Ahoy there sailors and sailorettes and welcome to Hey Sailor’s brand new blog, bringing you the latest street style, fashion, beauty, lifestyle and homeware and oh-so much more!
My name’s Sophie (but you can call me ‘Sailor Sophie’) and I’m part of Hey Sailor’s fantastic new Social Media team – here to deliver all the Hey Sailorness you could ever hope for – Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for regular updates of what’s going on at Hey Sailor HQ.
A little about me – I’m 22 years young, a recently graduated fashion student, living life in Glasgow and trying to find my way in the world of fashion, a place I’ve felt I belong since I was a little girl tottering around in my plastic Disney high heels and raiding my grandmother’s jewellery box. I earn my way in the world selling shoes but my heart is set on the bright and colourful lights of the big city and the exciting world of fashion. I’m a style enthusiast, lover of bright lips, dark nails, long hair and high heels, anything with a story behind it or that’s little bit off-beat.
In addition to bringing you the latest fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle from Hey Sailor HQ, I also write my own blog over at Filthy Paws & Silky Drawers if you fancy some more light reading, but for now, let’s kick things off with something fun and really easy – statement Summer nails!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s nail art – they’re a fantastic way to add something eye-catching to even the plainest of looks. However, there’s nothing worse than having a great nail art idea, doing an amazing job of it on your left hand and then making an absolute disaster trying to replicate it on your right hand – or the other way around! I thought I’d share a super easy way to get striped nails without the requirement of a steady hand!
What you will need…
- An opaque white nail polish – I’ve used Barry M‘s ‘Matte White’
- At least 2 additional nail polishes in your choice of colours – In my experience, I’ve found lighter colours and waterier consistencies work best. I’ve used Essie‘s ‘Off The Shoulder’, ‘Bikini So Teeny’ and ‘Cascade Cool’ – all from their S/S 2012 collection.
- An old bowl, plastic cup or empty takeaway food container.
- Nail polish remover.
- Some cotton wool buds.
Got all your stuff together? Fantastic, we’re ready to go!
Step 1 – Ensuring any old nail polish is removed, paint your nails white. You’ll probably need two coats of white polish to ensure it’s opaque – remember to make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying the second coat to avoid any smudges!
Step 2 – Fill your container nearly to the brim with room-temperature water. This won’t work with icy cold or boiling hot water so make sure you’ve got it juuust right.
Step 3 – Ensuring all your nail polish colours have been well shaken up to get rid of any gloopyness, line them up next to your container of water with the lids unscrewed. You’ll need to work quickly so having them all unscrewed before you start will help a lot.
Step 4 – Take your first nail polish and lift the brush out without getting rid of any excess – you want to the brush to be full of product and hold it above your container, allowing one drop to fall into the surface of the water.
Step 5 – Take your next colour and again, allow one drop to fall into the water in the centre of the original drop.
6 – Continue this process, alternating your colours, several times. The rings should create a pattern which will look like the inside of a tree trunk.
7 – Once you’ve got enough rings, lightly blow on the surface of the water. This will allow the colours to set to create a film floating on the surface.
8 – Lightly place your nail on the area of your pattern which you want to transfer onto your nail and allow your finger to ‘scoop up’ the film off the surface of the after.
9 – Repeat this process from Step 3 onwards for each nail, making sure you change the water between each nail.
10 – Once you’ve done your whole hand and allowed them all to dry, remove the excess of nail polish which will be around your nails and on your finger tips using cotton wool buds dipped in nail polish remover.
11 – After 20 minutes, apply a clear top coat (glossy or matt – you choose!) to secure the pattern.
12 – Snap a photo of your fabulous new nails and share with Hey Sailor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
See? I told you it was super easy and definitely looks a lot more impressive than the effort it takes! We’d love to see all the amazing looks you can create – Pink and white candy stripes perhaps? Rainbow stripes? Black and yellow bumblebee nails? The possibilities are endless!
Sailor Sophie ⚓