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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween - The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat

Hi everyone! Happy Halloween!!

Today I have another halloween manicure for you! This mani is a simple glitterbomb and it's gorgeous!

I started out my mani with 2 coats of The Nail Junkie Orange which had a fabulous formula and dried really fast. I love the shimmer in this polish, its so squishy! 

The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat
 
I then added a coat of Lumina Lacquer Mick Or Treat (LE for halloween) which is an assorted glitter in various shades of orange and black. There are Mickey Mouse shaped glitter but the reason I had to have this is the pumpkin glitters!!! They're so fun. Application required a little dabbing and placing of the larger glitters, which I consider normal for a polish like this with dense and large glitters...nothing too hard though and the payoff was worth it! 

The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat

The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat


Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat


The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat


The Nail Junkie Orange & Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat

This was a really fun and easy manicure and I really enjoyed wearing it! 

What do you think of this mani? Have you tried out the newer fun shaped glitter polishes? 

The Nail Junkie polishes can be purchased from The Nail Junkie Etsy Shop and I can honestly say I find the customer service to be exceptional. (I'd also love to recommend the Cutie Balm cuticle balm made by Aleta because it's fabulous for dry cuticles or just daily moisturising!) 
You can keep up with info and new releases by liking The Nail Junkie Facebook page

Lumina Lacquer polishes can be purchased from the Lumina Lacquer site
Mick or Treat was a limited edition halloween polish but Tatiana releases new gorgeous creations regularly. 
Keep up with new releases and restock info on the Lumina Lacquer Facebook page

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Hi everyone! First of all I want to apologise for the blogging hiatus which was totally out of my control. I recently moved house and had no internet. But now I'm back and just in time for halloween with some nail art for you! 

I have loved Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas for as long as I can remember and couldn't think of any better theme for my halloween design. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A-England Camelot & Serum No. 5 Day Glow

For this mani, I used A-England Camelot which for me is the best black nail polish I've ever used. It is pretty much a one-coater and dries really fast making it perfect for nail art. I also used Serum No. 5 Day Glow for the moons and acrylic paints and a fine detail brush for the more intricate parts of the designs. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A-England Camelot & Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Day Glow is my first polish from Serum No. 5 and I'm so glad I have it. Formula and application were great and it really glows!  

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A-England Camelot & Serum No. 5 Day Glow

I was really happy with how this mani turned out and I'm really sorry I didn't get to take glow in the dark pictures for this post! I'm afraid you'll just have to imagine how awesome it looked!  

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A-England Camelot & Serum No. 5 Day Glow

The Nightmare Before Christmas - A-England Camelot & Serum No. 5 Day Glow

What do you think of this mani? Are you a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas?

A-England polishes can be purchased from http://a-england.co.uk/ for those of you in the UK and various other retailers (see the complete list here).

Serum No. 5 polishes can be purchased from http://serumno5.com/ as well as various other retailers (see the complete list here).

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Guest Post for Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll

Hi there everyone! Today I'm guest posting over at Polish. Glitter. Rock & Roll.

I'm so happy to be guest posting for Danielle and I love her blog! 

You can find my post featuring Orly Miss Conduct here!

Orly Miss Conduct and stamping

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party

Hi everyone! Today I have a glitter bomb mani for you! It felt like a while since I wore a full glitter manicure and decided it was just what I fancied for a few days! 

I pulled Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party and had a hard time deciding what to layer it over! Boy-Girl Party is a complex polish full of different sizes and shapes of glitter in blue and pink tones. There are royal blue, red, fuchsia, pink, and turquoise glitters. Overall from a distance, the overall effect is rather fuchsia. 

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

I finally decided to use OPI Tomorrow Never Dies as my base colour which is a blue toned purple shimmer polish which really glows! It turned out to be the perfect base for Boy-Girl Party for me. 

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

I used 2 coats of Tomorrow Never Dies then one coat of Boy-Girl Party. Formula was really great on both and I did dab the glitters slightly to get my whole nail really covered in sparkle! 

Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

I finished with 2 coats of topcoat for an almost totally smooth finish. 

What do you think of this manicure? Do you like full on glitterbombs? 

Lynnderella polishes can be purchased from the Lynnderella Ebay Store and Norway Nails
Don't forget that you can get 10% off your purchases at Norway Nails using the code MANICAFE at the checkout.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Autumn Week - Elevation Polish Epidote and Pumpkins!

Hi everyone! I can't believe today is already the last day of Autumn Week! I think I might be doing another couple of autumn inspired manis again soon because I still have ideas I'd like to try out!

