Friday, 29 July 2011

Nail Blog Round Up

Grace designed some yummy candy striped nails
Sharon is having a giveaway to celebrate her blog birthday
Nicky tested out OPI it’s my year for their new collection
Ladyluck is also celebrating her blog birthday with a giveaway!
Sarah created a movie buff manicure and demonstrated some SdP plates
Theresa showed us the amazing new Gelish Aurora collection
Stacie played with some holographic paint flakes from ebay

Friday, 22 July 2011

Blog round up

Claire used craft glitter and shellac to make a gorgeous pedicure

Ladyluck swatched a rare polish with cute holographic stars and moons in it

Stacie create an illustration inspired cupcake manicure

Sharon swatched the amazing Glitter Gal black holographic

Grace shows us how to do it like a pro!

Emily created a WAH nails inspired look (welcome back em! XD)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cupcake nail art - illustration style

I love cupcakes. My cupcake tablecloth, teatowels, cake tins, apron etc will tell you that. But, as nail art, they have been done quite a bit so I decided to try a different style. I hope you like them. I used too many polishes to list mainly collection 2000, barry m and models own polishes.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my previous posts! I love getting them. I'm glad you enjoy my nail art XD

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Holographic paint flakes fun

Hi guys
Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my previous post. I appreciate them so much xoxox
I ordered some holographic paint flakes from ebay. They arrived like this:

I mixed it with some base coat to make this polish

The accent finger on my current manicure got a chip on the right hand so I decided rather than change the whole thing to just update the accent nail so excuse the tip wear XD
The paint flakes makes the polish you add it to very very thick and paste like. You NEED thinner and lots of it! I used Orly nail laquer thinner and it worked really well. Also I added the glitter to a small bottle of top coat I got free with a nail art kit or something so it wasn't the best quality so it resulted in a very rough feeling polish. To remedy this I used a base coat then the glitter and then Sallys Gelous advanced gel coat and then Seche Vite. This gives a perfectly smooth finish.
I also added some to some coloured polishes:

The polishes are more twinkly in realy life and the silver looking bottle above is black with added glitter
Excuse ipod pic but this is a navy jelly holo glitter. It is pretty good colour despite my jaundiced thumb.
The paint flakes were good value at about £5 including postage. In the silver bottle above the paint chips have lined up against the wall of the bottle and they give a linear holographic effect but I think that I will never be able to achieve this in a polish because the flakes are too large. It's a shame. I even tried to grind it in a pestle and mortar to make a finer powder, with the idea it would make a more linear polish, but it didn't work. I will keep looking for finer flakes in the hopes of making my own GOSH lookalikes. Still I do like the effect and can't wait to add it to more polishes.
Stacie xoxox

Friday, 15 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Pink roses on baby blue Nail Art

I haven't had roses on my nails in ages so I decided to do some pink roses on a baby blue background.
I first coated my nails in 2 coats of Orly Nail Armour and then used Boots 17 Fast Finish polish in Bolt from the blue on all but my ring finger where I used 17 Lasting Fix in Pink Grapefruit.

On the ring finger I used some irridencent nail spangles from ebay. I got 12 pots in various colours including black, silver and gold for £2-3. I think they will last for a long time. To stick them down I painted a coat of Sallys Gelous and then after putting them on I put on a coat of Seche Vite, then when it was completely dry a coat of Gelous and then a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat. I am trying out a new system to see if I can get my manicures to last a little bit longer.
On the rest of the fingers after the base coat of Bolt from the blue had dried I used a tiny paint brush to draw the basic line drawing for the rose in Pink Grapefruit. I then used Nails Inc free with Fabulous magazine (RIP) in OMP! to draw the low lights of the rose and 17 Fast Finish in Pink Lemonade for the lighter areas. I also used some white to add a few highlights. I then added some leaves in Bourjois So Laque in Bleu Model. Then I added one coat of Seche vite and when completely dry I added Gelous then China Glaze fast forward top coat.
I really like it! I keep looking at my pretty nails :D

Thanks for stopping by
Love Stacie xoxox

Just thought I would add a new picture on here because the colour is a bit more accurate on the polishes in case you wanted to pick up any of the colours x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Buon Giorno Haulage + GOSH Holo dupe

Hi everyone
I got back from Italy this time last week. I had an amazing time. It was the first time in my life that I had travelled outside the UK. I had only ventured as far as Wales last year! We visited Turin for 2 days then on to Milan for 2 days and finally we visited Genoa for 3 days. Amazing friends, weather, food and scenery.
While I was there I got some nail polish. I only bought stuff that I can't buy in the UK as we flew with Ryan Air and didn't get too much luggage allowance XD
I've also picked up a few polishes over here recently that I thought I would share too.

First up I got the News of the World Nails Inc Promotion on the thumb nail is Atomic, and index finger is Omp! I also bought Harpers Bazaar Magazine and got the Leighton Denny in Viva La Diva free on the middle finger. Next I got 17 Fast Finish in showstopper on the ring finger (i think) which is free in the nail bar bag (you have to buy 2 17 products and you get 2 polishes this and pink grapefruit and some nail art stickers). Finally on my little finger is Barry M nail paint in Navy which I actually bought normally! It is a lovely shimmery navy I have had lots of compliments when I wear it.
On my thumb is Bourjois in Bleu Model which is a lovely tiffanys blue. Index finger is Nails Inc beauty collection collaboration with Dove if you buy 2 deodorants you get one free there is this colour and a bright pink, it's not a great polish to be honest. On my middle finger is Ciate in Mojito it is more vibrant in real life it is a lovely polish glossy and good in 2 coats if you like green *__* (I was given this to review by PR). On my ring finger is Kiko Milano which I got in Genova I can't find it so I don't know what colour it is! Finally on my little finger is Marks and Spencer Lasting Perfection in Rainbow. It is much more holographic than in the pic but not quite as good as GOSH and slightly darker in colour too.

The top picture is just M&S Rainbow and the bottom picture is GOSH

Finally I used MUA in shade 2 (black for the base) This is my favourite black at the moment. It is perfect in once coat and lasts well and costs £1 for 6.2ml. I got it free with the 2 bottles of coke in superdrug ages ago. Not quite the Nails Inc Diet Coke offer but the black is really good. 
Anyway on my thumb is Deborah Shine Tech in 60. You can't see it on the thumb because of the black background but it is a sheer purple base with a strong gold shimmer. I will try this on a nude next time.
Index finger is Escence Nail Art Twin in 02 Julia. I love this square holographic chunks in this polish it is very sparkly. I really wish we got Escence polishes in the UK I believe they get them everywhere else in Europe and in the US. Why do they forsake us?? :D
On my middle finger is Nouba in shade 454 which is a flaky polish that goes from red to green. Nice enough polish. 
Ring and little finger is cheap top coat i got free with some nail art crystals or something with as much Holographic paint flakes i could put in there! I got them on Ebay and they are very sparkly! I was hoping to re-create GOSH but that won't happen. It doesn't line up enough. I think it will be good for recreating some glittery style holographics. 
I hope to get some nail art up soon! Sorry for the lack of posts but it has been hectic since I got back from Italy.
Thanks for sticking with me 
Stacie xoxox

Friday, 1 July 2011

Nail Blog Round Up

Grace tried out Primark nail wraps 
The Nail Addict showed us how to do water marbling 
Ladyluck created a spooky manicure 
Sharon reviewed Zoya Danni
Jen swam with the dolphins 
Nicole felt patriotic using SpaRitual
Lingling is having a Deborah Lippman giveaway! 
Stacie flashed her holiday nails 
Trisha got her first award