Wednesday, 30 September 2015

My first doticure

Good morning my lovely nail polish lovers, do you ever just have those days where you have no idea how you want to paint your nails? Well yesterday I was sat here with my beautiful daughter playing peek-a-boo with her polka dot blanket and I was suddenly inspired to try a doticure. First thing I did was to go onto Google and see how difficult a task this might be, turns out not as bad as I thought.

So once that had been decided I had a rummage through my recently purchased polishes from my Fragrance direct haul. You can see these lovely array of colours in my previous post which is linked here. I made my choice quite quickly as Lexi's blanket is purple and that was the inspiration to start with so I chose Sally Hansen's Inst-dri's Orchid Express. After laying down my Nailtiques formula 2 I began to paint my nails.
I'm in love with this beautiful deep purple and it has a lovely shine to it even without topcoat, I wasn't a huge fan of the Inst-dri brush as it is very wide and not as easy to control, this was fully opaque in two coats and dried very quick so it didn't take too long to get the base colour down. 
The next task was to add my dots,  I used a dotting tool I had purchased off Ebay and found that out of the set I had purchased number 6 was a perfect size. I used an old lunch box lid as my pallet and placed a drop of Cassella's Limitless onto the lid. This has become my number one white cream to use for nail art, I received this gorgeous polish in my recent Meebox. If you would like to go check that post out it will be linked here, there were tons of goodies in that box and I am highly anticipating seeing what they come up with next. Cassella is a new UK indie brand and they have some beautiful polishes in their Collection X line, you may be seeing some of them crop up in a future post if I have the funds. 

Enough rambling back to the manicure, once I had my dotting tool and my polish all ready to go it was time to apply my dots. Now I normally have quite steady hands but when it came to placing these little tiny white spots on my nail I was all over the place. I must admit once I got into a rhythm it was a lot easier than I had thought but some dots still ended up a little bigger than others and a few smudges here and there.
So here is the finished project not the best doticure you will ever see but hopefully not the worst either. I was going to get a bit adventurous and maybe add in some pink dots but then I thought best to not push my luck. It is quite simple but I think with practice my doticures may get more advanced, but for now I'm quite pleased, Lexi approved so that's the main thing. 
As always I hope you have enjoyed this post and their will hopefully be many more doticures and attempts at nail art in the future. If you have any ideas of what nail art I should try in the future please leave a comment below, and as always feedback is highly appreciated. I hope everyone is having a fabulous nail day and I will see you in the next post. 

Coming up: Treasures I found in TKmaxx 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Fragrance Direct Haul

Good morning my fellow nail polish lovers, is there anything better than nail mail? The other day I made a rather large order on Fragrance Direct and I was super excited when I received my package 3 days later.

For those of you who don't know Fragrance Direct is a gem of a site that I found thanks to Amy from Nailpolishbabyy90. They sell many different brands of great nail polish for a fraction of the normal price.

Sally Hansen Insta-dri-99p
Nicole by O.P.I-£2.35

These are just some of the brands that they stock, I would highly suggest any bargain nail polish hunter to check out this site. Click this link for super savings, but be warned this site is highly addictive. They recently restocked their O.P.I's and I'm already itching to make another order, so much polish so little time.

This time my order did consist of mostly Essie's one thing about Fragrance Direct is that the colours they show you are not a great load of help at seeing what the polish actually looks like. But for me this isn't a problem after checking out some swatch photo's I managed to decide which polishes took my fancy and placed them in my basket. Because my order came to over £40 I got free delivery, however if you didn't want to spend that high a price their postage cost's aren't massively high to the UK.

Standard tracked delivery- £1.99 per order
Express tracked delivery-£2.99 per order
Next day Delivery-£5.99 per order

They even offer international shipping which varies depending which country you are wanting it sent to, this also means no matter how many polishes are in your basket it will only be one standard shipping price. I've ordered quite a few times and it's never taken longer than four working days to get to me.

