Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Oh no... not another matte mani?

Correct - it isn't. It's back to shiny today :D
I actually did a mani almost identical to this, just with slightly different polishes, just after I started this blog. You can see it here. Look how much my nails have changed!!



Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: Nails Inc - Victoria
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Monday, 30 August 2010

My First Tutorial: Water Decals

Today I used some Water Decals from Viva La Nails. Since I have never used these before, I checked the website to see if there were instructions. Luckily, there is a video at the bottom of the page with details of how to apply the decals. I'm sure I could have guessed but I wanted to make sure I got it right. Here is how I applied my decals...

1. 
Paint on your base colour and allow to dry thoroughly. I used Barry M Cyan Blue.


2. 
Prepare everything you need:
Cut out the decals you are going to use.
Have a nail stick nearby, or any tool you prefer like tweezers.
A cup or bowl of water, the website specifies warm. You can use cold but it takes much longer for the decals to come away from the paper.


3. 
Hold the decal between your thumb and first finger and plunge it in to the water.
Leave it there for about 5 seconds, or longer if the water's cold.
You will feel the decal starting to slide around on the paper.


4. 
Remove the decal from the water and slide it away from the paper by gently rubbing your two fingers together.
It should come off easily. If it doesn't, put it back into the water for another few seconds.


5
The decals are fairly sturdy so you don't need to be too careful when handling them, they can take a bit of rough and tumble.
Get the decal onto your tool and prepare to transfer it to the nail.
Fingers work just as well as any tool when using these decals.


6. 
Once it's on the nail, you can move the decal around as it takes a while to dry. 
If it dries and you don't like the position you can dab some water on it to loosen it up and move it around again.


7. 
Once the decals are dry and you're happy with them, just add a top coat.


The Verdict
I really like these decals. Application was easier than I expected and the finish is brilliant. Unlike with stickers, the edges of the decals are undetectable once the top coat is on so there is no temptation to pick at them as well as the fact that it looks really professional.
The only downside is that they take a while to dry, I would say close to ten minutes, so you have to be very careful until they do because they will slide around.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Pastels

Here are some not so summery nails, but I really like the pastelly palette of this one.


Plate: Fauxnad from eBay- M54
Base Colour: Barry M - Mushroom
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - Dynasty
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Ink

I love how shiny this is! The Barbara Daly polishes are great for shine and the great thing is you can just pick one up when you're shopping for your groceries so it doesn't seem like such a chore!


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM18
Base Colour: Barbara Daly @ Tesco - Tattoo
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
Top Coat of NYC

Friday, 27 August 2010

More Matte

I've finally got these tip stamps down! For ages, whenever I tried, they would end up trailing down my nail and I would get really frustrated.


I used some little flakies from Viva La Nails. They look pink in the packet but are kind of transparent pink so they just look a bit iridescent on the nail.


Konad Plate: M56
Base Colour: L'Oreal Jet-Set - 225 (No Name)
Konad Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
Sparklies stuck on with Miss Sporty top coat
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Back To My Roots


It's been a few days since I did any stamping since I've had all the Viva La Nails goodies to play around with. I've also been in a but of a plain nails mood recently which has contributed to my lack of Konadding. So here are some stamped nails that I really like. I love the combination of blue and gold anyway, so I used some of the 'Pearls' from my sample package.



Plate: Bundle Monster - BM10 
Base Colour: BYS - Fools Paradise
Stamp Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
Gold Pearls from Viva La Nails
Top Coat of NYC

To stick the pearls on, I just used a clear nail polish applied in dots with the flat end of a nail stick and I used the sharp end to pick up and position the pearls.

These pearls are really fiddly things which roll and bounce around all over the place. So I poured some out into a creased post-it note. This also makes it much easier to get the unused ones back into the packet because you can just pour them along the crease.



Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mood Swings - Some Strange Goings On

When I first got these mood Polishes in my swap with Emily, I posted a quick swatch of them. Click here to see it. At that time, they weren't changing with temperature, but when I tried them on after a few days, the difference between hot and cold was obvious. It's very strange, but it's like they were broken and now they're fixed!


This is Flirty/Shy. The lighter blue on the nail is warm and the dark colour towards the tips is cold. I used a butterfly from my Fimo cane and some sequins on my ring finger, both from Viva La Nails.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Viva La Nails Rhinestone Sticker Review

These are some of the nail stickers I received from Viva La Nails to review. 

These stickers are really cute and dainty. I've used nails stickers before and have not always been very pleased with them. They often peel off or look too chunky and a bit tacky but these ones are great.

These are really sleek and stick to the nail really well without obvious edges. 
There a tiny bit of peeling on the thumb where you can see part of the flower is missing, it was there went I went to bed but disappeared over night. The peeling only happened when I put a topcoat over the stickers and I suppose you could just leave the top coat.

