Thursday, 29 January 2015

Orla Kiely Nail Art feat. The Body Shop Hemp Over Heels

This post is a long time coming.  As soon as I heard about The Body Shop's foray into nail polishes, I knew I really wanted to try them out because I'm a huge fan of their skincare.  I went for the shade Hemp Over Heels because it was a shade of green I don't have in my collection (and that's saying something, I have A LOT of green polishes) but there are a good few other shades that I have my eye on for sure.  Now, onto the nail art!

I thought the colour was quite 70s (like Avocado bathroom set LOL) so I wanted to go for a retro design and fell in love with this Orla Kiely design, and the colour scheme worked out well.  I used Hemp over Heels as my base, Barry M Coconut for the flowers and stripes, Models Own Colour Chrome Gold and Inglot Red Nail Art Pen for the centre.

Now what did I think of the polish?  The application of the polish went very smoothly.  I used two coats for full opacity and it dried quite quickly but of course I used my trusted Seche Vite to speed up the process.  I saw on the website that there is fair trade Marula Oil in the polishes and I think this will help nourish the nails, as well as help with a creamy formulation and that's always nice.

Check out the rest of the Body Shop polishes here, they've 24 out at the moment so there is plenty of choice.  I picked mine up for £5 but they are currently doing 40% everything and I think this includes the nail polishes but don't quote me on that LOL!

What do you think of this shade or can you recommend any other Body Shop polishes?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe, like and follow the sites below, until next time :)


Monday, 26 January 2015

My 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having a lovely day and I hope it's about to get a bit better with my first ever giveaway!  It's been a long time coming and since Flails and Nails celebrated it's second blogiversary last Sunday, I thought it would be a great time to host my first giveaway.

There are two prizes at stake and I'll draw for each separately.  Since the prizes are nail polishes, this giveaway is only open to UK residents only (SORRY!) but if all goes well in this giveaway then I'll definitely do a general beauty giveaway open internationally but since this is primarily a nail blog, I thought it's important for my first giveaway to be all about dat nail polish!  Now, let's see the prizes.

The Pastel Package: Get yourself ready for Spring time with these gorgeous pastel shades.  Rita Ora's collection with Rimmel was one of the biggest launches last year and I've chosen three of her gorgeous shades, as well as my favourite Hypergel shade from Models Own to the part of the Pastel Prize Package.  The polishes are; Let's Get Nude, Lose your Lingerie, Breakfast in Bed and Cornflower Gleam.

The Glam Package: If you're more of glamourpuss then this one is for you.  I've got three gorgeous shades from Nina Pro and my favourite polish from the Models Own SweetShop collection, Peardrops.  The polishes are; Rose Gold, Dazzled, Star Topper and Peardrops.

So good luck everyone, let me know if you're liking this giveaway and for international readers, what sort of post friendly prizes would you guys like to see on here?  Until next time :D

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Anna Kendrick/Monqiue Lhuillier Golden Globes Inspired Nail Art

I'm sure a lot of you enjoy having a look at the red carpet at events like The Golden Globes and having a gander at all the glamourous ladies and gents in attendance.  Events like these are prime for nailspiration and as soon as I saw Anna Kendrick wearing this stunning Monique Lhuillier gown, I knew I had to recreate it on my nails.

O.P.I Don't Pretzel My Buttons, Models Own Cerise Shine and American Apparel Berry

These nails were relatively easy to do.  I started with my base of Don't Pretzel My Buttons (another TKMaxx bargain!) and once that was dry, I mixed Cerise Shine with Berry to create a dark pink shade for the main dash detailing, gradating the dashes to replicate the same pattern on the dress, doing the same with sparser, darker dashes of Berry and then completing with a band of Berry around the middle.  I did this with my usual detailing brush.  I also added in some bits of white to replicate some of the metallic shine from the original dress since I didn't have any metallic pink shades and then sealed everything in with top coat.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and I look forward to more nailspiration coming from Awards season.  Who was your favourite on the Golden Globes red carpet?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to be following me by the sites below, I'll be posting something soon relating to my 2 year blogiversary so make sure you're following to be the first to know!


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Models Own Colour Chrome Collection* Swatches and Review (Pink, Gold, Green, Blue and Silver)

Time and time again Models Own come out with a new collection of polishes and you just go WOW.  The first images of the new Colour Chrome* collection from the brand were only released two days ago but quite a buzz has been created for the first Models Own release of 2015.  I was lucky enough to receive some samples of the new polishes to swatch and review.

First off, let's start with the technical stuff, here's what Models Own have to say about the new Colour Chrome collection...

