Monday, 21 November 2016

Kiko Milano Holiday Collection 2016* - Pleasant Silver Rose and Rich Gol

I think this week will be known as Glitter Week since it'll pretty much take over the blog for the forseeable future. Today I have swatches of two of the polishes from Kiko Milano's Limited Edition Holiday Collection. Big thanks to Wizard Publicity for sending over the polishes for me to try.

The packaging is designed by Ross Lovegrove, who also designed the packaging for the last limited edition collection, Neo Noir (which I still have to show you!) The shape is inspired by *feminine sensuality* and nature.

The two shades I have are Rich Gold and Pleasant Silver Rose. You can also get the shade Full Red to complete the Holiday trio. The below swatches are two thin coats and a top coat.

As you can see, the glitters don't have holographic bits unlike a lot of glitters coming out this season (you'll see them soon!) With two coats, you can get decent coverage and the glitter distributes evenly across the nail. It's a smooth glitter as well so don't be worrying about it being lumpy.

I used a glitter peel-off base coat so I can't say how easy it comes off using polish remover. I'd suggest getting a peel-off base coat really, it is a GAME CHANGER

You can't go wrong with a gold or silver (well, slightly pink silver) polish around Christmas. Layered on top of a red creme or even a gold or silver polish would pack a punch.

The Kiko Milano Limited Edition Holiday nail polishes are £6.00 each and can be purchased from Kiko Online or in Kiko Stores.

What's your go to Holiday polish? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow on all social media (links to the right) Until next time :D

Friday, 28 October 2016

October 2016 Meebox*: Sugar Skull Realness

So another month, another Meebox to show you guys! Since this month is all about Halloween, the contents of the box all help create the most perfect Sugar Skull/Dia de los Muertos manicure.

This month's really spoiled us. It came with three polish shades (White Swan by Annika Nail Colour from The Edge (RRP £4.20), Taking a Dip from 'Ard as Nails (RRP £3.50), and Miley What's Good from Deco Miami (RRP $12.50/£11), Wah London Nail Art Pen in Black (RRP £7.00), Flower Fimo Pieces from Charlie's Nail Art (RRP £1) and NBS-2 Nail Art Brush from Sparkly Nails (RRP £1.99))


Monday, 17 October 2016

Halloween Emoji Nail Art

Say hello to the first official Halloween post on Flails and Nails for 2016! This nail art is pretty straightforward. Everyone on Twitter (myself included, follow why don't ya ;P) changes their name to inject a little Halloween spirit into things and this includes emojis! I thought popping a few Halloween-related emojis on my nails would be a fun way to welcome the season onto the blog.

I chose to follow the Twitter emoji designs since this is where the idea spawned from. The Twitter emojis are pretty 2-D looking and I was going to leave them without any outlining but I thought they needed to pop more on the nail, hence the not-really-accurate black detailing.

I used way too many polishes for this look so if you'd like the name of one specifically, let me know. I did use Nina Pro French Ivory as my base. My nails are still a little on the beat-up side after my foray into acrylics and gel polish so while I wanted a bare base, I needed something just to smooth things over. Think of it as medium coverage foundation over a slightly blemished face.

What do you guys think of the emoji look? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me on social media (links in the sidebar) Until next time!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Blogger's First Gel Manicure with Just Beauty UK*

So I have a first for the blog, gel polish! Unbelievably, I've never had a gel manicure in all my time as a nail blogger. Since I change my nails so often, I never really saw the point but when Just Beauty UK got in touch to see if I'd like to try out their Bluesky Peel-Off Gel range, I thought why not? Since I was already learning about acrylic and am considering expanding my nail knowledge, I thought an at-home gel manicure would be the best way to get introduced to the system.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Annika Nail Polish by The Edge Nails*

Hey guys, I've got a bit of news for you! As some of you might know (follow me on Instagram and Twitter to know about such japes) I recently started a beginner's course for acrylic nails. Well, I completed the course this Saturday and I PASSED! I have a qualification in nails, who would have thunk it! I'll be blogging about my experiences soon but I just thought I'd share that with you :D

I've got a new range of polishes to show you guys today. Annika Nail Polish from The Edge Nails is a range of 30 shades ranging from neutrals, pastels, brights and metallics. When asked what sort of shades I would like to try, I wanted some great autumnal colours.

Just in case you don't know, The Edge Nails are one of the leading professional nail care brands and sell mostly to wholesalers, nail salons and technicians. All of their pricing on their website is price + VAT so bear this in mind when checking it out!

