Sunday, 29 November 2015

Nailbox Candy Cane Manicure

Good morning my lovelies, it is absolutely freezing today me and Lexi are both wrapped up in the quilt trying to keep warm like a couple of penguins. I really wanted to try and get this post up last night but my brother and future sister in law (who is also my best friend) came around for an unexpected visit, and then Lexi was being stubborn about going to bed. So today I have for you my manicure using all my nail polish goodies from my November Nailbox, click on the link if you haven't already checked that out. It was crammed full of classic festive colours to use for this coming month. 
When I received my Festive Nailbox my first thought was that the nail polish's we were given are the perfect colours for a candy cane manicure. So with that in mind I began planning out my festive fingers mani, first things first I used 2 coats of China Glaze White on White for my base and then topped that with OPI's Happy Anniversary. This gave the base a lovely silvery glow, I was happy with the effect I got from this polish as it made the background look shiny like a candy cane. Because I wanted my nails to be white and not silver I used the white base instead of just using the OPI on it's own but you can get Happy Anniversary opaque in 3 coats if you wanted to just use that instead. 
Next I grabbed my Ejiubas Christmas plate and used the candy cane stripe image, I am very pleased to say that both True Brit London Park Lane and Rimmel Double Decker Red stamp wonderfully. Both are very opaque polishes so I was hoping they would. To do my candy cane stripes I placed a dot of both polishes on each stripe and swiped upwards. Sometimes the colours did bleed into each other so it would take a few times to get it right. I will have a full review of this plate coming up at the beginning of December. It is an excellent plate etched so well and I didn't have any problems picking up the image.
I placed my candy cane stripes on all of my fingers except my ring finger which I wanted to save for a special little decal I was working on. Once my stripes were fully dry I went over all the nails with some HK girl top coat to seal in the design.












Here is the star of the show my little Uber Chic penguin decal, I used my brand new Uber Chic Christmas plate to make my little penguin. First I picked up the image and stamped him onto my Uber Chic mat, then I used True Brit London's Park Lane to colour in his little hat with a dotting tool. For his little beak I used my Born Pretty stamping polish in gold, unfortunately his beak did smudge a bit but for my first try at making a decal I was still really happy with him. For his body I used a larger dotting tool with China Glaze White on White. Once the polish was dry I put a good layer of top coat on top and left him to dry.
Once my little guy was fully dry I used a plastic cuticle pusher to get under the edges and pull him off my mat, I then brushed a small bit of top coat onto my nail and lined my penguin up to where I wanted him. After he was in place I top coated again with HK girl top coat to seal him in and I was all done. 

I am really happy with the results, it's so nice to see that all the practising I've been doing is finally starting to pay off. Now that I have had success with my penguin decal I am sure there will be loads more popping up in my future manicures. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, if you got a November Nailbox I would love to see what festive mani's you've came up with. As always I hope you are having a fantastic nail day, if you have any tips for me on making stamping decals I would love for you to leave them in the comments section below. My next post will be my review om Novembers Meebox, hope to see you then.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Novembers Nailbox review - Festive Fingers

Hello my fellow nail polish peeps, well it is that time of the month again. I must admit I love the end of the month now so much nail mail, it makes me burst with excitement. Thankfully this month I made sure both my Nailbox and Meebox were sent to my mums house so I didn't have a repeat of last months stolen post fiasco.
I must admit the minute that I opened this months Nailbox I had it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas playing in my head. Nailbox definitely 'nailed' it this month. (excuse the pun) If you are looking for classic Christmas colours then this is the box for you. All of these nail goodies for only £15 what a bargain! 
The brands included in this months box are two mainstream classics and an Indie brand that is becoming a staple in a lot of our nail collections. The last time I received a True Brit London polish was Taxi Cab in Septembers Creepy colours Nailbox, and I loved it. 