Viva La Nails Rhinestone Stickers over Rimmel I ♥ Lasting Finish in Funky Diva

It was strange trying these as I'm so used to my Konad/Fauxnads but I think they're great. They're so much quicker and easier than stamping so great if you're in a rush, but I'm still a dedicated Konad fangirl!

My Viva La Nails Package... Have you got yours?

In case any of you nail bloggers haven't heard about the amazing offer at Viva La Nails, you can get a free sample pack of their products worth £20 provided that you review the products on your site. Just click here.

I ordered mine on Friday 13th and it arrived the next Saturday, since it was posted from Latvia. I had to pay £2.95 shipping so I added a Fimo cane to my order too.

Here is the stuff that was in my sample pack


From what I can tell, since there are no clues on the packaging, 3 of the sticker packs (back) are stickers and the other 3 are water decals.
At the front is a selection of 10 packs of sequins, gems and other cool stuff to stick on your nails. There are some close ups just below.



The Fimo stick is fun! I've seen these before but was always a bit unsure about them because they look really tricky.
I didn't buy the special cutting blade because I figured a craft or stanley knife would work fine, which it did. I actually picked up a two pack of stanley knives with spare blades for £1 in a 'What! Shop' just for this purpose and they're more than sharp enough. 


I was a bit shocked when I saw how small the stick was! I don't know what I was expecting but it looked so teeny! 
I've cut almost a half of the stick into slices of varying thickness. I was trying to get them as thin as possible but it's a fiddly job. You can see below the bits of waste I got from some bad cuts, but the it's minimal compared to the amount of resulting good slices I got.
I actually found it pretty fun and kind of calming to just sit there and slice this little stick as small as I could, haha. Is that weird?!


The only thing I found disappointing about the company was that they printed my phone number on to the front of the package under my address. Surely that's against the Data Protection Act? So if you don't want everyone from Latvia to your house seeing your personal phone number, don't give it. I normally wouldn't but this time I did for some reason :s

If you are interested in any of these products, keep reading for reviews and if you have your own sample package, please link me to some of your own reviews so I can see the other products the site has to offer. I'm really looking forward to trying the water decals. Hopefully they won't be too tricky!


Monday, 23 August 2010

La Di Da

Here is one of the new BYS's I bought on Friday, La Di Da.
And it's also the first time I'm using this plate, BM06, so I got to pull of the plastic cover :D I haven't done that in so long!




Plate: Bundle Monster - BM06
Base Colour: BYS - La Di Da
Stamp Colour: Stargazer - White
Purple flower shaped sequins in the centre of the stamp
Top Coat of NYC

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Candy Matte


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM20
Base Colour: NYC - Prince Street
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine

And after a coat of Essie Matte About You...


I love it with the matte. It looks tasty :)

Saturday, 21 August 2010

My Entry to PHD's 'Just Tips' Challenge

Wow, there have been a lot of posts this week! I am slowly running out of subjects so the rate of posting may slow down considerably in the next few weeks since I'm also going to be moving out again and back to University.

I want to share with you my entry to PHD's challenge last week - Just Tips - and let you know how I did this look. I did post a link to the challenge gallery a few days ago, but if you didn't see the rest of the amazing entries, go here.


I used E.L.F. Nude as a base to cover the yellow staining on my nails and Miss Sporty Top Coat for sticking on all of the sequins, which are from Poundland.

I was Tagged for 3 Awards

I was tagged for the Happy 101 award by Olivia
Rules:
- Post who gave you this award
- State ten things you like
- Give this award to 10 other bloggers and notify them with a comment

10 Things
Photography
My camera
The sea
Piercings
Lie ins
The cinema
Red bull
Driving with my music really loud
Bargain hunting
Living with my friends

Please read more to see the other awards and find out '4 things I bet you didn't know about me' :)

Friday, 20 August 2010

A Matte I Don't Like (and new BYS's ♥)

What do you think of this colour mattified? I'm not a fan myself, even though this is my absolute favourite colour!



Plate: Bundle Monster - BM11
Base Colour: Glo Baby Glo from Primark - Yes Cyan!
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You


My New BYS's

In case you didn't know, BYS is my favourite brand for Nail Polish. It's Australian, but a store called QS (I think the name's changing to Store Twenty One) stocks the range here in the UK.
I got these two today along with a bottle of Astro Gold for my Mum. Unfortunately, they didn't have any Tinkerbell, which I really wanted to add to my next giveaway, but I did get a polish to join the giveaway goodies I'm stashing.

