30 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Water Marble

At the end of the second month of this nail challenge we were given the chance to trial water marbelling. Something I haven't tried successfully before! This time almost worked I think, very messy though!



Empties: June 2012


Someone asked me if I ever actually used up my nail polishes seeing as I have so many, and the answer is yes I do fully use them.

Lush: Its Raining Men Shower Gel - This smells amazing. If you know Lush then its the fragrance of Honey I Washed The Kids.
That's Mint Shower Gel - Got this in a set for Christmas so not sure where it is from. Did its job and smelt ever so slightly of mint, the same mint smell you get from Original Source but not quite 100%.
Lush: Christmas Eve - Nice enough and makes so many bubbles.
Fabulous Mascara x2 - I got these free with something a while back. One I used up, the other one I hadn't even opened and then when I finally did it was dried up.
Sally Hansen: Cuticle Cream - Sticky and not worth it.
Sally Hansen: Insta Dri Top Coat - This I really like, have repurchased many times. It is perfect for quickly drying nail polishes, doesn't smudge nail art or stamping.
Miss Sporty: 150 - Nice bright red, nothing I don't have dupes of.
Collection 2000: 28 Hip Hop - Very vibrant orange, luckily I have a dupe in the form of Color Club and ELF.
MUA: Shade 18 (beige) - Nice for a pound. I have an ELF dupe which is nice and a lot less streaky.

29 June 2012

Swatch: W7 - Salt N Pepper

Finish: A glitter polish in a off white base, glitter is in standard shape and is black
Opacity: Two coats
Brush Type: Wide and flat.
Anything Else? Unless you like a bumpy finish you will need two coats of top coat. This also dries really quickly.

This is a possible dupe for Nails Inc. Sugar House Lane

How Much? 15ml for £1.99



I am sure you can get this at NailPolishDirect for £2.45

Summer Nail Challenge: Under the Stars





28 June 2012

Review: Nail Guides

These make doing a French tip so much more easier than trying to freehand it.


In the pack you get three different shaped tip guides


I really like to use these for French tips as while I might be able to freehand do them with my dominant hand there is no way I can with my left hand!

(excuse the tip wear, I almost forgot to photograph this)

As you can see this one seemed to work really well

Not sure as to what I would describe this shape as but it didn't work too well, perhaps I had some residue left on my nails and so the stickers didn't stick properly


Using the more traditional French style guides

Using the French guides to create a ruffian nail, a nice twist on the traditional look


Yes there is a slight learning curve with the more angular guides, even if you mess up you can remove them and reposition them. Very cheap and gives a bit of a different twist on things.

66p - 3 packs of guides
BuyInCoins

27 June 2012

52 Week Nail Challenge: Stripes

Inspired by stripes

Summer Nail Challenge: Blue, Aqua and Green


Base Polishes:
Miss Sporty - Raindrop 470
Miss Sporty - 320
Collection 2000 - Electric Dreams 56
Stamping Polish: W7 - Black
Stamping Plate: BM208

26 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Wimbledon

I don't care for tennis, but as this was for the challenge I went ahead and created this. The pinky finger is supposed to be a scoreboard.


Base Polish:
17 - Peacock


24 June 2012

Swatch: W7 - Lava Flow

Finish: A glitter polish in a off white base, glitter is in standard shape and is red and black.
Opacity: Two coats
Brush Type: Wide and flat.
Anything Else? Unless you like a bumpy finish you will need two coats of top coat and it dries quickly

How Much? 15ml for £1.99
Two coats without top coat, quite gritty

 


Two coats with top coat


23 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Picnic


This was the challenge of today, I am hoping to get across that this is a picnic blanket. Which from what I hear is a vital part of going on a traditional picnic.

52 Week Challenge: Inspired By Technology

circuit-board-nails-nail-art-microchip

Microchip circuit board nails

22 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Jungle

As I am doing the summer 2012 nail challenge this is my attempt for today. Challenge for today was to do a jungle or parrot nails, which took me forever!






21 June 2012

Swatch: W7 - Mosaic


Finish: A glitter polish in a light blue base, glitter is in standard shape and is navy, green and gold.
Opacity: Two coats
Brush Type: Wide and flat.
Anything Else? Unless you like a bumpy finish you will need two coats of top coat.

This is a possible dupe for Nails Inc. Pudding Lane

How Much? 15ml for £1.99

Two coats without top coat, quite gritty



Two coats of topcoat


20 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Ice Cream

Originally the challenge was an ice cream sundae, however I ended up doing a quick ice cream look in the form of Neapolitan! Which I imagine could be used in a sundae, never had one myself to be fair!

NYX - Purple Ink
W7 - Polar Bare
ELF - Smoky Brown

19 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Balloons


Challenge today was to do something to do with balloons or kites.

Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
Barry M - Matt White
Stamping Plate: M79

17 June 2012

Comparison: Croc V's Crackle

What is a Croc Effect shatter polish? Well this is what Barry M did earlier this year, and there is a difference between the two:

Matt effect
Lumpy texture
Needs topcoat
Look is very random and can look undone
Must apply to dry base coat
Shatters before your eyes

Shiny and smooth finish without topcoat
The look of the shatter is more uniform
Finished look is polished
Must apply to wet base coat
More fiddly to apply
Takes a while to shatter

Don't think there is much else to say, both polishes are nice but I think I do prefer the Croc Effect. Might be worth a look even if you didn't like the other type of shatter. The standard shatter with a top coat one looks good too though so I won't be throwing out any bottles of polish! Until they are empty that is!

Which do you prefer?

Croc Effect - £3.99
Crackle Effect - £3.99

16 June 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Hippy Love



Hippie /Retro / Summer of Love was the challenge for today and I tried something new to me out with the 'tie dyed' nails.