Wednesday, 31 December 2014

'Space Age' New Years Nails

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! For New Years Eve I was planning on doing nails with loads of glitter and something just generally very sparkly but I really didn't want to remove the galaxy nails I've had on for the past week. So instead I've modified my galaxy nails slightly and that's what I'll be wearing on New Years Eve :)

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

1 Year Blogiversary - Galaxy Nails!

Hello everyone!

Today is my one year Blogiversary and I was so surprised that I've been blogging for a year already! The time has gone so fast but I have loved it so much! :) For today's post I decided I would go and re-do the galaxy nails I did for the very first post on my blog. These galaxy nails were inspired by this gorgeous necklace I bought from Born Pretty Store.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Snowflakes!

Hello everyone!

Today I've got some Christmassy nail art to show you! It's my first Christmas design of the year and I thought I would start it off by incorporating a gradient into the design :)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Born Pretty Store Qgirl-013 Stamping Plate Review

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review of a stamping plate (Qgirl-013)* which Born Pretty Store sent me! This is such a pretty stamping plate and when I saw it I knew I wanted to do an autumnal nail art design.

(above pic is with top coat)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Blue Ombre Stripes

Hello everyone!

Today's mani has so much going on! Ombre, stripes and spots! And it was really easy to do.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Celebration nails!

Hello everyone!

Today's post has some nail art I did quite a while ago for the contest on Nailpolis to celebrate them reaching 1 million likes on Facebook :) I decided to do some negative space nails as I hadn't done them for a while and this is how they turned out!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Born Pretty Store Water Decals Review

Hello everyone!

Eeep! I've been so busy lately it's been really difficult for me to find time to blog. And I have missed it so much! But today I have a review of the other item Born Pretty Store sent me - water decals! I've never used decals before so I was excited to try them out!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review

Hello everyone!

Born Pretty Store sent me some items to review one of which was a stamping plate which I'll be showing you today. The item name is Nail Art Stamp Template Quirky Arabesque Pattern QA88*

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Graduation Nails!

Hello everyone!

I haven't posted for 2 weeks! I don't know why I just haven't felt like painting my nails so I apologise about there being no new posts for a while. But I'm slowly getting back into doing some nail art :)

So today I wanted to show you the nails I wore to my graduation ceremony - I now officially have a degree in Biological Sciences! :) I saw this design on Pinterest somewhere in black and gold but I decided to go with blue with gold and I'm really happy with how they turned out!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

World Cup Nails!

Hello everyone!

I've got some football nail art to show you today in celebration of the World Cup! I don't usually watch football (or any sports really) but during the World Cup I do like to watch some of the matches with my family :)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Rainforest gradient!

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to show you a simple gradient mani I did with some Barry M polishes I bought recently.

Monday, 23 June 2014

I can water marble!

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to show you my water marbled nails! Water marbling is one of those techniques that seems to frustrate so many people a) because it takes so long to do and b) because you never know if it's turned out OK until after you've spent half an hour taping up your  fingers and dropping polish in a cup.

I've tried water marbling twice before and both times it was very hit and miss. I might get 1 nail that looked OK but the rest were varying degrees of fail! Also I struggled so much with finding suitable polishes that would spread in the water and polishes that wouldn't dry quickly on the water surface. All in all it was a very annoying, long process. I haven't tried water marbling in about a year and a half and have no idea why I was suddenly inspired to give it another go.

In all my previous attempts I used a small teacup and filled it with room temperature tap water as I'd read that cold water made the polish dry faster. However, I still found the polish didn't spread very far so this time I used an eggcup and room temperature tap water. Then I used NEW nail polish - the Nails Inc Picnic Perfect Collection (swatches here and here) in Ebury Square Gardens and Leonard Street for the water marbling Also these polishes had thin formulas so I thought they might be good for water marbling as gloopy polishes don't spread well. I used the polishes in my dupes post as bases except on my thumb where I used Barry M White.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Nails Inc Ebury Square Gardens comparison

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to compare Nails Inc Ebury Square Gardens, which I got as part of the Picnic Perfect Collection (swatches here) and Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Father's Day Nails!

Hello everyone!

Today is Father's Day so I've done some nail art for the occasion :) I kept it simple but I'm really happy with how they turned out!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Tropical Nails!

Hello everyone!

