Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hawaiian Flowers Nail Art

It's that time of year when I start wearing brighter nail polishes, so I did some bright Hawaiian style flowers on my nails this week. I was really pleased with how they turned out, and they were reasonably quick to do as well - bonus!

Caz x

caz 'n' polish | Hawaiian Flowers Nail Art

1. Paint your nails with two coats of a bright mint green polish.

2. Use a dotting tool to create two flower shapes on each nail. Start with an orange or yellow dot for the centre, then use purple or coral polish to create five petals per flower.

3. With a small brush, paint white accents on each petal, coming out from the middle of the flower.

4. Use the dotting tool to add some extra dots of white polish alongside the flowers to jazz up the design a bit.

5. Finish with a glossy top coat to seal the design in.

Rimmel 045 Misty Jade
Models Own HK01 Beach Party & NP158 Pukka Purple
Beauty UK Yellow, 2True Shade 3, Barry M 66 Matt White

Monday, 31 March 2014

Unwrapped Pastel Stripe Nails

This week's nail art ended up looking a bit like some kind of exotic sweet bring unwrapped - not quite what I had in mind, but hey ho! I chose some nice gentle colours for the spring but I think this would also look great in black, purple and green for Halloween!

Caz x

caz 'n' polish | Unwrapped Pastel Stripe Nails

1. Paint your nails with two coats of a gold polish.

2. Starting on one side of the nail, paint a vertical stripe of your first pastel polish, starting about a third of the way down the nail.

3. With the same pastel polish, paint another vertical strip further across the nail, making this stripe shorter than the first.

4. With your second pastel polish, paint two more vertical stripes to fill in the gaps. Make the stripes the right length to create a size gradient.

5. Use a small brush to paint a white border between the gold section at the top and the pastel stripes.

6. Finish with a gloss top coat.

Barry M 320 Gold Foil & 66 Matt White
Models Own NP152 Grape Juice, Rimmel 705 Tangy Tangerine

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Purple Butterfly Nails

I did a "wing" themed costume at a fancy dress party last night, so did a little bit of butterfly nail art to fit in with the theme.

caz 'n' polish | Purple Butterfly NailsI used a mix of purples and grey for the mani, with neon purple on the thumbs and little fingers, a lilac base with lilac glitter on the ring and index fingers, and a contrasting pale grey on the middle fingers. I then drew freehand butterfly outlines on the middle fingers using a black nail art pen. The idea was that the colours were darker on the outer fingers and paler on the middle fingers, with the pale grey drawing the eye in towards the butterflies.

The neon purple, lilac glitter and pale grey are three of my all-time fave polishes, so I love this mani! What do you think?

Caz x

Models Own NP158 Pukka Purple & NP152 Grape Juice
Nails Inc Park Lane, Maybelline 795 Cloudy Grey
Barry M Black Nail Art Pen

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Dreamy Glitter Tip Nails

I spent yesterday singing in Worcester Cathedral with my choir (as you do) so I wanted some pretty nails which were a bit special but not too bright. I decided on a grey, purple and blue combo, which is quite a calming mix, but with some glitter to spice it up a bit.

I used my favourite pale grey as a base and then painted French tips on with a silver, blue and purple glitter polish. These are a couple of my most used polishes, but I'm not sure that I've used the two together before. I think it's a match made in heaven - what do you reckon?

Caz x

caz 'n' polish | Dreamy Glitter Tip Nails

Maybelline 795 Cloudy Grey
NYC 105 Lights-Camera-Glitter

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Crossed Tip Nails

This week's nails are a bit of a cross between a fishtail mani and a French mani. This mani doesn't need any nail art tools or special brushes, so it's seriously hassle-free too. This would look great with all sorts of different colour combinations, or you could just use one colour for the tips to create a pointy-looking French mani.

Drop me a link in the comments if you've tried this look!

Caz x

caz 'n' polish  Crossed Tip Nails

1. Paint your nails with two coats of your main colour. I used a beige-nude to create a large contrast between the tips and background colour.

2. Choose your first colour to use for the tips - this should be the lighter of the two colours. With a smooth, sweeping motion, paint diagonally across the tip. Start about halfway up the side of the nail and finish about two thirds of the way across the end of the nail.

3. With your second, darker tip colour, repeat step 2 on the other side of the nail, making sure the angle is the same so the sections cross in the middle of the nail.

4. If you've blobbed polish all over the side of your nails in order to achieve this look, welcome to the club! Do a quick clean-up using acetone and a small brush.

5. Finish with a clear top coat, making sure you seal along the tips of the nails.

Barry M GNP10 Lychee
KIKO 341 Cobalt Green & 382 Pearly Gunmetal

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Matte Heart Nail Art

February is the month of lurve, so I thought I should probably do a bit of nail art as a joint celebration of two major events this month - Valentine's Day and my 8 year anniversary with the boyf (technically "fiancé", but I always think that sounds a bit naff!). I've chosen to do some matte hearts this year, since matte nails are having a bit of a revival at the mo. Oh yes, I am "on trend" for once in my life. Savour this moment - it doesn't happen often!

Caz x

caz 'n' polish | Heart Nail Art


1. Paint your nails with two coats of a gold polish to make them opaque.

2. For each nail, use a large dotting tool to apply two big dots of red polish to form the top of the heart.

3. Use a small brush to drag the red polish down from the dots to make the point at the bottom. If you need to, use a bit more red polish to fill the heart in and neaten it up.

4. Finish with a matte top coat.

Barry M 320 Gold Foil, Models Own NP019 Red Alert,
Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat

Friday, 7 February 2014

Quirky Leopard Print Nails

I love doing leopard print nails as they're quick and easy but look much more complex than they are! Here's a slightly different take on leopard print nails, which takes a little longer but is still not too tricky. You can also reverse this design and have the highlighted (pink) sections with leopard print instead of the background (green) sections. This mani also works well with all sorts of different colours, so you can adapt it however you want! Hope you like :)

Caz x

caz 'n' polish | quirky leopard print nails

1. Paint your nails with two coats of your background colour. For this mani I chose a turquoise green.

2. Once your nails are dry, get your second colour for the highlighted sections. I used a hot pink and painted different shaped sections on each nail to create variation. You can use a small brush for this, but I went for the quick option and used the normal brush and then just cleaned up around the edges of my nails afterwards with some acetone!

3. Use a small brush to cover the join between the two sections with a silver glitter polish, to create a pretty border.

4. To create the leopard print on the background sections, first use a dotting tool to apply some coloured dots that contrast with your background colour. I used a bright cornflower blue for this mani.

5. With a black nail art pen, draw rough outlines around each dot, but not creating a full ring around each one. I tend to draw two curves around the top and bottom of each dot, not quite meeting each other at the sides.

6. Draw a few more random curved lines between the dots, using the black nail art pen.

7. Seal the design in with a clear top coat to finish.

Barry M GNP12 Greenberry, Collection Hot Looks 5 Siren,
Nails Inc Greenwich Park, Sally Hansen 4860-33 Pacific Blue,
Barry M Black Nail Art Pen
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