Friday, 31 January 2014

Happy Chinese New Year Nail Art

Hey,
 
Today I have some nail art to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I thought it would make an awesome mani :) I had no idea in mind really, I wanted to steer clear of any symbols because I didn't want to risk them spelling something different as to what I thought they said lol. It can happen!!
 
 
For this design I used Barry M Blood Orange and Barry M Boots Xmas LE Gold. For the design I came across a rather cool wallpaper on Instagram - as this year is the Year Of The Horse! It just looked so cool - I gave it a whirl.


Between the new lights and the shine on H K Girl Topcoat  I could not picture this well enough so I included the original picture below, that way you can have a better look at the art I did.
How beautiful is the wallpaper!


Wishing everyone who celebrates a Happy Chinese New Year :)
 
Lou xx

Thursday, 30 January 2014

R&R Lacquers Swatches and Review

*PR Sample.
Hi loves,
Today I am sharing a new UK indie brand with you all, R&R Lacquers is a 5-Free brand run by two lovely ladies! My oh, the pair have worked up some magic for you all!
 
I was sent 3 polishes from their The New Black Collection - the idea behind this collection is they are all glitter toppers to be worn over black polish or other dark colours. I failed here and swatched one over a light base butttt you can see they totally work that way too!
 
 




Resplendent | This is a stunning polish let me say, a gorgeous mix of tiny turquoise-aqua glitter and silver holographic glitter along with circle glitter also, along with a slight dusting of iridescent glitter.
I layered just one coat over Nails Inc Motcomb Street, along with one coat of H K Girl Topcoat.








Radiant | Along with a tiny mix of black glitters (now you see why I opted for a light base ;)) it is jam full of metallic rainbow goodness! I absolutely adore this polish.
Shown is one coat over Sally Hansen Dorien Grey topped with one coat of H K Girl Topcoat.








Delight | Just as the name suggests, this sure is! A mix of tiny iridescent glitters, tiny grey matte hexes, pink and grey little matte square glitter, turquoise-teal hexes and small very pale lemon hexes. This is such a soft pretty topper! Adore.
I topped one coat over Nails Inc Motcomb Street with one coat of H K Girl Topcoat to finish the look.




Overall I love them! Application on all was a breeze, you got just the amount of glitter for each nail without having to add a second coat. The combination for each topper is beautiful.

R&R Lacquers are launching tomorrow (Friday 31st Jan) so be sure to get following so you don't miss out of course!

- Facebook
- Instagram

Enjoy all,
Lou xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

I Love Nail Polish Pixie Dust | Mini Leopard Print and Chevrons

Hi loves,
Today I have a gorgeous mix and match mani for you, I always love to add nail art into swatches since day one. I had no idea for this one but soon enough I knew I wanted holo leopard print.. I mean who wouldn't ;)
 
I really love using these mini chevron nail vinyls and seeing as I have not been able to do any chevron manis since before getting these vinyls I just want to do loads.. don't worry though I wont go overboard ;)
 



Pixie Dust | An ultra holo pink/lavender shade of damn beautifulness :O Seriously step back and admire!! I really love ILNP holo polishes - in actual fact all of her creations. She really takes 'wanting a polish' to the next level for me lol!
I applied 3 coats of this for full coverage (index) I also used it for the leopard spots and my ring finger was done using Pixie Dust and a cotton bud. The other polish is OPI My Vampire Is Buff - All topped off with one coat of the heavenly H K Girl Topcoat.
 

I am so happy I got to capture the holo in this, all thanks to some new lights. Have you noticed? I am really happy with them and I feel they are improving the quality of my pictures, well I hope you will agree :)

You can find ILNP -
- Website
- Facebook
- Instagram

Nail Vinyls -
- Website
- Instagram

Enjoy all,
Lou xx

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Models Own HyperGel Swatches and Review

*PR Sample.
Hey again,
I am double posting today because Models Own hit 250,000 likes on their Facebook Page!! Congratulations MO!
I got sent these HyperGel Polishes only days ago, it was a complete surprise and a great one at that, after I first saw MO share these on their FB page I was like :O:O ooo! *Insert typical nail polish maniac reaction* ha!
I was mostly interested in 2 - both of which I got lucky on receiving!
 
This is going to be a bit of a longish post, I wanted to cover all details best I could and give input on formula per polish because they did vary.
 
Before I start here is the claims for these HyperGel Polishes -
''Promises to give you super-high-glossy gel-effect with extra vibrant colour. Ten brand new mega-shine shades that are highly pigmented, long lasting and chip resistant.
New gel formula glides on effortlessly for a flawless manicure with no streaking or dragging. The thicker gel gives a raised effect and allows you to apply a single coat for an extra glossy finish, with expert coverage for an immaculate at-home manicure.''
 