For this festive season we all need a Christmas tree green in our collection and True Brit London's Park Lane fits that description perfectly. This is a dark green creme polish opaque in 2 coats, formula is really good and builds up well. It is quite a thick polish so you may even be able to get away with one thick coat, I will be trying this out for stamping I will let you know shortly how I get on. You can pick park lane up from the True Brit London website for £12.50, this polish alone almost covers the cost of the whole box.













The next polish I saw was another Christmas classic. I was very happy to see a red creme polish in the box, you can't go wrong at Christmas with a red nail. Rimmel's Double Decker Red has a fantastic formula opaque in 2 coats, This is a lovely Santa Clause suit red, I am sure this will be showing up in quite a few upcoming Christmas mani's. Double Decker red can be found on Amazon for £1.99, if your looking for a good red creme that is cheap and has a good formula this is the polish for you.













The last lovely polish in this months box was OPI's Happy Anniversary, this is a beautiful pearly white shimmer with very fine silver glitter. When on the nail it looks very silvery and shiny, it has quite a sheer runny formula but it isn't difficult to deal with. For the swatch I used 2 coats but for the nail I would say three would make it fully opaque, especially if you have really long nails. You can buy this OPI at Nailpolish.co.uk for £6.95.
If that wasn't enough the lovely people at Nailbox added in a few extras, they put in these Elegant Touch totally clear short oval fake nails. I wont be able to use these on my nails as I am allergic to most nail glues that come in these kits but they will come in handy for practising my nail art. You can get these Elegant Touch false nails from Boots for £4.65. 
The last nail related item we were treated to this month was an Orly 180 grit nail file, these will help keep our nails in the perfect shape for the Christmas season. I love receiving a free nail file as you can never have too many of these lying around the house. You can purchase this nail file from Nail polish Direct for £1.66.
If all of that wasn't enough of an early Christmas present they added in a large candy cane as a final little treat. I am loving candy canes right now, there so refreshing and quite low in calories so not too bad for the waist line. 

So there it is all the fantastic goodies from this months Nailbox, I was highly impressed and felt that every polish fit the theme perfectly. I will be using them in a manicure tonight which will hopefully be uploaded tomorrow if all goes well. Remember Nailbox is a monthly subscription service for just £15 a month you can receive all these nail polish goodies. I will leave a link here for you to go check it out if your not already subscribed, they told us December's theme is going to be Funky fresh to bring in the New year, can't wait to see what they come up with. Go grab yours now so your not missing out!

I hope you enjoyed this post I would love to know what you think of this months Nailbox, I'm almost all ready for Christmas just a few last things to get, our tree is up now and everything. It has a fan in it so snow comes flying out the top, Lexi can't stop staring at it. Hope everyone's Christmas shopping is going well and see you in the next post.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

She Sells Seashells Mega Christmas Mystery Box Opening and Review

Hello my lovely readers, I hope everyone has had a great weekend and is feeling well in this freezing weather. My weekend consisted of baking goodies for my cousins 18th Birthday party and trying to fight off a cold. At the moment I'm feeling awful so I don't think I am winning the battle at this present time. But today I have an awesome post for you, it was only a few weeks ago that She Sells Seashells announced she was going to be selling a Christmas box full of lots of nail art goodies that can get your nails ready for the festivities. At the moment I am really skint so when it came out on the site I was so worried it would sell out before I had my chance to grab a box for myself. Luckily for me I have a great friend in Becca from A certain Becca nails who offered to get the box for me so I wouldn't miss out. So I am saying a huge thank you to my fantastic nail friend for not only getting me the box but also picking up the Uber Chic Christmas plate for me. I will pay you back as soon as I get paid hun, the best thing about joining the Facebook Nail sale page, other that getting amazing polishes at an awesome price is meeting you that is for sure.
So without further ado lets get into this amazing mystery box, the box came in the usual She sells Seashells box and had this festive tissue paper inside which was keeping all my goodies safe and sound. I love the little extras that were inside, after all candy canes and the Santa Clause envelope full of chocolate coins do nothing but scream Christmas.
As you can see that little striped golden pouch was packed full of Christmas nail art supplies, I think I have plenty for all sorts of Christmas manicures. I got 3 different sheets of water decals one was full of snowflakes and reindeer, the other one has Santa, snowmen and a berry tree and the last water decal sheet has a Christmas jumper theme going on.

