Saturday, 29 December 2012

Love Hearts

Morning all!  I hope you're all enjoying the festive season, and haven't over indulged too much!  I think if I see another glass of wine my liver might try to make a break for it...  Today's my last day in Swansea with my family, before I head up to Liverpool to spend New Year's with my boyfriend and his family.  My brother and sister-in-law (plus dogs) are coming over for a second Christmas dinner and eggnog later, so that should be good fun :)  And my sister-in-law isn't driving for a change, which means I can get her drunk :D

But anyway, you read my blog for the nails, so here you go!  These have been sitting in my 'To be posted' folder for months - I did them for the evening reception of my cousins wedding back in September, and for some reason just haven't got round to posting them.


I used George Gnome and OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons as my base colours, then added a coat of BeautyUK Gold Digger and Kleancolor Twinkly Love on the nude nails.  I did have to fish about a bit for the hearts, and place them where I wanted them, but I don't mind when they're this cute...

What do you think of an accent nail arrangement like this?  I'm normally a ring finger accent kind of girl, but I do enjoy the occasional foray into something different.  What's your accent nail preference?

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Penguin Tutorial

This is a tutorial to create cute little penguin nails, originally posted here.

For this look, you will need:

  • Black polish (Barry M Black)
  • White polish (Barry M Matt White)
  • Orange nail art pen
  • Dotting tool
I'm using an orange nail art pen because I happen to have one, but you could of course use nail polish and a small nail art brush or dotting dool.

Here is the step-by-step picture tutorial:


1.  Prepare your nail as usual, then apply your black base.

2.  Using your white polish, making sure the brush is fully loaded, start about two-thirds of the way down your nail and draw a stripe to the tip.  Let the brush fan out so that you end up with this nice curved shape.

3.  Using the large end of your dotting dool, add two white dots for eyes.  Let these dry, then use the small end to add two black dots to the centres.

4.  Using your nail art pen, add a small triangle for the beak (make sure you do this on the white part of the penguin - it won't show up on the black!) and two dots for feet.

5.  Add a coat of you favourite topcoat, and you're finished!

These little fellas are cute for any time of the year, but if you'd like to make them a little more festive, how about using a black glitter for your base?  Or adding some red and green bow ties?  You could even use different base colours to come up with some skittle penguins!  I'd love to see what you come up with :)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: We wish you a merry Christmas!


Just a quickie today, as I have to go eat turkey and stuff.

Today's the final day of the Christmas challenge!  I decided to make use of some little tree stickers I picked up in Poundland a few weeks ago.


I used China Glaze Winter Holly and Barry M Gold.  The stickers have curled up a little at the edges, but somehow I haven't picked them off yet.  They may survive until after dinner...

If you want to relive the challenge, you can see my manicures by clicking the picture below, or you can of course take a wander over to the Pinterest board to view everyone's manicures.

Hope you all have a fantastic day!!

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Santa Claus is coming to town

If you pretend it's half an hour ago, then I totally posted this on time.

Things have been totally hectic since I came home to my parents' for Christmas, and my nails have been totally neglected.  Today, I even went out to meet friends with chipped nail polish.  I am a disgrace.

To demonstrate further my disgraceful ways, here's my manicure for this challenge!  The glitter had already been on for a few days, hence the tip and growth *hangs head in shame*


I used China Glaze Pure Joy, and then added Father Christmas' face using OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons and black and white nail art pens.

If you'd like to have a go at your own Father Christmas nail art, I have a tutorial you can use here.

Tomorrow's the last day of the challenge!  We'll all be freestyling it for 'we wish you a merry Christmas' so I'm really looking forward to seeing what people come up with!

Anyhoo, Santa Claus really is coming to town, so I'd best get to sleep!  Don't forget to check out all the other participants manicures.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Deck the halls!

I'm officially behind with my own challenge...dear me!  I did do them on Sunday, but I took a day off from revision yesterday to go to Canterbury with my boyfriend to do a bit of Christmas shopping :) So  didn't get a chance to post them.

Of course, I went with sparkles and holly!

Showing off another of the baubles on my tree...

I used China Glaze Champagne Kisses for my sparkly base (love this polish so much!).  Then I added holly leaves in Sinful Colors Last Chance and Barry M Spring Green, and some berries in OPI Flick Chick Cherry with Barry M Matt White highlights.

