Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Technic Pretty Pastel Polishes Review

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Recently I came across this collection of polishes at Tesco, I was actually in the bargain aisle so they were only £1 each! Since my collection was lacking in pastel shades, I thought I might as well give them a go. Especially for the price! Although on Amazon they retail for £2.50, likewise on Xtras.co.uk whereas on eBay they are £2.98 with free postage. This is not the full collection of pastels from Technic but these were the only ones that were available at the time of purchase.
As you can see the collection comes with a coral toned pink called Candyfloss, a yellow called Canary, a pale green shade that's close to a mint called Pool Party, an almost white blue tone called Mr Blue Sky and a pale purple in Bubblegum
Due to the lighter colouring of the Canary, Pool Party and Mr Blue Sky the opacity is very, very weak. They can buildable if you use thin coats but I find layering them over a white polish allows a better colour pay off. They are also quite watery so the polish tends to drip from the brush easily. Also when you're applying the polish you can't really go back and touch up a bald spot because it tends to drag the polish from your nail.

Candyfloss and Bubblegum have a much better opacity though and they work fine without a white base, if not better. 
For the swatches below I used all the polishes with a white base, except from Candyfloss. This is because I found the polish to become slightly streaky over the white base. Whereas on its own, it applies far better with full coverage after just two coats. I used two coats of my white base and then one coat for the Technic polishes over top.
I am very fond of these polishes and the colours compliment each other very well, my favourite is Bubblegum because I don't have anything like it in my collection. 
Be sure to keep your eyes out for Thursdays post where I will be incorporating each of these polishes into a nail design!
Are you a fan of pastel shades? Do you own any Technic polishes?

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Green + White Leopard Nails

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Today's nails are something bright but still a classic design, white leopard print! Initially I began this design using a lilac polish on the ring finger to create a floral design but I decided otherwise and opted for a leopard print design. Its been a while since I've done a design like this so I thought, why not! I based the design of choice around the base colour because I knew I wanted to use this gorgeous shimmery green colour.
The leopard design is fairly easy to create and in my opinion, the more hand-drawn and imperfect it looks, the better. I as usual used a tooth pick and white polish to do this design. I decided to do a leopard print border on the thumb and ring finger for a little twist. 
I chose a green colour because its been a while since I posted a nail design with this colour, I've been going for more pinks and blues recently. Plus, I had a look through my collection and this polish has been a favourite of mine for a while. I have a soft spot for green shades of polish.
As you can see the green polish is from a brand called Rebel in number 14, I looked at the back of the bottle and it stated it was from Wilkinsons. However, I did receive this polish a while ago and I looked on the website and couldn't find it. I found a picture on Pinterest of the "book" the polish came in, here, although mine had more pink colour polishes rather than the yellow and white pictured.
So I went on a hunt and found a few visually similar polishes:
I'd just like to say a big thank you for all the support I've been receiving on my blog recently, this is something I really enjoy and the supportive atmosphere in the community makes the experience even better!
Do any of you have a colour of polish you favour? What do you think of Leopard nails?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Graduation Nails

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Last Thursday was my sister's Graduation and so obviously I had to do a nail design that marked the occasion, which is how I came up with this nail art! I wanted something that would go with the white dress I was wearing too, so the design was still something presentable and wearable without clashing too much. Which is why I opted for a white base, because you can't go wrong with white nails!
For this design I obviously had to incorporate the Graduation hat and scroll which I drew with nail polish and a tooth pick. I added a blue bow to the scroll which complimented the blue and yellow polka dots. I opted to split the drawings with polka dots because I was unsure of what else to draw, plus the dots were in the colours of my sister's university, so it worked well!
To create this design I used polishes you'll have probably seen in countless previous posts, especially the black and white because they're so universal. I bought the blue and yellow in a Neon Nails set from B&M a year or so a go. I don't think they sell the same collection any more, they still do a Neon Nails set but with different colours. They're not totally neon, just bright colours and different shades to the set that I got. The formula can be quite thick if they haven't been used for a while, and the opacity needs building. Around three coats is needed for full opacity when the colours are used on their own. Using them over a white base makes all the difference because it brings out the colours instantly. The set costs £2.99 from B&M stores.
What do you think of this design? Have you been to any Graduations recently?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Chain Manicure

