!! I absolutely love Catrice polishes, and to add to that, the new shades are absolutely gorgeous, so I was thrilled! First day I went to pick them up–all three were sold out. A few days later I was lucky enough to get the two colors I really wanted 馃榾

The blue one is a gorgeous dirty teal color called 350 Hip Queens Wear Blue Jeans! It has the tiniest blue shimmers in it which the camera doesn’t pick up; on the nails it’s a smooth shimmer-free finish.

And the green shade–wooooooow!! It is hands down my absolute favorite color of the season. I’d been looking for this shade for AGES from any reasonably-priced brand that made it and every time it was sold out! When I saw that Catrice聽 was going to do it too I was cheering like a madwoman–my neighbors must have thought I was mad, haha!

It’s called 340 Run Forest Run! and is an 100% shimmer-free gorgeous deep forest green color. I absolutely love it!

Both polishes are very opaque–just one coat is enough for full coverage, the brush is wide, making the application easy and smooth. Drying time is standard, and it stays on for ages and doesn’t chip. Love it!

I didn’t get the third new color from the collection, a greyish-taupe called Absolutely Chinchilly, because I own a similar color already.

Price? They’re about 2-3 Euros each.

MOVING ON!

Next up are the H&M nailpolishes.

H&M have recently re-vamped their nailpolish collection as well. Their formulation has changed and so has their color selection and appearance. First, I picked up the three green shades (you can tell how much I love my greens, no?): a dark shimmer-free aqua-teal called Moody Model, a gorgeous glittery dark green called Envy Me, and a bluish grass-green shimmery color called No Mambo Jambo.

A few weeks later I was shopping for some accessories for my upcomig Christmas gala evening (the dress is a satin chocolate-brown with a golden blazer) and saw the perfect nail varnish for it: Gold by H&M:

I haven’t tried any of the new shades but I do have a few other colors from the same line and I’m quite happy with them.

Next are the W.I.C. by Her么me nailpolishes.

I’ve been wanting to try out this brand for a while–they’re supposed to be top end in quality and midrange in price, and they’ve got a fantastic color selection. I picked up two colors. They both came in these very cute shiny bags (oooooooh shiny!)

The colors were: a holographic taupe (!!!) called Kingston 73 and a glittery pearly light green called Mykonos 114.

I’ve tried them both. They have a gorgeous consistensy and apply smoothly and evenly, the drying is average, though the polish itself remains quite soft for hours after it is applied–the only major downside. Though once the polish is dry, it will literally stay on for a week without bulging. The hollographic taupe is quite flashy–i got lots of compliments on it 馃檪 The light green is quite sheer–two coats didn’t give an opaque finish. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this product.

Last but not least, a free-bee!! I was at the Millionair fair this weekend (for work-related purposes, I’m a student, not a millionare ;p) and I had my nails painted and got a free nailpolish!! It was by KOH–a sister-company of Her么me and also a brand I’d been drooling over for AGES, but it’s way too expensive (15 euros per bottle) so it’s on my “someday” list 馃檪

It’s in the color Royal Purple 118, and it came in this lovely lipstick-case:

I really wanted to like this brand, but so far it’s chipped and dented on me a bit. Still, I’m hoping that it’s due to the way the makeup lady applied the base-coat (she was nice but a little crazy) so I’ll try it out again in the future.

That’s it! Let me know if you’d like to see any designs/reviews with any of the products mentioned in this haul 馃槈 XOXO

 

 

Tutorial: Pink Leopard

I was inspired to do this design by the nail art sticker pattern I tried out on my nails a few days ago. I had done leopard print nail designs before, but this was the first time I tried doing it in pink, and it turned out quite nice!

This technique can easily be used on hands as well as toe nails. The best part about it–it’s super easy to do as animal prints are nautrally random and messy, so you don’t have to be precise.

As for color, I used three shades of pink, but you can have fun with it and try out any three colors of your choice聽 馃槈

The items I used for the design are:

– base and top coat by OPI

– light pink (210 Just Married by Catrice)

– medim rosy pink (Get a Rose 4 Me by H&M)

– bright fuchsia pink (210 by Hema)

– small dotting tool

Begin with a layer of base coat on your nails. When that is dry, apply the medium pink color.

Next, take the light pink color and make several random dots on your nails. The dots can be of arbitrary shape and size, so have fun and don’t worry about making a mistake! It’s impossible to make mistakes with this design 馃槈

This may take a while to dry as the dots will be more blob-like when applied with the brush, so grab a book for 15 minutes 馃槈

Next, take a piece of scrap paper and dropa a bit of the bright-fuchsia color on it. Take the smallest dotting tool you have and start creating c-shaped arcs around the light pink spots. Make one or two arcs per dot. Also, place a few random dots between the spots, for a wilder effect.

Next, wait another 10-15 minutes before the design is completely dry (how’s that book going?), then add a top coat and you’re done!

The Pink Panther has a rival now 馃槈 XOXO

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