Here's a picture with the flash (just because I enjoy the sparkle...).

There'll be two posts next week!  Have a look at the challenge prompts below to see what's coming up :)

Don't forget to visit all the other fabulous blogs participating, or visit the Pinterest board to see everyone's manicures!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Another Reverse Glitter Gradient

It's FRIIIIIIDAAAAAYYY!  I had an exam this morning, so naturally I have a bottle of wine in the fridge, and once I've finished this post I'll send my boyfriend to the chippy (even though I've insisted for the last hour that I'm going to cook..he's unlikely to be surprised though).

So anyway!  Today I have a simple little glitter gradient for you, with two untried polishes.  Go me!

I used an NYC polish - this has since been donated to my Mum because it's really similar to another polish in my collection and I can't for the life of me remember the name!  Sorry!  It went on lovely though; I didn't have great expectations, but in two coats it was rich and opaque.  The glitter is Barry M Rose Quartz - the larger pieces of glitter are actually a pale pink (it's hard to tell with the red background!) and then it's packed with fine silver holographic glitter.  Very pretty :)

I love doing glitter gradients - I think they're a really quick and simple way of using your glitter polishes, whilst still creating a look that's a little different than just all over glitter :)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Rudolph Tutorial

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny noooooossssseeee (like a light bulb!).

To create this cute little reindeer you'll need:

  • Green polish (Barry M Spring Green)
  • White polish (Barry M Matt White)
  • Brown polish (OPI Over The Taupe)
  • Red and red glitter polish (Barry M Bright Red and Red Glitter)
  • Black Sharpie or nail art pen
Here's the step-by-step picture tutorial:

1.  Prepare your nail as normal, and apply your base colour.

2.  Using your white polish, paint a curve across the tip of your nail.  Note: If you've used a light background colour or your brown polish is really opaque, you can skip steps 2 and 3!

3.  Add a smaller curve on top of the previous curve.  You might find it easiest to get plenty of polish on your brush, place it about two third down the nail and paint a stripe.

4.  Using the same method as in 2 and 3, paint over your white shape with your brown polish.  Don't worry if you don't quite get up to the edges, we'll be going over these later anyway.

5.  Add a blob of red polish on your tip for Rudolph's nose.

6.  Add a blob of red glitter on top of this for some extra sparkle.

7.  Give your polish plenty of time to dry, then using your Sharpie or equivalent, outline Rudolph's head and nose, and add two dots for eyes.  Aim to do this a little neater than I did!

8.  Finish Rudolph by giving him some antlers!  Just draw two lines coming out of his head, then draw two more lines coming off each of these.

9.  Give your Sharpie or nail art pen plenty of time to dry, then apply your favourite topcoat and you're done!

I think this would look fab as an accent nail with all the other nails done as reindeer without a red nose!  Or if a reindeer on every nail's a bit much for you, how about as an accent nail with a glittery green mani?

Monday, 10 December 2012

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Evening all :)

Today is day two in the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge, and the theme is snow!  For this manicure I decided to recreate one that I did last here.  Here's this year's effort.

I used Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream for my base, then used Barry M Matt White, Black, Spring Green and Bright Red, and a little blob of Max Factor Bright Orange for his nose.

And here's last year's attempt.  Shocking photo...apologies.

It' or less identical.  Not much development there then!

Next week's theme is Deck The Halls.  I'm expecting to see a lot of glitter...

Don't forget to check out all the other ladies participating in the challenge!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Father Christmas Tutorial

Ho ho ho, merry Christmas!

To create a little Father Christmas on your nails, you will need:

  • Nude polish 
  • White polish 
  • Red polish
  • A small nail art brush
  • A black sharpie or nail art pen
Of course, if you don't have a black nail art pen you can just use some black polish and a small brush.

Here's the step-by-step picture tutorial:

1.  Prepare your nail as usual, and apply your nude polish.

2.  Using your white polish, paint across about a third of your nail at the base, and a third at the tip, making this fishtail shape.

3.  Taking your red polish and nail art brush, fill in the base of your nail.  Make sure you leave a white trim on his hat!

