Thursday, 2 July 2015

Prom Nails + Review

Hey Everyone!
Today's post is very impromptu because I thought I had my prom nails all figured out but then the polish I had opted for was a bit of a let down, so I had to redo it yesterday and now here I am, posting about it, on the day of my prom. Its not too bad though because it gives me chance to give a review on two of my favourite polishes.
The colours for my prom outfit are red, black and gold so I didn't want anything too clashing going on with my nails. Which is why I chose something a little more neutral. To be honest, I was very tempted to do the prom dress and suit accent nails but I felt like there would be too much going on if I did that.
As you can see I have two accent nails in a peach/pink champagne tone whilst the others remain in a golden bronze colour. The gold on my nails is slightly more bronzed than the gold in my outfit but that doesn't bother me too much.
As you can see this is a very simple nail look, with no design and simply accent nails. This is the perfect look for a professional environment or if you shouldn't really be wearing nail polish. Its neutral but still clean and fresh.
The peach/champagne colour is from the Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours collection, I received this a while ago, so I was surprised to see they're still available. Although, it is an impressive collection of polishes. There isn't a colour name on the bottle but I went on the website and I think its the 343 Tangerine Fatal. In the image above it looks a lot darker and more orange than it actually is as you can tell by the swatches on my nails, but I like the colour either way.
This is part of the Miss Sporty quick dry range that promises to dry in sixty seconds, I can't say I timed them exactly but the polish does dry very quickly and I only needed one coat. The polish is easy to apply with great pigmentation and the size of the brush makes the application very easy. 
Miss Sporty polishes are available for £1.99 and you can buy them at Boots or Superdrug.
The next polish is from BYS and it is the N86 Island Bronze Gold Boom polish from their Basic Colours collection. I have this polish from BYS as well as a glow in the dark top coat. This polish needs two coats for total opacity but again, it dries fairly quickly so both polishes are ideal for a quick manicure. The pigmentation is of great quality and the polish itself is nice and thin so it is easy to build up without creating a thick layer on your nail that will easily chip.
I'm pretty sure I bought this polish in store at Peacocks or Store Twenty One but I can't seem to find it on either of their websites. However, the BYS website sends you to Fashion Addict and I also found the polish on eBay for £2.99
I am still in the process of trying out the Rimmel London 60 Second Super Shine in Clear, but so far so good and I'll definitely give a review on that in the future.
Do you have a prom this year? How did you have your nails?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tiger Stripes Twist

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Today I have a design for you that I personally adore, I love a bright coloured nail polish and since it is Summer, orange is the way to go. For today's design I opted for an orange base and so the obvious direction to take that in, is tiger stripes. A simple, but still creative design idea that gives something different to a plain nail polish.
As you can see the twist here is using the alternating colours, black and white, to create the tiger stripes. I adore this twist because I feel the stripes in different colours add a new contrast to the orange colour than when just a white or black stripe is used.
Since I simply used a striping brush to create this design its safe to say, pretty much anyone can give it a go. Even if you're not the best when it comes to nail art designs but are just hoping to experiment. A useful tool idea if you don't have a striping polish is to use an old liquid eyeliner applicator. The thin tip allows the stripes to be applied evenly and the thickness is easily altered. Plus, it allows you to use the brush with different colours, rather than the one it originally came with.
Above are the polishes I used to create this nail look, I discussed how well the black Superstar polish and the Emily The Strange striper work in previous posts. The Le nail varnish is pretty pigmented for a white, however, a few coats are still needed for the best amount of brightness. I've tried Googling this brand but can't seem to find anything I'm afraid, the nail polish came in a set I received a while ago from a friend, so I apologise for being unable to offer any more information regarding this polish.
How adorable is the bottle for this orange polish? I am very excited about this polish and will discuss it further in an upcoming blog post. However, the orange colour is much more neon than is showing up in the picture which I guess you could say also gives a twist to the tiger stripes. The pigmentation of this polish is very impressive, especially for the price. Anyway, I'll keep this brief because I will be discussing this polish and a couple more from the same brand in an upcoming blog post!
Do you like animal print nails? If so, which have you tried?

