Sunday, 21 January 2018

Barry M - Candy Culture Collection Review + Swatches

It feels like forever since I last did a full review. I find that more and more I prefer using polishes in nail art and reviewing them that way, but now and again I can't resist an old-fashioned swatch post. And the latest Barry M Candy Culture Collection* was just too cute to be able to resist reviewing. It's been so cold and miserable lately that it's nice to have some lovely spring polishes to brighten things up a bit.  These gorgeous pastel shades are from the first ever Barry M scented range. I found that they all smelt strong enough that you knew they were scented, but not strong enough that it was overpowering. Barry M claim that these shades only require two coats and dry with a soft matte finish, read on to find out what I thought...

Friday, 12 January 2018

Rose Gold Quartz

I've been meaning to do rose quartz nails for a while now, I used to have a rose quartz stone when I was younger and I loved how pretty it was. So when the trend came about in nail form I knew that I had to do them. But, despite watching quite a few tutorials on how to do them, I'm not quite sure I've got them right. It's one of those designs that you can wing a bit, but you have to make sure you wing it the right way. I'll definitely play around a bit more because it's such a great look that I want to make sure I nail it (ba-dum-ch). 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sparkly Burgundy Paisley

Hey everyone! Welcome to my first post of 2018, happy new year! Can you believe we're already more than a week into 2018? Which means one thing and one thing only... it's less than a week until my birthday! It also means that it's probably about time that I wrote a blog post, especially as one of my new years resolutions is to blog more. Today's nails were done using the All That Jazz - Opulance Collection*.  This was the first time that I've painted paisley in ages, so I did them as a bit of a challenge to myself.  I realised after one nail that they were going to take forever so I turned them into accent nails instead... so much for a challenge! I also hadn't done dry brush nails in forever, so I combined the two and I loved the end result

Friday, 29 December 2017

Glitter French Triangles

And just like that, Christmas is over. I hope you all had a lovely one. I'm counting down the days to the next festive period already, it's definitely the best time of the year. I'm lucky in a way that my birthday is only 3 weeks after Christmas so the fun isn't quite over yet, although it does mean that once my birthday is over I have to wait a whole year for any more celebrations! 

One of my Christmas presents this year was a wonderful new lightbox handmade by my dad. He built my last one but unfortunately it only worked with my old camera, so it was time for an update, and he pulled all the stops out this time. Of course I couldn't resist taking some photos in it, and here are the results!  I've seen this design around a few times on Instagram, but these in particular were inspired by Hey Nice Nails and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

A Very Patterned Christmas

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's Christmas Eve already? I love the build up to Christmas so much, I'll be sad when I can no longer play Christmas songs and have lovely decorations up around the house. I'll also miss Christmas nails. As I said in my last post, I've had so much inspiration this year but not enough time to do anything with it. Hopefully I can carry that inspiration to next year. 

These nails were inspired by this Christmas pattern I found on Pinterest, I loved it so much and I knew it would work well on nails. I tried it initially on false nails with a cream background, and I must admit I think I prefer that to this more blue-toned off-white but I do still like them nevertheless. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Rose Gold Snowflakes

It's been a busy ol' week this week, which concluded with me smashing my car into a bollard.. so not the best. But as with all bad weeks, I've turned to blogging to take my mind off it. I have to keep telling myself it's Christmas soon to distract myself, and what better to remind myself than with Christmas nails! I have so much inspiration this year but just not enough time to do everything I want to do. I'm hoping to be able to do a couple more designs this weekend before it's too late. I did however manage to squeeze in these nails a couple of weekends ago. 

I was recently sent a wonderful Christmas package from Sally Hansen, and I knew as soon as I saw these polishes inside that I had to do some nail art with them, they just looked like they would work so well together... and they do! 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Meebox Nov '17 - Through The Looking Glass, Review + Nail Art

So it finally happened, the cold/flu that everyone has had recently has caught up with me, and I'm regretting all the time that I was well and didn't appreciate it (you know the feeling I mean). Before I slip into a deep sleep (... I wish) I want to show you the latest Meebox*. This month's theme was Through The Looking Glass*. I was asked to review it because 'it has my name written all over it' but it really does, and I find it hard to turn down anything Alice in Wonderland related! This month box is worth a whopping £54.22, so you're definitely getting value for money. It includes:

Zoya - Saint* (£13)
iZ Beauty London - Front Row* (£6)
iZ Beauty London - Wonderland Inspired Decals* (£2)
Sally Hansen - Sleigh All Day + Miracle Gel Topcoat* (£14.99)
MoYou London - Alice 04 Stamping Plate* (£5.99)
Clear Jelly Crystal Clear Stamper* (£7.24)

I wanted to try and use everything from the box but in the end I used everything except the Sally Hansen polishes, which wasn't too bad going.