Monday, 31 October 2016

Zombie Biohazard Nails

I don't know about you, but I am still far more convinced of the 'virus induced zombiism' than any 'rising from the dead' type of thing that might happen and therefore, more fearful of it. 

As someone who is often fully immersed into the world of pop culture through the tv shows I obsess over, it's easy to believe that the things being portrayed can come true. I fully believe that the human race might live in a space station for 100 years because there was a nuclear war that made Earth completely unlivable or even span out across universe because our technology has advanced so far and that Vampires exist but have found a way to live among us to avoid drama and that there are people out there who spend their lives fighting monsters and demons and saving the world so that we all might live to see another day. 

So why would it be such a stretch to believe that something, which we already have so many of, could either mutate or combine with another virus (which has happened before) and create a virus that causes us to act, well, like zombies? It is unlikely that the virus would be spread solely by bites but (SPOILERS) it could be very much like in the Walking Dead where everyone is already infected, so could be airbound or like other diseases and infections that are spread through 'bodily fluids' (urgh, I hate saying those words). Not so far fetched when you really think about it.

So that is kind of what I was going for today with the Zombie Biohazard nails. That's all my thinking done for today, phew.

Bonus: they are UV reactive!

Even bigger bonus: they are glow in the dark. Kind of like toxic waste. Do you think that Zombie parts would be classed as toxic waste or medical waste if it were indeed a virus? 

Polishes Used: Danglefoot Nail Polish Make an Entrance
                         Wikkid Polish Yellow Glow
                         Moyou Black Knight
                         Seche Vite

Stamping Plate: Uberchic Zombie Love

For the photos, I charged Wikkid Polish Yellow Glow with a UV torch to get it to show so bright on camera.

What have you got on your nails for Halloween, something scary I hope! 

Happy Halloween, have a spooktacular night!


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Glowing Ghosties Nails

Today's second look are these cute little ghosties. I used Barry M Textured Lady for the base, then I added 2 coats of Wikkid Polish Blue Glow, then I stamped an image from Born Pretty Store BPL-057. This image had some little bats in between the ghosts but I painted over them, and finally, I topped it all with a coat of Seche.

This is an adorable and spoopy daytime look, and at night or in a dark room...

It's adorable and glowy. Look how bright that glow is!!! I love this look and those little ghosts. Don;t forget, I charged the polish up with a UV torch before taking the photo.

Would you wear this look for Halloween, or even as a normal day to day mani?

Have an awesome night!


Hidden Spooky Graveyard Nail Art

I've got two posts going up today because I'm a little more behind than I thought I was and with 3 glowy mani's for Halloween, to show before Halloween is over, well, this is how I'm going to have to do it. So this morning is 'Hidden Spooky Graveyard, then another post around tea time and then another tomorrow.

This one is a little closer to a nail fail than I would have liked it, mainly because the stamping plates I was using, which I purchased from AliExpress, would not pick up, like reeeealllly would not pick up. I got so frustrated and just had to work with the best I could get.

This is the kind of fun Halloween mani you could wear to work if you have to wear muted nails. While you can see something over the black in the photo, it's actually quite hard to see in real life, especially if it is someone else just casually seeing your nails.

Then in the dark, you get (what would stamp) my spooky graveyard with trees, gravestones, zombie hands and spooky caretakers house.

The thumb was my favourite, as often is, I wonder if it's because it's a slightly larger canvas.

To get this look, I used Barry M Black as a base, then sponged on a couple of layers of Wikkid Polish Green Glow, then I stamped over Green Glow using the shitty Aliexpress plates and Moyou Black Knight, then I topped it all with Seche. To achieve the perfectly glowy photos, I charged the polish using a UV torch.

You can check out the swatch photos of the Wikkid Polish Glow Topcoats here.
What are you wearing on your nails for Halloween?


