8.16.2015

NOTD - First Class by True Brit London

Hello lovely readers!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. Productiveness is the order of the day down this end with this being the first weekend free I've had in yonks! Not only have I managed to get a number of errands/tasks done, I've also been able to grab some moments for one of my favourite pastimes & play around with my nail polish! Huzzah!

I'm excited to share with you some more pretty offerings from what I can honestly say is one of my favourite brands of the moment True Brit London. This new brand really is something special with their stunning packaging, quality formulas & fabulously fun patriotic Brit themed collections. I've already featured a few of their shades, namely Cream Tea, Knightsbridge, Lady Penelope & Heirloom. All stunning shades & today I have the equally fine First Class* from the Luxury Collection for you...




There is just something so supremely satisfying about a good deep burgundy wine shade...Berry tones sooth me greatly, I think its the Autumn vibes it gives off & First Class definitely ticks all the right boxes!




First Class is a rich burgundy red with subtle mahogany brown & purple tones. To add to the glam factor, First Class also has delicate pearl flecks running through the formula giving the polish a luxuriously looking shimmer finish.




Here I've applied two coats of First Class on top of the True Brit London Caviar Base Coat, a really lovely quality base coater as it creates a smooth, ridge free surface for the polish to simply glide over.




I love to combine gold with rich jewel tones like this, so for a touch of simple nail art, applied 3 dots of golden glitter in descending sizes starting with a large dot before finishing with a wee one using my double sided dotting tool.




Finish with top coat for added shine. There's another reason why I love this shade in particular, First Class also happens to be the PERFECT shade match to the colour scheme for my besties wedding in a few months. The fact that it has added sparkle is the cherry on top!




Hope you liked the mani dolls! True Brit London polishes are available to purchase online for £12.50, however you can get 10% off your order using my code TRULY10 :)

Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


Disclaimer - * products featured were sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)



8.09.2015

NOTD - Safari Theme Animal Print Nails!


Hello there lovely readers!

Hope you've all been well & enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Work was getting seriously hectic of late so my buddy Saf & I escaped to the coast for a few days of sun, sea & relaxation which was most welcome & needed. A couple of days spent soaking up the rays & enjoying good food definitely helped revive me again! :)


If you follow moi on social media you may know that for the past 3 weeks I've been rocking a Gelish mani on the nails. QUITE a feat for yours truly. I honestly didn't think I would last 3 days but I adored it SO much that I got as much wear as I could out of it. However the time came to eventually remove the gel & finally get back to polishing these nails! Huzzah! Girl was seriously starting to get withdrawal symptoms! O_o


So for my first polish fix in 3 weeks I've decided to go a bit “wild” with some funky Safari themed nail art incorporating both Zebra AND Leopard print designs as I couldn't decide which one to go for haha!


For my base I've used two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Rum & Reggae. Lets just take a moment to appreciate the fabularse name of this polish, I love it! Rum & Reggae is a cream beige nude, perfect as a base colour to do nail art on as it really brings out the design whilst still being a lovely neutral shade.


I then applied a sort of rough (okay VERY rough) zebra like design to one half the nail using a thin nail art brush & black polish. I personally feel the err rustic...“roughness” sort of adds to the wild wilderness theme going on here...okay I MAY have rushed it a tad O_o


On the remaining half of the nail I applied a few gold glitter splodges before adding the leopard detail by free-handing small C like curves around the gold with a toothpick to create the leopard spots.


I let the polish air dry a few minutes before going in with a coat of CND Air Dry topcoat, this is important otherwise the nail art may drag if top coat is applied straight away. And that's it! Hope you like the “wild” Safari design nails my lovelies! Roar!


Thanks for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


8.02.2015

NOTD - Raspberry Ripple Marble Nails

Hello there lovely readers!

So after a few wee glitches, Summer seems to have finally graced us with its glorious presence & with it all its delights; picnics, beach trips, ice cream in abundance! Though I've probably gone & jinxed it right there O_o I love finding inspiration for nail art wherever I can, especially when it involves my other great love in life...FOOD.




