Tag Archives: Nail Art

Models Own Sun Hat Neon Nail Polish & 2emme Ring | Review

Posted on June 15, 2014

models own neon pink 2

Hi Guys!

I’m so happy I finally got my hands on a couple of the  nail polishes – ASOS had 20% off site wide for one day only the other week, so I quickly nabbed up Sun Hat (neon pastel pink) and Shades (neon pastel hot pink). They were originally £5 each so I paid £4 each with the discount. I also had next free day delivery with ASOS Premier – I’d definitely recommend signing up to this is you shop regularly at ASOS! 🙂

I was also sent this fab ring to show you from a brand new company called 2emme.

sun hat nail polish review

The Modes Own Polish for tans collection is definitely a must have for this summer, with each polish being a neon pastel shade to contrast with and enhance the colour of your tan! I don’t actually have a tan at the moment, and my skin is whiter than white, but I still love bright colours and I think this looks great!

polish for tans sun hat

You can get great coverage with one coat of this polish, but I’d recommend two coats for full opaqueness. I wore this for three days before removing and I had no chips at all.

ring closeup

Now on to my 2emme ring! I came across 2emme on Twitter when I saw them tweet about their rubberised rings, I thought they looked fab! This ring has three large diamante stones and a blue rubberised removable band. At first I thought it might be broken, then I realised the band of the ring was removable so you can cut it to size to fit whichever finger you like, which is really handy! Now i just need to pop a blob of glue on to stick it in place!

rubber and gem ring

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried the Models Own Polish For Tans collection and what you thought?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Chrysler Ypsilon Vice vs Virtue Crazy Nails Challenge!

Posted on May 23, 2014

summer bright nail art

Hi Guys!

Today I have some crazy awesome nails to show you! This is for my next challenge in the Chrysler Ypsilon & Stylist Vice or Virtue Challenges!

If you missed my first challenge post make sure you check it out. You can also read all about what Chrysler are up to and join in the fun! Everyone is welcome to take part, so make sure you check out the challenges yourself! – I’d love to hear if you do any of them!

Chrysler have planned this fantastic campaign for their Ypsilon stylish 5-door city car. For those that don’t know – Ypsilon is actually the greek letter Y. The story goes that the trunk of the letter Y represents our youth and as we reach adulthood we make the choice of taking the path of either vice or virtue… and this is where the idea of the challenges originated from! Research by Chrysler Ypsilon has found that a number of us would love to take the route of vice, but life pressures and fears of what others may think is preventing us from being more daring. Chrysler Ypsilon has partnered with Stylist.co.uk to launch the Vice vs Virtue campaign to encourage women to step out of their daily routine and Dare to be different!

So this challenge was to go to a nail bar and choose a crazy design to celebrate summer. This is totally up my street, you’ve probably noticed I’m a big fan of bright colours, the louder the better!

I booked my last minute (ahem) appointment and arrived at my local salon. The beauty therapist asked what I was looking for? I asked her to make my nails as bright as possible – go crazy I said! Do whatever you like! She looked at me with a raised eyebrow like I was some sort of crazy person. (Me? As if!… I also happened to be wearing a neon yellow top, with a neon orange kimono – I’m hoping she was thinking I was eccentric rather than just nuts!) She seemed a bit apprehensive so I assured her whatever she did would be fine, and to take it as an opportunity to experiment! Maybe use my bright clothing as inspiration!?

crazy nail art

And this is what I ended up with! The most amazing neon pink nails, with bright yellow accent nails on the ring fingers, and neon stud details on my thumbs and ring fingers! The picture really doesn’t convey the intense brightness of these colours, the pink especially. With the combo of these nails and my outfit, you’d definitely need sunglasses to look at me!

brigth summer outift

I’ve included a shot of my full outfit, just so you can see how crazy bright I looked! I love it!! All I need now is a tan, a cocktail – and a holiday in a hot destination!!

This is definitely not the most daring of challenges (skydiving, anyone?) but it is fun, and it is exciting not knowing what I was going to end up with. You should give it a go – dare to be different! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit | Review

Posted on May 17, 2014

fuse gelnamel starter kit

Hi Guys!

For the last week or so I’ve been trying out Fuse Gelnamel’s Starter Kit. If you haven’t heard of it, Fuse Gelnamel is a completely new type of nail product. It’s a cross between standard enamel nail polish and a gel polish. The idea is that it dries in 30 seconds (with the finger lamp provided) and lasts for at least a week with no chipping.

