Friday, 21 February 2014

We Heart Nail Art: River Island Valentine's Day Nail Art Competition

Ok, so I'm a week late... BUT I couldn't let Valentine's Day go past without doing a little Valentine's Day manicure.  This is also my entry into River Island's We Heart Nail Art competition.  I've even done a quick tutorial for this design if you scroll down (I haven't done a tutorial for such a long time, but I reminded myself how much I enjoy doing them - so maybe I'll do some more in the coming weeks...)  It's a really simple design but I think it's quite effective just using a couple of colours for the hearts.  It's not exactly what you'd call a subtle Valentine's Day look...!

Valentine's Day nail art

Valentine's Day nail art

Valentine's Day nail art with Models Own Cerise ShineValentine's Day nail art with Models Own Pink Veneer

Valentine's Day nail art with Models Own White Light

For this manicure I used three Models Own Hypergel polishes - White LightCerise Shine and Pink Veneer*.

Valentine Nails Tutorial

You will need:

Base colour
2 other colours
Dotting tool
Top coat

How to:

1.  Paint base colour and let it dry.
2.  Using the normal polish brush, paint a diagonal curve across one corner of the nail.
3.  Do the same as 2 on the other corner of the nail, creating the shape of the top of a heart.
4.  Put a blob of each colour onto a piece of paper to make dotting easier.
5.  Using a dotting tool, put a dot and drag it down to a point.
6.  Do the same as 5 for the other side of the heart.
7.  Repeat 5 and 6 with the other colour (for one of the hearts I mixed the two pinks together).
8.  Seal the design with a top coat (I used Seche Vite which didn't smudge my design).


I'd love to know if you follow my tutorial - you can Tweet me on @fundaflawless or tag me on Instagram @fundaflawless. 

The River Island competition is open until 4pm on Monday 24th February so you still have a couple of days to take part!


*previously provided as a PR sample

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Collection: Rebel With A Cause Swatch and Review*

Yesterday I blogged about Pretty Wild from the Morgan Taylor Glam Rock collection, which I liked, but today I'm showing you my favourite of the two I was sent to review - Rebel With A Cause, a maroon burgundy polish which shimmers with dark red, purple and a little bit of gold.  The Glam Rock collection is described as a 'mixture of funky metallic shades and glitters to bring out the rebel in you!'  Whereas I didn't feel that Pretty Wild was exactly rebellious, I feel that Rebel With A Cause is much more so - I love the fact that though it's a good dark polish you could get away with wearing at work, the shimmery element comes to life in the sunlight and almost turns the polish into a completely new colour entirely.

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Rebel With A Cause swatchMorgan Taylor Glam Rock Rebel With A Cause swatch
Showing off the shimmer in sunlight                                                                        

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Rebel With A Cause swatchMorgan Taylor Glam Rock Rebel With A Cause swatch

As I said yesterday with Pretty Wild, the bottle is weighty in the hand and I like that the heaviness gives the polish a serious feel to it.  Again the formula was lovely and easy to work with - the above photos show two coats, which dried relatively quickly.  These photos don't show the polish with a glossy top coat and it still looks pretty shiny - but as I often find with polishes that have an element of sparkle in them, they look stunning just after you've applied them when they're slightly wet, but when they dry they turn a bit matte.  Such was the case with this polish, so I did actually finish it off with top coat after taking these photos.  It lasted really well - I think it's sad that these days I almost expect polishes to chip after a couple of days - but this stayed flawless (maybe with a little tip wear) for four days, which I was super impressed with.

My verdict overall?  It's certainly at the higher end of the price range I'd be prepared to pay for a polish, but this colour is completely gorgeous and sophisticated (and maybe just a touch rebellious) so I would definitely recommend it.

(from L-R) Better In Leather, Little Misfit, Polished Up Punk, Pretty Wild, Rebel with a Cause and Studs & Stilettos

Which colours take your fancy?  I love the look of Little Misfit and am definitely keen to give it a try!