Joyfully digging into a tub of Carte Dor Crema Di Mascarpone the other day, I managed to take a moment to pause mid shovel & admire the beautiful berry tones swirling through the delightful dessert & think "Oooh...marble effect!" So I decided to attempt a dry marble look using pink tones reminiscent to that of raspberry ripple...





I'm relatively new to the whole dry marbling thing. however it is definitely the more appealing nail art option for me compared to the daunting task of water marbling! Much easier, all you need is polishes, a quick hand & a toothpick!





Apologies for the quality of some of the pics lovelies, I did this mani in the evening & tried to capture a few of the steps of the dry marbling to show you as a kind of step by step tutorial! Hopefully it'll make sense ;)





To begin with I needed my base colour, I decided to use this adorable pink speckled polish from Ulta 3, a fab Ozzy brand that my dear pal Chelle sent over to me, which was part of their Easter collection & clearly saw them jumping on the speckled polish bandwagon! This is Bunny Bloom, an adorable pastel pink creme with both small & large black glitters.





I applied one coat of Bunny Bloom to each nail. Next is the stage where you have to start working a bit quick, so its best to do one nail at a time. After applying a second coat of Bunny Bloom, I then grabbed a random Beauty UK polish in a bright raspberry pink shade & applied two thin lines on top of the wet polish.





I then used No7 Snowflake, a (very thin!) white polish which isn't the best formula but I'm trying to be good & use it up in my nail art! I applied a line of white in between the two raspberry stripes.





Grabbing my toothpick, I quickly swirled the two colours together to create the ripple effect. The most crucial part of this step is to do the marbling with a VERY light hand, otherwise you'll risk going right through the polish to the nail bed.





Continuing until all nails are done, finish with a slick of topcoat to seal & you're done!





I decided to focus the design on the center of the nail but you can also marble the whole nail if you wish! In fact I may try that next using a different colour combo :)





I hope you liked the mani dolls, I'll try & capture (better!) the different stages as I do my nail art in the future so that I can feature some more mini step by step tutorials for you!

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!





7.30.2015

NOTD - Distressed Watercolour Chrome Nails

Hey there lovely readers! Oooh its been a wee while non? Work has been keeping one muchos busy of late, even with the occasional working weekend thrown in but its all going well so can't complain! :)

I'm all for discovering interesting nail art techniques to create funky manis with minimum effort. Today's manicure features one such technique called 'Distressed' nail art or the 'dry brush' technique that, if my memory serves me right, came about by the fab Sarah aka Chalkboard Nails. All that is involved is simply wiping off the excess polish on the brush, then applying quick strokes of polish across the nail to create the effect. This technique looks fab using black over neon however I wanted to try something a bit different so decided to use my Revlon Chrome Chameleon polishes to create this distressed watercolour effect... 


The Revlon Chrome Chameleon polishes were part of a limited edition collection a while back consisting of a range of pretty duo and multi chrome shades. I do love me a good chrome so you can imagine my delight when I found these babies in my fav little hunting ground, Poundland! I knew they all needed a good home therefore happily obliged in taking them with moi.


The shades I picked up were Cobalt, Aquamarine, Pink Quartz, Tanzanite, Amethyst & Topaz. Now whilst they look mighty pretty in the bottle, the formula of these chromes unfortunately wasn't all that great, quite sheer, therefore would definitely require a base colour underneath to bring out the chrome finish. So thought for this they'd be perfect to use with this technique & I loved the watercolour finish!


For my base, instead of Black, i decided to stick with the chrome theme & instead used a couple of coats of W7 Pewter, a sleek gunmetal grey metallic shade. 


I then grabbed one polish at a time & after wiping off the excess polish on the edge of each bottle, simply applied quick strokes across the nail with the almost dry brush, adding quick light washes of colour.


With each shade I applied about 3-4 strokes, some horizontally down the nail, others vertically. By the time you've gone round all ten nails with one shade, the first hand should be dry already ready for the next shade. And even if its not then no big deal as the whole point of this look is to mix & merge the tones!


I love this technique as you can have fun with the colours & directions of your brush stroke & just pile on shade after shade to create this fab effect with interesting results! I will definitely be giving this a try with black polish over a bright neon! Or maybe some fiery orange/red duochromes...

Hope you liked the mani darlings! Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!