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This design is a huge contrast to the more summery ones I have been posting recently, it was an impulse design but something I wanted to try out! I had the urge to use the only matte polish I have in my collection - disappointing I know, I really need to get my hands on a matte top coat. Any suggestions?
The go-to design with a black matte polish would have been a chalkboard design but the weather was gloomy and so I wanted to do something a little more grungy which is how I came up with this design. 
As you can see I drew the chains using a toothpick by doing a white base and then layering the silver over top. I did this to ensure I had the right shape and direction of the chains before going in with the silver. It would be interesting to do this design with small silver links to make the chain aspect more 3D!
For the thumb and ring finger I used an Avon Mosaic Effects Top Coat which gives a crackle effect with the matte polish peaking through ever so slightly. I felt this complimented the chains really well without my nails being totally dark!
I have to admit, as thrilled as I am with the result of the design, the black matte polish is note one I would recommend. It is from the Pretty brand that I discussed with my Nail Drying Spray in my last post, here. The reason I would not recommend it is because of the lifespan, it is awful. You're lucky if you get a days wear with it because by the end of the day after I had done my nails, it had totally chipped. I will hold my hands up and say I didn't use a top coat because I don't have a matte one! However, I don't really feel as though it would've made too much of a difference. The polish does come with a glossy top coat however, which I found works really well!
The silver polish though, I was very impressed with. I received it for Christmas a year or so ago with a red one also in Red Lava, the silver is called Mosaic Mica.With some crackle polishes I have found them to be very thick and in order for the polish to crack, they can have lumps in them. However, with this polish, that wasn't the case. The polish applied evenly over the nail and very thin. When first applied it appeared like an ordinary silver polish but then after a few seconds the cracks began to show. When the bottle is shaken you can hear a ball inside which I assume is used to keep the crackling. So, if you don't shake the polish and apply it normally, it will not crackle. This is something I have used the Red Lava one for.

Overall, I really like this design and I felt very badass when wearing it. It is a shame about the Pretty brand matte polish but as I say, it may be a different story with a matte top coat!
What's your opinion on matte nails?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Pretty Nail Drying Spray Review

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Today I have another review for you all on the Pretty Nail Drying Spray. I have been using this for a few of months now and during this time I have repurchased it, so you can tell this product is worth buying. Especially since I recently ran out of it and the shop I usually buy it from is out of stock, so I'm having to do my nails without it, I am really missing it!
This spray does what it says on the can, it does speed up the natural drying process of your nails, however, I wouldn't say it was "ultra quick" since you do have to wait around sixty seconds before it leaves your nails dry and glossy. Of course, depending on the polish you use this spray with, it may dry a lot quicker.
The spray does have quite a powerful smell but it is more of a fragrance rather than a strong scent like nail polish remover, its bearable and personally, I quite like it. That said, the scent does remain on your nails for a day or so after you've painted them but it is by no means as powerful as when first sprayed.
The spray is very easy to use too, its simply and aerosol and so doesn't interfere with painting your nails or cause any smudging. 
I would also have to say that this spray has somewhat of an impact on the length of your manicure. For me, I would spray it after each coat of polish, after adding the design and then again after applying my top coat. I feel as though the spray seals in each layer which increases the lifespan of your manicure.
Although, if the polish you are using is prone to staining your nails, the spray can increase this also. This isn't too much hassle, it just means removing your manicure will be a little more time consuming in order to remove all of the previous polish.
This product is available pretty much anywhere, Poundland £1, Amazon £2.89 and Xtras.co.uk £2.99. Depending on how often you repaint your nails and how often you'll be using the spray could depend on whether its worth the price or not. For me, since I paint my nails regularly I obviously use the product up a lot quicker than someone who may only do it weekly. Knowing how beneficial this product is for my manicure process I wouldn't mind paying an extra pound or so, but its all down to personal preference.
Have you tried the Pretty Nail Drying Spray or a drying spray similar to it?

