Sunday, 28 October 2012

Best Of British Roundup!

British Nail Bloggers

Some very exciting posts from my fellow British Nail  Bloggers this week! Getting ready for some craking Halloween posts ;)

Emma's Quest for the Holy Grail continues with some unusually successful watermarbling and other foes to face including this triple colour striping mani at Emma's Little Corner

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing is getting Halloween started early with a SPOOKY MANICURE! Aroooooooooooooooo!

Jazz at Glitter Infatuation has been having fun with the new W7 Glitters, Mosaic, Glitter Dazzle and Salt and Pepper!Glitter is appropriate no matter what the occasion.

Over at Pie's Eyes Lyndsay shows off her Good Food Show Theme Manicure which she wore last weekend.

 Jo at Northern Nails is going to a Halloween party tonight and will be wearing this mani!

This week The Teenage Shopaholic has been... scaring herself silly! She was wearing China Glaze Midtown Magic to a horror movie marathon sleepover!

Sam at Polished Art is 'feeling the love tonight' with her Lion King inspired manicure for the 31 Day Challenge (yep, that's still going!).

Wendy at Wendy's Delights shows us her Green Glitter Nails for Llama Nails A-Z challenge

PishPosh and Polish's Kerrie has been having fun with her new Brazilian polishes this week. Also she has been swatching Pretty and Polished Candy Corn Is it orange? Is It Yellow? This mood changing polish is both!

Danielle has had a busy week this week so drafted in some help from Rachel at Phoenix Nails who created an awesome Halloween Mani for her Guest Post at Totally Nailed

Enigmatic Rambles has been getting her freehand on this week with MEG and MOG do you remember them?

Kerry at JustTalkNails has done a manicure of Ghoulish Ghosts with a host of Barry M nail paints.

Laura at She Who Does Nails had a go at freehanding a pattern she found on Pinterest this week.

Carlyn has spent the week decorating so not many posts but friday she went nail polish crazy Nail 
Polish Haul Going to have fun swatching all these

Vic's been playing with some of the Orly Fired Up collection for Fall and creating some Autumn Jewels.

Abi at Volatile Varnish experimented with silver stamping over Gosh Holographic Hero and got some really cool results.

Rachel at Phoenix Nails wore it pink for Breast Cancer Campaign's Wear it Pink Day with a pretty Monarch Butterfly mani
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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Silver Stamping over Gosh Holographic Hero

I had this special polish since before I started the 31 Day Challenge - and I hadn't wanted only to wear it for a day so I saved it. And things happened, I didn't wear polish for days and so of course I forgot about it! So glad I remembered about it now though! It's a pretty!

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Best Of British Roundup!

British Nail Bloggers
Go and check out the the best of British nail bloggers!

Emma has started a Quest for the Holy Grail in honour of the retirement of the a-england shade she has rarely used and is now trying to use it in a personal Holy Grail challenge at Emma's Little Corner

Mimi does freestyle Halloween nails funky halloween nails

Lyndsay at Pie's Eyes has taken a delivery of some new Christmas themed HB image plates for stamping with and has been trying them out to see how they perform

In need of distracting this week Enigmatic Rambles' spent waay to much time painting frog eyes on her nails for a Sat-ART-Day nail challenge.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been doing some checkerboard themed manicures. Pink, White and Black and a more spangly Blue, Black and White checkerboard mani, which do you prefer?

Sam at Polished Art has made her second and final attempt at water marbling for the 31 Day Challenge. Never again!

More Halloween spookiness over at Never Mind Suzi, Steph is playing with ZOMBIES

Jo at Northern Nails has been entering a few competitions this week, from skulls to coming up with Taglines!, She has also joined in with Pink October, with a lovely pink bead mani !

Polished Criminails has been busy showing us the OPI - Skyfall Collection this week in her Skyfall Swatch Series with an added insight to each of the corresponding James Bond films

Vic's been carrying on with the Halloween theme but has also managed to fit in some non-Halloween related nail art. Her Frogs mani fits somewhere in between. Check out the cute pic of her two year old who insisted
on getting frogs on his nails too!

Jazz has been continuing with her love/hate affair with frankens and has also been divulging in a little bit of halloween nail art! Frankens! Glitter is appropriate no matter what the occasion!

Ruth finally posted up her first fishtail attempt this week!

