2.28.2015

NOTD - Mint Pearl Vintage Nails ft HugoSophia Crystal Rings


Bonjour my beauts! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Today was a good day having returned from a most blissful & hands down the best Indian Head Massage I have ever had in my life. I booked the treatment through Wahanda & I think I may have found a miracle worker within my own town no less! Happy days!

Today's nails feature a spot o' bling detail in the form of some pretty crystal stack rings, who doesn't love a bit of sparkle eh? But more on those later. For this mani I went down the vintage route leaving a half moon at the bottom of the nail bare. I love this style of manicure, so chic!


For my base colour I used this gorgeous minty turquoise crème polish from Cynthia Rowley which is sadly nameless. I found this brand in TK Maxx & was intrigued to try & I love it. Lovely crème formula & the shade is such a mood lifter!


Using a hole punch reinforcer sticker for the vintage half moon, which I simply stuck down on the bottom half of the nail, I painted two coats of the minty green, removing the sticker while polish is still wet. Don't worry if the edge isn't neat, as it gets covered up later.


I then applied a few coats of this divine polish Naiade, isn't that such a pretty name? This is actually an indie polish that I picked up in a blog sale yonks ago! Naiade, which in Greek mythology means flowing water, is a sheer turquoise with opalescent glitter & flakies that shimmer oh so prettily. J'adore!


Finally I reached for my nail art wheels & picked some pretty pearls to go around the edge of the bare half moons. Not only does adding rhinestones this way jazz up a mani beautifully, but it also covers up the edge of your half moons, so you don't need to worry about clean up for a neat curve!


Seal it all with a good few coats of topcoat to secure the pearls & you're done :) Now going back to those pretty rings, I find myself getting back in to the flow of accessorizing more, especially rings! I discovered the online jewellery brand HugoSophia on Twitter & immediately fell in love with their stunning pieces which include the most eye catching necklaces & pretty rings, including this lovely set of Black Crystal Midi Rings.


The set includes 4 metallic rings of different sizes embedded with sparkly crystals. The different widths of each mean they can be worn on different fingers in a manner of different ways & I just love how they bling up the manicure! My wishlist for HugoSophia is growing at an alarming rate! Unfortunately the Black Crystal Midi Rings are currently sold out, but I do believe the site is regularly updated. So if you're after some decently priced yet stunning bling then I definitely recommend you check them out!

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Lotsa love to ya!


2.26.2015

NOTD - Pink Jelly Bean & Hex Glitter!

Ello ello sweetpeas, oooh Fridays almost here, can you feel it?! *reaches for Crunchie bar*

This mani I am sharing with you today is the result of what happens when you let a 4 year old choose what will be worn on the nails. It was at the time I was due a mani change that my little cousin popped around for a wee visit, & upon seeing my task immediately wanted to join in & begged to pick the polish pretty please, she even threw in the Puss In Boots eyes to seal the deal. So letting her have free reign she insisted that pink & glitter were a MUST & then somehow found the hexagon glitters & requested those too... O_O So here we go...


Haha! Hmmm what do we think? Barbie girl! ;) I was actually surprisingly happy with the result! I think I may have me a future nail artist in the making *proud face*


The pretty pink base is Ciate Jelly Bean, a lovely bright fuchsia pink which actually has a subtle blue tinted pearlescent shimmer running through. Definitely a girly girl shade. Good pick my child! I applied two coats.


This interesting glitter polish OSLD is a random brand that a friend brought back for me from her travels. An interesting mix of small holographic glitter & pale gold bar glitters, I do love me a random polish! I applied this one one half of the nail.


Then using a toothpick & clear polish, I grabbed the large hexagon glitters that my little cuz was oh so fond of & applied a row of them down the centre of the nail.


Seal it all with topcoat & your Barbie mani is ready to go party with Ken. Bless her she was so happy I couldn't resist doing hers in a similar fashion. The little tyke was so overcome with excitement she ran out the door before I could snap a picture...I'm telling myself it was to show the rest of family & NOT because of my company...o_O aaah to be young again.

Thanks as always for reading dolls!

Lotsa love to ya!


2.24.2015

NOTD - Stripes and Roses


Hullo there me beauts! Hope you're all having a tip top week :)

Bringing forth some monochromatic action today with simple black & white stripes & a floral fix in the form of rustic rose tips. This type of stripe nail art, otherwise known as a Beetlejuice mani as I often like to refer to it for obvious reasons, is one of my favourites as its striking yet easy to do! Can be worn alone or jazzed up a wee bit like I've done here.


For the base I used Models Own White Light HyperGel, this polish is pretty much my go to now when I need a white base for a mani, such a fab flawless white! Here I've applied two coats.


Then using the striper brush from Models Own Black nail art pen, applied three horizontal stripes down the nail, simples!


For the 'rustic' style roses on the tips & of course by 'rustic' I actually mean 'very roughly & speedily done'...*side eye* O_o... I dabbed on some Models Own Sardonyx from the Velvet Goth collection, so much love for this polish, a deep vampy red AND sparkles? Win. 


To add to the rose detail I used some black polish & a toothpick to create a slight textured look.


Then finally using another Models Own Velvet Goth, this time Absinthe, a most divoooone deep emerald green glitter bomb, because sparkles are everything, I added a few leaves amongst the roses.


Seal design with topcoat for gloss & to really bring out that glitter & that's it :) Hope you liked, thanks for reading lovelies!

Lotsa love to ya!


2.23.2015

NOTD - Year Of The Sheep


Greetings lovely readers!

Tis nice not feeling those dreaded Monday blues for once, having booked the day off. I think this is a notion that needs actioning more often ;) A lovely time was had on Saturday being a part of Swap In The City and Fashions Finest event for London Fashion Week & is something that I would love to do again in the future for sure! Alas I couldn't make it to the Pro Beauty Show on Sunday as I was too poorly & to be frank the weather was so awful it didn't really encourage one to venture outdoors, hopefully next time!

Now I'm a wee bit late with this but Happy Belated Chinese New Year to all who celebrate! As usual I couldn't help but get involved with the special occasion in the form of some nail art. As this year is the year of the Sheep I decided to whack some of those fluffy creatures on mah nails...


For the base colour I decided to dig out a long time old favourite of mine Barry M Spring Green. Such a lovely & jolly vibrant shade of green, definitely one to pick up the spirits :) This is two coats applied.


The sheep couldn't be easier, I just grabbed my trusty dotting tool, a bobby pin will suffice if you don't have one, & some white polish. Then on each nail simply dotted on a circle of five dots before filling in the centre to create the sheep’s fluffy wool, cloud like body.


Then using a fine nail art brush & some black polish this time, I just added four lines for the wee little legs & a head to create my little sheep!


Finish with topcoat & Chinese New Years nails are done :) Thanks for stopping by as always lovelies! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!