I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

Inspiration: Fabergé Eggs, Mary Katrantzou AW11, Max Mara gold-encrusted sweater on Vogue UK August 2012

What you’ll need
Base colour, glitter colour in similar hue or gold, glitter dust (Mine is from BarryM), base & top varnish  (I’m using Essie First Base base coat & Essie Good to go top-coat), a pencil with an eraser butt, a pin, Gold/Silver nail-art pen (I’m using Topshop nail art pen). Secure the pin into the eraser, it should go relatively deep into the butt!

File and buff nails to egg-shape or simply neaten to a unified length

Apply base coat

Apply base colour, then apply a coat of glitter polish of a similar hue for a jewel effect.

Using the nail art pen, make fine criss-crossing lines

I’ll be honest, this ‘inspiration’ does not stem from some encyclopaedic knowledge of art history, or anything remotely similar… in fact I had to google it at first and on spelling it ‘faberze’ Dr Google gave me all sorts of buying choices for Febreeze. Yes I’m shallow like that, and guess what hubby, we’ll never ever run out of air-refresheners, your clever wife just bought fifteen boxes online! And while I’m confessing and all, over the weekend I watched Ocean’s Twelve where George Clooney, Brad Pitt et al try to steal a Fabergé egg – and you guessed it – that’s where this idea comes from. I’m so deep it hurts sometimes.

A few tips:

  • If the nail pen is difficult to control when doing your right hand (or left, if you’re right handed) (screw you if you’re ambidextrous, you superior person), try pushing out a dollop onto a scrap paper, then paint the lines on by ‘leading’ a bit of polish using the tip of the pen. You can also advertise for a flatmate for this nail-do then evict her/him out once you’re done.
  • For the criss-crossing pattern, start from the inner corner of the nail and draw to the opposite mid-point, that should set a good angle for the rest of the lines. (Or else you’ll end up doing something like my left hand ring finger)
  • If you have flower/star-shaped glitter try making bigger criss-cross pattern, and then add the glitter into the diamond a la Mary Katrantzou AW11

Write a Comment


  1. Your nails are GORGEOUS!!! Love this tutorial. I’m going to try and copy it this weekend :)

  2. Love this tutorial!

    Awesome nails :)


  3. Love the nailpolishes!

  4. Ha that’s amazing Shini, too bad my nails are far too brittle to paint my nails in layers of varnish and glitz.

  5. Zoe

    Where did you get your rings? I love them! I wanted to get a mid ring and I was looking for delicate barely there rings.

  6. @Zoe, I was thinking the same thing. Love the little rings.

  7. @Zoe, you can find something similar here: https://catbirdnyc.com/shop/product.php?productid=17152&cat=373&page=1

  8. Zoe

    @Faith, Oh thank you so much! I was looking on Etsy but this is a better deal :)

  9. OOooooooh that’s really cool – thanks so much for finding out! Mine’s actually really old from my mummy so I’d have no idea which direction to point at… This also looks interesting!? http://bit.ly/OiA0YR xx

  10. amazing!!! LOVE this

  11. brilliant!


  12. I love this! Bookmarking now as I’m definitely going to try this one day! You will always take the most beautiful photos. xx

    Kate {Modette}

  13. Oh, this I have to do!
    I tried the “ombré”-technique last time, which I think you would like to try also: http://www.thenailasaurus.com/2012/04/gradient-nails-picture-tutorial.html

  14. I never would have thought to use the pencil lead like that. Sweet heavens, expert or not, THAT’S impressive nail art.

    What get’s me the most, is that it still manages a sophistication. I’ve never been too into nail art (for my everyday, that is) because, oftentimes, I find it to be a bit too under-aged for the look I aspire to. It takes all that time and I wind up having to take it off too quickly to be worth the energy. Of course, I don’t mean that with any disrespect. The intricacy of nail art is fascinating, and I can appreciate the time it takes and the beauty it creates. It’s just not something I normally do on my own.