Carlyn has fallen in love with OPI Diva of Geneva A gorgeous shimmering red then added a rose stamping design

Charlotte at Charlottes-nails has swatched a polish from Born Pretty Store for a review post this week.

Wendy from Wendy's Delights has been going round in circles with her new Circular Magnetic & Magnetic Polish and while your over at Wendy's Delights check out her Nail Foil for the Llama A-Z Challenge

Kerrie from PishPosh and Polish has been on holiday this week. She decided to try out some Sally Hansen Nail Effect Wraps to create Denim Nails and loves the result!

Mimi tries her hand at freestyle nails Halloween and thinks they are really cool!

Danielle gives her first tutorial on Black velvet manicure at Totally Nailed

This week, The Crumpet has done a series of posts for Depression Awareness. Feel free to join in and share your story, or do a green mani in support

Kerry at JustTalkNails has gone all out for Halloween with Daring Digits Trick or Treat a perfect Halloween glitter.

Here is a pastel green manicure with a glitzy difference for Abi's first post back at Volatile Varnish.

This week Sally of NailPron bared her soul with a green manicure and came out as an anxiety survivor, oh and she broke the news about the new Speciallita Hits Glitter World polishes
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Glitzy Green!

Well, I am back! Here with an experiment turned good! I wore the green base to an interview I had this week, and I got the job! A lab assistant too - I'm being paid to do science! As I was about to take it off, I remembered the little pot of sparkles I found for 59p. I wish I'd done this earlier - I will defiantly be doing it again with the right outfit. Its so pretty!

Model's Own Jade Green

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Best Of British Roundup!

British Nail Bloggers
Here's a  quick round up from my fellow British Nail Bloggers!

Wendy from Wendy's Delights is having a dotting time with her first everDotty Mani for the Llama Nails A-Z challenge.
Wendy has also participated in the Facebook Group Adventures in Stamping and this weeks theme is French Nail Tips.
Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes shows off her Swatchicles and explains how they make keeping tabs on her ever growing collection a little easier, she's also done a lovely leafy stamp manicure.

Claire from nuthin' but a nail thing completed the 30 Day Challenge! Which one was your favourite?

Emma has lauched her first giveaway and played with dotting tools again this week, this time creating rainbow manicure using them over at Emma's Little Corner

Charlotte from Charlottes-nails has been swatching some of the new Models Own Wonderland polishes for you all to enjoy!

After taking the weekend off after completing the 30 Day Challenge, Polished Criminails is back with 3 more BarryM Gelly Nail Paints which are bang on trend for the Autumn months!

When life hands you lemons, paint your nails with Avon's Lemon Sugar! Or at least that's what Ruth did this week. Including a slightly annoying design!

Vic has started her gel polish course but she's determined not to give up regular polish - after all, she does have over 400 bottles of the stuff. The inspiration for her Sparkle Zebracorn mani was taken from a gel polish tutorial but it works just as well with the lacquers we all know and love.

Spreading depression awareness through nail art, while checking off another ABC Llama nail challenge is Enigmatic Rambles this week.

Sally of Nail Pron is having a month of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness while having a very emotional week

Northern Nails had a little Hiatus this week, after all the posts in the 30 Day Challenge,then Her nails 
broke! So she decided to give Northern Nails a make over, Hope you all like the New Look!

Carlyn uses China Glaze's Foie Gras and Konad plate M64 to create a stunning Floral manicure, before she gets her nails shellac'ed for her holidays.

Sarah Louise is taking part in a Halloween challenge created by Crumpets Nail Tarts. For the second challenge she creates a Black Cats themed manicure - Enjoy! x

Abi invites you to take a look at her round up page for the 31 Day Challenge that she completed this week!

Lots of new items Spotted! instore this week over at Painted Nails and Baking Scales as Lou keeps 
her eyes peeled for all things polish! 

Hope you enjoy!
Ever wondered what Indie polishes are and where to buy them ? Well this week The Crumpet tells you everything you need to know!
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Recreate a Manicure you Love: Day 31 of the 31 Day Challenge

Here we are. I have created a round up page which will have all my entries in it - including ones that on the day never made it. But - within 31 days there has been 31 manicures and blog posts are to follow! There is talk of another 31 Day Challenge being created and ran in January 2013 - and I'm not to scared off that I wouldn't try it again. Stay tuned! 

