Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman

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!

Superheroes Challenge: Wonder Woman Nails

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!

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Review: Pocket Money Polishes – Starry Starry Night

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!

Pocket Money Polishes - Starry Starry Night

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!

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Wedding Nails Idea: Soft Sparkle

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!

Wedding Nails Idea: Soft 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?!

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Nudey Flowers

More stamping! Woop! I just love it :)

This is a bit different to the kind of stamping I normally do – mainly because I haven’t used a metallic polish!

I’ve heard through the blogging grape vine that the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes are good to use as stamping polishes as they are thick one-coaters. I just had to try it out.

Nudey Flowers

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Lychee which is a really pretty beige colour that I’m loving right now. I then used Barry M Blood Orange and Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM-224 to stamp on the floral pattern.

Look how well it worked!! It hasn’t missed any of the bits of image or anything! I did have to work quite quickly, but that’s nothing different to normal when using polishes that aren’t made especially for stamping.

Have you tried any other polishes for stamping? What has worked for you?

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Fan Me!

Firstly, can I saw how sorry I am for being completely non-existent for a week or so! I have been so unbelievably busy with wedding-y stuff it has been mad. Not long to go now though :)

Today I have another stamping manicure for you today using a polish from the NYC Foil Explosion collection.

Fan Me!

I started by painting my nails with 1 coat of Barry M Plum and after it had dried, I used NYC Power of Elements with Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM-215 to create the fan pattern over the top of it.

I’m really loving the combo of a matte polish with a metallic polish stamped over it at the moment…. so cute!

I’m starting to think that I need to invest in some new stamping plates as I only have a couple of sets. Do any of you have any suggestions?

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1950s Challenge: Polka dot dresses!

This week’s theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is the 1950s, so I decided to paint little polka dot dress on my nails!

Can’t you just imagine when swinging and swirling around with their giant petticoats and ankle socks! SO cute.

1950s Challenge: Polka Dot Dresses

I started by painting all my nails with a base of Angelica Marshmallow which is a lovely matte pink polish – the perfect strawberry milkshake colour!

Next I painted each of the dresses on using Barry M Blood OrangeBarry M PlumNails Inc Black Taxi, and Barry M Blackberry. For this I used a tiny paintbrush and had to use two coats to get an opaque colour.

Finally, I used Barry M Matt White, my favourite white (pictured) to dot on the polka dots and paint on the waistband.

I am so excited to see what the other girls came up with in the group this week!

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Blue Ripple

Last week I had popped into town to get a new clothes airer as mine had broken the day before. Needless to say, I came home without a clothes airer and with five new nail polishes.

In recent weeks NYC (New York Color), a more affordable high street brand, have brought out a new set of five foil style polishes – labelled the FOIL EXPLOSION collection. I’m not sure about the explosion bit, but the word foil immediately screams stampability to me!

Barry M sells two foil effect polishes – Silver and Gold. These are easily the best stamping polishes I own, besides the Konad ones. So obviously I had to buy this set of colours, especially as they were only £1.99 each!

Blue Ripple nails

Today I have the colour Aqua Mystic to show you in a stamped manicure (obviously).

It usually takes me FOREVER to decide what stamping plates I should use, but with the blue I was really keen on doing a water themed manicure, so I sifted through my plates and found this ripple design on  Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-209 that I’d never used before.

I used LA Colors Blue Lagoon as the base for this manicure, and after that had dried, I stamped the image over the top with the NYC polish. I did find that I had to be fast, as the polish does dry quite quickly. But after I got the swing of it, the design came out perfectly!

I’m not sure how much like water this looks, but I don’t care. I am just so chuffed that I’ve got a set of usable coloured stamping polishes!


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Lilac Twinkle

I have so many pots of glequins (chunky pieces of glitter) in my nail art helmer that I feel bad that I don’t use them enough.

True, they are a little time consuming…..but the effect they bring is so pretty, it makes it completely worth it.

So today, I have for you a lilac glequin manicure! LOOK AT IT TWINKLE!

Lilac Twinkle nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Angelica Bluebell from their Soft Satin Collection. I picked up this polish a few weeks ago from the Primark on Oxford Street in London for only £2.50 which is a total bargain for such a pretty shade with an almost-matte effect.

I waited until that had dried, and then focusing on one nail at a time, I painted the nail with a clear topcoat (not quick drying!) and quickly positioned all of the glequins on the nail using a toothpick dipped in a bit of clear polish. It’s actually quite quick when you get the hang of it!

This was such a beautiful manicure, I wish I had been able to keep it on for longer. It really did sparkle!

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Reptile Challenge: Snake Skin

It’s Monday again! That means that it’s time for a new theme in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group. This week, the theme is reptiles!

I’m sure I’m going with the crowd a bit this week, and I know it’s not very original but I’ve never done a snake skin design before and I’ve wanted to use this stamping pattern for AGES.

I bought the polish pictured – NYC Magic Earth – from Superdrug this week, along with the other polishes from the NYC Foil Explosion collection and I’m so impressed at their stamp-ability (yes that’s a word), especially for only £1.99 each!

Reptile Challenge - Snake skin nails

I started by painting my nails with Essie Navigate Her and after that had dried, I used NYC Magic Earth and Bundle Monster Plate BM-215 to stamp over the snake pattern.

I love the subtle effect so much! The shine really captures the scales I was going for :)

Can’t wait to see what the other girls come up with!

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Mario Mushrooms!

I have been SO EXCITED about showing you all this manicure…..Mario Mushrooms! Aren’t they the cutest things ever?! They might have taken me FOREVER to do, but it was totally worth it.

If you’ve ever played Super Mario or Mario Kart, I’m hoping you’ll know exactly what these are. It was amazing how many people at work who hadn’t played the games thought they were ladybirds though….go figure.

Mario Mushrooms

I started my painting three nails with Barry M Blood Orange (actually a red) and one nail with Barry M Spring Green. After that had dried, I used Barry M Lychee and a tiny paintbrush to paint on their little bodies. I then tried to use my Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw on the spots, but they were a little too runny, so I reverted to my tiny paintbrush and a bottle of Barry M Matt White. Once it was all dry, I used Nails Inc Black Taxi (not Barry M shock horror!!)  to paint on the thin border and the little eyes.

Cutest thing I’ve ever done?

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