Today I have another of the September 'Stones Throw' collection from Lulu at Elevation Polish. If you missed my post featuring The Arches II from the same collection on Monday, you can check it out here.

Autumn Week - Elevation Polish Epidote with freehand pumpkins
  Epidote is another of the shades I knew I absolutely NEEDED from this collection. Lulu describes Epidote as an 'Olive/Moss green holographic polish. It has 2 sizes of cosmetic grade holographic pigment.' The shade is inspired by the mineral/gem of the same name and its completely unique in my stash!

Autumn Week - Elevation Polish Epidote with freehand pumpkins
  Lulu recommends 2 coats of Epidote for full coverage and 3 for longer nails and best results. I actually used 2 coats for this mani and found it to be perfect. Application was easy and the formula was lovely like all my Elevations!

Autumn Week - Elevation Polish Epidote with freehand pumpkins
  Over my base, I used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush to paint pumpkins on the tips of 2 nails and then swirly branches and leaves on the others to continue the design across all of my nails.

I'm really pleased with how this mani turned out and I think its a good last one for Autumn Week!

Elevation Polish can be purchased from the Elevation Polish Store and Llarowe.

Feel free to check out the rest of my autumn week designs!
Monday - One Stroke Leaves over Elevation Polish The Arches II
Tuesday -Flakies and Leaves (stamping) with 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy
Wednesday - Freehand Autumn Critter and Wood design with China Glaze Ingrid
Thursday - Gradient with OPI DS Luxurious and DS Glow & Freehand
 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Autumn Week - Gradient

Hi everyone!

Today is the 4th day (yes 4th day already...its going so fast!) of Autumn Week. I'm really enjoying all these manis and today I decided to go for something a bit more simple.

I actually ended up LOVING this mani despite the simplicity.

OPI DS Luxurious and Glow gradient & autumn nail art

I started out by doing a gradient using OPI DS Luxurious and DS Glow. These two were just begging to be paired together! I did the gradient by applying two coats of DS Luxurious then sponging DS Glow onto the tips of my nails.

Formula and application of these two polishes was outstanding, just as I expect from OPI.  

I actually had other ideas for the nail art but I ended up loving the gradient so much that I didn't want to cover it up very much. I painted some freehand leaf and swirly branch silhouettes onto the sides of two of my nails using black acrylic paint and my fine detail brush.

OPI DS Luxurious and Glow gradient & autumn nail art

OPI DS Luxurious and Glow gradient & autumn nail art

I actually think this might be my favourite gradient ever!  

What do you think of this mani? Do you like to do gradients?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn Week - Autumn Critter

Hi there! Today is day 3 of Autumn week! You'll be glad to know that my mani today does not involve leaves (still trees in a way though!). 

I chose to do some freehand nail art today. I started out with 2 coats of China Glaze Ingrid on all nails except my ring finger where I wanted my accent nail on which I used OPI Did You 'ear About Van Gogh from the Spring 2012 Holland collection. 

Autumn Critter - China Glaze Ingrid & OPI Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?

Over China Glaze Ingrid, I used my fine detail brush and acrylic paint to paint a wooden print. 

My accent nail is sort of a funny story...I set out to paint a squirrel...finished it and showed my husband who said 'it's a fox!'. Um... so I guess I painted a fox with an acorn. Oh well, I think he's cute so I wanted to share him anyway! 

Autumn Critter - China Glaze Ingrid & OPI Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?

Autumn Critter - China Glaze Ingrid & OPI Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?

Autumn Critter

I finished with a coat of topcoat. I'm happy with how this mani turned out and really loved the wooden print more than I expected. 

What do you think of this mani?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Autumn Week - Flakies and Leaves

Hi everyone! 

Today is day 2 of Autumn week. Like yesterday, I have another autumn leaves manicure for you. I know, I know...leaves again but they're just so pretty and I'm clearly inspired by them! (If you missed day 1, you can see my first mani here).

This time it's a little different as my nail art is stamped. 

So for this mani I started out with 2 coats of 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy. 6 Harts is my friend Courtney's lovely indie brand and she makes some gorgeous polishes! (Courtney also has a blog I love which you can check out to see her gorgeous manis here). 

Autumn Flakies and Leaves - 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy, NfuOh #58 and stamping

So let me tell you about Bat Crap Crazy...it's the BEST brown polish. Courtney describes it as a 'deep chocolate brown with gold, bronze and scattered holographic shimmers in it' and I can't really do much better than that. It is truly amazing and seems to glow from within. I've used it multiple times since I got it which really shows how much I love it. 
Formula and application were great and I reached perfect opacity in two easy and even coats. 

