Sunday, 31 March 2013

Models Own Pastels Easter Gradient Nails

I have been seeing the new Models Own scented Fruit Pastels collection on nail blogs everywhere the last few weeks - so this is hardly going to be an original post - however, I thought I'd wade in to give my two cents on them.  I popped along to the Bottleshop at Westfield White City again yesterday and was once again served by the cute salesgirl who served me when I first visited (post on that haul coming up in the next few days).  This time I knew exactly what I wanted so was presented with my box of pastels, swapping out the top coat for Ice Neon Bubblegum.

Firstly, the colours are so cute - and, thankfully, different from the other pastels I already own! (See my polka dot pastels mani) - and they smell gorgeous. I wasn't sold on the idea of scented polishes because I remember them from when I was about 12; I think I had a Rimmel Kiwi one which lost its novelty value as quick as it did the smell. However, these are lovely - each has a distinctive smell and there's a scratch'n'sniff sticker on the top to try it out (as you can see from the photo of these below, my banana one came rather pre-scratched so I tweeted Models Own to say I was a little disappointed by this).  Anyway, you can still smell the scents even after adding topcoat, which is nice - they're not so strong that you get fed up with them either. I'm not going to say much more about them because literally everyone else on tinternet has and I'm hardly going to reinvent the wheel.

For my Eastery-springy mani, I wanted to give gradients another go for the base (you're going to see another gradient post in the next couple of days, stay tuned!)

I then stamped using BM16 plate (previously seen here and here) and Essie Penny Lane (a gorgeous pinky copper metallic polish I recently acquired).

Happy Easter everyone! Did you get any good eggs?

After a couple of weeks away, I'm linking up again with Glitter and Gloss blog's Mani Monday - come on over!

Pink Gradient Nails

I finally got around to trying out gradient nails last week, helped out by a tutorial on Polly Polish.  It actually didn't take nearly as long as I thought it might - turns out when you sponge polish on, it dries pretty quickly. I used a little triangular make up sponge (I'll take a photo of this sometime when I remember!) which I got in a big bag of sponges from Poundland.

I used Barry M White as the base, followed by stripes directly painted onto the sponge of (from light to dark) Maybelline Forever Strong French Manicure 76, 17 Fairy Cake and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Twisted Pink.

Have you ever tried gradient nails? Leave a link to your  efforts in the comments below - I love to see what everyone else has been up to!

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Mani Monday: Barry M Blueberry Clouds

Just a quick little post for Mani Monday, though I actually did this one last week. I think I may have mentioned that my classes have taken to holding competitions to design my nails on the backs of tests they do, so this mani was inspired by a seaside design. I didn't feel like I had time or patience after parents' evening last week to go all out on sand and sea and sky, so I just went for the sky option. Another class have just done the same thing, so it looks like I'll be doing a night sky theme at some point soon...

I used Barry M Gelly in Blueberry as the base, with clouds done with Barry M white and a dotting tool - the little black bird was using Models Own black nail art pen.

Another week linking up with Glitter and Gloss Blog's Mani Monday! I imagine there will be a fair few St Patrick's Day manis this week - looking forward to seeing lots of green and gold glitter!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Models Own Beetlejuice Aquaviolet and Silver

I haven't done any successful stamping for a while so thought I'd give it a go with Barry M's silver foil as I've read in many places that metallic polishes work really well.  And work well it did.  It's the first time I've properly worn Models Own Beetlejuice in Aqua Violet.  The Beetlejuice range are all duo-chrome shades, this one is a mix of dark purple and blue.  I put it on this morning and did three coats to get proper opacity, but I still felt the colour was lacking somewhat, so I took it all off and started again, but this time used Barry M's Gelly Blackberry as a base coat, with one coat of Aqua Violet on top - and this is how that came out:

Much prettier than just Aqua Violet on its own (which I forgot to take a photo of!)

For the stamping I used Bundle Monster stamping plate BM16 (again):

Here's how the stamping turned out:

These were under a light, to try to get the shimmer of the Beetlejuice to show through.

Have you tried any of the Beetlejuice range? Which is your favourite?

I'm linking up this week with the Nail Files - come join us!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Mani Monday: Daisy Daisy

I've been a bit slack over the last week, flat hunting and work took over. I did this mani a couple of weeks ago but hadn't got around to posting it. I used Barry M Gelly in Blackberry, which is still one of my favourite polishes at the moment - I just love how glossy it is, with Barry M White and 17 Yellow.  I used a dotting tool for the daisies and a little fimo butterfly from a wheel of butterflies I picked up for a whole £1 in Poundland a few weeks ago (popped it on top of the top coat then did another two top coats over the top to seal it on).

Have you ever used fimo shapes on your nails? I'm still not quite convinced about them - but I'd love to see what other people have done with them! Leave your links in the comments below!

I'm linking up with Glitter and Gloss's Mani Monday this week after a week off, not sure where the time went!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Barry M Textured Polishes Swatch

I've been seeing Barry M's new textured polishes all over the place recently but I'd been holding off on them because I was a bit undecided about the rough finish.  However, I saw that Superdrug currently have a 2 polishes for £6 offer on so thought why not get a couple of the textured pastels.  I plumped for Atlantic Road (blue) and Ridley Road (green).  I was surprised by how much I actually loved the rough finish - I couldn't stop touching my nails! I thought they'd go on a bit more thickly than they did and had to go for 2 coats for the best finish (I put three on my thumb and it ruined the effect).  It goes on quite smoothly and then dries quite quickly with a sand-like feel. There are two more colours (Kingsland Road pink and Station Road yellow) which I might get later in the season, but the yellow I think is a bit too bright for the more subdued other colours.  Anyway, here are the shots:

This sunlight shot shows how 3 coats on my thumb was not a good look!

Have you tried any textured polishes yet? What do you think? Do you like the Barry M ones?

Pretty Little Nails Swatch

So, a little swatch for you today.  I haven't been reading Amelia's blog for very long, but I'm already hooked - she has great posts about polish, but also beauty stuff in general and life in general! Anyway, when she posted about her Etsy store Pretty Little Nails I couldn't resist having a look and picking up some of her gorgeous indie polish - I loved the look of Video Killed the Radio Star. It's my first indie polish I've bought and I'm pretty excited about it.  It painted on really nicely, a clear polish with with black and white hexagonal flecks (which are both in two sizes).  I only had to do a little rearranging of the flecks once they were on my nail.  My only difficulty with the polish was that it was quite hard to take off! I must get myself sorted with some PVA glue to paint on as a base coat when I'm using glitter polishes... but I figure if that's the only downside, it's a great polish that I can't wait to wear again - let me know in the comments what colour you think it would go well over?

(Excuse the hideous green background, it's my desk at work!) - but this is how the polish arrived, so cute all wrapped up like a little present!

And this is the polish with the name tag!

I put Video Killed the Radio Star over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Flashy Fuschia (which I got years ago in the US and so it's a bit gloopy these days)

Have you got any indie polishes? What are they? Pop your link in the comments below - I love visiting to see what everyone else has been up to!