'The latest innovation in nails, Models Own launches the new Colour Chrome collection.  Ten on-trend molten metal nail polishes formulated to give a stunning unique liquid metal effect.  Each chrome effect shade gives a super shiny foil finish for an easily achievable luxe style - pick a different shade to accessorise every outfit, or perfect as a one night showstopper'

Models Own recommend that you buff your nails first before using these polishes, along with no base or top coat to achieve that true foil finish but use two or three coats for durability, so, onto the swatches!


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Winter Blue with Essie Find Me An Oasis

Over the past few days, I've seen people flashing their pastel polishes and asking 'Is it too soon to wear pastels?' and I'm like HELL NO!  I think as long as you get the tone right, you can get away with wearing pastels on your nails this time of year without looking like you're skipping ahead a season.  It's all about those cool tones and here's one of my new favourites, Essie's Find Me an Oasis.

 Essie Find Me An Oasis

Find Me An Oasis is described by Essie as a refreshing ice blue and that's exactly what it is.  In certain light, it is almost light enough to be a blue toned off white.  It's a recent purchase from TKMaxx so I got it for a bargain price and I'm so glad I did.  The above swatch is three coats plus a top coat.  It needed the three coats but it is a pastel shade so this is usually the norm for these sorts of shades.

This is a great shade for someone who wants to get into pastels this early in the game without looking like you've gotten on the spring train too early since it is such a cool toned shade.  Being a part of Essie's Resort Collection, it is of course a 'summer' shade and would look FAB with a tan but it still looks great on these pasty fingers with an accent of silver studs.

Of course, if you want to wear pastels, go for it, don't let anyone stop you but if you're looking for a transition shade that will see you from the snowy depths of January to the rain of March and April, then this is your shade.

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Rifle Paper Co. Calender Nails - Janurary - feat. Models Own Peacock Green and Top Turquoise

So at the start of the year, we all try and scramble to buy the calenders we ALWAYS forget to buy for ourselves.  Luckily, I got a cool GoT one for my room from Santa but I wanted one for my desk in uni as well and I came across this Rifle Paper Co. desk calender (I got it half price in Waterstones!) featuring gorgeous illustrations of famous female monarchs and of course, I was hit by a maelstrom of nailspiration!  This will of course be a monthly feature, let me know when you want to see them, be it the beginning, middle or end of the month, now, onto the nail art!

 Models Own Peacock Blue and Top Turquoise


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Marsala Nails on a Budget with Barry M Chilli and Crush

We've entered a new year which means the creative guys over at Pantone have chosen their Colour of the Year (or Color as the Americans like to say) and it is Marsala, a deep wine colour.  Like last year, I'm going to take you through some of my personal picks which I think match the shade well but I'll be spreading these posts over January, instead of all in one week (if I had of planned this better, we could have had Marsala Mondays but hey ho) so here's my first pick, featuring two Barry M shades, Chilli and Crush.

Chilli, one of Barry M's latest additions to their Gelly range, is the base for this manicure.  As you can see, it's a rich, wine red colour.  The above swatches are two coats with a layer of top coat on top as well.  Two coats are needed as the first coat can be quite thin (as you can see around some of my edges) so it's not one for people in a rush but it really is a gorgeous colour.  I used Crush, from the Matte collection, to do some giraffe print around the tip and side.  Crush can be used as a Marsala shade by itself, a darker alternative, but I loved pairing the two together.  As Crush is a Matte polish, you can leave the top coat and have the cool contrast of glossy versus matte but I chose to top coat everything to get everything dry.

Since these polishes are £3.99, they're very affordable for most people and are probably the most accessible Marsala shades for everyone that are actually worth buying, but if you have more suggestions, let me know!  Like I said, I'll be doing some more posts featuring Marsala shades so if you have anything you'd like to see featured, let me know in the comments below and be sure to be following, subscribing and liking all the sites below, until next time :)


Monday, 5 January 2015

Reverse Lines with Binky London Enchanted Green* and Evergreen*

Happy New Year everyone!  The first post of 2015 brings you these lovely polishes from Binky London which are still a bit festive but hey ho, let's enjoy it while we can.  So these nails are kind of based on a jumper I have from A|Wear (RIP) that has different coloured stripes.  It's a pretty simple design that had a good visual impact.  It can be neatened up with the use of striping tape but I like using a brush, even if it's not as precise.

The polishes themselves had great pigmentation.  Enchanted Green*, which was my base colour, only needed two coats for full opaqueness and Evergreen* only required one over the top on the edge of the nail.  I actually used the nail art kit I got from Poundland on this look (head over to my instagram to see a picture of it), if you'd like a full review of the set, let me know :-)

Enchanted Green and Evergreen are available from the Binky London website for £2.95 and be sure to use the code PP10 when ordering to get 10% off :D

Have you put away your festive nail shades yet?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow by the sites below, until next time :-)

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