Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient

I’ve seen quite a few posts bobbing about on various blogs recently of glitter gradients and have been really keen on trying my own. The challenge here was to choose the colours I wanted to use without copying anything I had seen before…

Ibiza mix by Models Own is a glitter I picked up a few weeks ago whilst visiting my parents. My sister and I had decided to hit Boots in the hopes of finding a fun new polish and I ended up coming home with several. As usual.

I chose to use two different golds as I have used this combo before and knew that they really compliment each other well!

Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient – indoor with flash

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Review: GOSH Holographic Hero

When I first heard about GOSH Holographic Hero nail polish, I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about as I hadn’t had the older version.

Then I saw a photo. I was SOLD.

Two weeks of daily Superdrug visits later and I was getting more and more frustrated. WHY was it not in stock anywhere?! Not even one of the shops I went into had even HEARD of it, let alone had it in stock. I was gutted, and about to give up all hope of ever having pretty sparkly fingers again.

Sunday came and my boyfriend and I were off to Hertfordshire for his mum’s birthday. On the walk from the station to his sister’s house we happened upon another Superdrug. My eyes lit up immediately and my boyfriend watched as I turned into a crazed mad woman before his eyes, dragging him into the store at full speed. I made a beeline for the GOSH stand and was gutted that I couldn’t see it lined up with the special polishes, but as my eyes glanced down to the ‘normal’ polishes I saw a flicker of RAINBOW. There it was. Like a rose between thorns.

The rest is history really. I bought the polish (while telling every nearby member of staff how excited I was to have found it) and was a happy person for a WHOLE day.

GOSH Holographic Hero

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Second attempt at stamping!

I am obsessed. I can’t help it. I just can’t. Stamping has taken my nails to a whole new level of pretty.

The night before last I couldn’t decide what pattern to stamp on my nails, so I gave my boyfriend the choice. What a great choice he made! This really detailed pattern on Bundle Monster plate 201 is absolutely gorgeous, almost displaying a stained glass window sort of effect.

The next problem seemed to be choosing the colours. I knew that I was off to a BBQ yesterday and that I wanted to wear my black and white polka dot dress (LOVE IT) so I thought black and white would be a good idea. But as I reached for the polishes, the super duper shiny Barry M Instant Nail Effect Silver Foil caught by eye, and I knew that I had to use it.

Proving once again that I am impossibly indecisive, I could choose whether to paint a black background and stamp with silver, or paint a silver background and stamp with black. So I did both. I also wanted to try doing an ‘accent nail’ too, so I thought I’d throw that in the bundle.

The final outcome was very pleasing indeed.

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Flutterbys

This week I bought some Bundle Monster stamping plates and could not wait to try them out! So last night I sat down and had a good go.

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What do you think of that snazzy slider?! Pretty cool huh. You can click on the images in it to see bigger versions, same for the images below :)

I started out by trying all sorts of different patterns and colours, and finally settled on this one for my first nail art blog post. Not bad for a first attempt I think!

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Winner: Max Factor Fantasy Fire

My first competition is finally over! How exciting!

I can officially announce that the winner is…. Dimpal Rathore! Congratulations :) I will be contacting you today for your address and then your prize will be winging it’s way to you very shortly.

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Keep visiting for the next giveaway, I can tell you that it will be Barry M related…

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Review: Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Trafalgar Square

This polish is one that I have had for quite a while. I remember going into my local Nails Inc salon to get it the SECOND it was released. I mean, how cool, a nail varnish with magentic bits in it!

Trafalgar Square is a really pretty grey/silver. I don’t tend to wear too many silvery polishes as I am much more of a gold person, but this is an exception due to the magnetic factor of it. On application, it is really smooth to use and has a nice consistency. When using magentic nail polish I tend to do a clear basecoat (at the moment I am favouring Sally Hansen Maximum Growth) and then one thin coat of Trafalgar Square. I leave this coat until it s dry to touch, then I have to get ready for turbo mode. For the magnetic effect, each nail much be done individually so that the polish doesn’t dry before you use the magnet. I paint one nail with a thick layer of the polish, then quickly hold the magnet over the top of the nail for a few seconds to get the ripple effect.