As you can see from the picture there are 11 sheets of stencils all inspired by Christmas, there are so many ideas for manicures circling around my brain right now I think it may explode. The stencils have 10 stencils on each sheet so you can cover all your nails with the same design. I will write a list of the stencils that I received as they are a nightmare to try and take a photograph of, but I am sure you will be seeing them all make an appearance on my nails throughout December. 
  • HoHo Stencils
  • Spiral Christmas tree Stencil
  • Holly Stencil
  • Christmas tree light Stencil
  • Another Christmas tree Stencil
  • Stag Stencil
  • 2 sheets of a lady putting an ornament on a tree 
  • Icicle Stencil
  • 2 different snowflake Stencils 
Some of these are really unique stencils that will make a beautiful manicure, either on there own or paired with each other.
I also got these gorgeous Rudolph charms in gold with a diamond looking stone for the head and a red gem for his nose. This will bling up any manicure and just like Rudolf guides Santa's sleigh this gorgeous charm will guide peoples eyes straight to your gorgeous nails.
The last few items in my lovely early Christmas present were some beautiful bronze and silver nail embellishments, one set is Christmas baubles and the other are Christmas stockings. Each set has 50 embellishments which can attached to the nail with either nail glue or top coat. These Will just add that extra little something to any manicure this festive season.
Then if that wasn't enough there was a HeHe stamping plate, this particular plate has plenty of Christmas images to chose from. The plate is number 60 and gives me that Christmas jumper vibe, it is good for both long and short nails as you can choose which part of the image you would like to stamp.

This was definitely the best early Christmas present any nail art enthusiast could ask for, you can grab one of these mega boxes now at She sells Seashells for £13.75 or for £10.00 get the standard box I will leave a link here if you wanted to go grab one of these amazing boxes for yourself. As I have said many times before this online shop is fantastic and one of the best nail art suppliers in the UK, well that's my opinion anyway.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, this box definitely got me in the mood for Christmas. I had it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas running through my head when I was unwrapping it. As I said I also picked up the Uber Chic Christmas plate so the review of that will be popping up soon. Hope your all having a fantastic nail day and hope to chat to you again in the next post.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pastel Penguins

Hello my wonderful readers, I hope everyone has been keeping well. I must say I am absolutely freezing today, apparently it isn't very cold so I think I maybe coming down with something. I really hope not, as Lexi is due her 1 year jabs next week and I don't want her catching anything from me before she has them. Also I have plans to go watch the final installment of The Hunger games, I can't wait to see that after reading all the books I am highly anticipating part 2 of Mockingjay.