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Update + Negative Space Nails

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I couldn't tell you how many times I have redrafted this post in my head, because lets be honest, it is long overdue. As you're all probably aware exam season has just passed and so my main focus was getting through the last few weeks of my A-Levels. I completed my final exam last Friday and so ever since then I have been intending to get back into blogging, so here I am.
Since I'll have a lot more free time during the Summer I will have plenty of opportunities to blog, which I definitely will be doing. My goal is to get this blog up and running properly during the summer, as I am well aware that whilst I was still at sixth form my posting schedule was somewhat hit or miss. For this reason, I have come up with a posting routine and have a number of post ideas noted down for future posts. All of which I am very much looking forward to.
That said, I have still been doing my nails during my absence and so I have plenty of designs backed up for the moment. This put me at an advantage so that this post wasn't delayed any further!
The first design I have for you is a fuchsia and black negative space design. I had been wanting to do a negative space design for a while but I was unsure of how exactly I was going to go about doing it. This resulted in endless scrolling for inspiration and then finally coming up with the following:
As you can tell, the main tool used for this design was a striping brush because of the lineal structure of the design. I found that with negative space designs it is easiest to use this structure because otherwise things can look a little messy and the colours don't compliment each other as well as they could. I feel like the fuchsia is just enough of a contrast with the black whilst still being somewhat muted keeping the design pretty neutral.
One thing I found with this design is that you definitely have to be patient, especially when it comes to applying the top coat. This is because, due to the negative spaces, when a top coat is applied the colours can easily be dragged along one another and smudge into the empty gaps, causing them to be filled in and the design to no longer be negative space. So, that is just something to bear in mind if you wish to try out this nail design.
Each of the polishes used I'm pretty sure I have used in a previous post, I am certain I have used the black Superstar polish, the Emily The Strange striper and the Top Coat previously. However, I may not have used the High Brow fuchsia colour. I was very surprised with the pigmentation of this colour because it isn't a known brand. I know it is sold in B&M but I haven't seen it anywhere else. I also have a teal colour from the same brand which again, is very pigmented. So, if you're looking for some cheap polishes that are good quality and have great pigmentation I definitely recommend the High Brow polishes. From what I've seen they also have a huge variety of colours too, which is an added bonus.
Overall, this design is ideal for those who are new to nail art but want to do something a little more complex than polka dots and stripes. All you really need is patience for a design like this, as I said, with the merging of colours it can get a little risky, but nothing too difficult.
Have you done a negative space design before? What's your opinion on this trend?

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Nicki Minaj Inspired Nails

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I intended to get this post up last week but things have been so hectic for me with the upcoming exams I have at sixth form, so blogging has been put on the back burner so to speak. Anyway, I still wanted to get this design up because it is something unusual and something I haven't tried before.
A couple of weeks ago Nicki Minaj posted the following nail design on her Instagram:
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I was lacking ideas for my nails as it was and so I thought, why not try an inspired nail look? Especially since a lot of conversation on social media was circulating about her rumoured engagement. It could be said my design is somewhat toned down as I don't have claw nails, nor did I opt to use the diamonds, however, if you want to, why not!
As you can see I opted for a similar colour scheme and followed suit of the designs. I used a thin striping brush to apply the intricate linear pattern, whilst for the polka dots I used a dotting tool. In my opinion the colours in the design compliment each other very well and I must say they aren't usually colours I would opt to use with each other. This seems like a common thought on the designs as I must say I received many compliments on the unique design.
If you enlarge the image above, this will be more clear, but the silver polish I used is actually a mosaic effects top coat by Avon. If you wish for me to do a more in depth post on this polish in the future, I will, as I also have a red one. However, since I hadn't used the polish for a while, it separated slightly in the bottle which allowed me to use the polish just as a simple silver polish without achieving the mosaic effect which was exactly what I wanted.
I found all the polishes I included in this design were of very good quality with brilliant colour pay off. The teal colour I used on my thumb is one of my new favourites because of the bold, bright appearance. As well as the fact it appears more blue or more green depending upon the lighting.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get more posts up soon as I manage my time better! I don't have too many exams overall and they are nicely spread out so that gives me plenty of time to catch a free period of time to dedicate to blogging.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Butterfly Nails

