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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Galaxy Nail Art - My First Attempt

Hey internet! I expect if you are a nail enthusiast (and if you're reading this I'm guessing you are!) you will have seen plenty of galaxy nail art around. It hasn't passed me by either, and I have always wanted to try the technique, but have been too afraid - unless it's stamping or dotticures, my nail art sucks big fat hairy balls. I finally decided to take the plunge and give it a go though, and while they are far from perfect, I am really pleased with how they turned out! I will tell you which polishes I used after the pictures :)





Base: OPI Ink;
Pink: SHC Nail Polish Shade 127;
Blue: SHC Nail Polish Shade 36;
White: SHC Nail Polish Shade 28;
Purple: OPI Tomorrow Never Dies. 

To create this look I applied my base colour and let it dry. Then I used tiny pieces of cut-up make up sponge and sponged on the pink in opposite corners, then the blue, then a swathe of the white across the main part of the nail, and the the purple around the edges of the white. I used a small nail art brush to paint some very basic stars and dots, and finished with top coat. If you found that too hard to follow, there are many helpful tutorials on the internet if you Google "galaxy nails tutorial" :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon! x

Monday, 30 March 2015

China Glaze "Light As Air" & Cirque "XX

Hey friends! Just a quick NOTD post for you today, featuring what was actually yesterday's manicure, but which is still on my nails today, so it counts ;)

China Glaze "Light As Air", a very pale grey toned lilac creme with a wonderful formula is what I started with, two coats:


I then added one coat of my beloved Cirque "XX", and finished with top coat:



Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Recent Favourites Part Three

Here you go folks, the third and final installment of my "Recent Favourites" (click here to see part one, and here to see part two)! Numbered pictures - leave a comment if you'd like any details about any of them! :)


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I hope you've enjoyed catching up with some of my recent favourite manicures! 

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Recent Favourites Part Two

Following on from my my "Recent Favourites Part One" post, here is the next installment! As with before, pictures will be numbered - leave a comment if you would like any details about any of them :)


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Keep your eyes peeled for the third and final "Recent Favourites" post, coming soon!

Thanks for reading :) x


Friday, 27 March 2015

Recent Favourites Part One

As you will be completely aware by now, my blogging schedule has fallen by the wayside (again). I post my daily manicures to my Facebook and Instagram accounts, but I am well aware that not everybody uses those platforms, so for those of you who solely follow me via this blog, or if you just want to reminisce with me, I thought I would create a few "Recent Favourites" posts detailing - funnily enough - my favourite recent manicures which never made it on to the blog proper. This will be more about the pictures than the words, and the only order to them will be that in which they upload themselves, so without further ado shall we start? 

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As you can see, I have numbered each picture, so if you would like to know any details about any of them, then please leave a question in the comments and I will be happy to answer :)

Be on the lookout for another Recent Favourites post soon!

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A 2 Z: T is for Texture

Hello babes! How you doin'? Thursday has come around again and brought with it another installment of the A 2 Z Blog Series!

This week the letter is T, and theme is "Texture". I arrived at my final idea for this week's manicure via two intersecting routes. I was thinking about the China Glaze Crinkle Chromes and how they are essentially chrome polishes with bits in them - coarse glitter and bar glitter from what I can fathom from swatches and peoples' reviews. I was also thinking about how chrome polishes, being so very fine in texture, always show up every little flaw on the nail (which is essentially how the Crinkle Chrome concept would work). So I combined those two thoughts and decided to do this: I applied two coats of a standard textured polish (doesn't matter which, any one would work), and while the second coat was still wet, I placed some little nail art embellishments (kindly donated by Debbie from Knitty Nails) onto my nails, and then applied one coat of my only true chrome polish, OPI "Push And Shove" over the top. I am so pleased with the result!! 








What do you think? I don't suppose this look will be one that everybody likes, but I am really pleased with it, and there is no denying that there is texture in abundance here!

