Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Broken Nailed

Consider this a slightly early Pink Wednesday post!

My nails are in a sorry state at the moment due to my dwindling supply of OPI Nail Envy. I need a new bottle and I normally save my credit on Valued Opinions to buy it on Amazon but I've recently neglected my account so I need to do a few more surveys before I have enough virtual pennies.
I've been meaning to write a review of the Nail Envy for a while and this shortage has reminded me how much I love it and need to tell you all about it! Basically, it's the sole reason I have been able to grow my nails and keep them long, I can't recommend it highly enough.



Plate: Bundle Monster BM224 and BM201
Base Colour: Cult Nails - Iconic
Konad Colour: Miss Sporty Zodiac
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Monday, 29 August 2011

Daisy Daisy...

I always feel so guilty when I go more than one or two days without posting. It's blogging withdrawal! I can't concentrate because all I'm thinking about is when I'll have time for all the photographing and editing and writing.
Do any of you other bloggers get this way? I'm not complaining though, I love being dedicated to my blog. It's the only serious commitment I have in my life at the moment!

I've had an awesome bank holiday weekend so far. I've been on an open top bus tour, partied with my old school friends and had some alone time strolling around the shops where I found some incredible bargains. Today I'm off to my aunt's house for her birthday lunch and then heading in to the city for my friends birthday meal. I wish my life was always this exciting!

My favourite bargain from my Sunday shopping trip was some white Wet N Wild polish which has kind of solved my stamping dilemma for the time being. Wet N Wild products aren't really sold anywhere here, the only place I've ever found them is in bargain or end-of-line stores so my jaw literally hit the floor when I spotted a few dozen of these on the shelf. I still have a lemming for that Sally Hansen Whirlwind White though! Thank you for all the help you guys gave me with that, you know who you are ;)



Konad Plate: Bundle Monster BM205
Base Colour: No7 - Stand Back
Konad Colour: Wet N Wild - French Manicure White
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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Thicken Up

I know it's well documented that polishes will thicken as they get old and used but I definitely notice it most with Barry M polishes. When you first buy them, they are fairly runny and nearly all of them need at least two coats for full coverage but after just a few months, they are thick enough to use for stamping. 

Great for those of us who are always on the lookout for stamping polishes, but perhaps not ideal for people that want their polishes to last until they need to scrape the stuff from the walls of the bottle!


The weather here was kind of crappy today and I could really tell that winter is setting in. Unfortunately that means more pictures with this crummy lighting will be coming very soon as the days get shorter and generally more morose. I got some advice from Cristina about her lighting and I think I need to get some white fluorescent lighting from somewhere so I too can have pretty, colour correct pictures!


Plate: Bundle Monster BM208 and BM209
Base Colour: Cult Nails - My Kind of Cool Aid
Stamp Colour: Barry M - Bright Purple
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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Born Pretty Plate M73 and White Stamping Polish Review

As you may have noticed, or read here before, I never use Special polishes for stamping. This is partly because of the price tag but mostly because I have been lucky enough to find plenty of regular polishes that work well for stamping. You can see my list here, although it needs a bit of updating!

The white I use for stamping from Stargazer isn't 100% opaque so I wanted to try a special polish to get the extra oomph!

From the Born Pretty Store, I ended up ordering a white stamping polish [here] and the duplicate M73 plate [here]. 


I've written a quick post in the past with my thoughts on the BP plates [here] and everything I said still stands.

The image of the musical notes is not very well 'carved out' at all, there is next to no definition so I don't think I will be using it. But this is clear in the picture on the product page so at least you know with BP that what you see is what you get and they aren't using pictures that misrepresent their products.


I went ahead and decided to use the white polish with the swirly flower design which is the one I was most excited about and I cannot express how disappointed I was when my mani turned out like this!

My stamper hardly picked up any of the design and I'm inclined to blame it on the plate since my stamper has worked perfectly forever and the polish worked (albeit not that well, but we'll get on to that later) on the geometric design.


I don't think this white qualifies as a stamping polish. It's actually less opaque than the Stargazer White I use currently which you can see stamped here.


Konad Plate: Born Pretty M73
Base Colour: Collection 2000 - Hot Purple
Konad Colour: Born Pretty White Stamping Polish
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So to sum up, I am disappointed with these two prodcuts from Born Pretty. If I was desperate for a white stamping polish this would probably suffice but I don't think I'll be using it. I'm going to leave it on my windowsill with the lid off for a few days to see if it works any better then. Also, the bottle is very small. I can't find exact details anywhere on the site or on the bottle but I would guess it's about 5ml.
If you are looking for a white polish for stamping, take a look at Marta's post here. She uses Sally Hansen Whirlwind white and it looks incredible, completely opaque! If anyone knows where to get this and would be willing to send it to me, please get in touch because I need it in my life!

