25 August 2014

Autumn-y paint splatter

It's official... Autumn is coming and I'm not happy about it! I've had a long sleeved top on today and it won't stop raining. So I decided to do something Autumn-y on my nails.

Colours used:


OPI - My vampire is buff
Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Wined up
Barry M - Plum
Barry M - Raspberry
Nina - Jamaican Me Wanna

I decided on using Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Wined up on most of my nails. It's the most beautiful deep red that I own, plus it's slightly metallic which makes it even better.

I used two coats of My Vampire is Buff on my ring fingers and thumbs and then used a thin coat of Glisten & Glo - HK Girl to make sure it was dry.

I then painted my other nails with Wined up and used HK Girl on these two. 

Once I was sure that all my nails were dry, I did splatter nail art on my cream nails using the remaining three colours. This is a really simple technique and quite fun too! Simply dip a straw in your bottle of polish so that just the tip is covered. Then just blow quite sharply through the straw and it creates this splatter effect.

When I was happy with the splatter, I top coated again, then used striping vinyls and black polish to create my accent nails.



This is the finished design! I really like this and I'd forgotten how much I like doing splatter nail art. Plus the red is just beautiful, though I'm still not happy that it's getting colder.

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17 August 2014

My week in water marble

I've been practising my water marble skills this week and I think that my practice is finally paying off! I've done three this week and I was really proud of all of them!

First up is this funky number using Collection - Sonic Blue and Nails Inc - Sloan Street. this was amazing and bright though it made my eyes go a little funny.


Next is this psychedelic little number! I used Collection - Sonic Blue, Nails Inc - St James Park and Nails Inc - Malibu Mojito. Again I loved this one and couldn't stop staring at my nails. I was actually sad when this one chipped when I was doing the washing up. 



And finally we have this little minty number. I used Models Own Blue Glint and Turquoise Gloss from the Hyper Gel range. These worked really well for the water marble and while this isn't as bright as my other attempts, I love how this looks. It reminds me a little bit of toothpaste!



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16 August 2014

My Nail Care Routine

Now that my nails are in better shape (a remover actually stained my dark dark orange) I thought that I would share my nail care with all of you.

It's taken me almost a year to find all of the products that I'm going to tell you about, but I love them all.

First up is my hand care.

After I've removed my nail polish (when I'm leaving my nails bare otherwise I do this after my nails are fully dry) I use either my Finger Lickin Lacquer or Model City cuticle oil. These two are by far the best cuticle oils that I've used. They smell delicious and soak in really quickly, which is again really handy for when I'm at work. Nina from Model City actually mixes up cuticle oil especially for me as I'm allergic to the Almond Oil that is in her usual mix. 

Once I've rubbed all the cuticle oil in, I use my Indigo Bananas cuticle balm. This is heavier than an oil but isn't as heavy as a hand cream. Again this smells amazing and soaks in quite quickly.

After the cuticle balm, I finish off with hand cream. The best hand cream that I've found is Hand Food by Soap and Glory. This smells amazing and leaves my hands really soft. It also soaks in really quickly and isn't greasy at all so it's perfect for me to use while I'm at work. I think that I might try the OPI Avojuice once I've used all of my supply of Hand Food.

I also use a glass nail file for my nails as it is gentler than a normal file. Mine is from Model City Polish.


For base coats, I usually use Orly Bonder. I love this so much! It dries really quickly, it's strengthened my nails and my manis last quite a few days before chipping. As you can see, my bottle is getting a little low and it's now really hard to apply so I've been using my OPI Nail Envy. While this one strengthens my nails, it isn't quite as good for keeping my nails chip free. 


 Finally, this is what my nails now look like. They're not quite as white as I would like them yet, but I've managed to rid myself of most of the staining. I used to bite my nails when I was younger and never thought that I'd have nails to be proud of. At this point last year, my nails were a nasty yellow colour (from lack of base coat) and they peeled and snapped constantly so I never had any length. I started doing nail art and reading up about nail care and look at them now! A good base coat and a good routine has made my nails the strongest they've ever been!


I hope this helps any of you who were wondering about the products that I use. Here is a list of where to buy each item.


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14 August 2014

NYC quick review

I know that I do lots of reviews on here of Indie polishes so I thought that today I would show a few of my new colours from my current favourite mainstream brand.

These colours are by NYC and one if from the Foil Explosion range and the other two are from the In A New York Colour Range. All three of these can be purchase from Superdrug if you are in the UK for £1.79 each!

