Monday, 4 March 2019

Crystals Return To Manderley

Hello nail people! More advanced stamping today, shock - horror! It's been a while since I've posted as I've worn polish without nail art a few times to try out some new shades. I didn't think I could write a whole blog post on those so I'll post some pictures on Instagram instead.

Started with a base of white on my thumb and middle finger nails, and one coat of shimmery topper before adding the images. I used the advanced stamping technique as usual (see how here). The plate used was Crystal 01 from Mo You London, it was the first time I used it and thought the A England Return to Manderley collection would work well with it. I especially like the pale purple for the crystal image.

Couldn't choose which way round to put the images so I alternated them on each hand. Also glad I added another feature nail of the magenta shade Rebecca rather than using black for all other nails. The images below show them in different lights so you can see the holo flare.
Colours used: Mrs Danvers - A England, Rebecca - A England, Je Reviens - A England, The Scent of Azaleas - A England, Manderley - A England, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Floral Street - Nails Inc, Good Vibes Only - Nails Inc

Monday, 25 February 2019

Valentines Cat Nails!

Finally got round to doing a blog post about my Valentines Day nails for this year!  I've been having a busy time at work with travel to various meetings and just collapsing on the sofa when I get home! Also have had a lot of issues transferring photos recently but I seem to be sorted now.

So this year for Valentines Day I decided I would celebrate cats on my nails, and use one of Fun Lacquers new Valentines shades as well. It was the perfect excuse to try out one of my untried stamping plates from Mo You London's crazy cat lady collection. I would not recommend ordering from them at the moment (see Facebook reviews) and have unfollowed all their social media to avoid temptation! However fortunately I have a few zillion plates from them already, including some untrieds, so that will keep me going!

I started by sponging on a couple of layers of Love Potion, a fine holographic glitter, densely packed in a clear base. For the images I created decals on by Uber Mat, you can see how here. All decals went over the pink polish so the glitter could show through, except on my ring finger where it went straight on over a base coat. I kept the cat colours quite neutral as my nails were already looking quite loud with all the pink glitter! I particularly liked the images on my index and little fingers.

For actual Valentines Day we made home made pizza's after work and watched the movie Valentines Day. We swapped cards and small sweets/chocolate based gifts and I was given a tiny crocheted lobster! <3
Colours used: Love Potion - Fun Lacquer, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, Cream Soda - Barry M, White Horse Street - Nails Inc, Grey - Barry M

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Burgundy Sky Nails

Hey everyone! Got some surprisingly successful nail art to show you tonight! Really loved how it turned out :) I'm feeling ridiculously tired today for no good reason (I did go out to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show last night but feel more tired than I should be!) so I'm enjoying relaxing and looking at these pictures again.

I started with a base of Kensington High Street from Nails Inc. I have this as a gel polish and regular and they are both gloriously shiny! I hadn't used this sort of a shade for a while so it was good to get it out again. I also have a pair of socks in this sort of colour with a star & moon pattern so thought I'd sort or recreate that on my nails!

For the stamping I used Mo You London's Scandi 10 plate for the first time, I particularly like the large star image which I used on my ring finger and thumb nails. Often if I stamp images directly onto my nails it seems almost not interesting enough, as normally I fill them in (could be something to do with testing out miss-matching images from new plates when I stamp directly!) but I really really like these. I also love how shiny they are! I admit I did have a bit of a nail fail initially where I did advanced stamping on my ring fingers and it came out a bit blobby so I did have to re-do those ones, I included some pictures at the bottom.
Colours used: Kensington High Street - Nails Inc, Foil Effect in Gold - Barry M, Foil Effect in Silver - Barry M

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Winter Brights with Cirque Facets Polishes

Hey everyone! Something bright today for the winter months, well, apart from the black, but it was January when I did these so it seemed appropriate! Besides, I like the contrast. I haven't worn black nail polish for a while and  I enjoyed the shininess!  I originally intended for these to feature all the new Facets shades, but once I got started I wasn't sure how well that would work, Also meant to do the thumb nails in the pattern as well but had time pressure and it's quite a fiddly one to colour in!

For the pattern I used Mo You London's Crystal 01 plate (can't wait to try out the actual crystal images!), and decided to add a bit more of the orangey-pink polish on my middle finger. Not 100% sure if that was the right decision or should have left it black. Padparadscha was the first polish I thought I'd use from the newer Cirque Color's Facets shades but it's turned out to be the last! I'm not 100% on it to be honest, it is more orange than I expected.

For the image I used the advanced stamping technique (see how here). It was a bit of a fiddly one to colour in but worth it I think! I'll definitely use this image again.
Colours used: Lady In Black - OPI, Padparadscha - Cirque Colors, Emerald - Cirque Colors, Sapphire - Cirque Colors, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish

Monday, 4 February 2019

Rose Quartz Granite Nails

Hi everyone, aren't you glad January is over? I certainly am! We've had some snow here which has been good, but not so much that we couldn't get around. Having been to Norway it never seems as much now but I love how pretty it makes everything look!