La Di Da is more purple than it looks in the photo, kind of a dusty purple on the nail.
Fools Paradise is exactly the Turquoise I've been looking for. Slightly more green than blue.

New Base Coat (and Naked Nails)

Sorry there haven't been many Konadicures lately. Hopefully I'm keeping you all entertained with all the other stuff!

I bought a new base coat a few days ago from TJ Hughes. It's Sally Hansen Diamond Strength, probably from a few seasons ago, but it was just £2.99.
I normally wouldn't pay that much, but my nails are in great need of some strengthening! I've been growing them for a while and most of them are going strong but I have a lot of trouble with peeling on my thumbs and index fingers :( so hopefully this will help me get them all to the same length.


I'll let you know how it goes.

Coincidentally, within an hour of buying this, my middle nail broke in the corner and I couldn't resist pulling it off so I now have a bit of an odd looking nail there. I've filed the corner rather than the whole nail and will just file out the missing corner as the nail grows.


Here are my naked nails. I kind of gave up on trying to whiten them, but the NYC Base Coat I was using before I bought this one seemed to be doing a very good job at protecting them from further yellowing.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Brown Comparison - E.L.F Smoky Brown vs. Barry M Mushroom

When I got home with my haul a few days ago which included Barry M Mushroom, I realised that it's really similar to E.L.F. Smoky Brown Which I already have! Darn it, I could have bought Blueberry Ice Cream which I've been drooling over for aaages!


So here is my first comparison post! There's not much to compare though, since the two are practically exactly the same, the Barry M is just slightly more creamy coloured.

They are great dupes for each other so if you are looking for a shade like this, I suppose it just depends which brand you prefer.

I personally prefer the E.L.F because the brush is wider and flatter, making application easier in my opinion. But if you like your brushes round and slim, go for the Barry M.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

I'm Mad About Matte About You

I finally got my swap package yesterday and after trying on the mood polishes, I tried out the Essie Matte About You over BYS Glittering Purple and decided to wear it all day. I love the effect, it was totally worth the wait!! Thanks, Emily.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Blackberry Beauty

This is another polish from yesterday's haul. You can't see in this picture but it has tiny sparkles in it so it looks amazing on its own too.


Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: No7 - Blackberry
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC and a little pearly sticker on my ring finger :)

Exciting News

My Swap package arrived from Canada thanks to the lovely Emily over at Nail Junkie. It was sooo exciting. I've been waiting over two weeks for it to arrive so it was great fun finally getting to open it!!


Left to Right
Claire's Mood - Peaceful/Confident
Essie - Matte About You
Claire's Mood - Flirty/Shy


Here are the mood colours on the nail. Peaceful/Confident is good match for the Rimmel Sky High that I mentioned I saw and wanted yesterday.

(No Top Coat)

 
Thanks Emily!

Monday, 16 August 2010

From Today's Haul

To see the other polishes I bought today, go here.

I put an entry in to Polish Hoarder Disorder's challenge this week too. The challenge was 'Just Tips'. Since I don't have much going on in that department, I blinged them up to the max! Go see for yourself.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Barry M - Cyan Blue
Konad Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
Top Coat of NYC

Best Haul I Ever Did Have (Warning: Long Post!)


Hey everyone. Sorry I've been a bit vacant and aloof the last week. I had to resit one of my examinations today because I only got 34% in the topic when I took it in January. I don't think it went very well but life must go on. 
In my sorrow, I headed straight for the shops. Since I was in the city anyway I figured I may as well make a day of it!

I need a new top coat and I was thinking yesterday about what colours I would like to buy next. So I was on the look out for a Nude (similar or exactly the same as the one in yesterday's mani) and a Turquoise (similar to my favourite ever nail colour).

I ended up purchasing FIVE polishes within 30 minutes which is very extravagant for me. Don't worry about my budget - I dipped into my savings for this spree!


Left to Right:
Barry M - Cyan Blue
Barry M - Mushroom
No7 - Blackberry
NYC - Quick Dry Top Coat (Grand Central Station)
NYC - Prince Street


So I picked up the Barry M Blue in place of the Turquoise I wanted, and the Mushroom instead of the Nude.

I have to tell you about the amazing offers I got on these because I am the biggest bargain hunter around. I always have a browse between Boots and Superdrug to see which store has the best offers or prices on the products that have caught my eye. 

At present the Barry M Polishes are on offer at 2 for £5 in both stores (or £2.95 each). When the price is the same I favour Boots because I get my Advantage Card points in there.

I also noticed that you receive a voucher for £5 off No7 or Ruby and Millie when you spend £5 in store. Since I was going to buy the Barry M's for that price anyway, I got the voucher, then ran over to the No7 counter to pick out a Nail Polish. So with the money off, the No7 cost me £1.75!!
If you are a fan of No7 Cosmetics anyway, when they have this offer on, ALWAYS buy something for £5 before you get your No7 stuff as you aren't losing out on anything. I basically got my Barry M's for nothing.


