It’s the weekend, hooray! What are all you lovely people up to today then? Painting your nails I hope!
So onto the Christmas Nail Art Advent Calendar…what do you think is behind the door today? It’s a wrapped up Christmas present!
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!
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!
Today I have another treat for you from sunny sunny Turkey!
At the beginning of September, I was lucky enough to be sent to Salt Lake City in the USA for work. While out there, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to buy some polishes that it’s hard to get hold of in the UK. Typically of me, 1 or 2 was never going to be enough and I ended up coming home with 28 new nail polishes. They are just so cheap in America that it’s hard to resist!
Today I have one of my favourite polishes to review for you – Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius.
Firstly, I am loving the name. Quick Jeanius is perfect for a fast drying denim-coloured polish! Quick Jeanius is a dark, midnight blue metallic polish with little silver flecks in it. A really beautiful polish to add to my collection as winter is on the way.
The shimmer is subtle enough to wear during a casual day, but in the evening it really catches the light and would be wonderful for a glitzy evening out.
As always with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, the brush is lovely and wide with a rounded end, so you really get good coverage on the nail with only a few brush strokes. I painted two coats for the pictures shown here, but really would have only needed one I think as it is such an opaque polish.
As you can see it is a really beautiful coloured polish, and not one that I think you in every single brand. It’s not naturally a super shiny polish, so I did have to add a topcoat, but that’s all part of my normal nail care routine anyway!
I also tried adding a matte topcoat over this polish and found that is really made the silver flecks pop! It even made the polish look that like bit more denim-like, so I think this would definitely be a pairing I would make again.
I bought Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius from Target for only about $3.49 which is approximately £2.18 which is much cheaper than can get Insta-Dri polishes in the UK!
Do you have any Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes?
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
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?
You might remember the review I did the other day about Pocket Money Polishes‘ Starry, Starry Night by Charlie. She’s just started producing her own nail polishes collections, the first one being called Glitter Babies and is out right now.
Today I have for you another bottle from the collection called I Put A Spell On You. All of Charlie’s polishes are named after songs which is such a novel idea!
I Put A Spell On You is described as ‘Green stars, purple hearts with orange matte squares and a shifting rainbow’, and it looks like the coolest, most haunting polish ever! it has Halloween written all over it.
The application was very even for the orange glitter bits and the holo flecks, but again the stars required a bit of fishing which I actually quite like as you get to put them exactly where you want them!
This is definitely my favourite polish in the collection as I have never seen anything like it! It looks so cool. In the photos I have layered it over LA Colors Fun In The Sun which is an amazing shade of purple in itself, and it compliments the colours of the glitter so so well.
You can buy I Put A Spell On You from Charlie’s online shop HERE for only £4 for a 5ml bottle. But if you put the code ‘Laura10′ in the comment box on your order, you can receive an extra 10% off your order! They’re limited edition, so grab one while they’re still available!
This week’s theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group is Superheroes!
I was quite excited about this theme as I am such a huge fan of superhero films at the moment as SO many have recently been released.
I was trying to think which superhero to choose, and I was swaying towards one of the Avengers as that has been my favourite superhero film recently, however I thought it might be a good idea to choose a superhero that I WANT to be made into a film.
I’m a little too young for Wonder Woman I’m afraid, but I would LOVE to see it made into a film!
I started by painting three fingers with a base of Barry M Blackberry and my ring finger with a base of Barry M Blood Orange. Next, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the stars. Then I used Barry M Foil Effects Gold to paint the background of the Wonder Woman logo, and Nails Inc Black Taxi to outline it.
Take a look below to see what the other girls have come up with!
I’m sure you’ve all seen the amazing work Charlie does at Pocket Money Polishes, but I’m sure you don’t know that we actually went to school together! So obviously when she told me she was going to start designing her own nail polish range, I was first in line to nab myself some!
Today I have to show you Starry, Starry Night from her first collection, Glitter Babies. All the polishes in this collection are named after songs, and Starry, Starry Night is described as ‘White stars with small blue matt hex and flecks of gold holo sparkle’ which I would say is a pretty good description!
The glitter in bottle looks amazing, and that is exactly what drew me to it. It is absolutely packed with glitter and the cute little stars. And the application was wonderful – little blue dots and gold flecks even distributed with no trouble at all. I had to do a little fishing for the stars, but that was really no biggy.
For the look in the photo, I layered Starry, Starry Night over Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and I think the combo is just beautiful!
You can buy Starry, Starry Night from Charlie’s website HERE, a 5ml bottle for only £4.00. But catch them quick while they’ll still available as they’re limited edition!
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!
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?!