Sunday, 8 October 2017

Gelish - Little Miss Nutcracker Collection, Review + Swatches

After a busy weekend of doing absolutely nothing except painting nails and eating (what could be better?), it feels right to end it with a blog post. It's a super exciting week for me as I'm off to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child next weekend, plus we're off to the Warner bros studios, I can't wait! I bought the tickets for the play more than a year ago, so it's been a long time coming. 

Anyway, on to the nails! It's been so long since I last did a Gelish review, in fact it's been pretty much exactly a year, and boy have I missed reviewing their gorgeous gels. So when I got the new Little Miss Nutcracker* collection to review, I wanted to show you them as soon as I could. I'm well and truly in the festive spirit this year already, I know it's super early but I think because I had such a miserable time last Christmas it just feels all the more exciting this time around, and I already can't wait to decorate my house! 

The collection features 6 gorgeous shades, plus a lovely glitter topper to complete the collection. They're all such wonderful Christmassy shades, but I think my favourite must be Plum-thing Magical*, because it really is (some)thing magical! This was also my first time trying to new Gelish bottles. When I first saw they'd changed I was a little sad, as I really loved the old design, but having seen them in person I really like them, and it's so much easier to see which colour you're picking out! 


Monday, 2 October 2017

OPI Khaki Tribal

 It feels like forever since I last did tribal nails, especially ones that take ages. I'm too much of a perfectionist so tribal nails annoy me a lot because I don't quite have the skill to make them look like I want. Nevertheless, I do like them, and I'm pretty happy with how these ones turned out. I didn't have a clue where I was going with this design, I just wanted to have a play around with the OPI - Iceland Collection* so I decided to see where it would go. I did intend to do the design on all my fingers but I really liked the line design on it's own so I left those as accents. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Gold Leaf Marble

I can't believe it's already Autumn, I know it's so typical as a Brit to talk about the weather, but it really doesn't feel like we had much of a summer. I must admit though that Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, I love any excuse to wear something from my extensive jumper collection, and I love cosying up under a blanket on an evening with some candles lit. 

I do have a tendency to regress back into summer colours in my nail art however, so I tried my hand at doing something a little more autumnal this time around. Can you believe I've never used gold foil before? I've had a little pot of gold flakes that was given to me by my good friend Very Emily years and years ago, and I'd totally forgotten I owned it. However, I've seen so many designs on Instagram recently using gold foil that I just couldn't resist doing some myself, and I remembered that little pot hiding away in my drawer and decided to give it a go. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Shimmery Starfish

Hey everyone! To celebrate the first day of Autumn I thought it would be appropriate to share some summery nails... right? In reality I completely forgot I hadn't posted these yet, there not as complicated as I'd prefer them to be so I've put off posting them for ages and now it's getting a bit late in the year. Not that I've ever let the seasons put me off posting pastels in winter, who sets the rules anyway?


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Born This Way - Meebox August '17 Nail Art + Review

Hey everyone! It feels like forever since I last reviewed a Meebox*, in reality it's only a couple of months. This month's box is their 2 year anniversary edition, and they've totally smashed it, as always. The theme is 'Born This Way'* and is of course inspired by Lady Gaga. For just £20 the box contains products worth a whopping £35 (plus what would be £5 postage!): 

Meebox - The Grape Escape Nail Varnish Remover
Color Club - Pure Energy
True Brit - Etiquette
Ard As Nails - I Love You Hunny Bunny
House of Wonderland - Born This Way Decals (exclusive)

When I started these nails I knew I wanted to do something bold to highlight both Meebox and Lady Gaga. But, do you ever have one of those days where every design you try just wont work out? Have you ever tried coupling that with a sprained wrist? Welcome to my weekend. 

I really tried to make this what I wanted it to be, but I just couldn't get the water decals working. Every single time I pulled them out of the water I got them caught up in each other, and after a number of attempts I decided it would just be easier to paint the eyes instead. This is totally my fault and not because of the decals, it was only my second time ever using them after all. 

I'm not 100% on how these turned out, although in person they seem to stand out much more. Let me know what you think.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Essie Abstract Neon

Hey everyone! Long time no see, I've been so busy with moving I just haven't had a chance to post, but I've really missed blogging. We moved in on Friday and have managed to get everything unpacked already, so I finally have the chance to sit down and write a blog post. 