4.  Paint a long red triangle from the hat down to Father Christmas' beard.

5.  Using your Sharpie (or equivalent) outline all your shapes.  Add in the bottom of his moustache, eyes, a smile and a bobble on the end of his hat!

6.  Clean up and apply your favourite topcoat, and you're good to go (remember if you're using a Sharpie or nail art pen, allow this plenty of time to dry before topcoating - no streaking Santas!)

This would look great as an accent nail with a red and green manicure.  Or how about adding some red glitter to make him sparkle or, if you're feeling adventurous, some white flocking powder for all his fluffy bits!

Christmas Tutorials

Because I'm feeling festive (and because I'm just this good at avoiding revision) I've decided some Christmassy tutorials are in order!

I've already made a few, but if you have any suggestions for tutorials you'd like me to make, just let me know!  It can be something I've posted in a manicure on here, or just any random festive nail art you'd like to see me attempt.

I can't wait to hear your ideas!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Polish Days: Get Your Bling On!

The more observant amongst you will have noticed I didn't do the last two Polish Days.  I just forgot...  I actually have a calendar on my computer where I write all challenge manicures I'm going to do, I just don't look at it.  It's like when I go shopping; I write a shopping list and take it with me, but I don't look at it until after I've paid and left the shop, to see how well I've done.

But anyway, this month I've remembered!  The theme, appropriately for the festive season, is Get Your Bling On!  And what better than a multicoloured glitter bomb!

This Barry M Amethyst Glitter.  I can't tell you what colours are in there because it's too shiny to be able to tell.  The overall look is quite blue though .  I used 4 coats (I think??) here with no underwear.

And just because blurry pictures of glitter are always fun:

This is my right hand by the way, so sorry for the slightly awkward hand position.  I struggled.

Then I added a star pattern over the top in Barry M Vivid Purple, using the same method I used for my Over The Taupe Stars.  It got a little chunky at this stage, so sorry it's a bit of a mess.

Don't forget to check out all the other bling-tastic nails today!

Liebster Award

A huge thank you to Tara from TarasTalons for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

Here are the rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Ask 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
I exhausted my store of facts about myself in previous award posts, so I'm gonna skip that bit (you can read them here).

Here are the questions that Tara asked.

1. Where did you grow up?
In Swansea (in South Wales).  And no, that's not a part of England.

2.  What is the best thing about where you grew up?
My parents live on the Gower Peninsula, and the beaches are AMAZING.  I still adore it, and I miss it so much!  I love being able to go down the beach for a BBQ of a summer's evening, and you have this whole massive beach to yourselves :)  And the sand dunes are great for sledding when it snows (or sliding down on a plastic bag if you don't have a sled...ahem).

3. If you could only use one range of polishes for a whole year, which brand would you choose?
Assuming I don't have to pay for all these polishes, then absolutely OPI.  I've yet to find a brand that comes anywhere close in terms of quality.  The brush and formula are so perfect that painting my nails with it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

4. What is your party trick?
Getting really drunk and embarrassing myself...does that count?  I can also converse fairly well in French when I'm drunk...

5. Why do you blog?
Hmm...well the reason I started blogging was mostly because I finished my teacher training and suddenly had free time.  I didn't quite know what to do with myself.  I'd started posting pictures of my nails on Facebook, and I'd been reading a few blogs, so I decided to just give blogging a go.  I got my first few followers pretty quickly, so that was exciting!  I still get very excited when I get new followers (one time I lost one...that was sad) or new comments, and I guess that's why I've kept going with it :)

6. What is your favourite animal?
ARGH!  I hate this question!   It's impossible to answer because I love them all!  I wish I had an ark.  But only the cute animals would be allowed snakes.  Tigers are definitely up there in my top 10 because they're just so fricking adorable.  It genuinely makes me sad that I can't have a pet one.  Like now I feel sad because I've thought about it.  Also up there are rhinos, because LOOK AT THEM!  They are ridiculous, and therefore amazing.  I discovered there's a zoo just north of London that has white tigers and snow leopards, so clearly my boyfriend has to take me there for a day out when he's home (sometimes I imagine being with me must be rather like having a small child to entertain...).  Ummmm...what else are my favourites...POLAR BEARS.  I can't believe I almost forgot them.  I want a pet one of those two.  Ugh, they just break my heart with their cuteness.  Now I just need to resist the urge to google pictures of cute animals, because I'll literally never start my coursework....

