20 Apr 2014

BEAUTY: Nail Art | Easter Bunny (step by step guide)

Hello and Happy Easter! Nail art used to be an obsession of mine and there wasn't a week that went by where polkadots or some kind of design adorned my tips. A few months back I fell out of love with it (probably due to a lack of time + working in retail ruins lives) but now the need for something a bit more on my nails is back, so expect a few more nail art posts or design features to come your way...
As it's Easter, I thought I'd create something themed plus bunnies are the cutest (fact, you can't argue against it). So, if you fancy having a little rabbit on your nails, keep reading for a ridiculously simple step by step guide...

What you'll need:
1 | Background nail colour of choice: I went with Essie Mint Candy Apple because it goes nice with white
2 | Black and white nail art pens: Or you can use normal nail polish and a bobby pin!
4 | A bubblegum/mid-tone pink: For the ears and the cheeks.
3 | Shades to do the rest of your nails: I repeated the mint and the pink (Ciate Candy Floss) and added a light pink (Topshop Ethereal) to tie it in together.

Step one | Paint your nail in your colour of choice, make sure it's opaque!
Step two | Draw a curved line (with a pen or the tip of your brush or bobby pin) across the nail just over 2/3 of the way down. Aslong as the top of the line, nearest the base of your nail, is smooth the rest doesn't need to be super neat.
Step three | Draw two 'ears' above the line. Try to make them slightly tapered so they look more real (basically, try to do them better than I did!)
Step four | Fill in the space at the bottom of your nail below the line until it's opaque and looks like a bunny shape.
Step five | Paint two little pink lines in the middle of the 'ears'.
Step six | With a black nail art pen, or black nail polish on a bobby pin, draw two dots for eyes and a little triangle or heart shape for the nose. Add two dots of pink for the 'cheeks' and you're done!

Just paint your other nails in the colours you've picked, add a top coat and you're all set for Easter (or any day, really, bunny nails aren't limited by a holiday). You could draw other little patterns, like you'd find on easter eggs on the other nails too, if you wanted to be super themed! This was a really easy little nail art to do, so is great for beginners or anyone wanting to try out a little theme. Mine isn't perfect, as I'm only just getting back into nail art, but it's not bad for a first attempt. Are you going to try anything like this for Easter or Spring?

helen x | twitter | instagram | bloglovin
Check out these lovely blogs: Kim Radley and Style Yourself Vintage!

19 Apr 2014

WISHLIST: The Accessories Edit #2

Hello! I'm spending the evening at my boyfriend's house this evening and while he's working on blog designs, I decided to do a little bit of dream internet shopping. The combination of gold, silver, black and mint appeals quite a lot to me at the moment. It feels very fresh, minimal and, as cliche as it sounds, rather 'me' right now. After clearing out the majority of my wardrobe, I'm very much welcoming anything that gives it a new, fresh feel.

First up, a beautiful white bag would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe, so the YSL one would be ideal (we'll just ignore the price tag for now, shall we?). The minty shade Sophie Hulme piece is slightly more attainable and would add a great Spring hue to any outfit. I love all of the gold items in the shops at the moment, especially that phone case and bracelet. I think all of the Vivienne Westwood watches at Harrods reflect exactly what I'm after too, as the one above is the perfect combination of gold and silver, plus the little orb detail is so sweet. I've owned a VW watch for years (five, to be exact) and it looks just as good now as it did when I bought it, so I know they're worth the investment.

Are you after anything new for Spring? Anything above caught your eye? Let me know on twitter.

helen x | twitter | instagram | bloglovin
Check out these lovely blogs: Kim Radley and Style Yourself Vintage!
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