Saturday, 24 September 2016

Detailed Gelish Florals

Hey everyone! I'm still in denial that my holiday has come to an end and that it's officially Autumn, as much as I love cozy jumpers, and having an excuse to have the heating on (I'm always cold) I really wish we'd had more of a summer in the UK. But, my holiday isn't quite over until I've shown you my holiday nails, plus my 'nails on tour', so for today's post and tomorrow's post my holiday can live on. 

Whenever I go on holiday I use it as an excuse to wear gels. Because I have to (and like to) change my nails so often, whenever I review gels I usually do so with a peel off basecoat so that I can swatch a few at once without the lengthy removal process. So it's always nice to be able to wear a design for a bit longer, without the risk of them chipping or peeling after a few days. I spent ages choosing a design to do because I wanted them to be a design that I'd want to wear for a while but also look good in my 'nails on tour' pictures. In the end I settled on this design I found on Pinterest. I didn't stick with the colour scheme or the design 100% because I wanted to make it my own but I really loved how it turned out, and I still have them on my nails now, 2 weeks later (although I'm hating how much they have grown out I just haven't had time to take them off). 

I purposefully chose a design that matched up with Gelish colours I owned because I absolutely love their gels and I knew I wanted to use them. The pink (which is actually more of a coral) is Watch Your Step Sister and the light pink/nude base is Tan My Hide. Then I used Watch Your Step Sister again for the pink flowers, and I used Arctic Freeze for the white flowers. The yellow and brown are done using regular nail polish because I don't own any yellow or brown Gelish shades. Finished with a coat of Gelish - Top It Off

I'm really pleased to see how far I have come with gels because when I did my nails for my holiday last year they didn't last the whole week and they started to peel from the cuticle after a few days. I don't know if that's because I was in the pool more than I was this year but I'd also like to think it's because I'm finally starting to get the hang of gels. When I first started doing them I expected them to instantly last, and for me to instantly be good at them, but it definitely doesn't work like that. Even after having training with Gelish themselves it was a process to learn what works best for me and to better myself to the point that they last a long time. Some of my friends have had their nails on for weeks and weeks and it makes me so happy to see. So I'm really proud that I still have these on two weeks later with no signs of peeling, even on my non-dominant hand.

I also managed to paint both hands which I was super proud of, especially as they looked pretty similar when I'd finished. Unfortunuately I couldn't get anyone to take a decent picture (just can't get the staff these days!) so this is the best I can show you.

Tomorrow I'll be posting my nails on tour pictures, if you don't know what that is you can see my previous nails on tour pictures here for an idea of what to expect.

What do you think of the design? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Gelish Sweetheart Squadron Collection [Partial] Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! I've been getting used to being back at work after a nice relaxing week off work, so I'm feeling pretty exhausted today. Luckily I have a 4 day weekend coming up so I only have one more day of work before more relaxation! 

Today I have a couple of the shades from the new Gelish Sweetheart Squadron collection to show you. The whole collection is gorgeous but I have Looking For A Wingman* and Up In The Air-Heart*  reviewed for you today. It's such a great collection for autumn, and there's a shade for everyone in there. Full review after the jump.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

It's Floral Time

Hey everyone! I'm currently burning myself on a sunbed so today's nails are some florals that I created ages ago, December last year to be precise. You will have actually seen a version of these as I went over them with Barry M - Nail Art Pens after this stage. Looking back I think I actually prefer them like this, but I chose to promote those and then I felt like I couldn't post these straight after, and they ended up forgotten in a folder. We might be approaching autumn but I'm still in Summer mode (what with being on a sunny holiday and all), so these are still in season in my head at least. Plus, you can't go wrong with some good old florals, and sometimes simple is best. 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pink Gellac Starter Kit Review

Hey everyone! I've made no secret of the fact that I really love gels, I find them really interesting to work with after years of working with polish (that's not to say that I still don't love polish), and whenever I'm approached with the chance to use them I jump at it. So when Pink Gellac reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their LED M Starter Kit* and their latest Uncovered collection*, I was super excited to receive them. This isn't my first experience with starter kits, I did a full comparison of a number of brands here when I first started using gels, but it was interesting to try it out now I know a bit more about gels. My full review is after the jump, I'm going to lay it out as I did my previous comparisons so that you can compare them against each other.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Burgundy Geometric Stripes Nail Art

Hey everyone! Whilst you're reading this I'm hopefully sunning myself or in a pool right now, so I'm sure you can understand why I'm not quite willing to accept that Summer is pretty much over and it's almost Autumn. So when I received the new OPI - Washington DC Collection for Autumn I couldn't face doing a full review just yet, not until after my holiday at least. Instead, I compromised and decided to create some nail art using the collection. I was inspired by these nails on Pinterest. I'm super into Pinterest at the moment, only about 3 years too late. I never really got into the initial hype, but recently I've been using it a lot for work and decided to give it a try again for my blog, and I've ended up finding loads of inspiration. If you want to check out my pins you can see them here.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Gelish Street Beat Collection [Partial] Review + Swatches

Hey everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely week, I've been on the countdown to my holiday all week and it's finally here! I fly tonight and I can't wait to be sitting by the pool tomorrow not having to think about anything else. I feel like I haven't switched off in a while so I'm hoping I'll be able to unwind. I have of course prepared some posts for you whilst I'm away, I couldn't just leave you all hanging could I? You'll probably get more posts than usual actually because I've actually scheduled them. I feel like I should do this more often because often in the evenings I'm too tired after work to prepare a post and then I get really behind. Does anyone else schedule their posts a week ahead? Does it work?

Today I've got a review of the stunning Gelish - Street Beat Collection* for you. There are actually six polishes in the collection, and I have 3 of them to show you today. In addition to the three I have, there's also a yellow (Street Credible), a neon pink (B-Girl Style) and a fuchsia (Tag, You're It). It's such a fun and bright collection, and it was a perfect release as their summer collection. I couldn't resist choosing one of them for my toes for my holiday (read after the jump to see what colour I chose), as I absolutely love these shades. I was interested to try the yellow too, as it's quite an unusual shade for Gelish, but having read reviews of how sheer it is I think I got a good selection with these three. Full review is after the jump.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Models Own Dare To Bare Collection Skittle Nail Art

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having a lovely week so far, I'm in countdown mode for my holiday now so I can't wait for the week to finish. Although I go away on Sunday, I've not yet sorted anything, which is making me feel slightly stressed! It'll be so nice to get away and to not have to think about anything for a while, I haven't had more than a 4 day weekend since last June so I desperately need this time off, and apparently it's 32 degrees in Majorca at the moment so let's hope it stays that way. 

Anyway, today's nails are a skittle of the 5 new Models Own Hypergels from the Dare to Bare collection* . I thought that it was very handy (see what I did there, ba dum tss) that there were 5, as it meant that I could show you them all in one go. These are actually my first Hypergels from Models Own and I was definitely impressed with them as a first time user. I can really tell the difference between the regular polishes and these, largely due to the application as it's much easier. I always love a good nude design or shade, so 5 in one collection is the dream and they all work really well together, perfect for a skittle mani. Full details after the jump.