7. If you had to live in another country, where would you choose?
Probably somewhere very similar to Britain, because I hate change.  Aren't I boring?  Maybe France because the wine's cheap and it's not too hot or cold.

8. What blog is your favourite/gives you the most inspiration?
What a hard question!  There are loads that I love, for all different reasons.  Chalkboard Nails and Creative Nail Design by Sue always have perfect nails, so I love seeing their new posts.  Clawsome Nail Art has amazing false nails that she sells - they're always so unique, so I love seeing those.  Scrangie is great for swatches.  The Nailasaurus has unique ideas for how to use nail art products, and the things that girl can do with a medium striper brush...  And I really love new blogs.  I love seeing how people's skills develop, and watching their blogs grow.

9. What three famous/well known people (living or dead) would you invite to a dinner party and why?
I know a lot of people go for inspirational figures from the past when asked this sort of question...but I'm gonna go for Bryan Adams so he could sing to us, David Tennant so he could talk at me in his Scottish accent, and Dermot O'Leary so I could touch him.  In a totally innocent way, of course.

10. How did you get interested in nails?
When I was in my teens, my mum used to get Special FX nail art kits of QVC, with nail foils and that sort of things, so I got quite into it then.  Then I stopped painting my nails when I got my first job at 16 (apparently red nail polish and making baguettes don't go together - whatever).  I randomly decided after no, I've gotten so old I can't remember one birthday from another anymore.  Sad times.  Maybe my 22nd?  Anyway, I decided to spend some of my birthday money on a couple of Special FX foils off ebay.  And so it begun again...  Actually though, I only started having them painted 24/7 after I used Rimmel Sunshine and it stained my nails so badly that I had to have them painted all the time otherwise I looked like a chain smoker.

11. What is your favourite TV program?
Coronation Street.  I don't even care if that's the most tragic thing you've ever heard.

And here are the 11 questions for my nominees!  Lifted straight from my last Liebster award post...ahem...

1.Why did you start your blog?
2. How did you get in to nail art?
3. What's your go to manicure when you're feeling uninspired?
4. What polish are you lusting after at the moment?
5. What is your favourite brand of nail polish?
6. Are you a fan of indie polishes, and why or why not?
7. What's your favourite thing about the festive season?
8. Where in the world would you most like to visit?
9. What other hobbies do you have?
10. Do you have any strange fears?
11.  If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

And now...drum roll please...

The blogs I'm nominating are:

Please do check out their blogs - there's some fantastic nail art to be seen!

Monday, 3 December 2012

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Happy Monday!  If Monday's can be happy...

Today's the first day of my Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge, yay!  Here's what's coming up in the challenge:

So today's theme is Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.  For some reason, I was really struggling to come up with an idea for this one!  I mean, it really shouldn't be that hard...just something involving a tree. But no...nothing.

Eventually I settled on this simple but fun dotticure :)  And I actually really like it.  It's so bright and glittery, what more could you want?

Goes without saying of course that I had to take a picture of them with a tree ornament and next to the Christmas tree.  Not overkill at all.

I used Barry M Matt White for my base, and then had a bit more of a Barry M fest using Barry M Spring Green, Bright Red and Gold Foil.

I then went over these colours with glitter!  I used Barry M Red Glitter, and China Glaze Champagne Kisses and Winter Holly.

Here's a less tree-y picture...

Don't forget to check out all the other lovely ladies participating in the challenge, by following the links below!  Alternatively, you can view everyone's manicures on the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge Pinterest Board.

Also,I failed miserably at using all my untrieds in November. I think I may actually have more than I started with.  So I'm still going with that anyway!

China Glaze Champagne Kisses
China Glaze Winter Holly

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Best of British

Hello everyone :)  I hope you're all enjoying a nice lazy Sunday.  I know I am...I got out of bed at 2:30pm and all I've done since then is drink coffee and do some Christmas shopping online.  Good times.  Planning to put the tree up this evening!  Assuming of course that I ever get off the sofa...

Anyhoo, let's have a look what everyone's been up to this week!

British Nail Bloggers

Emma uses her nails as a blank canvas and creates grafitti nails at Emma's Little Corner.

