10 December 2012

Failing at Nail Art



I was recently set a bloggers challenge by Ladbrokes. Now usually, I don't say yes to bloggers challenges. I guess I don't really like putting myself out there all too much and the bloggers challenges I usually get asked to do involve photos of me, and my face, and my hair. And I'm just awful at taking photos of myself! So when Ladbrokes asked me to do this particular bloggers challenge, which involved nail art, I thought OK, why not? I'm not very good at nail art, so I thought it might be a good excuse to put some practice in and see if I can get myself to a level where I can at least do something basic... Ladbrokes also provided all the tools so I really thought this was going to be fool proof... Oh how wrong I was. But first, let me just tell you what I got sent to attempt my nail nail masterpiece (cough) with! 
The Soap & Glory Perfect Manicure kit has pretty much anything you'd need for a simple at home manicure. There's a nail file, which has a normal standard file on one side and is split into two tools, a buffer and a shiner. The kit also comes with the coveted Hand Food, a favourite hand cream of many and one I have used for years, an Endless Glove Deep Moisture Leave On Hand Mask and the gloves to go with them! I've really enjoyed using the mask say every other night before bed, it's left my hands very soft and silky feeling in the mornings! I was also sent three O.P.I polishes, a nail art wheel and a nail art stamper. 

And this is where things started to go wrong. The nail art accessories are just not very good at all. I couldn't use them no matter how much I tried and I tried most days for a good 10 days or so until I finally gave up (in fear that otherwise I would end up in tears) So instead, I opted for a bit of DIY. I got out an old paint brush! And I attempted to do some dice and card designs on my nails. In the end it actually turned out to be quite fun. I decided to do the colours backwards - Whereas cards and dice are usually white with red detailing, I wanted to do them red with white detailing. I just think nail wise it looked better! It's not the most masterful, perfect attempt at nail art but...


So what do you think? Do I pass the DIY nail art? As I said earlier this was a challenge set to me by Ladbrokes and it's all in aid of their pretty fun Christmas themed Casino and Games arcade. Now you do have to be 18+ to play on Ladbrokes but as the golden oldie that I am (I think 24 is old OK!) I have been having a whirl at some of the arcade games, and my partners been trying his luck at the casino. So if you fancy trying out your luck, then pop on over for some Christmas treats! 
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  1. With stamps you normally have to use special polishes, like the konad ones, or anything thats gone a bit thick and gloopy, or else the stamper doesn't pick it up very well.

    Also try filing the stamper with a nail file a bit, I find it picks up the image a lot better.

    Having said that, I'm not a fan of stamping at all, I prefer free hand, just keep practising, you will get it :)

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    1. I thought that would be the reason and I did mention that to the person I was working with on this... Thanks for the encouragement Kelsey :) xo

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  2. You have lovely natural nails!! At least you tried! This is a whole lot better than what I would be able to product, I am no way in the least bit good at art!!

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  3. I think your design is cute, a lot better than me, I can paint, file, shape and add foils but basic & intricate designs? My 5 year old cousin would show me up :P Didn't know S&G did a hand mask I'll have to pick up this set when I'm next in Boots.

    Lucy
    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Lucy :) You should definitely check out the hand mask. I think it might just come in the set! xo

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  4. What a fun challenge, go you, looks good :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. It was definitely fun once I got over the frustration of the stamper! Thanks Sophie xo

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  5. I think you did great with those nails, hidden talents there! xxx Rose

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  6. Haha this is cute. My nails never turn out how I like, so I totally empathise :)

    xo,
    Lela - http://www.LelaLondon.com

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    1. Glad to know I am not the only one who struggles :) xo

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  7. so nice im not a big nail art person either i just like to slap some glitter on and call it a day lol

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    1. Aha yeah that's usually my tactic too! :) xo

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  8. I NEED that Soap & Glory at home.manicure kit!! For a first attempt at nail art, you did good!!

    xo,
    Ange

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    1. You should pick it up! :) Thank you :) xo

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  9. You still did a pretty good job! I haven't got the patience to sit there and even attempt it! Haha :) lovely post!

    www.fashionandbeautyrelated.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  10. Whenever I do nail art (which is not often anymore) I usually free hand it because I don't like the fuss of using tools. I like how it turns out. I prefer your version with the colors reversed because it looks pretty yet the theme isn't obvious overthetop. xx

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    1. I think I will stick to free hand tbh! Thank you :) xo

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  11. Really love the nail design! It usually takes me ages to do nail art, so I only try occasionally, although very tempted to try some Christmas designs :) x
    http://bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! :) I think I am all nail art'ed out now ha :) xo

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