Ok enough talking lets get into some polish, like I said this was quite a big haul so be prepared for quite a picture heavy post. So here goes, first up is Essie's Blossom dandy this is a beautiful minty green cream that is opaque in two coats and has the newer diffusion thick brush.
Next up is fear or desire which is a perfect pumpkin orange, great for the Halloween manicure's that will be coming up in the month of October. This is opaque in 2 coats and uses the thicker brush, i found this was quite a thick formula but easily manageable and didn't pool into my cuticles like some Essie's I've tried.
Essie's Garden Variety is a teal blue cream opaque in 2 coats and uses the thicker brush.
This polish is in my top 3 out of the whole haul, its name describes me perfectly and is one of my favourite colours to wear on my nails. I'm addicted is a bright blue only downside to this polish is it is quite sheer and opaque in 3 coats but because its gorgeous I'm willing to work with it. This also uses the smaller brush that Essie use for their original line. 

Essie's It's genius is a beautiful violet shimmer polish and the shimmer translates to the nail, this is opaque in 2 coats. The first coat is quite shear but builds up well this also uses the thicker brush.
This next one I absolutely love the name Jam N Jelly is a fuchsia pink and in the bottle has a purple flash. unfortunately this does not seem to translate to the nail. This is opaque in 2 coats and was a good consistency this also used the thicker brush.
Nice is Nice is a pastel purple cream that is opaque in 2 coats and uses the thicker brush, I can just envision this with some daisy's stamped on top in the spring. 

No more film is a very dark purple cream that in some lights does look black on the nail, it is opaque in two coats and uses the thicker brush. 
Perennial chic is a light peach cream opaque in 2 coats using the thicker brush.
Shearling darling is one of my least favourite out of this haul just because I'm not keen on how it leans more of the brown side rather than red. This is opaque in 2 coats with the smaller brush and is quite a shear formula. 
Essie's status symbol was always going to be high up on my list it is pink after all, great formula opaque in two coats quite shear on the first coat but builds up extremely well and uses the thicker brush.

The lace is on is a fuchsia purple shimmer that in sunlight looks stunning, its opaque in 3 coats and uses the smaller brush.
Turquoise and Caicos is a turquoise green the formula on this isn't fantastic it was quite shear and a bit hard to control. Took 3 coats to be opaque and even then wasn't perfect I would say on the nail you would see quite a few brush strokes with this one, but I can see this colour being great for spring and good for an Easter manicure.
Last for the Essie portion of the haul is my number one and will be used plenty in December, Toggle to the top is such a unique polish and perfect for Christmas. This is a dark red with loads of glitter and shimmer, this will definitely attract attention under those bright Christmas lights, opaque in 2 coats and uses the smaller brush. My picture does not do this polish the justice it deserves, a must buy for this winter.
So that I would qualify for free shipping I added a few Sally Hansen Insta-dri's to my basket, I've also heard these are perfect for stamping so I had a look through the collection they had in stock and picked the ones that caught my eye. I didn't realise until after they arrived that I had ordered so many purples. First up is currant trend which remind me so much of the colour of Ribena its opaque in 2 coats, I did find the brushes on the Insta-dri's quite hard to use just because they're so wide.
Instant Iris is a bright fushia pink with a blue shimmer opaque in 2 coats, I really hope this stamps because it will look beautiful over a white base.
Purpelling is exactly that a purple cream that is opaque in 1 coat, that's right just one coat for this beautiful colour.
The last insta-dri is the beautiful orchid express which will be featured in an upcoming manicure, it's opaque in 2 coats and has a beautiful shine even without top coat. 
Then I purchased Orly's famous Liquid Vinyl which has been hyped up to be the perfect black cream polish. I can officially say I totally agree with this, opaque in 1 coat and a beautiful easy formula. This has become my new go to black and will be used in many future manicures, especially for Halloween. 
There we have it all those goodies for a great price, they are now tucked up nicely in my Helmer to sleep with the rest of my little babies.

