Unsightly and unsavoury, my worst habit is that I bite my fingers. My fingers, I say, because I don’t ever bite the nails – I bite the skin around them. It sounds disgusting but I have been doing it for years and so my New Year’s Resolution for 2011 is to get a grip and give it up.
The strange thing about this awful habit of mine is that I am completely anal when it comes to the nails themselves. My secondary school didn’t allow nail polish, and so from the moment I got to sixth form I made up for lost time and have never been without a set of painted talons since. I love painting my nails, especially with Barry M brights, and find it very theraputic. With two ideas in mind, my love for nail grooming and determination to take better care of my fingers, I decided to really go all out with some new year nail art and looked to blogger extraordinaire Gem Fatale for some inspiration.
Gem Fatale’s Style Blog is one that I have been following for a couple of months now. Gem is a student and she discusses all that dazzles in terms of fashion and beauty through writing and via YouTube tutorials. One thing that I have noticed about Gem is that she is always sporting amazing leopard print nails and so I was delighted to find a fuss-free tutorial from her online.
“You don’t actually need a steady hand or to be arty or anything like that – I am so shit at anything to do with art!”
Gem’s nails looked so professional that I was doubtful I could replicate them, but the above wise words made me laugh and encouraged me to have a little faith. Gem’s idea, to use liquid eyeliner for detail instead of nail art pens, seemed so simple that I couldn’t help but try it. Lo and behold, they’ve turned out beautifully! Here are some pictures of my step by step process:
To try Gem’s nail art for yourself, click here to visit her YouTube tutorial.
Yukiumi Nails at Peaches and Cream
If you’re after a quicker fix, you should head to Peaches and Cream in Liverpool. This is my favourite beauty parlour of all time! They’ve just become the only UK stockist of Yukiumi nails, a Japanese beauty and cosmetic company that offer divine stick on falsies. Here are some highlights.
Don’t forget to visit their website and take a look at everything else they have to offer. From incredible bridal packages to a pic ‘n’ mix dedicated entirely to false eyelashes, you’ll be sure to find something pretty in pink.
Wish me luck with my nail resolution, and if anyone has any tips to help me they’d be much appreciated!