Saturday, 31 December 2011
At first the shadows were hard to use and I didn't get much colour payoff (as seen in the faint swatch on my hand) however the more I have used them the better the colour payoff (bottom swatch) I believe this is because they are baked. I have read that you can get better pigmentation scratching them when you first get them. I didn't do that I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer which helped and I continue to use as it helps with longevity. The pink is a great pink, most pinks make me look like I have been crying but this is a perfect light pink which acts as a good base of the other colours. I just looked this up for price and it is £37. I just noticed this was part of the Fall 2010 collection so I feel like I should get a back up quickly in case they stop making them!
3. Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder £25 for 25g.
I use this when my skin is bad and very red. You warm a little powder in your hands and rub it on your face. I found it to be very effective and quicker than using a brush. I really reduces the urge to use a lot of foundation when you skin is red, spotty and generally annoyed. It's a lightweight product which does what it is supposed to. I bought this on a whim and I am so glad I did. I have used Clinique loose powders before and they all have a great lightweight texture just like this one.
4. Love, Chloe Eau de Parfum
I got a 30ml bottle for my birthday in September 2010 and bought the gift set in January 2011 Sales - the picture shows the 50ml bottle from the giftset and the 30ml box so you can see the packaging. I love this perfume. It smells AMAZING. I could wear it everyday. I have a few others I wear but none that I love as much. I can't describe perfume properly but I like this because it has a powdery quality and is not sweet. Other perfumes I like are Chanel Allure, Chanel No 5, Dior J'dore and Gucci Flora. I also love the original Chloe but that doesn't have the same moreish powderyness that I love about Love, Chloe.
5. L'oreal Lash Architech 4D - Love this I don't have any pics but it is amazing. I have good length, thick and naturally curled lashes so everyone always asks what mascara I use and before I tried this it was Lancome hypnose but sorry Lancome L'oreal have beaten you hands down now. I bought 2 Lancome Doll Eyes mascara with some christmas money as they were £13 each with a mini eyeliner and eye make up remover but I kind of regret it now. L'oreal is better especially for the price (about £10)
So there you have my favourite non-nail products of 2011. I bought each and every one with my own go to work get paid money and I would happily buy them all again. In fact I did I bought Detox foundation again today from Boots and got a free mascara too.
Hope you all have a great new year. I think 2012 is going to be an exciting and fantastic year. I will be starting my own business as a nail technician so hopefully I will have lots of customers nail art to show you, more than there has been lately.
I love my puppy but she sure eats into my nail painting time :D, she is growing fast though and I will miss those days soon. I love the picture of her above because she is so tiny and because the brown mark on her side looks like a bone to me :D She still has the mark but it's not quite such a good bone shape anymore :D
Thanks for visiting my blog and if you would like to win the scrapbook software you will probably win as no one has entered yet!!
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!
Love Stacie xoxox
Saturday, 24 December 2011
The software has some photo editing parts, you can add effects such as sepia and add drop shadows. It is really easy to drag and drop the ribbons and buttons around the page and create interesting titles and text boxes. I don't think I have scratched the surface with this software, I know it will be great for whipping up a lovely personalised birthday card - handy when you can't get to the shops create and print instead!! You can see the main features of the website here
links to the posts or tweets.
edited to add I forgot to put a closing date!! Entries must be submitted by 10th January 2012 and the winner will be announced on 13th January 2012.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
This is the first time I have used acrylic paint for my designs. I likes that you can create very very fine lines with it - polish is thicker but it melds better with the polish around it so gives a different look.
Now I am a qualified to do manicures and gel nail enhancements. Very exciting. Now I've got to get my workspace ready for the public and I'll be off :D Can wait until after christmas though.
Friday, 18 November 2011
I had an idea to create a fish scale look using hexagon shaped glitter shapes I got from ebay. As it was an experiment I tried it over different colours.
I didn't wear the multi-coloured manicure it was more of an experiment to see how the different colours worked together.
I have big plans for these glitter shapes with gel polishes when I finish my course.
Love Stacie xoxox
Monday, 14 November 2011
I got a new phone today. It's lovely, white and really easy to use. Loving that I can use blogger on it even if it takes a while to type.
