Sunday, 30 September 2012

Best of British Round Up 30/9/12

British Nail Bloggers

Wow: this has been the first week where I have posted every day and I've created my first giveaway. Don't hold me to being this organised in future!! I have a long weekend away next week so will have to try and schedule some posts. Let's see what the other best of British girls have been up to...

Emma has had a week of using Barry M Gelly polishes and created her most favourite mani ever multi coloured spots and stripes over at Emma's Little Corner.

Nada'sl penguin obsession is getting out of hand! the little minions are on her nails this week!!

This week on Pie's Eyes Lyndsay has used her new Cheeky stamping plates to create a Double Stamped Manicure plus there's a handy hint for stamping clean up too.

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing is continuing with the 30 Day Challenge (the end is in sight!) and did a Panda Bear Manicure inspired by the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

It's been HoloWeek at the Nail Newbie, featuring lots of holo goodness such as a GOSH Holographic Hero wear test, a some tribal nail art and this holo cloudicure with a-England Tristam.

This week has been Carlyn's very first week of blogging featuring some of her favourite stamping designs Pretty Stamping on Sapphire Such a stand out design.

Well today is the last day of the 30 Day Challenge! at Northern Nails but on the Bright side it is Jo's birthday tommorrow !.

Wendy from Wendy's Delights is having a cracking time with her Croc Effect nails by Barry M

As a collector of vodka bottles, a Smirnoff Vodka Manicure was in order on Enigmatic Rambles blog this week!

PishPosh and Polish's Kerrie is wearing shock horror! PINK this week!

Sally of Nail Pron has brightened up a sad week with the brightest green daisy doticure you have ever seen in your life.

PrettyKittyClaws is joined by a hare and a dog this week with the gorgeous Hare Dog Day Dream

Dimpal of Crazy Polishes has almost come to the end of the 30 days challenge and wearing this Inspired by Supernatural Mani Inspired by Supernatural

Ruth has a new favourite polish that is purple and splarkly, yay!

Sarah Louise, creates a Ghostbuster Manicure Using Models Own and W7 Polishes

Charlotte has decided her stash needs some cleansing, so she's set up a blog sale with some great British brands

Kerry takes an adventure with GALAXY inspired nails.

Vic continues 30 days of untrieds with A Scream manicure inspired by art work

Lou has another KBShimmer polish to share with you all

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wooden-Shoe Like to Know?

Not many pics today, just the one

2x Nail Envy, 2x OPI Wooden-Shoe like to Know? 1x Seche with Accent Nail of 2x Nail Envy, 2x OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, dots of China Glaze Immortal, 1x Seche.

This was a quick mani which I did to try out the new polishes I recently got (I never did a nail mail post on My Boyfriend Scales Walls as it was a single item) the nice shiny brown colour really caught my eye today as brown isn't a colour I have many of.  I'm wondering if this is a dupe for China Glaze Foie Gras, which is the only other brown I have.  I'll have to do a comparison post soon.

Friday, 28 September 2012


I've hit 20 followers, and had some large numbers of page hits so I decided to have a little giveaway :)

The winner will get to choose any three a-england polishes of their choice. I've raved about a-england for ages and it's a range I adore. I will order the three a-england polishes from the website and have them sent directly to the winner, so this is open to anywhere a-england ship to, you can check out where here

I will email winner once this has ended and the winner will have 48hrs to reply otherwise a new winner will be drawn. Thanks for your support so far for my little blog - new followers are welcome!

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Green / Grey Gradient

Earlier this month I did a blue black gradient combining a bright and dark colour and as I really liked it I thought I'd do it again.  This time I combined green and slate matte polishes, W7 Matte Green, which I'd describe as Joker from Batman green and Stone Cold by China Glaze from Capitol Collection.  After I'd done my gradient I really missed a shiny finish so topped it with INM Northern Lights Silver Holo and had a shiny finish.

Before removing this I re-mattified it using Rimmel Matte polish:

The middle finger had a bit of an accident.  After I'd just finished my nails I spotted a daddy long legs flapping around in the kitchen and was so busy keeping an eye on where that was I didn't notice the clothes airer and middle finger took a hit...

