Holiday Challenge: Beach nails

I’m back again, starting a new challenge theme with the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group! This week the theme is Holidays!

My first thought was to paint a gorgeous sandy beach shore, complete with starfish and crab! I am so chuffed with how this came out!!

Holiday Challenge: Beach nails

I started by painting my nails with a base of Models Own Bora Bora (didn’t I say that it looked like sand in my review!), and then painted on the waves area with LA Colors Sea Siren. I then gradually mixed Sea Siren with Barry M Matt White to make the edge of the sea lighter. Next I used Angelica Iced Sorbet and Barry M Block Orange to paint on the little starfish. Finally I used No7 Pillar Box to paint the crab, and Barry M Matt White and Nails Inc Black Taxi for the eyes.

I am completely in love with this nail art design. The sand is so sparkly and I just love how the sea edge turned out!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with this week!

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Review: Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock is one of the polishes I picked up in Westfields London a few weeks ago with my birthday money. I was a little put off by the price, but this polish was the first one I set my eyes on in the shop and I NEEDED IT.

Even in the bottle, the polish is so unbelievably shiny and sparkly. It really is so well suited to it’s name. It’s a wonderful greeny bluey turquioisey (new words, yay!) polish which a fine glitter in it that almost gives it an iridescent finish.

The brush is the same as in all of the other polishes of their’s I own. It’s quite thick and chunky and holds a lot of polish. You really don’t need much on the brush to get a good coverage, and I needed virtually no clean up. It’s slightly thicker than some polishes, which I don’t normally like, but it seemed okay for this polish.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

On the nail, the colour is exactly the same as in the bottle. In sunlight and in bright lights (like in my bathroom) it is extremely sparkly, but still looks very pretty under lower lights and in the shade.

This polish barely needed a topcoat at all, if it wasn’t for me wanting to make it dry quicker. It really is very shiny on it’s own.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

I have become very fond of glitter polishes with a matte topcoat recently, so decided to use my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish topcoat over the top – and boy was that a good idea! The polish gave off a sort of suede effect like the polishes we’re seeing arrive on the market at the moment. It was still eye-catching and shimmery but smooth and sleek without the gloss look.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Trying this polish out for nail art was my next plan, and thought silver would go well with it. I used my new Barry M Nail Art Pen in Silver and Models Own Sterling Silver to draw on stripes, stamp a random cluster of polish, draw some swirls and paint one whole nail in silver. I absolutely LOVE how this design turned out! It looked so glitzy and glamorous!

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

You can buy Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock from their shop at Westfields London for just £4.90, or you can visit their website HERE.

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Fast Food Challenge: Fried Chicken Nails

Please tell me this looks like fried chicken legs! I know my ring finger is a bit weird, but literally no one at work could work out what they were :(

It has been so so hard coming up with another manicure for the fast food theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group, especially after the mad success of my McDonalds design!

Finally, I came up with the idea of fried chicken nails. It looked better in my head before I started painting it, admittedly.

Fast food Challenge - Fried Chicken Nails

I started by painting one base coat of Barry M’s Blueberry Ice Cream and then used a tiny paintbrush to paint the chicken bits of the chicken with LA Colors Bronze Bombshell, also using it to paint my ring finger. After that, I used the new Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw on the little chicken bones (still loving these pens – see my review HERE). Finally, I used a brown acrylic paint to create the texture on my ring finger and on the little chicken pieces.

I hope you all like it! It’s making me want a KFC for lunch!

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Review: Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

Two weekends ago I spent the day at Westfields shopping centre in London with my hubby-to-be spending my birthday money on LOTS of lovely new polishes. After we had finished, Jack kindly took my shopping home and I went off into Central London for my friend’s hen party! We were supposed to meet in a restaurant just off of Oxford Street and as I arrived really early, I decided to pop into Primark to have a look around.

Just as I walked in the door, I saw a whole stand of Angelica polishes pretty much beckoning me over! Out of all the polishes I could have chosen, I actually only bought five (one whole collection) which I didn’t think was too bad as they were only £2.50 each!

Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

The Soft Satin Collection consists of five colours – Au Naturel, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Iced Sorbet and Bluebell. They are all soft of matte, but not quite…it’s a really nice effect! The formula for all of them is the same, nice and thin, which is a really refreshing change (bit sick of having one gloopy polish in a collection). Each of these photos shows just two coats of the polish which was lovely as it didn’t end up leaving the polish too thick on my nails.

The Au Naturel polish of the collection is a beautiful nude beige colour. It would be perfectly professional and plain enough for work, but the satin effect really gives it a nice edgy touch.

