How can you not love this nail polish? I am awfully sorry to post it because it was limited edition in 2010 and is not currently available but ChelseaWears pointed something out in a video I watched the other day that I thought was somewhat profound.. or as profound as you can be when referring to limited edition makeup items. If nobody ever mentions them then you don’t know to grab them when they’re relaunched in a collection, so I’m telling you right now if you see this on sale, BUY IT!
.Bad Fairy is one of my favourite Winter/festive nail colours and I will be sharing all of my favourites over the coming weeks so I thought why not kick off with one of the best? It’s duo chrome and almost firey in some lights. I took a little look online for you all and it looks like Nails Inc did a shade called New Burlington Place which was a perfect dupe for this (but is also no longer available) but Accessorize have one available RIGHT NOW that if these photos are to be believes is pretty darn close. You can buy Accessorize Pink Spice online here for £3.45
It’s one of my favourites in my huge collection so if there’s a drugstore dupe that close I may have to pick it up for myself!
Ho Ho Ho, it’s December!! I’m fairly certain I’m not alone in being uber excited about this and to celebrate I thought I’d share this little nail design I did with you all. I don’t usually do this kind of thing and am always in awe of other bloggers at this time of year with their super skills so this year I decided to give it a go and this was the first one I came up with. I’m fairly certain I’ve seen this somewhere, I’m sure it’s a popular one but I didn’t follow a tutorial and wasn’t very precise in truth. I don’t think you need a step by step for this one, it’s fairly self explanatory but if I try anything more complex I’ll try and get pictures along the way.
*What I used*
Ink Stain (the deep blue) / Red Me The News (the base red for the hat) / Red Hot Rock Muse Smokey Top Coat (the glitter red on the hat) / Pinstripe White (fairly obvious) – All from NYC
I painted my blue base, a vague triangle shape with the regular bottle brush in red, added a little glitter then a dot of white for the pom pom and a white tip for the brim of the hat. It was really simple and I didn’t use any special tools so if all you have is the nail polish but you want to create something festive why not give this a go? I will be trying a few other Christmas designs and may buy some fine brushes etc but I’m a bit of a nail art noob so expect them to be simple and easy to replicate if you have little skill in this area.
*Nail polish was sent to me as PR sample
So the clock struck 12 and the post went live.. go grab this while you can! I have the kit and wouldn’t be without it now but was in to minds about the cost.. at this price I absolutely recommend it so if you’ve been on the fence now’s the time to jump off!
Buy online here
This marks the first of many ‘snow globe’ nail looks you will see over the coming months, when the cold weather kicks in I love glitter over a pale coloured polish and the combinations are endless! A Cut Above has been an Essie top coat I’ve lusted after since I discovered Essie almost 2 years ago.. it had been part of a previous collection and I couldn’t find it anywhere so imagine my excitement when it relaunched for the holidays 2013. The whole christmas collection ‘luxe effects’ is a copy of 2011′s launch and the only thing I can think is that they’ve reformulated it for the diffusion line in Boots and Superdrug because it’s not usual to relaunch something in that timeframe. Either way I finally got my mitts on the chunky rose gold glitter so who cares?
Unlike some glitter top coats this gives a really even distribution of both chunky and smaller metallic pieces so it’s perfect eveytime. You could probably build it up to an opaque glitter look but ugh.. who has time for that? Besides I think this is more effective anyway! If you really wanted to go for the gold on gold look I’d suggest applying it over the Essie Foil in Penny Talk – perfection! I have another similar swatch coming of a Maybelline polish that is this and so much more so if you’re umming and ahhing and would rather have something opaque watch this space cause that’s cheaper and you might even prefer it.
Available online here for £7.99
Just a quick one this morning for you early risers. I blogged about 4 of the China Glaze polishes from their 2013 Christmas collection but I wanted to show you 1 or 2 of my favourites in all their glory because they’re just too cute – I think the other will be Just Be-Claws for those wondering, it’s the ultimate Christmas red. But back to the polish at hand.. Put A Bow On it was my favourite before I even put it on my nails, I LOVE a purple glitter and this micro fine variety is right up my alley. I’d say 2 or 3 coats and you can get an opaque bottle finish from this but if you’re wondering why my nails look less than perfect here.. I can explain. I sandwiched the polish between a gel base and top coat and it looked great, felt rock hard and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself until I jumped in a hot bath and warped them. The rippled you can see actually look pretty cool I think but they weren’t intentional.
