Thursday, 9 July 2015

Nailstori has moved!

It's been a quiet blog month because I've decided to change blog platforms. 

You can find my new blog here: 

It is still under major blog construction to get it perfect so please bare with!


Monday, 1 June 2015

French manicure for shorter nails!

Firstly, apologies again for my absence, crazy couple of weeks moving out of my uni house amongst other things! 

I've wanted to try this nude and white ombre design for a while now but never found the right opportunity to. I decided it was a great mani for flying and work experience - goes with every outfit and looks almost like a french manicure. 

I used OPI - Natural base coat, Orly - Dare to bare, Sinful colors - Snow me white and Seche Vite - Fast dry top coat. 

If you'd like to try this mani, I'd suggest using your nude colour for the base, instead of the white you would normal use, before sponging on the ombre. Here i've used a top coat prior to sponging, making sure the mani comes out as neat as possible. 
Another tip in recreating this mani is to using a peel off base for your cuticles. For this design you want to have great clean up to make it look as 'sleek' as possible! 

I'm on a mission to get tutorials up and running over the next couple of months and an ombre design will be one of the first on the list... So keep an eye out for those! 
In the meantime you can follow me on Instagram for (almost) daily pictures. The link is in right side bar - alternatively my handle is @nailstori. 
Happy Monday everyone! 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Summer chevron tips

Today I went for a simple and summery mid-week mani.

Using; OPI - Natural base coat, Nailsinc - Duke Street and Seche Vite - Fast dry top coat.

This is one of my fave nail polishes at the moment, such a great pastel colour for the summer! I have a longer post on this polish and the nail kale range in an older post. 
To create the french manicure I did this free hand, it works so much better free hand rather than using tape. You can use peel off base for the clean up or just an acetone dipped brush. I get quite messy doing this type of mani so it's all about the clean up!

Thanks for reading, happy Monday everyone!

Monday, 11 May 2015

"Florals for spring... Groundbreaking"

This mani was inspired by one of my all time favourite nail artists @Ninanailedit.
I literally love every single one of her mani creations and have to try them out myself!

For this mani I used: OPI - Natural base coat, Sinful colors - Snow me white, Nanacoco - Love black, Acrylic paints for the flowers and Seche Vite - Fast dry top coat. Also using a dotting tool and tape to create the monochrome nails. 

To create the flowers - First, I put a few acrylic paints onto a palette to mix the colours I wanted. To create the flowers I layered on 3 different colours creating circular shapes. It's very much a trial and error process when creating flowers! There are lots of good beginner video tutorials on Youtube. 

I love the flowers because light blue/turquoise are my fave colours - I'm going to try them again with different accent nails to see what I can create! 
Please excuse my poor cuticles at the moment - they've been suffering from a little neglect. 
Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Royal fizz

In the UK it's safe to say as a nation we're obsessed with the Royals, and I'm definitely a fan too!
I've met Kate and baby George a few times because her family home is in my village so I love them a little more! 

Polishes used were; OPI -  Suzi shops & island hops, Sinful colors - Snow me white, Models own - pink fizz, Seche Vite - Fast dry top coat.

I wanted to do a Royal baby mani but wasn't sure how to go about it. I then saw @dahlianails mani so had to recreate! I'm not overly pleased with how my mani turned out, it's a little rushed for my liking - if I'd had time I would have done it over. The colours are a little girly for me so I didn't wear this mani for long but I definitely think it fits the theme! And I also think it's pretty cute! 

What do you think of the Royal obsession? A little too much or just a great mani opportunity!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

I'm back!

So first of all, I must apologise for my absence - if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post about my recent disappearance. I'm in the midst of all my last Uni assignment deadlines of the semester, so it's been very full on. I haven't been able to spare the hours I normally do to enjoy painting and posting. 
However, today I allowed myself a day off after about a 15 day streak in the library all day. So here is my first post back!

Today I decided to do a spring mani but the weather hasn't been great so I went for a nude feel. 
Polishes used were; OPI - natural base coat, Orly - Dare to bare, Sinful colors - Snow me white and Seche Vite - fast dry top coat. 
This mani is really easy to recreate using a bobby pin if you don't have a dotting tool. I would recommend this flower nail art for those just starting out/wanting to do something easy! 

The nude polish and gold stud combo is a fave of mine, it was such an effective look. I dabbed the tiniest amount of nail glue to hold them in place before using a my top coat. This made them last really well and they weren't difficult to remove.
I'm looking forward to sharing a few more mani's I have to come over the weekend.
Thanks for sticking with me through my absence when life gets in the way of blogging!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Crazy cat lady

Today I am sharing some of my all time favourite nails! 
I would never normally have done this sort of design on my nails but I actually love it and I loved the challenge of doing them!

I don't have a rightful credit for this mani - I found it on a nail sharing Instagram but it didn't credit the owner. If you know who's design it is please let me know! 

The polishes I used for this design were; 
Essie - Fiji, W7 - 29,  Nanacoco - love black, Sinful colors - snow me white, Seche Vite - Fast dry top coat. 
I created this using a dotting tool and a tiny paint brush.

The owner of this design did a great tutorial that I found on Instagram which made this design so easy to recreate! I think my cat looks a little out of proportion but I think it's still cute! Other than that I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

I now really want to try a dog version because I'm definitely more of a dog person!
Again, it would be really appreciated if you know who created this great design so I can credit them.
Much love.