Saturday, 31 January 2015

Baby its cold...

Apologies for the hiatus, I lost my blogging mojo for a little while, but over the last few weeks I have had an influx of likes on my Facebook page and it has kind of made me feel people are reading and interest in my little old blog, and it has spurred me on to do some more posts. I hope you all had a great festive season and a great New Year!
I live in London, and I know the temperature isn’t the coldest in the world, but this last week it has really dropped. As I work outside for 90% of the working week, I can definitely feel the difference! So I thought I would create a little bit of nail art in homage to my icy cold fingers. Rather than going down the traditional icy blue route I did a 180 for a pop of colour and created this frosty little number…
The best thing about this design, is that it is super easy to recreate. First I prepped my nails and applied a base coat. I used OPI’s base coat, but any shall suffice. This is just to help smooth the surface for the nail and also to stop the nail from discolouration especially when using a darker polish and reds, which are more likely to stain. Once dry, I applied a couple of coats of Seche Vite’s pink polish called 'Delicate'. I like to have a real opaque look, so I usually always use two coats of any polish. Adding the extra coat also gives the polish a nicer finish too in my opinion. Seche Vite is a very fast drying polish, even their colours, so it was read in no time.
After I had applied the two coats in quick succession I topped them off with a layer of Seche Vite top coat and waited to dry. Seche Vite, is a fast drying top coat, so you don’t need to wait too long. Then the frosting can be applied. I used Barry M’s white polish in 'Matte White' and applied to a make up sponge which I picked up a bag of about 20 from the pound store. I then dabbled the white polish on the sponge to my nail to create a gradient effect and giving the nail the frosty look I was going for. I did this to all ten nails before adding another top coat of Seche Vite. Adding the extra top coat, not only seals the polish in, but also give the two previously applied polish  that extra helping had to merge together.
Once all was dry I applied Nails Inc’s matte top coat in 'Westminster Bridge' to make it extra chalky, frosty and icy looking. This polish turns any colour polish into a matte shade.  I really do like these nails and were just the look I was going for. I especially like the texture the matte top coat gives.
What do you think?
Until next time…