26 July 2014

Pastel Gradient and Water Spotting

Admittedly, this week has been a write off for me with nail art. I've switched just plain colours a couple of times, but it's just been far too hot to sit and do nail art. I did however do these and I loved them!

Colours used:
Barry M - Dragonfruit
Barry M - Prickly Pear 
Barry M - Blueberry
Ciate - Snow Virgin

All of the Barry M shades are from their Gelly range and I'd forgotten how much I love them! They're so pretty and bright and shiny when you apply them. Plus they're good for gradients. I really need to pick up some of the new shades.

After my base coat, I applied one thin coat of Dragonfruit (pink) as my base. Once this was dry, I applied Dragonfruit, Prickly Pear and Blueberry to a make up wedge and sponged it onto my nails. Once  I'd done the first coat on one hand, I went back and did the second. This way works best for me and lets the colours mix better when I only do one hand at once. I find that if I do one gradient coat on both hands, when I go back for the second coat, I end up with bits of sponge sticking to my nails. 

I applied one coat of Essie Good to Go top coat to let the gradient finish mixing and to make sure it was dry before the next step. I added a few drops of Ciate - snow white to the top of a glass of room temperature water, then sprayed the surface with my hand hygene spray. Once the pattern was how I liked it, I dipped my fingers in a couple at a time and then cleaned up.

Once I'd finished all the cleanup (one day I will learn to tape my fingers before water spotting and gradients) my nails looked like this and I loved the outcome! They looked so bright and summery!



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Luscious Potion Swatches

I actually received these a while ago but I forgot to put the swatches up... my bad! These are so pretty and they only took 4 days I think it was from when they were shipped from America to arrive to me here in the UK! It was amazingly quick!

I chose three mini polishes from Luscious Potion and I will be going back for some full size ones once my no buy has ended (I've bought way to much polish lately).

Tulip Princess - This is a lovely crisp white/light lilac polish that has little purple glitters in it and possibly some silver too. This looks so lovely and delicate and is perfect for if you're not quite brave enough to wear plain white nails. This is two coats, although if you're careful you could probably get away with one coat.



 Scale The Sea - This is such a pretty polish! It's a beautiful teal/blue shade that has tons of micro glitter and also a purple sheen. Unfortunatly my camera wouldn't pick up the purple but it's definitely there! It's so pretty and eye catching, especially when it shifts to purple. This is two coats.



  
Ivory Palace - This is a beautiful, shimmery nude/gold shade. It's a little on the sheer side, but then I'd expect that for a nude. This shows three coats and it's still a little sheer for me, but it would be perfect for me to do my usual flowers over the top. 



These polishes were so easy to work with. They're a little bit thicker than china glaze but that makes them easier to apply because they won't run. They are fab and I'll be putting in another order sometime soon!

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14 July 2014

Mini Haul

Those of you who have me on Instagram will have seen that I got a mini haul last weekend, including some of Tesco's own brand Barbara Daly. I've never tried these before but a few people said they were good, so I bought some while they were on offer. Some of the picutres aren't up to my usual quality because my camera didn't want to play.

Wicked - This one I just couldn't resist because it was on offer for only 50p! I mean, who can turn down a bottle of polish for that amount! It's a beautiful dark brown/purple shade and even has a shimmer to it when you hold it in the light. I didn't expect to like this shade as much as I do, I usually go for bright colours over dark but this is lovely on and it's almost a one coater! I did two for these pictures though.




The next two were in a set that cost a whole £1.50. They're only 7ml bottles but that's still pretty good value (normal size for this brand are 11ml.

Glitzing Purple - This is by far my favourite out of the three, it's purple and shiny and I love it! It's also a one coater! Yes, that's right, these pictures are only one coat! This is a medium purple glitter that also has silver glitter thrown in there. This looks amazing when the sun catches it!




Glamorous Rose - This is a gorgeous red shade that has tiny pieces of silver glitter and also looks slightly pink in some lights. The coverage was good though a little sheer for my linking and these pictures show two coats.




Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this brand but they're actually pretty damn good! I'll be keeping an eye out for more of these!

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13 July 2014

Turquoise nails


I've seen many tutorials for Turquoise nails and I love the look, but never tried them because it seemed really difficult. It's actually really easy and gives you such a pretty look!

Colours used:

Barielle - Swizzle Stix
Barry M - Gold Foil
Nails Inc - Black Taxi

All you need to do for these is paint your base colour (it can be any colour you like but I fancied blue) and allow it to completely dry.

Then take a glass of room temperature water (must be room temp or this won't work) and add a drop of your gold polish. Take either hair spray or a spray hand sanitiser and spray the surface of the water. This will make the polish separate into threads which gives the look. I personally find that the hand sanitiser works best.

Do the same as above but with your black polish and seal in with a top coat once you've cleaned up. I'd recommend taping your fingers like you do for a watermarble otherwise there will be a lot of cleanup.

Once all this is done, you should have a beautiful set of nails like these.





 Again, this is one of my favourites and I can't believe that it has taken me this long to try them. I think I'm going to try them again but with a lilac base =).

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Summer Water Marble

For those of you who follow My Simple Little Pleasures, you will know that she is Queen of the water marble. Seeing all the different versions that she's posted recently has made me decide that this year, I am going to master it! I'm starting small though with just one or two accent nails before I try whole hands.

