Friday, 29 January 2016

Inspired by Chanel Couture SS16 feat. Wet n Wild Yo Soy

The couture shows always manage to spark a bit of creativity in me so over the past few days I've been perusing Vogue's website looking for a beautiful ensemble I could transform into a nail art look. I settled on this look modelled by Bella Hadid in the Chanel show. I love the texture of the dress and I thought it would be pretty cool to try and replicate them on my nails.

I tried to replicate the texture of the top layer of the dress with a small brush dipped in polish with the excess taken off. I just randomly dotted the varnish around the top layer and loaded up the brush (and swiftly took off the excess!) when needed.

I then used a small dotter to create the bottom layer, which is almost a textured rounded quilt. I wanted to keep the dots irregular enough that it looks a bit haphazard but with enough order to not look too messy. Lastly, I used the same brush from the first section to do the pom-pom column things. I wish I had gone in with a striper brush or a thinner one to create the correct texture but I like the colour combo anyway.

I used Wet n Wild's Yo Soy from their Wild Shine range. I picked it up in Penney's during my last trip down to Dublin. It's a lovely warm taupe shade that lends itself as being a good base for neutral and subtle nail art. It took three coats for an even coat to happen. It's a cheap polish so it didn't have opacity straight away so its not a polish for a manicure on the go but if you've got a bit of time to paint your nails for work the next day, then maybe this would be a good one for you. I topped the whole thing off with Seche Vite of course (I got to use my new bottle for the first time, absolute heaven!)

Have you been stalking the couture shows? What's you fave look? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, follow and subscribe on social media, until next time :-)

Monday, 25 January 2016

It's Summer somewhere...inspired by Minkpink

So January is already on its way out the door and to say its been a bit blue around these parts is an understatement. Sudden bursts of motivation seem to disappear so quickly and being in a rut creatively hasn't helped matters. Of course, having friends in sunnier climes sending you their fun snapchats fuels the morose fire (and I don't even like the sun!). Anyway, in January I always think 'it's summer somewhere in the world' when I look out at the constant grey sky and never has this been truer than this January so to try and get me in a more optimistic mood, I thought I'd look up some nailspiration in the form of bikini patterns! And which brand would be best suited for this mission? Why Australia's finest, Minkpink!

Models Own Cornflower Gleam, Coral Glaze, Powder Blue and Barry M Black and Cotton

I chose the Block Party pattern since it had a fun colour palette and since it was all line work, would be relatively straight forward. Famous last words. I am most definitely in need of new brushes so if any one could suggest a good set, please let me know. Since it was clear that my detailing brush was out to sabotage me (what's that saying about a bad work man always blames his tools?), I knew precision wasn't going to happen so I just went with it, going for mixed up patterns and variations in line thickness because hey, it's Summer (somewhere) so who needs to worry about whether a line is the same millimetre thickness as another? Anyway, from a distance, the nails look dead on so if you meet me on the street in the next day or two, just admire my nails from a decent 2-3 metres away, that would be great!

Until I get some new brushes, I'll stick to swatches I think, what would you like to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow all my social media sites, until next time :)

Monday, 18 January 2016

Primark Nail Art Pen Review/First Impressions

Since I've seen them pop up on Primark's instagram feed, I've been wanting to try out their nail art pens for a good while now. Since the Belfast shop never has anything I see online in store, I made sure to check whether the Penneys on Mary Street in Dublin had them when I was down for a little Dublin Day last Friday. Lo and behold, they were there and at the almighty low price of 3 Euro too! Here I've tried to whip up a quick review/first impression of the product for you guys.

At 3 Euro (probably about £2.50), I shouldn't have had the highest expectations for the three pack of nail art pens (blue, pink and black) but I was secretly hoping they were pretty good since I'm always in the market for decent nail art pens. These also had a striper brush but it was the pen mechanism I was focused on. I went through my various nail art books looking for ideas of simple line art which would help showcase the best and worse in these pens and I settled on a paisley/lace hybrid.