As you can see, I only tried two of the designs from the plate. The scattered square design works great but the flower one isn't usable. It's no devastation because I only paid a few dollars for it but still, you expect your designs to come out no matter how much you pay. If the designs don't work, is it even an image plate or just a slice of metal?

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

I wanted to share this with you, alot

This post is a bit out of the ordinary for this blog. The theme is still nail art but it doesn't feature any new creations, it's a compilation post. Ladies and gentlemen, I present 'Alot Of Nail Art'.


The Alot is the creation of a very talented blogger called Allie Brosh. Sickened by the torrential amount of bad grammar and lack of appreciation for the english language she encounters on the internet every day, she shared her way of dealing with the rage she feels when she sees the word (which is not even a word) 'alot' written by users all over the internet.

If you don't know the story of the Alot, you have to click here to read it. SRSLY, click it, you will laugh your undergarments off. If you already know the story, *fist bump* to you my meme loving friend!

So anyway. I have been meaning to make this 'graphic', if you will, for a long time and I finally found some time to sit down and do it this evening. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Once Upon A Time (Disney Princess Nail Art)

I never watched many Disney movies growing up. The only ones I can remember watching as a child are Aristocats and Lady and the Tramp, I didn't even watch The Lion King for the first time until I was probably 16/17!
However, somehow I still know the names of most of the Princesses and can easily recognise them all and their iconic outfits. I picked a few of my favourites to decorate my nails with!




The Inspiration

Pinky to Thumb: Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, Cinderella, 'D' for Disney.


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Internet > Chocolate

I have such a short attention span! I've been sat here since about 9pm with these photos open in Photoshop, getting them blog-ready and I've been distracted at least 4356 times. It's now just after 1am and I have managed to focus long enough to upload them and write this post!

When I sit down in front of a computer, I go in to a complete trance and until I snap out of it don't realise that I've just spent 4 hours of my day watching The Shaytards and amusing myself with every single #Parks and Recreation post on tumblr. If I have one addiction in life, it's the internet.



Plates: Bundle Monster BM201, BM224 and BM211
Base Colour: W7 Black Cherry
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 Moonlight Shine
GOSH Metallic Purple
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Friday, 19 August 2011

Black Tips

This isn't going to be a very talky post. Enjoy the pictures!



Base Colour: Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude
Tip Colour: W7 Black
Pinky to Thumb
BYS Fools Paradise
Barry M Raspberry
Barry M Bright Purple
Jay Jays Ablaze
Barry M Cyan Blue
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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Like A Broken Record

Todays Pink Wednesday post is insanely similar to last week's but I love the comic book/onomatopoeia design so much so I had to try it again! This week, it's a bit more exaggerated and 'in your face'!



Plate: Bundle Monster BM209
Base Colour: Nails Inc. - Paris (for Diet Coke)
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - Dynasty
Black acrylic paint for the outlines
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

♪♫ Move with me or get out of my face

Wowsa, I'm tired tonight! You may be able to tell from the mass of incoherent sentences that I'm surely about to write. I've had a headache all day which is probably a sign that I should have gone to bed at a reasonable hour but I was determined to blog tonight.

I've been banging on about these lipsticks that I bought all day! I found some Rimmel lipsticks for £1 and ended up taking home 3 colours, I am in LOVE with the Coral shade and can't believe I never tried coral sooner. It could look shockingly bad on me (orange hair and orange lips, whaaaaat?!) but I absolutely love it. I did a quick blog post about them here if you want to see the colour I mean.



Plate: Bundle Monster BM208
Base Colour: Rimmel - Sunset Bronze
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
I used a little brush to fill in parts of the design
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Monday, 15 August 2011

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Post

This amazing snakeskin look is Kari's brainchild. When she posted it a few months back it quickly spread all over the blogsphere and I fully intended to do it myself but never got round to it.

I was looking through my stamping plates, trying to decide on a design for today's manicure and I decided that I wanted to use a plate I hadn't used before. I still have a few of the 25pc Bundle Monster plates that still have the blue plastic covering on so it had to be one of those. I spotted this plate in the pile with it's shiny blue protective layer still attached and Kari's snakeskin idea came flooding back to me!



Plate: Bundle Monster BM215
Base Colour: Barry M - Berry Ice Cream
Stamp Colour: BYS - Glittering Purple and La Femme - Grey Cream
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Shop The Nailasaurus



Exciting news! I've just opened up my shop for business! You can click on the picture above or the link to visit.
There is only 1 set up for sale at the moment but I will be adding sets as I complete them.

