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Santa Claus is coming to town!

So I did promise you one more bonus Christmas manicure and here it is – Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town nail art

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Advent Tutorial: Star

And now for the nail art design I had planned for today! Doesn’t this advent calendar look so pretty now that it’s nearly complete?! I can’t wait to show you what it looks like all finished tomorrow.

This afternoon’s nail art design is a great big star in the deep blue sky!

Advent Tutorial: Santa Claus Nail Art

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Advent Tutorial: Snowflakes

Let’s just pretend that I’m not running really late with this nail art tutorial today, yeah?

Behind the door number fifteen today are some beautiful snowflake nails!

Advent Tutorial: Snowflake Nail Art

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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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Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

SO PRETTY. Look how vibrant and spotty they are!!

As you know, the theme for this week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Jewellery. I loved the more elegant Tiffany Box design I did a few days ago, but I thought I would go to the other end of the spectrum and nailify some cheaper jewellery!

When I was in my early teen years I became a little obsessed with making those thread friendship bracelets. I used countless patterns and colours to make different bracelets for all my friends and family. In tribute, I tried to replicate a few different patterns on my nails!

Jewellery Challenge: Friendship Bracelets

This manicure was so simple to do. All you need is a couple of different coloured nail polishes and a dotting tool!

I started with two coats of Barry M Matt White to get a new even base for my bright patterns to go over. I then alternated using Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Block Orange and LA Colors Fun In The Sun with a dotting tool to create the different patterns on my nails. I finished with a Seche Vite topcoat to smooth it all out.

Give it a go! It’s so easy :) I think this is one of my favourite manicures I have done in a long time!

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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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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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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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I have been shopping!

As it was my birthday last week and some very kind people gave me some money as gifts, I decided to drag Jack to Westfields London on Saturday. I think I went a little over the top. I bought 29 nail polishes. No, I’m not joking.

We started by popping into Boots where I immediately saw a huge stand full of Sinful Colors polishes. I don’t own any of those, so as Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on, I managed to nab these three for only £3.98! The colours I got were Tokyo Pearl, Exotic Green and Cinderella.

Sinful Colours

Next we stumbled across Beauty Bay which I knew was a place I could get LA Colors polishes for only 99p each! At one point I had 15 polishes in my basket, but I managed to cut it down to just 11.

These three colours are Palm Tree, Illusion and Fun In The Sun.

LA Colors

The next three colours are Sea Siren, Metallic Blue and Blue Lagoon.

LA Colors

These four polishes are Gold Nugget, Coral Reef, Shocker and Blossom.

LA Colors

This polish was slightly more expensive at £1.99 and is called Crowd Surfing.

LA Colors

Next I managed to find a Superdrug which is one of my usual go-to polish shops so I popped in to see if they had anything that my local one doesn’t, and it did! Tucked away on one shelf I found a few Invogue polishes! I’ve seen so many posts about these recently so I HAD to get some to try them. I bought two from the Matt Suede Effect Series – Emerald Dust and Sophisticated.

Invogue Emerald Dust & Sophisticated

The one shop I had been desperate to go to was the Models Own Bottleshop. It’s so cool to be able to get polishes there before they come out in the shops! I immediately decided that I need to have the new Bora Bora – anything gold a sparkly is a sure fire winner in my opinion!

Models Own Bora Bora

They also had an offer on in the Models Own Bottleshop – 6 polishes for £20! I have been waiting to get the Champagne collection and the Kaleidoscope collection for some time now and as I thought it was a little over the top to get both sets, I ended up going for the Champagne collection. I must say though, I was very impressed with the girls working in the Bottleshop – they were so happy to help and running all over the place to find things and suggest things to me!

Models Own Champagne Collection

The last shop we visited in Westfields shopping centre was Kiko. This place confused me as last time we went there I paid only £1.50 per nail polish, but this time this polish cost me nearly £5! I don’t get it. That’s quite a huge markup. That’s why I only bought one, instead of the six I bought last time. This polish is Kiko 423.

Kiko 423

After we had finished shopping, I gave all my bags to my wonderful other half to take home (isn’t he amazing!) and I went off to Oxford Street for my friend’s hen do. As I was a bit early arriving, I popped into Primark and was met by a big stand of Angelica polishes priced at £2.50 each. Naturally, I bought the whole collection of Soft Satin Matt Effect polishes!


Such a mad day – I really cannot wait to try all these polishes on over the next few weeks!

Have you bought any new polishes recently?

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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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