Golden Chevrons

I’m not going to lie, I’m really not that good at abstract nail art. I just don’t find it very inspiring and find it hard to come up with an idea I actually like. I guess it’s just not cute enough.

Having said that, I thought I should just try, just once. Here we have my glittery golden chevrons!

Golden Chevrons Nail Art

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It’s Guy Fawkes Night! At least, it will be tonight… For those of you around the world that have no idea what I’m talking about, once a year on 5th November the UK remembers an event in history where a man called Guy Fawkes tried to commit treason and blow up the houses of parliament! Nowadays, we celebrate with fireworks and usually light a bonfire with a man on top, supposedly him!

We have a little rhyme we always say too….

Remember remember the 5th of November,
gun powder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot!

So today I have a fireworks manicure for you to celebrate this fun and freezing night of the year!

Fireworks Nail Art

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Review: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Azure

Another polish from my trip to Utah a few months ago!

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Azure is a lovely rich purple-y blue. It has a slight duochrome metallic shine to it, shifting from royal blue to a cold shade of purple.

The bottle is nice and tall and has a good amount of polish in it. The brush is nice and wide, allowing you at get a good coverage of the nail in just two or three sweeps.

Sally Hansen Azure

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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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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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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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Review: Barry M Magnetic Moon Dust

Today I have for you another of my birthday presents I received from my fiancé.

This is actually only my first Barry M Magnetic nail polish. I’ve never been the biggest fan of magnetic polishes and so have steered clear of them really, preferring glitters and normal cremes from Barry M’s massive collection.

Oh how wrong I was. I have only two other magnetic polishes, both are Nails Inc polishes. One is good, one is not so good. But Barry M have really pulled this off and the effect is so much stronger than I was expecting or used to!

Barry M Magnetic Moon Dust

Barry M Moon Dust paints on a really gorgeous shimmery beige colour. I’ve become quite a fan of beige nail polishes recently so it was a nice surprise as the colour in the bottle looks bronze and gold!

I painted one coat of Moon Dust before letting it dry completely. After that, I painted a thick coat onto one nail and quickly held the magnet that comes with it over the nail using the little guide on it. I only held it there for about 10 seconds before I saw the amazing effect. The beige colour was still visible from beneath as stripes, but now it had gold/bronze stripes over the top of it. As you move it in the light it looks so beautiful – almost like an optical illusion!

You can buy Barry M Moon Dust from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website for only £4.99.

Do you have any magnetic polishes?

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Review: Barry M Teal

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of nail polishes from my wonderful fiancé for my birthday this week. This beauty is one of them.

Barry M - Teal

As my regular readers will know, I am a big fan of Barry M nail polishes. They always have a good consistency, great colour and survive on my nails for ages! Barry M’s Teal is no different as was a wonderful present to receive.

Whenever we go shopping and I pop into Superdrug or Boots, Jack always sways towards the shiny bluey greeny polishes when I ask his opinion. Due to that, I wasn’t that surprised to pull this out of the wrapping paper!

Barry M Teal is a super shiny, shimmery, teal coloured (duh) polish. It only took two coats to get it opaque and I couldn’t stop staring at it! It is so so pretty. Not too thin, not too gloopy, dried quick, lovely!

You can buy Barry M Teal from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M website.

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