Showing posts with label galaxy nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label galaxy nails. Show all posts

09 November 2014

Classic Galaxy Nails With Spell Polish

Hi everyone! Earlier this week I showed you three polishes from Spell Polish's collection "A Charm of Powerful Trouble" inspired by Macbeth. I had a few ideas for these gorgeous blue colours. In the end I decided on monochromatic galaxy nails. The beautiful shimmers in each one really lend themselves to a galaxy look, and they didn't disappoint!

Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish
Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish

13 November 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Black & White: Graphic Galaxy Nails

Hi everyone! It's interesting to think about where inspiration and ideas come from - whether it's a painting, nail art, a poem...you get the point. When I heard that my first Digit-al Dozen challenge would be black and white, I remember thinking to myself, "now how am I going to come up with five black and white designs?!" But it's interesting what has happened in the time leading up to this challenge. The ideas slowly came, sometimes unexpectedly.

I told you about the inspiration for last night's Remembrance Day poppies. Well today's design comes from a shopping trip last week.

Graphic Galaxy nails and matching dress

11 November 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Thirty-One, Re-create Your Favourite Challenge

Hi everyone! So here we are, my final design for the 31 Day Challenge. I'm not sure if this process made me a better nail artist or a better blogger, but I do know that some of my best designs in recent months came out of the prompts. However, when it was time to re-create my favourite challenge, there was no doubt that I'd be revisiting the galaxy nails.

Gold-framed galaxies

14 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Nineteen, Galaxies: A Rainbow of Galaxies

Hi everyone! I've been looking forward to galaxies day since the beginning of the challenge. Even though I've done a few galaxy manicures, I still feel like it's something I can improve on. Despite being a seemingly straightforward technique - sponge on some lights, some darks, paint some stars, etc. - there are infinite varieties, and subtle nuances can make or break a design.

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

About this design: Normally I do a blue-black based galaxy nails design, but this time I decided to do various colours. The idea of a rainbow galaxy nails design came from @superflynails on Instagram, she does the most amazing galaxy nails!

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

Thumb: Magenta Galaxy

To get this look: The technique for galaxy nails is pretty straightforward: start with a dark-ish base and build up your lights and darks by sponging on touches of colour with small pieces of makeup sponge. There are plenty of tutorials so I won't go into details, rather I thought it would be better to let you know what polishes I used. The list is quite extensive, so let me know if anything is not clear:

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

  • Magenta galaxy (thumb):
    • China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine
    • OPI Extravagance
    • Essie Super Bossa Nova
    • Zoya Bobbi
    • Models Own Pastel Pink
  • Purple Galaxy (index)
    • Misa BreakAway
    • China Glaze Rendezvous With You
    • Essie Full Steam Ahead
  • Blue Galaxy (middle)
    • Essie Midnight Cami
    • piCture pOlish Hope
    • Sally Hansen Blue It
    • Zoya Hazel
    • Essie Rock the Boat
  • Green Galaxy (ring)
    • piCture pOlish Kryptonite
    • Nubar Into the Wild
    • Pahlish Stroke of Luck
    • Zoya Rikki
  • Orange Galaxy (pinky)
    • Sally Hansen Crushed
    • Sally Hansen Firey Island
    • Zoya Amy

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art (direct light)

  • Other polishes used:
    • OPI My Vampire is Buff: Used for the lightest areas in each of the galaxies, mix with a bit of colour to tone it down, or dab it into the wet polish
    • Orly Liquid Vinyl and OPI My Private Jet: Mixed with a bit of colour and used for the darkest areas on each nail. The exception is the orange galaxy where I used My Private Jet and OPI Extravagance for the dark area
    • Sally Hansen White On: Used for the stars
    • China Glaze Fairy Dust: One coat used over finished design and before top coat

Rainbow Galaxies Nail Art

Whew! I know that's a long list of polishes, but basically you just want to select 3-5 polishes for each nail in a range of values - some lighter some darker. They don't have to be the exact same shade, but I did make sure the colours complemented each other. It's also nice to have a range of finishes - shimmer, holo, metallic, foil, etc. to get a good range of effects. 

What do you think of this design? Do you like variations on the classic galaxy nails design?

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23 July 2013

Guest Post at The Nailasaurus

Hi everyone! I still can't believe I'm writing this post. A little while ago I was contacted by Sammy at The Nailasaurus asking if I would be interested in writing a guest post for her blog while she was away on holidays. Once I picked my jaw off the floor, I immediately replied with a yes! How could I refuse something like that!?

Fractal Galaxy Nails for The Nailasaurus (link)

This post is special to me because The Nailasaurus was one of the first blogs that I followed when I became interested in nail polish and nail polish blogs. Her nail art is always so creative, inspiring and impeccably done. Not only that but her advice for new nail bloggers, and her post on taking nail pictures were extremely helpful to me as a newbie blogger trying to navigate my way through everything.

I would really love if you checked out my guest post (link) and let me know what you think. You can also read more about the design, the inspiration, and how I did it. I've done guest posts before, but never for a blog with such a large readership. So any feedback would be greatly appreciated. And make sure to check out the other nail artists that Sammy has lined up for this week!

Thanks for reading everyone!

15 March 2013

My Sister's Nails and My First Galaxy Manicure!

Hi everyone TGIF!! Today's post is a little bit different. First, because these are not my nails, they belong to my favourite (and only!) sister. Second, because these aren't my usual lightbox photos, instead I'm showing you some pictures I took on my iPhone. I hope you don't mind.

Galaxy Nails

But first some back story. I'm planning to take a manicure class at a local beauty school in April, but I've never painted someone else's nails. So I asked my sister if she wanted to come over and get her nails done. So she came over and we spent a few hours together while I shaped and painted her nails. It was so much fun and it was great to see how much she liked her nails. And I feel more excited about this upcoming course...is it April yet!?

Galaxy Nails

The photos don't really do this manicure justice. In real life it had a lot of depth and complexity, which is what I love about galaxy nails. Despite the fact that they were time consuming, they weren't too difficult.

Galaxy Nails (right hand)

There are many tutorials for galaxy nails on the Internet so I won't explain how I did this in detail. Rather I'll just go through the colours I used. I started with a base of Rainbow Honey Oni, a deep brown with gold shimmer. For the deep blue patches I used Essie Midnight Cami, Orly Royal Velvet, and Zoya Crystal. I added some Zoya Carly and piCture pOlish Pshiiit for some extra colour. Side note: my sister wanted the piCture pOlish so that she could say that she has "Pshiiit all over her nails." Lol. I added some Orly Liquid Vinyl to the darker areas to give them more depth. The lighter areas were built up with Essie Nothing Else Metals, Orly Luxe, and finally with OPI My Vampire is Buff. MViB had a nice blending effect. Finally I dabbed on a pale glitter topper called Pride by The Polish Well. The stars were done with Sally Hansen White On.

Galaxy Nails (left hand)

What do you think of these? Do you like to do other people's nails? My sister is planning to come over again so I can do her nails, so expect to see her hands again on this blog! :)
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