After a really really REALLY long break from the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges facebook group, I have finally restarted the challenges, and this week’s theme is fruit!
I’ve done a few fruit themed manicures before – Cherries and Strawberries – so I had to think a bit harder this time to come up with another fruity idea.
So what do you think of my watermelons?!
I started by painting two coats of No7 Cheeky Chops which is a wonderful bright coraly-pink. Just what I needed to cure the misery of this horrid weather in England right now! I then used Invogue Matte Suede Emerald Dust to paint the tips of my nails a shimmery green colour. After that had dried, I used Sinful Colors Exotic Green to create the stripes over the Invogue polish. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the tiny seeds.
We ate so much watermelon on our honeymoon last month, and it’s so nice to have a little reminder of that on my nails today!
At the beginning of September, I was lucky enough to be sent to Salt Lake City in the USA for work. While out there, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to buy some polishes that it’s hard to get hold of in the UK. Typically of me, 1 or 2 was never going to be enough and I ended up coming home with 28 new nail polishes. They are just so cheap in America that it’s hard to resist!
Today I have one of my favourite polishes to review for you – Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius.
Firstly, I am loving the name. Quick Jeanius is perfect for a fast drying denim-coloured polish! Quick Jeanius is a dark, midnight blue metallic polish with little silver flecks in it. A really beautiful polish to add to my collection as winter is on the way.
The shimmer is subtle enough to wear during a casual day, but in the evening it really catches the light and would be wonderful for a glitzy evening out.
As always with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, the brush is lovely and wide with a rounded end, so you really get good coverage on the nail with only a few brush strokes. I painted two coats for the pictures shown here, but really would have only needed one I think as it is such an opaque polish.
As you can see it is a really beautiful coloured polish, and not one that I think you in every single brand. It’s not naturally a super shiny polish, so I did have to add a topcoat, but that’s all part of my normal nail care routine anyway!
I also tried adding a matte topcoat over this polish and found that is really made the silver flecks pop! It even made the polish look that like bit more denim-like, so I think this would definitely be a pairing I would make again.
I bought Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius from Target for only about $3.49 which is approximately £2.18 which is much cheaper than can get Insta-Dri polishes in the UK!
Do you have any Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes?
How long has it been since I last shared my nails with you?! About four months I think! So much has happened since then. My new husband and I had the most wonderful wedding day, we moved into our new flat and went on our magic honeymoon! I’ll make sure I write a post about the day and our honeymoon soon, but for the time being I’ve been painting flowers on my nails!
This pattern I found HERE on Pinterest. I loved it so much I had to recreate it. The are so many good patterns on Pinterest, I’ve had to create a whole board to accommodate them! Use the button in the top right of my blog to follow my pins on Pinterest!
I started by painting my nails with two coats of the good old Barry M Matt White polish. Next, I took a tiny paintbrush and painted tiny little flowers onto my nails using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Vigorous Violet, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety Split Lime, No7 Grey Skies and Topshop Easy Breezy. After they had dried, I used a dotting tool with the same colours to create the centre of the flowers.
I’ve seen this manicure a few times before and have wanted to recreate it for ages, but you know how things get pushed down your list! It was actually remarkably quick to do and was adorable – unlike real life bees which are terrifying!
I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream. After that had dried, I used a tiny paintbrush and Nails Inc Black Taxi to draw the background for the bee and the flight path. I then used Barry M Yellow to fill in the bee head and stripes, and Barry M Matt White to fill in the wings. Finally, I added a little black dot for the eye.
Cutest design ever or what?!
I’m doing a series at the moment on Bridal Nails (you can see the first post here) as I’m trying to find to find something to wear for my wedding day in a couple of months time.
I’m looking for something classy, but still fun and a bit different. Everyone knows I like being a bit different
For this design I used two coats of Models Own Buff Pink, and then after that had dried, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and one of the Cheeky Mega Stamping Plates (annoyingly unlabelled) to stamp over this cute little lace designs.
I actually really like this design a lot – so elegant and pretty – but I think it still lacks some sparkle. I think I need to combine it with some glitter or something.
