Sunday, 23 November 2014

Quiz Clothing #QuizDressNails Competition feat. Models Own

I love a good nail art competition, don't you?  Have you guys seen Quiz's nail art competition?  For all those nail artists based in the UK (sorry rest of the world!), you can enter by choosing a dress from Quiz's website and use it as inspiration for some nail art, go HERE for all the rest of the details.

Here's my entry.  It's based on this cute black and white skater dress with a cool sketched floral pattern.  I used Models Own White Light as my base and Barry M Black for the pattern.  I used my usual detailing brush for all of the pattern.  I made use of using the brush when it was dry to try and create a bit more depth and texture and I like the effect.  I think it gets across the hand drawn nature of the print, insomuch as I can with a brush and nail polish :-)

The closing date for the competition is Sunday 30th November so get your skates on and get an entry in.  First prize is a £100 voucher for Quiz, followed by £50 for 2nd place and £25 for 3rd, with all placed winners getting a £25 BeautyUK goodie bag.  You may as well try it out I say and you never know, you might win yourself a voucher for you or even for someone as an Xmas pressie!

I hope you've liked this post and let me know if you're thinking of entering (all the details are here), until next time :-)


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Lykke Li/Plaid Nail Art with Flossgloss Faded

So if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you would know that I went down to Dublin on Sunday to see the one and only Lykke Li.  THIS WOMAN THOUGH.  I've seen her live before and so I knew the show would not disappoint.  Of course, I knew I had to do some sort of themed nail art and I wasn't too sure how to make my whole mani Lykke Li themed so I went for an accent nail featuring her current insignia/logo with the rest of my nails being a monochrome plaid design based on my beaut coat from Topshop.  I used one of my fave polishes ever, Flossgloss Faded for the base to get that grungy, slightly green/grey base.

Flossgloss Faded, Barry M Coconut and Black

I picked up a tour t-shirt that is something you can really wear day-to-day (it's so soft!) as well as a tour poster.  I really hope that Lykke Li doesn't stop after this album/tour, she's one of my favourite acts and I'd love to have the opportunity to see her live again.  It's only been 24 hours since I heard her sing the most amazing cover of Drake's 'Just Hold On We're Going Home' and I'm ready to book a ticket to see her play in Stockholm in December.

Enough fangirling!  I hope you've enjoyed this post and aren't getting too bored of plaid nails, it's autumn after all!  Be sure to follow me by all the sites below, until next time :D


Thursday, 13 November 2014

MAC Holiday Collection 2014 - Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

I think it's fair to say that MAC never fails to produce brilliant Holiday sets and this year is no better.  Apart from the Heirloom collection, which is their limited edition collection, they've also put together these keepsakes, gorgeous palettes and sets in limited edition packaging that are the perfect gift for any beauty lover.  I still had some birthday money left and so I treated myself to the Red Lip Bag Keepsake which contains a Ruby Woo lipstick, lipglass and lip pencil.  I've always wanted to try Ruby Woo and since this is my first EVER MAC lipstick, I knew it was right to go for an classic.


Monday, 10 November 2014

CND Vinylux Modern Folklore Collection - Indigo Frock*

You saw this polish in this post before but I thought it deserved an entire post to itself.  Indigo Frock looks like a blue toned charcoal grey in the bottle but in daylight on the nail, you can see that it is indeed a very intense indigo shade.

Indigo Frock has a creme finish and the above swatch is two coats of polish with a top coat on top.  It's one of those work friendly shades that will get you through autumn/winter and would suit every skin tone, in my opinion.

Of course, I couldn't not do some nail art on top of the polish so I used Barry M Silver to create the marble effect I've shown you guys here and using a nail art brush and dotter, I created this lace effect on the nail, which I've done here also and was originally inspired by The Illustrated Nail.

The Modern Folklore collection are available to buy from SweetSquared for professional customers in the UK and Ireland and are available as a salon service and for individual purchase in select salons nationwide.  Find your nearest salon here.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and be sure to follow, subscribe, like and all that jazz the sites below and let me know what you guys think of my new photo set up.  I'm trying out using artificial light since daylight is so unpredictable at this time of year that my photos might suffer but if you guys prefer daylight then let me know and I'll try to make that work as often as I can, until next time :-)

*these products were provided for review but all opinions are mine

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Easy Plaid with Kiko Exclusive Blue

It's my first tartan/plaid of the season and I was inspired by this American Apparel skirt to create a simple plaid design.  I switched out the grey/olive colour of the skirt for this striking Kiko shade in Exclusive Blue (which I reviewed here) for something a little bit more eyecatching but seasonally appropriate.

I used Barry M's Mustard and Models Own's Fizzy Cola for the plaid details as they are lovely warm autumnal shades and cobalt blue and mustard just go so well together.

Are you loving the cobalt blue shade this autumn/winter?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to be following, liking and subscribing to the sites below, until next time :)
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