Monday, 29 April 2013

Swatch: Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz with added Glequins

Once again I took a little trip to the Models Own bottleshop at Westfield White City this weekend - I just can't keep away! If you haven't been to the bottleshop, it looks like this...

Models Own Bottleshop

Isn't that just so awesome? For the third time (I'm a bit of a regular customer), the very helpful Ellie helped me pick out six new polishes - and was so patient with me umming and ahhing about which ones to choose (really, I want them all, but I always limit myself to 6 for £20).  I also got a sneak peak of some deliciously glittery almost neon polishes (sitting by the till in a little perspex box!) which they're releasing soon.

Anyway, today I thought I'd wear Utopia with Pink Fizz on my ring finger as an accent nail.  Utopia is a very pretty muted almost nude pink.  I thought it would be a good base colour for some Cath Kidston-style manis I have planned.  It applies nicely, needing just two coats to be completely opaque.  It is a little on the gloopy side so a little bit of care is needed in application.  Pink Fizz is a very pretty dense rose pink glitter - and by dense, I mean really dense - the photo below shows just one coat and really not too much glitter arrangement needed at all.  I topped it all off with a coat of No 7 Stay Perfect top coat (which I discovered in my polish box and I had forgotten how great it is!)

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz

Models Own Pink Fizz

After I'd had this on for a little bit, I realised I had some glequins (hexagonal glitter sequins) from Born Pretty Store, which is a great website for everything nail art - and really not expensive. I bought a pack of 12 little pots of glequins for $6.45 (£4.17) and they come in a good selection of colours.  There are always discount codes for BPS - so look around for them.  I chose the glequins which were the exact colour match for Pink Fizz and created some designs, with the help of the Nailasaurus' YouTube tutorial.  Admittedly my designs don't look perfect, but as a first attempt I think it went ok...!

Models Own Utopia and Pink Fizz with Glequins

What do you think of the colours?  Are you a fan of the accent nail or do you prefer to have all your nails the same?  Have you played with glequins yet?  Let me know in the comments below!


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Tutorial: Coral Gradient Nails

I've got the tutorial bug after doing one last week on roses - and this one has been requested by one of my Twitter followers (@JazebelleKiss) - who asked for corals, but I discovered I actually don't really own any corals so I went for the most corally pinks I have. I hope it lives up to expectations and you can work out how to do it from the instructions below!  If you haven't tried doing a gradient before, you should! It's honestly, I think, one of the easiest ways of making a plain mani look a little bit more interesting - and it doesn't take very long, either.

Fundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient NailsFundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient Nails

Fundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient NailsFundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient Nails

Fundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient Nails

Fundamentally Flawless: Coral Pink Gradient Nails

The How-To:
You will need:
- White (for the base)
- 2 or three shades of the same colour (or different, up to you!) - I used Models Own Strawberry Tart (light pink), 17 Pink Grapefruit (middle pink), Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Speedy Sunburst (dark pink)
- Make up sponge (I buy a huge bag of 24 sponges from Poundland for £1 (obviously, that being the premise of the shop...!))
- Thin, flat brush (for clearing up the sponging) (mine was from my eBay set).


Polishes, paintbrush and the all-important make up sponge

The paintbrush I use for cleaning up


Fundamentally Flawless: Gradient Nails Tutorial

1.  Paint a white base for the gradient (to make sure the colour pops) - mine was two coats.  Let it dry.
2.  Paint stripes of the two/three colours on the end of the make up sponge - on the end put the colour you want at the base of your nail.  Measure it against your nail so you've got about the right length (doesn't need to be particularly accurate).  If it looks like there's a lot of polish on the sponge, you can sponge it onto a piece of paper - but the sponge will absorb quite a lot anyway.
3.  Lightly dab the sponge onto your nail, moving it up and down a little to make sure the lines of different colour aren't too prominent.  Make sure you get into the edges of your nails (doesn't matter about getting it on your fingers).  You may not need to stripe polish on the sponge between each nail - see how it goes. Let it dry (it won't take long). 
4.  At this point, I clean up my fingers - I tend to do it between each sponging as it comes off a lot more easily when it's a little wet.  I use a folded cotton wool pad so I have a nice edge to work with.
5.  Repeat the sponging a second time (perhaps more if you want more pigmentation, it depends how bright your colours come out).
6.  Clean up again.  This time, use the paintbrush to tidy up the edges of the nails and around the cuticles.  Pop a top coat on (I used No 7 Stay Perfect), sit back and admire your handiwork!


Let me know if you try out the tutorial - I would love to see your work. Pop a link in the comments below, Tweet me (@fundaflawless) or tag me on Instagram (@fundaflawless).


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Inspiration Mani: Roses Tutorial

Today I've got a Fundamentally Flawless first for you! I've done a tutorial! (Which is something I never thought I'd say when I started blogging about my nails). Since it's my first one I'd be super grateful for any suggestions you have as to how I can improve tutorial efforts in future (cuticle care is probably something I can work on too)...

I came across my washbag in the bathroom the other day (good story, right?) anyway, it's got a cute Cath Kidston-esq rose and polka dot pattern on it and I figured it might be a pretty nail design... and I'm actually really chuffed with how it turned out.

I used all Models Own polishes (again! Potentially I have a small addiction - and there are still so many gorgeous ones I don't own) for this mani - base coat was Apple Pie (baby green), rose was Strawberry Tart (baby pink) and Vintage Pink (darker pink), leaves were Top Turquoise, white spots were Snow White and white lines on rose were the white nail art pen.  [Models Own is a UK brand - available in some Boots stores, at the Westfield White City Bottleshop and on their website].

