Revlon Expressionist Nail Art Duos

This year, nail art seems to be hotter than ever – and Revlon, never ones to miss a trick – have just released a collection of 7 nail polish duos featuring a wide, flat brush at one end to paint your base colour, and at the other end, a thin, nail art brush for you to apply a feature colour over the top.

The amount of designs you could do with these is endless! They are really to use and the nail art colour is thinner than normal polish, making it easy to get nice fluid strokes with the brush.

Using Pinkasso – I painted the base colour of a slightly pearlescent coral over my nails, then used the fuchsia nail art colour to paint the tips of my nails going from one side to the next and meeting in the middle. 

For Vincent Van Gold I decided to go down the zebra route – drawing lines from one side of the nail to the middle, alternating between the sides. I love love love the base colour of this – it is almost glass-like in finish – a gorgeous blue varies from being ultra-dark to a gorgeous royal blue.

For Ulterior Motif I used the charcoal colour all over my nails then using the pink glitter I applied a blob to the base of my nail, dried off the brush then pulled it up towards the end of my nails. I found this the hardest to work with as it didn’t show much when using it for linear designs as the glitter is sporadic – but I like it as an accent.

The Expressionist Nail Art Pens are available now in Boots and Superdrug priced at £7.99 each.

The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art

The minute I saw that WAH Nails had released a nail art book, it had to be mine. I have been a big fan for ages, and although you can find nail tutorials on the internet, I thought this would be a nice addition to the reference section of my book collection, and also a cool coffee table book.

WAH, for me are one of the originators of funky nail art and I love some of the designs I see popping up on their social media sites.

The book, The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art by Sharmadean Reid is half for the WAH fan, half for the nail art fan. There is background info on the history of WAH with some photos of some of the nails they have done in an Instagram stylee collage, some of their official artwork, cartoon images of 100 of their designs, tutorials for 25 different types of their classic nail designs, blank hands to design your own nails, and some cute WAH nails stickers.

There is info about how to prep your nails and the tools you will need to create their looks. I like that they are quite general about things, even though they endorse the Models Own nail art pens, they don’t say ‘use a WAH nail art pen do x, y and z’ – and they do recommend the odd thing, like my favourite item in the world – Seche Vite.

Each nail tutorial comes with a photo of one of the WAH girls and a bit of info about them. There are also handy hints to change up the design slightly. The tutorials the book includes vary from quite simple to fiddly and complex. They are:

Leopard
Candystripe
Half-moon
Aztec Tribal
Half Stripe
Camouflage
Basketcase
Letterhead
90s Hip Hop
POW!
Fash Life
Stained Glass
Shatter
Zebra
Bows
Roses
Drippy
Eyeball
De Stijl
Graphic Stripe
Lips
Glitter Fade
Marble
Rhinestone Rain
Double Studs

I had a go at some of the designs – here is how my first try turned out.

The Glitter Fade. They used gold glitter, I went for pink. A really simple and effective design – love it, will definitely do it again (and again!) I think it’s the kind of design you could keep on all week because if it chips you can easily top up the glitter!

I used Ciate Ghetto Fabulous & nails inc Pinkie Pink
The Eyeball – it was quite fiddly but I really liked how this one turned out too, it’s very effective – I may do it for Halloween!

I used Collection 2000 French White, Models Own/WAH nail art pens in black, blue and white, & Revlon Cherries in The Snow with a brush for the red
Drippy – I think this is my favourite – I really love it and it was so easy to do. I think it would look cool with all the nails painted a different colour too.
I used Barry M Pink Flamingo & Models Own/WAH nail art pen in black
The Rose – I like it, but think I need to practise my technique with the nail art pens to perfect this.

I used Collection 2000 French White, OPI Do You Lilac It? OPI Sparrow Me The Drama, Revlon Cherries in The Snow, Models Own Jade Stone & Models Own/WAH nail art pen in black

The POW! – this one didn’t turn out great, again, I think I need to practise my technique with the nail art pens and also realise that I needed to wait for the white to be completely dry before I tried to write on it. Next time…

I used OPI Ogre The Top Blue, & Models Own/WAH nail art pens in black and white

Because that one I hadn’t turned out as planned, I removed it and tried a different design – the Shatter – it has a gradient of blue to yellow under the shatter, and in the book they used black shatter polish over the top, but when I opened mine it had turned to a solid lump which is totally unusable, so I went for the only other shatter polish I had which was gold. I think the colours go nicely together and this would be great for a beachy look.

I used OPI Ogre The Top Blue, Ciate Lemon Sherbert & OPI Gold Shatter

The book is priced at £9.99 but I ordered mine from Sainsbury’s for £6.99 including delivery, it arrived really quickly. If you’re a WAH fan, or want to get more creative with your nail art – this one’s for you!

Halloween Nails

“Another nail post?!” I hear you cry! I have been SO hectic I don’t know where October has vanished to – here’s hoping I can find some more time to devote to here as before. I have some exciting news coming up so please stay tuned. Sorry to be a secret squirrel but that’s the way it has to be for now.

I didn’t really want to dress up this Halloween, but wanted to get in the spirit for my kids, so decided I’d paint my nails as pumpkins. I used two coats of Butter London’s Jaffa polish, which is a really lovely orange with a hint of coral. Then I used my black striper & dotter to paint on lines and pumpkin faces. In hindsight I should have done the lines a little thinner but it was my first attempt so I’m quite pleased (with my left hand, not quite sure if the right hand resembled anything other than a mess!)

This Butter London polish was sent to me my Powder Rooms, the online shop where you can find all the Butter London range.

Nails of the Day – Rrrrrrrrrrrrroaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr!

I know I’m posting a nail post right after a nail post, but it’s been a busy weekend and not really had time for much else. Last night I was so shattered I put the TV on, laid in bed and painted my nails.

It might look quite complicated but it really wasn’t! First I painted my nails with my Nailtec basecoat, then with Barry M’s Mushroom. Once that was semi-dry I used a lighter colour (in this case, Essie’s Cute As A Button) to do random sized and placed dots over my nails, then painted one coat of Poshe topcoat.

I then used a fab new inexpensive tool I have which I got from ebay (see here) which has a tiny nib like a pen which you can use to do really precise lines with. I have a pair of pumps with leopard print insides, so using them as a guide, drew the black bits. Really it’s lots of ‘C’ shapes around the dots, and curving parallel lines as well as random dots and lines. One more coat of topcoat and it’s done!

The good thing is, if you get a chip you can just turn it into a dot, like I’ve done! This is the first time I’ve experimented with nail art and I probably will again now!