I wasn't as pleased with this colour combination as it reminded me of Enterprise car rental colours! 

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Bubble Stripes

Ok, so bubble stripes probably isn't the technical term for this style, but it's best description I could think of! 

Yesterday I wore plain old OPI Jade is the New Black with accent nail of Suzi Says Feng Shui.  I did this just before bed the night before and unfortunately got some creases, chips and as the picture below shows some tip wear or shrinkage.  I've also noticed lately that my Seche seems to be doing something verrrrrry odd - mainly on my left thumb it forms an almost blister like bubble and leaves a horrid lump.  I'm wondering if this is due to the position of my hand after I've applied it?  The bubble then collapses into a crease on the thumb nail.  Only ever on that one finger!  Grrrrr!

2x nail envy, 2x polish, 1x seche

I wasn't in the mood for removing this so I simply added a fresh layer of polish which has hidden the creases and tip wear.  I then went for a row of dots using Barry M Gelly Polishes firstly in my current favourite Pomegranate, then layered a row slightly overlapping in "The Purple One" (mine is wrongly labelled) I really should get a Sharpie and write the correct names on the bottles!  Topped this off with Poshe topcoat which I don't often use.

The flash looks the greatest on the pics, really highlighting the shape of the dots but I've also included some without flash as the colour match is better without flash (apart from my lobster hands!)

Left hand:

Right hand:

Really quick and simple and livened up a worn manicure.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Nail Mail!!!

I got home tonight to Nail Mail! The first package was one I picked up from the sorting office, Barry M Glitters.  In an envelope big enough to get through the door, but held hostage by the Royal Mail since Monday.

The other one was an order from Amazon - I got an Amazon gift voucher and used it to get China Glaze Immortal and OPI Wouldn't Shoe Like to Know? 

Now interestingly enough the Amazon Retailer Faith Cosmetics seemed to take a while to send my order (I placed this on in the morning of 21/9/12 and received it today) yet the labelling, packaging and return info are for a company whom would have sent it to me to be here Monday if I'd ordered it directly from them: NailPolishDirect!  I sing their praises regularly so this surprised me!  The other two OPIs I've used a lot recently Jade is the New Black and and Suzy Says Feng Shui also came from Faith on Amazon and one of those took a week!  I think I'll stick to ordering directly from their website as they offer free postage, it whereas Amazon charge £1.50 and I get quicker delivery!!

Funky French

When I sat down to do my nails I had an idea of a gradient mani in my mind.  I'd even got the chunks of kitchen sponge ready to dab away.  But then the little voice in the back of my head told me it would be a good idea to try a funky french using triangles of sticky tape.  I really should stop listening to that voice...

I started out with a base of Stickey and Nail Envy, then added two coats of Color Club Nomadic in Nude, topped with Seche and left it about half an hour.  I then picked ten tip colours these were:

Left hand
Thumb - Barry M Gelly Blueberry
Index - Barry M Gelly Watermelon
Middle - Barry M Gelly Satsuma
Ring - Barry M Gelly Pomegranate
Little - Blood Orange

Right Hand
Thumb - OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
Index - Barry M Gelly Prickly Pear
Middle - a-england Galahad
Ring - Barry M Gelly Blackberry
Little - OPI Jade is the New Black

Once I'd added the tip colour I peeled off the tape straight away with tweezers but had a couple smudge.  Then got really annoyed at the Blood Orange especially as it streaked with top coat and created bleeding over paler part of nail.  It's now known as Bloody Orange!  If I use the Gellys again for this type of thing my memo to self is to allow longer dry time before top coating.

These are the rough photos of the nail fail as my corrective measure was yet to follow: lots of sparkly glitter!

Here they are with a nice layer of OPI Servin Up Sparkle:

And here is a picture without flash as the one above seems to scream Bloody Orange smears on my little finger:

Verdict on this is semi nail fail, but it looks pretty cool now in normal lighting :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Nail fail.... Or why I shouldn't watermarble!

Emma + water marbling = disaster!