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Wikkid Polish Glow in the Dark Polishes

The lovely Sarah AKA ManiGranny AKA Wikkid Polish kindly sent me three of her new polishes to swatch, glow in the dark topcoats, you know I love me some glow, so I was super happy to receive these and let me tell you now, before we even go into the swatches, they are lush!

In the bottle they look really cloudy but on the nail, you can barely, BARELY, tell they are there, well, at least until it gets dark. Photos show one coat over a corresponding colour and then topped with topcoat. I charged each of these with a UV torch before the photos (which I do recommend for the brightest glow) but these can be charged by any bright light. It's photo heavy so click the jump!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Barry M A/W 2016 Superdrug & Boots Limited Editions

I always love the Autumn/ Winter releases from Barry M and chances are always high that there will be at least one absolutely phenomenal polish polish among the bunch. This year, I only picked up the Limited Editions from Superdrug and Boots, you know I loves me some Limited Editions, and my gawd are they beauties. 

There are 2 exclusives from each store and this time round they have gone for foil finishes on all of them with some extra sparklies for some fantastically festive shades.

It's pretty photo heavy so be prepared! All photos are 2 coats with topcoat.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Loot Gaming: Battleground

The September theme for Loot Gaming was Battleground, celebrating fierce conflicts, epic fields of war and larger-than-life- heroes. There are some great items int his month's crate so lets jump right in.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Geek Fuel September 2016

Ok, September's Geek Fuel was pretty awesome but the first thing I'd like to note, is that there was no pin. Based on what it said on the info card in last month's Geek Fuel, it sounded like the pins were going to be a regular thing, I guess not though, Cue disappointment from a 10 year old who also assumed the same thing. But let's have a look at what was in this month's box.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

B-Movie Zombie Nails

A few days ago, my bitch of an index finger nail broke after a violent arm twitch at the door frame, she betrayed us all and even though I decided I was going to wait for her to grow back, I hate having such uneven nails so I had to file the others back a bit and meet her halfway so it's not too noticeable. Annoyingly, I have been planning these nails since I got the Uberchic Zombie Love stamping plate about a month ago and so I had envisioned them on longer nails but I think it still works. 

I love Halloween, it's at a great time of the year and all the myths and legends speak to my soul, plus, who doesn't love getting free sweets from strangers? Each year, I get so pissed off when I see the disappointed look on Kian's face when loads of houses don't take part, it seems to increase every year and it makes me so sad, which is why I tend to buy extra sweets and sneak them into his bag here and there when he isn't looking.

I was going for an old school B-Movie Zombie movie kind of look, where the special effects are minimal and it's mostly just smoke machines and bad lighting that do the trick.

I used Nails Inc black Magic, then sponged on Barry M Arabian, leaving the bottom bit of black showing through. I then stamped on a few zombies across the nails using Barry M Black, which stamps a bit sheer so it looked like these were in the distance, then I applied a coat of Seche Vite. Once dry, I stamped on my 'up front' zombies using Moyou Black Knight then using Barry M Cotton and some nail polish remover to make it sheer or whatever that does to it, I did smoke/fog around the bottom of the zombies.

The thumb is supposed to be one crawling along the floor, kind of like The Walking Dead half zombie from season 1 but ended up being just a head and shoulders because I got a little over zealous with the smoke.

A while back, I also bought some cuticle tattoos, they don't work. After applying them, they stayed gummy and moved around constantly. So in place of these, I decided to stamp onto my finger, which lasted longer than the cuticle tattoos btw, and I love the look. I love how the mani turned out too, I expected it to be crap on short nails but it kind of works.

The Uberchic Zombie plate is amazing and I hope I can come up with few more mani's using it for Halloween month.

Are you planning on doing any zombie related nails this month? Would you stamp on your skin to complete a look?


