Friday, 28 August 2015

T - I - DOUBLE GER - ERR

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.
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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. 

Hugs
Emma x
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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!
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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. 

Hugs
Emma x
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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. 
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Meow!


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. 
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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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