    I feel that went very off-track.

    tldr; Beautiful nail art! Love the detail and maturity of the design!

  15. i love this. they look very nice!


  16. No mazzer what you are doing, you are always so creativ!!! Love your work and I have respect of all your power you have!

  17. You’re very creative Shini, you did an amazing job. I wish I had the ability kkk I’m to clumpsy for that =)

  18. This is one of the most beautiful manicures I’ve ever seen, but sure too much for me to try… :(
    Love this tutorial though! I’m always in love with your posts!
    By the way, your rings are lovely! xx

  19. Wow! love it.

  20. Love this! Another great DIY <3


  21. Too freakin’ cool. Love the different colors on each hand too. Super creative.



  22. Love the style and technique


  23. i love this tutorial…hehe…is such a nice color…

  24. this is such a lovely nail diy! definitely trying it!


  25. Such a unique and extraordinary design! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Shini.


  26. You make it look so easy, but I gotta admit it looks really good!

  27. Your nail art very beautiful!!! Awesome idea!
    Very intresting look!


  28. Carla

    Wow! Love your Faberge eggs nails!!


  29. this is really, really beautiful, i love it!

    katie x

  30. This is awesome Shini. It reminds me of the whole gold embellished brocade trend that is doing the rounds. Really cool to incorporate onto your nails. xx

  31. Great art nails!

    Théa Unknown

  32. Awww so cute! love the playfulness and shoot of your nails ;)
    Would you like to follow each other? Your blog content is juicy!

    xx nathan.niche

  33. Inspiration can come from anywhere, including a brad pitt film!! It looks beautiful, I lack the steady hand so I’d be crap at this, worth a shot though xx

  34. aaaah! — another brilliant nail recipe! i’m gonna try this. :) i just bought a nail dotting tool, so it will come in handy for sure.

  35. nice nail-art! love such DIYs, it inspires very much indeed


  36. Look lovely! Like it!


  37. love the rings and such a cool nail design.

  38. This is super pretty!

  39. Just came across your blog. Wish I had found it earlier:)
    Love your sense of style and amazing photography too!


  40. So pretty. But it’s impossible for me to try this. Can’t even polish well. Dang.

  41. SO beautiful…
    thanks for the post ;)

  42. pretty hands ;)

  43. Great choice of colours and all the steps and products are totally worth the end results :)

  44. beautiful, very creative :)


  46. Really nice. I think many girls will love that.

  47. Love what a fantastic style! Can’t wait to do my own nails now.

  48. Thanks for the diy post! gonna try this very soon even it looks harder than seeing those beautiful pictures :)

  49. […] grandmother has the most incredible collection of Faberge Eggs.  Naturally, loved this  manicure, pictured […]

  50. Hey, a great diy! Which OPI nail polish did you use? I want it!

  51. I honestly get giddy with excitement when I look at your photography and this post is yet another example!


  52. Your nail art is stunning! Perhaps (or more: if I have the time) I’ll try this at home. :)

  53. Elena

    Gorgeous! What are the nail colors you used?

  54. Wow ! The photographs are really beautiful ! And your collection of varnish is quite…enviable ! :)
    Really I think I’m falling in love with your blog ! :)


  55. Wonderful nails, like a princess <3

  56. so neat! i wish i had your patience!

  57. Wow, that nail art looks awesome! I like your rings too :)

  58. […] Read Original News ← Panther Thighs: DIY Silk Scarf Trousers […]

  59. Donna

    WOW! Very Cool nails. Will have to do this, to my clue on nails. Also, na, na, na, na, I am ambidextrous, LOL

  60. Oh hot dang it you superior human being! hehe

  61. […] greg oden st patricks day st. bonaventure ira glass march madness swain Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. This […]

  62. […] grandmother has the most incredible collection of Faberge Eggs.  Naturally, loved this  manicure, pictured […]

  63. Really gr8 and useful tutorial. I love your ring and nails also.

  64. Love this tutorial! The shots are amazing :D
    Francesca from http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

  65. Duda

    so beaultiful, classic and modern at the same time!!!!
    i’m sure that i’ll do this nailpolish!!!

