Elins Nails

07 July, 2014

Dot Nail Art

I hope you all had a good weekend, I sure did! And now I'm back with a new set of nails for you. It's a pretty easy nail art, but it still looks so good.

Dot Nail Art by Elins Nails

This is made using dotting tools in all different sizes and some great colors. I decided to do a accent nail just to spice it up a little. 

Dot Nails by Elins Nails

I'm using my favorite nailpolish right now in this Nail Art. The golden one. It's from Gwen Stefain's OPI collect and its called Love Angel Music Baby. It's a lovely matte color, which they are calling satin. And you are not suppose to add topcoat on it, but I just think it's so amazing both without and with topcoat. I took a picture of this Nail Art before adding the topcoat so you can see for yourself. That picture you can find her below. 

Dot Nail Art without Topcoat by Elins Nails

Nailpolish -
Isadora - Second Nail
OPI - Love Angel Music Baby
Ciaté - Pepperminty
Essie - Watermelon
Seche Vite - Topcoat 

05 July, 2014

Patriotic 4th of July Nails

Over there in the big country across the Atlantic Ocean the holiday 4th Of July is being celebrated. Although I'm not living there anymore I just had to join in on these celebrations, and it's kinda started to become a tradition for me to celebrate this holiday with some great nail art. So why break it now? I'm still hoping I will get a chance to celebrate 4th of July right there in America, hopefully in Texas, but this will have to do until that day when I actually will do so. 

I was in a kinda glittery mood when I chose out the colors for this design, so its a nail art full of glitter! Since glitter nail polish isn't always super compact I started of with a layer of white nail polish to have a base for all the glitter that is in this. 

Patriotic 4th of July Nails by Elins Nails.

The design is pretty easy, not much tools where used for this patriotic Nail Art. Everything but the stripes and dots are made with the brush in the nail polish. I guess you can even say that the stripes was made with that too because I was using a striping nail polish - very thin brush in the nail polish. 

For this I did 3 nails with both blue, red, stripes and dots. The stars had to become dots because I'm really not that good to make that small stars. The third one that you can't see on the picture is obviously the thumb. The two other nails I did concentrate on one of the colors. Since the blue polish I was using was more glitter then color, compared to the red one, I did a glitter gradient. Then with the smallest dotting tool I have I added dots over it. With the red one I did the whole nail and the added stripes. 

Patriotic 4th of July Nail Art by Elins Nails

I hope you liked the Patriotic 4th Of July Nails! For everyone other there that is celebrating it today, what have been your plans for the days? I'm pretty curious to know, so if anyone got something exciting to share please leave a comment for me!

02 July, 2014

Pictorial - Flower nails.

Surprise, surprise! Here I am again! It's been a while but I'm hoping I will get back into updating my blog and painting my nails again. It's been a while but for now I'm back home from Texas for a while at least.

I thought I would do my comeback with a request that I got on the blog. She wanted to know how to do flower nails so I thought I would do that. It's an easy design, you don't need much not even a lot of experience with nail art. 

Here is the finished product of it all. 

Flower nails by Elins Nails

To do these nails I started with a gradient background so I'm gonna show how I do that too. I always start with a base coat to protect the nails. And when I do gradient nails I don't always think that the color is really compact so I start with a white base coat to start it all off. 

Then you take nailpolish that is often the same color but different shades. For this design I used 3 different blue polishes. Then you get a make-up sponge. These I bought really cheap so you don't have to spend a lot of money on that.

So to do the gradient you put the polishes on your sponge after how the shades go. You need a few layers of the colors because the sponge soaks up a lot of the nail polish.

Then you just put it over your nails. But you have to think about the fact that you don't only get nailpolish on your nail. You can always put tape around your nails or put vaseline around your nail to get an easier clean up. 

After it should look something like this, and you have to put in mind that once you get your topcoat on it will look much better. 

After you are done with the gradient background its time for the flowers. To do them you need to shades of another color, I chose pink. You start with the darker shade and a pretty big dotting tool.

Then you do some dots on your nail. I usually keep them kinda round but still not. Just look at the picture to see what I mean.

After that you take your lighter color and thin nail art brush.

With the lighter shade you do some patterns over your spots, almost like Cs.

For the leaves you take a bigger brush and a green nailpolish.

You just make some leaf shapes around the flowers. I usually try to do 2 leaves for every flower but you have to keep in mind that it's not always possible.

Put some topcoat and some clean up and you are all done!

I'm seeing now that the light on the pictures aren't the best, it's sort of reflecting on the nails. It's been a while since I took pictures of my nails but it will be better next time!

Thanks for looking into my blog and hopefully you will pay another visit soon. I'm gonna try to update a few more things for you in the near future. 