Custom Sets
If you ever saw a nail design here on my blog and thought you would love to wear it yourself, now is your chance. I would rather paint custom orders for people who really want them than paint a bucketful of nails that nobody wants to buy!
So if you want your own set of custom nails, just drop me an email so I can give you a quote and consider it done!

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Friday, 12 August 2011

My Nails Are My Canvas

I've started using acrylic paint in my freehand nail art recently. It has it's advantages and disadvantages over nail polish so I just thought I'd share my thoughts for any of you that are curious about acrylic paint and using it on your nails.

Why it's better than nail polish
♥ It's more pigmented. There's no need to go over and over the same spot if 
♥ It doesn't dry out as quickly as polish. I blob out my colours on to a sheet of clear plastic, my 'palette' if you will, and when I use polish I'm constantly having to put out out new blobs of polish as it dries up. One blob of acrylic paint will last the whole manicure without drying up. 

Why it's worse than nail polish
♥ It's hard to work with at first because it's a different consistency to nail polish, so it just feels a bit alien. The best way to describe the difference is that it's less forgiving than polish. You have to be much more careful with the brush. After a few goes, you get used to this though.
♥ It takes a bit more work to remove, but will come off with your regular polish remover.

I really like using acrylic paint and I'll continue to use it since I think the pros far outweigh the cons. If you're on the fence about trying it yourself, I say go for it, but find it cheap somewhere. I paid 99p per bottle in Ryman stationers.


Models Own Purple Grey
White Acrylic PaintFreehan
The line design is by Wah Nails and it's called 'Basket Case'
The accent finger is my attempt at the pop art work, Crying Girl, by Roy Lichtenstein. It's not my best work but from a distance it looks alright, so I left it on!



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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Payday. Payday. Gotta get down on Payday.

Tomorrow will be my first payday for almost two years so I'm super excited! While I was in Uni I was lucky enough that I didn't need a job (just to be clear, I wasn't sucking on a silver spoon the whole time, I was just very scrupulous when it came to spending the money that I did have!).

My eBay watch list has tripled in size this evening and I have a post-it stuck to the wall in front of me with a list of stuff I want to buy! The first thing on that list is the Babyliss Big Hair styler which I have been drooling over for months. If anyone's tried it I'd be very interested to hear what you think of it.


Konad Plate: Bundle Monster BM212
Base Colour: NYC - Prince Street
Konad Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
GOSH - Metallic Purple for the dots
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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

POW, PINK WEDNESDAY!

You may have heard of a little salon called Wah Nails?! Well I found out that they are open to recruiting anyone with a knack for nail art, nail technician qualifications aren't required. So if there are any UK nail art enthusiasts who think they'd like to apply, check out their careers page. I would apply myself but I live too far away from their salons and I'm in no position to move at the moment so it's going on my 'what I want to be when I grow up' list!

Today's Pink is Nails Inc Shoreditch and is definitely not something I would pick out on any normal day but I like to step out of my comfort zone on Pink Wednesdays and try out the colours in my stash that normally get overlooked. I thought I would be removing this colour as soon as the pictures were taken but I'm oddly enamoured with it! It's a creme formula so I used 4 coats for maximum opacity then spiced it up with some of Wah Nails' designs, Pow! and Basketcase.






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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Would You Buyasaurus?

I've been thinking for a while about painting my own nail sets and selling them. Last week, I finally got round to ordering some sets after the lovely Paige gave me a link to a good seller on eBay. I need to do a bit more research about pricing etc. but I'm trying to gage whether anyone would be interested in buying my sets. They will mostly be freehand designs but I'll take personalised orders for any nail design you've ever seen on this blog! So... would anyone consider buying a set of nails from me?


Plate:
Bundle Monster BM05
Base Colour: Models Own - Utopia
Stamp Colour: GOSH - Metallic Purple
BYS Fern for the stalks
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Some Assembly Required (Avengers Nail Art)

Superhero nail art has become such a fixture on here that I'm considering dedicating a label to it!

 Earlier today, I came across a gallery of minimalist (my favourite kind of 'ist') Marvel hero posters by artist Marko Manev which you can see here and naturally my first thought was 'they would look good on my nails'.

I decided that to make it a nice neat set, I would just do the designs corresponding to the Avengers minus Captain America because I've already done a design exactly the same.



Thumb to pinky: Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow




I used:
Thor: Barry M Raspberry, white acrylic paint, La Femme Grey Cream, Barry M Mushroom, L'Oreal LaquiResist Black Bean, Barry M Grey
Hulk: Collection 2000 Hot Looks Spangles, BYS Fern, La Femme Grey Cream
Iron Man: La Femme Cherry Red, white acrylic paint, Collection 2000 Moonlight Shine
Hawkeye: Models Own Purple Grey, La Femme Grey Cream
Black Widow: Rimmel Black Satin, white acrylic paint, Barry M Raspberry


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