On My Nails – Mavala ‘St-Germain’ & MoYou Floral Stamping!

Hi Everybody,

I have been full of ideas for nail art so I have been trying different options and experimenting with nail art designs. This time I decided to try my MoYou stamping template. It is basically a metal plate engraved with different designs. I have a small template to experiment and then go up to the larger plates with more designs. It looks so easy when you see somebody demonstrating it! They make it look so easy.  You apply a special stamping nail polish onto the plate and then you have a scraper and swipe across the polish to remove the excess. You have a clear plastic stamp and press onto the plate to collect the design and press onto your nail. Practice makes perfect!

The tricky bet is scraping just enough polish to apply onto the nail. Scrape too much and you don’t have enough to pick up the design.  As always I applied protective base coat and then applied Mavala ‘St-Germain’, which is a beautiful burgundy colour with a tiny hint of purple in it. It’s a  lovely autumnal colour which you can also wear in the summer.

I then stamped a floral design over the dried colour and waited for few minutes before applying a top coat to the nails.

Voila! a quick, easy and pretty design for the nails!



On My Nails – ‘ Fishscale Nail Art’.



Hi Everybody,

I thought I would experiment with a nautical theme nail design. I bought some thin netting from a fabric shop as I had an idea to use it for a design.

I painted base coat first with Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Base & Top Coat. I then used Barry M white nail polish and let it dry. I then cut a small piece of netting for the design. When  the white polish was completely dried I placed netting over each nail and then with a dry sponge I dabbed Soigne ‘Kiwi’, (which is a light blue) on to the nails. On top I used Nails Inc’Old Burlington Street’ which is a much deeper, darker blue to create a fishscale effect.

Lightly dabbing until I was happy that the colours created an ‘ombre effect’ but keeping the pattern of the netting intact. It is important not to have too much polish on the sponge. You then let your creative mind take over! Letting it dry, I then applied top coat to finish it.

This was the first time I had used this technique and I am pretty happy with the result. The great thing is that you can use any colour scheme to create the look you want.

Hope you like this and inspires you to create your own look!






On My Nails- BarryM Coconut Infusion ‘Lemonade’.

Hi Everybody,

We had beautiful weather in the UK recently and hope you enjoyed the weather.

As the weather has been so beautiful you want to go with a bright, distinctive and vibrant nail colour. I had an eye on this particular BarryM nail colour when I first saw it in Boots. Coconut Infusion ‘Lemonade’ is a pastel bright  lemon colour,  it’s almost creamy in fact.

First of all, the brush is a vast improvement on other BarryM polishes I have tried before. It’s easy to use and is of good quality.  The formula is enhanced with coconut water and coconut oil to hydrate and nourish the nails. It also has Hexanal to strengthen the nail condition. Its amazing how a budget maker is getting better with the technology and quality of their products.

It says to get full benefit of the ingredients they recommend not to use a base coat. I always do apply a base coat but this time I didn’t as I wanted to see if it stained the nails but it didn’t.  I have had it on my nails for 5 days and in that time,  I have had no chipping and the colour hasn’t faded at all.

I love the Lemonade name and it really is a lovely nail polish, so perfect for the summer! I will like to try the others in the coconut infusion range. You really can’t go wrong with BarryM nail polishes. They have great, varied colours and the formulas are excellent.  But best of all, they so reasonable to purchase!





On My Nails – Nails Inc & WAH London.



Hi Everybody,

I haven’t done one of these for a while so I decided to paint my nails with a nice summer colour and a bold art design.

I first applied Mavala protective base coat and I decided to go with a navy blue Nails Inc Gel Effect colour in the shade ‘Old Burlington Street’. It is made with placticiser technology so no UV light required. It went on so good and I only needed one coat.

For a little magic, I used my WAH London Nail Art Pen in a pastel yellow shade. You have two ways to use this pen. You can use brush or pen. I used the pen as I wanted create an leopard type pattern but in a different way. I like the finished design, bold and different. The pen is marvellous, so easy to use and I have to purchase a few more colours in the range.  I finished off with Mavala’s Gel Finish Top Coat which is a unusually thick consistency unlike most other types. If you don’t have the kind of pen, you can either a dotting tool or even a toothpick to create your design.

If you create a nail art design, I would love to see it on Instagram. Use #revitaloves and tag me @revitadaktinasmith




On My Nails – Orly ‘Passion Fruit’



Hi Everybody,

Is it June already? Today, as the summer is near to us and we are thinking of holidays, I thought it would be great to get out the summer nail polishes. It”s great to get the summer colours out from the collection, the yellows, oranges, the bright pinks, reds, blues and greens.

Orly’s passion fruit is a perfect summer nail colour. A bright pink, a great colour to lift your mood. It’s to easy to apply and I do prefer to use two coats on my nails so if you don’t one is enough. It stays and keeps on my nails for quite a while. A lovely summer colour and I will be changing my colours often now summer is here!


On My Nails: Spring Blossom Look!



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Hi Everybody,

I have been inspired by the lovely spring blossom on the trees that we have here at the moment. So today using my newly bought sky blue nail polish from Laqa & Co (New Fangled is the name) I created a look on my nails.

Laqa & Co are a New York based company  with a limited product range here in the UK. I was lucky to buy two of their nail polishes from Heals in Brighton. This is a beautiful shade of blue in my view, the packaging is neat and cute. A long bottle which looks like a lip gloss as it is a tall and slender bottle. It is a lovely quality polish, no streaking and I have found I only used one coat rather than having to put on a few extra coats and it dries very quickly.  The box is cute with a pop-art inspired image on it.

When you paint your nails, you can do a bit of nail art and I decided to do a white flower with a little pink in the middle with a nail dot tool.  I think the colour is perfect and is a perfect spring look to it. What do you think?

R xx






On My Nails – Marble Effect.




Hi everybody,

I was feeling creative and inspired, so I created a very simple effect that anyone can do. A marble effect which gives a lovely pattern to your nails.

You do need to protect your nails so use a base coat before applying the nail polish. I used Leighton Denny’s ‘One For All’ which is a base coat, top coat, ridge filler and a clear gloss coat. You can use any colours to create the effect. I used Mavala’s ‘Mexico’  which is a dark purple and ‘Violette’ which is a light purple pastel colour. I painted my nails with the Mexico colour. I let it dry and then I did a second coat with it and while it is still wet I added three drops of the lighter ‘Violette’ shade to my nails. Then you start the creative process! With a dotting tool (or a toothpick if you don’t have the tool), you start the light swirling movement to to mix the colours together create the marble effect. Once dried, apply the top coat.  A  lovely effect which is easy to do. Have a go!