ETA: Now mama Bean has filled the kitchen with home-made strawberry jam and all kinds of other baked delights, she has found time to create her textured manicure, and textured it sure is!! I'm unsure of the base polish she used, but she blobbed on Nails Inc "Brighton" feather effect polish to create these wacky pointy features! I love it :D





As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is where you will find everybody else's contributions, and don't forget to check back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Freckles Polish Birthday Bonanza!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Freckles Polish, happy birthday to you! That's right folks, Freckles Polish is celebrating its first birthday this weekend, and in honour of that milestone there will be not one but two collections released! The first is "The Birthday Party Collection", which consists of six pretty, pastel holographic shades, and the second is "The Collaboration Collection", now this one is really exciting. Julieann who own Freckles Polish has teamed up with three bloggers who have designed and named their very own Freckles Polish shade to be released in this collection, and I was lucky enough to be asked to take part! The other two blogger collaborations are with Vicky (Vicky Loves Nails) and Sarah (My Mint Nails) There was also a competition for three Freckles Polish customers to also design and name their own shade for this collection. How exciting!! I have two polishes from each collection to show you, so let's get to it!

Release date and purchase info will be at the end of this blog post.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

A 2 Z: S is for Silver

Hello world! Today is Thursday, which = A 2 Z day! This week we have reached the letter S, which is represented by the theme of "Silver". I chose not to do a full silver manicure, but instead use a silver glitter to complement another colour. Shall we take a look?

Firstly I applied my base colour, Barry M Gelly Nail Paint "Sugar Apple", two coats:



And then I used F.U.N Lacquer "Queen" to create this sponged glitter gradient, and finished with top coat:






And here is mama Bean's contribution for this theme: she went for a magnificent silver holographic polish, Nfu.Oh "61", of which she applied two coats:




As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is the place to go for everybody else's contributions, and please come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Nails Inc "Saville Row" & Stamping NOTD

Hey friends! Just a quick nail of the day post to tide you over for a while.

Nails Inc "Saville Row" is a deep, rich cool-toned burgundy polish with the most flawless creme formula - Nails Inc at their classic best. It was also the very first polish I blogged about (you can read that blog post here)!

Picture shows two coats & top coat:



I then added some stamping using Dance Legend "Optical Illusion" & Born Pretty plate BP-48, and finished with top coat:



Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

A 2 Z: R is for Redo/Reboot/Recycle/Recreate

Hello everybody, how are you all doing today? Today's A 2 Z theme is a bit of a mouthful, but I knew immediately what I was going to do for this one! I chose to recreate an old manicure from 2013 which you may remember if you've been following me that long (and if you have, thank you): my spotty kettle matchy matchy manicure! (<<click that link to see the original post). I can still remember the joy I felt when we got that kettle and the fact it gave me the perfect matchy matchy inspiration. It was also quite popular among my Instagram and Facebook friends!

So firstly let's have a look at the original:





And here is today's version! Not much has changed, execpt I have far less of a tan this time round than I did before(!), and the poor old kettle is looking pretty beaten up - it's on its last legs sadly:








Not much point me telling you which polishes I used - if you want to recreate it, I'm sure you have plenty of suitable colours available (but please feel free to leave a comment below if you'd like to know) :)

No mama Bean this week, sorry! I have to confess though, I pilfered her idea of recreating this manicure for today's theme - she had planned on doing the same before she ran out of time, sorry ma!!

As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is the place to go for everybody else's contributions - past and present - and there will be another installment next week!

Thanks for reading :) x



Thursday, 5 March 2015

A 2 Z: Q is for Quirky

Hi friends! Today's A 2 Z manicure is a fun one, "Q is for Quirky". I'll admit at first I wasn't too keen on "quirky" as a theme for nails - I know what quirky means to me, but it just seemed to be too broad a term to be able to interpret it into a manicure. However, mama Bean (who is absent from this week's challenge, sorry) and I sat down and had a brainstorm whilst looking through all my nail art bits and bobs, and I eventually came up with this idea: bumble bee nails! 

I used gold and black polishes, striping tape, and caviar beads to create it (list of products used after the pictures):







Products used:
Base coat - Orly Bonder;
Gold - AEngland "Holy Grail";
Black - S.H.C. Nail Polish "01" (ebay cheapie);
Top coat - Seche Vite;
Beads - Ciate Caviar Pearls in "Bumble Bee";
Striping tape from eBay.

I don't know about you but I think this is a really cool look, and definitely quirky in my opinion!

As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is where you will find all the other participants' contributions, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x