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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
One downside of using nail polishes is that they can quickly chip and the colour fades. The advantage of using gel polishes is that they do last longer but you can’t always go to a salon to have them done, as it can be expensive and can also damage the nails when you remove the polish. On the high street they is so many brands now making gel polishes without using a UV lamp, easy to do and affordable. So I decided to compare the gel nail polishes from CND and Sally Hansen to see which is best. There are similar prices so a fair comparison.
I went for CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in the colour ‘Lush Tropics‘ which is a beautiful shade of green. Not for everyone but it is a beautiful summer colour, perfect for someone who loves bold bright colour like me! The nails have to be cleaned, filed and manicured. No base coat is required! I always put base coat on but with these gel polishes you don’t need too. I was intrigue, does it stain your nails? I applied 2 coats of the shade which you have to. The first coat doesn’t look right so you need to apply 2 coats to get the true colour. I then put one coat of CND Vinylux weekly top coat. This should cure and under natural light seal the colour. It dried so quickly! I did get a whole week of wear without any major chipping to the nails. My left hand was perfect but as I am right-handed, there was minor chipping to this hand. It was such good quality, no staining on the nails and easy to remove.
The second nail polish was Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel in the colour ‘Malibu Peach’ which is a pastel peach colour. Nice for summer and to brighten up a winter too! It is the same principal as CND. You apply 2 coats of colour and then a top coat. The result was good too. I managed to get a full week without any major chipping but it was harder to paint with, I did find that it was a little streaky to apply but I think that was because of the paler colour I picked. It didn’t stain nails either so that was good. It is easier to find Sally Hansen products on the high street than CND. CND products you can find in salons or internet sellers.
My feeling was that the CND was marginally better than the Sally Hansen, the colour hold up slightly better for the week. In quality terms, they were fairly equal. Both easy to work with and do what you want them to do: to achieve a beautiful manicure in your home!
I had to paint my nails for the festive period. It could be red, burgundy and it must have glitter and sparkle too! I do like Leighton Denny nail polishes. The quality of the polishes are always excellent and the brushes are always good to use. The colours themselves are always well pigmented. This came as a freebie in a magazine and the colour is a beautiful wine red. It is a perfect festive shade I think.
I used Leighton Denny ‘One for All’ which is formulated as a base coat, top coat and ridge filler. I applied my usual 2 coats of colour and then finished the look with decorative rhinestones on each nail. I think it looks very festive and the rhinestones are a nice touch too! Of course you can easily re-create the look with any nail art rhinestones you have. It looks like I have diamonds on my nails!