Anyway enough of my random ramblings lets get into today's manicure, as we are now entering into winter and Christmas is just around the corner I wanted to start of my chilly/Christmas mani's with some cute little penguins. I saw the tutorial for these little fella's on the Cutepolish Youtube channel, I will leave a link to her tutorial here if you wanted to go check her out. She is a great nail artist and comes up with some fantastic designs, she is always inspiring me to try new things. So lets get into my attempt at making my own pastel penguins.
The first thing I had to do was to choose some pastel colour's from my ever growing nail polish collection. For the pastel yellow and the pastel blue I put on my thumb I had to use darker polishes and mix them with a white creme. The polishes that I ended up using are Essie Dandy Blossom which is a mint green creme opaque in 2 coats I used this on my pointer finger. On my middle finger I used Barry M Prickly Pear, this is a lilac creme it is quite shear so needs 3 coats to be fully opaque. On my ring finger I used my favourite pastel pink from Barry M called Speed Demon this is a pink shimmer opaque in 2 coats. Then on my pinky I used OPI I just can't cope-acabana, this is quite a bright yellow creme polish, so to make it pastel I added some China Glaze white on white to make it a lighter colour. I know my thumb doesn't show up much in pictures but I obviously did paint it, for this I used Barry M Damson which is a bright blue creme. Again to make this into more of a pastel colour I added some of China Glaze's White on White. 
The next step was to start creating my little penguin's, to do this I first added there little white bodies. I used China Glaze white on white and drew a circle in the middle of my nail, I tried to make it so that you can still see the pastel colours around the sides and above their white bodies. 
After the white was completely dry I added a quick dry topcoat so that I could seal in the colours used for the penguins body. Next I used a small dotting tool and some black polish to add the small eyes to each of my penguins, on my pinky nail the eyes turned out a bit bigger than I would have liked so lets just say he has seen a really big fish and is a very hungry little penguin. I left it about 5 minutes to make sure my eyes were dry and then went onto the next step.
My next task was to give my little penguins some beaks, for this I used a nail art pen in orange and drew a upside down triangle. 
The last step to creating my penguin pals were to give them their feet, to do this I used OPI I just can't cope-acabana with a dotting tool a bit larger than the one I used to do the penguins eyes. Once that was done I sealed in my whole design with top coat so my little pastel penguins wouldn't be ruined.
So here is the finished result, I am quite happy with how these turned out there not as neat and tidy as the one's that cutepolish did. But I love how each one is different and they all look very cute dancing around on my 10 nails. This was also my first time using the HK Girl top coat, so far I am highly impressed it dries really fast and I didn't have a problem with smearing or shrinkage. 

So there is my first wintery manicure, I hope you have enjoyed this post and would love to see any penguin creations you may have done. There will be plenty more Christmassy and wintery nail goodness coming your way soon. As always I hope you are having a great nail day and I will chat to you lovely people in the next post.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Mint London Nail Art Gift Set

Hello my wonderful readers, I am now fully recovered from all the party planning and one year old madness. Today I have a swatch and review of a Nail art gift set from Mint London that will be the perfect stocking stuffer for any nail lover. I was lucky to grab these goodies when they were on sale of Amazon, I brought all of these lovely nail art items for £2.99. This was a huge bargain as this set comes with nearly 15 nail related items, its original price is £9.99; I will leave the Amazon link here for those of you that might want to go buy this for either yourself or a another nail art lover you may know.
As you can see that is a whole lot of nail art goodness for a very little price, I had never tried Mint London before this and I was quite impressed for £9.99 you get four nail polishes from their collection, a nail file, nail stickers,rhinestones, finger separators, orange sticks, eye lash curlers and a nail wheel to swatch you polishes and two nail buffing blocks. You also get a white pencil, not really sure how this or the eye lash curler are nail related but I'm sure people wont be complaining.













The first polish I have is called epic this is a light pink with a hint of purple metallic opaque in 1 coat. You have to be quite careful with this polish and apply with the three stroke method or you will end up with brush marks and may need to apply a second coat.


Next up is this beautiful sky blue cream called le jardin opaque in 2 coats, formula with both of these polishes was really good. I did however notice that they do have a strong smell, reminded me of some Kleancolor polishes. If this is something that would put you off I would probably suggest going for something different, personally I don't mind so much if it is a pretty colour and good formula it's won me over.


The last two polishes that they gave me where glitter toppers, this one is called Richy, it is a gold micro glitter in a clear base that will add that extra something to all of your manicures. This swatch is just one coat, the formula with the polish is really good not base heavy and plenty of sparkly glitter will be applied with each stroke.














The last polish I received was Spark which is the silver glitter topper, this swatch is also just one coat. As you can see with both of these toppers you get plenty of glitter for just one coat, I did try and see if I could get both of these opaque on their own but it would take at least 3 coats and even then it's not fully opaque. I would definitely suggest that you stick with using these as toppers, but they certainly will give your mani that bling that it might be missing.
Speaking of bling and sparkle these pots of foils and glitters will come in handy for any nail artist and help to take you manicure to the next level.
Another nail art must have some gorgeous coloured rhinestones, these come in an array of colours, I'm looking forward to using these in some manicure ideas I have coming up for the festive season. 













