1 September 2014

Review: Mont Bleu - Crystal Nail Files

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- Each file comes in its own velvet pouch
- Hand decorated on one side with genuine Swarovski Element crystals
- Both of the files I received have black handles with the crystal detailing
- Longer file is 136mm in length, 10mm in width and 4mm thick
- Mini file is 90mm in length, 10mm in width and 4mm thick

These are made from Czech glass with the Swarovski crystals, the file texture is made from tempering glass. It doesn't feel cheap and you can continue using these for years, a quick rinse under the tap and it is good to go again and again. The surface does not wear down because it is created by dipping it in acid, the surface of the file comes with a lifetime surface guarantee.

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I have been using these files for around a month now and I have to say that I enjoy using them. In my opinion the surface of the file is comparable in grit to the OPI crystal nail file, because of the fine texture these kinds of file don't actually have a grit number. The Leighton Denny crystal file is a lot finer texture in comparison this one.

To really put the file to the test I decided to reshape my nails, going from a 'squoval' shaped nail to a more almond, baby stiletto shape. Which is why you may have noticed the change of shape. It didn't take much time to change my nail shape using these files, depending on how much change you want to achieve you just use different pressure to create the look.

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There are a lot of different colours and different crystal designs and colours. The longer size file currently retails at £7.91 and you can see the rest of the designs here, and this particular design here. The mini files are retailing for £6.32, and you can see the rest of those designs here, and this particular one here. The Mont Bleu files are cheaper than the other branded ones I have tried and mentioned in this review however they are equal in quality and effectiveness.

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Mont Bleu have kindly given me a code to share for 20% off your order if you would like to use it the code it is 'BLOG'.

Mont Bleu is a manufacturer of Czech made glass nail files, and a Design Atelier who make bijoux, and decorates beauty products, and gifts with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS. Shipping handcrafted products worldwide, with very reasonable postage and packaging.

 
[Items were sent for honest review, my opinions are my own]

Nails: Lela Rose AW 2014 Inspired

I find inspiration everywhere for nails and so finding it in fashion isn't something new. The particular inspiration I used was a dress from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014, and a Lela Rose dress.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

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Max Factor - Intense Plum
Miss Sporty - Goth Me Black
Nails Inc - New York Noir


 

31 August 2014

SIMPLES: Splodging

The Crumpet has a challenge going, to help teach nail art from the simple to the master. If you are interested in joining then you can go read her blog here or the Facebook group here.

So week 9 is upon us and the task to master is a technique called 'splodging' which is something created around two years ago by The Crumpet herself! What I like about this technique is that it is so easy and pretty much impossible to mess up. Here are my examples:

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La Femme - Skyblue Cream
Barry M - Guava
Barry M -Greenberry
Miss Sporty - Pop Fiction
Jessica - Holographic Top Coat

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Sunday Stamping: Over Stripes

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Base Polish: Sally Hansen - Dorian Grey
Striping Polishes: MUA - Frozen Yoghurt, ELF - Teal Blue
Other: Striping Brush
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 415
Stamping Polish: MoYou Nails - Special Nail Polish - Black


 

30 August 2014

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 308 (BM308)

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This stamping plate is from the third Bundle Monster set, from 2012. It is backed with branded lining to stop it from being sharp. This is useful, without it it is easy to slice open your fingers and palms which I have been known to do accidentally in the past with other stamping plates.

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There are 3 full nail images and three single images. All of these stamped well and judging by my designs below, the doughnut and cupcake are my favourite images!

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All of the nail art I have done using this stamping plate can be found HERE.


 
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