L-R: Cafe au Lait, Clean Slate, Wild Side and Deep Velvet

Monday, 3 October 2016

Autumnal Brights feat. Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes*

I've got a simple nail art look to share with you guys today. We are at the beginning of October which means the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back and its all about those deep, warm shades for autumn nails. I have been sitting on a few polishes by Collection from their Solar Shine gel polish range for a while and since they were quite summery shades, I wanted to challenge myself by creating an autumnal look with mostly bright shades. I was lucky to have the lovely shade Oyster Pearl as a base to give the nail art a chic and seasonally appropriate base.

By using the red-toned coral shade Carribean Crush as a base for my ditsy floral border, it helps tone down the brightness of the peach coral Just Beachy and the pink Sunset Pink. To create the nail art, I used a striper brush and just applied the red shade randomly across the nail in some sort of floral arrangement. I then layered the pink and peach-coral shades with less intensity to peep through the red.

Since the red is quite dominant, I think the nail art is quite transitional. An ideal look for those not ready to ditch the summer brights just yet in favour of berries, mustards and greys.

I can report back on the longevity of the polish as well! As some of you might know, I recently went to Disneyland Paris and I slapped a few coats of Oyster Pearl on my nails before leaving. I wanted something simple and classic since I was rushing around the day before like a headless chicken. I had it on my nails for the entire trip (four days) and a few days after. All in all, I had the polish on for 5 or 6 days and apart from some tip wear, the polish held up well. I'd say its more similar to the Barry M Gellies than the Sunset Curing polishes or Models Own Hypergels. It's not as thick as the latter polishes but it does give you good coverage. At a price point of £3.99, it's a competitor for high street gel effect polishes. But remember, you need the matching top coat to get the full effect of the polish.

The Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes are available from both Superdrug and Boots and are priced at £3.99 each.

Are you in full autumnal mood yet? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me EVERYWHERE. Until next time!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Just a little break

Hi guys, just to let you know, I've been super busy with work this past week or so and I'm off on holipops *this* week so there's not been much activity on the blog. I'll be back to normal next week and I'll fill you in on my first few weeks on a nail course and of course swatches, nail art and stuff. I post more frequently on twitter and instagram so follow me there to keep up to date.

See you soon!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Star Wars Tsum Tsum Nail Art - Inspired by Nancy Mc Nails

Another week, another Disney-themed manicure. This week I've been inspired by the fantastic Nancy of Nancy Mc Nails and her Disney Tsum Tsum nail design. She's one of the first nail artists I followed a few years ago and I'm still amazed by the level of detail in her work to this day. This is by no means as good as her manicure but I gave it a good try I'd like to think!

I wanted to go for a different set of characters and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring out the ol' Star Wars characters. Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of the Stars Wars franchise. When the news broke that Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars, I had very mixed emotions but The Force Awakens got me on side.

If you're not sure what Tsum Tsums are, check them out here. Basically, they're stackable plushies which feature a simplistic version of your favourite Disney characters. I hope you can guess who I've decided to put on my fingers but in case you can't, from thumb to little finger: Darth Vader, Jabba the Hut, R2-D2, Princess Leia and Bobba Fett.

What Tsum Tsums would you put on your nails? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow, until next time!


Friday, 2 September 2016

Kiko Milano Belfast Store Opening!

So on the 31st August, the first Kiko Milano store in Ireland opened its doors in Belfast. I was one of the lucky few who got to look around before the shop opened to the public. You guys know I love Kiko nail polishes and my posts about them are consistently my most popular so I was super excited to go check out the shop.

I arrived an hour before the store opened to the public and the queue was already humongous. I salute the dedication of those first few people in the queue. We don't have a lot of stand-alone cosmetics shops in Belfast so to have a store like Kiko open, it is a real treat for us beauty fans.

If you're not familiar with Kiko Milano, it's an Italian brand which owns and manages over 800 stand-alone shops around the world. All products are made in Italy, paraben free and hypoallergenic tested. You might expect the price point of products to be quite high yeah? Oh no siree, Kiko is a high street brand, with its Smart Lipsticks and Nail Laquers starting at £2.90. Its price points would be similar to Max Factor or L'Oreal. This picture is from the front table of the store which will permanently host the brand's limited edition collections which are released four times a year. This is Neo Noir, their Autumn/Winter collection.

