I’m surprised how much I missed doing nail art when I started doing this. I’ve been watching quite a bit if Mermaid Gossip over on YouTube while I was tidying so decided to go for mermaid nails. It’s very similar to the ones I did last year in this post so I won’t go into detail on how I did it but I love the finished nails. It’s not been the best weather wise but these are so bright and summery and I’m hoping the Red Carpet Manicure gel will help my nails grow.
I realised that I haven’t done a nail look in ages, in fact I haven’t really done much with my nails in ages apart from paint them one colour so, to make myself feel better, I decided to give it a bit of a go and try some dots and lines. Mainly because I just had no idea what I was going to do when I started out so starting with them as a base is always easy to build on rather than specific shapes.
I think I might need to get better at naming nail looks, I am so bad when it comes to naming anything really but I think this one fits given the names and colours I used. As I’ve also had a bit of a play around with the three Gelologoy formula Ciate polishes I used in this nail art I thought I’d do a mini review of each of them as they do seem to work very differently.
On Monday I did a post about the nail stamping kit and a few extras I bought from Rainbow Connect. I was planning on waiting but my nails got to the point where I needed to do them so I decided to have a play around and have a go at nail stamping. This is my first time using any of this and I am definitely learning but I thought I’d post about it anyway, if nothing else it’ll be interesting in the future to see improvements!
I did read this post over on Mrs Strawberry Blonde for information I was recommended by Stashmatters (thanks for that, there are definitely things in there I might have had to work out the hard way!) and it’s a great post if you’re starting out with nail stamping. Definitely listen to the part about having a magazine or something for protection, I think I underestimated how messy it would be even with this! This post is pretty much seeing how it went and things I learnt along the way or what I’m going to do differently next time.
I didn’t buy much from the Boxing Day sales but I did make an order from Rainbow Connection, a site that sells indie nail polishes and nail art supplies in the UK. Not all of it is here, a few of the stamper plates haven’t got here yet, but as most of it arrived I thought I’d do a post on it. I will be reviewing pretty much all of this at some point anyway so I’ll post the rest of the stamping plates then.
For the last few years I’ve been planning on trying nail stamping, it always looks so good when other people do it and I love how intricate the designs can be even if my hands are shaky. Most of my order was for this; a nail stamper set that was on offer, some plates, a couple of nail varnishes sold for stamping and then a few extras that caught my eye. I am yet to find a good gel nail varnish company that works for me apart from Red Carpet Manicure and I love holographic nails so I bought one of the Color Club gel nail varnishes as well as a couple of non gels that were in the destashing or old stock section from Organic Farm. I hadn’t heard of them before but apparently they’re from Korea and hard to get in the UK, so even if I love them I’m not sure how easily I could get more from them but these colours are so pretty.
This is the second Pusheen gift set I’m reviewing and this one was definitely better than the bath fizzers set from Monday. This is the Pusheen Nail Art Set and costs £8 at Boots, though it’s in the Christmas three for two offer. In the set there are three nail varnishes in the shape of upside down ice cream cones, a Pusheen shaped nail file, two toe separators, a black nail art pen and a sheet of Pusheen stickers (which may have been the main draw for me).
In the past I have bought a few nail art sticker sets and they all seem to have the same flaw of the stickers coming up at the edges quickly, I’m not sure I will ever learn that this happens but these were so cute and I do love Pusheen so I thought I’d give them a go. I know that I am probably twice the age of its intended audience, being 27, but I liked it and thought I’d review it in case any of you guys are interested in it, whether it’s for yourself or someone else. I do think it makes a very nice gift set with everything n there, like an introduction to nail art.
Models Own recently released the Dare to Bare collection, one full of products with neutral colours. These include Hypergel nail varnishes, an eyeshadow palette, semi-matte lipsticks (I reviewed a couple of them here) and a finishing powder. I love nude nail varnishes, especially in autumn, and I bought three out of the five nail varnishes available. The three I chose are Deep Tan, Skin Deep and Emperors Clothes, mainly because these three were the only ones available on ASOS at the time. These are available, along with the other two in the collection, on ASOS where they’re currently in an offer at £3.50 and all five can be found on the Models Own website where they cost £4.99 each.
Not to do with the nail varnishes but I bought these from ASOS, one arrived broken as you may see the remains of the nail varnish itself on the bottles. I have to say that the customer service I got was great, even when the form accidentally sent twice so I ended up with two conversations for a while. I got a replacement ,though unfortunately the wrong one first try so had to have a second one done, and it was all sorted within a week. Basically thumbs up for ASOS when it comes to sorting problems and I’d recommend them over Models Own due to problems in the past.
I love the base coat I used for this, the Red Carpet Manicure Boats and Heels from their summer collection this year. It’s one of the neon pastels (or pastel neons) that have been so popular over the summer and I have to say it’s one of the summer trends for nails that I love as it doesn’t make me look even paler than I am. I’m not sure whether you’d call this one a purple or a pink, it’s right in the middle somewhere I think, it’s either a pinky purple or a blue toned pink.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with the nail art, I just liked the colour combination of purple or pink with black, white and silver accents. I also haven’t really used Thunder and Lightning from Models Own much and I love the holographic glitter in it so I felt like I had to include that in this one. I guess this post is going to be part nail art, part mini review of most of these colours. Continue reading
I’m loving doing nail art at the moment and trying the different brands and tools to see which work best to do what with. I recently used the Zircon gel varnish from Red Carpet Manicure as it’s such a pretty, sparkly turquoise it just screamed summer to me so I wanted to use it while the sun is still out here in the UK, we’re having a surprisingly sunny summer where I live. After a few days of just this I decided to have a go at some mermaid themed nail art using two of the summer Models Own Soft Pop collection; Lilac Flush and Sugar Rush as I really like the purple and turquoise combination plus blue just goes with anything beach or water themed for me.
A week or so ago I went into Sally’s and bought a couple of the new Retro Summer Collection from OPI; SFP XXX (orangey coral colour) and I’m Getting a Tan-gerine (pastel orange) and I thought that for today’s post I’d combine two that I was planning on doing and have it a mix of a review of these two nail varnishes but also a NOTD type post with the nail art I have at the moment as I really wanted to try an ombre look and these colours just fit it perfectly to me.
I really like a lot of the Retro Summer Collection, it’s all cream finish and bright colours that I think would look great with a tan, I know that these two make me look more tanned than I am. I haven’t really been following the new releases this year but I really like the look of a lot of them I saw from all the different brands so I might be tempted to get a few more at some point soon. These cost £5 each at Sally’s but the prices seem to vary in other stores, they seem to be available in a lot of places and Amazon has them at a good price at the moment in some of the online stores.
I’ve recently started doing more nail art and thought I’d like some new colours so bought the Neon set of Rio Professional Nail Art Pens, they’re £24.99 from Superdrug and there are six colours in the set. They do a few different sets, at the moment the ones I found on Superdrug are the original set, the neons and a set of metallic colours and there is a bit of overlap between the neon and original set with white and black being in both and both having a yellow in. As my black and white are getting low I was pretty happy with the double up on them which was one of the reasons I went for this one.
I’ve tried a few different makes of nail art pen and these ones are slightly different to the others I’ve used in that they have two ways of using them. If you twist the top off you get a fine brush for some details and then the end pulls off for a pen tip which has a finer tip for finer lines.