Friday, 10 July 2015

Pink + Orange Palm Tree Nails

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Sorry I didn't get this post up yesterday, things have been a little all over the place this week but better late than never, right? Today I have a suggested design from Klaudia Clara, she asked if I could do a gradient orange and pink nail design which got me thinking of what I could add to it. For this reason, I kept things pretty simple and opted for a statement nail. The statement nail featured a palm tree because I feel the orange and pink base with the black silhouette worked well together. Also, with the brightness of the colours as is, I didn't want the added detail to be anything too busy.
Before beginning the orange and pink gradient I applied a white base polish in order to ensure the opacity of my colours was at its highest. Plus, I found this made the colours blend together much easier because of how they lightened in the middle with the white base allowing them to fade into one another with ease. I think these colours would work beautifully even with an added purple colour at the tips which would really finish off the design!
I used a toothpick to draw out the silhouette of the palm tree, I found this was the best tool to use rather than a brush since it gave me the ability to add a little more detail and texture for the leaves of the palm tree as well as for the ground at the tip of my nail. Also, the design didn't have to be anything too neat or precise because of this which I think is very beneficial and would make the design even easier for any nail art newbies out there!
I am in love with this pink polish by W7, it is called Party Pink and it is a very vibrant, neon pink that has iridescent under tones so in the light there's a glimmer of purple and blue tones. It is truly stunning and I get compliments every time I wear it. When I wear this polish on its own I apply only two coats with no white base, but you could easily get away with one because it is so pigmented. The website says it retails for £4.95 however, I am positive I only spent £2 on it maximum. I had a search and found the polish on Nail Polish Direct for £2, and Xtras.co.uk for £3. If you're a fan of pink polishes though, its definitely worth picking up!  W7 polishes seem to be available pretty much anywhere, on the website it lists a few places including Asda and Next to name a couple.
As for the other polishes, I discussed the adorable orange bottle in my last post as well as my Tiger Stripes Twist design!
I am in love with this design because it is so bright and perfect for Summer! It has been a while since I wore such vibrant colours on my nails so a change was overdue.
Have you tried gradient nails? What are your favourite colours to ombre?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Just For You - Lisa Coop Review

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Today's post is one I have been very excited about recently and one that I hinted at in my last post. This is because I recently came across these products on a market stall in town and I fell in love with the uniqueness of them. The business itself is run by Lisa Coop and the variety of products she has available is endless, from cosmetics to jewelry. Not to mention the extremely affordable price, with the polishes below retailing for just £1!
As you can see, the packaging is truly adorable. Lisa Coop has a couple of different bottle collections ranging from the ducks, to the ens (which is what the orange bottle is), to her new Minions inspired collection. I adore having these bottles on display because they are so different, and novelty things like this greatly appeal to me. So far, the shape of the bottle hasn't interrupted too much with using the product, since when the ducks get a little low you can imagine they may be harder to use up all the product. However, we shall cross that bridge when we come to it.
I bought these polishes on different occasions which is why the colours are totally clashing! 
The green and the blue are very similar in consistency and opacity, however, the orange is slightly different. The green and blue polish only need two coats to ensure complete opacity but if you're not too fussy you could definitely get away with just the one! Whereas the orange, in this swatch, took three coats. This didn't bother me too much though because they are fairly quick to dry. Also, I would say I have used the orange the most out of all of them so it is a lot lower than the others. Since there isn't as much left the polish has become slightly streaky but nothing a good top coat wouldn't sort out!
I am yet to use the glitter in a full design but I love the turnout of this swatch. The glitters are made up of pink and white in a range of sizes. The product is fairly easy to work with upon first application, however, as with all glitter polishes, not all the glitters apply at once. Which means you have to go back and dab the glitters onto the nail. This isn't anything new as I've found it to be very common with any glitter polish, particularly if they have larger chunks. However, I will say the polish can get a little gloopy when you have to keep going over it. Which is something to bear in mind if you wish to use this polish over some sort of nail design since it could cause some smudging.
Overall, I adore this company and the polishes available. You cannot fault the price, especially since the polishes are pretty good quality whilst being ever so cheap. Lisa Coop is hoping to eventually open up an eBay page since at the moment she only runs her business on the market stall, so I will definitely be sure to edit this post with a link to her eBay when it is live.
In the mean time, be sure to check her out on Twitter and Facebook.
What do you think of these polishes? Do you know of any other brands with such unique bottles?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Miss Sporty/BYS Prom Nails + Review

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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?