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Christmas nails and eyes (plus bonus shoes!) for 2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

As is somewhat of a tradition, I made up some fancy themed nails for Christmas this year.  I opted for red and silver this time, and used my remaining Christmas nail stickers to decorate them.  They turned out really well.

I alternated the silver glitter and red polish, carefully applied the stickers, and finished with a couple of coats of clear polish.

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For my eyes, I used Lime Crime’s Siren (red) loose eyeshadow and applied it with a damp brush into the crease and eyelid, with signature sweep 😉  Then I used Chi Chi’s Cyber Vixen (silver) above the crease to the base of the brow bone (also with a damp brush).  Then I applied it again to the brow bone, but this time with a dry brush.  I also used a Chi Chi glitter eyeliner to add some sparkle.

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And here I am with my wacky blue hair :)

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And to finish off the look – sparkly shoes!

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Christmas Tree Nails

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Here are this year’s Christmas nails for you to admire :)

After cutting and filing the nails to the size and shape I wanted, I painted them all in a pale grey colour (Revlon’s Silver).

A pale grey forms the base/background of the design

A pale grey forms the base/background of the design

When that dried I used a sparkly green to draw the trees.  If you don’t have a steady hand, you can use striping tape to mark out the shape, and fill in the tree.  I opted for free hand because this sparkly green polish is very thick and peels off easily, and I know from past experience that it doesn’t work well with striping tape.

Flip the nail over, and draw the trees from the end of the nail, not the base

Flip the nail over, and draw the trees from the end of the nail, not the base

I added a layer of clear green polish over the trees to help the polish stick better and to slightly darken the hue.

Next step was to apply some silver glitter to the tree to look like the bauble decorations.  I found the easiest way to do this was to gently stick them on with my finger, while the polish was still tacky.  You could use tweezers also if you wanted.

Pour out some glitter, then press your fingertip onto the pieces. Then gently press your fingertip onto the tree - some glitter bits will stick on.

Pour out some glitter, then press your fingertip onto the pieces. Then gently press your fingertip onto the tree – some glitter bits will stick on.

Next I applied a tiny daub of nail glue to the top of the tree, and, using tweezers, carefully dropped on a gold star.

Here you can see the completed nails, flipped to show you the trees from the viewer's perspective

Here you can see the completed nails, flipped to show you the trees from the viewer’s perspective

Finally, I applied loads of clear polish over the top to protect all the fine glitter and to give the nails a nice shine.  PS the glitter and stars I used were from a selection I bought off eBay – you can usually pick up a set for a dollar or two.

Usually the colours are a random selection, but this is a pretty good indicator of what you will likely get.

Usually the colours are a random selection, but this is a pretty good indicator of what you will likely get.

You can see that I did the Christmas trees upside down – that is so when you show them off, or turn your fingers down to look at them, you can see them right way up :)

The completed nails.

The completed nails.

And here they are on, so you can see what I mean by flipping them the way I did :)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 

More Christmas makeup!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wore this look!  I really need to post more regularly 😛

This is the makeup I wore to my family Christmas functions last year. I really love how this turned out :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

I used the matte dark green Chi Chi that I’ve used before, applied with a wet brush to get the most pigment on my eyelid.  Then I used Lime Crime’s loose eyeshadow dust in Siren to carefully line my crease and up to the below the brow bone (note, no smudging for once!)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look.  I think this is more dramatic :)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look. I think this is more dramatic :)

I applied white eyeshadow above this, right into the browline, and used a smudger brush to blend and soften the red shadow line.

Next I applied a dark green glitter liner to the outer corner of upper lashline, flicking it a ways.   I applied a second line of silver glitter eyeliner above the green.

I love how good green and red look together!

I love how good green and red look together!

I then applied a light dab of green shadow to my lower lashline, and blended this with white.

Finally I applied white eyeliner (NYX in Milk) to my lower water line, and loaded up my lashes with black mascara.

A bit of red lip gloss finishes of the look :)  Happy Christmas 😛

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one's makeup regimen!

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one’s makeup regimen!

Christmassy nails and eyes

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Yes, I know it’s not Christmas, but this is actually a look from last year.  I am very behind in my posts 😛

So first I have some Christmassy nails – rather than make a set of nails, I just painted my natural nails, which is why they are so short and stubby!!

Short nails, noooo!

Short nails, noooo!

I used a bright red base for four of the nails, and then used a red glitter top coat.  The feature nail has a Christmassy snowflake nail sticker :)  The feature nail is a very intensely glittery green nail colour.  This was very thick and subsequently peeled off a few days later, which was good in some ways I guess, as it made it easy to remove!

Next, my eye makeup.  I’m pretty pleased with the red and green combination.  Still loving that Lime Crime red Siren eyeshadow, you’ll see! 😛

Christmassy!

Christmassy!

First I used the red eyeshadow (applied with wet brush) over the entire lid  up to the crease (with a big sweeping wing), then I used a dark green up to just below my brow bone.  The dark green is not very pigmented so it actually goes on with not much intensity.  In this case, that was to its advantage.

I blended the green into white up to my eyebrow, then applied a spattering of green glitter (from the infamous glitter palette) to the outer corner area.

Don't forget the Lime Crime Retrofuturist red lipstick with Chi Chi red gloss!

Don’t forget the Lime Crime Retrofuturist red lipstick with Chi Chi red gloss!

I then used BYS gold liquid eyeliner to the upper lash area, sweeping that out along the outer corner as well.  The final touches were dark green eyeliner pencil to the lower water line, and lots of black mascara on the top lashes.

And because it was Christmas, I also wanted appropriate footwear, so I figured green sparkly shoes would work well 😀

These are by Funtasma!

These are by Funtasma!

A little bit of random makeups

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Before I launch into some of my newly learned makeup techniques and some more nail art, I thought I’d make a post with a collection of other bits and pieces I’ve found on my computer.  This is not because it contributes particularly to this blog, but because it’s just the sort of person I am.  I have catalogued something in my head as makeup related, so thus it should go on here.  This should be the only one of these though 😛

A couple of years back I had a music themed costume party, and I came as Lady Gaga (there is also evidence of drunken Poker Face singing on YouTube, but I’m not about to link you directly to that and encourage  your mockery!)

False eyelashes are ever my bane, but I managed to do really well with these.

 

Serious Gaga business

 

Makeup still looks pretty good after finishing up a night of near drunkeness

 

For Christmas last year, I frocked up in a red dress, and decided to go with bright green eye makeup.  I don’t reckon you need to see the dress, but here’s the eye 😉

 

Green Eyes for Christmas

 

Just as I was starting to get into nail art, I thought I’d practice on my toes because that is a bit easier to manage than my own fingers (I have since upgraded to false nails as you know).  I created this simple nail look by painting the big toe with light purple, placing some tape diagonally, and repainting the top section with dark purple.  Then I just popped a cute little star sticker on :)

 

Schmancy toe nails!

 

That’s all for now – I promise to make a proper post next time!