Monday, 30 November 2015

Mavala Cracking Duo

If you're looking for a cracking stocking filler for a nail polish lover in your life then Mavala have got you covered. They've released a couple of super cute Christmas gift sets and we've got one of them to show you today, and another one coming soon! Today it's Mavala's Cracking Duo set with Velvet* and Rose Shell*.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Embellished Accent

One thing I love about December is that it's more acceptable to wear bejeweled nails. Not that this stops us for the rest of the year but it's a bit more socially acceptable for party season. I adore some of the crazy nails I see on Instagram where they're about two inches long dripping in crystals but that's not a look that I could pull off. I tend to stick to one or two crystal accent nails. For today's look I went for a little embellishment on my ring nail and I love how it turned out.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

You may have seen my lipstick design for Tesco last week in which case you should recognise this mani. Before putting on the lipsticks I had this cute dotticure which I just had to snap. Don't tell anyone but I actually preferred this to the final design. It's the sort of thing that I would wear at this time of year as the colours are quite muted but very pretty and the dots are so easy that you can do them in a matter of minutes.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Red Robin inspired by Hobbs

As it's still November I'm calling this a winter mani, rather than anything too festive. Emma and I have a bit of an unwritten rule about getting into the holiday mood too early, if we started in November we'd definitely run out of designs before the big day! Anyway, these nails were inspired by my super cosy winter robin socks from Hobbs - a lovely gift from my Mother-in-law-to-be.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Back To Burberry

For the past couple of weeks I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a Burberry scarf. I even went in to touch them the other day which we all know was a bad idea! I really want a deep red one with my initials monogrammed. They are beautiful but so expensive. So for now I will settle with having Burberry nails. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Gold Tips for Beauty at Tesco

It's #manicuremonday again which means another design for the lovely folk over at Beauty at Tesco! This week we've created a simple party mani which is super easy to recreate. Any deep berry shade teamed with gold glitter is going to look simply stunning! We used a little trick to add extra depth to this design by sponging some gold polish onto the tips before adding the glitter. This just helps to get a smoother gradient and stops you having to add multiple layers of glitter polish which can end up getting all thick and gloopy! 

Check out Beauty at Tesco's social media pages for more images and make sure to follow them on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter, or visit their blog here.

Jo x

*This post was sponsored by Beauty at Tesco*

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Evixi Gel Review & Marble Mani

gel nail art
I mentioned last week that we recently received two new at home gel kits to test out and I've been busy reviewing them both for you. This week we have Evixi Gel, described on their website as 'long lasting, no chips, instant drying gel nail polish'. Firstly I must apologise to the lovely people at Evixi for giving them the wrong address, I'm very glad that the postman managed to get it to the right place in the end!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

OPI Hello Kitty 2016 Swatches & Review

I think OPI are trying to kill me with excitement. When I heard that they were doing a Hello Kitty collaboration I screamed a little bit. When it dropped on my doormat I was beside myself! Look how cute the bottles are! Hello Kitty is my spirit animal! I really don't understand the fascination with the little icon but I know that I love her. 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Barry M AW Sunset Swatches

So we're a little late with our swatches of this collection but they're beautiful so we're going to share them anyway! Barry M launched four new autumn winter Sunset shades to join their original eight summer polishes. The new additions include a very pale pink, dusty mushroom, dark purple and dark red.

Barry M Sunset


Monday, 16 November 2015

Lipstick Print for Beauty At Tesco

We've teamed up with the lovely folk at Beauty At Tesco again for today's look. The theme this week was lipstick print and I really wanted to try a cutesy style. It kind of worked but my black nail art pen gave me a headache again for being too thick. I need to find a finer one - any suggestions? Originally I was going for a 80s look but it didn't quite turn out like that! I still kind of like it though. 

I used a heap of Barry Ms for this including: Do You Pink I'm Sexy?*, Plum On Baby*, and Sprint Finish*.Watch this space for a mani using these colours again as I took some snaps before the lipsticks went on. 