I decided to try out the stamping decal/sticker technique as I've seen people able to create really amazing stamping designs! I used this tutorial by Lucy's Stash. I decided to just do an accent nail using this method and I think it turned out really well! The colour combination reminds me of a tropical milkshake!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Swatches: Nails Inc Picnic Perfect Collection Part 2

Hello everyone!

I've finally finished my exams! And my final year at University! I was planning on posting these swatches last Friday but exams tired me out! I'm back now though and have loads of posts lined up!

So today I have swatches for the second half of the Nails Inc Picnic Perfect Collection.You can see part 1 here.

Friday, 23 May 2014

World Turtle Day!

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all well and if you have exams - good luck! I've got 2 exams left before I've finished University and it's been so stressful but I'm just glad they're almost over!

Anyway, today (23rd May) is World Turtle Day and Nailpolis have an event running to do some turtle themed nail art for this day so that's what I'll be showing you! The purpose of World Turtle Day is to increase our knowledge of turtles and tortoises, many of which are endangered, and to encourage humans to help them survive.

I recently bought 3 of the polishes in the Barry M Aquarium Collection and I couldn't wait to try them out so I've used all 3 in the design I'm showing you today!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Swatches: Nails Inc Picnic Perfect Collection Part 1

Hello everyone!

I don't post swatches very often - in fact I've only done it twice since starting this blog but I ordered these Nails Inc polishes last month and they are just so gorgeous I had to show you! :) They are part of the limited edition Picnic Perfect Collection - I'll swatch half of the polishes in this post and do the other half sometime next week. The collection came with 8 full size Nails Inc polishes and it only cost £20! The colours are so perfect for Spring and Summer!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Guest Post - Jenny from SmallGirlBigDreams

Hello everyone!

Eek! So I know I haven't posted in a while and that's all thanks to exams. Thankfully they'll be done by the end of this month and I'll be back to posting some more nail art. But anyways today I've got a really interesting guest post from Jenny from SmallGirlBigDreams about how she started her nail career! Over to Jenny :)

Saturday, 26 April 2014

First Attempt at Roses!

Hello everyone!

Today I attempted some free-hand roses for the first time and here's how they turned out!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Earth Day!

Hello everyone!

Happy Earth Day! Today (22nd April) is Earth Day which aims to raise awareness and appreciation for the earth's environment and the nail art I've done is based on this :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easter Nails!

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently - I've got exams coming up soon so revision has been a priority but I will still be doing my best to blog more regularly!

Anyway I want to wish you all a happy Easter and I've got some cute Easter nails to show you today! :)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

World Parkinson's Day

Hello everyone!

I'm a member of Nailpolis and they are currently running a nail art challenge to help raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease. World Parkinson's Day is on the 11th April and I've done some nail art based on the worldwide symbol for Parkinson's Disease - the red tulip :)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Jam Doughnuts! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today I have the final theme for the #NailartMar challenge to show you - 'Drips'. This was one of those designs where I didn't really know what I was doing and I just picked a stamp design I liked and hoped it all looked good together lol! Also I wanted to try out my MoYou stamping plate I just bought! It all turned out well though and reminds me of jam doughnuts! Yum!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Watercolour Nails! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today I want to show you my first ever attempt at doing watercolour nail art. I used the tutorial from beautygeeks. I'm really happy with how they turned out!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Florals - match OOTD #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

The next theme for the#NailartMar challenge is 'Match OOTD'. Instead of doing my whole outfit though I just picked the top for this design :)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Daisies fail! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

So today I've got some failed daisy nail art for the #NailartMar challenge to show you!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

St. Patrick's Day! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to show you my St. Patrick's Day nail art for #NailartMar even though it's 10 days late haha!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Iridescent Flakes! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

My dissertation has been handed in and I'm now off for the Easter break. It's been stressful but now I can focus more on this blog yay! I hope any of you with deadlines approaching aren't too stressed! The next theme of the #NailarMar Challenge is Flakes. I decided to do something simple and here's how they turned out!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Rainbow Swirls! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently! I have had so much uni work to do but I should be back to posting more regularly after this week. Anyway today I've got the next 2 themes of the #NailartMar Challenge rolled into 1 nail art design to show you. Is that allowed? I don't know but I'm going to do it anyway in an attempt to try and catch up on this challenge! So the themes were 'candies' and 'neons' and this is how my nails turned out!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Ombre Flowers! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

The theme for the 4th March #NailartMarch Challenge is ombre! This challenge was started by @californails. As Spring is approaching I also wanted to have flowers in the design somewhere and this is how they turned out!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Half Moon Dotticure! #NailartMar Challenge

Hello everyone!