It’s a pretty nifty compact set, the finger lamp is really small and works from the mains or from your laptop with the USB lead provided.

The application process is to be followed like this –

  1. Buff entire nail
  2. Wipe with cleanser
  3. Apply a thin coat of polish
  4. Cure for 30 seconds (lamp has an automatic timer)
  5. Wipe with cleanser – and you’re done!

So it’s a really simple, straightforward process, and everything you need for application is included in the kit.

fuse gelnamel review

The kit contains –

  • Fuse LED lamp
  • Fuse Gelnamel (10.65ml)
  • Cleanser
  • 12 lint-free wipe
  • Double sided nail buffer

It does not however, include any products for removal. I didn’t realise this until it was too late and I’d already painted my nails. I thought I’d just try my normal nail polish remover but it turns out I didn’t need to in the end as the polish peeled off really easily.

fuse gelnamel first coat

So this is what the first coat looked like on my thumb. I found the polish really thick and gloopy and difficult to apply, hence the uneven coverage. There also seems to be a few tiny bubbles on the nail, which I’ve never experienced before with enamel polish so I’m not sure what happened there! I decided to go with a second coat to make it look a bit more even. Following the recommended process above for each nail one at a time it turns out is actually fairly time consuming!

fuse gelnamel second coat

This is what the second coat looked like. It definitely looks better and more opaque. The coverage still isn’t as even as I’d have liked though. I think I’ll need to practice as I’m not used to applying polish this thick! Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that the instructions make a big point of saying you must apply the polish in thin coats – which is really difficult!

fuse gelnamel 1 week review

And this is one week later. The polish is still there and there’s no chips at all! So yay to that! The finish has dulled slightly and you can see where the tiny bubbles have appeared to have popped and worn through the second layer. This is obviously a close up scrutinised view though – to anyone else my nails looked absolutely fine, just maybe not as shiny as a true gel polish. Regarding removal, I’d heard this should easily peel off so I thought I’d try that before using my removed, and it worked a treat! It came off really easily in big pieces.

My final thoughts? Well I’m impressed that it lasted a week, I wasn’t too happy with the consistency of the polish, but maybe this is normal for gel polishes and I’m just not used to it? I’m definitely going to give it another go and see if I can get the hang of it!

The Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit is £35 from Boots, and the individual polishes are £15 each xxx

Primark Nail Polish Review

Posted on April 6, 2014

Hi Guys!

You may have seen my recent shopping haul – in preparation for the current drought (as I’m on a spending ban for the month of April). So far it’s not much fun!! I’m determined to last till the end of the month though and if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen yesterday I was asking if any bloggers were interested in a beauty swap. I have loads of makeup and skincare products knocking around and I thought a great way to alleviate my shopping desires would be to swap with somebody – so we both have new goodies to play with! If you have anything you’d like to swap just drop me a line at [email protected]

primark nail polish

Anyway I digress… I’ve only recently discovered Primark’s beauty rage, everything is cheap as chips so I thought I’d stock up on a few things 🙂 First up today is the nail polishes. They had a great range of colours on offer, the neon pink and magenta really caught my eye!

primark nail polish review

At £1 a bottle you can’t really get much cheaper, so I bought four colours – neon pink, bright magenta, light grey, and a kind of taupe brown colour. (The polishes don’t have their own names or numbers.)

primark nails

The bottles are really good quality, they are a rectangular shape, with a large plastic pull off lid, and a smaller round ‘real’ screw off lid underneath. The only other polish I have that’s vaguely like this is my Chanel!

neon pink nail polish

The colours of these polishes are fabulous – the neon pink is my favourite especially. The colour is so bright and opaque, I was really surprised as I didn’t expect them to be any good at all. The brush is also wide and easy to use. My only complaint would be the formula. As you can see it is a bit streaky and uneven. I used two coats which was plenty enough for full coverage. I would have much preferred Primark spent a bit more money on the formula and a bit less money on the packaging -they could have an amazing product here for only £1 a bottle!

cheap nail polish

Have you tried Primark nail polish?? I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

Layla Cosmetics Softouch Nail Polish Review

Posted on March 31, 2014

Hi Guys!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend? Let’s kick this week off with a nail polish review! I haven’t written a nail polish review in quite a while so thought this would be a nice change 🙂 Today’s review is of this gorgeous Layla Cosmetics Softouch  in 07 Red Passion.