The NYC polishes were 2 for £3.50 (or £2.49 each) so I got them in there. I think Superdrug is the only official stockist of NYC in the UK along with other brands such as GOSH and M.U.A.

I saw a turquoise/green colour by Rimmel that I loved called Sky High but it was £3.49 - too much for me to spend on one polish. If it goes on offer I may be tempted to buy it but until then I will be looking out for a budget dupe.

Also check out PHD's blog for my entry to this week's contest - Just Tips.

Wow I didn't realise how much I'd written and I still have so much to tell you all! Plus some tags coming up in the next week. Thank you so, so, SO much to everyone who has tagged me for awards!! I haven't forgotten, I've just been rushed off my feet these last few weeks.

I'm off to watch a bit of Mad Men and try out these babies before I go back to bed since I only got 3.5 hours sleep last night :(


Sunday, 15 August 2010

Mish Mash Mosh

Sorry for the crummy picture but I really like this design and wanted to share it with you guys.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: Unbranded Nude/Greige
Konad Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of NYC

I had to thin out my NYC Top Coat and it's gone misty, so a shopping trip is in order. God help my wallet :s

Saturday, 14 August 2010

I'm loyal to nothing... except the dream

These nails really remind me of Captain America! They just need a bit of blue to be the perfect match. I know how my nails will look when I go to see the film now :D


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM05
Base Colour: Collection 2000 - 284 (No Name)
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Friday, 13 August 2010

Uuuuuuhh.


Konad Plate: M57
Base Colour: L'Oreal LaquiResist - Bebé
Konad Colour: BYS - Glittering Purple
Top Coat of NYC

Back in Purple

Hey everyone. I'm back from my camping Holiday! It was great fun apart from the effort of putting up and taking down two 6 man tents!
I bought a selection of gems and sequins in Poundland last week so expect plenty of those in the coming days.



Plate: Bundle Monster - BM02
Base Colour: BYS Metallics Set - Purple
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of Miss Sporty


We had the whole field to ourselves so my brother and I had some fun painting with light once the sun went down...

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Right on Schedule

Just a quick pic. I will put up the details when I return from my camping trip.
This is brought to you via Nail Junkie via Wow Wow Nails.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Adios Amigos (Again)

This will be the last post for a while again! I'm going camping this week and I'm only taking two Nail Polishes with me and obviously no computer! It will be tough but I'm sure I can try to soldier through.


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM20
Base Colour: New York Color - MoMa
Stamp Colour: Miss Sporty - Zodiac
Top Coat of NYC

Saturday, 7 August 2010

My Entry to PHD's Nature Challenge

I'm absolutely chuffed to have my nails featured on Polish Hoarder Disorder's Blog as an entry to one of her amazing challenges! The theme for the challenge was 'Nature'.

I've actually had this idea for a while but have never gotten around to doing it. I didn't see the challenge until Friday morning (all entries had to be submitted by midnight CST) and just decided on the spur of the moment that I would do this design so I had to run out and buy a teeny tiny brush for the rainbow!


Pop over to PHD's Blog to see all the other amazing entries.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Houndstooth with added Bling

This is very similar to a Houndstooth mani that I did a while ago but a bit more sparkly!


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM19
Base Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - Wow
Stamp Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Giveaway Winner

The winner of my giveaway is:



Alice
who has a great blog called Nails by Alice

I have sent you an email, Alice. If I don't receive a reponse within 48 hours, I will choose another winner.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Hopefully, I will be holding another giveaway soon!!

Yes... More Stars!

I've really been on a roll with the stars these past few weeks!! I love how this mani literally looks like a starry night. The base colour is a great polish that I won in Carli's first Aussie giveaway.

Sorry I've been away for a few days - I had a computer disaster and then got ill. Not a great week for me! I've neglected both my blogs but I will catch up within the next few days now that everything is back in working order :D

Konad Plate: M3
Base Colour: Jay Jays - Raven
Konad Colour: Collection 2000 Maxiflex - Moonlight Shine

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Public Service Announcement (and giveaway update)

My computer is up and running again but I am still working on getting everything installed. The giveaway winner will be announced as soon as I have Excel running as I recorded all the entries in a spreadsheet. So you still have a little while to enter!
Konadicures will be back online as soon as I have Photoshop back.

Instead of using random.org to pick the winner as I said I would, I'll print off all the entries and pick out of a hat because they're all in entry order (so each person has all their entries bundled together, like numbers 34-37) and I think it will be more fair and random to pick out of a shuffled up pile.


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