I actually did these nails quite a few weeks ago, using the Essie 2017 Neon Collection*. (I can't seem to find these online anymore so I assume they were limited edition). I keep seeing abstract nails on Instagram, and I've wanted to have a go for a while. These were super easy, I just splodged some colours using the brushes from the bottles, and then dotted some white using the end of a striping brush. Super quick, but I really love the end effect, and I wore these for a week or so. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

China Glaze My Little Pony Rainbows

Hey everyone! Another busy weekend down, only 2 weeks until we move and we're in Berlin next weekend so we've got lots to do and not much time to do it in, so as you can imagine it's pretty hectic at the moment. Nevertheless, I did manage to throw in a bit of time to play around with the amazing new China Glaze - My Little Pony collection*. Have you seen it yet? I think it may be my favourite China Glaze collection ever, or at least for a few years. There are tonnes of pastels, but also a great mix of glitters too, which works really well together, and it definitely suits the theme. I'll be having more of a play around once I've moved, but for now I thought these rainbow nails inspired by Tiny Brushes were pretty fitting for the collection. 


Monday, 7 August 2017

Nails on Tour: Ibiza Long Weekend

Hey everyone!  It's been a while since I did a 'nails on tour' post, but as I mentioned in my last post I recently went to Ibiza and I decided to show my nails on tour once again. I did actually take the photos to do a post like this when I went travelling in April, but have never got round to it and now I think it's maybe too late. Let me know if you think I should still post them, I went to 7 different countries in 2 weeks so there's a lot of content! Anyway, here's my long weekend in Ibiza:

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Negative Space Ferns

Hey everyone! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I was in Ibiza a couple of weeks ago. I went for a long weekend with my boyfriend and another couple, and of course I had to do some nails to mark the occasion. I had a flick through Pinterest the night before I went (leaving it to the last minute as always) and I came across these nails and knew instantly they'd be perfect for Ibiza. I decided to recreate them with a light pink background, and a simpler version of the ferns because I was a bit pushed for time! 

More details on how I created these below, and tomorrow I'll be doing a post about my 'nails on tour', if you haven't seen these posts before you can catch up here


Monday, 24 July 2017

Lilac Negative Space Flowers

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I last posted as I've been away to Ibiza (post coming soon with my holiday nails) and we've also been evicted from our house out of the blue for no reason! Having to move house for the third time in 2 years definitely wasn't in my plans, especially when we haven't been given a reason why. It's been very stressful, so as you can imagine it's been hard to find the motivation to post. However, we're feeling hopeful that we might have something sorted, although I don't want to jinx it, so I thought it was time for a post. 

Today's nails are using the OPI Fiji Collection* again, this is definitely my favourite OPI collection in a long while, I just can't get enough of it. There's such a great range of colours and so many options for nail art. If you missed my last look you can see it here. I couldn't resist creating some more florals with the collection, although these are slightly simpler than the last! 


Monday, 10 July 2017

Essie Block Colours

Hey everyone! I'm back this week with some nails that are a bit simpler than those I posted last week. I often really struggle to simplify designs, I always want to add more and more but when I'm in a rush I sometimes have to fight against myself and let the designs remain simple. I was playing around with the Essie Resort 2017 Collection*, and I thought the colours would work well in a block manicure. It's been so long since I used tape for a manicure, but I love block manis like this, I used to do loads of them 'back in the day' so it's nice to bring it back. 


Monday, 3 July 2017

A Winning Combination

Hey everyone! Happy Monday. It's taking me forever to write this post tonight because I'm catching up on Doctor Who, so forgive me if there are any random words in here that are definitely because I'm distracted! I've been loving playing around with the OPI Fiji Collection* recently, I think it's my favourite OPI collection for a long time, there are so many potentials for designs because there are so many great colours. I've done a couple of designs with them already, but this one is by far my favourite. I feel like grey and yellow is always a winning combination, it's the theme of my living room, and I'd have it as the theme of my entire house if my boyfriend would allow it. But for now I'll just have to settle for grey sofas and yellow cushions ... and grey and yellow nails of course!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Soft Scoop - Meebox April '17 Nail Art + Review