The three I am sharing with you today are Cornflower Gleam, Pink Veneer & Naked Glow.
 
 
Cornflower Gleam | Its as the name suggests which is just beautiful! Once I began swatching this I knew I was not going to get one coat from it. Although this isn't the thickest in formula out of the 3 it just wasn't going to work - and yes I did try. I had no issues with this one and I got 2 easy coats with it. The shine is absolutely beautiful, blown away.

 


Pink Veneer | Oh boy, I don't quite know where to start with this one. The shade is absolutely beautiful - everything you could want in a baby pink polish but the formula was something else. I know these are meant to be 'thicker' but I just couldn't work with it. I did all 4 nails but ended up removing them because they were so gloopy thick. At first I tried a thin coat and then a thicker second coat. After removal I went back in with two thin coats - which looks fabulous on camera right? Unfortunately IRL I could see 'bald spots' only very faint but I would probably use three thin coats next time.
I was so frustrated because from other reviews this polish worked great, just not for me.
The polish did drag, I had to be quick with it like brush one part and be done .. no touching up a part you just painted sort of situation.




Naked Glow | My absolute favourite of the 3, this colour is just perfection! I was so happy to have got this one because even though I rarely wear nudes I have to have them! This is such a gorgeous cream colour, which made it even better for me because I have been long awaiting a colour that suits what I want, this is it! This was around the same thickness as Cornflower Gleam, application was much easier - I used 2 coats again.
 

Dry time | I have had Naked Glow on for 1 hour and 8 minutes (currently 9.33pm UK) and it is fully touch dry - after around 3 minutes it is at the tacky stage and it does stay that way for a while. Knocking my nails on stuff and no dents but I can make slight ones with my nails.

Shine | Absolutely amazing! No other word for it, I am floored by the shine on these. 

I can't comment on the 'long-lasting and chip resistant' claim at the moment.

Do I think they are worth it? I would say yes some. I would highly recommend Naked Glow but Pink Veneer I wouldn't from my own experience but from others its been great - I would give them a shot and may well grab others myself :).

Release dates --
HyperGel launches exclusively in all UK Bottleshops on Saturday, February 8th, online at http://modelsownit.com/ on Wednesday, February 12th, in Boots UK from Wednesday, February 19th and in Superdrug from Wednesday, March 12th.
BUT -
The reason I double posted was because Models Own are offering you the opportunity to get these early in their 50% off sale starting tomorrow (Wednesday Jan 29th) at 10am!!
Follow them on FB below so you can be first to see the code that they will post at 10am.

- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter

Enjoy all,
Lou xx
*PR Sample, all opinions are my own.





Valentines Nail Art feat SpaRitual

Hi loves,
Following on from my post yesterday I have another Valentines design for you, this time using all polish. I loved the two polishes I chose from SpaRitual and figured they would look perfect for an all out hearty nail art.
 
You can check out the full review of SpaRitual polishes here.
 

I had no plans in my mind for this design besides hearts - can you tell ha! I think my absolute favourite is my index finger, floating hearts ;) my original idea for this was visualising balloons? The rest kind of merged in with that. This is probably what I would class as one OTT nail design for the big V-Day but overall I really like it.
 

A written step by step for each design is featured over on Nail Angels website which you can see here.

I hope you enjoy this design,
Lou xx

Monday, 27 January 2014

SpaRitual Swatches, Review & Nail Art

*PR Sample
 
Hi loves,
It feels good to be back fully, today I actually have two manis I did around 2 weeks ago. I am now able to share them - woo! I teamed with SpaRitual to do some Valentines nail art using two of their polishes. I did the actual art using acrylic paint but I also have a mani I will be sharing tomorrow using just the polishes.
 
 
Too Hot To Handle | A gorgeous deep blood red crème with beautiful application - 2 coats. I chose this one because of course Valentines screams red right? As stated above I used acrylic paint for the actual nail art, I went for subtle but obvious ha. I have wanted to do the wording shown for quite some time with one word used, definitely something I will do again. P.S This colour washed my skin out so bad on camera sorry. :/

 


Reveal Yourself | A beautiful pale baby pink crème, application was surprisingly ok on this polish, I did need 3 coats. I again used white paint, I wanted something delicate to match the colour and I overall like the finished look. Topped with one coat of H K Girl Topcoat as with THTH.
 

You can find SpaRitual -
- Website
- Facebook

I hope you all enjoy,
Lou xx


 
 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Shoutout Sunday

Hi loves, first off I want to say sorry for being MIA this week - I managed to get the flu after dodging it the past 3 times it hit the hubs and kids, it came to bite me one lol! I am finally feeling a lot better and will be back to normal daily blogging from tomorrow. Anyway on with our gorgeous features for today, I have 4 super beautiful manis to show you - don't forget to share the love!
 
