30 September 2011

Shopping: September 2011

Tiara* - Primark
Cotton Balls - Poundland
Lazyhead Dry Shampoo - Poundland
Gift Wrap Ribbons* - Poundland
Star Headband - Primark
Pill Organiser - Poundland
Nail Polish Remover - Poundland

Batiste - £3 for two - Superdrug

Last ELF 50% off order!
Shadow Brush - 75p
Blending Brush - 75p 
Studio Powder Brush x2 - £3.50

Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara - ELF
HD Foundation* - NYX
Dorothy Polish* - NYX

Stargazer Polish (these bottles are so annoying!) - Market
Black Glitter Polish - Market
Cross Earrings - Primark
Skull Earrings - Primark
Skull Bling Necklace - Poundland

Charms - Primark

Lace tablecloths - Poundland
Ojon Shampoo and Conditioner - Free (rrp. £40)! John Lewis
Black Cat Suit - Primark
Hair dye - Poundland (hope it doesnt make my hair drop out)
Dotty Shopper - Poundland
17 Magnetic Polish - Boots
Silver Flower Leaf headband - International

Majority of the things I bought this month were for my wedding in November or my hen's night, where dressing up is compulsory!

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 205

This stamping plate is one of 25 which are part of Bundle Monsters stamping plate set #2

You can see all of the nails I have done using this plate here

[Used ELF - Black for stamping, getting a little too gloopy]

I only had problems getting the first image to print, I put that down to my inability to stamp though rather than the plate. The tree and gift will be nice for the festive season and I do like the butterflies!

Which do you like?

9 / 10

29 September 2011

Nails: Giraffe Print

Did you know that the gestational period for a giraffe is 14 months long?!
I imagine I would be totally sick within 3 months!

I did this look on my nails a while back now actually, so much easier to use the Barry M Effects Polish rather than painting nail art on myself.

28 September 2011

Review: Acrylic Flower Molds

The talented Lara showed us all how to make little acrylic flowers for our nails, and although it looked easy enough I did have a few problems doing them myself. So that is where these moulds come in fantastically!

I got these two moulds from ByInCoins, one is roses where as the other one is another type of flower 

I had some black acrylic powder and liquid acrylic, once I had made it up I stuck it in the mould and tried to make the back level. It was quite easy to do after a couple of goes. As you can see I did make a bit of a pigs ear of it at first!

Left them to dry for about 10 mins and then popped out the acrylic

I used a craft knife to cut off the excess around the edges, with practice I doubt this step would be needed

And yes I found some black glitter acrylic in my stash along with the plain black

All that is needed is to use them in some nail art

[Stargazer - 105 - Blue]

I used an old base coat which turned everything bubbly, but your creativity is the only limit when it comes to using them on the nails.

I got mine from BuyInCoins for 76p each, bargain! Just need to get some different colour acrylic powder now!

10 / 10

26 September 2011

25 September 2011

Swatch: NYC - West Village 204B Polish

This is a crème finish nail polish, it has no shimmer to it despite it looking as it does with the flash. It is a deep dark blue, a true navy. What I like about this polish is while it is dark on the nail you can tell its navy rather than black.

Lasting Power: Average
Opacity: Three coats needed
Brush type: Standard, a little bit on the thin side

I found this one in Poundland, but Superdrug does sell NYC polishes too. 

24 September 2011

Nails: Navy Zig Zags

Base Polish: NYC - West Village
Stamping Plate: BM 201
Stamping Polish: Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
Top Coat:  NYC - Fast Dry Nail Enamel 

So annoyed that I smudged this with the top coat! I think my nails are getting a little too long for a single use of the full nail plate, I better get practicing lining up the designs!

23 September 2011

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 213

This stamping plate is one of 25 which are part of Bundle Monsters stamping plate set #2

[Used Barry M - Indigo for stamping]

Struggled with getting the first design printed, I think a lighter hand at scraping would have made the whole image print clearer. The shoes make me laugh, but I like the bats the best.

9 / 10

21 September 2011

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 225

This stamping plate is one of 25 which are part of Bundle Monsters stamping plate set #2

[Used Barry M - Raspberry for stamping]

I think all of these would have stamped well except the second image. Wonder what it means anyhow? If I can get the skull to print fully then that is going to be my favourite. The Christmas bauble will no doubt be good for the festive season. Barry M seems to be quite good for stamping with.

Click here to see all my nail designs I have done with this plate


20 September 2011

Tutorial: Nail Painting

This post has been in the works for months now, took the photos but never did get around to doing a blog post about it! My nails are so short, and very rounded. How do you paint your nails so they aren't lumpy or flooding your cuticle with polish.

Begin with your dry base coat, then dip your brush in the polish and then wiping the brush against the neck so the polish is on one side of the brush. Push the brush against your nail, towards the bottom, and push it towards your cuticle leaving a few mm gap. Then pull the brush up towards the free edge (nail tip)

[I used OPI - Nevermore]

Once you have a line down the middle, you would want to repeat the process to the right

And then the left

Once its dry you might need to do another coat. Practice, practice, practice!

Oh and use a top coat to keep it shiny and lasting longer, this is a matte finish so that's why I didn't do that this particular time.

19 September 2011

Nails: Where do you find inspiration?

I have been asked a couple of times online and in person as to where I find my inspiration. Well I seem to have flashes of inspiration randomly, but I do take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. 

For example I was shopping with my sister and she picked up a nail art gift pack in Peacocks and while I thought the contents of it wasn't really something I would like, the packaging pattern however I thought I could turn in to a nail design.

And this is how it turned out

Another time I was having a few shots of Raspberry Sours and liked the look of the packaging, especially the butterflies

This is how this one came out

So you can just find inspiration everywhere and anywhere!

Where do you find yours?

18 September 2011

Nails: Geo

Base Polish: ELF - Mod Mauve
Stamping Plate: BM 203
Stamping Polish: Stargazer - Chrome