Friday, 8 August 2014

Gelish 'Persian Purple Turquoise' Tutorial

Good Morning all! 

Today I bring you my long awaited 'Persian Turquoise' tutorial. This design is incredibly beautiful and can be customised to which ever colour scheme you like.

The items I used for this design are the following:

  • Gelish PH Bond
  • Gelish Foundation
  • Gelish 'Tahiti Hottie', 'Passion', 'Mali-Blu Me Away' and 'Night Reflection'
  • Gelish Top It Off
  • Gelish Cleanse
  • Folk Art Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint
  • OPI 'Lady in Black'
  • Cling Film
  • Sanitiser Spray/Body Spray
  • Bowl of room temperature water
  • Gelish 6G LED Lamp
  • Scotch Tape
  • Cotton Wool Buds
  • Lint Free Pads
  • Orange Wood Stick

After carrying out thorough preparation of the nail, apply Gelish PH Bond and a very thin coat of Gelish Foundation, curing for 10 seconds in the Gelish 6G LED lamp. Then paint your nails with two coats of Gelish 'Tahiti Hottie', curing each coat for 30 seconds.

Using a small piece of makeup or kitchen sponge, dab on Gelish 'Passion', 'Mali-Blu Me Away' and 'Night Reflection'. Sponge the colours on to the nail in order to create the blended marble design. 

Add a small amount of Folk Art gold metallic paint onto a tile or palette. Scrunch a piece of cling film up into a ball. Press the cling film lightly onto the gold paint. Remove excess gold paint from the cling film by repeatedly pressing down lightly on the tile. 

Using light strokes, proceed to dab the cling film onto random sections of each nail. Repeat in order to achieve the amount of gold you desire. 

Once the gold paint has dried, apply one coat of Gelish Top It Off, curing for 30 seconds.  

Place scotch tape around each nail. This will help with the clean up process.

Fill a small bowl with room temperature water. Drop one drop of OPI 'Lady in Black' onto the water. Quickly spritz either a sanitiser spray or body spray onto the black polish once. It is important to experiment with the height you hold the spray from, as this can alter the pattern created on the water's surface. 

Dip each finger into the water on a section of the pattern you like. Once the nail is submerged, lightly blow on the water's surface to aid the polish drying. Then use an orange wood stick or cotton wool bud to pick up the remaining black polish. Then remove the finger from the water.

Once you have created the pattern you like on each nail, remove the scotch tape. Using an orange wood stick, remove any black polish from the side walls and cuticle area of each nail. 

Once the black polish has dried, apply one coat of Gelish Top It Off, curing for 30 seconds in the LED lamp.

Using a lint free pad and Gelish Cleanse, remove the sticky layer from the Gelish.

Then proceed to clean up any black polish around the nail using Gelish Cleanse and a cotton wool bud.

Here is another variation of the design I created, by using a custom colour Gelish base in the traditional turquoise colouring.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you recreate it, please tag @NailsbyMiriamElizabeth1 on Instagram, or simply write 'Inspired by Nails by Miriam Elizabeth'

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nail TLC - No Break-Ups Allowed

Welcome to Miriam Elizabeth ~ Nails by.

Before getting into all the exciting glitter, stud and Swarovski filled nail art posts, I thought it would be suitable to firstly talk about some nail TLC and give you all some super tips and tricks on how to look after your beautiful digits, whether they are au naturale or embellished with polish.

I have used Gelish, a gel polish on my nails since February this year, and never have I ever had a chip in my polish, EVER. To me, what is the point of spending the time doing your nails/having your nails done, only to completely mistreat the poor things and continue to use your nails as tools.

So, if you would like to know how to maintain gel polish and look after your nails, please read on...

1. CUTICLE OIL! You wouldn't dare wash your hair and forget to put some sort of hair oil on afterwards to get those strands looking super silky, so why would you neglect your nails and not use an oil to moisturise the nail plate and surrounding skin? Massaged twice daily into the cuticle, nail plate, underneath the free edge and surrounding skin, cuticle oil can do wonders to soften any hard skin and cuticle, as well as keeping your nails in tip top condition. Once the act of applying cuticle oil becomes part of your daily routine, you'll wonder how you ever went without it.

2. NO BITING, PICKING OR PEELING! For those who like to bite their nails, try keeping a file in your bag, so when you get the urge to tear your nails to shreds, use a gentler alternative, filing the nail into your desired shape. When you are wearing gel polish, do not pick at the polish or attempt to somehow pull it off. This will only cause damage to your natural nails - a lose lose situation.

3. GLOVES, your new favourite accessory - not just for winter. However, I'm not talking about the woolen kind, I'm talking about the bright yellow Marigold type. When washing up/cleaning/doing house work, try to remember to use your gloves. We all use various types of chemicals around the house, and unfortunately, your nails don't like them very much, especially the bleachy, smelly kind.

4. JEWELS, NOT TOOLS. Red alert, no using fingernails to open cans, bottles or doors. This only encourages a nasty, painful situation where you could potentially break a nail, and then have to deal with that one-nail-is-a-completely-different-length-do-I-leave-it-or-file-them-all-down feeling. Simply horrible. Furthermore, try and observe the way in which you use your hands. Try and use the pads of your fingers to type or use your phone, sat nav or any type of interface. Again, these habits develop over many years, so you cannot expect to be able to change overnight, but putting effort into trying to change these processes will help you greatly.

My challenge to all of you for the remainder of this week...try out all of my four tips.

Until next time,

Miriam Elizabeth