I’m yet to perfect the gelly sandwich method but I will persevere if it means I can use my regular polish with a hard wearing gel system it’s worth the trial and error. The most important thing is that your colour be totally dry so a glitter or a foil formula will be best if you’re attempting it for the first time, I’ve had success with both but whatever you do don’t expose them to heat too soon or you’ll make waves you never wanted.
You can buy China Glaze online here
I’m not usually a big green fan when it comes to nails but I LOVED this.. so metallic and sparkly.. a great festive colour for sure. Rock My Emerald is one of the new Sensationail Liquid Metal collection which have all already sold out online but as soon as they’re back in stock I have my eye on Going For The Rose Gold.. just as beautiful as this but a pretty, delicate warm gold that I would imagine will be super flattering.. I need it.
My full Sensationail review will be coming very soon, I have so many videos to filmed already so it’s at the back of the queue but many of you have asked whether it’s any good as you’re considering asking for it/giving it for Christmas. I initially thought it was an expensive was to buy a gel nails system as you could buy all of the individual bits and pieces online for less but when I added everything up there’s actually very little in it and this way it’s all branded so if anything goes wrong you know who to contact.. warranty and all. So in a word, yes I would absolutely recommend it. I love the Sensationail polishes I have and if it’s a special shade (like the rose gold) I will consider buying another from the brand but when I come to replace the case/top coat and basic colours etc I will be looking to eBay for cheaper alternatives. When you have a polish collection as large as I you just can’t justify spending £12+ on more. On the regular polish note I’ve been trying to use my nail polish in between coats of gel and so far it’s been hit and miss but I will persevere and if I perfect it you can expect a gelly sandwich tutorial. If it works it makes the whole thing so much more worthwhile as you can use it with all the colours you already have!
Have any of you had success with the gelly sandwich method?
I posted about the mini holiday set of China Gaze nail polishes and realise I didn’t leave a link to the site I bought them from. I have been inundated with questions about where you can get these online so I thought I’d post a quick update with a few options I’ve found starting with my site of choice – always shop around because often one site will run a discount while the others are at full RRP so never buy from the first place you find it. Amazon is often cheapest in my experience but other sites may work out better if you’re buying a few and qualify for additional discounts/free shipping.
Nail Polish Direct
Other than Sallys beauty supply I’ve never seen China Glaze for sale in a UK store but if you know of any leave a comment. I hope this was useful for those of you eyeing up the Happy Holiglaze collection.
Last year my friend Laura bought me a set of China Glaze mini’s from the Christmas collection that I absolutely loved so I’d been eagerly awaiting the launch of the 2013 line and it did NOT disappoint! Last year it was all about red and gold but this year is so much more me – jewel toned pinks and purples and as always the names are super cute!
Left to right – Just Be-Claws / Santa Red My List / Put A Bow On It / Be Merry, Be Bright.
Forgive my messy swatches, I’m wearing an emerald green gel polish underneath – post to come. The two opaque metallic shades will get a lot of wear this upcoming festive season but my favourite of the bunch has to be the micro glitter, Put A Bow On It. I love me some purple nail polish! The chunky glitter will likely be the sidelined shade.. oh how I hate to remove glitter and this chunky stuff is the worst so it will be saved for only the special occasions
I have some particular Christmas favourites I will bust out for a post soon but if you have any special loves for this time of year share them in the comments!
Hey Guys!!! Something Halloweeny this way comes today! I posted my gooey ombre nails earlier in the week and lots of you said you loved the look but I was hiding this little gem under my hat. This is actually even easier in my opinion because it can be tricky blending to colours together whereas this is absolutely fool proof. I used an old Primark yellowy green for this because I thought it looked better but upon closer inspection my Franks do look a little like lego men so perhaps go for a bluer green but you just need that base colour and a black nail art pen or brush and polish. I used this from NYC and it worked really well.
Hope you enjoyed the quick tutorial and if you give it a go be sure to tweet me a pic!
