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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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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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Jewellery Challenge: Tiffany nails!

The new nail art theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is ‘Jewellery’, which I know a lot of us are excited about!

I was looking through my polish collection trying to decide what to paint around this theme and noticed one of my favourite polishes – Topshop Easy Breezy. This immediately made me think of the Tiffany boxes with the white bows on and knew that I had to choose that for nail art!

Tiffany's Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Topshop Easy Breezy and once that had dried, I used the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White (review HERE) to draw on the bow and ribbon design. I used a toothpick and a bit of clear polish to stick on the gem before painting on a Seche Vite topcoat.

I’m so chuffed with how this looks. Subtle and classy but still fun and cool.

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for this look, would anyone be interested?

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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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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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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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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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It’s my birthday!

It’s my birthday today! Woop!

I hope you’re all having a lovely day today – I’m at work so it’s not too exciting, but Jack and I are going out for dinner tonight :)

Today I have for you bunting nails. These have been quite popula recently and I fancied giving them a go – they are so springy!

Bunting nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Barry M Matt White – I seem to be using this polish a lot at the moment! I then painted triangles onto my nails in alternating colours of Topshop Easy Breezy, Rimmel London Tangy Tangerine and Models Own Lilac Dream with a tiny weeny paintbrush. Finally, I used the same paintbrush to outline the triangles using L.A. Colors Black Striper polish.

I’m chuffed to bits with these and love how well they suit the fact that it is my birthday.

Bunting nails
For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Models Own – Lilac Dream
  • Rimmel London – Tangy Tangerine
  • Topshop – Easy Breezy
  • L.A. Colors – Black Striper
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Strawberries!

These Strawberries were a request from one of the men at work. Honestly, it’s scary how much interest they have in them.

I’ve seen quite a few posts around of strawberries and agreed that it would be cool to try it for myself. It took a lot of patience, but it really paid off in the end.

I started by painting my nails with one coat of Barry M Blood Orange for the red strawberry colour. I then used Models Own Scarlet Sparkle for one coat to make the strawberries more glitzy (I think I’d probably pay more for glitzy strawberries in supermarkets). Next I used a teeny tiny paintbrush and Essie’s Navigate Her (what is that name all about?) to paint the background of the leaves. Barry M Spring Green was used next to fill in the leaves, and finally I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint on the little seeds.

I actually kept this design on for four days which has got to be nearing a record for me, but they were so cute I couldn’t bring myself to take them off!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blood Orange
  • Models Own – Scarlet Sparkle
  • Essie – Navigate Her
  • Barry M – Spring Green
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Gold
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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