 
Starting off with this absolutely beautiful mani, I am in love! Perfect use of pastels wah!
 
By -
Instagram - Runningwithlacquer
Facebook - Runningwithlacquer

I love love love this unique piece of nail art, just perfect!

By -
Instagram - Mcpolish
Blog - Polishetc

Seriously one of the most amazing gradients I have seen, wow! Amazing use of tape too!

By -
Instagram - Rubyrominaa

I have been meaning to do these for a while now but I am going to step down and admire these instead, woweee! Absolutely amazing!!!

By -
Instagram - Whoa_its_Jessica
Facebook - WhoaJessicaNailedIt

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So that's this weeks features, how beautiful are each of these manis! Don't forget to go check them out via all links. To be featured hashtag #TANDTFEAT on Instagram :)

Lou xx

Monday, 20 January 2014

3D Butterflies ...

Hi loves,

Today's nail art is kind of a fail, maybe? I'm not sure, I love my pinky the most but the rest I am not so happy about blah. I decided to post anyway because it's not bad bad, I hope! Lol. 

This idea happened whilst I was having a chat with Barbra from ILNP and I instantly thought ooooh I know what to do using Nostalgia, one her amazing ultra chromes. I knew it would look amazing if I could pull it off that was lol! 



Nostalgia is crazyyyyy! I tried to capture the colours throughout each butterfly which I think happened pretty well for such small painting. Obviously I will be doing a full swatch of this polish, I just thought how cool would it be! Lol 
The background was inspired by shabby chic wood, hopefully that comes across somehow lol :/


I hope you enjoy this, sometimes things seem better in my head as to when I actually paint them :( lol! 

Lou xx

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Shoutout Sunday

Hi loves, another week down wah! Today I have some gorgeous manis to share with you. The talent around IG is just crazy! Don't forget to go share the love.
 
I am in love with this mani!! Mini leopard print inspired by me, so honoured thank you!! Plus an amazing rainbow to match. Damn, nails and art are perfection!!
 
By -
Instagram - Lemmingspolish
 

Pink splatter, omy I can't even express how much I love these! They are sooo amazingly gorgeous! WOW!

By -
Instagram - b_jessica_3
How fricking lovely are these, inspired by me - I just can't even tell how much it means to me when I inspire others. Thank you, so beautiful.
 
By -
Instagram - Nailsbymistyk


Hand painted paisley nails, so delicate and perfect! They really are gorgeous, love the added charm too!

By -
Instagram - Ahnailart

Cherries, oh yes please!! Love love love these mix and match nails - look at the damn glitter wowza! Perfectly painted and gorgeous nails!

By -
Instagram - Kellytattoo


Can I sit here speechless for a while, just wow! Leopard print, pink and sparkle - the combo to beat all! So so so beyond perfect. In love!
 
By -
Instagram - Mia1405
 

I need to own the new Gwen collection by OPI, these nails make me NEED them! How fricking cool is this broken mirror look. Beautiful!
 
By -
Instagram - Copycatclaws
Blog - Copycatclaws
 

I love the twin nails that happen on instagram, these 2 talented ladies made some inspired by me - goodness I can't thank you all enough! How gorgeous are these nails though - so perfect!!

By -
Instagram - b_jessica_3 && Nailsbyjoha

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Wow, what talent ay? Thank you all for sharing your amazing work with us. Make sure you go check them all out and share the love.
Tag your nail pics #TANDTFEAT on Instagram to get featured :)

Lou xx

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A Smart Fox?

Hi loves,

Tonight's nail art is inspired by some fabric sets I saw on Pintest, I was waiting on the arrival on mini chevron nail vinyls which arrived today woo! I have tried to freehand them before and failed miserably lol, me and simple never seem to work well. Anyways I quite like this mix match nail art, simple but foxyyyy ha! 


I used Tip Top Orange You Lovely, Revlon Haze, INM Black Hole aswell as a white base for my middle finger. The foxes and glasses are done using paints. 
I am loving those chevron vinyls I must say, I was nervous using them but they are fabulous! 


Enjoy all,
Lou xx

Friday, 17 January 2014

Half Moon Heart Nail Art

Hi loves,

Tonight I have something simple, cute and girly for you. Truly I was stuck on what to do but I had to do something, I had already chose the polishes I wanted to use and went from there :).

Luckily I absolutely adore what I chose to do and of course I hope you like it also! 


I used Revlon Cupid topped with Essence Party Princess, for the heart half moons I used black acrylic paint. All finished with H K Girl Topcoat 


Wouldn't this be cute for valentines day? Expecially if you're in a rush or wanting something simple but lovey :) 

Enjoy loves,
Lou xx