Sorry this post was so long but I really wanted to share with my fellow addicts all of the fantastic loot I had acquired. I hope you all enjoyed this and if you have any polishes you think I should grab in a future haul please drop a comment below. As always I hope your having a great nail day and i'll see you in the next post.

Coming up next: My first attempt at a Doticure :-)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sailor manicure

Morning my fellow nail polish addicts, as promised here is my sailor inspired manicure using my goodies from my Meebox. In my previous post I reviewed Septembers Meebox, review can be found here.

So here is a sort of tutorial on how I created these nautical nails, I must admit this is my first time doing nail art that isn't stamped so they are not the best but I'm pretty pleased. I will definitely be using different methods in the future as I really enjoyed the freedom of creating my own design instead of using a stamping plate so watch out for those.

First thing I started with was choosing my accent nail, I decided to go with one of the nail wraps i received in my Meebox. I thought it might be a bit fiddly but I found it so easy to apply to the nail, first I put on my Nailtiques formula 2 base coat which i use before every manicure. Just a small FYI about the Nailtiques it is fantastic, in my very first post I did a full review on this nail strengthening system that can be found here. My nails have never looked healthier and they are finally beginning to grow (yay).

Oops back to the subject at hand forgive my random rambling it happens from time to time which you probably have noticed. Anyway the ncla nail wraps were fantastic, after my base coat had dried I picked the design I wanted for my accent nail and made sure that the wrap would fit. Once I had taken the wrap off the sheet I lined the curved end up with my cuticle and pressed down. I smoothed the wrap around the edges and made sure no bubbles had been caught underneath. Once that was done I used the file provided to take off the excess added my top coat trusty Seche Vite and was good to go.
Next I used Cassella limitless as my base colour for the rest of my fingers, this is a beautiful white cream opaque in 2 coats.  I really like the formula for this polish and hope to be trying more from this brand in the future.
I also said I would see if Limitless would stamp, and I am happy to say it does and comes out quite clearly too.
After adding top coat to the rest of my fingers I waited at least 10 minutes to make sure that the nail-mail straight stencils wouldn't pull up my white base. 
Once those had been applied I reached for the Navy blue Nailsinc gel effect polish I had received and painted that over top, whilst the polish was still wet I pulled up my stencils and tried to get as crisp a line as possible. I did find some of them leaked a small bit so on some fingers I have little streaks of light blue, it's not highly noticeable and something I'm sure would improve with practise. All that was left was to clean up, as I said in my review I would let you know whether old Burlington street stained and whilst cleaning up I did find I had a small bit of smurf fingers going on so I'm going to say it probably does. 

So here is the finished product, seen as it was my first time using quite a few of these methods I'm quite happy with the finished product. Hopefully the more I use nail stencils and nail wraps the better I will get, here's hoping. All of the websites for the products I used are in the links so feel free to check them out, all of them have a great range of products. 

Hope you enjoyed this post and any feedback or tips on how to use these products or products I could try will be highly appreciated. As always hope everyone is having a great nail day and speak to you in the next post. 

Coming up next my Fragrance Direct haul ;-)

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Meebox September review- Sailor

Ahoy there mateys, today I have the review for September's Meebox this is my first time receiving the Meebox and I definitely wasn't disappointed. After seeing the great reviews about last months box the first thing I did at the beginning of this month was to subscribe.
The theme for this months box is sailor and I must say they nailed it, pun intended. When I first opened my box I was really impressed with the way it was packaged, there logo was plastered on the front and when I opened it there was this cute tissue paper with lots of colours, this just made me more excited to see what goodies where inside. To protect the polishes there are lots of paper worms to make sure they don't smash, it looked like they were laying on their own little nest which I thought was very sweet.

