30 September 2012

Stamping on Sunday: French Tips

I struggle with using the French tip stamps, as you can probably tell!

Base Polish: Barry M - Black Multi Glitter
Stamping Polish: Stargazer - Silver Chrome
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 216

27 September 2012

Swatch: W7 - Metallic Jupiter

This is a duochrome polish which is very difficult to photograph! It flits between green, navy, purple, a nice almost a petrol on water polish if a little blackened.

Finish: Duochrome
Brush Type: Standard
Opacity: Two coats
How Much: 15ml

25 September 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 49 - Grey

Final week in this year long nail challenge;

Base Polish:
George @ Asda - Witchcraft
Glitter: Barry M - Jewel Britannia

22 September 2012

Swatch: Color Club - Mrs Robinson


Finish: Neon violet
Opacity: Three coats
How much: 14.5ml
Brush Type: Standard

Mrs Robinson over a white base, really makes it pop! Although the top coat I used has shrunk the polish but not the base which means it doesn't look as good as it should. 


21 September 2012

Nails: Bridal Veil Dots

A England - Bridal Veil
GOSH - Holo

20 September 2012

Swatch: Orly - Sunglasses at Night

Orly Sunglasses at Night is part of the Flash Glam FX collection. All of the polishes in this collection are really different, designed to be layered over the top of another polish. I think that they are quite similar to a lot of indie polishes which are out there.

Difficult to photograph, shown over ELF Black.

Sunglasses at Night is basically a holographic strand polish in a sheer grey base, perfect for layering over black. Was a bit of a pain to work with as any bar glitter type polish is, that was because the bits of glitter were extending past the end of the nail. Really like Orly polishes as the bottle has a rubberised lid which makes it so easy to open.


Out of focus to show of true holo strands

Bottle shot

19 September 2012

ABC Nails: B is for Bee Nails Fred Butler Recreation

I saw these nails on The British Beauty Blogger Blog I had to try my hand at them. Marian Newman for Fred Butler SS2013, bee's with sharp stingers.

[Picture from R.Lanji at www.ryanlanji.com]


Nails are the same as clothes, if you look at any fashion show chances are no one is going to wear the outfits.  Designers take bits from fashion shows and turn them in to something wearable, in this case the nails aren't wearable this is just a recreation of something from the catwalk.

18 September 2012

Swatch: A England - Lady of the Lake (The Mythicals)

I used two coats of the polish and its wonderfully pigmented, 3 free, not animal tested, great bottle shape, brush is standard.

17 September 2012

Nails: Monkey See, Monkey Do - Owls

Monkey See Monkey Do Monday!
There have been lots of these on pintrest, I followed this tutorial

16 September 2012

Stamping on Sundays: Leafy

Last leaves of Summer 2012, and that is the challenge for today.

 Base Polish: ELF - Copper
Stamping Polish: Max Factor - Graffiti
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 321

14 September 2012

Nails: Autumn Feathers

I really a not too sure that summer 2012 actually happened here in England, certainly not where I am. 
Summer technically did happen, perhaps I blinked and missed it! Anyhow now it is September and therefore summer is officially over in the northern hemisphere.

A small feather found on my sofa, no idea how or where it came from but ideal size to stick to my nail!

Base Polish: ELF - Smoky Brown
Stamping Polish: ELF - Chocolate
Stamping Plate: BM214
Ring Finger Base: ELF - Desert Haze

12 September 2012

Swatch: Claires - Slice of Shine Glitter

This is a polish from Claire's Accessories, it is a hex glitter in a clear base. Blue and pink coloured hex glitter shapes, along with some fine silver glitter.

Claire's Accessories
£2.50 - 14.7ml

ABC Nail Challenge: A

This is the ABC Nail Challenge, once a week we are to interpret the letter.

Letter A - Aqua
Base Polish: Collection 2000 - Electric Dreams (56)
Stamping Polish: W7 - Black
Stamping Plate: BM211

11 September 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 47 - Newspaper Nails

Week 50 has rolled around and only have two more weeks left.

This is so easy I don't know why I don't do them more often. Using a matte topcoat looks better I think than a glossy one.

10 September 2012

Nails: Monkey See, Monkey Do: Yarr!

I saw this pirate nail art on NikkiBroadway and couldn't help but try it myself.

9 September 2012

Sunday Stamping: Poison

Sunday stamping and today I have done a poisonous spider, usually the small ones are more dangerous than the bigger ones.

Base: Colorclub - Twiggie
Stamping Plate: A37

8 September 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Sunset

Last challenge of 'Summer 2012 Nail Challenge' which was quite a challenge but one I managed to do every challenge of. This is Summer Sunset, late in the summer it is warm enough to say outside the sun goes down slowly hence the warm twinkles as the sky and the sun join.

7 September 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Dog Days of Summer

I'd heard the expression 'dog days' before but never actually knew what it meant. A quick look about online and I discovered that dog days are (supposed) to be the hottest days of the summer.

The term dog days comes from the ancient belief that Sirius or the Dog Star controlled the hot weather.

Want to find the dog constellation? So easy as Sirius is the brightest star in the sky.

6 September 2012

Nails: Fantasy Mauve

Barry M - Dusky Mauve
Max Factor - Fantasy Fire

5 September 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Patchwork

Yellow - Colorclub: Almost Famous
Orange - Colorclub: Wham Pow
Green - Collection 2000: Electric Dreams
Purple - Colorclub: Puccilicious
Peach - Miss Sporty: Orange Crush (326)

4 September 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Hothouse Flowers

I haven't much clue as to what hothouse flowers are, and so my nails ended up very floral. 

Base Polish: ELF - Hot Pink
Stamping Polish: W7 - Black
Stamping Plates
Thumb: BM221
Forefinger: B06, M64
Middle Finger: BM12
Ring Finger: B06, BM15
Little Finger: M74

52 Week Challenge: Week 46 - Stamping

2 September 2012

Stamping on Sunday: PCOS Awareness Month

This week's Stamping on Sunday challenge is something you have learned from the group. For me I learned how to do a whole nail plate stamp. I had already mastered the single image stamp but the whole nail was a challenge!

Stamping Plate:  BM321

This set of nails was done as September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month. Most people know pink breast cancer awareness month is October, where as not many people know about PCOS month or indeed the syndrome itself.

Did you know it was PCOS Awareness Month? I didn't until I read a blog post from Miss Green Eyes.

1 September 2012

Summer Nail Challenge: Carnival

I've been wanting to try out the whole 'saran wrap' (cling film) manicure for a while now and I thought it might be a good way to express the whole carnival atmosphere.

All Color Club polishes