Saturday, 30 November 2013

First Christmas Nails Challenge

I can't believe how quick November has gone! It was only the beginning of the month that I posted about my Christmas Nails Challenge, and bam the time has arrived to start.
For my Snowflake design I chose to use W7 in Wild Blue, Barry M Silver Foil and Suhada, a cheap but very good white, and Konad stamping plate m59.

I started with two coats of Wild Blue. An awesome colour but a bitch to clean up!! After some time on the clean up, I stamped the snowflakes with Barry M silver, and used the white to add some dots.

I'm not sure if I should have added the white dots, but I'm still happy and liking this design.
I'm also loving everyone elses snowflake nails, who's joining in with this challenge :) I have added an Inlinkz, for anyone who wants to add their snowflake theme nails :)
Well till next week challenge its bye for now and take care...

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pretty Polishes

Nail Polish by Pretty <3

I'm so excited to be doing this review for Pretty today. They have recently released some brand new nail polish in all different effects and in a beautiful range of colours too.  They are sold in Poundland, and now on a new and bigger display :) 
Today I have a varied lot of polish to show you, so here we go...

This is what Pretty sent me :) it was well package and wrapped beautifully. A big Thank you to the guys at Pretty HX :) The actual nail polish packaging is fab too as you can see what each polish looks like, and colour coded at the bottom of each. The first one I tried was the Polka Dot in Gold.

The black and red polish are matte polishes also by Pretty, from their Matte & Gloss range, so I could show you what the Polka Dot looks like as well as on its own. Was easier to dot on my nails, than paint, and a lovely range of different size glitters in this polish. 
Next up is the Blue Feather Effect. This looked awesome in the bottle, but even more amazing on my nails. My thumb is painted with Pretty matte blue. I think this polish looks very pretty alone, but with the blue base just wicked :)

Matte polishes by Pretty
Mix it up Glitter & Varnish in Pink. I love the colour of the glitter, and can see this is one of my Christmas nail designs coming up. A creamy pink polish, seemed to dry with a slight matte finish, as I left one nail clear of glitter to show you the colour. The glitter is coming across some what purply in the photos, but it a very nice pinky colour in person.

I save this one till last, as I knew it would be awesome and my favourite from them all. Concrete Effect in Coral. Again coming across slightly darker in the photos, but still looks an amazing colour. Has a very slight silver shimmer to it, and dries with a slight textured effect. This is only one coat of my nails, and you can see how well they are covered. This one dried the quickest from them all. They are all wicked polishes in their own right, but my number 1 is this Coral Concrete.

The nail drying spray has a floral smell, better than any horrible chemical smells that some other drying sprays might have. I used this with the Blue Feather effect, and can say I did make it touch dry, but if I was to catch the polish I don't think it was totally dried. A good product though, as the amount of times I have just painted my nails and then need the toilet lol.

I love this new range from Pretty, and this is my honest opinion of these products.What do you think of the nail polishes by Pretty. What one's have you got?
That's all for today. I'm looking forward to starting my Christmas Nails Challenge next week, so take care everyone and I'll see you all then...

Posh Sparkly Nails

White Diamond and Gold Leaf Nails

Yes I'm back again!! So many posts in such a short space of time, and again another busy day swatching polish again,  so I'll say hello all and lets start...
A while back I did a post on White Diamond Polish, showing the most expensive polish in the world, and my copies to it with polish I have. Well I became obsessed with trying to find a dupe, and sat for ages just staring at the computer screen studying nails painted with the Azature White Diamond Polish, knowing some how I would find an answer. And I have, it took me a while but I'm happy with what I came up with. I won't copy other bloggers pictures, but Work Play Polish has the swatch picture I was studying.
Now onto my cheaper copy. 

These are the polishes I used, NYX Frost White, 2true shade 2 and Hedy's Manishma  Space Silver.
Started by painting two coats for Frost White, a beautiful opal looking white.

Then one coat of Space Silver, and two coats of 2true shade 2. Space Silver has some holographic qualities, just enough for the effect I wanted. Shade 2 is an almost clear sparkle nail polish, very blingy and just what I was looking for.

I made my own Gold Flakes for the tips of my nails. I used Barry M Gold Foil for this. Painted a thin layer onto a plastic sheet, and scraped to flake it up when it was dry. I added a few random flakes to the tips of my nails, for a different bling effect.

I'm totally loving my posh nails :) and when the sun catches them they look even more awesome. Just take a look for yourselves..

I really enjoy receiving comments, for reading what you think and I reply to anyone who leaves me one.
So do you like this, and have you any polish that would have made a good dupe for this?
Coming up I have a review on some polishes I was sent by Pretty, so stay tuned :)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Dr Who inspired Nails

50th Anniversary Dr Who Nails

Hello again, I've been so busy this week, Painted my nails more than ever, as I'm involved in many different blog posts,  it's also been the week from hell, but I won't bore you with the details.
I'm not a great fan of Dr Who, as a kid I was proper scared of the Daleks and hid behind the sofa lol. I did watch when David Tennant was the Dr, and what a dishy one too!! 
Anyway I was more than happy to join in with a nail art to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. I've done quite a simple, yet I think effective manicure. 

I started by painting my ring finger with two coats of  Miss Sporty shade 510, a beautiful electric blue. Can you guess what this nail is going to be? Two coats of Nails Inc Soho Silver on my other nails. 
I cut some strips of striping tape for the silver nails. On the blue nail I used white acrylic paint to make the Tardis.

