Thursday, 28 May 2015

NAIL OF THE DAY - PASTEL MANICURE // BARRY M GELLY HI SHINE





I do love a bit of pastel come Spring, especially on the nails. Two of my current favourite pastel polishes are from the Gelly Hi Shine Range by Barry M and are in the colours Fondant and Sky Blue. This range is a cult favourite of mine and I can guarantee that if I pop into Superdrug or Boots I will most likely always come out with a new paint, they just have too many nice shades to choose from.

To start off these nails I firstly applied a coat of my Nails Inc Nail Kale Base Coat, after chipping my middle nail a few weeks ago *world ends* this base coat really helped to quickly build it back up to a decent length. Once the base was fully dry I applied a piece of striping tape down the middle of each nail and applied around two coats of each polish to each side. My only warning with the Gelly Hi Shine Paints is to go thinly on the coats, I have found that with a lot of the gel-like polishes they are super thick in consistency and if applied in one thick coat it ends up making the polish bubble, so a few thin coats are better. Once my nails were fully dry I removed the striping tape and replaced it with fresh tape to give it a pop. As always, I finished these nails by sealing it all down with a coat of my trusty Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  

WHAT I USED

Nails Inc // Nail Kale Base Coat
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine // Sugar Apple
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine // Fondant 
Bronze Gold Striping Tape 
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat 

What are your favourite pastel polishes ? Any recommendations ? 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

NAILS INC - THE NEW WHITE - SWAN STREET//WHITE HORSE STREET


A few years ago I would never have thought of wearing white nail polish on its own, I don't think I even owned a bottle of the colour, shock, horror ! However,over the last year or so the white and nude based shades have taken over and have since become staples in my collection. Shunning the bright colours, I now find myself reaching for these shades more often as they are perfect for everyday wear. 

One brand, who for me I think has nailed the white polish trend perfectly is Nails Inc. Nails Inc has been a bit of a rediscovery for me this year, since having a complete make over and redesigning their polishes I have found myself enjoying them a whole lot more. One of my favourite collections by them has been their new white range, it consists of four polish shades, all white based with a subtle hint of colour.

Swan Street is a gorgeous Iced Mint, pastel mints and greens are some of my favourite polishes come Spring, I love this shade. White Horse Street is a smokey light grey, perfect for everyday wear. Not all white and nude shades sit right on my nail but these shades of polish make it easy to pull off. The polishes retail for £14.00 each but I really feel like you get what you pay for with Nails Inc. Beautifully packaged on arrival these polishes definitely feel a treat, even better that most of my orders have included a Kinder Bueno bar, nail polish and Kinder chocolate *emoji heart eyes*, always a perfect combination. These polishes are definite favourites of mine, I am looking forward to building up my Nails Inc collection this year. 

Swan Street

White Horse Street

What are your favourite nail polishes and collections from Nails Inc ?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

NAIL POLISH STORAGE CASE - NAILBUFF




If you are as much as a nail hoarder as I am then you will understand the problem I face when it comes to storage. I am always on the look out for new ways to store my polishes, at the moment I use my nail display rack for my most worn polishes, then everything else gets stored away in old Glossybox's or plastic storage boxes.

Last week I attended the Beauty UK Show at the Birmingham NEC, whilst there I managed to discover a company called NailBuff which were selling these nail polish storage cases *hallelujah*. Perfect for taking on the go, or for storing your own polishes in at home, these cases are a complete nail hack. The case itself is double sided and can hold 48 polishes, having tested this myself I can vouch that it fits all bottle sizes, even the bigger ones, such as OPI, Morgan Taylor, Nails Inc, Models Own, Revlon etc. The see through window makes it quick easy to locate my nail polishes without having to rummage through boxes. Ideal for any nail polish obsessive, or mobile technician, these cases offer a simple way to help keep your collection organised.

Nail Polish Storage Case - NailBuff 

How do you store your nail polishes ?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SPRINKLE NAILS // NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK


If you are anything like me and have a super sweet tooth then you might like today's nails. This week is 'National Doughnut Week' (9th-16th) and is all in aid of a great cause, you can find out more here. To show my appreciation for these great tasty things and to share my love for all things sweet, and over 500 calories, I decided to join in the fun with these doughnut sprinkle inspired nails. 

To create these nails I used 'Comic Cute' from the Archie's Girl Collection by Mac as the base, this is the perfect polish for that pink icing colour. Sad news is though that this collection by Mac is now discontinued however Revlon do a great dupe for this polish called 'Sweet Tart'. For the sprinkles I used a couple of different coloured polishes and took the side of an orange wood stick to press the polish onto the nail to make the sprinkle shape. To finish this look I used a coat of my trusty Seche Vite to seal it all in, this really is the best top coat for situations like this as it does not merge all the colour together or leave you with one big blobby mess. 


\\ What I Used //

Orange Wood Sticks
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry - Road Rage
Ciate - Paper Doll
Ciate - Big Yellow Taxi 
Mac - Archie's Girl Collection - Comic Cute

What are your favourite Doughnuts ? 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

MAY 2015 COLORISTIQ BOX - OPI // MORGAN TAYLOR // ESSIE

When I first heard about Coloristiq I was excited to finally have found a subscription service that was suited to me. For those of you scratching your head at what Coloristiq is then let me explain. Coloristiq is a UK Nail Rental Subscription Service that delivers three polishes to your door each month. Choosing from great nail brands and latest collections you create a wish list of all the colours you would like to receive. Each month Coloristiq will then send you three colours randomly picked from your wish list to try for a month.