What do you think of this design?
Time for another super cute manicure!
A few weeks ago I saw this video by cutepolish I just knew that I had to recreate it, so onto my list it went!
I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White, and after that had dried I used a dotting tool and Barry M Blood Orange to dot on the little cherries. Next, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Spring Green to paint the little stalks on. Finally I used a toothpick and Barry M Matt White to dot on the little shines on the cherries.
It’s got me thinking of other fruit-inspired manicures I could do!
You might remember the review I did the other day about Pocket Money Polishes‘ Starry, Starry Night by Charlie. She’s just started producing her own nail polishes collections, the first one being called Glitter Babies and is out right now.
Today I have for you another bottle from the collection called I Put A Spell On You. All of Charlie’s polishes are named after songs which is such a novel idea!
I Put A Spell On You is described as ‘Green stars, purple hearts with orange matte squares and a shifting rainbow’, and it looks like the coolest, most haunting polish ever! it has Halloween written all over it.
The application was very even for the orange glitter bits and the holo flecks, but again the stars required a bit of fishing which I actually quite like as you get to put them exactly where you want them!
This is definitely my favourite polish in the collection as I have never seen anything like it! It looks so cool. In the photos I have layered it over LA Colors Fun In The Sun which is an amazing shade of purple in itself, and it compliments the colours of the glitter so so well.
You can buy I Put A Spell On You from Charlie’s online shop HERE for only £4 for a 5ml bottle. But if you put the code ‘Laura10′ in the comment box on your order, you can receive an extra 10% off your order! They’re limited edition, so grab one while they’re still available!
This week’s theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Superheroes!
I was quite excited about this theme as I am such a huge fan of superhero films at the moment as SO many have recently been released.
I was trying to think which superhero to choose, and I was swaying towards one of the Avengers as that has been my favourite superhero film recently, however I thought it might be a good idea to choose a superhero that I WANT to be made into a film.
I’m a little too young for Wonder Woman I’m afraid, but I would LOVE to see it made into a film!
I started by painting three fingers with a base of Barry M Blackberry and my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Next, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the stars. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint the background of the Wonder Woman logo, and Nails Inc Black Taxi to outline it.
Take a look below to see what the other girls have come up with!
I’m sure you’ve all seen the amazing work Charlie does at Pocket Money Polishes, but I’m sure you don’t know that we actually went to school together! So obviously when she told me she was going to start designing her own nail polish range, I was first in line to nab myself some!
Today I have to show you Starry, Starry Night from her first collection, Glitter Babies. All the polishes in this collection are named after songs, and Starry, Starry Night is described as ‘White stars with small blue matt hex and flecks of gold holo sparkle’ which I would say is a pretty good description!
The glitter in bottle looks amazing, and that is exactly what drew me to it. It is absolutely packed with glitter and the cute little stars. And the application was wonderful – little blue dots and gold flecks even distributed with no trouble at all. I had to do a little fishing for the stars, but that was really no biggy.
For the look in the photo, I layered Starry, Starry Night over Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and I think the combo is just beautiful!
You can buy Starry, Starry Night from Charlie’s website HERE, a 5ml bottle for only £4.00. But catch them quick while they’ll still available as they’re limited edition!
As you may or may not know, my fiancé Jack and I will be getting married in two months time. We’ve got nearly everything sorted and arranged now, which is a big weight off my mind, and although I have my dress bought I still haven’t planned what I will wear on my nails!
I’ve decided to try out a few different ideas for my nails and show them on here over the next few weeks.
Today’s manicure is a soft glittery bridal look. I can’t get married without a bit of sparkle!
I started by painting my nails with one coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, a polish with a clear base packed with micro fine silver glitter and bigger hexagonal glitter. I then painted on one thin coat of Rimmel London Salon Pro New Romantic. I tried this out with multiple coats but it started looking far too pink and didn’t suit my skin tone. Finally I painted one more coat of the glitter before adding a topcoat.
I quite like this look I think. I think. I just wonder if it might look a little boring for me. I know it’s my wedding nails, but it’s still got to look a bit fun right?!