I mean, is anyone else salivating over this? They have an extensive range of polishes and you can even swatch them with the nifty cellotape dispenser which is a part of the display. If you're not into polishes as much as I am then you'll fall in love with the rows and rows of lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations and everything inbetween.

As part of the Kiko experience, you can have complementary application. Complementary means complementary, no hidden charges or fees. If you want to try something, you can. There are testers for EVERY product so you can either try it on yourself or ask one of the trained staff to help you out. The staff I was chatting to in store were lovely and approachable, nothing like certain other make-up brands.

Lo and behold we were let loose on the store and were told we had a gift voucher to go towards purchases. I went a bit crazy and spent the voucher and a lot more but I picked up some gorgeous things. I made sure to focus more on general make-up items than nail polishes since I know I love Kiko Milano's polishes. I was going to post my purchases as well but I filmed the unboxing and it didn't turn out great so that might come a later date but check out my INSTAGRAM for a picture of it all.

If you're around Belfast then check out the new store, it's on William Street South, between Hotel Chocolat and Argos. To sum it up I'd say the shop gives you MAC counter vibes for the sheer beauty and awesome displays of products but a far more welcoming atmosphere.

Good luck Kiko Belfast! No doubt I'll be in again soon enough...

Monday, 29 August 2016

Disneyland Paris Castle Nails + Poundland Makeup Gallery Nail Polish* Review

Continuing with the theme of Disney nails every week until I'm away, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and create some nail art using some polishes from Poundland's Makeup Gallery range that I need to review.

The colour palette of the polishes I chose seemed to match up with the colour scheme of Sleeping Beauty's castle which is in the Disneyland Paris park. All polishes used in this nail art are from the Makeup Gallery range, except for the gold and metallic blue.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Models Own Dare to Bare Hypergel Swatches*

Hi everyone! The Dare to Bare collection from Models Own has been making waves in the blogosphere these past few weeks. A complete make-up collection celebrating all thing neutral, Dare to Bare contains lipsticks, eyeshadows, pressed powder and yes, new Hypergel shades.

I was lucky enough to be sent all five of the Dare to Bare Hypergels to swatch for you guys. You'll see just how hit and miss nude polishes can be if paired with the wrong skin tone. For full disclosure, I have very fair, cool-toned skin so if you have similar skin tone, then know that the polishes that look good on me will probably look good for you.


Monday, 22 August 2016

The Little Mermaid Nail Art + Tutorial

For anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram, you'd know that I'm heading to Disneyland Paris in a few weeks *SO EXCITED* I thought I'd get in the mood (not that I need any excuse) by doing some Disney inspired nail art with tutorials for anyone else who is also heading to the happiest place on Earth.

My first Disney manicure is of Ariel, the Little Mermaid. I thought the summery colour scheme would be fitting with the last few weeks of Summer (not that we've had much here). I actually did a version of these nails on my friend Emma who I went with to Disneyland last year. The look is relatively simple and takes about an hour. Follow me for a .gif and step-by-step tutorial!

Colours you'll need: A turquoise, purple, lilac, orange-red, nude, black, white and a holographic top-coat (Models Own Turquoise Gloss, Lilac Flush, Lilac Sheen, Naked Glow, Watermelon, Barry M Coconut, Black and American Apparel Holographic Topcoat)

1. Paint your thumb and little finger turquoise and your other three nails a nude shade.
2. Paint a holographic topcoat over the turquoise nails
3. Using a dotter tool and detail brush, create little eyes on your middle finger
4. With a striper brush, outline and fill Ariel's red hair. Add highlight details and a little purple starfish.
5. On your index and ring finger, outline and fill the top of Ariel's shell bikini in opposite directions.
6. Add black outlines to Ariel's hair and the shell top. Add highlights and low lights as well, what ever you fancy.
7. Add a top coat to seal and enjoy!

And it's as easy as that! Let me know if you'd like to see more Disney tutorials over the next few weeks. Who's your favourite Disney character?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polishes* Review

For the past week I've had the pleasure to wear test Wet N Wild's latest polish release, their 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polishes. I'd like to thank the lovely girlies at The Publicity Loft for letting me try them out. I have two shades to show you, Pretty Peas and Coral Support. 