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This weeks nail art is something I've wanted to do for a long time I just haven't had the guts to do it. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest, Google Images and Tumblr searching for nail art inspiration I would always come across a butterfly nail art one way or another. It looked ever so pretty, especially over an ombre base, however, it appeared far too intricate for me.
Finally, I bit the bullet and decided to do it, to my surprise it was much easier than I imagined so. I adore the result because it is a classic staple nail and red polish has such an elegant appearance. I adore how this design turned out as it is such a pretty nail art look. The orange and red compliment each other beautifully but are different in tones so contrast simultaneously.
For this nail design I applied an orange base before ombre-ing a red polish over the tip using a dampened sponge to ensure the colours blended with ease. I then used a black striper to paint a curve in the left (right in the photo) corner of my nail towards the cuticle. Next I applied five lines off of the curved line, these lines were slightly off straight as they curved with the shape of my nail. I applied a black polish to the tip before rounding off the tops of the sectioned off parts. To finish off I added small white dots to the tip to give the wing a little more detail.
I thought this followed on nicely from my Easter Nails because butterflies represent spring to me as well, but the colours have developed from being pastel tones to suggest a transition towards Summer. That, and I wanted to try out butterfly nails and have only just gained the courage to do so. As well as this, I wanted to do a more intricate design for a statement nail and felt as though this design fulfilled that need nicely.
Above are the polishes I used in order to complete this design, the Neon Nails polish is from a set B&M, the kit they sell now is slightly different from the one I originally received as they have added another colour and altered some slightly. However, you can purchase a very similar one: Here. The orange is slightly pale and takes two coats to be completely opaque, however the resulting colour is stunning and bright.
The red, white and clear are from the Nail Boutique: The Colour Workshop I received for Christmas and have referred to frequently within posts ever since. If you would like me to do a review on the kit, I would be more than happy to because the quality of the polishes is beautiful and the top coat included above is of a very high quality.
I feel as though I am repeating myself by simply referring to the polishes as I have done previously and the black polishes are used throughout my blog because they are such staple colours. All the polishes above worked brilliantly together to complete this design so I definitely recommend all of the above!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter Nails

Hey Everyone! 
Happy Easter!
Or, if you don't celebrate Easter, Happy Spring!
This week I have for you an Easter/Spring themed nail design. Think pastels, bunny's, chicks and cute patterns. I love this time of year, growing up on the farm its so lovely seeing the first lambs of the year be born, not to mention the improvement in the weather. Its been winter for far too long, even though, with the drizzle today it doesn't seem like it'll be leaving for a while yet. 
Right To Left: Baby Chick; Bunny; Polka Dots; Easter Egg; Baby Carrots
For the first hand I had the staples in mind, bunny, chick and then a cute pattern for an Easter Egg. The baby chick is my favourite, if you can't really tell its a chick hatching from the egg. To do this I used white polish to draw a zig zag pattern along the tip of my nail. Since my yellow polish wasn't opaque enough to be placed right on top of the green I painted the shape of the chick with white polish and then added the yellow polish over top. For the details I added too small eyes, a little orange beak and then a brown spotting of feathers above it.
For the bunny I applied a rounded white curve to the tip of my nail with two lines above it. Within these lines I applied a pink polish for the ears and then a dot of pink for the nose. Above that I did two black dots for the eyes.
Polka dots are a classic nail design and in a variation of pastel colours they're the perfect idea for a statement nail if you just wanted to pick one of these designs. In order to create a perfect round dot a dotting tool or split bobby pin are essential for this.
Then, for the carrots I simply drew two orange triangles with green stripes above it for the leaves. For a little added detail I added brown stripes along the carrot to give it more texture.
As for the Easter Egg,it was completely spontaneous as far as the pattern goes. I began by dividing the base colour into sections with different coloured stripes before filling them in with different patterns.
Left To Right: Robin's Egg; Chick; Daisies; Bunny Out Of Hole; Bunny
This hand is perfect for those of you just starting out with nail art as you have no excuse but to participate in the Easter festivities with these designs. I copied the polka dot pattern again, due to the simplicity, as well as because it imitates the appearance of a robin's egg due to the mint green colour involved.
Next I applied a white base with two black dots and a mini orange triangle to imitate the appearance of a chick. In contrast to the chick on my previous nail, this one is much easier to do since less detail is involved. Although, it still looks just as cute!
The daises are essential for any Spring design, I am really getting into floral designs for my nails at the minute, as you can probably tell by the Rose Nails I featured on here not so long ago.
For the Bunny Out Of The Hole I applied a brown polish to the tip of my nail with a large white circle above that. I then drew two stripes out of the circle for the ears and within them I did a pink stripe. I then dotted two small white circles below the large one for the feet. Before adding two black dots and one pink one for the eyes and nose.
Finally for my thumb I applied a white half-circle to the side of my nail with two white lines above it for the ears. I then repeated the steps I previously took for all the other bunnies to give the bunny more detail.
As you can tell for the image above, and the nails themselves, they aren't shy. They're fairly out there and they definitely catch the eye. I love that in a nail design because it gives them more character. However, there's nothing more mischievous than a subtle nail art design on a neutral polish that's only noticeable if paid close attention.
You may recognise the smaller W7 polishes from my W7 Dot-To-Dot post. Included in that post was a smaller version of the yellow included in this post. I wanted to point this out as I commented on the opacity of the polishes in the W7 post. After using the full size again once I'd experimented with the sample I noticed the greater opacity - still not completely opaque but noticeably more than the sample. W7 is one of my favourite polish brands due to their high quality, long lifetime and variety of colours available so I thought this was worth mentioning!
Here are the polishes I used to add the detail to my nails, the polishes with the stars on the bottle are from a Superstar Nails set I received for Christmas. Whereas the central white polish is from a set I got, also for Christmas, called The Nail Boutique which I think is by The Colour Workshop.
Well, that's all for this weeks design! 
How will you be spending your Easter holidays?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