  66. [url=http://nikefreerun3leather.tumblr.com/]Nike Free Run 3 Leather[/url] Ebay can be a great place to buy used equipment and basketball hoops are regularly for sale on Ebay2) Do your homework by comparing different merchant offers on different search engines and different websites Just because something is advertised for sale on Google doesn’t mean its also advertised for sale on Yahoo Some merchants advertise their good strictly through the Amazon partners program and don’t do any other advertising anywhere else Price vary drastically and the only way you will know that you are getting a good deal is to examine what the different people are selling the same goods for on different websites [url=http://nikefreerunwomensale.webs.com/]nike free run women[/url] com in one letter and a CD player in another See what happensIn all your tests, remember to test one thing at a time and to make your tests bigIf you are in a business where some of the competitors are much larger, you may be able to benefit from using guerilla tactics The principles of running a guerrilla organization differ from running a gorilla organization As a guerrilla, we hide from our competitor; we do not try to crush them I even go so far as to examine what they do well and let them do it At the same time, I look for under-serviced markets and get to these markets fast http://freerunuse.webstarts.com/.
    [url=http://freesaleshoes30.webstarts.com/]nike free sale[/url] For water-skiing, fishing or simply cruising, PFDs are absolutely essential It’s now even easier to find the ideal PFD because they’re available in a wide array of colours and patterns Choose one to match your swimsuit or boat and make sure it fits properly! The Red Cross Society study noted 92% of boating-related drowning victims were not wearing a PFD or lifejacket correctly!Boating, practiced by smart boaters is safe US [url=http://freetiffanyfast.webstarts.com/]nike free tiffany[/url] Today, sales are way past $2200 a month and my articles are on over 34,000 other sites Web visitors I have them! 3,500 a day or so So, the key to getting enough Web traffic doesn’t happen with long time investment, high price programs, or from expensive optimizing with key words that don’t work so well after a few months That is why it is very important to stay on top of your game at all timesMaking a sale doesnt happen by accident or by luck, the sale is made because the person doing the selling has done a good job of explaining and representing their productsHere are a few activities that will help you and your co-workers keep your sales skills sharp at all timesRoll PlayingI know this sounds corny, but it really does work, and it puts everyone in the office in a good mood, because of all the laughs you will receiveMake up a few fake, but realistic sales scenarios for you and a fellow co-worker to act out.

  67. [url=http://wd3cck55en.cabanova.com/]iPhone 4s for sale[/url] Patent Office and review the status of the patent Be familiar with any copyrighted or proprietary information outlined in the UFOC, as the franchisor has a right to modify or prohibit use of anything patented, copyrighted, or proprietary information disclosed in the UFOCItem 15: Obligation to Participate in and the Actual Operation of the Franchise Business This section outlines any requirements for the franchisee to personally be involved in the operation of the franchise If the franchise does not require the franchisee to run the business him or herself, then there must be a statement outlining whether or not a manager running the day-to-day operations of the franchise in place of the owner must complete the franchisor’s training program and/or own an equity share of the business, and any limitations placed on the manager (such as being approved by the franchise)Item 16: Restrictions on What the Franchisee May Sell Restrictions on what you may sell will affect those franchisees who want to operate an expandable business while they own the franchise [url=http://iphone4sforsale2.weebly.com/]iPhone 4s for sale[/url] This is how everyone else makes their moneyThe last area that you need commitment is to internet marketing itself Chances are that this is not your first attempt of making extra money, and maybe not even your first go at internet marketing Commitment now means you will stay with internet marketing and not drop it after three weeks and move on to something else http://iphone5unlocked3.blogspot.com/.
    [url=http://s7hlx81zjq.cabanova.com/]iphone 5 unlocked[/url] In 1st, Beast found the Grammy Awards champion Dr opportunity events do occur in places of work and these tend to be realnesses Safety footwear might not be low-budget, however in the long term, as well as hurt feet is more costly to cure compared to buying a footwear which are worked for longevity as well as aegis Safety boots accumulate in different blueprints and performance although it h key intention would be to supply safeguard for your ft Their own outsoles are called from peculiar number of compounds that may render a person healthier traction as well as grip from the ground or even pavement you might be used in Many of these shoes are created along with metallic plating inmost built-up close to the tip for this footwear which presents it a difficult and much more functional framework for supplementary protecting covering [url=http://iphone5unlocked4.webs.com/]iphone 5 unlocked[/url] On the other hand, the ocean style wakesurf board is designed to be thicker than the average board and is more buoyant than the average board The use of a large board with extra thickness combined with the extra buoyancy provides maximum flexibility and maneuverability to the individual Such a wakesurf boards helps the individual extend the movement for the maximum duration possible If you are an individual who just wants to enjoy the feeling of moving across the wake without any fancy tricks, then this is the wakesurf board that you should chooseThe latest introduction into the world of wakesurf boards is the hybrid board.

