Monday, 20 February 2017

NinaNailedIt x Scratch Monthly Mani Kit Nail Art

Hey everyone! I've had another busy week, I've just got back from a lovely weekend in Scarborough and it's nice to sit down and relax while I write this blog post. A few months ago just before the start of my slight blogging hiatus I was sent some samples of the NinaNailedIt Scratch Monthly Mani Kit* to try out. Unfortunately then I had to take a break from blogging and the kit took a backseat whilst I moved house. I recently found the kit whilst I was sorting out my desk and knew I had to try it out, so I combined it with the gorgeous Shall Be My Queen* from the recent A-England Tennyson's Romance collection*. 

I've followed Nina's blog for years and I've always been in awe of the beautiful nails she creates, so it was nice to have one of her gorgeous designs on my own nails for once, as I'm sure if I attempted to recreate them they wouldn't look anything like this! These are from the October Monthly Mani Kit, but Nina creates a gorgeous new box each month and this month's is another beautiful floral set + some nail art goodies (the October kit included these cute little studs). 


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Galentine's Manicure Day with Meebox

Hey everyone! A slightly different post than usual today. This months Meebox* is Galentine's themed, and I knew when I received it that I wanted to have a pamper day with my best friend Nat to celebrate it. So today, on Galentine's day itself, we had a nice pamper session and we did each others nails. It takes a lot for me to let someone paint my nails, I barely even let nail technicians paint my nails nevermind my friends but I let her loose on my nails and she did a surprisingly good job. 


Friday, 3 February 2017

Tiny Essie Flowers

Hey everyone! Hope you've all had a good week. I'm definitely in "thank god it's Friday mode", not because it's been a bad week but because I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I know I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front again but life is so busy (in a good way) at the moment that I barely have time to open my laptop let alone write a blogpost! I did have time to paint a few designs however to try and catch up so here's one of them, these cute little flowers using the new Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection. I was inspired by these nails I saw on Pinterest and I knew I wanted to put my own spin on them ever so slightly. I love how these turned out, I hope you do too! 


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Autumnal Flowers

Hey everyone! I've had such a busy January, I haven't had an evening to myself all month, yet somehow it seems to be dragging by. Why is it that it always feels like the longest month? Even though it's my birthday month and I've been having a really great time I still can't wait for the month to end... mainly because pay day can't come quick enough!  Anyway, I finally had time to sit down and paint my nails and it felt great to get the brushes out again. It feels like a long time since I've painted anything. I was digging around for some inspiration and I found an old design by The Illustrated Nail and I knew I had to do some nails inspired by it. These aren't a direct copy, the original was a lot more detailed and I only looked at the original before doing the design not during so I didn't realise that they were so dissimilar until after. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

No Place Like Home - Meebox December Review + Nail Art

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Meebox review, this month's (well, last month's) box was themed 'No Place Like Home'*, and is of course based on the Wizard of Oz. It includes an amazing £63 worth of products for just £20, which include:

Kure Bazaar – Pigalle (RRP £14)
Zoya Goldie (RRP £11.50)
Leighton Denny – Jailbird (RRP £12)
MoYou Fairy Tale Stamping Plate (which is Wizard of Oz themed) – (RRP £5.99)
MoYou Stamper- (RRP £2.99)
NCLA Gingham nail wraps (RRP £13)
Ard as Nails – cuticle oil (RRP £5)

I love that there's always a theme to each box, but I think this might be my favourite theme so far. And of course there was no option but for me to create some Wizard of Oz nails with the polishes, I used all the products for this nail art, they all went so well together I couldn't resist.  


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Essie Periwinkle Stars

Honey I'm hooooommeeeee. I'm finally back! And I'm hoping this time I'm back for good. I decided to take a couple of weeks off to focus on moving house, Christmas, new year and just generally getting my life back in order. November and December were tough and eventful, but I feel like I've come out the other side now and I want to throw everything back into my blog. I've missed it a lot, this is my outlet, and I wish life hadn't got in the way recently, but I had so much to deal with that it was easier to let this aspect of my life slide a little bit. Now I'm feeling more normal and happy I'm ready to find my passion again. 

I've barely even painted my nails over the past 2 months, it's not just that I've barely been posting but I really haven't actually done any designs. I genuinely don't think I've stopped for 2 months though, I've kept myself busy every single day to cheer myself up and I've not had much time for anything else. However, I made some time to sit down the other day and just paint my nails. Nothing too extravagant, but something that says 'hey I'm back and I'm sorry for abandoning you all', and something that says 'this is still what I love doing', so I hope I've done that with this incredibly simplistic design. I actually even made the time to paint both hands (don't fall off your chair in shock) for the first time in months and months.  


Thursday, 15 December 2016

All That Glitters - Meebox November Review + Nail Art


Hey everyone! Everything is still super busy in my life, I'm moving house next Friday and I haven't even starting packing yet because I've barely stopped! And I've stupidly agreed to host people from work tomorrow evening at my house... why did I do that?! So as I'm sure you can imagine things are a bit hectic and blogging is having to take a bit of a backseat, but today I have a treat for you with this review of the gorgeous November Meebox, this month's theme is 'All That Glitters'* so of course it's absolutely chocka block full with glitter. This month's box contains:

Little Ondine - Rumba*: £11
A England - Crown of Thistles*: £11
Floss Gloss - Dime Piece*: £7.50
MeeBox Holo paper*: £2
Naio Nails Glitter pot*: £1.10
 
So it has a total value of £32.60 but it costs just £20, you can't really go wrong with that!

I was trying to debate what I could do to use all the products in the box, in the end I realised I would have to sacrifice at least one product and that had to be Little Ondine - Rumba, but I used the rest of the products in the box to create this fun glitter heart design.






Here's a quick shot of all the gorgeous products in the box!



To get your hands on next month's 'Wizard of Oz' themed Meebox, worth a staggering £60.. for just £20, you can visit their website, but be quick, it's going to go fast!

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

*some of the products in this post were provided to me for review but all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way