Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

I've been so busy recently but I managed to fit in some time for a Halloween manicure! Last night, I carved my first pumpkin and I wasn't planning anything special tonight but a few friends and I have decided to go out. I have a red cape and some devil horns and that's about as far as my dress up skills stretch!

I also have some news about my lighting. Well, not news so much but here's the story... my desk lamp which is the one I use for photographing my nails too has been on it's death bed for a while and finally popped it's clogs a few days ago. Finding a new lamp became priority number one and my Mum recommended I find out what Argos are selling. Turns out that lamp was in fact from Argos and they still sell it. Oh, and it's a bargain! It's £19.99 and comes in Black and Silver
I never knew the source of my magical lamp before because I just found it lying around in the house. When I used to get questions about it, all I could say was it's a fluorescent desk lamp but now you know the gory details!



My thumb is A-England Lancelot as a base and the cobweb from Bundle Monster plate BM13 with Barry M Silver Foil.
The blood drips were created with OPI Samoan Sand as a base colour and Cult Nails Quench applied with a nail art brush to create the drips.
The haunted house and pumpkin are from Bundle Monster plate BM305 and stamped using W7 Black. The orange is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed and the yellow is NYC Lexington Yellow*.



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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 12 Stripes

It's the day before Halloween and I'm only just posting my slightly Halloweeny themed manicure. Much like last year, this one was also very last minute. I needed some stripes for Day 12 of the 31 Day Challenge and I needed some colours so I went with Orange and Black, the most Halloweeny colours I could think of.
Hopefully, I'll have a proper Halloween manicure up tomorrow but we'll have to see how things go!

As always, Rie at Nails and Noms and Cris at Let Them Have Polish will have some killer manis for you today too!



I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed as my base colour and freehanded on the stripes with a Nail Art Brush. I topped it with two coats of Seche Vite.



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Sunday, 28 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 11 Polka Dots

Today's gonna be a quick one, I'll just run through the polishes I used and let you get on with your day!
For most of my nails, I used NYC Water Street Blue and used a dotting tool to create the polka dots with Barry M Blueberry. My accent nail uses Blueberry as a base colour and glequins from Born Pretty Store. I used two top coats of Seche Vite to finish up.

Want to see more doticures? Go see what Cris and Rie came up with today!





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Saturday, 27 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 10 Gradient Nails

So I don't know if you heard, but gradients are kind of a big deal around here! Since I popped my gradient cherry, I just can't get enough of the things. I think this might be my favourite colour combination yet. These were just the two polishes within reaching distance at the time but they work together perfectly together and this is one of my favourite combos to date.

Don't forget to pop over to Cris and Rie's blogs to see their gradients today!



I used Sally Hansen Ion as my base colour. Before I started on the gradient I applied Liquid Pallisade* around my nails to prevent too much mess. I created the gradient using NYC Water Street Blue, following this tutorial. I finished it off with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth it over.




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Thursday, 25 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 9 Rainbow Nails

When you think rainbow, you think bright, happy, colorful right? WRONG! Today's 'rainbow' mani is kind of dreary but I think that's just the way I was feeling when it came to painting this mani. Also, my rainbow is upside down... not the sign of quality craftsmanship and attention to detail but hey ho, here we are anyway!

Don't forget to see what rainbow manicures Rie and Cris created today!



I used Sally Hansen Ion* as my base colour, which is my new very favourite greige, and attached the glequins while the second coat was still wet on the middle finger.
I finished it all off with two coats of Seche Vite.



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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 8 Metallic Nails

Day 8 of the 31 Day Challenge calls for Metallic Nails and what's more metallic than actual metal?! The gold stuff you see on my nails is this very interesting Nail Art Foil* from Born Pretty Store. It comes in sheets scrunched up in to little pots and it's so light and thin that it's barely even there. I just used a pair of tweezers to tear the foil up in to little pieces and place it on to my nails and I love the outcome. Since I don't think I'll be shedding out up to £30 for The Man With The Golden Gun any time soon, this is a great $6 alternative!



I used Cult Nails Vicious as my base colour. I painted one coat and then, one nail at a time, added a second coat and attached the foil while it was still tacky. I finished up with one coat of Seche Vite but it could have used two just to even out any bumps.



As always, hop on over to Let Them Have Polish and Nails and Noms to see what Cris and Rie have come up with today!

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Eyes Down for Nailasaurus Bingo!

Today we're going to play some bingo, The Nailasaurus style! This will be fun for long time readers who may recognise some of their favourites and any new faces round here will get a little taste of my style.
All you have to do is click on the designs you like the look of below to see a bit more info about them and a larger picture. When you get a full line, you've won!
However, I have found a way more frustrating way to play the game! I've just spent a good half an hour playing with it to see how close I can get to a full house without getting a line. My record is 17 out of 25 and if anyone can cross off more than that, I want to know your secrets!


This nifty game was inspired by the nail art designs on The Nailasaurus and created by the team at Chat Mag Bingo. If you ever feel like playing some real bingo, you should head on over to their site!

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 7 Black and White Nails

I LOVE these nails! They remind me of Mint Humbugs. I didn't really think I would create anything I liked with today's challenge, Black and White, but as always, sticking to something simple has worked out for me. I think adding the glitter was a good choice, and not going too overboard with it was an even better one!

Don't forget to visit Cris and Rie to see their black and white manis today!



