29 March 2011

Swatch: Barry M Nail Effects - White Frost

White Frost which made me imagine it would be a frosty, shimmery finish rather than the more matte one of the black however that isn't the case.

It applies in quite a thick coat which cracks within about 20 seconds if that, it happens right in front of your eyes which is quite mesmerizing.

Shopping Trip - March 2011

So another month another shopping trip. Not overly sure why I seem to only shop once a month but never mind! I got some pills for my nails because I have been having a lot of problems with them. My nails are exceptionally bendy at the moment although I have been having some health issues so could be related. I got some sea kelp and some 'skin, hair, nails' from Holland and Barrett. Anyone know if either of these might help? The sales person in there recommended them to me.

I got a nice black and silver scarf and a little Beret type hat from Peacocks both £3
Scotch tape for some nail art from Rymans for £1.99 for two
Lee Stafford's Hair Treatment for hair that doesn't grow past a certain length - Boots £7
Lee Stafford's Hot Shots hair oil treatment - Boots £7
Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails in White - £1.99
Four Yankee Candles wax tarts - £3.57

26 March 2011

Nails: Blue Glitter

This one was inspired by a tutorial I found on YouTube.
I thought that the base colour (Models Own - True Blue) was a little over powering on its own on my nails which is why I decided to do something with it. I need to work on my glitter application, its too thick!

24 March 2011

Attempting Creativity - Nail Polish Storage

After seeing this YouTube video it totally inspire me to have my polishes displayed, means I can see exactly what I have so none go misused. Now how to make one for free?

I ended up using two cereal boxes, glue gun, staples and duck tape.

Making sure all my polishes fitted on the box

Used more of the old black jeans to cover it

And finally putting my polishes on in some kind of order

23 March 2011

Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Nail with a Teabag

This is a way of fixing a broken nail. I have been doing this on and off for about ten years now, I have since seen it on a couple of blogs but seeing as my sister requested a 'how to' I thought I may as well share it here!

You will need:
- Teabag
- Nail Glue
- Scissors
- Maybe an orange stick

So you were opening the draw to find a t-shirt and lo and behold this happens...

And of course its way too far down to just snip it off, its not merely a vanity thing. Its painful!

So you want to get the nail glue and put a drop on the nail where the split is, making sure it glues back together the split

Cut up the tea bag, taking off the seams and binning the tea. Cut it in to tiny nail sized bits.

Once the glue has dried you want to stick on a little square of teabag with the nail glue, at first it wont feel like it has stuck down but hold it down with an orange stick for a couple of seconds and then it will. 
Once that's dried you repeat that step.

Buff the nail glue layer so it feels nice and smooth, paint on a base coat and then your nail polish as usual

It lasts a good couple of changes of polish too. Its really good at making your nails strong, more durable and helps that tear to grow out a bit so you can avoid the pain of it tearing too far down the nail bed.

Hope this made some sense!

*EDIT* Since doing this tutorial I have discovered that if you tear the teabag in to small pieces they blend and hold the nail better than if you cut the teabag with scissors. Also I have done a tutorial on how to fix a broken nail with fibreglass as well.

22 March 2011

Nails: St Patrick's Day #2

Completly forgot to post this last week! But these were the actual nails I went for on St. Patricks Day. Although they are supposed to be shammrocks, and since I have learnt they only have three leaves!

Review: Tangle Teezer

I chose the standard black one but there are a couple of other variations on it. It says made in Great Britain although I am not sure what is so great about it! The box mine came in had some sort of promotion with Tangled.

On the back of the brush, which has no handle, it says Tangle Teezer and the signature of the hair colourist behind the design Shaun P

The bristles are made of two various lengths of flexible plastic, and while they look really scratchy they aren't

Now you might be worried about it not having a handle but you don't need to be because clearly it has been researched in to and has been ergonomically designed

The point of the brush is to minimise pulling and ripping hair out. You can actually brush wet hair with it which is usually a complete no-no. My hair is 28 inches long now and straight, and it glides through my hair fine and speeds up the whole brushing business.

Also I have noticed that it is good for brushing through wigs and hair extensions, which is good because your hair does grow back if pulled out but wigs and extensions obviously don't.

I would recommend this to anyone with kids, I remember having my head tugged at so much as a kid and this would totally be helpful in that situation. Anyone with long hair or hair prone to getting tangled, curly hair especially.

It was around the £10 mark and you can get it from Tangle Teezer or Boots. It feels quite light and a little cheap.

21 March 2011

20 March 2011

Swatch: ELF - White

I found that this polish wasn't very opaque at all, it takes around four thin coats to make it look white. 

19 March 2011

Nails: Black and Purple Half Moon

Now this one I really like, especially the colour combination. Not 100% on the gems but without them this is something I would do again and again.

14 March 2011

Nails: Navy Dragonflies

First time I got to use nail stickers, wasn't too sure if they were butterflies or dragonflies?

Nails: St Patrick's Day #1

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

And a shamrock, its not too good as its on the right hand. Need to become ambidextrous I think!

12 March 2011

Nails: Multi Colour Dots

This one was inspired by some nail art that came up in my tumblr feed. Little too colourful for me but I still quite like it.

11 March 2011

Review: Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri Top Coat

This is my go to top coat, chances are if am using a top coat it will be this one. I do dabble with others but always seem to go back to this one.

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+ Very fast drying
+ Glass like finish
+ Works over stamping and nail art without smudging or dragging
+ You can use any thinner to thin this

- Goes gloopy once you have used 3/4 of it
- Minor shrinkage

8 March 2011

Nails: Badly lit nails!

Its been so dark and when I have tried taking pictures with a flash its reflected too much making them hard to see! I did try auto fix which helped a little but its not all that good.

7 March 2011

Nails: Glitter Plum

ELF - Plum Polish
ELF - Party Purple

3 March 2011

Nails: Giraffe Print

ELF - Blush Polish
Barry M - Nail Effects