So after finishing the Nail Art Weekly Project I needed another challenge to do and so I'm taking part in 'The Totally Doable I Have A Life Challenge' from @californails. She also has a blog you can check it out here :)

The theme for the 1st March is dotticure and here's how mine turned out:

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Guest post - imPRESS nails!

Hello everyone!

Today I've done a blog post swap with Niki from Nikiniknak! So without further ado here's Niki's post! :)

Hi :D

I have no nails. I bite them everyday and have done so for as long as I can remember. It may seem a bit strange then that I am here, guest posting on a blog dedicated to nails. This is because I'm determined to make a change. I will stop biting my nails, I will buy pretty pastel nail polishes and I will perfect nail art.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 5

Hello everyone!

It's the final week of the Nail Art Weekly Project started by Danni from Gingerbread Smiles and I can't believe how fast it's gone! I have loved coming up with different designs for each theme! This weeks theme is Glitz and Glam and I wanted to incorporate the negative space technique I've seen recently with glitter polish and here's how they turned out:

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 4

Hello everyone!

It's Week 4 of the Nail Art Weekly Project and the theme is 'The month you were born in'. My birthday is in February and having just done Valentine's Day nails last week I was stuck on what else I could do. Then I thought of birthstones and star signs - February's birthstone is Amethyst and my star sign is Aquarius. Now I know not all people born in February are Aquarius but half of them are so it still kind of fits with the theme :) This is how my nails turned out!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Distressed Nails!

Hello everyone!

Today I did some distressed nail art inspired by Chalkboard Nails. You can see her design here. They are so easy to do and take no time at all but look amazing and I was so pleased with how mine turned out!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 3

Hello everyone!

It's week 3 (already!) of the Nail Art Weekly Project started by Danni from Gingerbread Smiles and the theme this week is Valentine's Day! I was actually so excited to do this one that I did the nail art last week at the same time as my Arrow-inspired nails for Week 2!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 2

Hello everyone!

So it's now week 2 of The Nail Art Weekly Project which was started by Danni from Gingerbread Smiles. The theme for this week is favourite TV show/film. I struggled this week trying to think of what TV show or film to pick because I literally have so many favourites! But I eventually decided on the TV show Arrow which I love and is one of my favourites at the moment! :)

Monday, 3 February 2014

The Liebster Award!

Hello everyone!

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by Claire from Seven Star Skies - thank you so much! You should all go check out her blog it's amazing! So from what I gather the Liebster Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers with a small following (under 200 followers) but that are showing lots of potential. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Nail Art Weekly Project - Week 1

Hello everyone!

Danni over at Gingerbread Smiles came up with the Nail Art Weekly Project where there will be a theme each week for the next 5 weeks and the bloggers taking part have to come up with a nail design related to the theme. For week 1 the theme is an outfit or item of clothing and I picked this top that I bought from New Look about a year ago. As soon as I saw all the shapes and patterns I knew I wanted to do some nail art based on this :)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Cracked Gradient Nails!

Hello everyone! I absolutely love this nail art I did over the weekend. Initially I was just going to do gradient nails but then I was looking through some of my bundle monster stamping plates and had to use this cracked design!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Glittery Crescent Moon Nails!

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in AGES! I've been back at University and things have been a bit hectic but I'll be trying to post more often :) . Anyway today I thought I'd do some crescent moon nail art which I've seen a few people do and I've been dying to try because it looks great but at the same time not too difficult to do!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Coffee Nail Art?!

Hello everyone! Today I did some nail art which my mum said reminded her of milky coffee and looking at it now I can kind of see why haha :) The colours do remind me of coffee and cream! I think I'll call them coffee inspired nail art (even if it was accidental!)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Flower Stamping!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post to show you my nails today.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Swatches: Barry M - Lychee & Watermelon. China glaze - Agro

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Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely new year! Today I wanted to show you swatches for some nail polishes I bought :)
(From left to right) Barry M Lychee, China Glaze Agro and Barry M Watermelon. These are the first gelly polishes I've bought from Barry M and the first ever China Glaze polish I own so I was very excited to try them out!