Florence is growing so quickly. She his 16 weeks old now and very energetic.
Last week wss very exciting too I had the first 2days of my ibd gel nail course. I really enjoyed it. We have to do 5 sets of nails so if anyone is in the hatfield area who has natural nails, has no diseased nails, is not pregnant and would be free for a rebalance in 2 weeks drop me a line I would be grateful for the practice. I already have 3 guinea pigs so only need 2 more. The other point i should mention is that they do not soak off so you would have to fade them out if you didn't want to keep having them filled and balanced.
The nails in the pic are my first set ever i did on myself then i painted as usual. I am very impressed with polish wear on gel nails. No tip wear in 2 days is unheard of for me. Colour is models own champagne base and purple ash blobs and nail art pen.
Thanks for reading i hope to be blogging more soon but puppy and my course are taking up lots of time at the moment
Love Stacie xoxox
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Thanks for the comments on Florence. She is too cute. Amazing how quickly you can love a little puppy or bunny! Mustn't forget Bluebell she is taking it all really well bless her. I know that isn't why you come here though!
I watched Beetlejuice a few weeks ago and decided to paint my nails with black and white stripes with different coloured tips.
I used the thin tape you can get from ebay for 99p for 10 colours to mask off the white base coat. On one of the nails I tried using the white coloured tape on top of black as I hadn't masked off enough stripes on one nail but the tape isn't opaque enough to cover black. Good to know for the future eh!
I had varying results with the colours I used for the tips. Not all can compete the with black and white stripes sucessfully.
I used tip guides to mark of the section I wanted to colour. I think this is quite an easy manicure to replicate which is still effective.
1. Prepare the nail using a good base coat
2. Paint nails white - I used Color Club french tip as it is opaque in one coat - wait until it is completely dry.
3. Place 3-4 pieces of tape along the nail where you want it to stay white - you could do horizontal stripes or diagonal stripes for a different look.
So I hope you enjoy creating these nails
Friday, 30 September 2011
I got a new member of my family! Her name is Florence! She is totally adorable.
I hope to get some nails up soon but I'm sure you'll understand if I just post cute puppy pics instead XD
Saturday, 17 September 2011
The colour pallette for these nails is quite muted which I love I used only Models Own polishes mainly the ones from the car key collection: Mushroom for the background colour then I created a base for the flowers using Snow White, then the lines of the flowers were grace green, vintage pink, purple ash, concrete mixer and becca's brown.
I hope you like them. Thanks for all the comments and letting me know which tutorials you would like to see. I will start working on roses and illustrated cupcakes but if there are any other nails let me know.
Love Stacie xoxox
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Just for a change I've got roses on my nails XD I decided to mix them up with some denim effect. I think they looked pretty cute.
I did these a few weeks ago and cannot recall exactly what polishes were used but the main blue was Nails Inc denim which came free with diet coke in boots and the white was Color Club mini french set I found in TK Max. The pinks were various Models Own and the Green and the Gold are China Glaze overboard collection and 2010 christmas collection.
I was also wondering if you would be interested in Tutorials? If so leave a comment to say which design you would like to see can be one I've already done or something else I will try it out, might be a fail but I will give it a go, and I will do them as photo and text tutorials for now.
I'm really excited to hear what tutorials you want! you can also tweet me @kawaiinailart
Love Stacie xoxox
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Thursday, 4 August 2011
The index finger was Color Club french tip and Nicole by OPI in Make U Smile (justin beiber collection which I found in Claires Accessories! I also got step to the beat of my <3)
Ring finger is GOSH holographic with 3 black rhinestones from ebay
Little finger is Missguided Misstique with Essence Nail Art Twins in Julia.
I also want to say a big thank you to: Amanda at Ha!Bisky, Gretal Rabbit, Christine at Opinionated Little Finger, Mandy at Mandys Secrets, Lady Luck, Sarah Louise, Marshee, Nail Art Addicted, Forever '92, Aimees Nails, Minnie, and Ling Ling for the awards! I am very flattered and grateful for them all.
Thanks so much for the lovely comments on the Cupcake Nails I really appreciate them.
Finally! If you would like to be involved in future blog round up posts email me my details are on the side bar.
Love Stacie xoxox