Hello lovelies,

Sorry for not being more active here, I'm currently preparing for holidays and work is very busy as well! At least I'm sticking I'm sticking to the ABC Challenge for now. I will have some very cool guest posts from other nail bloggers to show you during August so stay tuned ;)

This week's letter for the ABC Challenge is 'L' so I have painted lilies on my nails! It was a very laborious and time-consuming task but I absolutely love the result! I probably should have just stick to one or two nails to save some time (well, hours..) but what's done is done! Let's check out my lilies...

ABC Challenge: L is for Lilies | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: L is for Lilies | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: L is for Lilies | Nail Art Challenge

 

I went for those beautiful oriental lilies with pink colour and 'freckles'. In real life I'm not a huge fan of lilies because they stink to me and give me a bad hayfever but otherwise I admire those beautiful blooms. And having them on my nails is safe :)

 

I started with painted nails - I already had two coats of A England Kalinka on and I did a dry brush technique over it with A England Polovetsian Dances and Waltz Of The Flowers. Both polishes are from the latest A England Russian Soul collection. Then I painted the lilies from scratch with acrylic paints. Lastly, I've sealed the nail art with Sienna Byron Bay Lightning Top Coat.

 

So what do YOU think of this nail art and my hand painted lilies? :) Don't forget to check out manicures from other challenge participants and have a great weekend everyone! Lucie x

 

 

Hello lovelies,

 

The next letter in the ABC Challenge is K and since I didn't have a manicure ready that would be associated with something begining with K, I kind of butchered the word 'colour' and made it a 'kolour'! I hope you'll forgive me :D

 

In the previous post I showed you swatches of Sienna Byron Bay polishes in Grace and Blush and today I'll combine both into a simple and elegant nail art.

 

I chose these two colour deliberately because I thought they would look gorgeous together and I don't think I was wrong! I've created a very simple negative space design that is wearable for all ages. Let's check out the final look:

 

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Here's how you can recreate this design:

 

Step 1 - Start with clean and dry nails. You can leave out the base coat like I did and just apply a straight nail vinyl to where you'd like your negative space to be. I'm using nail vinyls from What's Up Nails. You can use base coat but you'll need let it dry properly.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 2 - Paint the cuticle area of the nail with Sienna Byron Bay in Grace. leave the nail vinyl in place.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 3 - Paint the rest of the nail with thin coat of Sienna Byron Bay in Blush. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute and then paint second thin coat. Remove the nail vinyl.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 4 - Clean up lines and glue. Now is the time to do any clean up around cuticles and in the negative space eg. if the polish leaked into the negative space or if the nail vinyl left a glue residue. I've used flat angled brush and acetone to clean the lines.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

Step 5 - Apply a coat of Sienna Byron Bay Lightning Top Coat. If you don't want and uneven surface on the nail, firstly apply the topc coat only into the negative space to fill the void and let it dry. The apply top coat over the whole nail.

ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL
ABC Challenge: K is for Kolour Block Nail Art | TUTORIAL

 

So those are my new nails - what do you think? I really enjoyed working with Sienna Byron Bay polishes, even the top coat is nice and you should definitely check this brand out. And the beautiful rings I'm wearing are from Luna Pyxis (just received my order of loads more!) - I'm wearing X Criss Cross Ring which is an adjustable ring with lots of crystals. The other one is Rectangle Cubic midi ring in rose gold colour and it features one big crystal.

 

Sienna Byron Bay nail polish range is 7 Free (No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide), vegan and cruelty free - that's quite impressive. They can be purchased on their website and at international stocklists.

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x