Working on one nail at a time, I painted one coat of Nails Inc New York Noir over the silver. While still wet I carefully pulled the striping tape off. Finished my other nails, and this is the effect :)

I think it look awesome like this, but I wasn't finished. Using Soho Silver again and a dotting tool, I dotted small silver dots on the black polish. This is my interpretation if the Daleks.
So here is my finished nail art inspired by Dr Who for the 50th Anniversary. I hope you like it as much as I do :)

I'm looking forward to this weekends nails, something special coming up :) Then onto my Christmas nails. So busy, busy, busy lol. Till then have a great day and take care...

My 10 Favourite Nail Polishes

My top 10 Nail Polishes

So I'm joining in with some other British Nail Bloggers to do a post on our 10 favourite nail polishes. I may sound a daunting task, but for me I knew which were my 10 favourites straight away from my collection of almost 650 polishes!! So without waffling on lets start the countdown from 10 to 1, and this will be a heavy photo post too....

Number 10:
Kate Spade Nails Inc - New York Noir

This is my first Nails Inc polish, but I'm so impressed with the application, coverage and shine from this polish. Plus I use a lot of black polish too as I think on long nails is looks amazing. This is my new go to black polish. As you can see my camera found it hard to capture because of the shine. Two coats with no top coat.

In at number 9:
Ebalay Metallic Pink

I purchased this from ebay quite a while back, and what a great buy :) The most awesome metallic pink polish I have even seen! A one coater, no smell, beautiful application with no streaking and stamps really well. The one thing I never knew when I first got this, is the colour change when a top coat is added. Makes it a brighter pink!! So I took photos with some nail top coated to show the difference, then I top coated them all.

Number 8 is:
Mood Struck Color Changing Polish

I have four color changing polishes from Mood Struck, and this if the first of two colour changes in my top 10. The one I'm going to show you from Mood Struck has to be the best from the lot. It has the best noticeable color change, and is heat sensitive. I'm not a lover of green polish, but I find when I'm wearing this I run my fingers under hot and cold water as I love the change, from green to a vibrant bright yellow.

Number 7:
Miss Sporty - Planet Pink

So this is the first of two Miss Sporty polishes in my top 10. Its shade 205 called Planet Pink. Its from the Clubbing Colours range and is a beautiful metallic dusky pink. Nice to apply and dries quite quickly. I haven't tried stamping with this polish, but I imagine it will work well, although its beautiful on its own. It does look streaky when first applied, but dries beautifully.

Number 6 is:
2true Crystal Nail Polish

I'm not sure this polish is still available from Superdrug, as I got it s few years ago. Sadly no name, just known as shade 4, from the Crystal range by 2true. I have all four colours in this collection red, blue and green, but this shade is my favourite. A wicked glittery and shimmery purple. Two coats and no top coat. Very Christmassy, and look awesome in the Winter sun.

In at number 5:
Nail Pop - Dorothy

This is one of the first glitter polishes I ever got. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. The most awesome shade of red, fine glitter polish. I normally paint my nails red before using this, but swatched today with just two coats of polish. I added a top coat to smooth it out, not that its too rough, but just look at the shine and sparkle in the sun :)

Used last year for a Christmas Nail art.

Number 4:
Beauty Uk - Kensington

This is Beauty Uk's Grit FX from the Posh Polish range. A soft textured finish polish. I chose this shade from the others, as I'm not a nude polish person. However this polish converted me. It's a very pretty shade. Reminds me of a meringue when its just cooked lol. Lovely to apply, and a nice drying time. Not too rough to touch, just the right amount of texture.

So to the top 3....
Del Sol - Ruby Slipper

OMG this polish is awesome. I hunted high and low to find it! Another colour change, but this one changes with the sun. So can only really use in the Summer months here. The winter sun only changed it from a gold glitter to a light pink, and I got a freezing cold hand in the process lol. So the photos for this are from the Summer.

This one also deserves a video to show the colour change from shade to sun :)

Number 2:
Miss Sporty - Pop Fiction

This is the second Miss Sporty polish. Its shade 320 and called Pop Fiction, again from the Clubbing Colours range.  It's nice to see Miss Sporty Polishes now have names instead of numbers. It's an awesome bright cornflower blue, and a very good dupe for Nails Inc Baker Street, and cheaper too! Looks nice in the bottle, but comes to life when painted onto your nails and I'm so in love with this colour, that I bought another one..

So finally I'm here with number Number 1 polish. Wow what a job to go through all these, but it's been so much fun, and I have enjoyed every minute doing it. So without and more waffling here is my Number 1 Polish:

Perfect Holographic 

I have the whole collection of this holographic polish by Perfect. Again no names :( they are all awesome, I'd even say the best holographic nail polish for the price. These little beauties only cost me 88p each!! I find myself just staring at my hand for most of the day with these polishes :) I chose to show you shade H 4, a beautiful blue, with the most awesome holographic qualities.

Here's a quick video show some more awesomeness lol from all my holo polishes, the ones marked in black is the complete Perfect collection of holo polishes.

Well phew....that's me done. I hope you liked my Top 10 Nail polish as much as I do :) Here's all 10 of them pictured together, beautiful :)  and on that note I'm off for a well earned cuppa :)

Any here that you like? I like hearing what you think and  reply to any comments :)