Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Autumn Studs

Sometimes Jo and I will search for nail art ideas on our good friend Google. This has some major pros and cons. Pros are that there are soooooo many nail designs in the world that it is hard not to get inspired by the other talented ladies and gents out there. The biggest con is that often the pics aren't tagged or credited so it's really hard to know who exactly is inspiring your look. There's not much we like less at DN than people not crediting others for their hard work! 

Wonderful Autumn Nail For Pretty Women
This look came from one such pic. I have searched everywhere to try and find the original creator but with no luck. I found the image here. Whilst I love the colours in the original I wanted to mix things up a tiny bit by picking my own autumnal shades. I used all Nails Inc polishes for this look: thumb - Portobello Road, index - Lower Sloane Street, middle - De Vere Gardens, ring - Covent Garden Ballet, little - Basil Street. The studs are from Amazon. They are a bit too clunky for this look I think but they are the only ones I have at the mo! 

I used the blue to try and get a bit of a contrast and add a bit of interest but I'm not entirely sure that it works. Having said that, it's one of my all time favourite blue shades so I'm not sad to look at it! Despite my reluctance to embrace autumn nail designs (I really thought I was going to miss all of the summer designs), I am fully into them now! The weather is my favourite - sunny with a little chill - so I am in full-on autumn mode now. So excited! 


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Barry M: Autumn/Winter Shades

L-R: Nightshade*, Vintage Violet*, Ballerina*, Twilight*
Our next set of Barry M swatches are the new Autumn/Winter shades which have been added to the main polish collection, along with a Limited Edition glitter. We were absolutely itching to get our hands on the three polish shades as they are just right for the coming seasons, and so darn pretty! I'll run through each colour individually for you.

This is Nightshade* the darkest polish of the trio. The swatch makes it look a shade darker than it actually is, so bear that in mind. The true life colour is a dark, dusty, purple shade and it's gorgeous! Perfect for someone who likes dark nails but doesn't quite want to go full goth with black polish. I used two coats for the swatches, topped with Seche Vite. 

Next is Vintage Violet*, again this shade has a dusty colour tone to it, hinted at by the word vintage in it's name we suppose. Barry M have managed to succeed at something I wasn't sure was possible, they've created a lovely soft purple shade which is actually wearable as a full mani. I'm often disappointed with purple shades once they're on, but this one is stunning. A true autumnal shade, this is a must-have!

Lastly, Ballerina*, the lightest of the three polishes. This polish moves away from the purple tones and over to pink, whilst keeping the lovely dusty tone. It's almost a nude making it hugely wearable, and like the other two polishes, it's a very 'grown up' shade. I have a feeling this will become a firm favourite for office nails, and I'm predicting it as Emma's favourite of the bunch.

Along with the three new colours, there is also a new glitter, Twilight* although we believe this is Limted Edition. Unfortunately I haven't swatched this very well for you, so apologies for that! I wanted to show off the glitter in all it's glory so didn't use any base polish, which is why you can see my nails. I got good, but not full coverage with two coats of glitter. It's a gorgeous mix of large and small silver and blue glitter pieces, but I'd recommend using it as a topper over a base colour of your choice, rather than onto bare nails as I did.

I can't choose a favourite, help! Which one of these do you like best?

These polishes are available now at Superdrug, priced at £2.99 each!


Monday, 29 September 2014

Riotous Roots

I'm not really sure how or why I came up with this idea. I must have been thinking about winter coming.  My nails always seem to be influenced by the weather! Anyway, I really like the colours I used for this mani but I wish my tree had turned out a little better. I know a good workman should never blame his tools but I think I need some better nail art brushes. The ones I have just don't seem to work for me. 

I used four Barry M's for this look: White, Watermelon, Vanilla and Majesty

Jo kindly swatched the new AW Gelly range from Barry M and while I love pretty much all of the new shades I am still loving the matte collection from last year. Vanilla in particular remains a real favourite. 

Do you find the weather influences your nail art or is it just me??


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Berlin Marathon Nails

I was supposed to be on holiday this week, so didn't think that I would get to create any Berlin marathon nails for Charlie, which has become a bit of a tradition. The silver lining of a last minute holiday change meant I got to design some German themed nails to spur Charlie on in the race today!

