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Jewels in the Sea

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!

Jewels in the sea nails

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!

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Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

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 :)

Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

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?

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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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Cocktail Challenge: Mint Mojito

The theme on the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is Cocktail Nails!

I have had literally no inspiration this week whatsoever, but I do really want to get back into stamping as I haven’t done much in ages, so I had a rummage through my collection of stamping plates and found three images I liked – a shattered effect, a leafy pattern and a cocktail glass! Perfect for a mint mojito! One of my favourite cocktails EVER!

Cocktail Challenge - Mint Mojito Nails

I started by painting my index and middle fingers with Barry M Matt White, my ring finger with Topshop Easy Breezy and my little finger with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express.

After they had dried completely, I used Barry M Foil Effect Silver to stamp the shattered effect over my ring finger and middle finger to look a bit like ice, and a cocktail glass on my little finger! I then used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Emerald Express to stamp the leaf pattern on my ring finger and the tip of my middle finger. That was so hard to try and get full leaves!

Finally I used a bit of Topshop Easy Breezy to paint in the leaves on my middle finger!

I think I could have done my middle finger a little cleaner, but I am so pleased with the rest of my nails – especially my index finger, I love the white and silver together!

Check out what the other girls in the group have come up with below!



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Indigo Flames

Purple mani!! It feels so long since I’ve done a purple mani, which is weird as purple is one of my favourite colours and I have a LOT of purple polishes!

I did these nails while on my lunch break at work. I’ve taken to planning my manicure in the morning and packing a nail kit with all the things I will need and then bringing it to work to do at lunch time! It’s been so great at getting me away from my PC for an hour.

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I started by painting a base of Beauty UK Smokey Lilac on three nails, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Grape Escape on my ring finger. I then painted a quick drying topcoat over the lilac nails to make them dry quickly so I could stamp over them without smudging! I used Models Own Boogie Nights to paint over my ring finger – such an amazing glitter! Finally, I used Sally Hansen Grape Escape again and a Bundle Monster stamping plate to stamp that gorgeous flame-like pattern onto my nails.

I love that Models Own glitter so much. I have the whole Mirrorball collection and really feel like I should use them more often!

Hope you’re all having a great Monday!

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Review: Barry M Ridley Road

A couple of days ago I did a review of the lovely Barry M Croc Effects and I mentioned that my friend Sophie had given it to me for my birthday. Well, today I have another polish for you that she gave me! Thanks Sophie!

Barry M Ridley Road is one of four in Barry M’s relatively new textured collection. It’s a beautiful milky green in the bottle, and if it wasn’t for the super stylish lid, you wouldn’t know that it was a textured polish at all!

I wasn’t sure how textured this polish would be and how the application would be as I’ve never experienced these kinds of polishes before, but I was nicely surprised to find it very easy and very smooth to apply. It took two coats to get to the opacity and textured-ness (new word!) shown in my photos, but could probably have done with one more coat to hide the remainder of my white tips which I didn’t notice until I got my nails under my bright light.

Barry M Ridley Road

The effect on the nail can only really be described as peculiar but pleasant. The texture is really bizarre to have on nails, but it was quite nice to just sit there and run my fingers over it. Given enough time, I probably could have smoothed it down completely with just my fingertips haha!

The colour is really pretty – you know what I’m like with my greens! Sophie guessed well as this is the polish out of the four I would have picked! It’s a lovely springtime green.

Barry M Ridley Road

I wondered how it would look to stamp over the textured polish, so in keeping with the spring look I stamped this lovely Cheeky floral pattern over it using Konad Special Polish in White. The pattern looks a little pale (due to my white colour choice), but the stamping took so well to the textured polish! I love how cool this looks!

Barry M Ridley Road

You can buy Barry M Ridley Road as well as the other textured polishes from the collection from Boots or Superdrug stores, as well as from the Barry M website for only £3.99 each.

Do you have any of the Barry M textured collection?

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Sweets: Lollipops!

Today is the last day of the sweets theme in my nail art challenge group, She Who Does Nail Art Challenges. We’ve seen some amazing entries, and cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with for the next week’s theme which is Fast Food! Why don’t you come and join the group too?

I had this idea for a manicure a few days ago, but I needed to get a few other posts done before I could think about doing it. So last night I finally sat down to do it!

Lollipops Nail Art

I started by painting my nails with a white base of Barry M Matt White so that when I sponged a gradient over the top, I would get bolder, more consistent colours. The polishes I used for the gradient were Barry M Bright Pink, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Barry M Mint Green. Can you tell I like Barry M polish yet?! Haha. You’ll also notice that I reversed the gradient on my ring finger just to mix it up a bit!

After the gradient had dried, I used Konad White and the lollipop image on the Mega Cheeky Stamping Plate A to stamp the lollipop image on in a random pattern. I also used Barry M Nail Art Pen in White to draw the white stripes on my ring finger. Finally, I topped it all off with a Seche Vite topcoat to make it all shiny!

Good enough to eat!



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Wintery Springtime

Woooo stamping! I forgot how much I love stamping, and how it makes me stare at my nails all day. Sometimes the most subtle designs have the sweetest effects.

I fancied doing something floral today, but as it is so cold and snowy outside I wasn’t sure I could face spring colours, so opted for a smart purple and white design.

Winter Springtime

The really like the Barry M Blackberry. It is such a great shade of purple and it only takes one coat to get it opaque! I started by painting one coat of the Blackberry, and after using some Seche Vite I stamped these pretty flowers with Konad White (the best white for stamping EVER) before topping with more Seche Vite.

I always laugh at how diddy my little finger is. I can never fit a very bit stamping pattern on it properly so it always ends looking a little sad because it’s not allowed as many flowers as it’s friends! Haha.

Are you still enjoying your wintery colours? How is the weather with you?

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blackberry
  • Konad – White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
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