I must admit that I used to walk straight past this display thinking that because they were so cheap that they'd be rubbish quality. I was wrong, they're actually really good and have quickly become my favourite! I can't go into Superdrug without walking out with at least one of them. The foils and metallics are particular favourites and you'll see them popping up quite a lot!

On to the colours!

Aqua Mystic - This is a beautiful mid blue foil polish and this is just one coat! Yes you read that right! All of the foils I have tried so far only need one coat to be completely opaque! My only slight gripe is that you can sometimes see the brush strokes but I really don't mind and top coat usually evens it out.


Times Square - I was drawn to this because it's so bright and pretty! It's a lovely red/coral shade and suites my skin tone quite well! This photo shows two coats but I think that if you're careful then this could be a one coater!


Peach Popsicles - I bought this when I was in search of my perfect coral shade and it's incredibly pretty on! This is two coats, the first coat was a little streaky but the second coat evened everything out. I've worn this a couple of times since I bought it and it's a little more neon than shown here but so beautiful!


I'm going to be expanding my collection of these so you'll see more swatches soon!

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12 August 2014

Small haul from Harlow & Co

When you live in the UK, getting hold of Indie polishes can be hard! You either pay slightly higher prices to have them delivered quicker from a source here, or have to pay ridiculous shipping charges to get them direct from the maker! Unless I want something straight away, I will usually either buy direct from the maker or from Harlow. They are an Indie stockist based in Canada and I've never had any problems with them. My orders are always shipped within 1-2 days and they manage to make it to my house in about a week. This is fantastic for international shipping! My US packages take a lot longer than a week.

Purple is my crack - As soon I saw this polish, I knew I had to get it. Anyone who knows me, or comes her regularly knows that I love purple and glitter. Combine the two and I have to have it! This is a mid purple with lots of multicoloured glitter and it's beautiful. It's incredibly sparkly and the formula is fantastic. This was my first polish from the Llarowe line and I will definitely be getting more!




Do you wanna Fanta? - This was also my first polish from Polished by KPT. It's a thermal that goes from a beautiful rosey pink when warm to bright orange when cold. This is three coats as it was a little sheer but it is so pretty! There is a slight micro-shimmer to this polish and the changes are really quick. You can see on the pink photos that my tips are orange and it gives a gradient effect. 





Both of these are really pretty and my experience from Harlow has been fantastic! I will be buying more of both of these brands.

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11 August 2014

Splatter Nail Art

Those of you who follow Young Wild and Polished on Youtube will have seen her  Free Hand Splatter Tutorial tutorial. I watched it last week and knew that I had to try it! It was super easy and took about 10 minutes to do once my base colours were done.

Since I've linked the video above I'm just going to leave you with my colours used and my results =)

Colours used:
Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
Barry M - Pink Flamingo
Barry M - Bright Purple
Barry M - Greenberry
Nails Inc - Black Taxi
Ciate - Snow Virgin



I really couldn't decide if I liked this or not when I did it. It just seemed unfinished to me and I can't think why... but I do really like it! It's interesting and keeps catching my eye.

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10 August 2014

More Finger Lickin' Lacquer!

Some of you may remember that I bought some Finger Lickin' Lacquer polishes a few months ago and now I have more! You can find them here! These polishes not only look amazing, but they smell amazing too! Plus she now has her own line of cuticle oils that will be shown in a later post.

Oh, Baby! - This is a deep grey holographic polish and it is amazing! This photo shows two coats and no topcoat but I think that if I'm careful, this could be a one coater! The sparkle is amazing and it also smells like leather.




Drop Dead Orchid - A gorgeous pale lilac/pink shade with holographic micro glitter. I don't think that this shade is scented, but I'm sure Jen would add a scent if you asked her to. This is so delicate and lovely. It's my kind of nudey shade! It's something that's quite neutral but also has a bit of sparkle to add a fun element! This had to be used straight away so I'm currently sporting this on my tootsies! The slight bump on my middle finger is something stuck on my nail, not a fault in the polish by the way. The formula on this is fantastic!



Fight The Fairies - A glitter topper that smells like whipped cream. This is a white shade with iridescent glitters that can either be a topper or three coats will build up to full opacity. The first picture shows Fight the Fairies over four different shades - pale pink, mid purple, cream and black. The second photo shows three coats on it's own. This would be fantastic at Christmas because it looks like snow!



My custom shade - Did I mention that Jen also makes custom polishes? Well she does! I'd asked Jen to make a custom for a friend and this was one that was rejected (it wasn't bright enough) so I asked if I could pinch it instead and I got it! It's a really pretty pink with what appears to be the same glitter that is used in Fight The Fairies!



