Cinco de Mayo nails

I’m back!

Well, last week I basically had nail disaster week, where every one of my nails decided to snap off, so I had to cut them all down and start again!

As it is the 5th of May today (and I had mexican dinner last night), I was inspired to do Cinco de Mayo nails.

Cinco de Mayo is not something that is celebrated in Australia, but it commemorates the day the Mexican Army had it’s victory against the French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

History lesson aside (!), this is what I did to create my look:

I laid my base colours down…


I did a green ombre on my thumb using Beauty Attitude nail enamel in Lime Light + Julep in Popova + OPI in Crown Me Already. I wanted it to look like a salt rimmed martini:


On my index finger, I used L’Oréal Jet set in Hasty + Stripe Rite nail art polish in black to draw a mustache on:


On my middle finger, I used L’Oréal Resist & Shine in 732 (darkest purple) + RapiDry topcoat + nail glue + little square domed studs to make a 3D cross:


On my ring finger, I used Revlon Tangerine + OPI Alpine Snow + various Stripe Rite polishes to draw a Day of the Dead skull:


On my pinky, I attempted (badly) to do a Mexican flag in OPI Alpine Snow, Julep Popova + L’Oréal Activate:


And this is how it turned out:


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

x shelley x


Easter Nails #1

Sunday night nails!

Let me preface this by saying that this is my first attempt at nail art! I’ve never owned a nail art brush or a dotting tool before now! But I thought, what the heck, lets give this a go!

So I decided to try Easter nails as it is around the corner!

This is what I used to create my look :


Top row, L-R: Witchery nail polishes in Mandarin,  Peony, Lagoon & Ocean. Scotch blue painters tape.
Middle row, L-R: Chins Glaze Electric Pineapple, OPI Alpine Snow,  Stripe Rite nail art polish in black, Paper edging scissors (pinking shears blade).
Bottom row, L-R: OPI Chip Skip,  OPI RapiDry, OPI Drip dry. Large dotting tool, fine nail art brush.

First, start by painting your nails in your base colours:


Dot a blob of OPI Alpine Snow on a piece of paper, dip your dotting tool into the polish and dot your nail in a random formation:



To paint the chick, paint your nail yellow as the base coat. I used China Glaze Electric Pineapple. Once completely dry, use your paper edging scissors or pinking shears and cut a piece of painters tape so you have crinkly edges on both sides, to give your ‘egg’ shape:


Paint OPI Alpine Snow on the uncovered parts of your nail:


Peel the tape off carefully while the polish is still wet:


I used Stripe Rite nail art polish in black to dot the eyes:



Then take your fine nail art brush and dip it in your orange polish to paint your chick’s beak!



Put a drop or two of OPI Drip dry on your nail, wait 5 mins, then put on your topcoat on your finished nails!


Ta da! Easter nails! Cute, huh?!
What are you doing on your nails for Easter?

x shelley x

If anyone is interested, I have a new & unused set of 15 nail art brushes & 5 dotting tools in my ebay store here:



It’s only $12.95 and it’s the same as what I use on this blog! 🙂

Urban Decay Naked Nails

Sunday night is nails night!

(No post last Sunday because my OPI nail apps stayed on for over 10 days! They wore really well – the only thing that made me remove them was my nails grew too long!)

So last week I got the limited edition Urban Decay Naked Nails set sent to me from the US.

Urban Decay are famous for their naked eyeshadow palettes so I was super excited to hear they had ventured into nail polishes!

The set features 6 mini (5ml each) naked nail polishes, from the pack: “Featuring an inspired range of glitters, metallics, creams and shimmers, each gorgeous hue proves that once again, neutral is anything but boring.”



The colours share names with their eyeshadow counterparts.



