Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pac-Man Nail Art!

A few days ago, a twitter friend suggested I do Pac-Man nails and I instantly jumped on the idea! Pac-Man was on my short-list for the Week of Geek but didn't end up making the cut and I guess I just forgot about the idea until Araneae mentioned it.


I used yellow (George Buttercup shine) as a base for my ring finger and black (Rimmel Black satin) for all the others. I used a nail art brush to freehand the outline of Pac-Man with black acrylic paint then black polish to fill out the remaining bits of nail.

For the ghosts, I used white acrylic paint to make out the shapes and then coloured them in using Miss Sporty Orange, Barry M Raspberry and L'Oreal Bebe. The blue of the maze is Barry M Cyan Blue which I painted on with a striping brush and I used a dotting tool with La Femme Grey Cream for the pac-dots.




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Friday, 25 November 2011

25% off at Viva La Nails!

I've heard legends of Black Friday but being in the UK, I've never had the chance to experience a Black Friday sale! Viva La Nails are running their own Black Friday sale this weekend and you can get 25% off everything, and that means EVERYTHING using the code BLACK

I've lined up a few of my picks from their shop below. Viva La Nails is where I got the gold bullion used to create my now notorious studded manicure so if you've been thinking of recreating the look or have your own ideas for using those little bouncy balls, I'd snap up a pot or two today.

Code: BLACK
code valid Friday 25th November - Sunday 27th November 2011

 
 
 



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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

♪♫ This could really be a good life...

This week is shaping up to be a very very good one! I had a job interview yesterday for a Christmas temporary position as a sales girl in a record shop which I nailed so I'll be starting that next week. Then today, I got a call from another job I applied for which is basically a Chalet Girl position but without the Alps! It's live-in so it also means I'll be able to move out of parents' place for a while. I have to go for an interview/trial kind of thing this Sunday and if I'm successful, I'll start in January - I'll keep you guys posted on that!

And to top it all off, this blog hit 2000 followers today! Thank you all so much for reading and following! I hope I say it often enough but I really don't think I could say it enough. It means the world to me that you all like my little piece of the internet enough to keep coming back and showing your support. THANK YOU!

Today is a Wednesday so here comes the pink!


Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM205
Base Colour: Models Own Utopia
Stamping Colour: Barry M Raspberry
Accents: BYS Flirty Sparkle
Top Coat of NYC





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A-England Mythicals Review (Elaine, Galahad, Lancelot, Tristam)

About A-England
A-England is an indie nail polish brand created by a lovely lady called Adina Bodana and based in London, England. The concept behind the brand is great - beautiful, quality polishes to 'crown your hands and feet'. 

The Mythicals collection is a range of regal colours with majestic names taken from the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (wiki). I love this touch, it really gives a whole new level of authenticity to the brand and truly shows the love that's been poured in to creating the collection.

Swatches clockwise from top left: Elaine*, Galahad*, Tristam*, Lancelot*

Elaine
Swatches here
Elaine is the ultimate Royal Purple. Application is flawless in two coats and it's so shiny, even without a top coat! Elaine and Galahad have very similar formulas - they're so creamy which makes them very easy to apply.


Galahad
Swatches here
Turquoise is my absolute favourite colour to wear on my nails and Galahad fits the bill perfectly. Again, it's a two coater - the formula is creamy and applies like a dream.


Lancelot
Swatches here
You can just about tell from the swatches that Lancelot is a red tinged black shade. Super vampy and a heart-breaker, just like it's namesake. My only qual with this shade is that it chips much quicker than the others - after about 2 days tip wear was quite visible. It's still a reasonably long lasting polish but the other shades lasted longer before they started chipping on the tips.


Tristam
Swatches here
Aaah Tristam. This is truly a beautiful polish. In shade or under artificial light, it's a pretty, glass flecked Indigo shade but in sunlight, the holographic effect is revealed and it sparkles every colour of the rainbow. This is going to be gracing my toes a lot in the summer months!


You can buy The Mythicals Collection from a-england.co.uk with free worldwide shipping.

A-England on Twitter
A-England on Facebook

*items were sent for consideration (see my disclosure policy for more details)


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Saturday, 19 November 2011

A-England Tristam Swatch


Two coats of A-England Tristam* with a top coat of NYC Expert Last.
Swatched under sunlight.



Under artificial light

You can buy The Mythicals Collection from a-england.co.uk with free worldwide shipping.

A-England on Twitter
A-England on Facebook

Review coming tomorrow!


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A-England Lancelot Swatch


Two coats of A-England Lancelot* with a top coat of NYC Expert Last.



You can buy The Mythicals Collection from a-england.co.uk with free worldwide shipping.

A-England on Twitter
A-England on Facebook

Review coming tomorrow!


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A-England Galahad Swatch


Two coats of A-England Galahad* with a top coat of NYC Expert Last.



You can buy The Mythicals Collection from a-england.co.uk with free worldwide shipping.

A-England on Twitter
A-England on Facebook

Review coming tomorrow!


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A-England Elaine Swatch


Two coats of A-England Elaine* with a top coat of NYC Expert Last.



You can buy The Mythicals Collection from a-england.co.uk with free worldwide shipping.

A-England on Twitter
A-England on Facebook

Review coming tomorrow!


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Thursday, 17 November 2011

What Did I Do?

I realise that using song titles/lyrics is oh so very unoriginal but I'm really struggling to come up with interesting post titles!

