I am truly shocked at the amount of time that has passed since I last post. I can only apologise!!

It has been a very busy couple of months since starting my placement and sadly my nails have taken a bit of a back seat.


I’m back and keen to get creative once again, especially now the sun has gone in and we have been graced with huge amounts of rain in London.


Anyway, this week I decided to get on brand with UKTV!

On Tuesday 10th September we held our annual UKTV Showcase event at the Saatchi gallery. This was a fantastic opportunity for journalists to gain an understanding of the new commissions that will be coming up in months to come on the UKTV channels.

It’s safe to say that I had an absolutely amazing time! I got to mingle with the stars (namely shared a lift with Anthony Head and was told by Harry Enfield that I ran around a lot).

So, I thought I would go all out and do a fancy branded UKTV design on my nails!

UKTV Showcase by Kelly

The main colours I have used for this design are a Topshop pastel Blue, a standard white polish, Barry M silver glitter, Topshop blue nail art pen and black and white nail art pens.

I’m so glad I did these. They certainly became a talking point!


Zoo inspired Giraffe

Last week I took a trip to London Zoo for Zoo Lates and it was amazing!

So, I felt it was necessary to jazz up my nails with an animal inspired design.

Giraffe by Kelly

Giraffe by Kelly

The main colours I used for this one are Topshop celestial blue for the base, Bee’s Knees yellow for the head and neck, Barry M mushroom brown for the spots, pastel pink textured nail polish for the nose and nail art pens in black and white for additional detail.

This is nice and easy to do as the main detail comes in when you do the head on the thumb nail.

It’s good to double check that you have done the head the right way round so that it lines up with the neck. I got this wrong on my other hand…not the best when you have to start over the most detailed part! But, that’s trial and error I guess.


In order to celebrate the release of ‘Man of Steel’, I felt it was necessary to get creative with my nails (as per usual).

I found a design similar to this on Pinterest and thought it was worth giving it a go!

Superman by Kelly

The main colours used for this one are Barry M cobalt Blue, Mushroom, Red wine, Topshop Bee’s Knees and a black nail art pen.

My favourite part of this design is the quiff! It’s a fairly easy one to do as it is mainly stripes. The only tricky part I found was creating the Superman logo as I don’t have a red nail art pen (which definitely would have come in handy!).

Buzzing around

I haven’t posted on here in over a month! It’s shocking! But, the reason for this is because I have started an incredible placement (and I have yet to get any internet sorted in my new place).

Anyway, here is a little design I did to celebrate the sun making a very belated appearance at the end of June! Nothing beats having pastel yellow nails when it’s a lovely summers day.

Buzzing around by Kelly

The main colour used for this one is Topshop Bee’s Knees pastel yellow and nail art pens in black and white.

It was quite tricky doing the bee as you definitely need a steady hand to be able to make the stripes. A toothpick can come in handy if you don’t have a nail art pen to hand.

Up up and away!

I have two weeks left until my work placement starts, so doing my nails is definitely the perfect way to spend my days!!

UP by Kelly

I love the film UP so it felt necessary to add a bit of Disney to my nails.

The main colours used for this one are Topshop celestial, bee’s knees, Barry M bright pink, mint green, gelly papaya, lilac and nail art pens in black and white.

This really easy to do as it is generally lots of dots for the balloons and block colour for the house.

Sparkle and Shine

I’m so bored of the sun not wanting to shine so I felt like brightening up my days with a bit of glitter on my nails. Fingers crossed this will make summer hurry up!

Sparkle and Shine by Kelly

The main polishes used for this are Barry M red wine, red glitter, Topshop hidden treasure and a black nail art pen.

This is a nice and simple design and very easy to achieve. I always do a base colour for glitter polishes to enhance the bold colour.

Peachy Flowers

The sun has finally made an appearance (Yippeeeee!) so it felt necessary to add a bit of summery shine to my nails.

Peachy Flowers by Kelly

The main colours used for this design are Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Papaya, Topshop Bee’s Knees (pastel yellow), a basic white nail paint and a nail art pen in White.

Normally I would have used nail art pens to create the flowers as it can be tricky to use a normal nail paint brush as you could create a big blob instead of a little one. However, somehow using the brush worked for me this time! Just make sure your brush isn’t loaded up too much.

Iron Man

Iron Man 3 hits cinemas at the end of this month so it felt appropriate to celebrate the occasion through a bit of nail art!

Iron Man by Kelly

I was inspired by an image on Pinterest for this design.

The colours used are Barry M Red Wine and Black, Topshop Hidden Treasure, a shimmery pale blue from Claire’s and nail art pens in black and white.

I used a cocktail stick to add the blue detail onto each nail as the brush was too thick and added a big blob of polish onto the small area.

I really love this design! It looks a lot harder than it is too! Just make sure you have a steady hand as there is a fair amount of line detail to contend with.

Spots and Stripes

So, as you will have seen in my previous post, I have been sucked in by the 2 for £8 offer on Topshop nail polishes. Today I have decided to get adventurous with the ‘Hidden Treasure’ colour that is a metallic colour which has gold and blue tones.

Metallic by Kelly

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure – Topshop nail polish

I think the black pattern that I’ve added with a nail art pen adds a bit more excitement to this nail polish. I’ve got a few interviews coming up this week so fingers crossed my nails will leave a lasting impression!


I am very very obsessed with the film ‘Despicable Me’ so it was only a matter of time before minions appeared on my nails.

Minions by Kelly

The main colours used for this are Topshop yellow and pastel blue, nail art pens in white and black and Barry M denim blue (that gives a great affect when it is dry).

I found an image on Pinterest to use as inspiration for this one. It’s quite easy to do too. All you need to remember is not to layer up the white for the eye too much, as the more nail varnish that is on your nail the easier it is to smudge it. Definitely avoid doing anything with your nails for a while to let them dry completely, as no one wants imprints of minions dotted around the house.

P.S. Topshop have a fantastic deal on at the moment, where you can get 2 nail polishes for £8! It’s safe to say that I have been sucked in by this bargain.

Topshop nail polish