The 1 Step Wonder Gel range is Wet N Wild's entry into the no-light gel effect polish like so many brands on the high street have launched. The bottles are opaque to protect the polishes from daylight so the outside colour represents the shade inside. With a name like Pretty Peas, you'd expect a pretty green mint shade but it's more blue-toned, almost a duck-egg blue. Coral Support is more pink-toned than it looks on the outside, especially after application but it could be my ghostly pale skin tone which could make it look so pink. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Deco IT! Nail Decal Review*

A few weeks ago, I received a delightful parcel from iZ Beauty of London, filled with a variety of nail decals. Since I'm usually one for hand-drawn nail art, I don't have all that much experience with decals but I can see how they are a great option for someone not very confident or who couldn't be arsed with nail art (like me some of the time LOL).

I had so much choice but I went for the steampunk set because I really fancied using a metallic base. For reference, I used Crabtree & Evelyn Copper.


Monday, 1 August 2016

Meebox Review - Rio* + Nail Art

What's that? You want to see another Meebox? This one is themed around Rio, the host city of this year's Olympics. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would have seen my unboxing of the Meebox (including a real gasp when I saw one of the products). I'll show you guys all the individual items which were included in the box as well as the nail art I created from the three shades in the box.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Models Own Polish for Tans 2016 Swatches*

For the past three years, Models Own Polish for Tans range has become as synonymous with summer time in the British Isles as rain and disappointment. This year's additions to the range provides us with a much-needed injection of bright neon colour that will make your tan pop. Now, as you can see, I am not a tan person and never will be. I'm probably not the best person to attest to the polish's power to make your summer tan pop BUT I am here to show you that the polishes aren't just for the sunkissed amongst us but they also suit us ghostly kids who hide in the shade for fear of becoming the most delicious shade of raspberry pink. Models Own were kind enough to send these over so continue on to see some swatches and read about how I got on with the shades.


Monday, 11 July 2016

Pokémon Go Nail Art

Everyone and their Aunt by now must be aware of the newest phenomenon to sweep the entire planet, Pokémon! No you haven't entered a time warp and emerged in 1998. There is a new app being rolled out in different territories across the world that allows you to capture Pokémon and battle (like the games) in real like using augmented reality. DO YOU REALISE HOW BIG OF A DEAL THIS IS?!? For someone who was OBSESSED with Pokémon back in the day (Pokémon Blue 'til I die!), this app is a dream come true. Unfortunately, the UK and Ireland have not been included in any of the territorial releases yet (although there are workarounds) so I haven't gotten to sample to app yet. I'm incredibly jealous of all the Facebook updates and Buzzfeed articles that keep rubbing in the fact that I'm not encountering any Zubats on my way to university. What I can do is do some Pokémon nail art featuring two of my favourite characters while I anxiously await the official release of the app here.

I do love creating nail art based on animated characters because they're so much more straightforward to recreate. What I did find difficult was my handling of my brushes when I began to outline. I really need to invest in some better quality brushes or maybe just take better care of mine because they tend to curl at the ends. In some looks, the haphazard style lends them a kind of charm but for something like this, I wish the outlines and small details were a touch cleaner.

I chose to recreate Jigglypuff and Snorlax in my manicure because they are genuinely two of my favourite Pokémon of all time. Jigglypuff was hilarious throughout the series' and Snorlax is the Pokémon embodiment of myself. I remember playing the game and secretly revelling in the fact a Snorlax blocked my way because I loved going on the little missions like finding the magic flute (no that is NOT a euphamism). Also, I'm a strong proponent of the original 151 Pokémon (Johto is exceptable I guess) and these two just epitomise this era of Pokémon for me (apart from the obvious, Pikachu and Mew Two).

I hope you've enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. For my younger readers this might not seem like such a big deal but for anyone in their 20s and 30s who got windswept into this craze, let's all rejoice together in the awesomeness of this app.

Be sure to like, subscribe and follow on the social media sites at the side, until next time :D

Friday, 24 June 2016

Diabolical Nail Polish by Firebox*

We all know at this point that I love Wes Anderson right? So when Firebox sent me their Diabolical Nail Polish set based on the utterings of M. Gustave, the premiere concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, I was more than a little intrigued.

With names like Physically Repulsed, Enchanting Old Ruin and Dynamite in the Sack, the guys over at Firebox know how to grab the attention of any Anderson fan.

A delicate sheer pink, Physically Repulsive gives you the slightest wash of colour so your nails don't look too naked. Even with three coats the colour isn't that opaque so enjoy it for what it is. It reminds me of the delicate pastries found in Mendl's. A classy and sophisticated shade.