Unsurprisingly we went for a black, red and yellow colour scheme, based on the German flag. As usual we included the flag of the hosting country, the marathon distance (26.2 miles!!) and Charlie chose to add a mustache and beer mug. 

As you can tell we used a number of polishes including Barry M - Espresso*, Gold Foil and White, O.P.I - Red My Fortune Cookie*, Maybelline - Electric Yellow, Models Own - Gold Finger. We also used Barry M nail art pens in black and white.

I love the colour scheme for this mani, it's great fun and perfect for A/W. Definitely one I'll be trying again, but perhaps without the marathon theme next time!

Good luck Charlie, we hope your nails help to keep you going!


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Zoella Beauty Guinea In Glasses

I am a huuuuuge Zoella fan so I was really excited when I found out that she was releasing a beauty range. Now, I don't think that I am her target market (I'm probably a little bit old *sob*) but that won't stop me from buying a few bits when they go into Superdrug on Monday. One such bit is this cute little make-up bag. 

I wish I had captured the little guinea pig better on my nails as he is so cute and my version looks nothing like him but nevermind! This is just a fun little look in homage to one of our all-time fave bloggers and YouTubers and her amazing success so it doesn't really matter.

Are you fans of Zoella? Will you be buying anything from the Zoella Beauty range? You can see the whole range over on her blog. 


Friday, 26 September 2014

Barry M: Glitterati

L-R: Fashion Icon*, Catwalk Queen*, Starlet*, Socialite*, VIP*, Rockstar*
Barry M just dropped FIFTEEN new polishes on us without any warning. Best. Day. Ever! We were so lucky to receive testers of all the polishes to swatch and review for you. We've separated them into a few different posts so look out for them over the next week or so.

Today we start with Glitterati, a set of six new luminescent glitter polishes. These polishes are formed of a tinted jelly base, packed full of iridescent glitter pieces which give off an unbelievable sparkle! The full effect of the glitter was hard to capture on the camera so we fully recommend getting yourself to Superdrug to see these first hand. 

We swatched each polish individually, using a base colour to match the tint of the polish. As the colour in this range is not that dense using a matching base colour helps to show off the polish without having to add multiple coats. As you know, multiple coats of glitter polish can end up getting a bit lumpy. Doing it this way we only needed to use one coat of Glitterati, almost as a polish 'topper'. We then added a generous coat of Seche Vite to finish the manis.







This whole range is absolutely beautiful but my fave is definitely Rockstar*. Over a black base coat the glitter looks so bright and really glows. I can see this being used a lot in galaxy manis, actually all of them could! You could use the polishes on their own, or as a topper over any base colour of your choice. 

These polishes are perfect for the party season, we can't wait to wear them with a little black dress!

Available now in Superdrug for £3.99 each


Thursday, 25 September 2014

"It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how"

For the past two weeks I've had Dr Seuss nails stuck in my head, so some reason I've been absolutely desperate to do them. Unfortunately my artistic ability doesn't really stretch to the same level as most of the books illustration, so I have a couple of complete nail fails along the way. Eventually I settled on a fairly simple The Cat in the Hat inspired design.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr Seuss

I focused the design on Thing One and Thing Two, the identical, blue-haired troublemakers! My two middle fingers have the Things name badges, as worn on the chests of their little red suits. My index and pinky represent the Things' mass of messy blue hair, and my thumb has the Cat in the Hat's trademark red and white stripes.

I used all Barry M polishes for this bright and fun mani, their colours are perfect for it! The polishes I used were Blood Orange, Blueberry Ice Cream, and White, along with black and white nail art pens. I think the simplicity of this colour scheme really helped bring it together. Some of the Dr Seuss stories are full of clashing colours which might not have transferred well across to nail art. White, red and blue come together to create a bold and fun design that doesn't make you feel queasy!

I love the story of The Cat in the Hat, it's so chaotic one minute and the next it's like nothing ever happened, if only it was that easy to clean and tidy in real life! Dr Seuss is an inspiration to many people and his books will continue to entertain (and educate) children for many generations to come. I'm sure we all have our own favourite, and could probably recite at least a few lines of his rhymes from memory. What's your favourite Dr Seuss story?

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