Friday, 21 December 2012

Subtle Festive Stamping

Can you believe it’s only a few days until Christmas! I’m starting to feel very excited. My mani today isn’t exactly Christmas-y, but it feels quite festive I think.

The base is China Glaze Jolly Holly, which I love so much, and the stamping is done with the old version of a-England Holy Grail. The strip pattern is from Bundle Monster BM315.




Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Chit Chat Nails Skittlette Competition Entry

I don’t know if you have seen that the superbly talented Marta at Chit Chat Nails is having a “skittlette” nail art competition. I thought the concept was really fun, and decided to enter.

This is my entry, I hope you like it!



The products I used are:

Nail Tek Foundation II base coat
China Glaze ~ Innocence
China Glaze ~ Ruby Pumps
Red, black and silver acrylic paints
China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Review: Born Pretty Store Nail Stickers

Nail stickers are such an easy way to make a plain mani a bit more fun. I don’t tend to use them all that much though, since they aren’t always that great.

I got a pack of stickers to try from Born Pretty Store, and I was really pleased with them. They are very sticky and very thin, so they adhere well to the nail, and don’t lift, provided the sticker isn’t too large for the nail. Here I have used them over a base of Nina Ultra Pro Sweet Nothings.





The stickers retail for $5.23 with free shipping, and you get 10 packs of stickers for that price. There are loads of designs to choose from!

If you use my discount code, you get 10% off your order if you want to buy some for yourself.




~ The product(s) in this post was provided for review purposes. ~

Friday, 14 December 2012

Silver Snowflakes over Red and Gold

I loved doing a snow flake mani earlier this month, and when I found out I had more plates with snow flakes on, I had to do another one. Of course!

This time I wanted more festive colours and went for a red base with a gold gradient tip. The red polish is a-England Perceval (a gorgeous one-coater), and the gold glitter is OPI Gold Lang Syne.

I stamped with GOSH Silver using Bundle Monster BM323.




Thursday, 13 December 2012

Bundle Monster Image Plate Organizer

I have no doubt you have already seen this organizing marvel on other blogs, but in case you haven’t, here is a little review.

At first I thought the organizer was a bit pricey, it’s $14.99, but with postage to Sweden it came to $20.49. I have been putting off getting one, since I didn’t really see the need for it, but my inner neat freak won over my inner penny pincher.

The case itself is made from moc-croc vinyl, and it’s surprisingly pretty. I normally find faux anything quite tacky, but it works for this. Of course I managed to put a big, smudgy finger print on it right away, but I will charge no extra for that. The inside covers are lined with some soft material, like faux suede, or velvet. The organizer closes with a good quality zipper.

The pockets are designed to fit the Bundle Monster plates, which are the same size as the Konad plates. Luckily the weird, octagonal plates I have also fit, but it’s a bit of a tight squeeze.

The pockets only have an opening to one side, so you will need to access both front and back from the front. This I think is brilliant, as it lowers the risk of plates snagging each other.

The organizer holds 168 plates, and it’s about the same size as a kindle keyboard, but obviously a fair bit fatter. As a reference, the 3 Bundle Monster sets will fill less than half of the organizer.





I don’t regret for a second spending the money on this, it’s really well made and works great for the intended purpose :)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Rainbow Mylar Flake Tips

When I saw the cute little jars of Iced Mylar Sheets in the Born Pretty Store, I was very excited to try them out. I think they look just awesome!

I decided to just have fun with them, and opted for a rainbow skittle mani. Starting with my thumb, the polishes are Barry M Lemon IceCream, Kleancolor Pastel Pink, Barry M Pale Purple, Barry M Pale Blue and Nina Ultra Pro Leaf Me Alone.

I brushed my tips with The Best Glue Ever and used a pair of precision nib tweezers to place the flakes. Now, this was fairly tricky, but the end result is fun I think :) I think you would get the best result with these if you encapsulate them in acrylic when building a false nail. It makes me wish I knew how to!






If you buy these from Born Pretty Store, you get 12 little pots of Mylar flakes for $6.48, with free international shipping.

If you use my code below you will get 10% off as well :)



~ The product(s) in this post was provided for review purposes. ~

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Stamping Sunday: Gold

So for this week the theme for my Facebook group Adventures in Stamping is gold. Gold either as base or for stamping.

Since I hadn’t yet swatched my a-England Holy Grail I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so! I’m not a huge fan of gold polish, I think it can easily look a bit ageing, especially when you are my age. I think Holy Grail is ok. The formula was nice, it applied easily in two coats, and drying time was fine.

I stamped over the gold base with Kleancolor Bite Me, using an image from Bundle Monster BM302. How cute are the little birds! Love them!  So super impressed with the stampability of the Kleancolor polishes so far by the way.

Finally I mattified with my ELF mattifying top coat.




Thursday, 6 December 2012

Butter London ~ Black Knight

As soon as I opened my prize, I knew I just had to swatch Black Knight. Like, immediately.

The formula was very easy to work with, particularly for a glitter polish like this. The base is a pigmented black jelly, and I needed no more than two, well behaved coats for an opaque finish.

I used one layer of top coat, and in hindsight I would say that two is better. The polish is quite thirsty, and I didn’t obtain the smooth, glassy surface I prefer.

Excuse the lobster paws, I’m really struggling with light at the moment, and I was too lazy to set up my light box.  There, I said it. Now excuse me while I go sit on the sofa and eat tangerines. What’s that? Shhhh. I’m busy.



Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Awesome Nail Mail

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will perhaps know that I was one of the winners in Creative Nail Design By Sue’s stamping competition with this entry. Not only did I win the honour of being chosen, I also won this amazing holiday set from Butter London, called Sparkle Sparkle!

The polishes are, from left to right, Rosie Lee, Fairy Cake and Black Knight. Aren’t they stunning! I knew that Butter London was a cruelty-free brand, but I noticed now that they are even endorsed with the leaping bunny logo, which makes them all the prettier :)







Thanks again to Sue for hosting such a fun contest with amazing prizes, and congratulations to the other winners!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Stamping Sunday: Winter

The theme for this Sunday’s stamping in Adventures in Stamping is “Winter Themed”. I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this! Something icy with snowflakes :)

I started with two coats of China Glaze ~ White on White, and used the cling film/saran wrap method to dab off one coat of China Glaze ~ Sexy in the City. I topped these two polishes with two coats of China Glaze ~ White Cap, which is hands down one of my favourite polishes, it’s such a beautiful gold shimmer. Finally I stamped some snow flakes from Bundle Monster ~ BM14 and added a small pearl as an accent on my ring finger.





Saturday, 1 December 2012

Dotted Holo Gradient

Yesterday I came across this awesome mani, and just had to try the technique myself. I used way too large a dotter for this, but practice makes perfect, or so they say…

The base colour I chose is George ~ Troll, and the base for the dots is Collection 2000 ~ Angel Wings, which was then filled in with OPI ~ DS Sapphire.

I will definitely try this out again, and hopefully get a result that’s closer to that of The Nail Polish Project :)