Reminiscent of the bare walls of the jail M. Gustave and Zero spent some of their time in, this slate grey shade will be perfect for autumn (or the dull Summer weather). I used three coats of the polish to make sure it became fully opaque but you could probably get away with just two. Also, there's no top coat on these swatches so check out that shine!

Another autumnal shade to crack out in September, Dynamite in the Sack is the same royal purple shade of M. Gustave and his fellow hotel staff's uniforms. Another two/three coater, this shade is a stunner.

Now for some technical bits. The brushes are long and wider than your average so application is a doddle. The formula of all three is quite thin, hence the three coats on all of them. Just make sure you let each coat dry enough before applying the next, otherwise it'll be streak city.

This polish set is the perfect gift for any fellow Wes Anderson fan who also happens to love nail polish. You can pick up the Diabolical nail polishes in a set (with GORGEOUS packaging) from Firebox HERE (£12.99)

I hope you've liked this post and like the .gifs. Be sure to like, comment and subscribe to all the social media on the left. Until next time :D

Monday, 13 June 2016

Kenzo x H&M (Kenzo Inspired Nail Art feat. H&M Beauty)

This post is a long time coming. I'm sure a few of you out there were waiting for H&M to announce their latest designer collaboration. After some waiting, we were treated to the news that Kenzo & H&M were joining forces to bring us a *hopefully* affordable collection with the signature Kenzo flair. I'm looking to colourful and loud animal prints and sports luxe styling.

The past few collections haven't been brought to any of my local stores so on November 3rd, I'll either be glued to my laptop or I might treat myself to a trip to Dublin which will include a visit to the flagship shop in the capital. I don't think there will be such a big rush and commotion as seen with the Balmain collection but it'll still be very popular. I wanted to celebrate the news with some cool nail art and who doesn't love leopard print?

H&M Beauty Parisienne, Models Own Sugar Rush and Barry M Cotton

My inspiration was a print from their SS16 collection (check it out here). Rather than being a conventional leopard print, it's a magnified version, with cool, almost bouclé detail at the top of the dress. Leopard print is always an easy one to do and has such an visual impact that it's usually my go-to nail art look when I couldn't be arsed doing anything else!

I hope you've liked this post and are as excited as me to see what Kenzo and H&M get up to in the next few months. Be sure to like, subscribe and follow the sites on the site. Until next time :D

Monday, 6 June 2016

Cactus Print Nail Art

Cactus prints are EVERYWHERE right now. I think I'll just come out and say it. Cacti are the new flamingo! For summers to come I think the tropical bird will have to compete with the exotic plant for dominance on shirts, shorts, phone cases and home decor. Maybe through in the odd pineapple curve ball. Anyway, I thought I'd put together a quick nail look to celebrate this cute new trend so let's do this!

For this mani, I used Barry M Cream Soda, Beachy Keen, Black and H&M Wildwood but any similar shades will do.

  1. Paint your nails your base shade. 
  2. Once dry, use a small brush and start drawing your cactus shapes with the green polish. Try to mix up the sizes and placement of the cactuses. The shape is pretty straight forward. Just draw a line and a curved arm on each side.
  3. Using a thinner brush and black polish, add shadows to half of the cactus for depth.
  4. Using the same brush and your base shade (if you've stuck with white/off-white), add highlights on the opposite side of the cactus.
  5. Using a dotter and your brown polish, add little pots to your cacti. It doesn't have to be need (unless you are being meticulous)
  6. Seal with top coat!

And you're done. I hope you've liked this little post/tutorial. I think it's suitably summery. Let me know if you have any other ideas for cute summer manis you'd like me to try.
Be sure to like, subscribe and follow the sites at the side. Until next time :-)

Friday, 3 June 2016

Models Own Soft Pop Hypergel Collection* Swatches and Review

Models Own have been keeping it pretty low key on new releases these past few months as they have been preparing for the relaunch of their website as well as the launch of a gazillion number of make up products. The new website looks GREAT and so do all of the new products (those lip gunks look like the bomb dot com!) but I think we were all secretly hoping there would be a new polish launch as well and here it is! Big love to the peeps over at Models Own for sending me the new shades to swatch for you guys.

The Soft Pop collection is a new addition the Hypergel range from the brand. A bold, new spin on the traditional spring pastel, these polishes pack a punch of colour without being too OTT. If you wish the Polish for Tans range was a bit toned down, then this one might be the collection for you. Join me under the cut to see swatches of all the new shades and my thoughts on them all.


