I love these Tip Top two shade buys. Aren’t the awesome?

I have been watching beauty bloggers come up with the most boring designs with the nifty little things. So I figured I would give it a go and do something summery.

Here’s what you need.


1. Tip Top Lavender

2. Tip Top Mint

3. Tip Top Gold

4. Emery board

5. Buffer

6. Acetone

7. Cotton ball

8. Plaster (yes not kidding)

9. Nail hardener/top coat

10. Little bowl

11. Toothpick

Here’s what you do.

First take the Acetone and clean your nails.

Even if you don’t have any nail polish on them I find a it cleans it nicely making the new polish last longer. No one likes chipped nails.

Next bit is the obvious bit, file and buff until smooth & shiny like an oily forehead. Yes, THAT shiny.

Smooth nails hold polish better.


Now that you’re all smooth and ready apply a base coat. I like to use nail hardener, but whatever floats your boat goes here.


LET IT DRY. I mean go make pancakes and come back. Do not be fooled by touch dry nails, let them be as dry as a nuns fanny before you touch them with colour.

Ill wait with you.

Lets watch something cool


Great now that done we can do the fun bit.

Grab the Tip Top Gold and carefully unscrew the beads, these suckers can easily get away from you. Put it somewhere you can’t knock it over.



Paint every second nail (on both hands) gold. Making the thumbs apposing colours.

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NOW WAIT FOR IT TO DRY. scroll up and watch the cats again.

Dry? okay cool now grab the Lavender.  (again unscrew the glitter confetti and carefully put somewhere you cant knock it over)

Now you are thinking “why don’t I just leave it on?” Well Ill tell you why. In a few steps you will be using the paint and the glitter in the same step.

Lavender goes on your left hand.


Paint one coat of this one, its such a lovely colour.

On your ring finger is where the fun starts. (hehehe)

Before you paint, throw the gold balls into a small bowl. Grab the toothpick and lick the tip. (Yes, I said lick the tip)


Now you will notice it easily grabs one little  ball at a time.

Proceed with painting the nail and immediately grab the toothpick and drop the balls in a straight (ish) row. Softly dabbing them down into place.



Now dab the clear hardener lightly over the row.  This REALLY hold these little things in place.

Next up is your Index finger.

Use the plaster as a guiding line.

I use plasters as they don’t rip off the paint.

Paint the front with the clear paint and simple drizzle the glitter over the wet bit.



remove the plaster and boom.

For the finishing touch add gold balls along the glitter line same way as you did before.


Repeat the plaster trick with the bottom half of your thumb. This looks really cool.


On your right hand do 2 coats of the mint and go crazy with the balls in the same manor.


I made a little half moon on my thumb and a line down my pinky. But with a stead hand you can do pretty much any design now that you know how to pick up the little balls.



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I hope you go out and try it 😉



  • cupcakemummy November 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

    clever lady!
    I have the pink one with the glitter and I have the red one with the beads. haven’t really been adventurous with them though. Think I’ll give it a try this weekend.

    • greenlydia November 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Oh you must. cool nails cheer me up. You should see the cool shit I do for Christmas 😉

      • cupcakemummy November 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

        you better blog it!
        i got some chalkboard nailpolish this weekend. can’t wait to try it out

        • greenlydia November 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

          SO JEALOUS, have been looking for it for weeks. I have the coolest “kids chalk drawings” design I want to try on it. Enjoy it.

          • cupcakemummy November 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

            *sniggers* well I have a surprise coming your way soon soon 😉

          • greenlydia November 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

            You are the naughtiest person alive…

          • cupcakemummy November 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

            am sure I know a few people who would agree 😉

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