I wanted to get in the lovers spirit and paint hearts all over my nails, as you do. First off, let’s have a look at the amount of nail polish I’ve accumulated in two years.
Then, add to that, I don’t own any red’s other than a nail art pen. I know red nail polish is supposed to be super sexy, but it’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love bright colours, but I always tend to stay away from red anything – clothes, lipstick, shoes, nails etc. (When we were looking for a used Mini to drive around in, we even vetoed the red ones. Shallow anyone?)
That being said, when we were picking up some toiletries at ASDA, I found some George nail polishes for a pound each. Since I never really wear the colour, and it was really only for a Valentine’s inspired nail theme, I threw them in the basket.
Let me tell you, I probably wouldn’t wear these on a daily basis. Quick drying, yes very. Long lasting? Definitely not. Not to mention I don’t like the formula. Oh well, I’ll still use them. Above are the supplies I used for these nails. George quick drying polish in ‘Superhero’ and ‘Jeopardy’, Avon Mosaic Effects in ‘mosaic mica’, Pink crackle Barry M Nail Paint, and a white nail art pen I picked up in a set of red, white and blue at Republic (I was feeling patriotic, and I love the fact that the colours work both for England AND America. Score.) and a heart shaped puncher.
*Please excuse the sorry state of my nails and cuticles, I knew they were bad but I swear the pictures make them look 10x worse. I’m an avid nail biter, but I’ve been working on it.*So first I painted two coats of the George polishes over a base coat. I then used this time to put strips of tape onto baking paper and punch the heart shapes. I always do this to cut out shapes because the tape easily peels off the baking paper and it’s a lot easier to punch.
Once the polish dried, one by one I peeled off the cut out heart shapes and stuck them to my skin a couple times first before placing them on each nail (other than the ring finger). I then painted crackle polish over the shapes, and when I had finished the last one, went back and peeled the tape off in the order I painted them. Now I find this is always a bit hit and miss with crackle polish, and normally have to touch it up a bit after I peel the tape off. I then free hand drew little hearts with the nail art pen on my ring fingers. I love these nail art pens, I’m sure I only paid £5 for the set of three. I have yet to use the little jewels yet because I know it will really only be a one night thing. All in all, an easy mani that didn’t take me very long, but I’d recommend using better polishes as bases if you want to keep it for a few days. My favourite polishes are Nail’s Inc at the moment, they apply like a dream, are pretty quick drying, and last ages.