About andrea

Travel Writer. Blogger. Baker. Used to write about celebrities. Now I write about London, while simultaneously wandering off elsewhere as much as possible.

watermelon mani

i’m still into my ‘let’s pretend it’s spring by wearing bright and perky manicures’ phase. it’s not ideal, but it’s necessary. i’m giving london two more weeks to get its sh*t together before i’m hauling ass back to sydney, where it is currently 29 degrees. in autumn.

in the meantime, i’m channelling summer with this fruity little number. ain’t she cute?watermelon nail art manicure

watermelon nail art manicure

i was having a little play with polka dots (you know about my obsession – and here’s a secret, you guys only see about a third of the polka dot manis that adorn my nails. that’s how common they are) and randomly tried black dots on this punchy watermelon pink.

watermelon nail art manicure

the effect didn’t look too different to watermelon seeds, so i just went ahead and added a white and green stripe to the edge of the nail. ét voila: a cutie patootie take on my favourite fruit.

watermelon nail art manicure

to avoid smearing, keep your two coats of pink as thin as possible and really, truly wait for them to be completely dry before going about your dotting and striping.

i do the whole end of the nail white, then add the green on top as its easier than trying to paint two really thin stripes side by side. but keep in mind that by this point you’re working with four coats of nail varnish – thick and gloopy if you don’t allow them to dry properly.

watermelon nail art manicure

so remember: two coats of pink. dry completely. black dots and white stripe. dry completely. green stripe. dry completely. top coat. time consuming, but worth it – you don’t want to get to the very last step and ruin it all by smudging. be patient.

watermelon nail art manicure

bonjour from meribel…

just checking in!

sarah and i are currently negotiating the slopes of beautiful meribel in france. peanut buttered in meribel, france

we’ll be back next week to tell you all about our adventures on the slopes, and in the meantime there are some six spoonfuls coming your way tomorrow.

until then, a bientôt!


sunset gradient manicure

i have bright orange and yellow tulips in my living room right now that look like a fiery sunset when the afternoon sun hits them. they are so beautiful, i wanted to see if i could create something similar on my nails.sunset gradient sponge manicure 4

i found this new shade, papaya, from the barry m gelly hi shine range last week – so spring appropriate and punchy, what’s not to love? with the weather so downright miserable at the moment, i’m in need of some perking up.barry m gelly hi shine papaya

i love the colour on it’s own – look how shiny! it will definitely be a summer staple.barry m gelly hi shine papaya

but to create my sunset-inspired look, i added a gradient layer of gold using the sponge method.

first, i painted two layers of the papaya and allowed to dry completely. this is important, otherwise the sponge will stick to the first colour. sunset gradient sponge manicure 4

once it’s touch dry, brush a thick pool of gold onto a non-absorbant surface (an old glossy magazine works well) and dab a piece of sponge in very lightly. dab off the excess onto your surface, before applying very lightly to the nail.

start at the end of the nail and work up towards the cuticle. you should have a very faint speckle effect, ever so slightly thicker towards the edge of the nail.sunset gradient sponge manicure 4

allow to dry, then sponge another layer at the edge of the nail so it is completely gold. you should have your gradient.

i find this method easier than the previous tutorial i’ve followed in older posts, which mixes the two colours together before sponging.sunset gradient sponge manicure 4

i love the colour combo of the coral and gold together. it’s a little different to the bright orange and yellow of my tulips, but i think it captures the sunset look nicely. what do you think?orange tulips on peanut buttered