Naked: A cream nude
Sidecar: A nude glitter
Toasted: A pearl metallic
Smog: A bronze metallic
Hustle: A charcoal/oil slick metallic
Creep: A black base with silver glitter

So, what do you do when you have six polishes, but only 5 nails? I did a nude ombre using Naked as the base under Sidecar 🙂

Two coats; no Sidecar, no topcoat:


With Sidecar over Naked on thumb + OPI RapiDry topcoat:



What do you think of nude ombre? What are your fave nude polishes? (OPI Dulce de Leche is so nude on me, it gives me mannequin hands!)

x shelley x

matte glitter nails

Another Sunday, another nail post…

A simple mani tonight – matte glitter nails.

These are the polishes I used:

Orly Royal Navy, Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic, Essie Matte About You, Essie Good to GoLeft to Right: Orly Royal Navy, Kleancolor Afternoon Picnic, Essie Matte About You, Essie Good to Go.

Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic is hella chunky glitter. It is a clear topcoat that contains BIG, medium and small hex glitters. Not many glitters come out when you paint this on, it’s pretty sparse and you need to “strategically” move the glitters around on your nail to get the best placement!

Essie Matte About You is a mattifying top coat. I love what this does to glitter – it takes away the shine and makes it look like anodised aluminium.

This is Orly Royal Navy by itself. It does not go on very shiny. You’ll need a topcoat if you want to make the metallic flecks “pop”. It is a thin, self-levelling formulation. I needed 3 coats to reach opacity:

Orly Royal Navy

With 2 coats of Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic + 2 coats of Essie Matte About You (ring finger has been left shiny as an accent nail):

Matte Glitter Nails Close Up

Matte Glitter Nails Finished

Matte Glitter Nails Full Hand

I’ve only ever tried one matte topcoat, this one! Which one do you use?
What are other matte nail ideas?

x shelley x

Ombre Nails

This week Monday night is nail night!

I usually do my nails on a Sunday night so I have fresh nails for the week, but it’s Australia Day long weekend – Yay for 3 day weekends!

So, tonight I’m doing Ombre Nails. I’ve wanted to do them for a while after I saw them on Pinterest, but I didn’t have any sponges at that time… I’ve gotta say that these nails are probably the best nails that I’ve ever done! I am amazed at how well these turned out for my first try!

This is what I was aiming for – a peach base with a hot pink ombre tip, as seen on!


This is what I used to create my look:

Ombre Nails 1

 Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Paparazzi Don’t Preach, L’Oreal Jetset Hasty #201 (Perle), Essie Good to Go topcoat and a make-up sponge.

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach – could you get a longer name for a nail polish? Lol! I love this colour, it’s a pretty, pale peach neutral colour. It’s a colour that loves tanned skin. By itself, it’s a clean, super profesh look for the office! It’s a thin formulation, nice and shiny, is self-levelling and dries in a flash. Fun Fact: Did you know the brand is called “Nicole” after OPI President and CEO George Schaeffer’s daughter Nicole Schaeffer? 

So I started my Ombre Nails by painting Paparazzi Don’t Preach on all my nails and waiting for it to dry. This is 3 coats:

Nicole by OPI Paparazzi Don't Preach

I bought a pack of 50 make-up sponges on eBay for $7.50 – this should last me a while (left)! I cut one sponge into four pieces as you really only need it to be the width of your nail (right).

Sponges from Ebay Makeup sponge cut into four

I didn’t use the same technique as shown on – they mixed the two polishes on a plastic pocket, then dipped the sponge in. I find that their method uses up a lot of polish, it’s a bit of a waste. Instead, I painted the sponge in two sections, light colour on top and darker colour on the bottom. You just sponge it on each nail and re-paint the sponge when you need more polish.

This is what my nails look like after sponging – yes, you will get the polish all over your fingers! I tidied this up with an earbud (Q-tip) dipped in nail polish remover at the end.

Nails after sponging

Tip: Move the sponge up and down on your nail to create the best gradient. If you’ve got a noticeable line between the two polishes or put too much pink on, paint the top of the sponge with the peach and go over the top of the pink section and vice versa. It’s really easy to fix Ombre Nails if you’ve stuffed them up!