The first thing to catch my eye was the white wallet with in golden writing, after looking inside I found some straight line stencils. These will always come in handy to any nail artist and I will be using them for my sailor nails once I get around to it, when I clicked on the nail-mail site I found they did lots of different stencils and they have Halloween decal stencils on their site right now. I might even be picking some of these up myself for the many Halloween mani's I will more than likely be creating in October.
Next up was the ncla accent nail wraps I haven't actually tried a nail wrap myself, hopefully will be in the near future. But these I must say are adorable definitely sticking with the sailor theme that's for sure. Then there are these adorable golden anchor charms from She sells seashells, this is a really great site that sells tons of nail art supplies. I am loving the look of their Halloween section right now and my friend Becca over at A certain Becca nails recently reviewed their Halloween trick & treat box. Click the link to have a read she got tons of goodies for a great price, and if that't not fantastic enough She sells seashells also has the Uberchic mat in stock for £11 I will be purchasing one of these myself in the near future as I think it would make my homemade decals a lot easier to accomplish.
Anyway enough of my random ramblings lets get into what everyone is here for, the polish. The colours I must say are perfect for the theme and a lovely addition to my ever expanding nail polish collection. So the first one that caught my eye was this beautiful red with a golden shimmer from Crabtree & Evelyn, its called tomato but i must admit the first thing this reminded me of was leaves falling off the trees in autumn and that beautiful orangey gold colour they change into my picture does not do this polish justice. This polish is perfect for this time of year and I'm definitely going to be wearing it in the future months. This took two coats to be opaque and the golden shimmer does show up on the nail.
The next polish was a a brand I was familiar with having received one in a previous Nailbox, this is a Nailsinc gel effect polish in navy blue, perfect for the sailor theme. The name of this one is old Burlington street and it was opaque in two coats but I think you may even be able to get away with one thick coat. As with many blues i'm a bit worried this one may stain, if it does I shall let you all know.
Last but certainly not least is the white cream, this polish is called limitless and is from a UK indie maker called Cassella this is a new nail lacquer brand hand blended in Great Britain, they are toxin-free, cruelty free and only use EU approved cosmetic ingredients. Limitless is part of Collection X which includes five other beautiful pastel colours. I can officially say this is my first indie polish I own and it has a fantastic formula, opaque in two coats and as we all know you can never have too many white creams. They are good for everything, this was quite thick and I have a feeling it may even be good for stamping. I will be checking this out in the near future as finding a white to stamp with is always a huge bonus. Having been on the Cassella site I must say their are quite a few polishes from Collection X that take my fancy especially candy flossin' and I may be placing an order myself in the near future.
So all in all for my first Meebox I am highly impressed, Meebox is a subscription service just like Nailbox. It cost's £20 per month and has different theme's each month like Nailbox. On the 1st of the month you will be told the theme and then the box will be posted on the 22nd mine got to me in 3 days so that's not bad at all, I was also given a tracking number so I could see when my parcel was going to arrive. So far I am highly impressed with Meebox in total the price for all these products alone would have come to about £35 roughly so that is still a huge saving click here to subscribe now to grab your box for October.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and would love to know what you thought of your Meebox and all of these sailorific polishes. I can't wait to receive my box next month, my fingers are crossed for a Halloween theme. Hope everyone is having a great nail day and speak to you all soon.

P.S. Will hopefully upload my sailor nails shortly, if Lexi co-operates with me :-)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Bloglovin woop woop

Hey my fellow nail polish addicts my blog is now active on Bloglovin Click this link to follow me. All followers will be highly appreciated, hope everyone is having a great day.

See you in the next post, hint hint MEEBOX hehe x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Nailbox September review- Creepy Colours

The end of the month has arrived again. and if your a nail addict you know what that means. Nail mail! I was so happy when my Nailbox arrived this morning, I was highly anticipating this month as I am a huge fan of Halloween. Anything supernatural based is right up my alley, so when I heard this months box would be a creepy colour theme I was over the moon.

