Thursday, 31 December 2015

My Favourite Mani's of 2015!

I have been pretty sparse on the blog these last few weeks because of the festivities and because of our beautiful new family addition, Kylo keeping us busy, but I really wanted to do one of these favourites posts. I honestly feel pretty chuffed with myself looking back over 2015 and I really love a huge majority of my nail art but it made sense to go through and pick a smaller amount of favourites and obviously, most of them turned out to be nerdy ones or Loot Crate inspired mani's. It was supposed to be the top ten but then I remembered one that needed a special mention. 

I have ordered these, which was a tough feat and it would likely change order on any different day but here goes.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Star Wars Week Day 5: Captain Phasma Nails

I know, I know, these are a day late but yesterday I ended up being a bit busy with the newest member of our family, Kylo, a beautiful 2 year old StaffyX. This is the best photo I have managed to take of her so far.

I had managed to get the base done early yesterday morning but didn't get to finish it so I added some helmet details today, I'm completely knackered so it isn't that great but I absolutely love how the base turned out so i wasn't going to let it go to waste. I was going for the 'battle scarred armour' look and it kind of looks like it was shiny but has been dulled by time and war.

I used Barry M silver foil with Barry M Black and did a cling film/ saran wrap mani. The helmet details were done using Barry M Black nail art pen.

So that's a wrap for my Star Wars week, which one was your favourite? Mine has to be the Poe Dameron nails.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Star Wars Week Day 4: Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder

If you follow me on any social media, you might have seen me post earlier that I had run out of batteries and so I couldn't take any photos of Star wars day 4. Well, it was annoying the absolutely Fett out of me that I wouldn't be able to post day 4 on day 4, so I checked around the house for alternatives, the iPhone 4s camera is not mani friendly btw, but the Sony Xperia Z3 (Jim's phone) camera is actually a pretty good camera if you go through the settings on the manual setting, I reckon if I fiddled enough it would be better than my actual camera. 

So because I couldn't wait, here are my Han Solo nails. Looking at the photo whilst writing this is making me wish that I had made the belt buckle waaaaay smaller, but I think as a pretty simple mani, it works. The index finger is Han's shirt and waistcoat/vest combo, middle finger is supposed to be his belt buckle with a bit of belt, ring finger is his trousers and pinkie is shiny black for his boots.

My favourite nail turned out to be my thumb. When the trailer ended with 'Chewie, we're home' I squeed so hard, I can't imagine there was a single person who didn't, it was so full of feels we almost exploded and I wanted to give a little nod to that on this Han mani. 

Hopefully, I'll get some batteries tomorrow so my photos will be back to normal, I really need to invest in some rechargeable batteries or a new camera maybe, one day *le sigh* 

Tomorrow will be the last day of my Star Wars mani's and I think I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing, is there any Star Wars mani that you would like to see that I haven't done yet?


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Star Wars Week Day 3: C3PO Nails

These nails took forever! I wanted to do C3PO nails but I wanted them to be proper shiny/reflective and the best idea I could come up with was glequins, so I painstakingly placed all the glittah as neatly as possible and then did the details on top. 

They look freaking awesome and I have already had compliments on but they are an absolute pain in the ass to photograph and the photos really don't do them any justice at all. IRL they are something else, if I do say so myself.

To start with, I used a base of Barry M Black and then placed the glitters using a clear Poundland polish and a cocktail stick, then I topped with one coat of Seche, except on one nail that needed 2 coats because some of the glequins didn't sit properly. The glequins I used are around 1.2mm in size and are from a pack of 12 different colours which you can find on Born Pretty and eBay.

Then I used Barry M Nail art pen in Black to add the details, the middle finger is a stamp from Bundle Monster BM-418, I removed some of the outer, unattached swirls first then applied it to the nail.

This is my favourite photo of this, it would make a great macro, you can see how shiny and reflective it is and you can see the black details really well.

I have 2 problems now, first of all, I don't want to take these nails off because they are so pretty and secondly, I have no idea what mani to do for tomorrow :( 

Also, a non nail related problem, we have had to cancel our plans to go and see the movie this week so I'm going to have to stay away from spoilers now, which is going to be such a pain in the ass, hopefully we get to go see it soon. Are you going to see it?


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Star Wars Week Day 2: Poe Dameron Nails

Yes, it's day 2 of my Star Wars week and I decided to do a basic representation of Poe Dameron. He wasn't originally on my list of mani's this week but I suddenly got an idea for it as I was falling asleep last night and jotted it down and you know what? I freakin' love it. Often the simplest ones turn out the best, like my Han and Leia mani!

All 5 nails together represent his pilot uniform. 
For the white nails, I used a base of Barry M Cotton and topped with Seche, then I used lots of bits of striping tape and OPI Matte Topcoat before peeling off the tape to give a really subtle striped effect. Annoyingly, the striping tape left some bits of it's silver colour behind on the edges so it made them look a little dirty but it isn't too noticeable. I really love the textured feel of these stripes and they look great!

The thumb is Dameron's helmet! Do you know how much of a pain in the ass it is to freehand a tiny Rebel Alliance symbol? It's a huge pain in the ass, HUGE! But, it turned out awesome. Polishes used on the thumb are Barry M Black and Ciate Red Hot Chilli.

For my ring and pinkie I used Barry M Mango and stamped the Rebel Alliance symbol onto my pinkie.

Lets hope the rest of this weeks nail art goes this well.


Monday, 14 December 2015

Star Wars Week Day 1: Wampa's Hoth no place on mah nails!

It's the run up to The Force Awakens this week and I am going to try nailing out a few new Star Wars mani's, maybe not one every day but a good few hopefully and the first one is Wampa!

In my imagination, when I decided that I was going to do Wampa nails, they were perfect, they were fluffy and looked just like the yeti like creatures! In reality, well, the important thing is that I tried, right? Even though they aren't the best, I kind of like them! They're cute and furry in a nightmarish kind of way.

I used Barry M Cotton for the base, then topped with white flock. The horns, eyes and nose are all made from polymer clay and the mouth was just draw on with polish. 

These aren't practical at all, but I have a few other awesome mani's planned that will be. What Star Wars theme or character would you like to see?


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Arcade Block November 2015

This month's Arcade Block was nothing to be scoffed at, it has a good selection of items and a pretty solid overall value. I lost the card for the items, so don't expect too much actual information about them, it will just be my ramblings. These info cards for boxes are always a 'yeah I put it down there and now it's not there, maybe I moved it over here... Nope, it's gone forever!' One day, I'm going to find a hidden bundle of Arcade Block and Infinity Crate info cards, just stacks and stacks of them, just living out their lives in a little cubby!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Barry M Autumn/Winter Sunset Collection Swatches

Do you remember my entry into the Bon Prix #PartyPolished comp? Well, I won it! Yay me! It was a fantastic prize and I was so happy to win. I got £50 to spend on Bon Prix so I choose a lush, cosy, fluffy hoodie in black and an amazing pair of multi-chrome hi tops, I also got £47 worth of Barry M products which included the Autumn release of the Sunset Collection and the Autumn release of the Speedy Collection. 

It has taken me this long to post about it because I really wanted to do an outfit post to show off the hoodie and the hi tops, then do separate swatch posts, but I just couldn't muster the confidence so it is swatch posts only I'm afraid and as you might have guessed, today is the Sunset polishes from the Autumn release. 

I never really bought into the whole daylight curing thing so I don't own any of the Sunset range, and I found myself looking at the shades and wished that they had just released them as part of the Gelly range, but I was very surprised by these polishes and I may actually be in love with this first one!