[I had meant for this post to publish while I was on holiday, but for whatever reason the scheduling didn't work and I've only just realised. So here it is for today - consider my nail art attempts to be the ta-dahs!]
I was kindly sent this book to review by publishers Hardie Grant - it's proved such a popular title that I had to wait for another print run to be completed before I got my copy - but it was certainly worth the wait.
Written by Sharmadean Reid, founder of ultra hip London nail salon Wah Nails - this cute and compact hardback is a little gem if you want to get professional nail art results at home. You'd have to have been living under a rock to fail to notice the rising popularity of nail art over the last few years, and Reid was the driving force behind its transforming nail art from 'tacky and ghetto' [her words] to its current status as fun and fashionable and approved by Vogue.
Following the introduction and a pictorial guide to the 'tools of the trade' used within, the book is mainly a succession of double page spreads - with step by step instructions as to how to achieve each of the 25 of the salon's most requested looks. The models used tend to be a) achingly cool and b) in their teens or early twenties, which is unsurprising but did have the unfortunate side effect of making me feel like a loopy great aunt attempting to keep up with the kids. So no change there then. There are also stickers in the back. I'm a bit gutted I don't have any new exercise books to decorate for the new school year. [Do school kids even use exercise books any more? Maybe I'll stick them on my laptop]. But hey, it's probably not aimed at me. I'm 35. I should be keeping myself busy buying orthopaedic footwear and visiting stately homes.
Anyway, on to the designs. I figured I couldn't really review the book without trying out the designs myself, as if they weren't actually easy to achieve it would be an attractive coffee table book but fairly useless for the non-professional nail artist. I was pretty
smug pleased with the way the ones I tried worked out.
This one was super effective and easy-peasy. It got loads of favourable comments.
Bit girly for usual outfits but I will admit to being quite taken with it. Fairly easy to do on your 'other' hand.
I love this one. Easy to do but looks impressive. Someone actually asked me if this was nail wraps and was amazed when I said it was free-hand. Surprisingly easy to do with my left hand [I'm right handed]
The book showed the zebra but suggested the tiger colour-way as an alternative.
Not too bad a job on both hands but it's tricky to get it looking realistic enough for my liking.
Shatter type polish is fairly fool-proof and available for all budgets. I need to practice the colour mixing though.
You'll notice I'm only showing you an arty shot of two of my fingers. I have ten. You don't really want to see the others. Needs more practise. Cool effect if you can do it without messing up though.
And speaking of those which need more practise, here's a few I haven't attempted yet. I reckon there's something for everyone here.
Total comic book geek heaven. Lichenstein would approve of this pop-art 'Pow!' design
Really not a fan of the 'talon' trend for pointy claws, but the design is pretty genius.
If tattoo style lettering is too tricky to pull off with nail art pens, I reckon a scrabble style font would look just as good.
One of my favourites. Time consuming and high maintenance? No doubt. Eye-catching and awesome? Definitely.
Rock chicks don't do dishes anyway.
One for the Cath K crowd.
Title - The Wah Nails book of Nail Art
Author - Sharmadean Reid
Publisher - Hardie Grant Books
Hardback ISBN - 9781742703206
Price - £9.99
A definite recommendation if you fancy a little bit of individuality on your nails. Or it would make a brilliant Christmas present for any
Sorry for tardiness of Ta-dah! Tuesday (you're all going to show me sensible grown up things like master bedroom repaints and prize winning carrots aren't you?) and for the lack of time I've had for blogging recently. Please don't give up on me - just a slightly tricky time with school holidays and now the smallest starting school. And a deluge of spam on the blog has put me off a bit. [If you need any Viagra I know of at least a thousand people willing to hook you up. It's completely screwed up my email account as well, apologies if I've missed anything - try my FB page if you need me]