The great thing about Nails Inc Magnetic polishes is that the magnets have little curved finger rests on them, so you can place your finger on the rest while the magnet is over the nail to ensure that you are getting the nail close enough without having to worry about smudging the polish are ruining the pattern by moving the magnet accidentally.

Nails Inc Trafalgar Square - indoors

Nails Inc Trafalgar Square – indoors

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Review: Barry M Bright Pink

PINK. VERY PINK. That is my opinion of this polish.

I tend not to wear too much pink. I have a very pale pinky skin tone so wearing pink (especially slap-in-the-face-pink) can really make me look weird. Really, I’m not sure why I bought this polish. But I am super glad I did.

After two coats of this Barry M Bright Pink polish (wonderfully easy to apply as usual) and a top coat of Sally Hansen Instant-Dri, I had to calm myself for a few minutes as I couldn’t stop staring at the ridiculous colour on my hands. As it dried, and I thumbed through my wardrobe to find something that would go with it ok, I really started to warm to this polish.

But THEN I started to love it! The bright colour made my morning meetings approximately three times more interesting than they normally are and actually made me feel fun, which quite frankly seems to be required more and more since I left uni and got an adult job.

I’ve started taking photos at various stages throughout my train journey to work in the mornings, so excuse the gross coloured train seats in the background…

Barry M Bright Pink - indoors

Barry M Bright Pink – indoors

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I have a new toy!

For quite a while I have been following this blog written by the Nailasaurus! She uses stamping plates to make awesome patterns on her nails, which I absolutely love! Her leopard print designs are FABULOUS.

This week I finally took the the plunge and order this set of stamping plates, and this stamp for Amazon. How exciting! The stamping plates arrived in the post today, but the stamper hasn’t arrived yet. Gutted because I want to try out the cool designs!

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates

Get ready to see some fun stamping designs from me in the next few weeks!

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Review: Models Own Beetlejuice – Golden Green

Evening ladies! Tonight I bring you a swatch of a Models Own polish from their Beetlejuice collection. Golden Green was delivered to me at the end of last week in a trio along with Pinky Brown and Emerald Black from ASOS, and I’ve been really looking forward to trying this one out.

The polish has such a lovely consistency, however I did have issues with it at first as there was a lot of polish that was hiding in the cap and as soon as the brush touched my nail, the polish careered down the brush and became a lake on my thumb. After a few bits of kitchen roll and a second base coat, I was ready to try again.

The polish definitely needed two coats, but it dried pretty quickly (but not too quick for the half-dry-drag) and I think the final colour is absolutely lovely!

Golden Green - in the shade

Golden Green – in the shade

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Review: Models Own Beetlejuice – Purple Blue

Today’s review comes to you courtesy of my boyfriend. A few nights ago we met at a restaurant after work and he presented me with two nail polishes, one of them being Models Own Beetlejuice in Purple Blue. You can read what else he got me here.

When looking at this colour in the bottle it shimmers a mixture of blue, red and gold with a little bit of purple scattered here and there which instantly drew me to it as I have a real thing for polishes that change colour when moved at the moment. I now own four colours from the Beetlejuice collection, and I was in Boots yesterday trying to tell myself that I don’t need the new Indian Ocean one.

The application of this nail polish is really lovely. It is not too thick, but not too thin. Also, it doesn’t dry too quickly so you don’t get that annoying polish drag across the nail when you go over a bit you’ve already done. The polish looked very brown when I had finished the first coat, but after the second coat it really did look very special indeed. The photos show two coats of Purple Blue with a topcoat of Sally Hansen Instant-Dri. You can click them to make them big!

Purple Blue - in the shade

Purple Blue – in the shade

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