Jewels in the Sea

Something a little more abstract from me today! I realised that I haven’t done any stamping for ages  and couldn’t resist pulling the glitter out too, so here is something a little less inspired and a little more puzzle-like. I actually had quite a lot of fun doing this one!

Jewels in the sea nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Sally Hansen’s Lustre Shine in Azure, and after that had completely dried, I used a Cheeky stamping plate with Barry M Foil Effects Silver to stamp on the wavey pattern. I then used a toothpick dipped in clear nail polish to place on the little bits of silver glitter to give it that last touch of glam!

I love how this mix of colours works so well. The Sally Hansen Azure changes from blue to purple as you move your hand, which compliments the twinkle of the glitter and the silver wave!

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Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

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 :)

Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

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?

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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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Review: Barry M Ridley Road

A couple of days ago I did a review of the lovely Barry M Croc Effects and I mentioned that my friend Sophie had given it to me for my birthday. Well, today I have another polish for you that she gave me! Thanks Sophie!

Barry M Ridley Road is one of four in Barry M’s relatively new textured collection. It’s a beautiful milky green in the bottle, and if it wasn’t for the super stylish lid, you wouldn’t know that it was a textured polish at all!

I wasn’t sure how textured this polish would be and how the application would be as I’ve never experienced these kinds of polishes before, but I was nicely surprised to find it very easy and very smooth to apply. It took two coats to get to the opacity and textured-ness (new word!) shown in my photos, but could probably have done with one more coat to hide the remainder of my white tips which I didn’t notice until I got my nails under my bright light.

Barry M Ridley Road

The effect on the nail can only really be described as peculiar but pleasant. The texture is really bizarre to have on nails, but it was quite nice to just sit there and run my fingers over it. Given enough time, I probably could have smoothed it down completely with just my fingertips haha!

The colour is really pretty – you know what I’m like with my greens! Sophie guessed well as this is the polish out of the four I would have picked! It’s a lovely springtime green.

Barry M Ridley Road

I wondered how it would look to stamp over the textured polish, so in keeping with the spring look I stamped this lovely Cheeky floral pattern over it using Konad Special Polish in White. The pattern looks a little pale (due to my white colour choice), but the stamping took so well to the textured polish! I love how cool this looks!

Barry M Ridley Road

You can buy Barry M Ridley Road as well as the other textured polishes from the collection from Boots or Superdrug stores, as well as from the Barry M website for only £3.99 each.

Do you have any of the Barry M textured collection?

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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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Day 30 of the 30 Day Challenge: A tutorial

It’s the last day of the challenge! I’m kind of glad that it’s coming to and end actually as my nails really need a bit of a rest, but I have enjoyed having to come up with something new every day!

Today’s theme is ‘a tutorial’ so I have decided to create a tutorial about how to stamp. I realise that some of you may already know how to do this, but I know a couple of you have never seen this technique before. So this tutorial is for you!

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green, which is one of my favourite polishes at the moment.

Here you can see the stamping plate I am using for this tutorial. It is a small round metal plate with patterns and shapes indented into it. In this case, the images are of little monsters!

And these are the two other items you’ll need to do stamping. The first of which is the stamper which has two slightly curved rubber ends, one larger than the other. The other is a small plastic card like an old gift card or something. The one I use is a little card that came with a set of stamping plates I got.

The first thing to do is get the polish you are going to stamp with and cover the stamping plate image you are using with a layer of it. The rest of the steps need to be done pretty quickly so that the polish doesn’t dry.

Then, use your card to scrape the excess polish off the top of the image. I tend to put a piece of kitchen towel under the image so that you can wipe the polish off the card when you are done.

Here you can see the polish left behind on the image after the excess has been scraped off, and the mess that I made doing it!

Then press the stamper onto the image to pick up the polish. Try not to press to hard as you don’t want to smudge the image.

Here you can see the polish has been transferred onto the stamper. If you have a bit of smudging (like I did) you can clean that up using a cotton bud dipped in polish remover, but remember to be quick!

Then, slowly roll the image onto your nail from one side to the other to cover your whole nail in the image. Again, don’t press too hard to avoid smudging!

As you can see, the stamped image can get all over your finger so clean that up with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and then move onto the next nail!

It might sound like quite a tedious process, but actually it’s pretty quick when you get the hang of it. The most annoying part is waiting for the base colour to dry properly before stamping so not to smudge it.

You can get the stamper and plates I have by using the links shown in the steps above or by searching ‘Konad stamper’ and ‘stamping plates’ on Amazon.

I hope this post has shed some light for you!

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Day 29 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by the supernatural

I can’t believe that this is the second last post of the challenge! This month has gone so fast, it’s mad.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by the supernatural’ and again I found this one to be a little vague. I had images of ghosts, zombies and Superman in my head but while rifling through my stamping plate collection I found a cute like monster-like pattern! I’m not sure it’s supernatural exactly, but I liked it and so decided to use it.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Spring Green and then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Grape Escape to stamp the pattern over the top. I’m actually using this exact manicure for the tutorial I have to show as the last part of the challenge tomorrow, so you’ll be able to see exactly how all this stamping malarkey is done!

I loved wearing this manicure, but I’m not sure the purple shows up very well on the green. Maybe I should have chosen a lighter green…

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Stamping Plate CH32
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 26 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

Morning campers! I am so tired today it is not even real. I have one of those confusing occurrences with my alarm this morning where you are sure you put it on snooze but apparently you turned it off. I still made the train on time though so no matter.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by pattern’ so I was really pleased that there wasn’t too much limitation for today’s nails. It gave me a chance to use a new stamping image that I have been longing to use since my new Cheeky plate set arrived a few weeks ago.

Look at the pretty stars!

I started by painting my nails with a base of Leighton Denny’s Rebel which my dad got me in a set on his way back from a business trip in India. It is such a beautiful colour! It shimmers a really vivid purple with pink undertones. I then used Barry M Foil Effects Gold and Cheeky stamping plate CH51 to stamp the star pattern over the top.

I absolutely love this design!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Leighton Denny – Rebel
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

The finish line is nearly in sight. I’m not going to lie…I can’t wait for it to be over. My creativity is starting to run thin.

Today’s theme is ‘inspired by fashion’ and I did think about copying a dress print from London Fashion Week that has just gone but then I remembered that I had a cool new set of clothes and fashion stamping images that I haven’t tried out yet.

First I painted my nails with No7 Winter Tale which is a polish from their new collection recently released. The colour is really lovely. One of the men at work described it as ‘battleship grey’ which I thought was a very good description so I’m stealing it. The consistency is not so lovely however. It is impossible to get the right amount of polish on the brush. You either get too much and it dribbles everywhere or not enough and it streaks and drags. It makes me a bit reluctant to buy any more from the new No7 collection.

After it had dried I used five different stamp images to stamp over the grey with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grape Escape which is a lovely dark metallic purple. These Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes are amazing for stamping. I managed to pick this one up with a few other colours from Poundland a few weeks ago which was an absolute bargain.

Hope you like it :)

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • No7 – Winter Tale
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri Grape Escape
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH37
  • Cheeky Image Plate CH55
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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