The pen itself has a small nib so it seemed to promise a precise line. Unfortunately, the polish inside the pen was quite thin and once you uncap the pen, product begins to flow. Because it floods out, there is very little you can do to control the flow and so you cannot get those precise lines and designs you would hope for. On this hand, I did not squeeze the pen AT ALL. You can see where too much product has gone on the nail. I constantly had to dab off the excess product but no, it just wouldn't stop coming out. It's unfortunate because the nib itself is quite narrow. I might replace the polish in the pen with something thicker and see how I get on. Also, the striper brush was unevenly cut and a bit hard to work with as the bristles separated when you applied them to the nail.

All in all, a bit of a disappointing product especially since I've been wanting to try them out for a little while. Maybe I got a dud set, maybe the other colours will work out better but like I said, at 3 Euro, or rather 1 Euro each, is there really much to complain about? At least product came out of the pen unlike some nail art pens I've paid 5 times the price for, but just not like I wanted it to.

What's your thoughts on discount beauty products? Is it worth the potential compromise in quality? Be sure to subscribe, follow and like all the social media sites on the left, until next time :)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Inspired by...the Monkis

I've been having a bit of a love affair with the Swedish shop Monki of late. A part of the Hennes & Mauritz group, Monki is the cool, younger sibling of H&M, & other stories and COS. It has a great mix of zany, fun patterned clothes and simple, oversized Scandi-style staples. I've been trying to refine my wardrobe a bit these past few months and I am becoming more and more of a fan of the looser, simplistic Scandi style. My trips to Copenhagen kind of cemented the fact that I should perhaps spend a little more money on those core items that will last me a long while, rather than frittering away money on trend-driven pieces which may only last a season or two. This is why you'll not see very much seventies-style or nineties throwbacks on my instagram. While I may be taking a more simplistic approach to my clothing choices (accessories are NOT included in this approach), that doesn't mean that Monki doesn't know how to have fun. This blog post's nail art is celebrating Monki and its cute Monkis.

Monkis are the cute little plush characters you can purchase from Monki. Going from thumb to little finger, I've got Oki, Imoo, Mocki, Kimomo and Nokimo.

I did this all freehand (as you can clearly see!) with the one brush and a dotter. I really need to get back into the freehand nail art game and get some new brushes because this manicure was a struggle! I knew what I wanted to do and I thought it would be pretty easy and straight forward but that was not the case! Gloopy white and black polishes will be the bane of my life, new ones will be purchased tomorrow and kept in the fridge LOL

Do you like Monki? What's your favourite shop at the moment? Let me know in the comments below, until next time :)

Monday, 4 January 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Review & Nail Art

Guys, this blog post has been weeks in the making. I've been opening and closing the tab because I just couldn't get the words right but I think I've procrastinated over this for long enough! In today's blog post, I'll be chatting about The Force Awakens, the newest addition to the Star Wars universe. I'm the girl who booked her tickets for the 17th December 00:01 showing in October so to say I was invested in this film would be an understatement. Join me under the cut to read my thoughts on the film as well as some details on my Star Wars themed nail art.

Minor spoilers ahead but I'm not being a jerk and revealing the big things, I'm better than that!


Friday, 1 January 2016

Pantone Colour(s) of the Year 2016 Nail Art with Models Own Pink Icing and Cornflower Gleam

To get the formalities out of the way first, Happy New Year! I hope 2016 will be everything you hope and wish it to be. Now that that's out of the way, we can chat about Pantone's Colour, or rather Colours of the Year. Usually Pantone choose just the one colour as their trend-setting colour of the year but for 2016, they've made the unprecedented decision to choose not one but two colours.

The shades in question, Rose Quartz and Serenity were presented as meeting in the middle, seamlessly joining together to create a palette completely complementary to one another. Rose Quartz is a pale, warm-toned pink shade and Serenity is a pastel, cool-toned cornflower blue. Pantone chose these colours as they are often representative of the gender binary prevalent in society and as we move forward as a society, it is important for us to question these binaries and explore the concept of gender fluidity, you can find out more here on the Pantone website.

As I usually do, I've delved into my own nail polish collection and compiled what I think are the closest matches to the two shades. My suggestions are by no means exhaustive but it gives you a bit of an idea what is on offer if you'd like to get the two colours of the year on your digits.
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