This is what my sponge looked like

Add 2 layers of clear top coat, like Essie’s Good to Go and you’re done!
(Left) Indoor lighting, (Right) With flash:

Ombre Nails close up Ombre Nails with flash 2

Finished! How easy was that?! The magic really happens when you put on the top coat. It smooths out all the sponge marks and makes your gradient appear seamless! 

With top coat

Ombre Nails Finished without flash

Have you attempted Ombre Nails? What method did you use?
What colours do you think work best for Ombre Nails?

Galaxy Nails

Sunday night is nails night!

Tonight’s mani is Galaxy Nails! This is where I got my inspo from:

This is what I wanted my nails to look like – a nebula:

These are the polishes I used to create my look:


L’oreal Resist & Shine 736 (Black Turquoise), China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Royal Navy, OPI Grape…Set Match, OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle & Essie Good to Go topcoat.

L’oreal Resist & Shine 736 – They call it “Black Turquoise” but it looks like the darkest, blackest green to me! It’s basically black in daylight, the green only shows under flash:

736 No Flash   736 Flash

OPI Grape…Set Match & OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle are from the OPI/Serena Williams Glam Slam set:


This is what I did to get my look:
2 coats L’oreal Resist & Shine 736

Sponged on one drop of China Glaze For Audrey per nail
Sponged on one drop of Orly Royal Navy per nail
Sponged on one drop of OPI Grape…Set Match per nail
1 coat of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle
1 coat of Essie Good to Go topcoat

This is what my sponge looked like (left) and this is what my nails looked like after sponging (right):

 Sponge   After Sponging

Seriously, you can use any sponge, the sponge I used was from packing material! You fold the sponge in half and paint one dot of nail polish on the edge and then dot it and blend it to spread the colour around and smooth out any hard edges.

The final result… Galaxy Nails:

Final Result

Don’t you think they look like little Nebulas? (!)

Tip 1: You have to use metallic polishes to get the Galaxy look. Matte polishes won’t give you the same effect.
Tip 2: If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t use the Orly Royal Navy, I’d use a lighter blue like OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise.
Tip 3: You have to use holographic glitter topcoat if you want it to look iridescent like a galaxy, regular silver glitter will make it look more like a night sky.

Have you tried Galaxy Nails before?
What polishes did you use? Have you got any tips?

x shelley x

Tiffany Nails

Sunday night is nail night!

Okay, so tonight I did my Tiffany blue mani.

This is the packaging that I got with my ring last year at Tiffany & Co. in France. As you can see, there’s variation in colour between the bag, warranty card, box and pouch! Some lean a little blue and then other’s lean a little green (with flash to emphasise the difference in colours). I thought there would be better quality control with a brand like Tiffany & Co!


These are the polishes I used to create my look:


Left to Right: Essie Turquoise and Caicos, China Glaze For Audrey, Sephora Traffic Stopper Copper, Sephora Only Gold for Me, Sephora Flurry Up and Essie Good to Go topcoat.

Essie Turquoise and Caicos is a thin formulation that runs a bit on the greener side than a true Tiffany blue. Used by itself it is too green and a bit transparent. But it does self-level, so it does finish nicely.

China Glaze For Audrey is on the thicker side and runs a bit more light blue than a true Tiffany blue. It’s pretty close though, if you can only buy one. It applies more opaque.

My trick is to use:
2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey
1 coat of Essie Turqoise and Caicos
(this layering of the two gets you nice and close to the Tiffany’s blue)
Then I added a bit of bling with the glitter topcoats and then finished it all off with one coat of Essie Good to Go to level everything out.

Tiffany Mani full hand
Tiffany Mani 2


With Tiffany Ring 1

With my Tiffany & Co ring, which I usually wear on my right hand.

Tiffany mani with ring

Do you think it’s a pretty good match for the Tiffany blue?
Have you tried other polishes that are a better match?

x shelley x

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