On My Nails – Icing & Sprinkles!

Hi Everybody,

I fancied a little bit of pink on my nails this week and I also remembered I bought Ciate’s ‘Comic Strip’ paint pots. This nail varnish reminds me of hundreds and thousands sprinkles you put onto cupcakes or cookies! So I decided to create a nail effect look with it.

I choose Mavala’s ‘Riga’ nail polish which is a nice soft, subtle shade of pink. As usual I put on Mavala base coat to protect the nails. I then applied two coats of the colour and then applied the Ciate sprinkles onto the nails. I then applied Sally Hansen top coat to finish it off the look.

I think this is a nice and easy to do and fun nail look. Just the right colours to cheer you up as we enter winter.

Rxx

 

 

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On My Nails – Barry M Molten Metal ‘Holographic Lights’.

Hi Everybody,

Barry M have recently released their new Molten Metal collection. Each of the 10 chrome effect shades have a mirror-shine foil finish that sparkle.  Metallic nails are in vogue with other companies but I really liked the Barry M versions and the price! I decided to go for ‘Holographic Lights’ polish. The colour reminds me of shiny gift wrap. When I was growing up at my small school classes, I remembered the Christmas period and the bags full of chocolate sweets were wrapped in a multi colour bag just like this colour!

I have to say the brush is so fantastic. It’s easy to work with and I think the brush has been updated from their original, nail polishes. It does make all the difference in applying the colour I think. The colour is so beautiful, I don’t have anything to compare it too in my collection, it’s so different. I used 2 coats for maximum effect because I wanted the colour to stand out. When I applied the colour, I said ‘oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness’! In the light it is simply amazing, it’s like a disco ball!

Barry M products have really nailed with this collection I think. I will definitely pick up a few more colours from the range, I think ‘Pink Ice and ‘Gold Rush’ look stunning.

Rxx

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!

Rxx

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!

Rxx

 

 

 

 

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!

Rxx

 

 

 

On My Nails – LAQA & Co. ‘Ankle Biter’.

Hi Everybody,

LAQA & Co is a New York based company that make products that are beautiful as well as easy to use. I managed to buy 2 of their nail polishes from Heals in Brighton. The packaging was eye-catching and I always love to try new nail polishes from different brands that are new to the UK.

The colour is a beautiful metallic brown/rose gold with a shimmer appearance. As usual I put on a base coat before applying the colour. The colour applies so easily and the brush is good to use and no streakiness either. Usually I apply two coats for an intense look but this polish I only applied one coat, so intense the colour is! Sometimes when you apply nail polish you can see the nail through the colour and you need to apply a second coat to give more of an intense colour. As always I applied a top coat.

I am really impressed by this nail polish, the colour is fantastic and long-lasting too.

Rxx

 

On My Nails – Smith & Cult ‘City of Compton’

Hi everybody,

Happy International Women’s Day!

Spring is almost here! Snowdrops, Daffodils are blooming but the coldness is still with us, fighting with the spring!

Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, who created Hard Candy, and after several collaborations, formed Smith & Cult.

This range of nail polishes are available from SpaceNK and this is where I purchased in the New Year sale. The colour is called ‘City of Compton’ and is a nice, bright bubble gum pink. The bottle has a heavy, luxury feel to it. It looks great compared to other standard nail bottles.  All very nice but the most important thing is the formula and how it applies.

The formula is quite watery and you do need 2 coats to get a good finish. I did find the brush is too short for painting nails and it is  awkward to use as it is quite a big bottle in the first place. If the bottle was smaller it would have been fine. It stayed on the nails as well as other standard nail polishes. Like always, I did use a base coat and top coat.

Is it worth £19.00? No it isn’t but luckily I paid £9.00 in the SpaceNK sale. I don’t think I will buy all the colours but it was good to try one from this range and such a pretty colour to use as I do love pink!

Rxx