The Morgan Taylor Glam Rock collection polishes are available from Sallyexpress.com for £10.99 each.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Collection: Pretty Wild Swatch and Review*

Before I was asked if I'd like to try out some polishes from the Morgan Taylor Glam Rock collection, I'm afraid I have to admit that I hadn't heard of the brand Morgan Taylor, which has been created by Gelish polish founders Danny Haile and David Daniel.  However, I'm always up for trying new polish brands out - and since they're professional quality polishes, even better!  The formula is said to be made from raw ingredients which enhance finish, coverage and wear.

The Glam Rock collection is described as a 'mixture of funky metallic shades and glitters to bring out the rebel in you!'  There are six polishes in the collection - Better In Leather, Polished Up Punk, Little Misfit, Studs & Stilettos, Pretty Wild and Rebel with a Cause.  I have the last two in that list to show you - today it is Pretty Wild (RRP £10.99), a lilacy grey colour, which is (despite what the collection is described as) quite a nice sensible neutral shade which you could get away with wearing at work - though would also look quite 'rock-y' too if you wore it with, say, a leather jacket maybe!

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Pretty Wild swatch

What struck me first about the polish was that the bottle felt heavy and like a serious polish.  I'm not sure quite what I mean by that - but I liked the fact that it felt solid in my hand!  The formula was smooth and painted on my nails really easily without any streaking, though it did need two coats for it to give a completely opaque covering.  It doesn't have what I would call a high-gloss finish, it was slightly matte, so I put a glossy top coat over them (shown below) to enhance the gloss.  It dried relatively quickly and had good staying power, which I would expect from a professional quality polish.

My verdict overall?  It's certainly at the higher end of the price range I'd be prepared to pay for a polish, particularly as Pretty Wild possibly isn't my favourite colour - BUT it is a really good quality polish with excellent lasting power, so I'd certainly recommend it if you were looking for a dark grey polish.  Look out for tomorrow's post on Rebel with a Cause which is a colour I feel completely different about (hint hint it's gorgeous).

Morgan Taylor Glam Rock Pretty Wild swatchMorgan Taylor Glam Rock Pretty Wild swatch

(from L-R) Better In Leather, Little Misfit, Polished Up Punk, Pretty Wild, Rebel with a Cause and Studs & Stilettos

Which colours take your fancy?  I love the look of Little Misfit from the bottle and am definitely keen to give it a try - though there are frustratingly few swatches of these polishes on the internet from what I can find!

The Morgan Taylor Glam Rock collection polishes are available from Sallyexpress.com for £10.99 each.

*PR sample

Thursday, 13 February 2014

White and Black Nails by Neringa at #BootsFeelLikeNew

Last night I had a fabulous evening with Blog-Me-Beautiful Emily at the #BootsFeelLikeNew event in Soho.  They had life-size favourites (like a massive lipstick and eyeshadow!) which we enjoyed posing by and yummy little macarons to snack on.  I'll be saying more about the event in a post coming up soon, but today I thought I'd just focus on the awesome nails I had done by Neringa from Hari's Salon on the Kings Road.  White nails are going to be on trend again this year, so the nail girls were offering lots of different whites, including Butter London Cotton Buds (£12), Seventeen Lasting Fix Mini Skirt (£2.99) and Essie Blanc (£7.99).  On Neringa's recommendation, I went for the Essie polish (I've found in the past that Butter London polishes don't always last very well, due to the 3-free nature of them).  Anyhow, Neringa then took inspiration for the black stripes from Sophy Robson's nail menu, which she did with a striper brush and No 7 Just Black (£6).

White and black nail art by Neringa BootsFeelLikeNew

White and black nail art by Neringa BootsFeelLikeNew

White and black nail art by Neringa BootsFeelLikeNew

White and black nail art by Neringa BootsFeelLikeNew

What do you think of these nails? I totally love them and will definitely be sporting them again - I think they're really effective and they're also super quick and easy to do.  Come and join the conversation on Twitter with #BootsFeelLikeNew.