Thursday, 27 July 2017

'Thrones Thursday - Greyscale Nails (GoT 7x02 discussion post)

If you've followed me for a while, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Game of Thrones. Every series, I'd usually put together a few posts with themed nail art. This series, I'd love to do nail art based on each episode. Of course, I'm not getting off on the best foot considering I'm starting on the second week but sure, it's the thought that counts, right?

Obviously, spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones 7x02 "Stormborn"

At the end of last week's season opener, we discovered that Jorah is in the Citadel, waiting out his days with Greyscale, hoping to be cured by the maesters. In Stormborn, we got a bit more close and *ahem* personal with his condition. That cut to the pie 🤢 Anyway, I've done dragon scale nails before, but I fancied trying out a bit of Greyscale on my nails, complete with matte top coat.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Models Own One Night Stand - Silver Mirror Chrome Polish* - Review

OK, so remember when Models Own didn't release any new nail products for a few months? Well, that time has truly passed! This summer they have been releasing limited edition products left, right and centre. The latest addition to the brand comes in the form of One Night Stand, a two-step mirror chrome nail polish. Now, Models Own have their fair share of chrome polishes (see my posts here and here) but this one is different. Unlike the others, One Night Stand has a TRUE mirror-like finish. It isn't a foil-like polish. It replicates the chrome finish you would traditionally find with chrome powders and gel polish.

Models Own is one of the first larger nail brands to release a nail polish with this type of finish. Soigné is releasing their version today (14/07/17) as well, and Ciaté have been teasing theirs for a long while.


Friday, 30 June 2017

Models Own Aquaproof Poolside Polish - Swatches & Review*

Hi everyone! Today's post will get everyone into the summery mood *even if the weather is autumnal in these parts*. Models Own latest Summer collection is a departure from their usual Polish for Tans range. The Aquaproof collection is a set of five limited edition summer brights that have a UV filter, protecting them from the sun so that the colour doesn't fade while on holiday in summery climes.

I have all five shades swatched for you guys to see. Thanks to Models Own for sending these my way to try out, I hope you like them!

Each swatch is two or three coats (will specify) and a layer of top coat. Without topcoat, these polishes have a semi-matte finish. These shades have a crelly consistency, hence why they need a few more coats to be opaque.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Models Own Celestial Collection - Nail Polish Swatches & Review*

So this collection has been hyped up for the last few weeks but it's now available! The Celestial collection from Models Own features iridescent lip toppers, glitter lip kits, face glitter kits, an eyeshadow palette and 5 new nail polishes. The lovely team at Models Own sent me the WHOLE collection, including makeup, to try out. It would only be appropriate for me to write up a blog post about the polishes first but let me know if you want to see a detailed review of the rest of the collection. It'll all be on my Instagram over the next few weeks so follow me on there to keep updated.

The Celestial polishes have a pearly finish, apart from Stunning, a gunmetal shimmer. They all come in at £5, the usual price for Models Own polishes and the swatches are all three coats plus a top coat.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - Summer 2017*

In amongst all of the new summer releases from Barry M, we have four new Coconut Infusion shades added to the range. The closest we've gotten to neon shades from the brand, Flip Flop (bright orange), Popsicle (raspberry pink), Scuba (cyan) and Lemonade (neon yellow) are here to bring a little zing to your nails this summer. I was sent these four new shades to swatch and review for you guys so pop under the cut to see what I thought (spoiler alert, FLAILS ALL AROUND)

These swatches are all three thin coats (unless otherwise stated) and a slick of top coat!


Monday, 1 May 2017

Models Own SoFly Collection - Swatches & Review*

Since this collaboration was first teased, I think some of us nail art nerds geeked out at the idea of one of the best UK brands collaborating with who I'd consider as one the OG nail artists out there, Sophy Robson. The SoFly collection is inspired by Sophy's work in street art, as well as her signature eye-catching nail designs. There was speculation as to what this collection would contain. I would have put money on a bright pink and I was right, along with a lovely lilac, a classic red, gorgeous gold and a cool speckle topper. Thanks to Models Own for letting me have a little preview of the collection which launched in store and online on Friday.

Pop under the cut to see swatches of the collection, along with my thoughts on the shades.


Monday, 17 April 2017

iZ Beauty of London Liquid Gold Chrome Powder* - Review

It's only a few months since the nail craze had dominated our insta feeds but I've finally given chrome powder a go. I was sent a few bits by iZ Beauty of London to try out and I thought this was as best an opportunity to give chrome nails a go.

I'll say this from the get-go, my feelings are...mixed.

I followed the instructions given on their website (HERE). I used a black base since this seems to be the most effective colour to give a true colour payoff for many chrome powders. 

The instructions say to use either a silicon/sponge applicator or rubber glove to apply the powder to the nail. All I had was a sponge applicator I managed to scavenge from an eye shadow palette. I might have been using too much product but this process is MESSY. I don't understand how there are so many pictures of freshly applied chrome nails with little to no mess. A week later I still have some powder in little nooks and crannies of my fingers.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Taylor Nails Gel Polish* - Swatches and Review

I have the pleasure of showing you guys a new brand of gel polish which is local to me. Taylor Nails is a gel polish brand started by the family behind Northern Ireland's Young Nails franchise. The brand is an affordable three week wear gel system with an opening collection of 20 cool colours.