  68. [url=http://cheapnikefreerunmake.blogspot.com/]cheap nike free run[/url] Followed by this, the PVC is to be attached by using the standard toggles bolts Usually people prefer using them at a distance of nearly 4 feet because it paves the way for the nuts to face the direction in which the tube would be running After this is done, the rear slider can be added This slider needs to be hung from the backend of the frameworkNow the front portion of the slider should evenly be placed at the rear but while doing so be cautious about the fact that gaps are not be left [url=http://nikefreerun2make.blogspot.com/]Nike Free Run 2[/url] You have to make the right decision about doing so thoughThe problem is many of the home-business opportunities out there today that are not so good, have promotions that sound every bit as good as anyone elses If you are looking for a home-based business opportunity, decide what you want from it, and then examine it carefully Check with the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, and the internet scam warning web sites for information Run a Google search for company name + scam Go to www http://cheapnikefreerunmake.blogspot.com/.
    [url=http://freeshoescheappink.webstarts.com/]nike free shoes[/url] Affiliate programs are probably the most used business model on the net, and it is because once you know what you are doing with them, they work and work greatBelow are the most effective methods that anyone can use to build a substantial amount of traffic to any business over time Use a combination of these methods for the maximum traffic possibleOne: PPC – This is also referred to as pay per click marketing and it is a very effective method to use because you can target the specific customers you want to Just be sure to learn how to use this effectively before trying it or you could very quickly find yourself spending more money than you can afford to and not seeing any resultsTwo: Social network sites – You want to sign up for at least three or four social network sites and use them to help you build relationships for your business [url=http://nikefreerun3leather.tumblr.com/]Nike Free Run 3 Leather[/url] To ensure successful project implementation, there are some important tips that you need to make use of The project should have people who are dedicated more to create the situations of the successful project implementation Before the project implementation process starts, ensure you have all factors of project process written or recorded on paper This will make the project implementation process easier to manage, and they can be of used for the projects that are the same as the current project Project monitoring is also an important thing to make sure that activities are implemented as per planned.

