Friday, 28 August 2015


I am a big fan of the Winnie The Pooh books and story. It's hard to pick a favourite character as they've all got something going for them, but Tigger is definitely one of the best. Tigger is such a cool kid, always happy and full of energy. I don't often attempt to recreate characters as it's really tough to get the likeness right. However, when I saw a simple Tigger design by @Nailsbypurple I had to have a go at my own version.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Strawberries and Spots

One thing I love about Instagram is finding new designs to try from the wonderful nail art community. Today's design is completely inspired by @nailsbysimonex. I fell in love when I saw it and decided that I would recreate it in pastels. We love when people are inspired by us and hope that others don't mind us trying our hand at their designs. 
I used a whole heap of polishes for this, all of them from Barry M except the accent glitter which is my fave glitter: Bora Bora from Models Own. The other shades are: In A Heart Beat* (the pink), Pit Stop* (the green), Stop The Clock* (the yellow) and Cotton* (the white). 

I love this design! Hopefully I did it justice. 

Emma x

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Essence Summer Nail Art Challenge

To wrap up the summer season Essence challenged us to create the ultimate summer mani using a mix bag of their polishes and nail art tools. Essence sent us a little goodie bag and let us to the rest. I'm not sure this is my best work but it was pretty tough putting something together under pressure!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Pretty Pink Peonies

I really cannot tell you where the inspiration for this design comes from. Randomly I entered Jo & I into a competition on Instagram to win some Leighton Denny polishes and we won! Biggest shock of my week (even more so for Jo as she didn't know I'd entered). I used to adore this one shade from Leighton Denny that I got through three bottles of. I can't for the life of me remember what it was but it was similar in colour to Barry M's Pink Flamingo. Since then I haven't really tried Leighton Denny so I was keen to get stuck in and see how they fared with a bit of nail art.
One thing I really liked about the polishes that arrived were the heaviness of the bottle. This sounds weird but they just feel luxurious. I used this shade as the base: 3 Times A Lady*. It's a lovely baby pink shade that would be the perfect base for a French mani. It has a relatively thin application that builds nicely. This is three coats and it still wasn't completely opaque (hence why I think it'd be good for a French). 
The peonies were created with another Leighton Denny pretty pink: Just Perfect*. I used some shades from other brands for the highlights and leaves. There were quite a lot but if you want a full list let me know in the comments. 

Overall I was really pleased with the quality of the polishes and the shades are lovely. I'm sure I shall have more swatches and nail art to come with them. 

Emma x

Monday, 24 August 2015

True Blue Bikini Grids

There's something so satisfying about a deep rich blue teamed with a bright neon yellow. The colour combo caught my eye when I was browsing in Joy last week and I instantly thought of recreating it on my nails. The inspiration for today's design came from a cute little blue bowl with a white grid pattern and bright yellow accent around the lip. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015


After having a couple of weeks of no inspiration I seem to have got my mojo back. Thank goodness. I was starting to worry that I would never have a unique idea again. Today's mani is another cat one - woohoo! I feel like I haven't done a cat design in so long. This cutie one is courtesy of some nail stickers I found floating around my nail art box of goodies. Time to put them to good use. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Dotty Trio

Today's design was one of those I started with no idea where I was going to end up. Despite a bit of a tantrum mid way through I managed to stop myself taking it off and starting again and actually ended up with something I quite like. Although I have to admit I didn't like them until I took photos and realised that as a whole they actually looked a bit better than I thought. They are definitely not my best work, but not entirely a nail fail!
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