For those of you who don't know Nailbox is a monthly subscription service where you can receive 3 or 4 polishes and other nail related items every month for £15, I've been subscribed now since June and every month I have never been disappointed. The colours have always been great and highly appropriate to the theme of the box and the season we are in when the box is released. This month was no exception, I must admit when I think Halloween my mind automatically thinks black and orange. However I like the direction the box took, not only are the colours good for Halloween but they are also colours that could be worn all year round.
I was very happy to see a black in the box, in all honesty I had never heard of True Brit London but was very happy with there black cream called taxi cab. It was opaque in two coats for me but I think one thick one might suffice for others. You can never go wrong with a good black, suitable for all occasions and any time of year. This polish brought on it's own is £12.50, that's nearly the price of the whole box.
The sinful PROshine caught my eye the minute I opened the box it is a beautiful dark purple pearl, in the bottle you can see small flecks of pink but that doesn't seem to translate onto the nail. However I have no good sunlight at the moment so it might show up once your outside, never the less it is a beautiful shade of purple and a great colour for autumn. Many ideas pop into my head when I look at this colour so I'm sure it will pop up in a future post. 
The last polish in the box was the one that surprised me most of all, it is a gorgeous emerald green cream that I managed to get opaque in one coat. That's right just one coat I was amazed too, it is a lovely bright green but to top it all off this baby stamps. I managed to get a perfect stamp every time and finding a regular polish that can stamp is definitely a polish that I will treasure. 
If that wasn't enough the lovely people at Nailbox treated us to another Elegant touch apothecary nail treatment, this time it is the toughflex base coat. To be honest I probably wont be trying this out myself as I am loving my Nailtiques formula 2 you can find my review here. But I'm sure my friend Becca will be so if you want to know more head on over to A Certain Becca Nails and I'm sure she will let you know how this product performs. Even if she doesn't her blog is awesome so definitely go check it out if you love nails you'll love hers.
I was also happy to find a set of nail art brushes as they always come in handy when I'm practicing different types of nail art. All in all this box was awesome, not what I expected but that's not a bad thing. Once I had taken a closer look at all the nail goodies my mind went into over drive on what sort of manicure I could create with all these goodies. So sticking with the creepy Halloween theme I decided to go for a drip manicure, using my born pretty plate number 29. 
To start with I used my Nailtiques Formula 2 base coat and then put Taxi cab on as the base colour, then I used the Nailsinc Queen Victoria Street to stamp on the design. I was in total shock when I had no problems with stamping the colour on top of the black, I top coated everything with trusty Seche Vite. I was a bit upset when the green dulled down quite a lot once top coated as it popped a lot more before the top coat was added. So if your going to try to stamp with this one my advice is don't top coat and the green will be a lot brighter and make you design stand out. 
The final design was not as in your face as I would like but I'm still quite happy with it, it's not a perfect manicure but as I say practice makes perfect. 

So all in all I would say this months box is fantastic, its not just good for Halloween but each colour would be good all year round. So if you haven't yet subscribed to this amazing box I would highly suggest you do. You can sign up here, they do different types of  monthly plans to suit everyone and you definitely get your moneys worth. This box cost me £15 and if you brought all these products individually it would probably be near enough £35 so a huge saving. 

I hope you have all enjoyed this review and I would love to hear what you thought of this months box, and see the creepy manicures you came up with. Hope everyone is having an awesome nail day and speak to you all soon.  

Monday, 21 September 2015

Stolen my heart

Hello my lovelies, this is my second post for the blog and I have found one of the most perfect polishes just sat in my Helmer on this drizzly September morning. Autumn has definitely come to England, I looked out my window this morning and could see the raindrops dripping down the glass and plenty of puddles on the pavement. After the normal breakfast routine was out of the way I decided to look through my collection of OPI's to see if there was a polish that could bring a bit of magic to my morning. OMG I definitely found it that's for sure, this may not be to everyone's taste but I just can not say no to the colour blue on my nails. This blue sung out to me from the depths of my Helmer draw,  I believe I picked this beauty up at TKmaxx on one of my random hauls for £3.99 and I am so glad I did.