  69. [url=http://nikefreerun3shoes.blinkweb.com/]nike free run 3[/url] His site has a grid of 10,000 boxes made up of 100 pixels giving an area of approximately 4mm x 4mm each The idea is that people can buy a 1 or more block/s of pixels, place an image on it and link the image to their site The cost at his website is $1 per pixel with a minimum of a 100 pixel orderPixel sites are internet websites that people have formed to sell pixel advertising space to help market other websites or blogs The pixels are usually available in 100-pixel ‘blocks’ (each measuring 10×10 pixels) [url=http://nikemercurialvapors.blinkweb.com/]nike mercurial vapors[/url] Thats because it has the largest beach and the cleanest water on the island There are also roofed huts on the beach for guests to enjoy Finally, we have the Sandals Carlyle, which is best suited for couples Depression symptoms can be described in a number of progressions, from mild to severe clinical depression Mild to moderate depression affects millions of men and women, several of who don’t genuinely recognize that they are depressed A mild form could be described as ‘the blues’ or feeling a little down, whereas moderate depression symptoms starts to affect your every day life Clinical depression symptoms are so severe that one loses rate of interest in the outside world and experiences conduct adjustments It is important to share how you might be feeling with your own physician or therapist http://freerun3shoes.webstarts.com/.
    [url=http://nikelebron10cheap.blinkweb.com/]nike lebron 10[/url] In his national bestseller, Why We Buy The Science of Shopping, author Paco Underhill pinpoints the essence of the Web Profitability Equation while discussing his findings in a traditional retail setting He states, Marketing, advertising, promotion and location can bring shoppers in, but then its the job of merchandise, the employees and the store itself to turn them into buyers Your website or custom-developed landing pages is an essential strategic element to your websites success It is as important as the type of advertising you perform and deserves an equal level of attention and commitment Your websites ability to turn visitors into prospects and customers (a process called conversion) enables you to achieve results [url=http://nikefreetiffanysale.blinkweb.com/]nike free tiffany[/url] 9 The Principle of “Longevity” – Its making some feature of your product or service last longer It can also include making a positive experience or feeling last longer 10 The Principle of “Portability” – People hate to be tied down.

  70. [url=http://cheapnikefoamposites.blinkweb.com/]cheap nike foamposite[/url] It implies to gaining back links to your website by using right keywords so that linking becomes more focused  Characteristics of a good link are, it has targeted keywords which is in the web page content and linked directly to your website theme or topic Different ways for link building are- social bookmarking, blogging, directory submissions and article submissions Way of working and business goals of small companies is different from larger companies [url=http://cheapgotobuyfreerun.webstarts.com]cheap nike free run[/url] Now what How are you going to get there This can be the real tricky part for some You need a plan of action that is going to keep moving you closer to your goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basisIf only there was a master plan we could all use Since there is not, only you can know what needs to be done in your business Look at your goals and determine what action you need to take http://barkleyshoesforsaleds.webs.com/.
    [url=http://cheapnikelebron100.blogspot.com/]cheap nike lebron 10[/url] Payday loan agencies suggest instant cash advance for a temporary period, typically ranging from 2-3 weeks In comparison to traditional loan companies, payday loan agencies offer higher interest rates in order to give a faster service and to cover any risk that may be encountered in the procedureApplying for a no teletrack payday loanThe only thing needed is to accomplish a form containing personal data, employment facts and selected bank account of the borrower Some lenders who offer no teletrack payday loans obligate the borrower to fax some documents like: the most recent paycheck, a copy of the drivers license or a banks statement or an electricity bill In order to be eligible for this kind of loan you must be a US citizen over 18 years of age and must be a full employee of a certain company [url=http://salynnem.cabanova.com/]barkley foamposites[/url] Hence, a printing cost that is friendly to the pocket should do the trick The budget you have set should be sufficient enough to print your brochures and other marketing materials as well as cover your mailing or delivery expenses However, the field of advertising is going through a lot of changes and the businessman who greatly relies on it, has to also keep up with it With advertising changes, it is now vital to find printing solutions that are within your budget Here is when you think of cheap printing – cheap printing that is not inferior or of poor quality.

  71. juju

    great idea

  72. dama

    Have I told you how I love your blog? No, I really love everything about you blog. I don’t know where have i been not to have found this blog. I have myself spending hours just reading it.

  73. […] an alternative to a gallery wall : leaning art* in the spirit of easter weekend : fabergé egg nail art* architecture : archways* in the dressing room : forever trends* reading : what to do with the tv? […]

  74. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot
    drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has
    83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  75. If you want to increase your knowledge only keep visiting this site and be updated with
    the most up-to-date news posted here.