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Loot Pets: Speed

The September Loot Pets theme was SPEED and we're going to jump straight in to see what we got.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Nails Inc at Poundland

Recently, Nails Inc polishes have been making appearances in Poundland's across the country and we all know how much of a bargain that can be! You can get all kinds of polishes in there, Rimmel, Barry M, Loreal, Sally Hansen, Maybelline, Revlon, Bourjois, all of which can be up to £6 ish when bought from Superdrug or Boots. I'm sure we all remember when there were rumours of OPI's being stocked in Poundland but of course, it was a limited few Crackle polishes. 

So Nails Inc being in POUNDLAND, for a POUND is an awesome bargain, I'm pretty sure these old styles bottles were like £11. Well, my Poundland finally got some in recently, it took ages, and rather than get every single one they had, I was frugal and only got ones that I thought I would wear. So I bought 3, Old Bond Street, Sapphire and Clerkenwell. they did need a good shake as they were pretty separated but I saved Old Bond Street and Sapphire, Clerkenwell however, was unsaveable *sniff* it was too far gone and so ended up in the bin.

As you can see, Old Bond Street is a gorgeous purple leaning, navy blue. It applied nicely and dried pretty fast to a smooth and gorgeously shiny finish. Clean up was easy as was removal but be wary of the possibility to stain. I was wearing 2 coats of OPI Nail Envy for my base coat and there was a tiny bit of stainage after one day of wear. This is 2 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.

The second one is from the Nail Jewellery range called Sapphire. This one is packed full of multi-sized, light blue/aqua with the larger ones having a slight holographic quality to them.

The application is very generous and the glitter is pretty tightly packed, I had hoped that it would apply a little more sparsely but to get that look I would recommend lightly sponging it to get that effect, I think it would be the best look for this polish so you can see how pretty it really is. Other than that, application was a breeze, clean up was pretty easy, although you may have to nudge some glitters to get a clean cuticle line and as always, removal was a little tough. This is one coat over Old Bond Street with one coat of Seche Vite, the glitters lay pretty flat so you don't need to over do it on most nails.

You could probably build Sapphire up for full coverage in as little as two coats, that's how tightly packed the glitters are.

I'm still pretty gutted about Clerkenwell but hopefully my store gets more of them in soon. Pop out and check your Poundland to see which ones you can get and remember, with each Nails Inc you buy from Poundland, you are saving at least £10 and we do love a good bargain.


Friday, 7 October 2016

Loot Wear: Speed

Like the core crate, the September Loot Wear had the SPEED theme too. I have probably mentioned this before but the way Loot Crate announces things now is spoilerific and it kind of annoys me, I mean, I want to be surprised, I want to have the tiniest bit of info about the item so that when I open it up, I'm like genuinely surprised and happy! As it is, there is just no surprise and we knew this month that the item would be an Arcee item and then we knew it would be some bed shorts. When they first announced it was going to be an Arcee item, I of course, had hope, that it would be some awesome, armour like leggings. I would have died. I am always hoping for leggings and I keep saying it but I am forever hoping and waiting for a Loot Wear leggings sub, I neeeeeeeed it! Yes, I could not read the emails but who agrees that mystery subs should be a mystery?

Anyway, these shorts a pretty good quality, have a drawstring waist and a nice quality print. 

Next month's theme is Horror and they have already revealed that it will be an Edward Scissorhands Raglan. Yes, I did have to google what a raglan is, I'm pretty sure it's a long sleeved top, not 100% still but if I'm right then that should be pretty cool.

If you fancy signing up, you can do that here and get $5 off your first month.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Stark Motor Racing Nails

For this month's 'Inspired by Loot Crate' nails I have gone for Stark Motor Racing based on the t-shirt from the September crate. The t-shirt really did save the crate for me and so it had to be this that I based my mani on. Ok, so it's no Sylvanas mani but I still think it's cute, plus, nerdy is always a bonus and it gave me a chance to practice my freehand lettering again, which has improved slightly...

...but I also smeared it afterwards so it doesn't look as good as it did at first. Tiny lettering is still freakin' impossible (how do you lovelies do it?) hence the orange squiggles underneath, that on the t-shirt say 'motor racing'.