Bit of an odd post today but it’s one of those essentials that we all use but nobody ever talks about.. toe separators. Funnily enough I took this picture about 6 months (maybe more) ago and I guarantee you that I couldn’t find these if I tried now. I don’t know about you but along with bobby pins and hair bands toe separators have a very short life span in my household before vanishing. I usually use tissue paper in truth but with that in mind I though it was still worth telling you whether I thought these were any better than your average foam variety.. or indeed Andrex. First of all they’re gel so you’re expecting super comfy, right? Not so much.. they’re cold and have less give to them than foam. They stay put a little better, no slipping and sliding as they have good grip but that’s not a huge problem I suffer with so.. not much of a benefit in my opinion. They were more expensive too.. as you’d expect cause they’re made of more durable material.. but if they go the same way as ALL others then they last me one or two uses before hiding somewhere never to be found again so.. durability isn’t such a benefit either.
Ultimately I think these were a pointless purchase for me.. they’re still uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time and although they’ll last longer than foam (if you can find them) they’re not worth the extra money. I think I’ll stick with tissue paper.
Case and point – I can’t even find a link to these online so THEY don’t even want you to buy them!
*Very Random Post
I’m not huge on nail art, not because I don’t like it but there’s SUCH a lot of drying time involved. So I may do something else simple for Halloween but I thought I’d share this slimy looking creation as it seemed appropriate for the season. I have had these Smoky top coats from NYC for ages and just haven’t got chance to use them so I will be trying as many out as possible over the next few days and hopefully stocking up on some nail posts for you guys because I feel I’ve been lacking a little in that department. I feel like once upon a time I have a minimum of one (maybe 2) nail posts a week and these days nothing so I’m going to bring it back in a big way.. you just wait!
*What I Used*
I painted my whole nail in High Line Green (bright green in the middle) then tipped them with Money Never Sleeps (the deep metallic on the right) I tried to blend them together a little in the middle with a thin coat of the brighter green again before using the Smoky Top Coat in Green Day. I think it’s really effective and the sheer smoky polish that Green Day brings is so much better than a regular glitter to help blend an ombre nail like this. Like I said I have a few colours so will have to give some others a go.. I’m thinking purple could be cool.
What will your nails be dressed as this October 31st?
*NYC Polishes were sent to me for review
Last week I received a very exciting package in the mail – The Sensationail Starter Kit! I’ve been seriously eying this up recently after they started selling the polishes in Tesco and was on the verge of purchase when they contacted me and asked if I’d like to review the system. Yes I am bragging, that NEVER happens, haha (sorry). So anyway.. Although it was free I already know I am going to spend an absolute fortune on extending my collection of gel polishes, I spent a good 3 hours browsing the web for different brands and the cheapest places to buy today and am pretty excited about getting some Christmas glitters.. yay!
So far I’ve done my fingers and toes, My Mums nails and Ella’s toes and all have lasted over a week so far and were super easy and quick to do. I wanted to get in a good practice few before I filmed a video with the system and more importantly before my best friends wedding (this Friday) as I will be doing the bridesmaids nails for that. So far I have nothing but good things to report, My next test will be to see whether I can sandwich regular nail polish between the gel base/top coat. I have heard mixed reports on whether this works and believe it’s all about leaving them to dry 100% which is difficult to judge but I really want to try it as my polish collection is way to big to cast aside for the next big nail craze.
Anywho, I just wanted to let you know I’ve been trying this out and so far love it and also ask you guys if you use gels what your favourite brands are and where you buy your stuff from. The Sensationail polishes I’ve tried could probably get away with one coat which is great and I’d be happy to buy those full price if it was a little special but for the basic shades I’m looking for a cheaper alternative.
You can buy the starter kit online here for £69.99
I really want to get on board with this whole gel effect nail polish trend but I just can’t. This is the best I’ve tried, the gloss is amazing and it really does look like gel HOWEVER it chips within the day if I don’t wear a top coat and if I do.. well whats the point of the special formula? My Seche Vite makes every polish I wear look gel-like so I guess I’ve been spoiled by that but ultimately there’s little point to a high shine finish if it’s not hard wearing I don’t think this (or any other) is. Bizarrely enough on the Nails Inc website it even recommends using a base and top coat – madness I tell you!