I had an overwhelming urge to use this poptastic colour combination today and I wanted something simple and sophisticated. This stamping design just never gets old and I always get compliments about it so it's a winner in my book.


Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM209
Base Colour: Primark - Yes Cyan!
Stamp Colour: Barry M Gold Foil
Top Coat of NYC



I made a few nail sets based on the Michael Kors studded design this week and Esther from Fab Fingertips was my first customer! She did a quick post on them today which you can see here. If you like what you see, send me an email and you can have your very own custom set, I take requests so anything you've seen here on the blog can be made in to a bespoke set just for you (see my shop for more details)



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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Movember Nail Art

Has everyone heard of Movember? It's a great initiative that runs throughout the month of November to raise funds and awareness for some too often ignored men's health issues, and more specifically protate cancer and other cancers that affect the male proportion of the population. 
Guys (or Mo Bros) are encouraged to start the month clean shaven and spend the next 30 days grooming their moustache to perfection, but I know a lot of gentlemen prefer to abstain from any form of grooming instead of going for the perfectly preened moustache!
To find out more and donate to the cause, click here.

I've seen a lot of pictures of Movember nails this month, but I think I've managed to trace the idea back to cutepolish on YouTube. You can see her original video for creating moustaches on your nails here.
I thought I'd add my own touch to this mani so I've used a few different Mo designs!


I used the always classic Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude as my base colour and painted on the Mos with black acrylic paint. All finished with a top coat of NYC Expert Last.




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Saturday, 12 November 2011

In the Army...

I'm going to a birthday tonight and there is a dress up theme - 'army'. I'm not one for spending money on fancy dress costumes that I'll never wear again so I'm going in khaki clothing and mud/face paint, hopefully I'll look convincing! 

Fancy dress is always such a great opportunity for me to create some fun and original nail art so I painted my nails in a camouflage pattern to match the theme!


I used MUA Shade 23 as a base. To get the camo effect, I painted on random patches using BYS Fern, Barry M Mushroom and W7 Black. The insignia was created with black acrylic paint and Barry M Gold Foil.




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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Day 31: Recreate Your Favourite Challenge (Double Feature)

Today, the 31 Day Challenge comes to an end for Me, Rie and Cris. There's been some ups and downs but I've loved the whole experience. It will be nice to go back to posting whatever I want when I want but I'm slightly afraid that I've forgotten how to create manicures without a list to follow!

Cris, Rie and I were discussing what 'Recreate Your Favourite Challenge' actually means and in the end we just decided to recreate our favourite challenge from each others' previous 30 days.

  

It's a long post so you can see more after the jump...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial

Here we are at the penultimate day of the challenge and I'm getting a little emotional. This amazing journey will soon be over for Me, Chris and Rie so I'm gonna go out with a bang and give you the most awesome manis I can for the next two days!

Today I had to pick a tutorial to inspire my nails and I've always wanted to try out some of Jane @ Nailside's amazing designs. Jane comes up with the most amazing uses for scotch tape and her nails always look incredible.

I really wanted to try recreating her explosion design but I'm not very good with scotch tape so that went belly up very quickly and I decided to try her cartoon hearts. Swoon.

Follow me over to Cristina and Rie's tutorial inspired nails today.


My base colour is A-England Elaine. I used whit acrylic paint and Nails Inc. Shoreditch for the hearts, then topped it off with a few coats of NYC Top Coat.

I won't give you any details of how I achieved this look, you'll have to head over to see the tutorial at Nailside [here] and you can check out all of Jane's simple but stunning tutorials here.





For 'Day 31: Recreate Your Favourite Challenge' we've decided to pick our favourite challenges from each other so check back tomorrow for a double feature!

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Day 29: Inspired by The Supernatural

Today's nails are kind of boring. I really couldn't think of anything supernatural except for ghosts so that's what we're getting today! It's funny that I never used this stamp before Halloween and now I've used it twice in one week!

Don't forget to check out Cristina and Rie's supernatural nails today!



The base colour is W7 Metallic Neptune and I used Sally Hansen Whirlwind White to stamp the ghost from Bundle Monster plate BM223. Then, of course, I added a top coat of NYC.





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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Day 28: Inspired by a Flag

Today's nails were a no brainer for me from the very start of the challenge. I always knew I would base them around the Union Jack and the flags of each part of Britain.

Did you know that even though the United Kingdom is a country itself it's split further into four countries - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland? Don't ask me how it works, that's just the way it is! (more info here). I decided to leave out Northern Ireland because there were a few possibilities and I didn't want to get it wrong!

Just some personal trivia for you - I was born in England but now live in Wales and I've spent my whole life travelling between the two for work, school and leisure. In the town where I live, there's a small bridge over one of the rivers that runs between the two where you can stand with one foot in England and the other in Wales!

I really can't wait to see what Cristina and Riehave come up with today.





Index to Pinky:
Scotland, Wales, United Kingdom, England



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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Day 27: Inspired by Artwork

On Thursday night, I found myself deep in conversation with a friend of mine who's spent some time travelling around Australis we got on to the topic of Aboriginal Art and suggested I do some nails in the same style. At the time, I didn't catch on to the fact that today's nails had to be inspired by Artwork but when she sent me a link to some images it was like... *lightbulb*!



This is a piece by Colleen Wallace Nungari and was my main influence today.







Click over to see Rie and Cristina's Art inspired nails today!

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