Monday, 1 October 2012

DIY Nails Blog is Moving!!

It's true. I got bored of the layout for this blog, so instead of trying to fix it up, I'm just starting over again.  The new one is still under construction, but make sure to follow it!!

Check it out:


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Perfect for Fall!

So I know Fall technically doesn't start for a few more days, but I couldn't wait. I am in love with this colour for fall! It's such a neat greyish-brown shade, and it also has some shimmer in it which makes it even more gorgeous!

With Fall comes the need to say goodbye to super bright, summery colours. I really recommend investing in a colour like this for Fall; neutral tones are in this season, and something like this is simple and stunning. Check it out!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Don't Judge a Polish Its Bottle

When I first saw this in the store, I thought it was some kind of lipgloss. Turns out its actually Revlon's new nail polish, and it is one of the coolest polishes I've seen in a while!

How it works; you take the darker coat and paint it on your nails. Then you just paint the sparkle side over it!

I was a bit skeptical because the sparkles looked really flashy and I wasn't too sure about the colour. But once it's actually on the nails, it blends in with the darker colour and takes on this really neat, almost tie dye-like form. The only down side to this polish? It's expensive and the sparkles get used up REALLY fast; I've only used it twice and the sparkle side is half empty. But what can ya do.

Here's what it looked like on my nails. This is called Revlon's "Nail Art Moon Candy" in "Galactic"!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Gorgeous Purple!

I recently took a trip to the States, and I got this colour super cheap! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it.

It's a pretty dark purple tint, but it has a really unique orangey-copper undertone to it. It's so gorgeous, it's one of my new favorites! Here I paired it with a gold sparkle accent nail just to make it pop even more. What do you think, awesome right!? :)

Ps, the colour is Zoya's "Lotus".

Monday, 23 July 2012

Pink or Purple?

So I can't decide if this is colour is pink or purple, but it is gorgeous!! I have been in love with really bright shades this summer, and I think this one gets the award for brightest polish. It is perfect for summer. It's a feel good colour :)

China Glaze calls it purple ("Purple Panic Neon"), but I think it looks more pink when it's on. You should try it, it's a fun one!

The Goal of DIY Nails Blog

Good afternoon! Now that I'm starting to get a few followers and have a few more posts up, I just wanted to emphasize what exactly this blog is about.

I did NOT create this blog to brag about the hundreds of polishes I have, and all the fabulous and complicated designs I can do with my nails. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at blogs like that and I commend anyone who can do those!  However, I've noticed that something important is missing from the blog world; practicality and simplicity, especially when it comes to nail designs! I realize that not everyone has the money to go out and spend $10 to $20 on every nail polish bottle they buy, and then buy 10 or 15 at a time. It's just not practical! So many nail polish blogs have hundreds of colours in their arsenal of polish, and I am more than jealous of them! But like many other people, I can't spend that much money on polish, and I don't have the time to do a different complicated design and then blog about it everyday.

Like those other blogs, I do have a passion for great nails. But the main focus of this blog is on practicality. I want my posts to be something EVERYONE can do, not just a select few. The focus of DIY Nails is just that; something you can do yourself at home! I want to share tips that I have learned that makes doing your nails easier, and gets you better results at home. I want beginners to be able to relate as well as those who are more skilled at nail design. I want this to be a place where everyone can get useful tips, and get cool ideas on how to do their nails.

I want this blog to show everyone that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get great nails! You can still look fabulous using what you have at home :) Nail design meets practicality!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sparkle Tips

This is one of the easiest manicures you can do at home. It's super fast to do (the glitter polish is very fast-drying), and it only takes two coats of glitter polish to get this look!

The polish I used here is O.P.I.'s "Crown Me Already", and it worked really well! This polish is a really heavy glitter, and when I first bought it I wasn't sure exactly how to use it to its best advantage. But I feel like I really found the perfect use for it in this look!

To get this look, I did one base coat, and then covered that with a translucent nude polish. When that was dry, I covered 3/4 of my nails with the glitter polish, trying to avoid the bigger chunks of glitter. I think it looks better with only the very small sparkles on this layer. I then did a second layer of the glitter polish on the tops of my nails. Then a top coat of course to smooth over the sparkles, an this is what I got!

Try this today, it's super easy and it really does look great!