Considering the whole thing was freehand, I'm pretty chuffed with it though and Team Stark forever!!! 

Polishes used: OPI Nail Envy (Base)
Nails Inc Black Magic 
Barry M Cotton
Barry M Mango
Barry M Damson
Seche Vite

If you fancy it, you can check out my other Loot Crate inspired nails here or just go straight to all my nerdy nails.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Loot Crate: Speed

The September theme for Loot Crate was theme, a celebration of some of our favourites ways to get fast. This was definitely not one of my favourite boxes ever, in fact, I might go as far as to say it was my least favourite ever and the first time in nearly 3 years that I was genuinely a bit meh about it all. So let's speed on to the items to see why.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The Best Gorram Cuticle Oil In The Verse!!!

Ok, so this post has nothing to do with Firefly but the I think the title aptly indicates just how much I love Danglefoot Nail Polish Cuticle Oil. I have been using Hayley's amazing concoction for over a year now and it really is the best I have ever used, it had a massive amount to do with how long and strong my nails recently were, seriously, I only use this cuticle oil and OPI Nail Envy.

The oil is a hand blended mix of jojoba, argan, avocado and apricot kernel oil which culminate to a superfood for your nails. I've tried a few different fragrances and this time I decided to go with Winter Walk, which smells bloody gorgeous. The oil applies generously but goes a long way and can be rationed easily even when applying multiple times a day. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated, I've even used it on some little eczema patches I get and it has worked wonders.  

There are currently 4 different fragrances and a fragrance free, available on the new Danglefoot Tictail shop and they are £5 each and so worth it. If I ever, wholeheartedly recommend anything to you, it's going to be this oil.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Space Cats and Dog Nails

This post was supposed to go up on Thursday but our broadband cables got damaged (again) and we have been without internet for the whole weekend. Which might seem like a small thing but when you rely on it for everything, it can put the kibosh on the weekend fun. I tell you, I have never been so happy to see a blue flashing tick! Ok, I've had my little bitch, onto the actual post.

This adorable stamping plate is Harunouta 20 from Born pretty Store and features 20 images of cats, dogs and some related items. The image quality is fantastic although I did get a few patchy bits, so I tried with different stamper types and stamping polishes but still got them so I think the etching is ever so slightly imperfect. The plate is, what seems to be, the standard size for round stamping plates and has a card backing.

I decided to go for reverse stamping for this nail art because cats and dogs clearly have a great deal of personality and plain stamping just isn't going to do them justice. I went with space cats and dogs because I just really wanted to, it's the best way to add sparkles to them and the safest. Be aware that most of them don't like sparkles in real life and you should definitely not try to add sparkles to a real cat or dog, especially not a cat if you value your life.

I loved the idea of space cats and dog so much that my brain decided to come up with a theme song for an imaginary tv show called 'Space Cats! And Dog!' to the tune of the Transformers theme song and went something like this 'Space Cats... and Doooooog! Fighting crime... in space at night... with their boss the Dooooooog!' yeah it's not very good but I'm giving you insight to my weird here so embrace it and be prepared for that shit to be stuck in your head all day the minute you sing it out load once. I'm not apologising for it though, your life is now enriched, welcome to my weird enrichment centre!!!

My thumb ended up being my favourite nails because it looked the most polished of all of them (pun absolutely intended). 

My base polish is Barry M Multi, which I haven't used since before I started using Seche and I used to complain that it always finished gritty but with the topcoat it is bloody gorgeous. The polishes used to give the cats and dog their sparkles are random ones from my desk, mostly Danglefoot Nail Polish. I stamped using Moyou White Knight and my large, clear, jelly stamper.

You can find this plate here for £1.12/$1.59. Harunouta seems to be a pretty emerging brand, I feel like I am seeing them everywhere now and it also seems that some items that were originally Born Pretty branded have changed to Harunouta, so not sure what happened there. 

Anyway, don't forget to use my code CBAQ10 to get 10% off all non sale items.