Like the time when I was using a plastic cup and it split (luckily I had newspaper under it!)

Or the time when I decided not to tape and used vaseline, only to end up in the biggest of messes.

Or the time when I figured I'd use a plastic bag to lay on the water then allow it to dry and transfer it over to my nails like I did on my fire nails... oh wait that's this time!   I transferred my polish onto plastic rather than dipping my fingers in, then peeled the polish off once dry. I applied it to a slightly tacky layer of nail envy and topping it off with some W7 diamond top coat.  What I like about this way of marbling is it means I have more control over which part of the design ends up on my nails.  What I didn't like was polish bubbles forming and leaving holes in the polish, although this was fixable.

Here's some of the marbles on their plastic freezer bags.  They're on a glass coaster I use to stop me getting polish all over the breakfast bar, so there's some random splodges on there!

Generally my water marbling skills are zero, although I've figured (only whilst doing this post) that I'm putting too many rings of polish in the water.  Less is more. Stop at six drops Emma!

I used the same Barry M Gelly Polishes along with Suzi Says Feng Shui and Jade is the New Black which I've used for my last couple of posts. The polishes were great to work with and I'm sure anyone capable of this technique will be able to execute a perfect design using them. Any how these are the reasons why I shouldn't try to water marble. 

Next time I think it will be a good idea to try again and that maybe this time I'll be successful I will revisit these pictures and remind myself not to!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Spots and Stripes

In my previous post I mentioned wanting to try the Barry M Gelly polishes along with the two from OPI Hong Kong collection.  For today's post I've included an extra polish Nomadic In Nude from Color Club's Back to Boho.  Nomadic in Nude is the perfect nude for my skin, it suits better than white and could almost be the colour I need for "mannequin hands."

My base coats were 1x Stickey, 1x Nail Envy then 1x Nomadic in Nude.  I topped off the fingers I was going to stripe with Seche Vite, then got on with dotting the rest.  By the time I'd finished dotting I was ready to line up the striping tape and get on with filling in the gaps.  The fill in colours were Jade is the New Black, Suzy Says Feng Shui, Blackberry and Pomegranate.

The first couple of photos are the most colour accurate for all the colours apart from the purple Gelly, which seems very black.  The rest with flash allow the purple to come out, but slightly wash out the green and teal.  There are some slight imperfections on my stripes, however the dots I'm in love with.  I think I'm going to recreate this in a couple of weeks when we go away for hubby's birthday :)

I really like this mani and love how well these colours seem to work together.  My next plan with the Gellys is to try a watermarble - wish me luck......!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Dry Marble Barry M Gelly

I recently read a tutorial on dry marbling to using water colours here at PolishandPearls and decided to recreate the look using some brighter Barry M Gelly polishes.  

I've had the Barry M's over a week and so far have only done a quick swatch of them to try out the shades when I received them, and used the purple one (mine is labelled Blackberry, although I read recently some of the Gelly's were mislabelled) as a base to Servin Up Sparkle on the day I got it, but I've never posted about them.  I've gathered some together along with my OPIs Jade is the New Black and Suzy Says Feng Shui which have just arrived and am going to try and use them for various mani's over the next week.

For the dry marble I started with a base of 1xStickey and 1xNail Envy, then added a coat of the pale blue (labelled Blueberry) and allowed this to dry.  Once dry I added generous dots of  Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Suzy Says Feng Shui, a-england's Bridal Veil and some more of the Blueberry then squished them together under a square of freezer bag, then finished off with INM Northern Lights Silver Holo.  I'd considered stamping over this using a silver polish but never got around to it.

If I had gotten around to stamping I would probably have added silver stars as this combi would have made great galaxy nails, although not as great as some of the posts I have read in the week from people participating in the 30 day nail art challenge!

Overall I really like the finish this technique leaves, I think I'll probably go for softer colours next time I try it.

I've got a great idea for a spots and stripes mani using these for my next Barry M Gelly post :)

Best of British Weekly Round Up

British Nail Bloggers

Wendy from Wendy's Delights is feeling purrrfect with her Blue Furry Mani with easy to apply nail stickers!