Wendy at Wendy's Delights is wearing a beautiful Green Polish she received as a gift from Never Mind Suzi, and used it for the 31 Day Nail Challenge.

Lyndsay has taken delivery of 2 new sets of Holiday Stamping Plates - the spookily themed HD01-HD05 and Christmas related HD06-HD10.  Check them out over at Pie's Eyes.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been all about the stripes and polka dots this week.

This week The Teenage Shopaholic has been... feeling Christmassy! She went to Winter Wonderland and wore her snowy twinkling mani.

This week Alyssia of Rose Tint My Nails swatched Models Own Raspberry Crush that she got FREE from MORE! Magazine.  On top of that she takes on the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge!

Anna of Anna's Polish Addiction has posted her Nails Inc Glastonbury mani and is also having a mini Blog sale.

MissLanage has had a week of firsts at Lane's Laquers including MSMD Monday, Caviar Mani's & Sat-ART-day.

This week Phoenix Nails gave you all a sneak peek at her Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar.  Keep your eyes peeled each day as she shares what's behind each door.

Sam at Polished Art posted this easy-to-follow leopard print nail art tutorial. If you haven't tried this pattern yet, give it a go now!

Lou is back in the blogging groove and has a longtime HAREpolish lemming to show off.  Let's just say it's red and it has glitter!

Vic's been way too busy playing with the new Gelish Holiday Collection to do much blogging, but she has at least posted her 500 follower giveaway.

Jazz has been slacking this week, I promise to pick up next week! Glitter Infatuation. Glitter is appropriate no matter what the occasion!

Don't forget that tomorrow is the beginning of my Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what all the participants come up with for the first prompt 'Rocking around the Christmas tree'.  I hope you are too!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Caviar Manicure

Hello ladies :)

It's december, yay!  I'm going to head into town in a little bit (again) to do some more Christmas shopping, and hopefully get my tree up later!  Yay!'ll do my coursework at some point...maybe...

Anyway, today I have my first go of a caviar mani to show you.  I picked these beads up Superdrug for £2.99 - you can probably get some cheaper ones on ebay or something, but there are also certainly some more expensive ones around.

These beads are by MUA.  There are five different colours in the range, and what I really like about them is that each set isn't just one colour of microbeads, but a mixture.  I think this makes them look a bit more interesting on the nail.  Here's the look I came up with.

This is W7 Blue Dazzle and Nails Inc Elizabeth Street (the one that was free with Glamour), with the accent nail in MUA Constellation Pisces.

It's a little hard to see in the photo, because they're so shiny, but these beads are mostly blue, with some pink and silver mixed in there aswell.  I have to say I was really impressed with them.  They're a lot smaller than I thought, so they don't stick out too much from the nail - very wearable.  And they lasted so well!  I did put one layer of topcoat over them, because I'm sure they'd have just all fallen off in bed otherwise, but you really couldn't tell there was topcoat on them - it didn't ruin the look at all.  I'm terrible at fiddling with my nails when there are bumpy things on them (rhinstones never stand a chance), but I fiddled and I fiddled, and they just didn't budge.  Although when I took them off...lets just say I need to vacuum.

Have you tried caviar beads before?  Do you like the idea of mixed colours like this, or do you prefer the plain colours?

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Birthday Pretties


Just a quick post - I just want to share with you the nail polishes I got for my birthday today :)

Firstly, from my parents and sister, are some of the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection:

My boyfriend's sister and her husband bought me these polishes!

Some really interesting looking ones in there.  Especially that dark one in the middle - it looks like it's silver and blue glitter in a black base, can't wait to try it out!

Anyhoo, hope you've all had a lovely day!  I'm currently sitting here with naked nails because I can't think of any ideas that aren't Christmassy, and it's just too soon!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Leopard Print Tutorial

This is a tutorial for leopard print nails!  I love this look, and, once you've got the hang of it, it's really quick and easy to do when you need great nails in a hurry.

You can see some examples of manicures I've done using this pattern by clicking the links below:

I've just written the word 'leopard' so many times that it no longer looks like a word...

Here's what you'll need:

  • Base colour (Barry M Gold Foil)
  • Spot colour (OPI Warm and Fozzie)
  • Black nail art pen (you could also use a Sharpie if you like)

Here's the step-by-step picture tutorial.