This was a manicure that I attempted to recreate from Sincerely Stephanie. I am really not very good with freehand still and so I did change it a little but I really couldn't resist this one! I am a biomedical science and today as my first practical of the year we are doing a PCR - amplifying DNA! Speaking of which I need to go prepare!

 Sally Hansen Insta Dry Whirlwind White
All details done with acrylics

 I love how bright it shows up!
I have loved doing this challenge - though next time I will definitely be preparing ideas at least. I look forward to it! See you then!
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Sunday, 30 September 2012

British Nail Bloggers Roundup

British Nail Bloggers

Here is a round up of the work of my fellow British nail bloggers!

Emma has had a week of using Barry M Gelly polishes and created her most favourite mani ever multi coloured spots and stripes over at Emma's Little Corner.

Nada'sl penguin obsession is getting out of hand! the little minions are on her nails this week!!

This week on Pie's Eyes Lyndsay has used her new Cheeky stamping plates to create a Double Stamped Manicure plus there's a handy hint for stamping clean up too.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing is continuing with the 30 Day Challenge (the end is in sight!) and did a Panda Bear Manicure inspired by the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

It's been HoloWeek at the Nail Newbie, featuring lots of holo goodness such as a GOSH Holographic Hero wear test, a some tribal nail art and this holo cloudicure with a-England 

This week has been Carlyn's very first week of blogging featuring some of her favourite stamping designs Pretty Stamping on Sapphire Such a stand out design.

Well today is the last day of the 30 Day Challenge! at Northern Nails but on the Bright side it is Jo's birthday tommorrow !.

Wendy from Wendy's Delights is having a cracking time with her Croc Effect nails by Barry M

As a collector of vodka bottles, a Smirnoff Vodka Manicure was in order on Enigmatic Rambles blog this week!

PishPosh and Polish's Kerrie is wearing shock horror! PINK this week!

This is Carlyn's first blog week Flower stamping on Sapphire polish one of my favourites

Sally of Nail Pron has brightened up a sad week with the brightest green daisy doticure you have ever seen in your life.

PrettyKittyClaws is joined by a hare and a dog this week with the gorgeous Hare Dog Day Dream

Dimpal of Crazy Polishes has almost come to the end of the 30 days challenge and wearing this Inspired by Supernatural Mani Inspired by Supernatural

Ruth has a new favourite polish that is purple and splarkly, yay!

Sarah Louise, creates a Ghostbuster Manicure Using Models Own and W7 Polishes

Charlotte has decided her stash needs some cleansing, so she's set up a blog sale with some great British brands

Kerry takes an adventure with GALAXY inspired nails.

Vic continues 30 days of untrieds with A Scream manicure inspired by art work

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Inspired by Supernatural: Day 29 of the 31 Day Challenge

Today I wanted to go for something pretty and sparkly. Halloween is just around the corner and I'm sure i'll have plenty of ghosts and ghouls on my nails then! As soon as I saw Sally Hansen Emerald Express in the UK's version of dusty polish hunting, Poundland, I knew what I was going to do - dragons scales! Not incredibly impressed with these but omg that colour! I am in love!




Sally Hansen Insta Dry Emerald Dry
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Tealy Fast
A England Morgan Le Fay
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Silver

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Inspired by a Flag: Day 28 of the 31 Day Challenge

50 GFC followers! Thank you guys for putting up with me! ;) This really does mean a lot to me! I started this blog as I love nail art and I love this community - and thank you for welcoming me in!

For my inspiration I went to my county flag - the Yorkshire flag. This is the Yorkshire White Rose which comes form the house of York. I am definitely going to be wearing this again on Yorkshire day next year!



Base (untried): Barry M Cobalt Blue
Stamping: Konad Special White
Cult Nails Feel Me Up
Sally Hansen Going Green

I am very proud of this one! Thanks for the look in!
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Inspired by Artwork: Day 27 of the 31 Day Challenge

Here is a technique I have been wanting to try for a while... Watercolour nails! And it fits quite nicely don't you think?

This was created using Rebecca Likes Nails' tutorial using blobs of polish and acetone! I love this look. I will defiantly be trying  this out again - maybe in a rainbow of monotone nails? Neon? Hmmm. IdeasIdeasIdeas.

Thanks for the peek! Go check out the awesome work below... some great work for today's challenge!