layla red nail polish

Now I’m not gonna lie, I’m obviously not down with the lingo and wasn’t actually sure what ‘softouch’ meant, so I didn’t know really what to expect with this one! Softouch, it turns out is basically a semi-matte finish, and by semi-matte I mean it’s not a complete flat ‘chalky’ matte, it has a slight sheen to it. I hope that makes sense?

layla cosmetics red nail polish

The bottle is an unusual shape and appeared to be quite generously sized, but it’s actually a pretty standard 10ml. On application the polish appeared glossy and spread well, the formula and consistency were spot on and this polish comes with a fairly large brush so it was easy to apply.

layla softouch nail polish review

The polish then dried to this lovely semi-matte finish. I was really surprised with how fast it dried – there’s nothing worse than flapping your hands around for what feels like hours on end, only to think your nails are dry, and they’re actually not and get marked! This is definitely one of the fastest drying polishes I have used.

red matte nail polish review

I used two coats of this polish and I’m very impressed, I was quite happy with two coats but if I had more time I’d have gone for three as you can very slightly see through.

red softouch nail polish

So what do you think? I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Layla nail polishes?

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

NOTD and Suay Design Jewellery Giveaway!

Posted on June 3, 2013

Another nails post, I know, I know, I can’t help myself! I love painting my nails, after all the miserable weather we’ve been having it really cheers me up, and after all the stress of wedding planning it’s a good excuse to sit down and relax!

As you can probably tell I like to mix up the colours on my nails – why use one polish when you can use all the colours of the rainbow!?

Well, maybe just three today, I think they go really well together!

notd

I thought I’d have a day off from nail art and glitter, what do you think?

I’ve used the lovely deep blue Color Club polish in ‘Insta-This’ from my French beauty box swap, Barry M ‘Cyan Blue’ and Topshop ‘Big Smoke’.

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This is also a great opportunity to show off my awesome new bracelets from Suay Design! Suay Design are an online jewellery store with a massive range of jewellery on offer. If you’re looking for wedding ring Suay is a great place to shop for titanium and tungsten rings – titanuim being a popular choice at the moment due to being great value for money and its durability. They also have many different jewellery styles available, you really are spoilt for choice! Check out the site to see what I mean… I now have my eye on a gorgeous rose gold watch 🙂

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And for the lovely Suay Design bracelets – I’m wearing Metallic Pearl Leather Double Wraparound Bracelet with Charms Bracelet, Orlando white Leather Bracelet and Yukata Gold Leather Bracelet.

These bracelets come in beautiful black velvet pouches, and would make fabulous gifts!

Suay design bracelets4

Suay Design bracelets

I’m collaborating with the lovely people at Suay Design to give away a stunning 14k gold plated floral cuff worth £52.95! Woohoo!

Suay Design Cuff

All you have to do is enter the worldwide Rafflecopter giveaway below! Good luck!!

OPI The Great and Powerful Oz Collection Nail Polish WIN!

Posted on May 26, 2013

How excited was I to find out I’d won the entire OPI Oz collection of nail polishes from HQ Hair! Yippeee!! I felt a bit special being randomly picked by Rafflecopter from 8643 entries!

I was going to do a blog post on the polishes but my previous Lime Crime nail polish has stained my nails, and the nude pink base coloures in the OPI collection are very sheer and I’ve tried but they won’t cover the green staining of some of my nails.

So instead I thought I’d try out a couple more Lime Crime colours with the OPI glitter topcoats. I know these are very opaque so there will be no problem covering my discoloured nails.

I’ve used Lime Crime ‘Milky Ways’ which is the nude colour, and ‘Lavindairy’ for the ring finger. I then tried a couple of the OPI glitter topcoats. ‘Which is Witch?’ is on the middle finger and ‘Lights of emerald City’ is on my thumb.

Lime Crime OPI Nail Art

I just did a quick pattern in white on my index finger and thought I’d show off my new charm rings from H&M!

Lime Crime OPI Nail Art2

I found I had to put ‘Lights of Emerald City’ on really thickly to get the glitter out and move the shapes around with the brush for even coverage. I was in a bit of a rush as my little boy was demanding my attention so you can see below that the glitter has sunk into the Lime Crime polish underneath as I didn’t give it long enough to dry.

OPI Lights of Emerald City OPI Oz Lights of Emerald City

I love the holographic hexes in “Which is Witch?’ this polish was much easier to manipulate and get an even spread of glitter.

OPI Oz Whitch Is Witch OPI Which is Witch?

Overall I really like these two glitters! Have you tried out this collection? xx