Monday, 26 August 2013

Peach Meringue Vintage Floral

Hi everyone, 

For my first nail art tutorial I thought I'd do something that's simple and quick to do, and seen as the sun is deciding to shine today, I've gone for a pretty summer floral pattern which I hope you'll all like! 

For this tutorial, I chose Models Own 'Lemon Meringue', my all time favourite 'Fuzzy Peach' and 'Aciiid'. These colours work so well together and are perfect to give this nail art pattern a vintage feel, but so many different colour combinations would work perfect for this!

Start by painting your base colour.. I find with most models own nail varnishes you only need 2 coats to get it fully opaque. 

Once you've done this, select a second colour and using the brush that comes in the bottle (you can use a finer nail art brush if you find that easier) paint random blobs of colour onto the nail - just be sure to leave enough room the do the leaves!

Then, grab yourself a nail art pen that's slightly darker than the flower colour - for this I chose my red Rio nail art pen (if you don't have the colour you want in a nail art pen, then you can always dip a cocktail stick or thin brush into a nail varnish).. and using your pen paint on random flecks around the edge, and a couple of flecks in the middle of the flower to mimic the petals on a rose..

This step is optional.. if you prefer you can just stick to one colour for the flecks of the petals, but I always like to use my trusted models own white nail art pen just to add a couple more as I find it adds a bit more depth to the flower.

Grab yourself whichever green you like and paint a couple of leaves on each flower. Don't worry about being that neat for this part as I tend to find that the 'rougher' the leaves, the more realistic they look. For this I just used the brush in the bottle but use whatever you find easiest to work with..

Last but not least, if you have a green nail art pen then you can also add a few flecks to the leaves to add a bit more detail..

Once your done, seal with your favourite topcoat and your good to go! 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial!

Thank you for taking the time out to read it,

Sophie x

(p.s. drop me a comment below with any suggestions, and tweet/instagram me a picture if you tried this pattern out for yourself!)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

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First steps into the vast and nerve-wracking blogosphere...

Hi everyone! 

Before I get started, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about myself...

My name is Sophie Allen and I'm a full time History undergraduate student at Newman University. I'm a complete and utter history geek and could spend hours trailing around a museum (I know what your all thinking... *snoooooze*) but I'm also a self confessed lover of dogs, all things vintage and floral, and of course everything and anything to do with nails. 

So... after months of inner debate, I decided to finally take the leap and join the blogging community. As I sit in bed with a cup of hot chocolate, New Girl on the TV, and writing this I'm nervous... not just because the idea of anyone actually bothering to view, let alone take the time to read my blog is mind-boggling to me, but also because there are so many amazing and wonderful blogs out there already (I too have spent the last couple of years hooked on staring at my laptop screen thanks to the many blogs I loyally follow!)

BUT... I'm so excited at the same time! The reason I decided to create this blog was purely for the fact that I just want to share my (some may call OTT) love of all things nails; this will be through nail art tutorials, reviews, swatches, hauls, and any other ideas that randomly pop into my head, in the hope that some of my passion for nail art rubs off on you!

Please be patient with me while I get to grips with everything, but without further ado...

... welcome to The Floral Bandit!