Hey everyone! Here's the second of the two Meebox reviews I promised you. This one is slightly more delayed than the last, especially as this was actually technically April's box, but nevertheless it still had some gorgeous polishes in that I wanted to showcase for you, albeit slightly later than I would have liked. April's Soft Scoop Box* included £42.98 worth of products, which is a bargain when the box is only £20 (or even less if you sign up for a few months). What I love about Meebox is that it pushes me to try out brands I wouldn't usually, or who I've never even heard of. This time it contained:

IZ Beauty - Baby Blue
Trust Fund - Do you Know Who Your Father Is 
Model's Own - Banana Split
Zoya - Matte Top Coat
Whats Up Nails Decals 
Whats Up Nails Confetti

I like to set myself the challenge of trying to use all the products from the box, but unfortunately I couldn't decide on a design that showcased the confetti, but otherwise all the products are included in the nail art. 


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Essie Mauve Roses

Hey everyone! Happy hump day. We've had a gorgeous summer day today in England, which is a bit of a rarity, so I decided today was a good day for some floral nails. Although you know me, I'll find any excuse to post florals, rain or shine. These were done using the gorgeous new Essie - Wild Nudes collection*, which is a permanent addition to their range. Good job too, because it's a completely stunning collection, and as you can see below they work really well together. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Lost City - Meebox May '17 Nail Art + Review

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I did a review of Meebox thanks to my unscheduled break, so I actually have two different boxes to show you at the moment, the first of which is the 'Lost City' Meebox* from last month. When this landed on my doorstep I was a bit stumped on what to create with the contents of the box, which were:

Annika - Blue Lagoon
Cuccio - Pier Pressure
Ruby Wing - Hello Sailor
NCLA - Take It Off Soy Remover Sheets
House of Wonderland Decals (exclusive to Meebox)

Worth more than £40 in value (despite the box only costing £20 a month, or £18 if you pay for 3 months), they're definitely worth trying out if you haven't already. All these brands were completely new to me, and pushed me to create something I wouldn't usually do.

Anyway, I was struggling to come up with a design so I decided to completely wing it. I've never used water decals before so I started with those on top of the Cuccio polish, and I accented with Ruby Wing - Hello Sailor over Pier Pressure. Then I decided to play around with striping tape, and by the end of it I really loved the result, and I hope you do too!

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Illustrated Nail Inspired - Direct Line Signature Styles

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Hey everyone! Today I've got a really exciting post for you. I've teamed up with Direct Line For Business to promote their new Signature Styles campaign* with The Illustrated Nail, aka Sophie Harris-Greenslade. This campaign is to launch Direct Line's new Health and Beauty insurance proposition, and it includes three videos with influencers in the industry (including Sophie's which you can see after the jump). Sophie created her 'signature style' to reflect the personalisation of Direct Line for Business' ability to create a policy that's just right for your business. You only pay for the cover that your business needs. 

 I loved the sound of this campaign, as I believe all bloggers have a 'signature style'. I believe mine to be my style of photos, but also the cartoony nature of my designs (do you agree?). The Illustrated Nail has definitely got a 'signature style' and I knew that I wanted to do some nails inspired by her to promote the campaign. I've done nails inspired by her before, and as Sophie is known for florals and block colours, I decided this time I'd go for block colours having previously attempted her perfect florals. Although it was hard to pick one design, I was inspired by these nails. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Red Accent Tribal

Hey everyone! I don't want to make any excuses for why I haven't posted in a while, but I also don't want to leave you with no explanation. The basic rundown: I went travelling, some crappy thing happened, and then I've been super busy and demotivated. Luckily, I seem to have got my motivation back, and I've done 4 nail designs this week, all of which I'm pretty pleased with. It's nice to have my motivation and my inspiration back, and I want to throw myself back into blogging. I've got a new office which I love working in, so that's definitely helping. The shortened version: I'm sorry it's been a while but I'm back now and feeling inspired! 

Anyway, I tried my hand at some tribal nails because it felt like ages since I did a proper tribal design. They take me forever to do (is it just me?) but I always love how they turned out. However, rather than torture myself I just decided to do it as an accent nail. I don't know if it's just because I'm a little rusty, or because I was distracted by New Girl, but these took me two hours and that was just with two fingers, I couldn't face another 3 hours. 


