This Week’s Nails is all about polka-dots!

Polka-dots were featured a lot in London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, with Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and David Koma, including this spotty print into their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.

So when it came to This Week’s Nails, I had to incorporate this big trend into my ‘nail art’.

I chose a deep, dark red for the base colour and ‘dotted’ my nails with Luscious white nail varnish using the blunt end of a cocktail stick.

Here is the nail varnish I used to achieve my look:

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Nails Inc. London Nail Varnish in Tate, Free (RRP £5) via Glamour Magazine and Luscious Nail Varnish in White, Free  via a magazine I bought ages ago.

Similar to the last nails post, I used Superdrug’s 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener as my base and top coat. I then applied two coats of the Nails Inc. polish. I have to say, I love the colour! Dark red is one of my favourite colours and I didn’t have this colour in my nail varnish collection, so thanks Glamour for the freebie!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
As you can see I went for ‘big polka-dots’, and tried to cover my nails in them, rather than just having two or three. The Nails Inc. varnish had an average drying time, and I am pleased with how they turned out.

However, when I went wrong with one of the nails, the polish left a pink stain and despite using numerous amounts of  nail varnish remover and cotton balls to remove the ‘pink stain’, it was still visible. This may be due to my nail varnish remover (which is Cutex by the way), or to the nail polish itself. I will have to wait and see what the state of my nails is in when I take it off, but for now, I love them!

That’s all for This Week’s Nails, look out for next week’s post on them!

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This Week’s Nails is a new feature which basically does what it says on the tin! Every week I will upload some pictures of the ‘nail art’ on my nails. It’s a short but sweet post!

As this is the first post, I have included an image of my vintage manicure set my mum gave me, which I use on my nails.
It includes everything – from a nail file, nail clippers, cuticle sticks and scissors, to name a few! The items are packed in a beautiful brown box, which you click open at the top.

Now onto what varnishes I used to achieve this week’s animal print-effect nails!  I decided to go for an orange leopard print feel – do orange leopards even exist? Probably not, but oh well!

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Leighton Denny Polish in Do Me A Flavour Free (RRP £11) Glossybox and Barry M Metallic Liquid Eyeliner £4.79 Superdrug.

I applied a base coat using the 2 in 1 top coat nail hardener, followed by two coats of Do Me A Flavour. I felt that I needed to do two coats with this nail varnish, as the colour is quite light and you could still see the true colour of my nails through it. Afterwards, I applied a top coat of the 2 in 1 nail hardener, and then finished off with placing black dots onto my nails with the Barry M liquid eyeliner.

Here are my nails:
As you can see, the spots aren’t to perfection! I’m a bit impatient with these things, and I usually go wrong and paint my fingers instead of my nails! But to say I haven’t painted my nails in three years,  (I used to paint them ALL the time in high school) I think they look quite alright, if I do say so myself!

I thought that the Leighton Denny colour was a really nice shade of orange. It sort of goes well with my quite pale-olive skin tone. I’m not too sure about the price of it though – £11 is a bit steep for nail varnish, so I probably wouldn’t buy another varnish from there, unless I couldn’t buy a cheaper alternative to a LD colour I liked.

So there you go the first instalment of ‘This Week’s Nails’! Look out next week for another one of my attempts at nail art!

(Images for featured image sourced from here)