Emma tries her hand at dry drag and becomes The Girl Who Plays with Fire at Emma's Little Corner.

Helly at the Nail Newbie is showing British brand W7 some love by showcasing their gorgeous Lava Flow.

A little recreation of some Bee style nails, with actual stingers from New York Fashion Week, a Fred Butler Creation from Enigmatic Rambles.

Has twenty three days gone by already? Northern Nails' 30 Day Challenge is still going strong, the themes now are all full of inspiration!

Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes is back from her holiday and showing off her colourful Rainbow Manicure she created with her latest Kiko haul!

Sally of Nail Pron is talking about a nailmas Christmas challenge adding to her stash and doing nails to match her mood.

Sam from Polished Art re-created an old nautical-themed manicure for day 12 of the 31 day challenge (19 to go!).

PishPosh and Polish is featuring Red and Black polishes on her blog this week. See them here! Which is your favourite?

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing is still continuing on with the 30 Day challenge and her favourite so far has been TRIBAL NAILS. What's been everyone else's favourite challenge?

Ruth goes overboard with the half moon effect to create an easy curved stripe look!

Want some inspiration for elegant nails? Lucy from Lucy's Stash did Lace & Roses nail art featuring OPI, Konad and A England.

Feeling the need for something pretty and super sparkly? PrettyKittyClaws has Smitten Polish You're Turning Violet, Violet blinging out her nails!

Vic's feeling a little behind with the times as she's only just done her first set of galaxy nails. She found a fabulously blinging star to go with them though.

Lou had a quiet week this week trying out her new Indie polishes from KBShimmer which is quickly becoming her favourite polish brand

Alexis at Glitter Tips tried some Autumn butterfly nail art

Sarah Louise plays with her Image plates from MoYou / OMG Nails and creates a Crosses & Dot's Manicure

Despite being poorly, The Crumpet has kept up with the 31 Day Challenge and has even had time to launch a Zoya Giveaway - so make sure you enter!

Friday, 21 September 2012

OPI Nail Mail and a glitter-fest

 I recently ordered some OPIs from Amazon, I wanted the glittery holo polish Servin Up Sparkle and the duo chrome pink / gold Rally Pretty Pink from the Serena Williams collections.  These were both delivered earlier this week.  I also ordered Jade is the New Black, Suzy Says Feng Shui and Wooden Shoe Like to Know.  I've ordered the China Glaze Halloween polish Immortal and today the new Barry M Glitters went on sale on their website so it would have been rude not to purchase them :)

Here's the OPIs along with Orly Halley's Comet as I decided to combine them for a glitter fest of a mani, both having the similar gold foil effect.

I took a picture of the just painted nails here, no clean up, before I topped them with the glitter.

Here's with glitter and INM Northern Lights Silver Holo (for extra sparkle!) after two days wear.  It looks like there is tip wear however this was shrinkage (which I don't normally get with INM)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Playing with fire!

I've been playing with fire!  I saw a great tutorial here showing how to dry drag a fire effect and decided to give it a go.

I have previously tried dry drag and failed miserably, so I decided to attempt this on a plastic freezer bag and then peel the finished article off to apply to my nails.

There were left over flames!

To create these I used a-england Camelot for the black background, added a stripe of Red-ical Gypsy by Color Club from the Back to Boho collection, a stripe of China Glaze Harvest Moon and a dot of yellow polish which I got free with Cosmo mag a while a go.  I then used the thinnest pointiest dotting tool to drag the flames.  I found myself wanting to be uniform and had to remind myself flames are not even!

To apply these to my nails I let the polish dry on the plastic (I'd left it about 6 hours) then the flames were ready to go and easily peeled off.  I went nail by nail applying a layer of Camelot, then pressing the flame onto it, again I used the pointiest of my dotting tools to press the polish "transfer" onto my nail right up to the edges.  Once I'd applied them all I did have to trim some overhang back, then added a layer of Seche and used the dotting tool to remove any remaining overhang.

The pictures above were taken after 24 hours of wear.  I really liked these and will definitely be trying this again, perhaps with different colours