Autumn Flakies and Leaves - 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy, NfuOh #58 and stamping

I then added a gradient of NfuOh #58 to the tips of my nails and stamped part of the leaf image from the Bundle Monster BM210 plate with Barry M Instant Nail Effects polish in Gold (320). I finished things off with a coat of topcoat! I love how the flakies remind me of fallen leaves and add dimension to the design. 

What do you think of this mani? Do you like flakies? 

6 Harts polishes can be purchased from the 6 Harts Etsy Shop. You can like the 6 Harts Facebook page here.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Autumn Week - One Stroke Leaves

Hi everyone! Today starts a themed nail art week I'm doing with some lovely fellow bloggers! 

I'm kicking things off with this mani of autumn leaves. As soon as I think of autumn, I think of the changing leaves and gorgeous tones of yellow, orange and brown. 

I decided to do my mani featuring these shades and falling leaves. 

Autumn leaves - Elevation Polish The Arches II with one stroke leaves
  I started out with 2 coats of The Arches II by Elevation Polish from the september Stones Throw collection. Lulu describes The Arches II as a 'Rusted Orange/Red with low shine, slightly textured finish'. This colour is stunning and as soon as I saw photos of the collection, I knew I would have to have this one. I was not disappointed and it will be an autumn essential for me. 
Formula and application were perfect, as I have come to expect from Elevation Polish. I reached perfect opacity in 2 easy coats. 

Autumn leaves - Elevation Polish The Arches II with one stroke leaves

For my nail art I used a flat brush to create my one stroke leaves using yellow and orange acrylic paints then I added the detail with a fine detail brush.

I finished my mani with one coat of topcoat to seal the design. I loved this so much I wore it for a week. 

Autumn leaves - Elevation Polish The Arches II with one stroke leaves

What do you think of this mani? Do you think of leaves right away when you think autumn?

Be sure to check out the manis from the other bloggers participating in Autumn week. See you tomorrow for another Autumn design! 

Elevation Polishes can be purchased from the Elevation Polish Store and Llarowe

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Hello Gorgeous! Freehand Deco

Hi everyone! Today I have some more detailed nail art to show you. 

Intricate freehand designs are one of my favourite things to do on my nails but lately I haven't had much time for them. This nail art makes me feel like I've gotten my nail art mojo back! It's just so me! 


China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! with freehand nail art

For my base, I used 2 coats of China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! which is a light rose pink coloured glitter polish from the brand's 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness collection. The glitter is very fine and really dense so 2 coats was enough to make it opaque. And it is SO sparkly! It does dry a bit matte and is a topcoat eater! I used 2 coats and it was still not completely smooth. 

China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! with freehand nail art

I then used black acrylic paint and a fine detail brush to paint this art-deco type design on my nails at the base towards the tip. The finished design sort of reminds me of a doily. 

China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! with freehand nail art

Do you like this kind of nail art? I loved wearing this mani and got a lot of compliments on it. 

China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! with freehand nail art

China Glaze polishes can be purchased from various retailers. I bought this one from the Pshiiit Boutique.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Zoya Triangles

Hi everyone! Today I have a nail art post for you! 

I used 2 of my favourite Zoya colours to create this mani, Reagan and Wednesday. 

Reagan is a deep yet bright fuchsia creme with a fantastic formula and colour, exactly my cup of tea. Wednesday is a bright turquoise creme. Both polishes are opaque in 2 coats and have fantastic formulas with easy application (also can I say how much I LOVE Zoya brushes?!) 

Zoya Reagan & Wednesday
   
For this mani I started off with two coats of Wedneday on all of my nails except on my ring finger, where I applied 2 coats of Reagan. When it was completely dry I used striping tape to tape off my nails in sections to make triangles and added a coat of the opposite colour to my base.  

Zoya Reagan & Wednesday

I really loved this vivid mani and graphic design, sometimes a simple geometric design is just what I need. I ended up wearing this mani out and to match wore a turquoise top and a fuchsia cardigan. Both items matched exactly and I got lots of compliments on the coordination. Very fun! 

Zoya Reagan & Wednesday

Do you like simple tape manis like this? What do you think of Wednesday and Reagan together? 

Zoya polishes can be purchased at www.zoya.com. You can 'like' the Zoya Facebook page to keep up with information, new collections and promotions!