Angelica Au Naturel

Marshmallow is a lovely soft pink, actually the palest of all the pinks I own, so I was glad to add it to my collection. It makes me think of ballerinas :)

Angelica Marshmallow

Peppermint is my second favourite polish in this collection – green is my absolute favourite colour ever, especially mint greens. This colour is so smooth and subtle, perfect for the upcoming summer!

Angelica Peppermint

Iced Sorbet is my favourite polish in my collection. “ORANGE?!” I hear you gasp? I absolutely love this soft orange polish. I don’t think I have EVER seen this colour in a polish before. Most oranges are really bright and end up making my skin look really weird, but I love how this looks against my skin.

Angelica Iced Sorbet

Bluebell is definitely the brightest in the collection, a more purple than lilac colour, and is louder than I expected from the bottle. It still looks very pretty as a satin polish though, but probably is my least favourite in the collection.

Angelica Bluebell

You can buy Angelica polishes from big Primark stores for just £2.50 each or from the Angelica website for £2.75!

I actually didn’t realize that they have as many polishes available as they do until I saw the website! There are now so many more that I have my eye on! I love the look of the Two Tones or the Foil Metallics!

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Fast Food Challenge: McDonalds Nails

I am so so pleased that last week was so successful as the first week of my new She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Group. Everyone was so creative and came up with so many great sweet themed manicures! You can see mine HERE, HERE and HERE. If you’re interested in joining the group, just request to join the group on Facebook and I’ll accept you :)

This week our theme is Fast Food – one of my favourite things in the world I am ashamed to admit! And one of my best grab on the go meals is a McDonalds. I know that their food isn’t the healthiest in the world, but it doesn’t hurt every now and then surely!

McDonalds Nails

This manicure was so much fun to do! I had it all in my head, but doubted my ability to do it completely!

I did enough finger one at a time unlike usual. I started by painting my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange and then used Barry M Yellow to paint on the famous golden arches. Then I tackled the cheeseburger. I painted the beef first using brown acrylic paint, and then did the cheese, relish and salad using yellow, red and green acrylic paints. Finally I used Barry M Lychee to paint the bun and used Barry M Matt White to dapple the seeds on top. Next I used acrylic paints to paint the fries onto my index finger and Barry M Blood Orange for the packet. Finally I used Barry M Matt White and Barry M Blood Orange to paint the cup onto my little finger. At the end, I used Seche Vite to give all my nails a lovely shine!

What’s your favourite fast food?

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Sweets: Lollipops!

Today is the last day of the sweets theme in my nail art challenge group, She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. We’ve seen some amazing entries, and cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with for the next week’s theme which is Fast Food! Why don’t you come and join the group too?

I had this idea for a manicure a few days ago, but I needed to get a few other posts done before I could think about doing it. So last night I finally sat down to do it!

Lollipops Nail Art

I started by painting my nails with a white base of Barry M Matt White so that when I sponged a gradient over the top, I would get bolder, more consistent colours. The polishes I used for the gradient were Barry M Bright Pink, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Barry M Mint Green. Can you tell I like Barry M polish yet?! Haha. You’ll also notice that I reversed the gradient on my ring finger just to mix it up a bit!

After the gradient had dried, I used Konad White and the lollipop image on the Mega Cheeky Stamping Plate A to stamp the lollipop image on in a random pattern. I also used Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw the white stripes on my ring finger. Finally, I topped it all off with a Seche Vite topcoat to make it all shiny!

Good enough to eat!

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Review: Barry M Nail Art Pens

I’ve seen so many other reviews of these Barry M Nail Art Pens that have been raving about them, so this week I caved and bought them! Superdrug had an offer of 3 for 2 on Barry M nail polish, so on my lunch break I bought the black, white and silver pens. After I had had a play around with them I popped back into Superdrug that evening to buy the pink one too! What can I say, I am a sucker for full sets!

Barry M Nail Art Pens

The first thing I noticed was how easy they are to use.

On first use, you need to give the pen a good shake, then remove the lid and press the nib down on a bit of paper about 20 or so time to get the polish to come down the nib. I found that when you start to see the polish, put the lid back on and give it a good shake, and you’ll be ready to go!

Barry M Nail Art Pen White

They’re so much easier to use than a normal polish and paintbrush! My problem was coming up with enough designs and patterns to do! The possibilities are literally endless. They’re also easier to use than the pens that you have to squeeze – I could get so much more accurate and less shaky lines. Plus, you don’t end up with not enough polish or massive blobs – just a constant about of polish on the nib!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Silver

All four coloured pens are a great opaque colour – even the pale pink showed up straight over a black polish without needing to trace over my design again. And the polish from them comes off very easily with normal nail polish remover which is good.

