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Nail Your Books #5 – Butterfly Nails

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Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Oh, how I missed doing these posts! It’s been a while since I attempted to do a book cover inspired manicure – mostly because I’ve been terribly busy lately – but I came across a beautiful cover recently and I knew I’d have to try and do a matching manicure. Today’s nails were inspired by A Life Apart, a contemporary novel written by an Italian writer, Mariapia Veladiano. Since I’ve always found butterfly nails stunning and looking at all those pictures on Pinterest made me want to try them, and since there is a gorgeous butterfly on the book cover, I knew what this week’s design would be. Well, here’s the result. (click on the pictures to enlarge)

Butterfly nails 1 Butterfly Nails 2

I used:

  • A base coat (Nail Experts Gold Strength by Avon)
  • One coat of purple nail polish (Heavy Metallilac by Catrice)
  • Black nail varnish for the stripes (Fatal Black by Miss Sporty)
  • White nail striper for the dots (Oriflame)
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)

If you’d like to recreate this look, you’ll find a pretty easy and straightforward tutorial here and here.

What do you think? Would you wear something like this? Have you tried this design before?
Also, if you have any favourite book covers you’d like to see in manicure form, make sure to let me know in the comments below. :)

Nail Your Books #4 – Green Leaf Nails

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Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Today’s nails were “designed” for a book I was reading last week – Eleanor Moran’s The Last Time I Saw You. I absolutely loved both the book and its cover – I think the cover suits the story perfectly well and when I first saw those little green leaves I knew I had to try and incorporate them into a nail design. Well, here’s how it turned out:

Grean Leaf Nails

I was trying to pick a matching colour for the base coat but I realised none of my 60+ nail varnishes look remotely similar to what I wanted, so I ended up mixing three different colours. It’s actually a super quick and easy to do so if you’d like to give it a go, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Base coat (Nail Experts Gold Strength by Avon)
  • A purple/blue/grey-ish colour or any other colour of your choice (Cosmic Blue by Avon, Heavy Metallilac by Catrice, and Quick Dry Nail Colour 13 by Rival de Loop )
  • A lighter colour for the leaves (Sea Breeze by Avon)
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
  • A thin brush or a toothpick

After starting off with a base coat to protect your nails, apply two coats of this purple/blue/grey-ish colour and let it dry.  Next, grab a thin brush, a small dotting tool or a toothpick, dip it into the light green varnish and paint some leaves and stripes on your nails (any random stripes will do). And that’s it. :D Let it dry and apply a fast drying top coat to protect your nails from chipping.

If you have any favourite book covers you’d like to see in nail art form, make sure to leave a comment with your suggestions above. :)

Nail Your Books #3: City Skyline Nails (Divergent)

Nail Your Books at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Hello everyone! Those of you who have been following me on Twitter for at least a few months might remember that a.) I’m a big fan of cutepolish‘s Youtube channel and b.) I adored her city skyline nails. So much so that I just couldn’t resist giving them a try back in August. (see the result here) When I was rearranging my bookcase the other day I realised it looks a little bit like the skyscrapers on Divergent’s cover. So I added a bit of glitter and silvery colours to the base coat and… well, this is how it turned out.

Divergent nails

If you’d like to recreate this look, you’ll need the following:

  • Base coat (Quick Dry Nail Colour 13 by Rival de Loop)
  • Silver nail varnish (Metal Shine by Miss Sporty)
  • Black nail varnish (Fatal Black by Miss Sporty) or a black nail art pen
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
  • A cosmetic sponge

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Nail Your Books #2 – Gradient Tiger Nails

Nail Your Books at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Today’s nails were inspired by a thriller I’m reading at the moment, which is Linwood Barclay’s No Time For Goodbye. Based on the cover’s dark colours and the book’s haunting atmosphere I wanted to do something darker this week. Here’s how it turned out:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve a bit of an obsession with gradient nails so that’s why I used two different shades of blue but I think it would look great with just one colour as well. If you’d like to recreate this look, this is what you will need:

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New Feature: Nail Your Books

Nail Your Books at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland blog that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Due to popular demand I will also try to include a short tutorial with my photos so that if you like a certain design, you can try it for yourself. This week’s nails have already been done on Twitter back in October but I wanted to show them to you here on the blog since I know lots of people don’t have Twitter or just simply missed my post. The holidays are upon us and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by curling up with a nice Christmasy book, a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. And what better way to make the holidays even more fun is by creating some cute nail designs!

This week’s nails are not your usual snowflake or snowman sort of design – the good news is, however, that they can be worn at any time of the year. People won’t look at you strangely if you try them in October, February or even in summer. Today’s nails were inspired by Abby Clements’s Christmas novel called Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, a book that I reviewed last month. Its cover looks very sparkly and it has all these shiny gems on it which made me want to do a similar nail design. Well, here’s the result.

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