Without further ado, here are the snaps.  Scroll down to the bottom for the tutorial (apologies for being photo-heavy...):

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art
 Pre-top coat (I was too worried I'd smudge it all)

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art
My favourite rose

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art
My right hand! Doesn't often get featured because I'm right handed, but it didn't turn out too badly.

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose nail art

The How-To:
You will need (I feel so Blue Peter!):
- Background colour (baby green)
- Light and dark of the same colour for the rose (pink)
- White
- Green for the leaves
- Dotting tool (here on Amazon)
- Striper brush (mine was a shortish one) (I got a set from eBay for minimal cost)
- A little bit of patience

Snow White, Strawberry Tart, Vintage Pink, Apple Pie, Top Turquoise

Fundamentally Flawless: Rose Nail Art Tutorial
1.  Start with a pale base coat (here: Apple Pie).  Make sure it's dry.
2.  Put a couple of blobs of your rose colour (here: Strawberry Tart) - it doesn't have to be a perfect circle.  Make sure they're dry.
3.  Use a striper brush to draw darker lines on the rose (here: Vintage Pink) - draw a little u shape, then draw another opposite slightly bigger - then keep interlocking them.  Make sure they're dry!
4a.  Use a striper brush (or nail art pen/I used the Models Own white nail art pen striper brush) to draw a few white lines to accent the roses.
4b.  Use a striper brush to draw some leaves around the edges of the roses (here: Top Turquoise) (I tried to draw some stalks too...!)
5.  Use a striper brush and a slightly darker green to add detail to the leaves.
6.  Use a dotting tool to put dots in the blank bit of nail (here: Snow White).
7.  Finish it all off with a nice glossy top coat (my favourite is Butter London PD Quick as it doesn't have the same shrink-factor that I find Seche Vite does).

(This manicure and tutorial was aided by Nail Art 101's very helpful post on floral nail art).

So, there's the tutorial! I would love to know what you think of it. And if you try it out, let me know! Pop a link in the comments below, Tweet me (@fundaflawless) or tag me on Instagram (@fundaflawless) - it's honestly not too hard, but it does require a bit of patience and a little bit of a steady hand (practice makes perfect, apparently!)

I'm linking up with this week's Nail Files over at Fabulous But Evil...
 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Swatch: Essie Fear and Desire

This is the last of my Essie Summer 2012 collection - a beautiful bright orange called Fear and Desire.  All the other polishes in this collection which I've swatched over the last week (Bikini So Teeny, Off The Shoulder, Mojito Madness and Cascade Cool) have applied really well and been opaque after two coats, so I was a little disappointed when this one went on rather streakily and needed a definite three coats.  However, it's a really summery colour (perfect for the gorgeous sunshine we're finally getting in London) so I can see it will get some outings in the next few months (possibly more frequently on my toes though).

Essie Fear and Desire

Essie Fear and Desire

Essie Fear and Desire

What do you think? Is it an orange you'd wear? Which is your favourite of the summer 2012 collection?

Check back on the blog tomorrow because I have a post I'm pretty excited about (if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (both @fundaflawless), you may have seen a sneak peak...


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Swatch: Essie Cascade Cool

Just a very quick swatch today - the fourth from my Essie 2012 summer collection I got through Wowcher last week.  This is a lovely dusky pink, much more muted in tone than Off The Shoulder which was the hot pink I swatched last week.  As with the other Essie polishes, it applies beautifully with the thick brush and dries very quickly.  A lovely girly summery pink.

Essie Cascade Cool

Essie Cascade Cool

Essie Cascade Cool


Essie Cascade Cool

What do you think of this Essie shade? Did you get it last summer? Was it one of your summer faves? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Mani Monday: Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

Today's Mani Monday is another one of MissJenFabulous' easy nail art for beginners designs.  I'm still in love with Models Own Ice Neons and just haven't worn them as much as I'd like to have done... so watch out for a few more neon manis coming in the next few weeks! They also look so great just on their own and bring so much promise of summer with them that sometimes I just want to wear them plain (I keep staring at them when I do).

I used two coats of Models Own Snow White under the Models Own Pink Punch to make the colour really pop.  Once they were all completely dry, I followed MissJenFabulous' instructions on her YouTube video - I used a striping brush (I got mine from Amazon) to paint the purple (Models Own Pukka Purple) triangle, then outlined the triangle with a black Models Own Nail Art striping brush.  I topped it all off (once it was dry!) with Butter London PD Quick.

If you haven't tried nail art before, definitely have a go at this one, or the one I posted this week - they really are easy to do and this one is particularly good practice for getting to grips with a striping brush.

Models Own Ice Neon Pink Punch

Models Own Ice Neon Pink Punch
Pink Punch pre-mani

Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

Models Own Ice Neons Nail Art

What do you think? Will you have a go? Have you done any nail art with Models Own Ice Neons? I'd love to see if you have - drop me a link in the comments below.

I'm linking up with Glitter and Gloss blog's Mani Monday today, come and join us:

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday Stamping: Earth Day

My second submission for Adventures in Stamping's Sunday challenge - this week the challenge is Earth Day. I don't have a huge number of stamping plates, so my choice was somewhat limited. I decided to go for a leafy design from plate BM19. I used a base of Barry M Spring Green (NP290), with Maybelline Ocean Blue sponged over it and stamped with Barry M Silver Foil (NP319). I still think Barry M foils are literally the most awesome polishes to stamp with - I just wish they'd bring out some more colours!

Earth Day BM19 stamp

I realised at this point I'd stamped upside down...!

Earth Day BM19 stamp
Sunlight shot


Earth Day BM19 stamp

Earth Day BM19 stamp

Earth Day BM19 stamp

What stamping have you done recently? Are you taking part in the Adventures in Stamping challenge today?