Welp, my ban is still in place, but I've lined up some pretty exciting guest posts for you guys!
The first is by Franziska of the blog Frankie Hunter's Nails.
Hy, my name is Franziska, I'm a twenty something nailart addict from Austria and I started my own blog frankiehuntersnails.blogspot.
com in November 2013. I began painting my nails one year before and one day I thought, why not sharing my hobby with other people. My sources of inspiration are tumblr, daily stuff (like handkerchief boxes) and other bloggers, like Lucy. So when I heard her cry for guest posts I asked myself: "Why not help a fellow blogger?"
I'm very proud to show you, my "Simply Elegant" design, which is a mix of chevrons, gradient-sponging and studs!
For this design I used a craft scissor to cut the scotch tape into chevrons. Afterwards I painted my pinkie, middle finger and thumb with two coats of O.P.I. My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which is my favourite off-white, my ring finger on the one hand with Essie Cocktail Bling and my index finger with Essie Mint Candy Apple (reverse on the other hand). Some bloggers use fast drying top coat before putting on the tape - I tried it and failed. I recommend to put the tape on your skin, f.e. on your hand, because the skin scales will lessen the stickiness so it won't take all the polish off your nail, when you remove it.
Then I used a makeup-sponge to create the gradient. I started sponging Mint Candy Apple on the upper half of the nail and did the rest with Cocktail Bling. To get a smoother gradient look, I recommend to start with the light colour, than the darker one and than the light one again until you have the desired result.
At last I placed some flat back gold studs from the Essence Nail Art Decoration Kit on a drop of clear polish on my ring and index finger and sealed all my fingers with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat.
I hope you like this design, if you recreate it, please let me know.
Thanks for reading! =)
Thank you so much Franziska! If you've never checked out her blog, you should definitely stop by -- she does great, very original designs!
If you're interested in guest posting, contact me at thenailsnail[at]gmail.com.
Thanks, & I hope you enjoyed Franziska's amazing guest post!