McBusted Nails

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This weekend I got the chance to see McBusted life which inspired this weeks nail design, McBusted nails, of course! I have to say I have been lucky in having not been suffering from post concert depression for a while, but after Sunday its hit me hard. The boys put on such a good show and the chemistry made the atmosphere all the more enjoyable. So, if you get the chance to go to a McBusted or solo McFly or Busted show, go for it. Those guys were my childhood, basically.
Anyway, onto the nails...
Left To Right: McBusted Logo; Dougie; Tom; Danny; CrackleTo make the design plainly obvious about who the mini figures were I included the logo on my thumb. I made sure the red rectangular outline was applied neatly but not completely opaque so the line was slightly separated to imitate the bands official logo. Likewise for the text within the rectangle, apologies for the inability to see the text so I did my best to explain it.
The first finger was Dougie, clearly represented by his longer hair. Likewise, the middle finger was Tom which can easily be indentified by his glasses, even though, on the night I saw him he had green hair, should've probably checked that. And the next finger was Danny, in order to create the hair for each I used a toothpick and dashed lines to give the hair texture as well as a difference in shade throughout. Unsure of what to do on my little fingers I kept it fairly simple with a crackle polish in the band colours, red on this hand and black on my other.
Left To Right: Crackle; Harry; James; Matt; Initial
The Initial nail was a blessing in disguise, I began using a black striper to draw a heart but that didn't work out. So, using a dry piece of tissue I wiped the polish from the nail that left rustic like grey streaks across the nail. The centre was more white which is why I added the 'M' initial. Even though this wasn't my intention for the nail, I like the way it turned out because the smudges added a unique texture to the nail. 
I kept the facial detail for the figures very simply because I found adding a black pupil spoiled the design and so I kept it plain white. I have done a similar design previously for a The Vamps concert I attended with the same technique:
For the most part I used the hair to represent the person it is supposed to be by mixing different colours together to create the correct one, which is why the colour palette for this design is fairly neutral.
For the green of Tom's hair I mixed the teal like green colour and yellow W7 polish to create the paler green featured on my nail. However, the green colour intrigues me and I will definitely be featuring it in a future post due to the brightness and uniqueness of the colour. As mentioned, the others are fairly neutral, however, sometimes a neutral nail design works well and in this case it compliments the nail art overall due to its simplicity.
For the added detail on the nails I used the black Emily The Strange striper I talked about in my previous post: here.
Funny story about the W7 white crackle polish featured, I actually have a couple of bottles of this polish because I have been in need of a white polish and have picked it up by accident. Not having read the label. There is an alternative colour of the sticker now which is white with black crackles making it more obvious this isn't a plain white polish. However, I can't complain too much because I personally really like the crackle trend and the effect in which this polish gives. I must say though, that you do have to work carefully with it and definitely wait until the polish is fully dry. Otherwise, it tends to drag the colour beneath it which sometimes leads to the white crackle becoming pigmented a paler colour of the base. This can sometimes be an added bonus since it doubles the use of the product.
The BYS Nail Enamel polish is actually a glow in the dark polish, since it was a concert and I hadn't used it in a while I thought, why not? Again you have to be careful with it since it can drag the polish beneath it, its a pretty thick gloss so its understandable to a certain extent. Although, I don't want to see too much at this point because I intend to do a full review on the polish in the near future.
By the way, if you ever see a polish that I have only used a minimal amount of in a featured design, or have a request for a nail design you'd like to see, don't hesitate to let me know in the comments below as I'm always open to new ideas!