Fellow nail polish addicts i give to you OPI Miss Piggy's Big Number:

None of the photos I have taken do this colour any justice, it is a gorgeous blue metallic that in some lights has a hint of purple. This is a beautiful polish on the first coat it was quite sheer but then built up well and became beautifully opaque on the second coat. 
This is without topcoat and i was amazed at the shine you would get and that hint of purple as it hits the light. I would have loved to take a picture of this in the sunlight but as I've said it does not look like the sun will be making an appearance in my town today. 

Finally hear it is in all its glory, the topcoat I used was Seche Vite which is my go to top coat and I must say I am loving this manicure. Initially I was going to stamp over top of this but once I saw that gorgeous blue metallic shining back at me I couldn't bare to tarnish that wonderful colour. I am not a huge Muppet's fan but my advice is if you don't have this in your collection you are definitely missing out. I do not want to take this off and it has definitely made its way into my top 10 polishes, this may change as in the new year I will start buying Indies and I am sure that I will be swayed by all the indie goodness but for now OPI's Miss Piggy's Big Number has stolen my heart on this miserable September day.

I hope you have enjoyed my random ramblings and would love to hear what your top 10 polishes are and if there is a polish out there that has stolen you heart. If you have any nail tips for me or recommendations on polishes I should try please let me know. Hope everyone is having a great day and chat to you all very soon.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Magic in a bottle

Hello fellow nail polish addicts and welcome to my blog, I was debating what to write as my first post ever but then I had that light bulb moment and there wasn't a doubt in my mind. My first post had to be about this miracle cure in a bottle. If you've read the about me page you know by now that I am an ex nail biter. After biting my nails for the last 10+ years I was looking for a miracle cure to make my nails look longer and healthier. I've tried quite a few products that are on the market but none seemed to give me that growth I was looking for, and by that I mean I still had my little stubs of finger nails. That was until a few weeks ago when I found this magical clear potion in a bottle.

I give to you Nailtiques Formula 2:

This nail strengthening system for bitten, weak, thin and peeling nails has been my savior, within just a couple of weeks I have seen actual nail growth, not saying that they are the most beautiful nails to ever grace the internet but for me it is definitely an improvement.

I have tried many other nail strengtheners over the past year and the result was peeling weak nails that ended up snapping and turning back into the nubbins they previously were. I have only been using the Nailtiques for a couple of weeks and am already seeing better results than any other product I have tried. 

I was using the Sally Hansen complete care system for quite a few months and whilst I did see healthier nails they were not growing in the slightest. I'm not saying this wont work for others but for me it just wasn't giving me the results I wanted. So after doing my research on other nail blog's and hearing reviews from the fantastic youtube ladies I watch daily I decided to try out the Nailtiques formula 2. OMG I can safely say I will never be going back At the moment I only have the small 7.4ml/ 4onz bottle but I will definitely be investing in the bigger bottle for the future. On amazon at the moment you can get the 15ml bottle for £14.49 plus free delivery, I think that is quite a good deal considering how much some of the other products cost and how long it will last you. 

Now that I have found my special potion for the growth of my nails I am looking out for the perfect cream or oil to help my cuticles, as you can see they are horrendous. At least I have one part of my nail care routine in place and I can safely say me and Nailtiques will be good friends for many years to come. 

I hope you have enjoyed my first post and would love to hear any feedback you have also if anyone has a go to cuticle cream or nail butter feel free to share with me. This however isn't the end of the story with me and Nailtiques, whilst I hope we live happily ever after only time will tell. I will update my blog on how this product affects the growth and health of my nails from time to time but for now I highly recommend this little gem, As Golem would say "my precious" 

So for now my nail polish friends I shall say goodbye thank you for reading my random ramblings and speak to you all very soon.