Beauty at Tesco will be sharing more photos of this design today so keep an eye out! Make sure to follow them on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter, or visit their blog here.

Emma x

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Today our thoughts are with Paris.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Red Carpet Manicure DIY Gel Manicure

DIY Gel Manicure
This week something very exciting happened. Not one but TWO sets of gel nail systems arrived at Dahlia Nails HQ, the postman is on our good list forever! The first to arrive was Red Carpet Manicure which claims to be 'the UK's number 1 DIY home LED gel manicure system'. Considering we haven't tried any other systems yet we can't really compare, but were very keen to test it out against previous salon experiences!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Barry M Autumn Speedy Nail Art

floral nail art
Barry M recently released four new Speedy polishes and needless to say - we love them! We're being really slow at getting them swatched for you, so sorry. In the meantime I have used two today in nail art, which is what we're all about anyway! 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

OPI Starlight Collection Swatches and Review

I always get stupidly excited when a new OPI collection drops on my doormat. The Starlight Collection* was the latest to be delivered. We were sent 7 out of the 10 shades to showcase. I've actually seen a review where 18 shades are mentioned but the blurb sent to me by OPI only mentioned 10. Inspired by the night sky the range varies in tone and finish which makes it quite interesting, even for someone who's not a huge glitter fan (you may remember this from the last hundred times I've mentioned it!).

Monday, 9 November 2015

Monoi Floral Nails for Beauty At Tesco

monoi nail art
Today's mani is inspired by the beautiful Monoi flower. We'd never heard of this flower until Beauty at Tesco asked us to create a Monoi mani!! As it's a tropical specimen we went all out with the design. It doesn't exactly match the season but who says we can't go tropical in November?!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

Jo and I always make an effort to create a design for Remembrance Day. We've explained our reasons in previous posts so I won't go into that again. I hope you take some time to have a think today and remember those who have sacrificed their lives doing what they think is right to benefit the rest of us.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

O Suzi Mio & Monochrome

I have got no idea how to define this mani. It's not really aztec but it's got that kind of feel to it. It was more of just a doodle and hope for the best type design! I usually reserve designs like this for summer and pair them with a super bright polish for a festival feel. Today it dawned on me that if I used a darker shade and added a touch of gold I could bring the style with me into winter yay!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Autumn Galaxy

I really enjoy the changing of the seasons (especially into autumn, my favourite) as it means I get to switch up my nail designs. In about three months I'll start craving summer designs again but for now I am really into my autumnal ideas. Galaxy is a look that works all year round but to switch things up for the darker nights I decided to go for a more autumnal palette with pinks and golds. 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Mixed Animal Print Mani

animal print nail art

This is one of my favourite designs for a while, I've lot my mojo a bit recently. I didn't 100% know where I was going with this but just hoped for the best. Amazingly it turned out way better than expected and I'm really pleased with it! The best thing is, it was super easy. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Emma's Top Five Polishes For Autumn 2015

My autumn pallette is a bit chilly this year. I often tend to go for really warm autumn shades but clearly I'm feeling a bit frostier this year! I tried to select a mixture of work and non-work shades.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Peter Pan Mani Swap

tinkerbell nail art
Today we have a special post, our third ever mani swap (you may have seen it on our Instagram last night!) We should really do these more often because it's so much fun. We get inspiration from other artists fairly regularly but it's brilliant seeing what others do with our designs in return. Lots of you tag us in Instagram posts where we have inspired you which is absolutely incredible, thank you!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Cosy Knit Nails for Beauty at Tesco

knitted nail art
As we entered November yesterday I suppose it's finally time to admit that winter has arrived, although it didn't feel much like it at the weekend. We hope you all enjoyed the lovely sunshine that bathed London, before it was taken over by mist that is! The heating is back on and the big jumpers are coming back out of hiding. Perfect time for some cosy knit nails! 
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