I used two coats of Barry M White as my base colour and then used a striping brush to paint on striped of W7 Black. The glitter accents were created using W7 Cosmic Black, a  fine silver glitter in black jelly which sets this mani off perfectly. I finished up with two top coats of Seche Vite.



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Saturday, 20 October 2012

31DC2012: Violet Nails

If you couldn't tell I'm totally obsessed with skittle manis at the moment. We're on the last day of 'plain colour' challenges today so the frequency of skittles will probably decrease severely over the next couple of challenge days as it's just a nice way to spice up a plain colour.
For today's nails I used two coats of Models Own Purple Grey as a base. This is where it gets complicated! On my forefinger, I added two coats of Sinful Colors Daddy's Girl. On my ring finger I stamped the fishnet design from Bundle Monster Plate BM209 with Barry M Lilac Foil and on every other finger, I used two coats of JENsations Fantasy. Phew!

I'm very excited to see Cris and Rie's manicures today. I do love me some purple nails!





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Thursday, 18 October 2012

31DC2012 Day 5: I Just Blue Myself

Sorry, I just couldn't resist with the title. Cool points for you if you know the reference.

Okay so today's nails are debatably blue. I've always considered this polish, A-England's Galahad, to be a  blue one but now that I'm staring at it on the screen I can see that it leans a lot towards green! It's one of those that sits on the line right between the two so I guess it really comes down to personal opinion today!

I used two coats of A-England Galahad with two coats of BYS Gold Finger on my index finger and some gold glequins applied in a honeycomb pattern on my ring finger (video tutorial for that here). I topped it all off with a top coat of Seche Vite.

As always, check out Rie and Cristina 's blogs to see what beautiful blues they've found today!





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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Tadashi Shoji Nail Art Contest Entry

I was so honoured to be invited by the people at Tadashi Shoji, a clothing designer, to create a nail art design based on pieces from their SS13 collection. Of course, I jumped at the chance and here we are today!
Myself and a few other incredible nail bloggers have submitted nail art and the winning design will inspire a limited edition clutch bag from the designer.


You can vote for your favourite every day, obviously it's very much appreciated if you vote for me but the other designs are amaaazing so I'd totally understand if they steal your vote. 


Runway image courtesy of Vogue.com

My design was based on this dress. As soon as the model cam out on to the runway wearing this, I audibly gasped and I knew it would be the one to inspire my nails. I really can't resist a pretty blue!
I used Barry M White as my base colour and then stamped using Bundle Monster plate BM21 and No7 Poolside Blue. I was going to freehand the lace design but I chickened out at the last minute and decided to play it safe with a stamp!
I used No7 Poolside Blue again for the half moons using a small nail art brush and finally I added an accent around the moon using GOSH Pool Party. I used two coats of Essence Better Than Gel Nails to finish it off.




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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 4 Green Nails

You all know how much I love a bargain and my base colour today, you'll be pleased to hear, was indeed a bargain. I've mentioned before that I found some Essies in TK Maxx well now I've found some in The Original Factory Shop for £3 each. I picked up two and this is definitely my favourite, Navigate Her. It's a mint green for autumn. There's just a hint of something in there which makes it less pastel and more creamy.
I sparkled it up with JENsations Buried Treasure, then went freestyle with Sinful Colors Last Chance and La Femme Lime Cream. Finally, I topped it with two coats of Seche Vite.

Rie and Cristina will also have some green manicures for you today!





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Monday, 15 October 2012

Late Polish Days: Get Sentimental

I totally missed Polish Days last week. The date completely passed me by and I didn't even realise until this weekend! I've had the idea for this theme since I received the first email and I didn't want to let it pass me by so I'm posting it today, almost a week late. Whoops!

The theme for October is Get Sentimental so I went back to the very first manicure I ever posted on this blog and recreated that. You can see the post here. Looking back is so cringe worthy. Let's just say I didn't have any concept of decent lighting or healthy nails back then! When you look at that picture and these pictures side by side, you wouldn't even know it's the same hand.

In other news, I got some Seche Vite this week. After the rather long post about my top coat history last month, so many of you have been offering me recommendations for potential new beaus. The ones that cropped up the most were INM Out The Door and Seche Vite. 
The only reason I've never tried Seche before is the price tag. I know it's amazing from everything I've heard  but I just could never bring myself to spend £10 on a top coat that will be all used up within a few weeks (at the rate I paint my nails!). A lovely lady on twitter tipped me off to Urban Outfitter's sale where they're selling Seche at £5 a bottle plus an extra 10% with the code UO10 and free delivery. How could I not buy it?! If you want some yourself, you can buy it here
I ended up ordering two bottles for £9 and the delivery was insanely fast. So far I love the stuff but I've yet to experience the dreaded shrinkage!


Sunday, 14 October 2012

31DC2012: Day 3 Yellow Nails

Yellow isn't one of those colours I just have lying around. I have a grand total of two yellow nail polishes in the drawer, up one whole bottle on last year
I'm being kinda harsh, I actually really like this shade from NYC which is called Lexington Yellow. So much so that I've nearly used up the bottle and will definitely be repurchasing it. It's not an In Your Face neon yellow, it's just subtle enough to pass for a pastel and when you add some nail art it becomes positively pretty.

I wonder if Cris and Rie have a better collection of yellows than I do!



I used two coats of NYC Lexington Yellow as my base. I added some glequins on my ring finger and two coats of Ozotic 530 on the index. I topped it off with two coats of Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails.




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