Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Snow White Poison Apple Nail Art

So Julep have contacted a few nail artists and encouraged them to create some cool Halloween nail art for you guys.  I really wanted to do something more original, like my take on the Bride of Frankenstein and I came up with the idea to do the Poison Apple from Snow White.

Models Own Naked Glow, Jacava London Candy Apple and Barry M Caramel

Monday, 27 October 2014

5 Easy Halloween Nail Art Ideas

Since Halloween is nearly upon us, I thought I'd show you guys some ideas for cool but relatively easy nail art looks so if you don't feel like dressing up but want to embrace a little bit of the festive spirit, then maybe give these a go, come on under the cut and I give step-by-step instructions on how to achieve these looks!


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Green Marble Stone Tutorial

So I thought I'd cobble together a quick tutorial about how to achieve the green marble look I featured on here a few posts ago.  The look is based on the work of ThisIsVenice so she may use a different technique for her own work but this is how I achieved the look so I hope this is helpful to you!


Monday, 20 October 2014

Bride of Frankenstein Nail Art with Rimmel Little Bo Peep

It's that time of year when the most innocent of characters and inanimate objects suddenly become sexy with a bit of spandex and a decorative nose (I'm looking at you Sexy Olaf Costume!), it's HALLOWEEN!  I haven't been enthusiastic about Halloween in a good few years but I'm never one to miss out on a good themed nail opportunity.

For my first Halloween nail art inspiration, I looked back to the classics and became inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein.  Now I know that Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein nail art can be a little bit cliché at this point, I hope I've created something a little bit more original since I'm drawing inspiration from the film itself, so my nail art is monochrome and suitably sinister!

Rimmel London Little Bo Peep, Kiko Milano Slick Bluenoir and Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Green Marble Nail Art with Models Own Diamond Luxe Emerald Green

When I saw the first press shots of the Models Own Diamond Luxe collection, my eye immediately went towards the gorgeous Emerald Green, which I'd say is closer to a Kelly green but we must keep with the gemstone theme shouldn't we?  I think I probably have more green shades in my nail polish collection than any other colour so I am always drawn to them like some sort of magpie LOL!

Anyway, I finally got myself to my nearest Superdrug that stocks Models Own and bought Emerald Green (as well as Fizzy Cola Bottles from the Sweet Shop collection since it's currently buy one, get one half price) and couldn't wait to get it on my fingertips.  The colour was so vibrant in the bottle so I really hoped it would transfer onto my nails well.

Models Own Emerald Green (Diamond Luxe), 25 Carat Gold and Nail Art Pen in Black

I'm really pleased with this polish.  It's a standard Models Own formula, a little on the thicker side but this one in particular could be a one coater but I did two just to be on the safe side.  It's so pigmented so don't expect a semi-sheer shimmer polish if you're picking this up.  The gold shimmer in the polish is quite subtle but it does catch the light and create a bit of dazzle but it's not in your face which is good for people like me who prefers their subtle shimmers since they're better for nail art.  The polish dried quickly enough but I added a fast dry top coat to speed up the process and to add extra shine.

To match the luxury of Emerald Green (which actually contains real diamond dust!), I wanted to try and replicate ThisIsVenice's marble design she has been posting lately.  She usually uses white with black and gold but I was hoping that by using Emerald Green, it would almost come out like jade stone or green marble.  I used cling film to apply the 25 Carat Gold on top of Emerald Green then used the nail art brush to add thin black lines on top and thinned these out with acetone to give the impression of veined marble.  If you'd like a more detailed or visual tutorial for this, let me know!  I'm really pleased with the overall look and I think it just elevates Emerald Green to be a touch more luxe.  When the gold shade is called 25 Carat Gold, how can it not be luxe, eh?

Have you picked up any Diamond Luxe polishes yet?  Do you have your eye on any?  I know I'm loving the look of the Disco Pants collection from Models Own and guess which shade I want?  Yep, the green one LOL!  I can't wait to see that in person as well, until next time!  Also, be sure to be liking, subscribing, following and sharing the sites below :D

Monday, 13 October 2014

Ciaté Speed Dry Top Coat Review (+ Lightning Nail Art)

So the other day my Mummy came home with a little present for me in the shape of Ciaté's Speed Dry top coat from TK Maxx (I'll be doing a whole entire post about my bargain beauty buying in a week or two so you can learn my secrets LOL) and of course I wanted to see how it measured up to my usual Seche Vite or Instadri so I though I'd try it out with some nail art made with other Ciaté polishes I have.  I don't have many (which is a shame) but the two shades I do have complement each other really well so it worked out great.  Pop on under the cut to see more photos and read about how I found this top coat :-)

Ciaté Cream Soda and Loop the Loop

Monday, 6 October 2014

#NailBreastCancer - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So I'm sure many of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are various campaigns going on to help raise money for various charities.  One that has caught my eye is the #NailBreastCancer campaign which is associated with the charity Future Dreams, which splits its money between Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Haven.  They've teamed up with many nail polish brands, suppliers and publications to help try and promote fundraising in salons which is great.

 Models Own Cerise Shine and Pink Veneer

Regular people like myself are encouraged to post a #maniselfie on Instagram and other social media and use the hashtag #NailBreastCancer to help raise awareness.  You can text NAIL10 followed by £1, £2, £3, £5 or whichever amount you'd like to donate to 70070.  If you'd prefer, you can donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting BEAT to 70200 but it's so easy to donate through text so there really is no excuse so just choose whichever charity you feel is best for you.

Pop on under the cut to read more about how the nails were done :-)


Thursday, 2 October 2014

What's Your Sign? Zodiac Nail Art

So this week saw me turning one year older and I thought I'd mark the occasion with some zodiac nails, showing off my star sign, Libra.  Now I'm definitely not one for reading star charts and depending on my daily horoscope to guide my life but I can see traits of the classic 'libra' in myself but then I'm sure that would be the case for any star sign LOL

Barry M Navy & Silver Foil

So this manicure is rather simple, I just replicated the astrological sign of Libra onto my nails with a smallish brush (it's the one I do most of my detail work with, it's just a cut down eyeliner brush) and then applied these star gems to complete to cosmic look.  If I was looking to put more effort in and not scraping the barrel for ideas, I would probably have done a galaxy nail base but sure, that thought came to me after I'd done the silver foil so *shrug*.

I'd been keen to use this navy from Barry M since it's one of the original polishes that started off my collection and I don't think I've used it on the blog before but it's such a stunning colour, especially for autumn and winter.

This nail art is easily customisable for your own star sign, why not add in the constellation pattern for your zodiac sign as well!  Be sure to follow me on the sites below so you don't miss anything Flails and Nails and be sure to vote for my nails over on the Yoomoo website, link is over on the sidebar, until next time!

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