I painted all but my ring fingers in W7 - Sheer Lemon and an un-named orange/coral colour by Fearne Cotton. I was given the orange colour by my mother, she got it in a gift set but she doesn't like bright colours so donated them all to my collection. Up until now, they've just been sat in my drawer unused. I decided to see if they work for the water marble and they're actually pretty good! The polish is quite thin but highly pigmented so it's pretty much perfect for this nail art. Fearne Cotton polish is available in Boots stores in the UK. 

Once the yellow and coral was dry, I painted two coats of Ciate - Snow Virgin on my ring fingers and allowed it to dry. I then taped around my ring finger nails (less cleanup) and did my water marble. If you're unsure of how this works, then there are lots of helpful videos on Youtube. I personally love My Simple Little Pleasures water marbles and also Young Wild And Polished. They both really helped me with my technique. 

To the pictures!

I had to try to take pictures of my opposite hand today as that marble somehow turned out best. Overall, I love this look! It's simple, but funky and best of all it's BRIGHT!



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12 July 2014

Blue roses

This week I picked up a beautiful blue shade called Sonic Blue by Collection 2000. I must admit that I went off this brand a few years ago (it chipped ridiculously easily on my nails) and I stopped even looking at the displays when I went shopping. BUT.... they have some new shaped bottles which caught my eye. They're now nice little fat round bottles and they have a nice wide brush on them too. I just had to use it straight away and came up with the below design.

Other colours used:
365 days of color - Under the covers
Barry M - Blue Moon
Barry M - Spring green
NYC - Full metal jacket
Sally Hansen - Of cors-et





These are by far one of my favourite designs and as usual, I will be doing them again at some point!

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I Love Nail Polish - First Buy!

So, lots of people have been telling me about the I Love Nail Polish multi-chromes and telling me how amazing they are, so I thought I'd buy myself one (after a little push). I didn't know if I would like them because I don't have anything like them, so I just got one multi-chrome and then one of their normal colours.

I have to say that I was very impressed. Even though they are in the US (Las Vegas) and I am in the UK, it only took a week for my goodies to arrive. They were wrapped up in branded tissue paper and they come in cute little boxes too. I'm a sucker for little details like these and I've kept the paper and everything! The polish bottles themselves also have a rubberized cap which makes them very easy to open. 



These are the two that I picked. Contraband on the left and Sirene (multi-chrome) on the right.


Sirene - This is the multi-chrome that I decided to get. It's mostly purple and green, but there is also a pinky colour and I've spotted gold in it too. There are lots of pictures of this one because I was trying to catch as many of the different colours as I could. My first two fingers have three coats of just Sirene, my ring and pinky have two coats of black with one coat of Sirene over the top. 

I decided to swatch this way because I know that many people prefer to use just one coat over black rather than multiple layers of just the polish. I personally, didn't see much of a difference and it takes the same amount of coats with this polish as just using Sirene on it's own. 







Contaband - This is a gorgeous dark, inky purple base that's full of purple and blue glitter.

The pictures show two easy coats and this is just lovely on. Plus, it's extra shiny in the sunshine.

The only slight downside with this colour, is that it stained my fingers (but NOT my nails) a little when I was removing it. But then again, I would expect that from such a dark colour so it doesn't particularly bother me.




Both of these colours are lovely, and I love the extra little touches like the boxes and the paper (I've kept both). I'll definitely be ordering more of these in the future!

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5 July 2014

Above the Curve Haul!

Everyone knows that I'm a fan of holographic polishes. Or any that have shiny glitter in really. So when I found Above the Curve I was in heaven! Plus some of the money from the sale of their polishes goes to charity which is an idea that I love. It kind of makes it better that I keep buying things because it helps people too! Or that's my way of thinking about it anyway. 

I bookmarked their website once I found it and went back on my June payday to order a few. I had just a hard time choosing because they're all so pretty! Eventually I picked the four that I'm going to show you too and they're all incredibly pretty. 

Just to warn you, there are a lot of photos!

Pretend it's a plan - This is a beautiful mid purple holo. It applied amazingly well and this is two coats. The sparkle in this when the sun catches your nails is just... wow! Most of the below pictures for this were taken in the sunlight out of my window, but the last one was taken in my room away from the sun. This is the mini bottle which is 8ml if I remember correctly. 







Ultra-holo blue - This year ATC have released some ultra holo colours and they're all incredibly beautiful. I was really good though and picked the blue instead of purple for a change and I'm glad I did (though I still want the purple one). This is a light to medium blue shade and I love it! Again this is two coats and it's just so sparkly! My camera couldn't quite pick the holo effect of this one up right, so since I have it on my tootsies, I'll post a picture to my instagram later on.





 Risen Angel - This is just so much prettier than I thought it would be (and I thought it would be incredibly beautiful). It's almost a dark mulberry shade with holo gliiter in it. This is two coats all in the sunshine except for the last one. 




Tardis - I was so baffled when I opened this one because I couldn't remember which ones I'd ordered and there was no name written on the bottle. It took me about half an hour to realise that the name wasn't written because there was a picture of a Tardis on the base of the bottle. But anyway, this a beautiful teal/blue shade and it's beautiful. This shows two easy coats and all photos are in direct sunlight. 





I love every single one of these colours and I'm really happy with my choices. I went for the mini size on all of these. This is what I will usually do for a new brand that I'm trying incase they really don't work for me. But next time I will be ordering the full size bottles! I also ordered a bottle of their new topcoat and a review of that will be coming soon once I've finished testing it.

All of these colours are incredibly beautiful and you should go over and buy some, like now! You can buy them here.

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