25 October, 2013

Texas Nail Art

I have since a few months back worked on becoming an Au Pair in the US, and last week I finally found my host family. So in less then a month I will be going to Texas to work as an Au Pair there for the next year. My updating might be really bad during that time but I will try to update some. So to celebrate this I did Texas nails, with the Texas flag. And I know the flag is wrong for this angle but from my angle the flag is right. So you just have to imagine it or turn your computer upside down or something.

To do this nails I started with base coat and then two layers of white. Then with the red nail polish I painted half the nail, using the nail polish bottle brush. Then with a pretty thin brush I painted the blue on freehand. 

Then I thought about painting white stars on the blue but then I decided to just use some star charms on instead. Taking the easy way out. 

The Nail polishes I used are these -
Don't forget to use base coat to protect your nails.

White - OPI - Alpine Coat
Blue - China Glaze - First Mate
Red - Gina Tricot - Formula One
Top Coat - Nails Inc - Caviar Top Coat

19 September, 2013

Jeans Nail Art - Wear Your Nails

The nails I wanna show you now is inspired by jeans. I bought this jeans affect nail polish not so long ago and I haven't tried it before so I thought now it was time that I did!

When I did these nails I started with base coat which is always a most. Then I put two layers of the demin effect nail polish on. Then with a striping brush and gold nail polish I did small lines in different patterns to look like the stitches that you find on the jeans. 

It was an easy design but it looks pretty good according to me. And I just wanna point out that it's not tipwear on the pinky. It kinda looks like that but it's gold nail polish there. Just had to get that out haha. 
I did these nails matte because I thought that brought out the jeans look more. 

I have been a little bad with my nail care the last few weeks so I know it looks so bad, but I'm gonna take better care of it now haha. I promise you all that! 

 The nail polishes I used -

Base coat - Isadora - Second Nail
Denim - Kubiss - Denim Nail Affect
Gold - Sephora - I'm A Rich Girl
Matte top coat - Essie - Matte About You

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think about this design. 

23 August, 2013

Galaxy Nail Art - My nails are out of this world

Today I thought I would share this galaxy Nail Art which I made. I'm pretty satisfied with these nails, except for the fact that the glitter I put on top of it was to compact. Which I didn't really know before. But other then that its a pretty easy design all you need is some cool nailpolishes and a make up sponge and then you are good to go.

Galaxy nails by Elins Nails

To do this design I started with two layers of a dark blue with a little bit of shimmer in it. Then with a make up sponge I put on a little pink, a light blue and then at last purple. Then to top it all of and give it that 'Out of this world' feeling I added some holographic topcoat. 

Then with a white striping nailpolish I made some stars on and then made some smaller stars with a dotting tool. And then I did that thing I regret the most, I wanted more glitter so I grabbed this new glitter striping nailpolish and made some random things on the nail. Lucky me it didn't look so bad in real. 

To end it all I added a layer of topcoat, to just put the finish touch on it. Making it all smooth and shiny.

 The nailpolishes I used for this design is these - 

Base coat - Isadora - Second Nail
Dark Blue - China Glaze - Up All Night
Pink - Essie - Cute As A Button
Light Blue - China Glaze - Flyin' High
Purple - Mavala - Samarkand
White - Kiss Nail Art
Glitter - Kiss Nail Art

And then I realized I forgot the top coats I used -

Holographic - Ciaté - Halo
Top Coat - Seche Vite 

Please leave a comment saying what you think about this design, thanks.

21 August, 2013

Perfect Clean Up after painting your nails.

Everyone knows its not the most easiest thing to paint your nails perfectly, but what makes them look perfect is the perfect clean up, not only from nail polish outside your nails but also to get perfect line around your cuticles. To do this there are a few different techniques which I thought I would show you today.

The first thing is that you can use cotton swabs (q-tips) dipped in nail polish remover. But this is probably just best if you got nail polish outside your nails. It's not the easiest thing to get the perfect clean up around your cuticle with a cotton swab though.

The next thing is a nail polish correction pen. I used one for the swedish store Kicks, from their own brand.

Kicks Nail Polish Corrector by Elins Nails

Its like a pen full with nail polish remover. Its a good and easy way to get a good clean up. But the downsides which I found about this is that the tips easy broke and got ugly. But luckily you usually get a few extra tips with. These pens are available from OPI and Essie too that I know of at least. 

But after trying all different ways this next thing is my favorite. I use an angled eyeshadow brush that I bought pretty cheap. 

Just dip it in nail polish remover and its great for the clean up around your cuticle. To get the best looking nails it looks best if you clean so the nail polish don't really go all the way down to the cuticles. 

I hope this helps you all to get the perfect clean up!