Fancy nails

May 30th 2012katie


I’m far from a girly girl in most ways: I apply the bare minimum of make-up to avoid being told I look poorly and my wardrobe consists almost entirely of cotton jersey in varying shades of ‘drab’. But I do like fancying up my nails, possibly because I am lucky to have very strong, healthy nails – all that cheese I eat, I guess. I’ve even started caring for my cuticles (Bio Oil is the bestest, as well as working wonders everywhere else) and using a top and base coat which really does make a difference. I’ve found it’s pretty easy to fit a quick polish in around working at home or reading blogs, so I’ve been repainting every other day or so recently.


I usually stick to plain colours – Butter‘s lovely low-chemical ones are my favourite; I also like Essie, Barry M, Topshop and American Apparel. But when I saw these nail stickers on The Dainty Squid I couldn’t resist the promise of recreating Kaylah’s super cool two-tone looks on the cheat, so bought a few sets too.


My first couple of attempts are a bit smudgy but with practice I’m sure they’ll neaten up. The best part is you can just apply a set of new coloured tips to some chipped days-old polish to give it a refresh without stripping and repainting. Slummy, moi?


For a more subtle look that’s more forgiving to slip-ups, try them with a mattifying top coat – I used Essie’s above left for frosted tips.

If you fancy a go, the sets are super cheap on eBay and arrive really quickly. Have fun.

Comments (20)

  • Kim

    May 30th 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I got some of these after Kaylah posted about them, to.! So far I’ve done silver chevron tips on top of pale lilac.. it went a little wrong because I’m too impatient to let the first coat dry completely!

    1. Katie

      May 30th 2012 at 7:38 pm

      I saw those on your instagram, they looked super cool! I need a metallic silver…

  • Zandi

    May 30th 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I almost hate how much I love Butter London. They are so nice, but a bit pricey so I hoped they’d be terrible but they are WONDERFUL.

    1. Katie

      May 30th 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Yes I agree, quite a dangerous habit..!

  • rooth

    May 30th 2012 at 8:02 pm

    My sister just let me try Butter and it’s freaking fantastic! I really like all of their colours. I also really like RGB for some on point colours – they have an orangey red that I could wear always

    1. Katie

      May 30th 2012 at 8:30 pm

      ohh RGB look great, more temptation..!

  • Kate @ M is for make

    May 30th 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I don’t think you can ever have enough nail varnishes, I have to stay away from Boots. Do you do a base and top coat in the same varnish? (sorry if this is a stupid question!)

    My nails aren’t nearly so strong so I have to limit how much I paint mine. Toes are a different matter though :)

    1. Katie

      May 30th 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Yes I have a Sally Hansen one that does base and top, but I think separate ones probably do a better job.

      1. Kate @ M is for make

        May 30th 2012 at 8:57 pm

        I’ll try that, mine never lasts that long!

  • Anushka

    May 30th 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I love those colours all together. I am terrible with nail varnish, as I make things and use my hands constantly and daily, it never lasts more than a day without chipping (and I’m inevitably too lazy to try out those cool stencils, love the blue/yellow combination)

  • siobhan Watts

    May 30th 2012 at 8:44 pm

    These look great. Love the pink and black. I’m such a messy nail painter. I’m so impatient so always get it everywhere as I can never sit still long enough to let it dry properly! x

  • Jessica

    May 31st 2012 at 9:19 am

    Haha, I did exactly the same thing when I saw them on The Dainty Squid. I still need some practice with the stickers (yours look great by the way) but I do like the effect – red nails with a glittery gold tip looks pretty good in a carnival-esque way. I am also addicted to Barry M, sooo many good colours!

  • Red Bird Makes

    May 31st 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Wow – super nails & infact i’m rather jealous of your colours! I may well have to invest in the stickers, they’re a great idea…

  • Laura

    June 3rd 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I saw these on The Dainty Squid too, I think I’m going to have to buy some. They look great! Looks like I will also have to try some Butter London to see what all the fuss is about!

  • Helen

    June 4th 2012 at 10:16 am

    I love that American Apparel green-ish colour, matches you blog layout too!

  • niina

    June 4th 2012 at 7:24 pm

    All these colors look lovely! But I especially like the Butter London ones. I haven’t tried anything from their brand yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about them :)

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  • jools

    July 3rd 2012 at 6:10 pm

    hi there, i bought a great selection of these nail tapes after seeing this post. Having problems though – everytime lift the tape it removes the base coat. Have used Barry M and Nails Inc and left the base coat for hours. Any suggestions please??!!!

    1. Katie

      July 3rd 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Hey Jools, you could try two things: apply a top coat and leave to dry before applying the stickers, or make the stickers a bit less tacky by pressing them onto your skin before sticking. Good luck!

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