1.  Start by prepping your nail as usual (I buff and apply a basecoat) then apply your base colour.

2.  Using the brush that comes with the polish, apply a few blobs of your spot colour to each nail.  As a rough guide, I use 4-5 spots per nail, but you can adjust this depending on the size of your nail and the size of your spots!  Try to take some of your spots over the edges of your nails.

3.  Using your nail art pen, draw a rough C shape around each spot.  The wobblier the better here.  Don't make your lines too smooth and don't draw a full circle around the spots (see below).  If you're using a Sharpie instead for this step, you might find you get better results from dabbing with the Sharpie to make lines of joined up dots, rather than just drawing lines (if that makes any sense?)

4.  In any spaces you've got left, add in a few more little C shapes or just some dots.

5.  Apply a layer of your favourite topcoat and you're done!  CAUTION:  Nail art pens apply polish quite thickly, so please make sure you give your design plenty of time to dry before applying your topcoat, otherwise you'll end up with a very streaky leopard!

Here are some examples of how NOT to outline your spots!  Hopefully you can see that using a smooth line, or joining the line right the way up around the circle doesn't give as good a look as what I've done above.

If you have any tips for how to improve my tutorials or any ideas for tutorials you'd like to see, please post your suggestions in the comment area.

Monday, 26 November 2012

W7 Salt n Pepper and Christmas Challenge!

Happy Monday!  If Monday's can be happy...  Mine certainly wasn't this morning.  I think the guy at the little coffee place at the train station must have snuck me decaf, because I was in a horrible mood until I had a nice strong coffee at lunchtime.  Probably shouldn't be so dependent on coffee...oh well.  Could be worse :D

Anyhoo, today I have another untried to show you!  I will point out at this point that my attempt to use all my untrieds by the end of November has definitely failed.  I think there might even be more than there were at the beginning...

So here's today's manicure.

This is Barry M Black and W7 Salt n Pepper.  Love these W7 polishes!  Then I added some flower stickers to the black nails.  This was not my original plan...  I found two little white rose water decals that were so perfect for this!  So I put one down on my nail, wet the back of it like the instructions said, took the paper away and...I was left with the plain back of the decal.  Turns out you're supposed to wet it, then slide it off the paper and on to your nail.  Whoops!  Ah well, I'm happy with how these turned out anyway!

Have you tried any of these sprinkle type polishes, in any brand?

Also, just a quick reminder that the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge will be starting in a week!  There are five challenge manicures, one for each Monday in December, plus an extra one for Christmas Eve.

There's still plenty of time to sign up if you want to join us!  You just need to send me an email at or leave me your email address in the comments :)  If you've already let me know you'd like to participate, I'll be sending an email out later this week with (hopefully) all the information you'll need.  If you've got any questions at the moment though, please just ask in the comments!

Typically, I've got ideas for all the manicures apart from the first one!  I need to get my thinking cap on...

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Best of British

Good afternoon!  Here's a quick round up of what the lovely British Bloggers have been up to this week.

British Nail Bloggers

Emma practises polka dots in this China Glaze dotticure at Emma's Little Corner.

Nada got her hands on Miss Sporty's new nail polishes Metal Flip Duochromes! Check out the swatches!

Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes has been playing with fire this week Max Factor's Fantasy Fire. It's fast becoming a Top 10 polish!

Jazz at Glitter Infatuation has been continuing the Lazy 15 Challenge, even if that means interpreting it in her own funny way. Glitter is appropriate no matter what the occasion!

Wendy over at Wendy's Delights has a Yellow Mani with Glitter for the 31 day Challenge!

Claire at Nuthin' But A Nail Thing has been fishscale manicuring it up - there is a tutorial too!

Rachel at Phoenix Nails has been getting all childish with a Disney mani for day 9 of the Lazy 15 challenge.

Vic's been experimenting with layering and has come up with a Swishy Junk Yard.

Sally of NailPron has found some new Speciallita polishes, and they look amazing.

Anna from Anna's Polish Addiction has tried Nails Inc Southwark from the most recent QVC Today's Special Value, and posted a rainbow mani and more pics of her stash.

Sam at Polished Art created this pretty half moon manicure using dried flowers!