In my May box this month I received three great colours from OPI, Morgan Taylor, and Essie, all of which I think are perfect for this Summer/Spring, so if you are on the hunt for that perfect beach shade then these might just help to give you some ideas.  


Morgan Taylor // Color Me Bold

It was my first Coloristiq box in January that welcomed me to the world of Morgan Taylor polishes and ever since then I have been a fan girl of the range. 'Color Me Bold' is a beautiful cream coral polish that is a perfect poolside shade for this Spring/Summer. The polish itself is quite thick in formula which I love as it takes no time at all to build up to a full colour. If you haven't tried any Morgan Taylor polishes then you should definitely add some to your wish list. 


O.P.I // Suzi Has A Swede Tooth
  
When I opened my box this was one of the first colours that jumped out at me. 'Suzi Has A Swede Tooth' is a bubblegum, Barbie-esque cream pink that was taken from the OPI Nordic collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. I love the brushes on these polishes, one coat covered the majority of the nail making the application neat. In between coats I found the drying time to be quick. When a polish has a thick formula I always like to try and leave a good amount of time before re applying as this is when bubbles can form. I think this colour would look great worn against dark clothing for an extra pop of colour. 


Essie // Style Hunter

Style Hunter is from Essie's 2014 Spring Collection, Hide and Go Chic. The polish is a Crimson colour, like a bright red with a shot of pink added into it. I thought this polish might take me a good few coats to get an opaque finish as I found the formula to be quite thin, but after two coats I was happy with the end result. For someone who is always drawn to pastels at this time of year I still like a pop of colour and think this would make for a great pedicure colour this Summer. 

What polishes have you received in your May Coloristiq box ? 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

NAIL OF THE DAY - DEBORAH LIPPMANN - LA VIE EN ROSE


For today's post I wanted to share with you an old favourite of mine from Deborah Lippmann's Spring 2014 line. La Vie En Rose is a gorgeous soft pink shimmer and is one of my favourite nude type polishes. Worn as a top coat on top of a polish, or, as a base coat for your French Manicure, this polish can be worn many ways. I have built it up to a full coverage, although with the polish being so sheer it does take a bit of time to get it to an opaque finish, I think I applied nearly 5 coats *cries*. 

To finish these nails I applied a little gold stud near the cuticle to jazz it up. I picked these gold studs up from Poundland in one of their nail wheels. Its handy to have somewhere that stocks these sort of things as in the past I have had to order from Ebay, the shipping usually ends up been ridiculous for something so cheap. Poundland have had some great nail accessories in recently and I am looking forward to seeing what else I can find when I next pop in. 



What are you wearing on your nails ? 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

APRIL FAVOURITES 2015


Today I wanted to share with you a bit of a different post. Monthly favourites are among some of my favourite type of posts to read, I love seeing what everyone has been enjoying through out the month. I have certainly been enjoying alot through out April, beauty, and non beauty so I thought I would give you a little insight. 

Elle Magazine 

I am not a religious magazine buyer as I tend to be one of those who flicks through the pages and then passes them on, but when I saw that Rebel Wilson was this months front cover for Elle I had to buy, I love Pitch Perfect and think she is hilarious.

OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Instant Repair Weightless Healing Oil Spray // Boots £6.99

I am a huge fan of the OGX range especially their Shampoo and Conditioner, taking advantage on a 3 for 2 offer I decided to give their Keratin Healing Oil Spray a whirl. This spray is great for getting rid of fly aways and adding some extra shine to the hair. I use a spritz of this before and after drying and love how it leaves my hair smelling like I have just left the salon.  

Chroma Stationery // Chromastationery.co.uk

A notebook is an essential for me, I love writing things down and making to do lists. These notebooks from Chroma are personalised, with each colour and notebook having a story behind it. Delivery is quick and they come beautifully packaged, making as a lovely gift for someone, especially bloggers, they make for great blog planners. 

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan Mouse // Superdrug £7.99

April has definitely been a month for upping my tanning game especially as Summer is only around the corner. This 1 Hour Instant Tan Mouse from Cocoa Brown is a firm favourite of mine and a constant repurchase. It applies evenly, dries quickly so I am left with no sticky feeling, and most importantly leaves me with no biscuit smell the day after. 

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil // The Body Shop £10.00

I have really been enjoying the Body Shop for skincare this month. Having run out of my Chamomile Scrumptious Cleansing Butter I decided to change things up and try the Cleansing Oil. I have been using the Cleansing Oil as a pre cleanse, its amazing for removing make-up, especially waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin feeling super moisturised and clean.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat // ASOS £11.00

 Curious to see if this was worth the hype I caved in a decided to give it a try. This has been one of those life changing products, like I could kick myself for not buying this sooner. After applying my nails are dry within seconds leaving me free to get on with things without the fear of smudging, it also makes my nails feel strong and leaves them looking super glossy.

What products have you been enjoying in April ?

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