Barry M Plam Leaf Nail Art

Monday, 2 May 2016

Bank Holiday Monday how I love you. As I spent last night soaking away in a glorious lush bath, drinking tea and reading Harry Potter 4 (yes I am a big fan and am currently in the midst of my annual re-read), I woke up today hangover free and full of the joys of spring.


Seeing as my blog has been quite swatch heavy recently, I thought that some nail art was the perfect antidote. Barry M's Coconut Infusion collection has some gorgeous colours (see the review post here) and I knew that Aloha and Flamingo would make the perfect gradient base.
 After applying some Matte topcoat I then sat through 1 and a half episodes of Gossip Girl and waited for inspiration to strike (I'm at the end of series 5 if anyone is interested).

Confession time - I have to admit I am one of those nail bloggers that just set's off blindly into a mani. I sometimes plan/sketch out what I'm going to do, but more often than not I just wing it. This is why swatching is so easy for me, there's very little creative thinking involved. Anyone else take this tact or is it just me? Anyway today was one of those days that I thankfully ended up with something publishable. This isn't always the case, believe me when I say that my phone has all manner or mutant, frankinstein esk mani's that will never see the light of day (*shiver).

Just as I was getting to the point of becoming desperate, I saw an image of some plants in the background of a lobby on GG and this design just popped into my head. I used a combination of Bikini and Kiwi (from the Gelly range) to create the palm leaves. I left them glossy for a contrasting finish and voila!

Barry M Palm Leaf Nail Art using Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

Barry M Palm Leaf Nail Art using Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

Barry M Palm Leaf Nail Art using Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

What do you think of this design? I actually love it, the only issue is the leaf on my little nail is droopey and sad (haha), kind of representative of my nail art at the minute.

Any nail art inspiration tips for a struggling blogger?

You can buy these Barry M Coconut Infusion nail paints from Barry M online, Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide for £4.99 each (the Gelly is £3.99).

Hope you've all enjoyed yourselves today. Been up to anything fun?
Make sure you pop back on Wednesday as I'll be chatting about my new 'Nail Blog Love' idea. Something that I hope will really help us all in the nail blogging community come together.

Vicky
xx

15 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous, Vicky. Aloha and Flamingo work so perfectly together. I'm stuck in a bit of a nail art rut at the moment too, I can't seem to get motivated. I find that trying a new technique is always good. I do a lot of stamping so I like to vary it but using vinyls or water decals for a change. I think it's good to shake things up sometimes :)
    Sam
    The Nail & Beauty Files

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    1. Thanks Sam, that's such good advice. I tend to avoid new techniques as I'm the worst at failing things. I just give up and move on. However I think it's time to try stamping again and get some new supplies bought. Have you any advice on good stamping supplies?
      Vicky
      @thepolishlist

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    2. It's helped me loads. To be fair, I'm rubbish with vinyls but I'm determined to master them! I would say in terms of stamping, start with MoYou London. The polishes and plates are lovely and very easy to work with. I'd also recommend one of their squishy marshmallow stampers too. Squishy stampers are easier to work with especially if you have curved nails. The whole process is a learning curve but you'll be so good at it with a bit of practice. If you need any advice at all on stampers, polishes etc then let me know on IG or Twitter and I can help xx

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  2. Ooooooh, I like those! So cheerful and bright, in contrast to the lovely bank holiday weather.

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    1. Thank you, I was going for a tropical feel to match the Coconut Infusion polishes. However it has brightened up my nails on this grizzly day, you're right.
      Vicky
      @thepolishlist

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  3. Love this mani vicky, such a fun summery feel to it, think it's time I got some summer colours on. Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen, I'm really enjoying wearing brighter shades now. Although I do still love the pastels xxx
      Vicky
      @thepolishlist

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  4. This is a beautiful mani with a wonderful gradient. You've used the coconut Barry M's so fittingly for this. I don't think your pinky is sad at all! Also, I'm completely the same when I try to come up with a design. I kind of just sit there with an idea on my head of a theme and then just go with the flow. Most of the time it works, but sometimes I look back and think, wtfbbq. For new ideas, trying a new technique definitely helps me. Also doing bestie twin nails (which I've done before) or perhaps mani swap (which I haven't but would like to do) might help. Recreations are another good one that I've seen others do. And just joining some challenges. You don't even have to do so the prompts. Just pick the ones you like. As you know, I also participate in #smooshynailsunday, but have you heard of #whencolourscollide? Anyways, I'm rambling lol. Hope you get inspired soon. I really really love this palm leaf mani!

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    1. Thank you so much for all your amazing suggestions. I've made a not of the smooshy challenge this week and will have a look around for any nail art challenges. I've not heard of #whencolourscollide so will look it up, I seem to be out of the loop massively.
      I am thinking about trying stamping again & I need to buy some new supplies. You're right, a new technique may be just the thing.

      Vicky xx
      @thepolishlist

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  5. These are so great Vicky. Might have to try out this colour combination myself! Will let you know when I do!
    Fran x

    @thesimplenail

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    1. Ooh please do and let me know when you've done it, I'd love to see another mani in these colours.
      Vicky x

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  6. I love this mani, the gradient and shadowing is so subtle but gorgeous 👍

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    1. Thanks so much, I've not done a gradient in ages so I was so worried I'd forget.
      Vicky
      @thepolishlist

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