Friday, 29 April 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Hi guys,

Its my birthday today !!! Woot Woot !!!

Here are a couple of birthday cakes which I love. Aren't they great??? Amazing creations !!

And look at these amazing birthday/ cupcake themed nails courtesy of Mad Manis. Brilliant !!


Hope you guys have a nice day :-)

xoxo Pin It

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Konad - Turquoise Shimmer Butterfly

Good evening guys!!

I ordered a small set of Konad (T set) as I have never tried it before and had seen so many people doing it that I thought I must give it a go as well. It's my birthday tomorrow (yay!!!) and I wanted to do something new.
I also got a new polish. Well, my husband got it for me actually and I must say: well done hubby!! Darn good choice. Loving the turquoise shimmery colour. Its by Miss Sporty and its called Hyp/Turq. The bottle is really small and dandy (7ml), the brush is short but thick so it gives a lot of coverage in each stroke. I only applied 2 coats and it flowed on the nails smoothly.

I used the following products:
- CND Stickey anchoring base coat
- Miss Sporty Hyp/Turq
- Konad plate m36
- Konad white special nail polish
- Konad Top coat

I was scared to mess up the Konad as I have messed up several attempts of marble nails (must keep trying!!!) but it came out OK the first time around (at least I think so ;-).

To top it all off I used tiny turquoise rhinestones which probably weren't the best choice as they blend in with the colour of the nails. Sometimes what looks good in my head doesn't transfer to the nail...oopps!!

Thanks for stopping by guys.

Lets see how many goodies I get for my b'day tomorrow :-)

xoxo Pin It

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Barry M Instant Nail Effects - Black Crackle Polish

Hi guys,

I thought I'd post about crackle polish, particularly Nail Paint by Barry M Instant Nail Effects.

Crackle polish has been amongst the nail tech and nail blogger world for quite some time now. To be honest, the first time I heard about it was when OPI introduced the Katy Perry collection. I've tried both OPI and China Glaze's crackle polishes but was reluctant that a cheaper brand would have the same effect.

I must admit that I have not yet seen anyone wearing crackle polish in public, as in regular people I see on the train, in the store, at the gym, etc who are not in the "nail world" per say. Does anyone know why this is when its so readily available?

Anyway, I was searching through polishes at the local drug store and found that Boots is currently selling Barry M Nail Paint for buy 2 get 1 free. Regular polish retails for £2.99 and the crackle polishes for £3.99 so I bought myself these 3 little gems. Isn't the blueberry ice cream to die for?!

I was told to apply crackle polish as follows:

1 - Paint base coat - I did this with regular nail polish (i.e. they don't have to be the same brand as the crackle polish). Polishes I used were:

Barry M Nail Paint - Silver
Barry M Nail Paint - Bluberry Ice Cream
Nails Inc. - Coral
Jessica - Samba Parade
Boots 17 Lasting Fix - Mini skirt

If you are using black crackle, you should obviously opt for bright or even neon base coat so the contrast is more striking. Its really up to you what base coat to use as I've experimented with a few and the ones I thought wouldn't look good actually turned out nice.

2 - Paint crackle coat - Let the Base coat polish completely dry and simply put on a thin layer of crackle polish. The crackles will start to form straight away. I put on thin layers because I find that the thinner the  layer, the smaller the crackles. Thick layer = bigger crackles.
I love  the bright colours but I must say that I'm also loving the silver!

What's your favourite base coat colour for crackle? How about multi colour base coats?

3 - Paint Top coat - As with regular polish, a top coat will help seal in the polish and protect the crackle effect on the nail.
The good thing is, I have worn crackle on my nails for nearly 2 weeks once and although the polish was starting to chip, you couldn't really tell because the crackle is a messy look in itself! :-)

P.S. - I apologise for the picture quality. I don't have a very good camera and it was night time. Also for the false nails. I had freshly manicured nails and din't have anyone willing to let me use their nails :-(

Thanks for reading guys. Pin It

Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter Monday Bank Holiday Half Moons

Hope you guys had a great Easter. This is my first post ever (yay!). Not quite sure where to begin.

So, I think I dreamt about half moon nails last night because I spent an hour looking at pictures of Dita Von Teese. I love the look - so vintage, so 1950's. Although they were brought back a while ago (for fall 2009 runways I think), for some reason I'm obsessing about them now!!
I wanted to recreate it on myself but using different contrasting or complementary colours other than the traditional white/red I've always seen. I loved what CND did at the Christian Dior and Ruffian runways.

I don't have much of a steady hand so I cheated and used the little round stickers method. They didn't come out bad for a first attempt and although the stickers left some residue behind, it didn't damage the polish.

I used OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender for the half moon and Rimmel London Perfect Plum on the rest of the nail.

What do you guys think of the half moon manicure in general? Pin It
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