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Detailed Pink Roses

Hey everyone! Do you ever do a design and whilst you're painting it you just know you're gonna love it? That was how I felt about these nails. I pushed myself slightly out of my comfort zone painting the roses and I was so proud of how they turned out. They were inspired by these fabrics I found on Pinterest, and I decided to combine two of the designs to go hand in hand, but I kind of wish I'd just done the roses on all fingers.  I wore these for a week and I couldn't stop staring at my nails the whole time. I was especially pleased with them because I have so little time to paint my nails these days and I sometimes worry that I'm losing the skill, so it was nice to see that I haven't. It's definitely given me the bug to try out some more designs that are slightly out of my usual style once I'm back from travelling so watch this space. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Crazy Flowers

Sometimes a design looks much better in practice than it does in reality, and this is definitely one of those designs. I was inspired by this design I found on Pinterest but I tried to make it my own and just ended up with a design I wasn't really that pleased with. I decided to post them anyway because they're not the worst nails I've ever done, even if they're not the best either. I think if they were more cohesive they would work a lot better, I should have probably just stuck with the original design, but you live and learn I suppose! 



I used Bourjois - Bleu Mysterieux, and Barry M - Cotton as the base colours, then I used Sally Hansen - Redgy*, Sally Hansen - Pink Cadillacquer*, Orly - Light As A Feather*, and Deborah Lippmann - Walking on Sunshine for the flowers. The studs are from Born Pretty Store. Finished with a coat of Seche Vite



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

Grumpy Cats

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I did any non-floral nails so I decided to mix things up a bit with these grumpy cat nails. They weren't supposed to look so moody, but once I'd painted a couple of the cats and they started to look sullen I decided to just go with it. After all, cats are pretty moody right? At least mine is anyway! I've always considered myself a cat person but I'm definitely becoming a dog person too now, and I can't wait to get my own place so I can actually get pets! These were pretty straight forward to create, but full details are after the jump.


Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Collection - Review and Swatches

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I did a review of a full collection but I loved the Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Collection* so much that I felt they deserved their own review. I'm a bit slow on getting it uploaded, but I still wanted to show you these gorgeous polishes. There are 4 in the collection, one of which you will have already seen on my blog with these nails, but I think they'd all make gorgeous bases for nail art. They're lovely subtle colours but the specks really work with the colours to create a lovely collection. I also love the names of the polishes, they feel very English and cutesy and they fit the collection too. It's nice to find some names that actually slightly make sense because I do feel that brands get carried away sometimes when naming polishes!




Earl Grey* is a lovely muted grey, this was 2 easy coats without topcoat and as you can see they're smooth and shiny without topcoat, not textured at all. 



Strawberries and Cream* is a gorgeous baby pink. This is the shade I used for my frosted daisy nails, and I absolutely love this colour. This was 2 easy coats without topcoat and it dried fast and shiny. 



Marshmallow* is a slightly off-white colour. This was 3 easy coats without topcoat, again it dried fast and shiny, and wasn't textured at all. 



Blue Velvet* is a beautiful baby blue. This was 3 thin coats. I have used this in some nail art but I'm not 100% sure I like the design so whether or not it will see the light of day still remains to be seen. Shown without topcoat but it dried fast and shiny. 



What do you think? Have you tried any of the collection? 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

Monday, 20 March 2017

Vintage Orly Flowers

Hey everyone! Hope your Monday wasn't too bad, I've actually managed to be productive and relatively healthy today so it feels like a winner of a day (and there's only 20 minutes of it left UK time). I finally got around to doing some designs on Saturday and it was so nice to sit down and have the time to do a design I like once again. I decided to search for some inspiration on Pinterest and when I came across this design by La Paillette Frondeuse I knew instantly that I had to recreate it. I'm so pleased with how these turned out, I took them off pretty much instantly afterwards to do some other designs and I've been regretting it ever since. But as it's the first day of spring (even if the weather doesn't match) it seemed fitting to post some spring nails today.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pink Frosted Daisies

Hey everyone! I know it's not quite spring yet but the mornings and evenings are getting brighter and that's enough of an excuse for me to whack out some spring flower nails. Who am I kidding? I don't need an excuse for spring nails, floral designs are my absolute favourite. I was trying out the new Barry M - Frosted Cupcakes Collection* and Strawberries and Cream* seemed perfect for adding some daisies, and I loved the end result. 


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.