Monday, 29 October 2012

Nail Pop (Look Beauty) - Petticoat Swatch

As I said in yesterday's post, I got a couple of Nail Pop by Look Beauty polishes from superdrug. This beauty is Petticoat. A lovely pinky nude. The polish is suprisingly opaque, this is 2 coats and a coat of Seche Vite and application was smooth. It's a really subtle colour and will suit most skin tones. Nail Pop cost £5 each but I got this and Glamrock in a 2 for £6 offer.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Nail Pop (Look Beauty) - Glamrock Swatch

I go into Superdrug at least once a week and I almost always buy a new polish. Last week I picked up this beaty called Glamrock buy Nail Pop (Look Beauty). I wouldn't spend £5 on a bottle of polish unless I absolutely needed it, but luckily Superdrug had a 2 for £6 offer on Nail Pop so I bought this and Petticoat (more on this soon). 

Glamrock is an amazing purple glitter in a plum coloured jelly polish. It's just beautiful. Glitters are usually a nightmare to remove but this is actually quite easy. This is almost a dupe for Nails Inc - Bow Street. I finished this with a coat of Seche Vite.

It's a great winter polish. I'm in love! 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Minnie Mouse Nails

Who doesn't love Minnie Mouse?! She's adorable! These nails where inspired by this post.  
I used two coats of W7 - Red and two coats of Barry M - Matt White on my ring finger. I then used a dotting tool to add black dots with mouse ears on my ring finger with W7 - Black and white polka dots to the remaining fingers. I used a detail brush to add small bows to the minnie mice. All finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Peter Pan Collar's

I have many tops with the peter pan collar. They're really cute and very feminine. I've seen quite a few interpretations of this in nail art and so I had to recreate it. I love the outcome! 
I used a base coat of Rimmel Nail Rescue and then used hole reinforcers to create the half moon shape with two coats of W7 - Black. I then used a striping brush to add the 'collars' with Barry M - Matt White and a dotting tool to add the 'buttons' with Barry M - Gold Foil. All finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Abstract Nails!

I'm really excited about showing you these nails. They were really fun to make and I love the outcome. This was one of them designs that sort of took shape as I started using the paint brush.

I used one coat of Barry M - Matt White and freehanded the designs with a striping brush using Revlon - Tropical Temptation, Barry M - Shocking Pink, Barry M - Cyan Blue, Technic - Lolli Pop, MUA - Shade 5, Rimmel - Lemon Drop and W7 - Black. I also used a dotting tool for the dots and finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

Have you noticed that I've figured out the sizing issues with my images and my cuticles are a lot better? Vaseline and cotton gloves to bed! Who knew?!

EDIT: These nails featured in Reader Nail Art Week - Day 5 of The Daily Nail!! 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Halloween 1. Blood Splatter Zombie Nails

Gosh darn it, I got blood on my nails!

Halloween is when the Zombies wake from the dead and come out to play with all us mortal beings. No doubt I'll be answering the door to some hungry-for-treats-not-blood zombies this year! These are my zombie blood-splattered nails. Scaaarrrrryyyyy! (But not as scary as my cuticles....)

I'll be doing a few halloween-inspired nail art posts in the run up to the big day.

I used two coats of George at Asda - Fortune Teller and used a straw to splatter on Nails Inc - Victoria, which is a great blood coloured polish! I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.
I love the splattered nails look. It's a really quick way of getting some awesome results. And this totally looks like blood!

I've been using Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter on my cuticles religiously and, although it smells amazing, it's really not helping my chapped cuticles. Any help on a really amazing cuticle cream?

Monday, 15 October 2012

Mint Green Polka Dots with Bow

I've got the flu *cough cough* so I thought I'd cheer myself up with some girly nails. I really love polka dots, they're super cute and liven up any outfit.

 I used two coats of MUA - Shade 5 and used a dotting tool and white acrylic paint to create the dots. The bow I did freehand with a striping brush and used black acrylic paint for the outline. I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Barry M Gellies Watermelon and Blue Plum

Here are two of the Barry M Gellies.  Many people thought at first that this collection was a Jelly range, as in sheer polishes. But the idea behind these is much more genius. They're meant to replicate the super shineyness of gel manicures. And ohmigawd are they shiney! These swatches are without topcoat.....SAY WHAAAT! 
Here is Watermelon and Blue Plum.

Watermelon is definitely my favourite of the collection. It's a really dark teal and a great winter polish. I struggled to get the colour right with my camera with this swatch. It looks almost black in indoor lighting and I could only get the colour in natural sunlight. I used two coats for this swatch.
Blue Plum is a deep royal blue. Again, it looks almost black indoors but the colour definitely pops when in natural sunlight. I used two coats for this swatch.

Although I used two coats for these swatches, they are very much one they were intended to be. And they apply like a dream. There are 9 colours in this collection. The others are Plum, Pomegranate, Satsuma, Prickly Pear, Blueberry, Grapefruit and Blood Orange. The only other colours that really interest me are Plum and Blueberry. I think thats because the other colours are pretty 'normal', if you know what I mean. Although the finish on these colours is awesome. 
How have you found Barry M Gellies?

Friday, 12 October 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness

As many of you know October is Breast Cancer awareness month.

"Breast cancer is not one single disease. There are several types of breast cancer. It can be diagnosed at different stages of development and can grow at different rates."
Head over the the website to find out more about Breast cancer and what you can do to help. Here is Mini Guide to taking care of your breasts.
Two coats of Nail Pop - Petticoat and Barry M - Shocking Pink and details with Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM321, Technic - Damson, Technic - Party Pink, Models Own - Pink Fizz, Barry M - Matte White and a coat of Seche Vite.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

FINALLY! & Stripes!

HELLOO!! I'm finally back. I've been absent for what feels like a lifetime. My laptop charger totally died, I was wiggling the wire for a while to charge my laptop but it eventually gave up and I had to splurge on a new laptop. I have a macbook pro so went to the apple shop to price up chargers..£65! Outrageous! Fortunately, I'm a mega eBay user so I managed to find a genuine apple charger for £30 from a shop local to Liverpool. So here I am, £30 poorer but happy that I'm back to blogging. Over the past week or two I've managed to do quite a fair bit of nail art so hopefully that should keep me going for a while :)

To the nail art..! I recently purchased a lovely, snug cardy and I thought 'Hey, why not match my nails to my new, lovely, snug cardy?' So thats exactly what I did. I got part of the inspiration (unintentionally, until after I did this and was looking through the blog and realised I must have mentally-noted this awesome mani!) from the Nailasaurus here.
I did two coats of Fortune Teller - George at Asda and added stripes of Damson - Technic and Blue Plum - Barry M (part of the Gellies range, more on these bad boys later!). I also went over some of the Damson stripes with Party Pink - Technic. All topped with a coat of Seche Vite.
And here's a picture of my inspiration!