31 July 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 41 - Blue

The 44th Challenge is entitled 'Blue' what a perfect excuse to use one of my Kleancolor Holo's!

Essence - Let's Get Lost
Kleancolor - Holo Blue (135)

Summer Nail Challenge: Olympic Medals

Challenge for today is the Olympic Medals, which apparently come on a purple ribbon this year. Each medal is personalised to each discipline so thought I would just do a general set of gold, silver and bronze.

28 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Olympic Rings

Olympic Rings is the challenge of today, and this is my quick interpretation of them. I much prefer my other ones I did which I will cheekily post underneath, so let me know which you prefer.

27 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Olympic Opening Ceremony

Index Finger - The Torch and Cauldron
"The big finale is the entrance of the Olympic Flame into the Stadium. It is passed through the athletes to the final Torch bearer, who will ceremoniously light the Cauldron, indicating the beginning of the Games. The Flame will continue to burn for the whole of the Games"

Middle Finger - The Official London 2012 Olympics Flag
"Once the Games have been declared open, the Olympic Flag is then carried into the Stadium and hoisted into the air as the respective Anthem is played. The Olympic Charter states that each flag must fly for the entire duration of the Games – placed in a prominent position in the main Stadium"

Ring Finger - The Queen
Receiving the Head of State. "The Head of State of the Host Country is received at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium by the President of the IOC. For the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Her Majesty the Queen will be greeted by Jacques Rogge"

Little Finger - Official Olympic Emblem
"The Olympic Emblem is based on the number 2012 – the year of the Games – and includes the Olympic Rings, one of the world’s most recognised brands, and the word ‘London’ – the world's most diverse city"

Thumb - Olympics Union Jack Flag
As far as I can gather the reason for the Official Union Jack Flag to be blue is because it is the same as the outfits which have been designed by Stella McCartney.

24 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Red, Orange and Yellow

Bright colours were a touch scary so I put a coat of Barry M's Croc Special Effects

23 July 2012

Nails: Furry / Velvet Manicure - My Take

I couldn't find any 'fur' anywhere in shops or online for any reasonable price. Finally bit the bullet and got some flocking / embossing powder so I could too have furry nails.

Ciaté was advertising their 'Caviar Manicure'. They kept on mentioning that they had a new textured nail coming soon, the Velvet Manicure. While they didn't show it I knew it was what I had done.

What do you think of the furry / velvet nail look?

Swatch: Jessica - Holographic Topcoat

A different sort of polish from what I have seen before, the photo on the left is prior to shaking and the one on the right is after shaking the bottle


Both photos are one coat and were taken in LED light, the one on the left with a flash, on the right without

(Layered over two coats of ELF Black)

Finish: Fine pieces of holographic glitter in a clear base
Brush Type: Flat and wide, not as wide as OPI
Opacity: Not designed to wear alone, buildable effect.
How Much? 14.8ml - £9.75
Anything Else?  Possible Dupe for China Glaze - Fairy Dust
The neck of the lid has little indentations which makes it easier to keep a grip of.

21 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Tour de France

I had so many ideas for this but none of them worked! Ended up getting that frustrated and came up with this.

20 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Golf

All of these sports related nail challenges are really quite challenging! I am not sporty in the slightest and have no incline to watch any of them. Which means it is difficult to work out what to do nail wise. 

18 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Buttercups

I had to google image search to find out what a buttercup looked like, and I admit mine didn't really turn out. Changed my design and added Buttercup the power puff girl as she also came up when I searched for Buttercup, so yes I did sort of cheat!

17 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Summer Lovin'

With a challenge title such as summer lovin' I was very tempted to do something Grease related. But I fought against the urge and ended up with something exceptionally girly and pink.

ELF - Hot Pink
Stamping Polish: Barry M - Raspberry

52 Week Challenge: Week 39 - Inspired by a Book


On the first day he ate a hole all the way through an apple,
on the second day, he at holes through two pears,
on the third, through three plums
and on the forth, through four strawberries.

And of course eventually he turned in to a butterfly!

11 July 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 38 - Tribal Nails

Base: ELF - Smoky Brown
Stamping Plate: BM 315

Summer Nail Challenge: Pink n' Purple

Nothing guiding me today other than the colours pink and purple;

Polish: Barry M - Berry Ice Cream
ELF - Purple Dream
Stamping Polish: W7 - Black
Stamping Plate: Q1

8 July 2012

Stamping Sunday: Something I Love

This didn't turn out in my head how I envisioned. I really like the 'colour' black and silver.

7 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Cricket

Seeing as the Ashes is the cricketing event, that inspired the challenge for today, yet again I have no knowledge about cricket!

6 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Chevrons

Challenge of the day 'Summer Chevrons'

W7 - Sheer Yellow
Color Club - Almost Famous

5 July 2012

Swatch: Barry M - Chameleon Blue Polish

This post is literally a swatch post, my thoughts are the same for this colour as it was the lilac. Which you can see what I thought about that here. It changes from blue to red with a topcoat.

4 July 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 37 - Geometric

Summer Nail Challenge: Independence Day

4th July – Independence Day was the challenge for today and being British I had to actually double check the American flag!

Fireworks and the flag!

3 July 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Euro 2012

I had to go ahead and google what a football pitch looks like! I have no incline to watch football, I only opted for the England flag as that's where I am from.

2 July 2012

Swatch: W7 - Metallic Mars

This polish is a duochrome and as such is almost impossible to photograph, and so there are more photos than I would usually post;

Hopefully you can see that this slight duochrome, it goes between purple, black cherry, deep raspberry to a milk chocolate colour. Occasionally I noticed a hint of green and almost a yellow.



Opacity: This polish needed four coats to achieve coverage, the formulation is very water-like
Scent: I didn't find this particular polish offensive smelling, but be aware many people have commented on this before
Brush Type: Standard, verging on the wider side
How much in the bottle? 15ml
Price: £1.95
From: NailPolishDirect

1 July 2012

Swatch: Barry M - Magnetic Burgundy

I used the star / explosion shape magnet for all but the ring finger. Nice effect but I need more practice!