I hope you like my swatches =). Head on over to Jen's shop and buy her stuff! She has a new collection of bleached neons being released on Friday!

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7 August 2014

Freckles Polish

I've had my eye on Freckles Polish for a while. First of all it's a UK Indie Brand and two they all look lovely! I decided to get two minis to try the brand out (plus it meant I didn't get shouted at because I've gone polish mad lately!) and I also got one for a friend for her birthday. She loved it and I kinda regret giving it away because it's beautiful! I might just have to get myself a bottle next time I put an order through!

Wellies or Flip Flops?   This is a gorgeous light blue jelly (or what I would call a jelly) with lots of different shaped glitters. This looks so squishy and lovely when it's on! These pictures show two coats in natural lighting. 





Purple Rain - This is a lovely dark purple holo shade and it was a dream to apply! The colour is just fantastic and two coats will give you full opacity.






I'm really impressed with these two polishes! The formula is good and the delivery is very quick! Plus they're packaged really nicely although I couldn't get a photo because I ripped everything open before I thought to take a photo.... maybe next time!

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6 August 2014

Simple colours with polka dots



After my bright gradient, I wanted something a little more subtle that was better for work. In other words, something that wouldn't blind me at my desk. So I came up with this.

Colours used:

Ciate - Virgin White
China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle
Models Own - Lisle Street
Barry M - Berry Ice Cream

I applied a white base to my ring finger and thumb. While this was drying I painted my other three nails with Too Yacht to Handle, Lisle Street and Berry Ice Cream. While these were still tacky, I added a little gold stud to each of the coloured nails.

I added little black polka dots to my white nails and added a little bow stud from She Sells Sea Shells UK and they looked so cute! 

I finished everything off with a generous coat of Rica - Glossy Glam.

Here is the finished look! I even managed to paint my tootsies to match! Be warned, there is a foot pic coming up!



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5 August 2014

Neon gradients and dots!

I'm a little late posting this one because I actually did this when we had our heatwave (which has now pretty much gone!) because I wanted to do something bright!

Colours used:

Models Own - Beach Party
Models Own - Hedonist
Models Own - Holland Park
Ciate - Snow Virgin
OPI - Neon Yellow

First of all I painted two coats of Ciate - Snow Virgin on all of my nails. Normally, I would just use the palest colour from my gradient as a base. But since I'm using neons, I thought that white would create a better base and really make my colours pop. I was right!

Next I painted Beach party, Hedonist and Holland Park onto a make up sponge and did a gradient on three out of five nails on each hand. There are lots of tutorials out there for gradients and they look so pretty once you've got the hang of them!

Whilst my gradient was drying, I used all of my colours (except the white obviously) to create dots on my middle two fingers.

Once done, I applied a generous coat of Rica - glossy glam and then cleaned up. Although I apparently did a shoddy job of cleanup on these.

Here is the finished look!



These were so bright and lovely, especially in the sun. I was just sad that I had to take them off to something less blinding for work.

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4 August 2014

The Lacquer Lab

I'd spotted The Lacquer Lab over the The Nailasaurus blog a few weeks ago. Sammy had bought one of their nude polishes and it looked perfect so I went over to the website to have a nosey at what other colours this brand had. I have never seen another brand (other than Barry M) where I pretty much want to own every colour! I was good though and I only bought four colours, three of which came from the sale section!

Maja - This is from Lacquer Lab's nude collection. There are a few different shades and I just felt like this would be the perfect nude shade for me. I was right and I love it! It's not too pink, or too brown and just looks lovely with my skin tone =). This is two easy coats and in natural lighting. I was surprised at how easy this was to apply! All of these polishes have fantastic formulas and I've never owned a nude shade that is perfect with only two coats. 



Clarissa Explains It All & Pretty Plush - I decided to swatch both over these over Maja as it's a good base for glitters. On my pointer and middle finger is Clarissa Explains It All. This is a really pretty almost neutral glitter that is filled with pale pink and grey glitters. It looks so pretty either on it's own or layered over another colour. Pretty Plush is on my ring and little fingers. This is another lovely polish that is a clear base filled with deep blue and purple glitters. These pictures show just one coat and I think you could get full opacity with 2-3 coats. 








Midnight Dynamite - This a a turqoise/blue colour holographic polish and it's beautiful on. These pictures show two coats and they really do not do this colour justice! Two coats will get you full opacity and I couldn't stop staring at my nails while this was on!





Overall, I really like these polishes and I will buy more in the future! They're all really good quality and I find the bottles quite cute too!

You can find them here!

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