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Inspired by Fashion: Day 25 of the 31 Day Challenge

Here is my entry for inspired by fashion. Ever since I saw this dress I have wanted it! Who wouldn't?
black with gold chain decoration body con mini dress

And not so long ago I found a cheap chain that would be perfect. Unfortuantly the weather has been awful. And then my camera ran out of battery. Today is just not my day! I hope tomorrow is! I'm going back to university!

Cult Nails Nevermore
Barry M Instant Effects Foil Gold
Cheeky Plate D

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Inspired by A Book: Day 24 of the 31 Day Challenge

Sorry for disappearing! The madness of doing this challenge while moving to uni finally caught up to me. Add a St Johns Ambulance duty for freshers week (where all traces of polish have to be removed and many vomit bowls were involved) and I missed two days. I am determined that I will catch up by the end!

So for today, a simple, very quick manicure with the inspiration of a university science textbook - The Cell. So - cells! You can imagine how excited I was for Llarowe's new science plate! It's actually the first official day of university today - so it fits!

 Essie Brooch the Subject
Stamping polish: Barry M Instant Effects Foil Silver
Cheeky Plate XL
Thanks for the look in!

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Inspired By A Colour - Day 21 of the 31 Day Challenge

Its the start of the 'inspired by' challenges and it is these which are going to be a real struggle for me. Today I was inspired by blue (and my new cheeky plates) to create a nautical design. Execution wasn't my best (especially the stripping tape. I don't know what happened there!) but with the 31 Day Challenge I have just been so rushed! I'll definitely be preparing for the next one! (And won't be moving to a new house huh!)
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Whirlwind White
Barry M Indigo
Born Pretty Stamping Polish
Thanks for the look in - I loved the others work for today. Go check them out!

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Watermarble: Day 20 of the 31 Day Challenge

So these are messy as it was my first go, at 3am, standing in my new kitchen while chatting to a room mate (who I made choose the colours ^^), but they were an experiment and I learned new things like putting the Vaseline in the cracks of your knuckles and check for bubbles and its only a thin layer of polish on your nail so be really careful with acetone and top coat... And to look for some ideas on how to create shapes and patterns. As I will be trying this again. I didn't manage to get all that good with the designs but I think everything else worked out just fine! That's what experimenting is for!

(So of course pictures are with flash unfortunately. Tomorrow I'll be ordering a white light lamp!)

I'll definitely be doing more holo water marbling! Soooo pretty just to see a flash of it!
 And using a polish I only got today! Even better!
Cult Nails Crusin' Nude
Sally Hansen Insta Dry Teal-y
A England St Tristam

Thanks for the look in - sorry for the poor effort! That's what can happen when you do your nails every day for a month!

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Galaxy: Day 19 of the 31 Day Challenge

I am in love with these. I was okay with my previous attempt. But here I can see real progress - and I love that! We had a dark and dingy day so to show the true colours and shine I did resort to flash. Sorry! I'll have these on in the morning so lets hope there is a sunny day coming and I will update.

These feature real constellations!  In order of thumb to pinky these are: Ursa Major - the Great Bear, Orion - the Hunter, Gemini - the Twins, Hercules and Perseus.

 I really loved the colours I used:
Base: Cult Nails Nevermore and A England Morgan Le Fay
Lilac - Essie Bangle Jangle
Nude - Essie Brooch the Subject
 Blue /green duochrome - Illamasqua Strike
White - Sally Hansen Insta Dry Whirlwind White

Morgan Le Fay over black could have done the job itself. It was so sparkly and shiny - Terrible to get excess off your fingers if you sponge it though! I think the nude and lilac made it quite life like but the duo chrome just made it pop and added a little something of its own.

 See the difference?

I will definitely be doing this again. I do love sponging right now!

In other news - today I moved into my year 2 uni house! It took a lot of packing and lifting but I am unpacked and very happy... first thing to do was of course create a nail polish station!!! 

Go look at the other bloggers work - I loved their galaxies and I look forward to their attempt at the dreaded watermarble!
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Half Moons: Day 18 of the 31 Day Challenge

Well this is a manicure I love! Using some of my favourite polishes and my first use of bronze rhinestones from the Cult Nails store.

 Base - Cult Nails Nevermore
A England Perceval

Everyone should already know how amazing these one-coater black and stunning shimmery red is. Great application in one coat and both have a great finish.  Two must haves in my collection.



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