I'm not a nails person, it's the chink in my beauty blogging armor.
Maybelline caught wind of this shameful state of affairs and frog-marched me along to a nail art master class with nail maestro Michelle Humprey. You know what? I'm pretty proud of my ham-fisted attempts, particularly my Cath Kidston inspired floral thumb!
My childhood friend Abigail, who is a nail art nut, joined me. Go check out her brand new blog here: http://modestglamamor.blogspot.co.uk
If you want to recreate these nail looks at home, take a look at these handy how-to videos:
The flowers (Cath Kidston - did anyone say 'copyright?!'):
For a step-by-step demo on the Kiss look watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5004eN94VBk
I don't have a link for the crazy ombre leopard print nails, but they're much easier than you'd think. Top tip is to cover over with a coat or two of mildly glittery polish. It hides a multitude of sins.
I must say a final word about these new Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dots polishes. The speckled effect is very cool, but a little more work safe than a really wacky holographic glitter. Pretty with a punch.
They will be available from June for an unbelievably affordable £2.99 a pop. There will be four colours in total to choose from - the blue and pink you see below, plus a black/white and teal/emerald.