Friday, 28 February 2014

Graffiti / Distressed Nails

Hey Guys,

So for my nails this week I decided to do nails using by Chalkboard Nails tutorial here. Although I don't think mine look anywhere near as cool, and didn't like them at all after I first did them, I think they've actually grown on me throughout the week.
I'm not sure which one of my hands looks better, on my right I put more of the black nail varnish over the top while over the left I didn't put so much.

Distressed NailsDistressed Nails
Here's both hands, my right hand is a lot messier application as it is my dominant hand so I find it harder to paint it, but ignoring this, i'm not sure if it looks better with more black or less.

Another photo of my left hand. Let me know what you think!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Different hand poses for showing off Nail Art

Hey guys,

So to try and get a proper variety of different hand poses, I thought that instead of just looking at the blogs I follow, that I would just search for a specific nail varnish colour into Google and see what came up. In the end I decided on a Nail Varnish colour I really want at the moment - Zoya Chyna.
I had a bit of a problem trying to get the camera to focus, I decided to try and use the DSLR instead of my usual phone camera/point and shoot, and couldn't get it do do quite what I wanted it too, or even take the photo most of the time - slightly annoying!
All of the inspiration photos are not my own, so i've linked back to their original post if you click on their photo.

First of all the thumb on the bottle shot. I think this one looks pretty nice, but I think I would also have to take another one showing the thumb as often I also want to show this. 

One that wasn't meant to be round the bottle but I found it easier to line up my fingers like this, the original photo was actually landscape rather than portrait but I flipped it so that it would fit with mine better. I don't think I cropped mine very well, and also this position was actually quite awkward for me as on my left hand my little finger doesn't seem to like placing itself with the other fingers, therefore although I think it looks nice, I don't think I will use it. 

I know my version is out of focus, I mentioned I had camera problems earlier. I'm not sure about this shot, it was a little awkward once again and unless if I can sort out my camera being able to sort out this kind of shot. Its quite a nice shot though, other than my misbehaving little finger which I can never get to do what I want it too and always moves out of place.

So once again the inspiration shot is much cuter and better framed and lit and actually in focus. However I didn't actually mind this shot, other than my little finger looking odd and not fitting in with the others again. and once again you can't really see the thumb very well.

And finally, my classic 'claw' hand shape, but with the fingers closer together than I would usually have them. I have no idea why the colour looks so different in this one, I think the light must have just been odd or something. This is the only pose I found which shows the thumb, but I don't actually think it looks that professional but it is by far the quickest and easiest to do for me therefore you will probably still see it, but I hope to include some others when I do have time and am proud enough of a design to want to showcase it that bit more.

Two final notes, the first is this shot of a hand that I would literally describe as 'perfect' to me the black background shows the nails up perfectly, the light is completely perfect and I just love this. This is how I would love my photos to look.
I love how little silver glitters show up, and how only the front of the hand is in focus with the rest not. It might just be my personal opinion but I really do love this photo. I believe the photo actually comes from Zoya's own press release which explains why its so good, but I link back to the page I found it.

The final note is to myself mainly, but I really need to start naming my photos after what they are showing, as nearly all the ones I found had titles which related to what they were showing as shown in the photo below. This will help as it will probably help my photos to appear higher up in search engine listings which will hopefully get more hits on my blog. The only two that didn't have names relating were on Flickr and therefore had a title that related to what they were anyway, and I would assume Flickr has higher search engine listings anyway possibly.

Thanks for reading, maybe this helped you too, I will definitely try to put more of these poses into regular use hopefully!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Busy Girls Nails Challenge: Week 5 Valentine's Day

Hey Guys,

So its finally the end of the Nail Challenge, and I have to admit, even with these simple themes it was really quite hard to come up with anything and to stick to the themes given.
But anyway, todays theme was a tough one for me, not because I didn't have any ideas or inspiration but simply because I don't have a boyfriend and wasn't expecting any Valentines, therefore I didn't want people questionning me on why I had Valentine's Day theme nails. But anyhow, in the end I went with a mix of two different designs I found with the thumb being from this and the other nails being from here.
Valentines Nails
So there is mine. I also had the same on my other hand but didn't get a photo. You may notice something different this week in that my nails are on a black background instead of white, this was just me experimenting to see which looked better. I might look out for some inspirational poses / photograph set ups this week and make a post about it, mainly for my own benefit but also incase it also interests someone else.

Hope you like my Valentine's Day Nails and I will see you next week!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Busy Girls Nails Challenge: Week 4 Blue

Hey guys,

So this week was a blue theme, and I found what I thought was the perfect inspiration for this - mermaid scale nails! I originally got the idea from here  but I decided to do all my nails but the thumb like this as I thought it might look a little odd on me with only 2 nail designs as I have no studs to decorate the other nails nor a dotting tool big enough to do the big dots like on hers.

Mermaid Nails

Here's my impression; I used quite a few different colours for this, and technically a silver glitter, purple, and a bit of teal to go with the main blue theme, but I really don't have enough blue's to be able to pull this off sadly. Plus I think it looks nicer with the other colours mixed in.

So I can't wait for the Valentines Day theme next week! Sadly no boyfriend to speak of, so it will just be me and the nails celebrating. Hopefully I won't leave it to the last minute again like this week though!