Monday, 30 May 2016

May Meebox Review and Nail Art*

So the lovely peeps over at Meebox kindly sent over their latest box for me to review. This month's box was inspired by Rihanna, who is probably one of the most famous people to sport nail art on the regular.

As per usual, the box contained 3 polishes along with some studs from Sparkly Nails, cuticle tattoos from Rad Nails and a mini bottle of OPI Nail Envy! The three polishes in this month's box are Zoya Leah (a satin finish cement), Wah London Love My Team (a deep true red) and Danglefoot Polish Higitis Figitis (a charcoal grey with holo/micro-glitter). All three brands are new to my stash, although I've followed them all for ages. I'm so glad I get to try them out. This is the great thing about subscription services like this, you get to try out stuff you've always wanted to, or didn't know you wanted to LOL

I tried to put together some nail art which incorporated all three polishes and would be something maybe Rihanna herself might sport. I haven't used the studs or the cuticle tattoos in this one just because I think they might have overwhelmed the look but I'll definitely be putting them to good use this festival season!

For the nail art I used Zoya Leah as my base. It took three thin coats for full opacity. It's a cool neutral shade, quite grungy but too dark. I like its semi-matte finish but of course you don't see it here because I applied a top coat. Next, I painted the half moon shape with Wah London Love My Team. Love My Team is a classic red shade, something Rihanna has sported many a time. I'm so glad I've finally got my hands on one of Wah Nail's polishes. My local Boots doesn't have a stand and I'm saving my points to buy some from the website. Although I didn't get using it this time, I reckon the long brush will make application really easy. Lastly, I use Danglefoot Polish Higitis Figitis to outline the half moon and add the additional stripes. I did this with a long striper brush. I love the subtle holo and shimmer of this polish. I can't wait to have it on my nails by itself. I sealed everything in with a customary lick of Seche Vite and here we are!

You can get your own Meebox from the website here. They're priced at £20 month-to-month or you can buy a three month subscription for £54, saving 10%!  

Friday, 20 May 2016

Barry M Boots & Superdrug Summer Exclusives 2016*

Every summer Barry M graces us with fab summer releases and a stable feature of these collections is the Boots and Superdrug limited edition releases. There are four exclusive shades available in Superdrug and Boots this year. In the past we've had neons, metallics etc but this year, it's all about that luxe, beach-ready mani.

Let's get started, shall we?


Monday, 16 May 2016

Barry M Lolly Gloss Nail Art*

Hey guys, today I've put together some, well let's say random, nail art for you that shows off the new Lolly Gloss nail paints by Barry M. The Lolly Gloss range is a limited edition collection featuring four shades which dry to a sweet-smelling, super shiny finish. I've got Orange Fizz and Purple Pop to show you because the other two shades from the collection didn't make their way to me in one piece *RIP*. Anywho, I've never really played around with sheer polishes before so I was definitely intrigued when I first clapped eyes on these.

I wanted to incorporate the lolly design which features on the bottle top into the design somehow. I did two coats of Orange Fizz (as recommended on the bottle). While the polish is sheer, it is not patchy after the second coat. Using a striper brush, I began to do the spiral design of the lolly in Purple Pop. It doesn't really matter if there is some unevenness in the spiral because I think it adds to the design and also, we will be adding dots on top. Of course, you could stop at the spiral but I thought it needed something more.

Using a small dotter, I dotted Purple Pop at small intervals around the spiral. You can vary the size of the dots if you like but I just did it any which way LOL. You can see how the dots look far darker than the spiral because of the sheerness of the polishes. After all that, top up with a top coat and you're set to go!

It's a bit 70s, it's a bit Willy Wonka, it's a bit naff but it shows off the sheerness of the polishes me thinks. While I really like the Orange Fizz shade, I wouldn't wear the polish by itself because I'm not the biggest fan of my tips showing through polishes because they grow unevenly. If I had perfect natural tips, I'd definitely just wear the Lolly Gloss polishes as is but because they grow so funny, I'm a bit self-concious of them. I think these polishes are really meant for nail art. You can experiment a lot with these. Why not try a stain-glass effect, or cool sheer leopard print? If you missed the boat on OPI's sheer tints from last year (I think) then these are a good, cheaper alternative. It would be cool to see more shades in the collection but since it's limited edition, that's not likely I think.

