Monday, 29 April 2013

Vintage Roses

Today is my first real post since my break.  My first real wow nails too, I love these!  Excuse my thumb, my cuticles are just getting back to normal after the week in France which destroyed them!

Anyone following my Instagram may have seen my sneaky peak yesterday.

I've seen the vintage roses / tea roses / Kath Kidston type nails on many blogs and decided to try them out as an accent nail.  This is my first attempt so they aren't the sharpest looking flowers, but hey I love them!

The polishes I used were: China Glaze Kinetic Candy, Color Club Shabby Drab, Barry M Gelly Dragonfruit, W7 Khaki, China Glaze Budding Romance and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  The base was OPI Nail Envy and the top coat I used is Seche Vite.  Everything listed was purchased by me.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

I decided to try again!

After my last post announcing that I was taking a break I have enjoyed some time away from blogging and even from doing my nails - for someone who has had painted nails every day for years it was quite refreshing.

My husband would joke that the order of priority in our house was nails, the cat, him.  I know it was said as a joke but as the old phrase goes never a truer word spoken than in jest, so after some time away re-evaluating I am back but changed.

My intentions are to return to how I blogged when I started, once or twice a week.  Some of my earlier months I would post up to 15 times a month, more recently it's been 45 times a month!

I will post when I have something which has wowed me, rather than feeling like I have to post daily or get lots and lots of nail polishes so I can post new swatches.

I went to France at the end of March and came back with only five polishes (from Kiko) as I was feeling myself losing interest.  I also came back with seven breaks to my nails plus my cuticles and skin were fucked.  There's no other word for it, my eczema flared up and my hands have been so dry and cracked.

Most of April has been spent with just nail envy on until the last week or so when I've been wearing holos and enjoying some unusual British sunshine.

The new me doesn't care about page views or follower numbers (although it is nice to have you there!) the new me is the old me! LOL!

Here's a couple of pics which I have taken in my break...

First is Layla Softtouch Marshmallow Twinkle after three days wear in France (Mickey Mouse I shake my fist at you, look at the state of my hands and the chipping on the polish not to mention cuticles hanging and the peeled nail on my right index finger...)

Next is after I got back when I filed my nails to stubs, this was trying out the Kiko SugarMat I picked up in France. I haven't tried this since but it didn't last long, I smudged it off getting the light box out to try and take a picture.

The last two are dodgy phone pics taken with no clean up and still very dry skin.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

and now....

The end is near, and so I face the final curtain.... I've had the Sid Vicious version of "My Way" in my head for a few days!

I have recently made "a decision" about my blogging. Here's why:

During March I got sinusitis again and didn't feel well most of the month, when I did finally start feeling better I went to Disneyland Paris and had a week away from the internet. The time when I was ill and not doing my nails a little voice inside me kept saying "but my blog... my blog..... must do my nails" but I took a week out anyway and actually enjoyed it! This was followed on by my week without internet and not doing my nails for 9 days.   And SEVEN very bad breaks to my nails.

Since the end of the 31 day challenge I began to feel personally that I had lost my mojo a bit.  I felt like I was over thinking what I was doing, rather than doing something I enjoy. Each night I would flick back over the last few posts thinking I have done too many posts recently with my dotting tools / blue polishes / swatches / not used this colour much and try to think of other things when really I should have told myself fuck it, I like using blue polishes and dotting tools, if people don't like what I do then they don't have to read it! 

My decision has come to stop blogging for a while, I may start over after a break from it, but I may not. 

I really do like Instagram as a way of sharing (and it's something I can do entirely on my mobile rather than having to get online and edit or write up) so I am going to continue sharing my pictures on there. If anyone would like to continue following my nail journey my Instagram name is Mrs_B_2011 and there is a link on the right to my Instagram page.

Thanks to everyone who has supported my journey along the way and those who regularly commented on my blog.

I will still be following nail blogs, hopefully now I will have more time to comment on other peoples!!

Matte dotticure

Today's dotticure started with a coat of China Glaze Fade Into Hue on all nails apart from ring finger which got one coat of Kinetic Candy.  These went on in one coat over my base of Nail Envy.  I dotted over these with W7 Suede in Aqua and Mauve, then topcoated with Rimmel Matte top coat to matte the China Glaze polishes.

