Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Practice on Nail Wheels

Hey :)

Thought I would show you what I've been working on to try and practice my nail art skills. These are some of the nail wheels I have done. 

This one has my shooting star practice, keep your eyes peeled for a full mani of this ;).

Theres some designs I'm really proud of on these wheels and some that I'm not so proud of, I will let you decide which is which :P. Hopefully these will be turned into full manis, just watch this space.

Lucy x

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Gelly Nail Art!

Hello :)

Today I have got some nail art I created using 2 more of the new Barry M gellys. I purchased Lychee and Dragon Fruit last week and I thought instead of doing plain swatches that Ive been doing a lot of lately I would combine the two and create some nail art :).

I couldn't decide what nail art I wanted to do with them so I thought I would combine everything and create a skittle mani :D

I've even taken pictures of my right hand!

Allthough these nails are far from perfect I absolutely love them! Normally I schedule my posts so that something is put up if I'm busy but I didn't want to wait to show you this, I only finished these nails about an hour ago :).

The more I use the gellys the more I like them, I'm deffinately going to aim to buy the whole collection!

Lucy x

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Barry M - Kingsland road

Hiya :)

Ive just got one more swatch to show you before we start with the nail art again :). Todays is one of the new textured nail polishes by Barry M called Kingsland road. This polish is textured but I would say is less textured that the Nails Inc concrete set which is the only other textured polish I have tried. Its a gorgeous soft baby pink colour that applies really nicely and is opaque in two coats. It also had an amazing wear time and didn't cheap on me for 4 days :D.

On to the pics :

I bought this polish as part of a 2 for £6 deal in superdrug but as its only £3.99 to begin with I think this polish is well worth the money, Im just not convinced I like textured nails, I can't make my mind up :/

Lucy x

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Illasmasqua Mottle

Hey :)

As promised today I have swatches of Illasmasquas new speckled polish Mottle. I found these to be shearer than I thought they would be, but it does mean that the previous layers glitter shows through which I didn't think it would :). I managed to get them opaque in 2 thick coats but when I use it again I will probably do 3 thin coats to avoid some of the streaking. Overall I was really impressed with this polish with it being my first illamasqua I will deffinately look to get some more :).

Onto the pictures:

Unfortunately this polish didn't wear as well as I had hoped it chipped after a day, but that couldn't have been how I applied it. Even with the chips I still love this polish. Im not a massive fan of the creme coloured one in the collection but I deffinately want the pink and purple ones!

Lucy x


Hello :)

Just a quick post to show you my new pinterest account!

I have a board with my nails on there and a board filled with other peoples gorgeous manis!

Lucy x

Saturday, 16 February 2013

New Barry M Gelly Papaya

Hey :)

Today I've got a swatch to show you of the new Barry M Gelly polish Papaya. Papaya is a gorgeous peachy coraly colour, which instantly grabbed my attention over the other 3 shades. I bought this along with the pink texture effect thats just been realised as they are on offer for 2 for £6 in superdrug at the moment.

Here are some pictures I took of it:

I didn't find this the easiest to apply but for the £3.99 price tag I like it :). I have had it on for 2 days now and there are no chips. I used OPI nail envy as a base coat and seche vite as a top coat, the polish is deffinately wearing well though. 

Overall I would deffinately recommend the gelly polishes to anyone they are really nice colours and wear well. Also if you haven't seen it before they stamp well too.

Next post is going to be the swatches of the Illamasqua Mottle that I promised, Ive done the swatches and just need to write the review.

Lucy x

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentines Day Mani

Hello :)

Today I have a valentines mani to show you. To be honest I don't like it, I love the idea but the execution was not good! I did this in a bit of a rush thinking it was easy to do and I probably should have taken my time. Oh well you live and learn!

Here it is anyway

Ok so its probably not as bad as I'm making out, but still feel like it could be done a lot better! Maybe I will re-do it at some point to see how I could do it! Plus I feel I really need to get better at photographing manis! Has anyone got any tips that don't involve a lightbox as i really do not have the space to store one.

Hope you all have a great valentines day and get spoilt rotten by your other halves :D

Lucy x

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mini Haul

Hello :)

Just a quick post to show you my latest mini haul from last night. I was very good and only bought 2, although I did only go out to buy my boyfriend a valentines present :P. I ended up coming home with Mottle one of the new illamasqua speckled polishes and I finally got round to buying myself a bottle of Max Factor Fantasy Fire. 

Im not going to bother with swatches of Fantasy Fire as theres about 42863928952309740 million out there, but keep an eye out for my swatches on Mottle

Lucy x

Monday, 11 February 2013

Facebook Groups

Hiya :)

Today I thought I would share with you some of the Facebook groups I'm a part of. These groups have been a massive part of my nail polish addiction, they are all so friendly and supportive and a big reason why I am now blogging again. If any of you have stumbled onto my little blog looking at nail polish I would deffinately advise joining these groups!
So to list some of my favourites :

Show Me Your Top Coats - This group is one of my personal favourites. I have found this group to be really friendly and so talented. This is a bunch of girls that discuss nails, nail art, beauty and a lot of general life too. This group is a must for any nail polish addict!

Adventures in Stamping - This is another of my favourites, a group based on stamping and nail polish. Each week there is a challenge and every sunday every posts their manis based on the weekly theme. The theme is chosen by a vote each week. There are some extremely talented and artistic people in this group and is a must visit for any stamping needs or inspiration.

Nail Polish of the World - This group is ran by Anita Marie Roberts of Intense Polish Therapy. This group again is really friendly and is from people all over the world. This group is great for finding out the latest collections and even better for discovering new polishes from other countries!

World of Nailcraft - This group as far as I'm aware is fairly new, I may be mistaken though. This group is always busy and has lots of comments and new posts to read through. Every nail polish addicts dream :)

Wow thats a lot of words for me to write in one post! congratulations if you made it this far ;)

Lucy x

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Black and white stamping mani

Hello :)

For my first nail post back I'm going to show you one of the stamping manis I have done recently. For this mani I used a plate from the gals princess collection. I have read a lot of people say this collection is too small for their nails, but I have the smallest nails. Even when my nails are long they are still tiny! When my nails are long I have about as much as area as my mum does when she has cut her nails down :(. 9 times out of 10 this is a bad thing, but it works well when it comes to the small stamping plates, silver lining in every cloud?

Any way for the mani I used a base of W7 white and Konad special stamping polish black for the stamping. I only recently bought the special polish but it deffinately makes a difference. I will deffinately be looking to get some more when I get some money. It wasn't massively expensive like people seem to think I paid £3.50 for it one EBay.

I've not stamped in so long, wasn't completely happy with the way this came out but I suppose thats me being a perfectionist. I got loads of compliments on these nails though :).

Lucy x

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

It's decided ....

I know I've not posted in a long time, a while ago I mentioned personal issues I was having. At the time I was being tested for a hormone condition which would have been caused by a brain tumour, as you can imagine I was a mess! Luckily I got the all clear from that condition but I did get diagnosed with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome as its also known. This leaves me really tired and lacking motivation, hence why my poor blog got left alone :-(. I have decided I'm going to give blogging another try but at a slower pace, as I really did enjoy it and I do need a hobby to focus on. I'm aiming to post once or twice a week for now and see how I get on. If your reading this thanks for bearing with me :-)

Lucy x