In case you didn't know, I took a course last year with Young Nails to qualify in acrylic nails (I should really write up that blog post) and when Taylor Nails launched, the lovely girls behind the scenes let me choose some shades to try out and show you guys. I've got swatches of four different shades to show you so let's hop to it!

All of the colours were swatched with three thin coats and topped with the brand's no-wipe top coat!


Friday, 31 March 2017

Barry M Molten Metal SS17* - Swatches and Review

Another day, another blog post. This time I'm really excited to show you the new additions to the Molten Metal collection by Barry M. They caused a storm on social media when they were previewed during Barry M's Press Day a month or so ago. I'm so pumped to try them out and tell you what I think. Big thanks to Barry M for sending me these lovelies to show you guys :D

Also, in today's post, I'm introducing THE FLAIL-O-METER! Just a little fun way to show you how EXCITED I was by the polish.

All of the swatches are three thin coats followed by a layer of top coat. The polishes feature Barry M's signature wide brush so application was pretty easy.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Roxanne Campbell First Impressions and Swatches*

For today's post, I've got swatches of two of Roxanne Campbell's nail lacquers, straight from her first collection of high quality nail polishes. For those unfamiliar, Roxanne Campbell is a well-known nail artist and manicurist who has worked at New York and London Fashion Week, as well as for a host of brands and publications. She has launched her own nail polish line, hoping to fill a gap in the market she saw for luxury, fashion forward colours. The polishes are 3-free and claim to be one coat wonders. I've got Expensive Taste (a wine/berry shade) and Stormy Weather (mid-grey) to show you guys and to fill you in on my first impressions.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gatsby Inspired Nail Art feat. Meebox Feb 2017*

Another month, another Meebox to play with! This month's box featured a Great Gatsby theme, complete with appropriate glittery gold, black and a lovely purple polish, as well as nail stencils and gold caviar beads. I was in two minds when I first opened my box because I LOVED the polishes that were included (Little Ondine Copper Spark, Maggie Anne Pearl and Color Club Midnight Mulberry) but I'd never tried nail stencils or caviar beads before (even though I've had a bottle of Models Own gold caviar beads languishing in my helmer for years).

I tried to think of designs that would incorporate all elements and let's just say things didn't go to plan...

As a newcomer to both nail stencils and caviar beads, I was keen to use them but the universe was against me (or more likely my own ineptness...)


Monday, 27 February 2017

Essie Retro Revival 2 - Swatches & Review*

Hi everyone, I've got an epic swatch post for you guys. The lovely people over at Essie were kind enough to send me their latest Retro Revival collection, which is only available until the 7th March (Superdrug) and 14th March (Boots). It's inspired by the bright lights of Las Vegas, where Essie was first launched 35 years ago.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Collection* - Swatches and Review

Today I've got one of the first new launches of 2017! Barry M's new Frosted Cupcakes collection is a set of four pastel shades with delicate iridescent flakies in the polish. I think it's a cool little twist on the traditional pastel shades that are released at the start of the year. I'm a sucker for pastels AND glitter so let's see how these new shades stack up to ye olde Spring faithful, the pastel creme.

All of the following swatches are three thin coats and no top coat as I want you to see what the texture of the polish is like.

Barry M Marshmallow - A light nude, I was a little afraid that this would wash me out but the paleness of the polish isn't too bad on my ghostly white hands. This would be a great alternative as a base for nail art since the flakies add a cool texture to a manicure.

Barry M Strawberries and Cream - A pale pink, this shade gives me the perfect mannequin hands without looking too freaky deeky. The flakies are really hard to capture on camera but they give this typically girly shade a cool edge.

Barry M Blue Velvet - A gorgeous baby blue, this shade is another winner. The blue shade makes the flakies look a little greener than in the other shades which is pretty cool. This shade gives me ALL of the Elsa from Frozen vibes, just saying.

Barry M Earl Grey - With this darker shade, the flakies are a little more obvious and have that slightly more green/cool tint like Blue Velvet. It's interesting to see a grey in a Spring collection but I'm all about it.

Emma Stone/Maison Valentino inspired nail art - Over on instagram, I asked everyone whether I should start off my return to nail art with either recreating Emma Stone's Golden Globes outfit on my nails or my take on Pantone's Colour of the Year Greenery. Once the Frosted Cupcakes collection dropped through my letterbox, my decision was made. I used Strawberries and Cream as the base and Models Own Chrome Silver and Pearl for the star and embellishment detail, completing it all with a silver star stud. I topped it with Seche Vite and here we are! What do you think?

Thoughts? The idea behind the collection is pretty darn cool since I'm partial to applying a flaky top coat on occasion. Application wasn't too bad. The wide brush is present and makes meeting the cuticle pretty easy. Apply in thin coats rather than thick as it seems to dry very fast and get tacky easily. You don't want to spend too long working with it. It tends to get a little thin on the tip so it might be worth doing an extra coat just on the top. With the flakies, the polish does have a texture and some glitter pieces can stick up at the ends (as you can see in some swatches) Beware of this when applying and use a top coat, be it matte or gloss.

Barry M's Frosted Cupcakes collection is available from Superdrug and Boots from Wednesday 18th January 2017, priced at £3.99.

Which is your favourite? Mine is Earl Grey because this girl just loves a grey polish. Let me know which is yours in the comments below, on social media (links at the side) and until next time:D
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