Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Models Own HyperGel - Cornflower Gleam*

Since Models Own announced their new gel effect polishes, I was unbelievably excited.  I'm a big fan of the Barry M Gellies and so it's great to see another U.K brand breaking into this market.  Seeing everyone's swatches of the polishes got me even more excited and so when I received my own samples to review, I was over the moon!

From the Models Own website - 'HyperGel! 10 brand-new mega-shine shades that are highly pigmented, long-lasting and chip resistant. Enriched with lotus flower oil, the gel-like finish gives the professional shine of a salon manicure. The collection is completed with limited edition colour caps, topped off with colour-matched high-shine swatches on the lids that reflect the gel effect finish of the polish so you can select the perfect shades!'


Monday, 27 January 2014

Nail Essentials

One thing that I'm always asked about is how I keep my nails in tip top shape.  Some days are better than others but these are the main products I use to make sure that my nail art stays as long as possible, as well as keeping my actual nails and cuticles in the best condition possible.

O.P.I Avoplex Cuticle Oil-To-Go, Nail File, Inglot Cuticle Oil, O.P.I Original Nail Envy, Sally Hansen Instadry, Superdrug 8-way File and Buffing Block


Thursday, 23 January 2014

Rock and Roses

Today's post is brought to you by my love of florals and knitwear.  Combine them together and by jingo, you've got one excited blogger.  Click the cut to check out more pictures of one of my favourite manicures in a while as well as the cardigan in question.

Flossgloss Faded, Barry M Passionfruit, Mango and Lime (Gellies)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Floral Enamel Nails

So Flails and Nails turned 1 on Saturday and since I've been working all weekend and didn't really plan ahead (I'm so silly), I wanted to do a luxe-looking mani in celebration of me sticking with this blog for an entire year!

Maybelline Marshmallow, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Barry M Gold Foil

These nails are inspired by these Ulyana Sergeenko earrings.  She designs AHMAZING couture (her show in on tomorrow (21st) in Paris) and is one of my style icons.  If I had some sort of money, these earrings would be at the top of my list.

You can't see the floral detail all that well in the photo and I guess that is sort of the intention as it's supposed to be a subtle inlay.  I used two coats of Snow Me White followed by Marshmallow, a pearlescent white from Maybelline to create the shine of enamel, then used Snow Me White for the flower.  The gold outline adds a little extra luxury to the manicure which is somewhat compromised by my terrible cuticles (which I can only apologize for, I have some paper cuts I tried to photoshop as best as possible lol)

How do you celebrate your blog's birthday?  Let me know in the comments below and make sure to follow me on all my social media sites, until next time :-)


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Inspired By...Clueless (As If!)

I'm reliving my childhood through this nail art as I pay tribute to one of my first style icons, Cher Horowitz, and her infamous yellow plaid outfit.

Models Own Lemon MeringueYellow Nail Art Pen, Barry M Caramel (Matte), Mocha (Matte) and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

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Monday, 13 January 2014

Pantone 'Radiant Orchid' Week - Berry Ice Cream

In what I think is my last Radiant Orchid inspired mani (I still have SO many shades to work through but let's quit while we're ahead LOL), I've used one of the first polishes I ever bought when I started to get into nail art.

Barry M Berry Ice Cream, Vivid Purple, Duchess and Crystal Glaze

I decided to stick with one brand for this manicure as I wanted to show the variety of polishes you can use to achieve a 'Radiant Orchid' look and I really wanted to try out my Crystal Glaze top coat, as well as one of the Royal Glitter shades from Barry M.

This manicure is based somewhat on a mani The Illustrated Nail created recently for Barry M.  I loved the idea of doing a base colour with Crystal Glaze covered in this rising sun/art deco pattern.  I changed the colour palette, the angles of the pattern top and the accent nail.  I really love the visual impact of these nails and the way the light catches on the top coat just adds an extra dimension of awesomeness to it all.

Have you found your ultimate Radiant Orchid shade yet? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on tumblr, instagram bloglovin' twitter, and  facebook , until next time!


Friday, 10 January 2014

Radiant Orchid on a Budget

Here's a quick post to show you some of the affordable polishes you can get on the high street/drug store that will keep you on trend with Radiant Orchid without breaking the bank.

Radiant Orchid on a Budget

Barry M Rose Quartz / Collection 2000 Sugared Almonds / Barry M Berry Ice Cream / Models Own Mermaid Tears / Models Own Grape Juice /  L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Flashing Lilac

There are also some great shades from Maybelline, Rimmel, Revlon and Essie available but they weren't being cooperative with Polyvore!  I'll also be doing a mid to high-end selection as well in a day or two so look out for that if you have a more expensive taste.

What budget nail polish would you recommend for Radiant Orchid?  Let me know in the comments below and make sure to follow me on other social media, until next time :-)


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Pantone 'Radiant Orchid' Week - Flashing Lilac

Here is number two of my picks for the best nail polishes that represent Pantone's Colour of the Year 2014 'Radiant Orchid'.  I kept the nail art on these nails quite subtle and small in scale so that the colour was the star of the show because this is a stunning shade.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Flashing Lilac

Monday, 6 January 2014

Pantone 'Radiant Orchid' Week - Blueberry Muffin

Happy New Year everyone!  Apologies once again for being a bit AWOL these past few weeks but obviously Christmas and New Years had me occupied and I hadn't scheduled any posts over the break which I guess is a bit of a rookie mistake!  Also, I got a new laptop for Christmas so I've been setting everything up on it and getting used to Windows 8 (which is so so different) but hopefully now we shall be getting back to scheduled programming.

I thought that the best way to start off the blog in 2014 was to celebrate Pantone's Colour of 2014 - Radiant Orchid!  It's been the focus of much media attention these past few weeks and I thought it would be cool to explore what shades I have in my collection that would match this colour and how you can wear the colour in different ways and still be on trend.

My first swatch of Pantone Colour of 2014 week is Jacava London's Blueberry Muffin.  You might have seen in my previous post that I won a competition on Jacava's facebook and Blueberry Muffin was one of the colours included.  Join me under the cut for more photos and my opinions on this polish.

Jacava London Blueberry Muffin
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