Rant aside this is a very nice formula, streak free and very opaque but a little thick and slow to dry (hence the dent in my thumb above) – but that’s to be expected. I guess I’m just not sold on the concept but if a brand brings out a chip resistant (I’m looking at 5 days or more) version I could be swayed. Obviously everyone is different and if you have no need for a top coat and only wear one for the shiny finish this is probably your holy grail but I need me my seche vite or I’m repainting daily.
Available online for £14.00
Today’s post comes from Roisin who writes Cuti-clue-les
I had a proper, detailed freehand design in mind for this guest post but I thought it would be far more interesting for ye if I did a nail art design that was easy to recreate. Any kind of polish will do but I went for the textured polish trend ( It might be on trend still? I have no clue!) I do know that the Chevron design is always pretty popular in the nail art world and it is one of the easiest designs to pull off no matter how new you are to nail art. I started off with a base coat of Barry M Ripley road on my Index and pinky fingers and Barry M Kingsland Road on my middle and ring fingers. Once that was dry I cut two stripes of the striping tape and stuck that on the base of my nail (like a half moon but in a triangle rather than a half-circle). In the middle of that I painted on Barry M Atlantic road (blue) and Barry M Station Road (yellow) Using a cuticle nippers, pull the striping tape towards you while the polish is still wet. This gives you a nice crisp line.Now for the last part you can repeat the striping tape process but I chose to freehand the tips using Zoya Beatrix. That’s all there is to it! Fairly easy I think. Sure if ye have any questions, leave them below and I’ll get back to ye no bother.
Of all the press released I received after the birth of our new Royal Baby the one that best caught my attention was this one from OPI. The release wasn’t anything fancy or too in your face it was just a blue nail polish with a solid theme name and I liked it. You know me, a sucker for anything nails whatever the gimmick but I’d expect this will be my only Royal Baby spin off product mention – that is unless I compile a post of the most ridiculous to give you a laugh.
Dating a Royal is so vague you have to wonder whether they had X bottles of blue and X bottles of pink with the same sticker on the bottom waiting for the announcement but something tells me they hedged their bets given that it isn’t a baby blue but a bold ROYAL one instead.. clever. I’m not usually a fan of blue on my nails but this is actually really flattering, 2 coats to opaque and doesn’t stain my nails so although it was a bit of a gimmick, yes it’s actually a really nice colour and I can see myself wearing it again.. maybe something with white nail art? hmm…
£11.50 online here
Perhaps my expectations were too high with this product, I mean it’s a budget supermarket ‘generic’ brand so it’s not going be that great, right? NO! Everything I buy should be great.. okay maybe not AS great as slightly more expensive versions but it should be good. Some believe you get what you pay for and too an extent that is true but I KNOW you can get better than this for less so in this case I’m just plain disappointed. When it comes to nails I love me some shine, anything dubbed gel is top of my ‘to try’ list so as soon as I spotted this I had to have it. It’s £3 which is reasonable but 5p more than the regular Barry M line so y’know.. if we’re comparing. The shade selection was good but it must have been popular because there was little left to choose from so I bought ‘Plum’ with the coming season in mind.
The colour (I’m sure you’ll agree) is very pretty and the parts that set smooth have a very glossy finish (far better than the Barry M Gelly’s) but this was an absolute b**tard to apply. So thick and gloopy which those of you fellow polish junkies will know doesn’t bode well for an even finish. Going off on a tangeant slightly, the best Gel top coats I’ve tried have ended up with air bubbles towards the end of their life and the reason for this (usually) is the consistency. When it’s no longer thin enough to coat the nail nicely without drying almost immediately on contact it created this kind of textured mess – with the exclusion of Seche Vite which I have always found to be perfect from first coat to last. This was a brand new bottle but even as I was applying it (messily – it wasn’t easy) I knew it wasn’t going to end well. Now when I posted a picture on instgram some causes were suggested, 1. Heat – okay, it’s humid at the moment but I was painting my toes with an Essie colour at the same time and had no issues. 2. Not enough drying time – I can accept that and because it’s so thick I would imagine regardless of time the bottom layer would never have totally dried but regardless of these factors – it’s just not very good.
At the same time I bought a coloured eyeliner from the George makeup line and that I actually do really like but there have been more disappointing products from this range for me than ones I’ve enjoyed so I’m in two minds as to whether I should try any more. Any recommendations welcome and if you’ve tried this and loved it let me know.. perhaps it was a bad bottle but it’s all I have to judge it on