When I sat down to do my nails today I was intending to try a splatter mani, but ended up with saliva all over my nails (YUK!) and ended up doing this instead.  My nails are a bit uneven after I tried the wraps out, it turns out I may have filed the edge of the wrap a bit too enthusiastically... Will be getting them evened out ASAP!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

My first time using nail polish strips / wraps

I've never tried Nail Polish strips before so when they were going at a pretty cheap price online (I think it was £1.99) I grabbed a pack to try.  Being new to them I went for a polish finish rather than a pattern, Winter Funderland which is a black base with blue and silver glitter.

Being new to this I followed the instructions to the dot.  Here's the results.

So my thoughts on these...

A bit of a faff for the finish, but a definite learning curve and something I'll try again but using a more complex finish or pattern.  Some of the glitters were a bit of a pain when they were on the edge of my nail.   I like the fact they are a mess free application.  I was able to only use half of the packet as the strips are such a good length that my little stumpy nails only need less than half a strip so I cut each one in half.

I did top them (after these pictures) with some Nail Envy as I couldn't not use it.  This did not cause any wrinkling. 

At the moment I am still undecided as to whether or not I like the feel of them on the nail, but then it is the first time I have tried them.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Freehand Leopards and Tigers

I wanted something simple with an accent nail... and so this was born.

I started out with my normal base of Nail Envy and a layer of Rimmel Matte top coat.  On top of this I used two coats Beauty UK Slate Grey on all fingers apart from my ring finger which had one coat of a-england Excalibur (one coat is all that is needed.)   The accent nail had dots of Konad Pink Princess Polish and then they leopard was completed with a-england Bridal Veil.

The Beauty UK polish hadn't dried very well and had lots of little bumps in it, so I decided to take Bridal Veil and use it with a medium striping brush to create some tiger stripes.  I topped everything off with Seche.

Bonus pics to prove I do do the left hand too, in this case it's better as I'm right handed so it was easier!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Pink Gradient / Stamping

I had a flick through some recent posts and noticed how often I'd been using blues and greens and decided to try and make a conscience effort to use more reds and pinks, thus this mani was born.

I started with a base of OPI Nail Envy, then applied a coat of Crinolene by Sally Hansen.  I've previously said that this was one of the bad polishes in my SH haul, but it didn't go on too bad in one coat, slightly streaky but as I was sponging over it it was fine.  I topped this with some W7 Diamond top coat to try and help the base to dry.

After about 10mins I sponged my gradient on using more Crinolene with Barry M Dragonfruit and China Glaze Snap My Dragon.  This was topped with Seche.

I still have the bad cuticles from temmptation to pick so please forgive the ooops.

I felt the gradient was missing "something" so grabbed a Red Angel stamping plate to add this pattern.  My stamping colour was OPI Black Cherry Chutney.  I finished this with W7 Diamond Top Coat.

Not massively pleased with final finish with the stamping so it may not last too long on the nails (good excuse!!)

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Dotty Flowers

It's no secret that I love my dotting tools, during the Tri-Polish challenge I used them to create some flowers and wanted to do it again.  One of the team leaders at work was wearing a black top with white flowers and a black central dot.  I kept looking at it thinking of doing it with black and white polishes.... In the end I used Barry M Indigo and Gelly in Blueberry.  It looked to be missing something when I'd done so I added lilac dots using China Glaze Tart-y for the Party.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Layla Scarabeus Black

On Mother's Day I got a gift voucher for Amazon and chocolate.  The gift voucher disappeared quicker than the chocolate and polish wise I got Layla Scarabeus Black.

This one is an odd colour: in the bottle it looks to have potential to go from purple to green and be an amazing duochrome.  On the nail: it's a lovely colour, brown with pink glittery sparkles, but no duochrome.  It looks very similar to one of the W7 Mystery colours I got from TK Maxx last year.

Excuse the scabby cuticles, I'm a (sort of) reformed picker, temptation just gets too much sometimes!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

A recycled nails post

I wanted a simple manicure and wore Barry M Mint Green with an accent nail of Barry M Lychee.  After a day this was looking rough around the edges so I tried to recycle this.

Here's after a day's wear.

To tart this up I made a row of three lines of striping tape to create a line on my nail then painted over with Kiko Purple-Grey and Barry M Satsuma.  I added glequins on the stripe.  The idea for this came from a post I saw by Nail Loopy, but mine is nowhere near as awesome!  In fact I didn't wear this for very long, hence the poor clean up.  Orange isn't my colour!

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