Barry M Lolly Glosses are £3.99 and are available from Boots, Superdrug and the Barry M website now. What do you think of sheer polishes? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time :)

Monday, 9 May 2016

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paints* - Swatches and Review

These new releases just keep coming and coming! If you follow me over on Instagram, you'll know I received all of the new Summer releases from Barry M. There are two new collections of polishes along with the usual Superdrug and Boots exclusive Summer shades. First up on the blog I've got swatches from the new Molten Metal collection which will become a part of the permanent range by the brand. If you're into your metallics, then stick around!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Nail of Thrones: Lord of Light (Nail Art/Tutorial/Episode 6x02 Review *SPOILERS*)

So we all know I'm a BIG fan of Game of Thrones and there has been a time or ten where Game of Thrones has influenced my nail art. One of the main reasons I started this blog was to share nail art inspired by TV and film. I've kind of lost my way and motivation with the blog (I still post on Instagram and Twitter on the regular) but posting here has almost become a chore. To challenge myself, I decided to try and create a nail art associated with each new episode of Game of Thrones. I know what you're thinking: Yeah Rebecca you've already kind of failed since we are on episode 2. Yes, you are right anonymous person BUT I did post my Episode 6x01 nail art over on Instagram because I had originally planned for that to my ~debut~ YouTube video but various circumstances meant I didn't get to film everything I needed for the video. The same thing has happened this week so instead of sitting on this nail art like last week's, I thought f*ck it and post anyway. I really do want to get on YouTube VERY soon but I'm still trying to figure out my filming set up, whether I want to film little intro/outros and actually discuss the episodes (let me know your thoughts below!) While I'm figuring out what the flip to do with YouTube, let's begin with the good ol' blogpost and some .gifs!

Now, there will be spoilers in these posts. I'm sorry but I can't NOT talk about this so if you haven't seen this week's episode, either don't read the text and look at the pretty pictures OR head over to Instagram and have an ogle there. I'll not post spoilers there but I can't say the same for the comments below so travel there at your own peril or you know watch the episode! Anyway, let's talk about the episode and some actual nail art, yeah?

 The Night Is Dark and Full of Spoilers

Friday, 22 April 2016

Barry M Coconut Infusion Range* - The Nude Swatches

When a new collection drops, like the new Barry M Coconut Infusion range, swatching them all can be a bit overwhelming. You've seen my nail art using all of the bright shades from the collection but in this post, I'll be swatching the nude shades from the collection.

Coconut Infusion Nail Paints are the latest innovation from Barry M. Containing  unique blend of coconut oil and water, Coconut Infusion Nail Paints will apparently hydrate and nourish the nail while leaving a glossy gel-like finish.

All of the below swatches are three coats and no top coat. The Coconut Infusion range has the wide brush which seems to be making its way into all new collections and I'm a big fan!


Monday, 18 April 2016

Tropical Nail Art featuring Barry M Coconut Infusion Polishes*

If you follow me on Instagram (which you really should because I post nail art on there that doesn't make it on the blog!) you'll know that at the end of last week I got a delightful package from Barry M with their latest polish innovation, Coconut Infusion. These polishes contain a blend of coconut water and coconut oil that will apparently hydrate and nourish the nail. Enriched with vitamin B & C, along with anti-oxidant qualities, these polishes promise to also strengthen the nail with a smooth, gel-like finish.

Now, I haven't been wearing the polish for long enough to really make an assessment of these properties but in this post I can give you a quick overview of their formulas, as well as seeing them in action in some tropical themed nail art. I'll have swatches of the nude shades of the collection up soon so keep your eyes peeled for those but let's have a look at the more colourful shades from the collection.

For the base colours of the nails, I alternated Laguna, a pale periwinkle blue, and Surfboard, a lilac purple. I needed three coats of each to get full opacity. The Coconut Infusion polishes feature the wide brush which seems to be a regular feature of all new Barry M polishes. I like it because my nails are quite wide and long so they make short work of it. Perhaps it's due to the coconut oil and water infusion but I found the formula to sit between the normal nail paint formula and the gelly formula. Not exactly thin but not gel-thick either. Since these shades are quite pale across the board, with the exception of Flamingo, a bright coral and Aloha, a raspberry pink, the thinner formula compared to the Gellys could be down to their colour as well..

I used a fine brush with Bikini, a mint green, to paint leaves and fronds decorate the edges. Once done, I began to draw outlines of flowers with Flamingo using the same fine brush, mixing up the placement of flowers between nails. Switching to Aloha, I begin to outline flowers around the nails. I watered down some of the polish and then with a slightly larger brush began to fill in the pink flowers. Once filled, I placed spots of Surfboard in the pink flowers, like pollen or seeds. Finally, I filled in a few of the gaps around the nails with some more of Bikini. The design is easy, busy and maybe just a little bit tacky but it's kind of perfect for going on your holipops or just getting into the summer mood.