Barry M Nail Art Pen Black

For each of these manicures I painted one or two coats of the nail polish (beige, blue, red or black) before adding a quick drying top coat to make it dry faster. Once it was completely dry, I used the pens to draw the designs onto my nails. Each whole manicure took less than ten minutes and it’s such a great effect!

Barry M Nail Art Pen Pink

I would really recommend these nail art pens to anyone. I just know that they’re going to make my nail art so much easier!

I put a plee out to Barry M – please make a whole rainbow of colours of the pens! I would buy ALL OF THEM.

You can buy Barry M Nail Art Pens from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website for just £4.99 each.

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Review: Models Own Bora Bora

Morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a good day :)

Today I have for you a nail polish that has literally only just been released. I took a trip up to Westfields London on Saturday, popped into the Models Own Bottleshop and was lucky enough to walk away with Models Own Bora Bora, which is a new addition to the Hed Kandi collection!

I’m a sucker for anything gold and glittery, so I couldn’t say no to this one!

Models Own Bora Bora

The polish is the most pretty thing to look at even when still in the bottle. The glitter particles are so tiny that it gives the polish such a rich shimmer that is beautiful. In these pictures you can see two coats of Bora Bora with a topcoat on top, but I really don’t think it needed the topcoat, it is so shiny!

The consistency of the polish is great – it’s very thin which is what you what from a glitter as it’s easier to build up layers without it getting too thick on the nail. I was pleasantly surprised though, at how densely packed with glitter this polish is. I expected to have to do a basecoat of another colour or do quite a few layers to get a solid glitter effect, but was amazed that I only had to do two!

I’m really enjoying wearing this polish today, on such a grey day.It’s such a sleek and sophisticated glitter that it reminds me of soft smooth sand on a tropical beach somewhere (maybe Bora Bora?! haha) and will be perfect for the summer time.

You can buy Models Own Bora Bora from the Models Own website or in Boots stores now :)

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Sweets: Haribo Cola Bottles

Continuing with the Sweets theme this week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Facebook group this week, I wanted to do another nail art manicure!

I was thinking about what my favourite sweets are, and somewhere at the top of the list I would place Haribo Cola Bottles – both plain and fizzy! As these are relatively simple looking sweets, I was wondering how I could convey them on my nails. I thought about drawing little bottles, but thought that might end up looking a little weird. In the end, I came up with this…

Sweets: Haribo Cola Bottles

How cool is the fizzy nail!!

I started by painting my index, ring and little finger with a base of Barry M Lychee, and my middle finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Once that had dried, I sponged a gradient onto the cola bottle nails using Barry M Lychee and LA Colors Bronze Bombshell. I also painted the word ‘Haribo’ onto my middle finger using Barry M Yellow. After it had all dried, I painted my nails with Rimmel Pro Matte Finish topcoat, so make them look less shiny, and while it was still wet I sprinkled some sugar over my ring finger to give it the soured sugar effect!

I am so so pleased with how this came out! It just makes me want to go and buy a bag…

What are your favourite sweets?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Lychee
  • LA Colors – Bronze Bombshell
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Rimmel – Pro Matter Finish
  • Sugar
  • Makeup sponge
  • Tiny paintbrush

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Sweets: M&Ms and Skittles

It was quite an exciting day for me yesterday! I took the leap of setting up my very own nail art challenge group on Facebook called She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. The plan is to set a theme every Monday and throughout the week, members can submit pictures and blog posts of their manicures that are to do with that theme! I would be great if you could join us!

The first challenge started yesterday and the theme of the weeks is Sweets/Candy. I think food inspired nails were always going to be my first choice of themes! I did after a while though, think that maybe this was quite a hard theme to choose as the first one.

I started this about what my favourite sweets and treats are and very quickly thought of M&Ms! I thought these would look great on my nails so decided to do one M&M per nail. I also thought it would be a nice twist to paint my ring finger as a Skittle as those are my Dad’s favourite sweets – and conveniently very much like an M&M in appearance!

She Who Does Nail Art Challenges: Sweets - M&Ms and Skittles

I started by painting each of my nails with a base of Barry M Blood Orange, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Yellow and Barry M Block Orange. After those colours had dried, I used a teeny tiny paintbrush dipped into Barry M Matt White to paint on the m’s and s.

Overall, I am so so pleased with how this manicure turned out! Scroll down below to see other entries to the Sweets theme this week, and don’t forget to join the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges Facebook group!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Barry M – Yellow
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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