*races breathlessly back from real life to adhere to loosely-made promise that I may or may not be regretting*
Hello everyone! Welcome to the first instalment of my 35,000 part series, Better Know a Manicure Nails and Things! In this segment I will collect emerging trends, crazy new products and pretty nail art ideas, along with a deluge of picture spam. So, here we go!
Oh, oops. I have no idea how that found its way in there. What a kerfuffle! Anyway, on to the nails!
ISADORA GRAFFITI NAILS
When I first heard about this new nail polish, via an article on Beaut.ie, I slobbered all over my computer keyboard. It was pretty disgusting. But take a look at the AWESOMEST of AWESOME nail polishes.
Isadora Graffiti nails is a special top coat. You apply it over a bright, contrasting base coat, then you wait a minute, and slowly the top coat snaps, crackles and pops away to leave a shattered glass effect on your nails. There are videos of this on YouTube, and it’s pretty cool to watch. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Word on the street is that it will be available in Ireland sometime in October. It comes in six different colours, but I think black is the one I’m most eager to get my hands on. Flippin’ class.
The very pretty Molto Fashion has JUST MENTIONED this new trend here, so go check that out before you read my blather. I just want to emphasise how brilliant this nail trend is. It’s a simple way to make your nails stand out, AND it’s perfect when you can’t decide what colour to paint your nails (just use every colour!).
HALLOWE’EN NAIL ART
Nerd alert! I love that soon it will be Hallowe’en, giving me the flimsy excuse to paint lovely spooky things on my nails all in the name of being festive. My nail art skills leave a lot to be desired, though, so I’m hoping some shops will stock little decals or nail stickers in Hallowe’en themes. Claire’s get on it pronto, please! By the way, if you Konad, this is the perfect time to whip out those plates and get stamping. I’m writing my letter to Santa soon, and a Konad set will be very near the top…
The above is pretty much the perfect Hallowe’en nail art for grown-ups. Subtle but quirky, and easy to do. Thumbs up, polish-lounge!
Um, impossible to recreate with freehand, right? Wrong! There’s a tutorial for each design right here! Still think you’d need a steady hand though…
And, if you can’t get your head around nail art, or feel too grown-up to wear it in public (who ARE you? get off my blog this INSTANT!), there are loads of deep, autumn colours (e.g. gold foil, black with red glitter a la Eyeko Vampira, shimmery browns… etc etc) that would work instead. And there’s always black!
MULTICHROME NAIL POLISH
Hmm, I feel an urge to pic-spam… First, let me explain. As I blogged about before, duochrome nail polish is one that changes colour (usually flickering between 2 distinct colours) according to the way light is shining on it. So what’s multichrome? Need I explain? An explosion of different colours, that’s what! Slaver. The most amazing ones I’ve come across recently have been MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent Nail Lacquer (inspired by Disney) and Orly’s brand new Cosmic FX range. Examples…
Oops, just saw that temptalia.com does not want her images hotlinked – I strongly recommend you all click on this link to her post on the entire Venomous Villains collection, the products are breathtaking. Do it please! And now, Orly Cosmic FX…
Phew. Is that enough nails and things for now? Okay, I will leave you with one last little thing – a super-fast and super-cute tutorial for daisy nails.