30 November 2010

Tutorial: Matte Dotty Nails

This is a tutorial requested by MakeUpJelena

Basically you will need the following:
- Nail Polish
- Matt Nail Polish
- Dotting Tool (or a pencil / cocktail stick)

Firstly paint your nails, I used ELF - Navy Polish

Once that is dried paint over that with the Matt Top Coat, I used ELF's

Again wait for that to dry, take your polish and dot it on to a surface. I used a old take out tub lid. Dip your dotting tool in to the polish and then simply dot on to the nail in whatever fashion you want

Once that is dry and you have cleaned up and little mishaps you are done!

Very simple. Should I do more tutorials? What do you want to see?

29 November 2010

Nails: Black / Silver French

French manicure with black and dark silver.

ELF - Black Polish
Models Own - Gun Metal

This last picture was with my cat.

28 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Blush Polish

With flash

Without flash

The pictures above are with two coats of the polish in blush. It goes on nicely and is rather shiny. I wouldn't wear this shade on its own, but for a base for nail art I think it might be nice. My one criticism would be the name, it doesn't look like a 'blush' shade to me!

£1.50 - 10ml

27 November 2010

Swatch: OPI - Obscurity

This polish is a wonderfully matte black. The brush in this mini was a pain to work with.

Mini polish was part of the Halloween 2010 Go Goth! OPI collection.


Nails: Black Polka Dots

ELF - Black
ELF - Matte Top Coat

26 November 2010

Swatch: Barry M - Nail Effects

I managed to find it in a Superdrug. It makes the trend of nail art a little more accessible and easy.

You have to use a really vivid or light colour under the crackle otherwise it doesn't show up too well, as in the following picture.

If you get a lighter colour it really does show up well. You could go for all sorts of combinations making it look almost animal print.

The pictures above both have a clear coat on top to help avoid snagging which does happen because the surface once the crackle isn't smooth. Also the polish is more of a matte finish as seen below.

Overall for £3.95 I quite like this polish. I like how if you apply it with different brush strokes you get a different effect.

25 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Matte Top Coat Polish

I quite like having a mattifying top coat as it means that you don't have to go out and buy all sorts of new polishes just for a certain finish. The top coat works really quickly at mattifying and dries fast too. I would say that the matte finish is at its best for around 24 hours and then begins to loose its finish. 


I think its good enough as a matte top coat for the price and cheap enough to experiment with and help you decide if you like the effect of a matte polish or not.

I haven't made my mind up about the whole nail being matte but using it for a bit of nail art is nice.

10ml - £1.50

23 November 2010

Nails: Smurf Crackle!

Following my previous nail of the day this is a bit of an add on to that. Still not sure on what my thoughts are on the Barry M Nail Effects.

MUA - Shade 9
Barry M - Nail Effects

21 November 2010

Swatch: MUA - Shade 9 - Smurf Blue

This colour is exceptionally blue!
I used three coats of it and it is very vibrant, and it does look very much like the colour of the smurfs!

MUA - Shade 9 Polish

19 November 2010

Nails: Purple Gradient Crackle

Couldn't resist trying the Barry M on top of some lighter colours! Still not light or vivid enough to show up though.

Barry M - Nail Effects
ELF - Purple Pleaser
ELF - Punk Purple

18 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Party Purple Polish

This is very suble, looks dark purple with a splattering of small silver glitter particles.
I really like it, very me. But I think its nice to add a little glitter in to your nails without it being too over bearing. Two coats of polish was all that was needed and removing it wasnt really a problem the way in which some glitter polishes can be.


£1.50 - 10ml

17 November 2010

Nails: Barry M and Models Own

So I attempted using the Barry M nail effects polish. I do think while this was good, it was exceptionally subtle and I think that it does need a lighter colour under it.

Barry M nail effects
Models Own Purple Mystique

15 November 2010

Nails: Purple Ruffian

These are inspired by Charlotte over at Lipglossing. I was wanting to try out a half moon manicure but need to get some of those little hole reinforcers before I can do that. So this is my first attempt at a ruffian mani, I think that it did work. 

ELF - Punk Purple
ELF - Purple Pleaser
ELF - Clear

13 November 2010

Polish Storage

I store all of my nail polishes in a little three draw set of draws. I got mine in Poundland so very cheap! Which is just as well because I seem to be filling it up rather quickly.

How do you store yours?

11 November 2010

Nails: Cracked Red

These are my sisters fingers, and need a little tidying up. It is on top of a medium red polish here.

Barry M - Instant Nail Effects

8 November 2010

Nails: Navy Polka Dots

Inspired by a nail look by Lara

ELF - Navy Polish
ELF - Pearl Polish

7 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Metal Madess

Requested by Lumi

For some reason my camera wouldn't focus right, I think its something to do with the twinkly glitter. This was three coats of it and the photo was with a flash. Its not as shiny as it appears, while the glitter isn't too bumpy the way glitters were years ago, but it still needs a top coat to make it look right.

As a side note it isn't too awful for removing the way glitters tend to be.

ELF - Metal Madness

6 November 2010

Swatch: Collection 2000 - Hot Looks Fast Dry - Hip Hop 28

No Flash

With flash


They say ~ Collection 2000 Hotlooks Fast Dry Nail Polish is fashion led, catwalk inspired hot bright shades to add a flash of colour to any look. Collection 2000 Hotlooks is a fast drying, high shine nail polish.

I say ~ This is a smaller than your standard 10ml nail polish being that is is 8ml. I found the brush to be shorter than what I am used too and the amount of bristles thicker and so picks up lots of polish.

Very bright and it says 2 coats needed but I found three thin layers worked best. This polish dried quickly, surprisingly quick as in the past I have tried so called 60 second drying ones and they haven't lived up to their claims. Normally I wouldn't go for this colour but I did get it for Halloween. This shade did stain my nails badly. Hope it fades quickly!


£1.79 - 8ml

Shopping Trip - ELF

- Hypershine Lipgloss in Berry
- Metal Madness Polish
- Purple Party Polish
- Blush Polish
- Make Up Mist & Set