Kerry at JustTalkNails has a swatch of Essie Smooth Sailing this week.

This week there was some Quilted Nail Art going on over at Enigmatic Rambles.

Hope you enjoyed!  What have you been wearing on your nails this week?

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Whimsical Half Moons

Happy Saturday!  Yay for weekends!

Today I have a polish to share with you that I have lusted after FOREVER (or since I started reading nail blogs at least).  It's the lovely Revlon Whimsical that I won in a giveaway hosted by Marisa at Polish Obsession, along with Orly Steel Your Heart, which I used in this jigsaw manicure.  Do check out Marisa's blog - she's got fabulous swatches and some really pretty wintry nail art :)

I'd read on blogs in the past about people being disappointed with Whimsical because it was so sheer, so I decided to layer it over a polish.  I whipped out my Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, and was all ready to go, when I decided that actually Whimsical is a bit more green than that.  So I got out my OPI Mermaid's Tears, but Whimsical's a bit more blue than that...  It's a very interesting colour, to look at it I'd definitely say it was blue, but it's definitely got a green tinge to it when you compare it with other blues.

Anyway, I decided that since the hint of green was so interesting, I'd go with Mermaid's Tears to bring out the green a little more.  Here's what I ended up with.

So this is OPI Mermaid's Tears with three coats of Revlon Whimsical (look at those pretty glitters!).  Then I decided to bring out the pink glitters a little more with some half moons painted on in Barry M Bright Pink.  This is the first time I've tried painting half moons on on top of my design, rather than using hole reinforcers - how do you think I did?

Thank you again Marisa for this gorgeous polish!

What nail polish have you been lusting after recently?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Dried Flower Half Moons

Hello lovely ladies :)  Sorry I've been a little slow on the posts lately.  I don't even know why...I've got loads of manicures there waiting to be posted.  I'm sure my dongle's going to give up on me soon though.  This month I managed to use all of my data in like 5 days or something...  I've (hopefully) finally got broadband sorted though after being messed around for 6 weeks by a company who I shan't name...other than to say it was Virgin Media.

Anyhoo, today I have something a little different for you.  I received some dried flowers from Born Pretty Store to review.  In fact, when they asked me to choose a product, I chose these because they're something I hadn't seen anyone feature on their blog, but between then and now someone else has posted a review of them, typical!

But moving on...  The dried flowers come in a handy little wheel, so they're easy to store along with all my other nail art wheels!  As you can see, there are plenty of colours to choose from, and a nice mixture of bright and dark shades.

What may not be obvious from the picture is that you get three flowers of each colour.  I didn't find this a problem for the look I wanted to create, but obviously it's something to bear in mind when planning your manicures!

If wheels aren't your thing, there's also some dried flowers available in pots here.  I haven't tried these, so I don't know if they're exactly the same flowers.

I thought these would be great for creating little flower half moons, so here are the nails I came up with.

I used a base of OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons.  Then I cut each flower in half (so one flower could do both hands!) and stuck them on to a wet layer of topcoat.  I don't do anything as sensible as use tweezers to apply fiddly things to my nails, so you can see where I managed to smudge and dent my polish a little, but that could be easily avoided by being less of an idiot.

I sealed them off with two coats of top coat and, after that had dried, trimmed around the edges to make sure the flowers fitted nicely to my cuticle.  That was plenty to make them smooth enough for me to not fiddle with them.  I thought I'd have problems with them sticking up and catching on things, but they were actually fine!

I really enjoyed wearing these :)  I think they're really different, and it's so quick and easy to make nail art with them.  I think people may have thought I'd finally lost my mind wearing flowers on my nails though lol, must be all those polish fumes... I've got loads of other ideas of how to use these, so I'm planning to try those out and show you some pictures over the next couple of weeks.

If you like the look of these, then take a look at them here.  They're available for $4.45 (which is about £2.79) and shipping is free to wherever in the world you may be.  If you do decide to make a purchase, don't forget to use the discount code below!

What do you think of these dried flowers?  Would you use them to create a look like I did, or do you have another idea for how to use them?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

31 Day Challenge

Here's a round up of all the manicures for the 31 Day Challenge!  To see the original blog post, or bigger pictures, of any of the manicures, just click on the picture!

Animal Print
Delicate Print
Half Moon
Water Marble