January Nail Art Challenge: Silver

I know, I know – technically it’s not January any more (Happy February!) but I have the final instalment of the January Nail Art Challenge to share with you today.

This is the last of 11 nail design challenges set by Californails. Over the month we’ve seen sparkles, re-creation, studs, gradients (NOT my favourite thing) to name but a few! The final design is a plain and simple silver. Ironically, when I came to do this design yesterday I realised I don’t actually own a real silver polish – must rectify that! In the end I used Essie ‘Over The Edge‘ topped with a silver sparkle polish from No.7.

nail art challenge silver

I shall leave you with a collage of my designs this month…..I am off to watch the rest of Murray v Djokovik in the Australian Open Final. What a match!!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Steph x

nail art challenge montage

January Nail Art Challenge: Match OOTD

Evening everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week. This week has been absolutely CRAZY at work, and it’s only Wednesday! Bring on Friday night…..

Today’s Nail Art Challenge was supposed to be a match to your outfit of the day. However, due to aforementioned work craziness, I didn’t quite get the chance to do that! Instead I have matched them to my outfit of the night i.e. my supremely cosy, candy-cane striped Victoria’s Secret pyjamas 🙂

match ootd nails

January Nail Art Challenge: Studs

Hello and Happy Burns Night everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a nice relaxed weekend?! I certainly have…. I haven’t done very much at all! Save for a quick run this morning I have barely left the house, and as I write this I am sat in front of the nice cosy fire thinking about making another cup of tea. Life is wild at the moment, simply wild.

Today is the next instalment of the January Nail Art Challenge by Californails – studs! This is something I have never ever tried before, so I bought a little pot of Artstix Nail Beads from Models Own just for the occasion 🙂

I used the beads on the ring finger of each hand; on the others I used ‘Over the Edge’ by Essie, finished off with black polka dots in a throwback to the re-creation challenge a couple of weeks back. The beads seem to have stuck well so far; but the real test will be cooking dinner in a couple of hours’ time….

#NailArtJan will be back on Wednesday for the penultimate feature!

Studs nail art jan

January Nail Art Challenge: Favourite Design

The January Nail Art Challenge is nearing it’s close; only 4 more posts to go!

Today’s challenge was to create your favourite design. I found it impossible to pick an absolute favourite as there are so many to choose from; so I’ve gone for a design that I’ve admired from afar for a long time but have never attempted – a two-tone gloss/matte design using two varnishes I got for Christmas from James.

nail art challenge favourite design

January Nail Art Challenge: Favourite Colour

Today’s nail art challenge was a simple one: pick your favourite colour.

I’ve got a wide and varied range of nail varnishes to choose from, but it turned out to be quite an easy selection. I may dabble in the pinks and the blues and the greens; but ultimately when I want a pick-me-up I always come back to a nice, bright, sassy red 🙂

favourite colour

January Nail Art Challenge: Gradient

Happy Saturday peoples of the world and WordPress! The weekend is upon us once again! *Does little happy dance*

This week has been a bit of a mental one at work. Couple that with two 5.20a.m. starts for gym classes (yes, I am as surprised as you are) I was very excited to be switching off the alarm as I crawled into bed last night!

Today’s January Nail Art Challenge was a gradient design. I did attempt a gradient earlier in the week and it didn’t work out…. and I’m sorry to say that this one hasn’t really worked out either 😦

The pictures below are my best of three attempts, so you can imagine what the others looked like!! I would love to be able to pull off a gradient design someday so I will have to practise more. If you want to get over my awful efforts, search #nailartjan on Instagram – there are some amazing designs out there!

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Have a lovely Saturday whatever you may be doing! We’ve got a lovely date afternoon/evening planned – The Theory of Everything at Tyneside Cinema, followed by some lovely food at Browns in Newcastle City Centre, then GIN at Dacantus!

Happy Steph 🙂


January Nail Art Challenge: A New Technique

Another day, another January Nail Art Challenge!

Today’s challenge was a ‘new technique’. When I first got home I had planned to attempt a nice gradient look; however when I gave it a go it didn’t quite work out… I think the sponges I bought were a bit too shiny! So, as a last minute resort, I went for some pretty blue on blue candy cane stripes instead 🙂

new technique canvas

January Nail Art Challenge: Re-Creaction

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Well well well – how on earth is it Sunday evening already?! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! I spent yesterday wedding dress shopping (eeek!) and today was spent running in circles around a muddy field – the Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays! This evening has been spent running around doing housework and now I can finally relax with a glass of wine and do a little bit of blog updating 🙂

Today is another day of the January Nail Art Challenge – today’s theme was re-creation. After a little bit of hunting around on Instagram I settled on attempting to re-create a polka dot design by The Nail Polish Challenge. You can find the tutorial for this design on The Nail Polish Challenge’s Instagram page (@thenailpolishchallenge).

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January Nail Art Challenge: Animal

So – today I learned that I am not so good at animal nail art designs, haha!

The third theme of the Californails January Nail Art Challenge is an animal design. I chose a tiger print theme, because it seemed nice and simple…. It seems I could do with a little more practice 😉 I think I’ll work on honing my skills before I try anything a little more challenging!

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January Nail Art Challenge: Sparkles

The below nail art challenge by Californails popped up in my Instagram feed over the weekend. The challenge is to produce 11 different themes for nails over the course of January; and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #nailartjan. I’m in!

Californails January Nail Art Challenge

Unfortunately I managed to miss the first challenge (Fresh, 2nd Jan) so I’m starting with today’s theme which is Sparkles…. my favourite 🙂

I used 2 of my new Christmas nail varnishes for this one, starting with a base of Berry Cosmo covered with Rockstar, both by Barry M. Rockstar actually looks like it would give a decent coverage on its own with a couple of coats – the images below show just one coat and already that covers pretty well!

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Is anyone else taking up the January Nail Art Challenge? I’m looking forward to seeing some awesome nail art and getting some inspiration for future designs!