A new spring creation


Sometimes people ask where to find inspiration for nail art. The obvious place for many is by trawling through Google or Instagram pictures after searching Nail Art. Of course you will find some lovely pictures of nails but I genuinely think that by pushing the envelope you’ll get a lot more satisfaction from your finished manicures, and despite a few major fails, you may well end up with something a lot more unique.

My inspiration for today’s manicure was threefold;

  1. I wanted to do something bright and cheery for spring (it does feel like summer is almost upon us now and that is definitely something worth celebrating)

  2. I bought some metal embellishments a few months ago and had yet to try them out

  3. The real inspiration however came from postings by http://www.sparkylies.co.uk/ She makes the most beautifully adorned phone cases; full of all kinds of glittery, geeky, girliness!

I love all her cases and wanted to create something just as OTT on my nails (yes, I did get a comment or two in work about these nails)

So now, let’s get on to the nails.

For the base coat I used Model’s Own Banana Split from their Fruit Pastels collection. I wanted something cheery but not too overpowering so a yellow pastel seemed to fit the bill nicely.

OTT full mani

I then poured on the kitsch with yellow and blue sequin hearts, mini-crystals and mini pearls. Then for the icing on the cake I topped my ring finger with a beautiful gold Unicorn embellishment which I bought from http://www.she-sells-seashells.co.uk/ (she not only sells seashells but also bird cages, anchors, DINOSAURS! and more) All the pieces where placed onto freshly painted clear topcoat and then secured further with another liberal coating over the top. (My first choice of topcoat for nail art is always SecheVite but as my last bottle died I may well move on to something different next time – I hear HKGirl is good, has anyone else tried it?)

Unicorn full hand

I was careful when removing my unicorn not to pull and damage the nail but to let it slip off of it’s own accord once the acetone had worked it’s magic (regular nail polish will of course work just as well but I just get a bit impatient waiting). By doing this it means I can use him again and again as he was totally unharmed.

Unicorn clear

So tell me honestly, do you like? Is this something you would wear? Would you be able to wear it at work?

Unicorn cu



About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

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