I am loving the leopard print pattern on both the nail file and buffing block, as we all know we can never have enough of either of these items.


I also love these nail stickers, unique and bright neon colours so many ideas run through my mind just looking at them. 

The last nail related items that were in my stocking stuffer were some orange sticks, which as we all know have multiple uses in the nail art world. I also got some finger separators, to be honest I probably wont be using these but for £2.99 I really wasn't complaining. 

As I said at the beginning of the post I also received a white pencil and eyelash curler, not really sure those items fit in with the nail art theme but this was a huge bargain. Overall I am happy with this purchase and do think it would be the perfect stocking stuffer for all nail art lovers this Christmas. When it was delivered it did come in a jiffy bag, so if you wanted to wrap this for Christmas you would need to do that yourself. None of my items were damaged and my polishes were protected with tissue paper and the bubble wrap inside the jiffy bag.

This lovely set is selling on Amazon now for £9.99, so if you are stuck for Christmas ideas or maybe need something for Secret Santa this set might be right up your ally. Go now and grab yourself a bargain. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and are having a great nail day, I have lots of festive goodies coming up soon. Stay tuned and I will chat to you lovely people in the next post.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Autumn manicure using ILNP Champagne Blush

Hello my fellow nail polish addicts, well the weekend is nearly officially over and I have to say I am absolutely exhausted. Yesterday was Lexi's birthday party and I am happy to say it went swimmingly, everyone had a great time and most importantly Lexi thoroughly enjoyed herself. So now that Minnie mouse is no longer constantly on my mind and I'm not trying to go over a huge check list in my mind I was able to finally try out some of my newly purchased nail polishes.

The nail polish I used for the manicure I'm going to show you is my first ILNP (I Love Nail Polish), and I have to say I was highly impressed with the formula of this gorgeous polish and how easy it was to apply. ILNP is a highly successful Indie polish that are based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are vegan friendly, cruelty free and 3 free, they ship internationally and are also stocked at Rainbow Connection.. I will leave a link here to their direct site so you can go check out all the other beauties that they stock, I can tell you for sure this will not be my last ILNP.
I got this beauty in a recent grab bag that I brought from Hayley at Danglefoot nail polish, she was selling off some of her own personal collection and I couldn't pass up on the opportunity; after all who doesn't like surprise nail mail. When I brought my grab bag I also purchased two more of her Danglefoot mini polishes, I'm hoping to get a review of these up soon. I will leave a link here to my recent swatch and review of the polishes that she sent to me, I highly suggest checking those gorgeous polishes out before they are all gone.
Anyway lets get back to this gorgeous ILNP called Champagne Blush, this is a beautiful vintage rose pink holographic with a gorgeous golden tone. The formula was fantastic easily applied to the nail and opaque in two coats. 
Once this had dried I applied my Seche Vite top coat and then grabbed my Uber chic plate from collection 5. I have a full review on all these plates here if you wanted to go check it out, the plate I used for this mani was plate 2 as it has this beautiful autumn leaves stamping image.
I used Born Pretty Store gold stamping polish with my Moyou London stamper and scraper, the Born Pretty stamping polish is fantastic a very opaque bright gold. I stamped this image onto all of my nails and then top coated being careful not to smudge the design.
This is the finished look, I am quite happy with this Champagne Blush is a fantastic colour and great for this time of year and the gold stamping polish gives it that pop I was looking for. 

So there we have it my first Autumn inspired manicure, I find at this time of year I'm always reaching for my bright in your face polishes. Probably because I am missing those summery manicure's we all know and love. I would love to know what polishes you are reaching for this November. What are your autumn go to polishes? I was thinking about doing a full review for these Born Pretty Store stamping polishes, let me know if you would be interested in that in the comments below? 

As always I hope you are having a great nail day and I hope to see you all in the next post.