Barry M Coconut Infusion polishes are now available from the Barry M website, Boots and Superdrug and are priced at £4.99 each.

I hope you liked this post. I know posts on here are becoming more and more sporadic, and for that I apologize. I still love to do my nails and show them off to you guys but sometimes, I'm just not motivated enough to write up about them. Motivation is becoming something a bit allusive in all areas of my life of late but hopefully this will change. I'd love to start writing and trying some new things to maybe reinvigorate Flails and Nails, be it on the blog or every where in general. Be sure to like, follow, and subscribe to my social media sites on the side, Until next time :)

Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring is in the Air - Cherry Blossom Nails feat. Models Own

So the sun is kinda out and the rain has kinda stopped so Spring has officially arrived on Irish shores! I thought I'd celebrate this joyous event by some simple floral nail art inspired by all the lovely pictures popping up on Instagram of the cherry blossom trees of Japan. When I was in school, I always knew that Spring had sprung by the blooming of flowers of this tree that was near the front gate. I don't want to say it was a cherry blossom tree because, hello it's Belfast, but it did look a lot like one and its gorgeous pink flowers covered the path.

Models Own Powder Blue, Pink Veneer, Cashmere Pink, Cerise Shine and Barry M Mocha

Anyway, these nails are pretty simple and easy to do. It's all about layering the different shades of pink to create a sort-of flower-like shape. They kind of look like pink, shapeless blobs until you add in the brown detail of the branches and voila! You've got a mani that vaguely looks like floral ruffian nail art, mission complete!

How are you celebrating Spring? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow the social media sites at the side. Until next time :)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Polishes - Spring 2016 Shades*

This post has been a long time coming! I've had the photos ready and waiting to go but haven't really had the chance (or the motivation really) to get the post up but I'm talking some time off uni so no excuses for not getting this post together. The Spring update of the Sunset Daylight Curing range from Barry M includes some really lovely shades; the prerequisite spring time pink, a warm tomato red, a gorgeous mint green and a lovely pastel blue. Hop on under the cut to check out some swatches and have a gander at what I thought of the shades.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Soigné Botanique Nails - Swatches and Review*

It's all about swatches today on the blog with three Spring shades from Soigné, a 5-free, vegan polish brand which can contain up to 85% plant-based natural ingredients. They've currently got a good sale on and some of the shades below are included so if any tickle your fancy, take a cheeky trip over to the Soigné website. Anyway, let's get cracking into some swatches!

Crème Pâtissière, Truffle and Menthe

Crème Pâtissière is a gorgeous, buttery yellow. It is quite a thin formulation so it took four coats to get opacity. As it is a pastel shade, thin, patchy formulations are usually the norm so most take three or four coats so its not unusual but its not a colour you'd like to be applying in a rush. As you can see, without top coat, it has a lovely shiny finish but with the additional layers and drying time, not one for gals on the go but a lovely shade none-the-less.

Truffle is a deep charcoal grey shade. Unlike Crème Pâtissière, Truffle was a two-coater. The deep pigmentation of the shade means that opacity is easily achievable in two coats. I'm a sucker for greys (I still wish I had the entire 50 Shades of Grey collection by OPI) and Truffle reminds me of one of my all-time faves, Faded by Flossgloss. Again, this swatch is without top coat so you can see the polish's own shiny finish.

Mente is a pale, mint shade. It is showing up a bit more blue on my screen but it does have a definite green tone. Menthe sits inbetween Truffle and Crème Pâtisière in terms of opacity and formulation, needing three coats to cover the nail evenly. I'm a sucker for mint shades and this one is a winner for me. Again, no top coat and it has a pretty shiny finish.

Since all the polishes have a thinner formula, they don't take too long to dry but on some shades, you make up for this by having to apply more coats than usual. Polishes from Soigné are usually £11 but with their current sale, some polishes (including Crème Pâtisière and Truffle!) are currently only £4.95. Whilst Soigné may sit on the more expensive side of the spectrum, they are 5-free, vegan friendly and come with gorgeous packaging that would look great on anyone's vanity.

What shades are you loving from this post? There are a few I'm already eyeing up on the website that are on sale...I might just have to treat myself ;P Until next time!
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