Friday, 31 August 2012

NOTD: Hulk Inspired

Hi all!

This mani started out with me wanting to try my new Cult Nails polishes out and as it progressed I realised I had actually done a Hulk themed mani.

Green = Deal With It (3 coats)
Purple = Charming (3 coats)
Tips = Seduction (2 coats)

I love how Seduction and Charming go together, they are the perfect combo.




I also decided to try out Captivated (2 coats) but I used it on my toes to top OPI's Red Light Ahead... Where? (2 coats)
I also added little fimo butterflies to each toe.

**Foot Warning**



Did you get any polishes in the recent Cult Sale?

Thursday, 30 August 2012

"these are a few of my favourite things" Day 6: Stripes

Hi all!  Can you believe it's day 6 of the "these are a few of my favourite things" challenge?

Today we have Stripes and since I don't have a straight eye in my head I decided to use striping tape over a previous mani.

Sorry for the messiness I was sat doing this at 1am and glitter is never tidy, lol.  The glitter is Nails Inc Sloane Gardens from the recent QVC TSV.  The pics don't do it justice but it's LUSH! xo





(I took a wee pic with the flash so you could see the colours underneath)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

NOTD: Pink Gradient

Hi all! 

I'm still slowly but surely working through the hauls of polish I've bought recently and today I have 2 W7 polishes to show you.  Strawberry Daiquiri and Mirror Pink.

I decided to do a gradient with these thinking the metallic finish would contrast nicely with the "jucier" finish.

Thanks to Poundlands makeup sponges this is the look I acheived.



Thankfully the pictures don't quite pick up how messy this wound up being.  Normally I'm quite good at cleaning up but last night (I always do my nails at night even if I'm working til 11pm) I just had no energy.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

"these are a few of my favourite things" Day 5: Polka Dots!

Hi there!  It's already day 5 of "these are a few of my favourite things" challenge and today we have Polka Dots!

I did think about going bright and funky but though I'd do something a wee bit different and go with more neutral and muted colours.

Hope you like it xo

*I think with the flash it helps to capture the shimmer of Covent Garden Ballet



Monday, 27 August 2012

Sunday, 26 August 2012

NOTD: Patchwork

Hi all!

I decided that I need to start trying all my polishes out so sat and looked through what I had and thought about what I could do.

I recently bought a few bits from MUA including these 3 polishes that we're only £1 each (as is most of their range with the exception of the "professional" range).

There are no names on the bottles but these are shades 4 - coral, 5 - light teal? And 23 - khaki.

I wanted to try something a bit different and remember seeing patchwork nails a while ago.

Basically I haphazardly painted the 3 colours on each nail, not worrying about being neat. Topped with a coat of seche vite. Then I used a black nail art pen to draw the lines and the stitches and topped with another coat of seche vite.

These remind me of Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas, hehe =)

I think it worked out fairly well. Have you tried this look before?




Best of British 26.8.12

British Nail Bloggers

Hi all!  I hope you enjoyed last weeks new feature.  And without further ado I bring you this weeks instalment.

The weather in the UK may have improved a little but not enough for Vic to justify running off to Cornwall to catch the surf. Instead she's made do with her Surfin' USA mani.

It's been KBShimmer Week this week at The Crumpet 5 polishes, but which was her favourite ?

Laura has been trying out stamping for the first time this week and was particularly fond of her classyblack and silver floral design.

PrettyKittyClaws has been making the most of the sunshine by copying The Crumpet with a Red Holo Dotticure. feautring Ozotics 518

Helly at the Nail Newbie got her holo on with a purple holo gradient featuring OPI DS Original!

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails has been catching up with the lazy days of summer challenge with a ruffle accent nail.

Alexis at Glitter Tips managed to overcome a nasty case of nail art block with a Black and Gold NOTD inspired by her jewellery collection.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing managed to get hold of some OPI Black Spotted and gave it a go over some bright NEONS.

Seeing as the British weather has been seasonably rainy, there has been a lack of barbaques this year. Unless it is in the form of nail art from Enigmatic Rambles.

Lou entered the Golden Jungle over at Painted Nails & Baking Scales finding some new polish species to describe

This week at Northern Nails there are Turtles in a Guest Post , Also Jo has started a new series of posts called Mashups!

Emma's been busy swatching the newBarry M Burgundy Croc Effects over different colours on Imagination In Colour!

It's texture time in the BFF Challenge and Kerrie from PishPosh and Polish made great use of Heart-Shaped beads but was it a success?

Ruth had some fun with pastel colours and created some colourful zebra nails using her new stampers!

Steph is showing off her Peacock feathers in the (rare) sunshine.

It's been a special week for Allie and in celebration she's been wearing some Sea Green Glitter Birthday Nails.

Dimpal is absolutely loving these fish egg nails Fish Egg Nails she also did Nicole's Me+Blue Mani

Sarah Louise reviews LeaLaC's Stamping Plate XL - A See the post for swatches and a manicure using her first Bettina Nail Polish.

Sam at Polished Art kicked off the 31 Day Challenge with a red leopard print mani.

Kerry starts the first off Nail Inc Sprinkle swatches with Sweets Way.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

TOTD: Retro Polka Dots

Hi all! So I'm thinking this would have been a good pedicure for the polka dots day in "these are a few of my favourite things" challenge. But here we have them in a separate post.

The colours I've used I think are quite a retro combo that you might see in Austin Powers lol.

Orange - China Glaze Papaya Punch
Green - China Glaze Four Leaf Clover
Purple - Nails Inc Leicester Square








Friday, 24 August 2012

NOTD: Peacock Feathers

Hi!  I FINALLY tried my hand at doing some peacock feathers (I know some consider them bad luck but I think they are SO pretty!)

I must say I'm quite pleased with how these turned out.








I used:
Essence Choose Me for the base
China Glaze Cha Cha Cha & Four Leaf Clover for the feathers
Nails Inc Bedford square for the feathers
Nails Inc Lanesborough Place for the gold in the eye
Nails Inc Kensington Park Road for the blue in the eye
Nails Inc Black Taxi for the black in the eye

Hope you like this and I look forward to trying it in other colours xo

Thursday, 23 August 2012

"these are a few of my favourite things" Day 4 - Favourite Food!

Hi there!  Today we have day 4 of "these are a few of my favourite things" challenge and the topic is Favourite Food!

I couldn't narrow it down to 1 so I've done a selection of my favourite foods, both savoury and sweet.

What are your favourite foods? xo

Thumb - cupcake
Pointer - seafood fried rice with satay sauce
Middle - hotdog with American style mustard
Ring - watermelon
Pinkie - jazzie sweets






*Just thought I'd show ya how I planned my nails out lol xo

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

NOTD: Foil Braids

Hey!  How are you all?  So today I thought I'd attempt the latest thing I've seen floating about and that is braided nails.
Perfect chance as well to try out some polishes that have been sitting there (cuz I buy too many at once, lol.)

We have from the Color Club Foiled collection - Antiquated (rose gold), Perfect Molten (green) and Hot Like Lava (pink).

These were a great choice as they were all 1 coaters meaning I've not ended up with an inch thick layer of polish with trying to create the design.

I'll be the first to admit that with the exception of my thumb, they're not the best but I think it's a pretty fair first attempt lol.

Have you tried anything new recently? 



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Girls' Night In: 50 Followers Giveaway!!

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"these are a few of my favourite things" Day 3: Favourite Animals!

Hi there!  It's day 3 of the "these are a few of my favourite things" challenge and the topic is Favourite Animals!

For me that was simple - PENGUINS!

I think my pictures speak for themselves xo











*I love them so much I have this tattoo ♥