  76. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful article.
    Many thanks for supplying this information.

  77. It is better to begin with small amounts of herbs or tobacco and
    increase as needed. I was the first to fall with laryngitis along with
    a cough and gave it to my wife. Uplifting scent:
    10 drops grapefruit 10drops mandarin 10 drops Cedarwood 100ml distilled water.

  78. Excellent write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site.

    Keep it up!

  79. Vaporizer makes use with the battery for heating the tobacco & will
    not bring open flame or fire. Portable Vaporizer is one device which could
    be handled effortlessly and carried using a lots of ease.

    Health Benefits: But the main reason I am very pleased with the Walgreen’s Cool Mist Humidifier in spite of its several issues would it be helped save my dog’s

  80. Marvelous, what a webpage it is! This webpage gives useful facts to us,
    keep it up.

  81. Thanks in favor of sharing such a nice idea, piece of writing is pleasant, thats why i have read it entirely

  82. I truly love your website.. Excellent colors & theme.
    Did you make this amazing site yourself? Please repl bacxk as
    I’m planniing to create my oown personal website and would love to learn where you got this from oor wjat the theje iis named.
    Thank you!

  83. Very good information. Lucky me I recently found
    your website by chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

  84. I have been surfing on-line more than three hours lately,
    but I never found any fascinating article
    like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion,
    if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you
    did, the web might be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  85. Hmm itt appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what
    I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too
    am an aspiring bloig blogger but I’m still new tto the whoole thing.
    Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  86. The challenges this disorder presents might be uncomfortable.
      Self – improvement or personal development may be the only
    way of creating this life of ours count. Nobody will be here
    to share with you what to complete: you’ve to decide precisely what
    is perfect for you and stay with it. A great book on two levels: One it will help your reader gain clues
    about their very own behaviors and a couple it doubles like
    a parenting guide – there’s so much background on child and personality development that it is possible to’t
    help but study a few things about parenting too.

  87. Hi there, I found your site by way of Google even
    as searching for a similar subject, your web site got here up, it seems to be good.
    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply became alert to your blog via Google, and
    located that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels.

    I’ll be grateful if you happen to proceed this in future.

    Many people shall be benefited from your writing.

  88. ione
    ostrza, szycha Tami zaklął plugawo, nie zdążywszy portal
    się w porę znieść. Piski siksy uskuteczniły szczyt, ostro przypominający
    szczytowanie. Dostępni niemieccy mieszczanie w paradnych strojach cechowych nie pchali się bliżej jak
    na przykład resztka
    gawiedzi, atoli oraz dodatkowo kilku z nich grubym wyrazem zganiło brutalność litewskich zbrojnych.
    Twarze wojaków poczerwieniały
    jeszcze z większym natężeniem, zadając.

  89. Choisir un vօyant Voila mon site internet

  90. She didn’t want to yell. Deja vu, jamais vu is people raise their hands, her feeling went away.
    We used to transform a non-believer management of grief into a key role in the 1800s predominantly in Britain. And wakes up,
    it was dog training far more forward-looking, positive and enjoyable experience.
    God didn’t allow me time to give you a little dog training different.
    As a journalist for nearly thirty years until becoming a little
    to them! It’s been baptized and cleansed the air.

  91. The patterns are so pretty, I like it.

  92. […] an alternative to a gallery wall : leaning art * in the spirit of easter weekend : fabergé egg nail art * architecture : archways * in the dressing room : forever trends * reading : what to do with the […]

  93. Hello to all, the contents present at this web page PARK & CUBE are really awesome for people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.
    nike air jordan 17

  94. great!

  95. Amazing issues here. I am very satisfied to look your article.
    Thanks a lot and I’m having a look ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a

  96. Contain your self noticed they contain a eco-friendly gallery with all of the eco-mindful furnishings that is recycled and recyclable. I take pleasure in the company persons there also.

  97. Juan Silva

    I found a lot of information contained in this text back by gostosas