So this nail art was a pretty simple one, strangely inspired by some walls I saw at a National Trust house. They were a kind of rose pink and white and reminded me of rose quartz. I'd been meaning to use my Mo You London Explorer 33 for some time so this was the perfect opportunity. I used two images from the plate and layered them up for the granite look. I'm pleased with the finished look and it was a fairly quick and easy one to do. I think it would be good for most times of year and is work friendly.
Colours used: Rose Quartz - Cirque Colors, White Stamping Polish - Emily de Molly, Foil Effect in Gold - Barry M

Monday, 28 January 2019

Lazy Swatches: Fun Lacquer Valentines Collection 2019

Hi everyone, today I have GLITTER to show you!! Glitter is always a great source of excitement for me! Fun Lacquer released a very sparkly valentines collection at the beginning of the year and I just had to treat myself after seeing some of the lovely videos of them under bright lights. There are six colours in total and I have done what I call 'lazy swatches', where I do one colour on each nail instead of each hand. I do this to try and save time as otherwise it would probably be months before I got round to blogging it!

All six shades are fine holographic glitter densely packed in a clear base, and are show below with three coats and a top coat. Scroll down to see how I got on...
Crazy In Love (little finger) - First up is this vibrant purple with a pinkish tone in  certain lights. Lovely and holo and very girly!

Lucky Girl (ring finger) - This is a bright green leaning towards teal/turquoise and intensely sparkly.

Kiss Me (middle finger) - Classic sparkly red. Not quite as glittery as the others in some lights but super sparkly in bright sunshine or artificial light.

BFF (index finger) - Bright blue holographic. Some similarities to 'How Deep Is Your Holo' from Fun Lacquer's Simply Nailogical Collection but finer glitter and slightly less green.
Love Potion (index finger) - This is a classic bright pink glitter. A rich sparkly pink.

Precious Moment (middle finger) - Pale pink/rose glitter with a hint of champagne. Classy yet also incredibly sparkly! This one came out the most sparkly of all six.

I feel as if I've been describing a box of chocolates for some reason! I didn't go into much detail on each colour as they were very similar in terms of consistency and glitter density. I was particularly impressed that I was able to do this in three coats. Normally I would expect to be sponging on this type of polish. If wearing these out and about and not just for swatches I think I would probably add one more coat, but only because I have long nails which makes my nail line more visible in bright light.

My favourite has to be Precious Moment. Normally I am more of a blues/greens/purples sort of person but this one is just so intensely glittery! I also think it's a classy shade despite all the sparkle, and a little different to what I currently have.

Will you be trying these out this year? Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Norway Nail Art - Tromsø

Hey everyone! Somehow this is my first non-new year related nail art of this year! Due to work and being ill with winter bugs I had this on for two weeks and haven't had the chance to blog about it yet! I'm really pleased with this look and couldn't bring myself to take it off! (which was kind of a pain  as I had the new Fun Lacquer valentines collection to try!) I wanted to do something that captured our trip to Tromso in Norway for a long weekend in mid-December. It was a magical trip and I would highly recommend it! I did some nail art for our trip to Trondheim the previous year but it was a little more Christmassy, you can see it here. I'm enjoying the colours 
of this ones as blues, greens and glitter are definitely my kind of thing!

I decided to do different things on each hand as there were a few things I wanted to do, but kept the glitter and northern lights/mountain nails consistent on each hand as they are my favourite. On my left hand I made decals using the husky image from my Mo You London Enchanted 05 plate (see how here), and used an icey image from the same plate along with the whale tail from the Sailor 18 plate. I really love the Sailor 18 plate and can see it being used a lot more! On my right hand I used the reindeer image from the Enchanted 05 plate, ripples from Sailor 18 and a ferry image from the Sailor 01 plate (this was to represent the Hurtigruten, a cruise ship we saw and liked the name of!).

On my middle fingernails I used Magical (H) from Fun Lacquer which was a Christmas present from my parents, it is absolutely gorgeous! Might have made sense to use Northern Lights from the same collection but I think Magical (H) fits perfectly. On my thumb and ring fingernails I made decals using the mountain images from the Sailor 18 plate and the stars as well. For the northern lights effect under the stars I used a small piece of sponge and dabbed on some green polish mixed with white, followed by a brighter green. I wasn't sure how well it would work but it really did I think once it was all together! The inspiration for those nails was taken from the Mo You London website.

So, I've waffled on a bit here but for me this was a great start to 2019 in terms of my nail art! I hope you like them too :)
Colours used: Can't find my Czechbook - OPI, Magical (H) - Fun Lacquer, Midnight Mischief - Painted Polish, White Stamping Polish - Emily de Molly, Grey - Barry M, Cappuccino - Barry M, Key Lime - Barry M, Spring Green - Barry M, Laguna - Barry M