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Mr Tickle

Don’t even ask me where this idea came from. I literally have no clue, other that my weird mind managed to conjure it up whilst at work the other afternoon.

But wouldn’t you agree, this might be the best manicure I have ever done! I am so unbelievably proud of it!

If you don’t know who Mr Tickle is, he is a character from a series of children’s books called Mr Men and Little Miss :)

Mr Tickle Mr Men Nail Art

Click to see more photos and to find out how I did it!

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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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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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Easter nails!

Happy Easter! I hope you’re all having a lovely Easter weekend :) Here in the UK we get a four day weekend over Easter so we’re having a great time!

Today I decided to do a fun take on Easter. I’ve seen quite a few manicures of bunnies, chicks and easter eggs over the last week, so I thought I would have a go at it too!

Easter nails!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Lilac Dream, Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, Topshop Easy Breezy and Barry M Bright Pink. I waited until it was dry and then used a tiny paintbrush, a dotting tool and a selection of nail polishes (listed below) to paint on the Easter egg patterns. I especially love my index finger!

For the bunny, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Matt White to paint the shape of the bunny and once that had dried I used Barry M Bright Pink to paint in the ears and nose. Finally I used a dotting tool and Nails Inc Black Taxi to dot on the eyes!

Have you had a go at an Easter manicure?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Lemon Ice Cream
  • Topshop – Easy Breezy
  • Rimmel London – Tangy Tangerine
  • Models Own – Lilac Dream
  • Nails Inc – Black Taxi
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge: Orange nails

Today is day two of the 30 Day Challenge that I’m doing with a few of my blogging friends, and the theme is ‘Orange nails’.

Obviously when thinking of orange coloured things, the first thing that comes into your head is….an orange. I knew I had a few fruity stamping images, so I pleased to find that I had one of an orange’s cross-section.

As for the polishes used, I only have one untried orange which is Rimmel’s Tangy Tangerine. It’s a lovely pale peach creme that I thought would go really nicely with Barry M’s Block Orange.

Orange nails – indoor with flash

I decided to do a full coat of the Rimmel Tangy Tangerine as I thought Block Orange would stamp over it better than the other way around. Tangy Tangerine was actually really easy to use it and didn’t really require much cleaning up at all. It has a wide, flat brush and a small brush handle making it easier for my little hands to hold. It did take three coats to get it opaque though and it could have done with another coat probably. A bit annoying, as it made the nails look quite thick :(

Barry M Block Orange stamped really quite well on the top which was pleasing! I really like the overall effect, although I wish I had only down two orange stamps on my index finger!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Block Orange
  • Rimmel – Tangy Tangerine
  • Cheeky Mega Image Plate B
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri


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Gothic nails for a rocking wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of two of my friends and as they are very much the rocker type, they decided to theme their wedding around rock music and attire. Queue stress about outfits and makeup.

In the end I chose a lovely dress from Next that was a dark purple, green and grey floral patterned floaty number that was short at the front and long at the back. With it I put black tights and my ‘Spice Girl’ black platform heels. Makeup-wise I went for dark metallic eyes and simple lips, and was actually very pleased with the final effect (which makes a change).

The nails however were an entirely different story. On Sunday night I must have tried about five different ideas that I just hated, but upon waking Monday morning I had another idea. I realised that I hadn’t used my Maybelline Cosmic Flash in a really long time and thought I would look really great over a black. While I was rooting through my polish box, I came upon my Rimmel Pro Matte Topcoat and thought the matte effect would make it look even more edgy!

Gothic nails – indoor with flash

So I painted my nails and then found a skull stamping image on one of my Bundle Monster plates an thought it would look good accented in silver. I put Barry M Foil Effects Silver onto the plate, scraped the excess off and stamped the stamper onto it. Unfortunately that was the last bit that went well. When stamping the image onto my nail I discovered that even though my nails might look dry and feel dry, they definitely were NOT DRY.

So a smudged nail later, I then had to repaint a nail and wait FOREVER to make sure it had dried properly before attempting stamping again. Second time lucky, it stamped ok. It could have been better as it missed out the skull’s teeth, but you can’t really tell I don’t think.

It was so weird not doing a topcoat on top of the stamped image, and while I was having my shower before getting dressed I was paranoid that the design would come off and kept checking my nails every thirty seconds. It survived fine though, and I’m actually quite reluctant to take it off today :(

For my gothic nails I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Models Own – Black Magic (1 coat)
  • Maybelline – Cosmic Flash (2 coats)
  • Rimmel – Pro Matte Topcoat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Bundle Monster Plate 211
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