Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy new Year!

Ok, so at the point of writing, we still have 8 hours and 40 minutes left until we leave 2018 and enter 2019 but I already have my NYE nails done. I'm not going anywhere, and I might not make it consciously to midnight, but at least I know my nails are pretty entering into 2019.

When I spotted this firework design on the Beauty Big Bang XL-032 stamping I knew pretty much what I wanted to use it for.

The plate has 11 full nail images and 5 smaller ones and all are etched perfectly. I had no problems with pick up on any kind of stamper.

On my middle nails I did a gradient base of Barry M Plum, Barry M Blue Grape and Barry M Crystal Blue, which made an absolute beaut of a gradient and is one I might have to use again for a different mani. Then I stamped the image, but in 2 piece. First I only covered the people at the bottom of the image, using Moyou Black Knight. Then I did just the fireworks in the image using Beauty Big Bang Gold stamping polish. I really love how it looks.

The for my other nails I did a base of Barry M Black Forest and sponged on a gradient of Barry M Majestic Sparkle, which is supposed to be the embers of the fireworks raining down. For the numbers I used Moyou Typography 04 and the Beauty Big Bang Gold stamping polish.

You can find this plate here for £2.36/$2.99 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 to save 10% on your Beauty Big Bang order.

What have you got planned for NYE? Anything exciting? Or a nice quiet evening in with family and pets? Don't forget that if you have gone out to a firework display to make sure you have secured your pet in a nice safe environment where they can't hurt themselves if they get spooked. And if you are staying home with them, don't be hesitant about giving them snuggles if they get panicked!

Stay safe and have fun!

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Prism Polish Too Much Month for The Money Collection

Good news for all of you struggling to think of something to spend your Christmas pennies on, Prism Polish has got your back! The all new Too Much Month for the Money collection releases on January 1st at 12pm. Suzie has stripped out all the pricey ingredients to make a more budget friendly collection but still managed to create a collection full of stunning polishes and with some fun names that are apt for most of us at this time of year.

I have 4 polishes from the 6 piece collection swatched out and you are going to fall head over heels for these polishes! It's a pretty photo heavy post!

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Harlequin

Espionage Cosmetics Harlequin Harley Quinn nerdy nail wraps

It has been a crazy year! Ok, not really crazy crazy but still, some awesome stuff happened. I continued to work with one of my absolute favourite brands, Espionage Cosmetics of course, and it makes me so happy that I have been working for them a couple of years now! I continued working with Born Pretty Store and Beauty Big Bang which is always fantastic. I became a brand ambassador for the lovely Charlie's Nail Art. And I absolutely lost my shit when Barry M asked me to collaborate on not one, but two holiday nail art collabs! I also got to swatch for some amazing indie brands and now own some stunning polishes now as a result. Plus, I won some awesome giveaways this year too.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Beauty Big Bang XL-031

Only one nail art look for this plate while I try and catch up, but today I am showing you the Beauty Big Bang XL-031 stamping plate.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Beauty Big Bang XL-030

I hope you had an awesome Christmas! I bet you thought you had seen the last of Christmas mani's for at leats 11 months. Well, nope. I have loads of Christmas stamping plates that I have yet to get around to, so you'll just have to put up with them for now!

Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

I know everyone is likely very busy today but I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas from all of us in the Plus10Kapow household! Feel free to tweet me photos/videos of your pets opening their Christmas presents or playing in the snow.

 I hope you have an awesomely nerdy and joyful Christmas Day!


Saturday, 22 December 2018

Barry M Crackle Effect Nail Paint

Bit of a late one today but I wanted to get this one posted up before Christmas. Barry M very kindly sent me a bottle of their new throwback polish the Crackle Effect Nail Paint.

Who of you remember the crackle fad? I'll be honest, I didn't ever really get into it last time but I have seen a couple of companies bringing it back and I was kind of excited to give this one a try. One of the reasons I didn't really get on with the old versions of crackles is because I could never get them to "crackle" properly, I just put it down to my hands being permanently ice cold. But this one worked instantly, it's quite fun to watch actually. I took a little timelapse of my pinkie transforming and that will be on my Instagram in a little while.

It has a really nice formula and you only need one smooth and swift coat over dry polish for it to do it's thing. The above photo is it over KBShimmer You Go Ghoul with no topcoat.

But I had to try it with a coat of Plumpy topcoat...

...and a coat off the Barry M Matte topcoat. Honestly, even though it goes very sparkly with Plumpy, I'm proper feeling it with a matte top coat and I'm glad I tried it over a crelly.

The Crackle Effect nail paint is exclusive to for £3.99 and for a limited time only, go grab it while you can!


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Born Pretty Store Christmas L003 Stamping Plate

Ok, so now we are only 5 days away from Christmas and I had hoped I would have all my review stuff knocked out by Christmas, especially since most of it is Christmas themed, but it just doesn't seem likely at this point. But I going to keep pressing on in the hopes that I have it all done by the end of this year and start fresh for 2019.

So continuing on my Christmas stuff, today I am showing you the Christmas L003 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Born Pretty Store Christmas L005 Stamping Plate

As soon as I saw this stamping plate I knew I wanted to try 3D snow globes! The Born Pretty Christmas L005 stamping plate lets you build your own snow globes. With 2 snow globe shapes to choose from an lots of different, little elements that you could add in, it really is a build-your-own.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Computing

Espionage Cosmetics Computing nerdy nail wraps

These are my type of party nails! Glittery and super nerdy! Although I haven't quite managed to capture just how glittery they are irl. I absolutely love these and can't believe I had forgotten about  them in the bottom of my collection.

Friday, 14 December 2018

There's snow place like home!

Ok, so we haven't had snow yet, or at least not to the extent that it settles on the floor and we can even attempt making snowmen, and I just really want it to snow. It is 11 days until Christmas now, that's like a week and a half guys! I am so excited, mostly for the food, but if it would snow that would be amazing. It's been quite a while since I've seen snow actually at Christmas and I'm not even sure if Kian has seen any at Christmas before in his 12 years of life. So yes, you could say we are both very excited about many potential things this Christmas.

So due to a lack of snow yet (for some of us), have some jolly snowmen nails.

These are from a water decal wrap set from Charlie's Nail Art and they are just too cute. I paired them up with one of my favourite Winter nail polishes, KBShimmer Fallen Angel and a coat of Barry M Matte topcoat. Perfect!

Don't forget that, not only are the nail art goodies on Charlie's Nail Art super cheap, but you can save an extra 10% off your order by using code CLPK10.

What are you hoping for/ looking forward to most this Christmas?


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Why I love Wild Bangarang Leggings!

I recently had an amazing customer service experience with Wild Bangarang and it reminded me of the reasons why I love them and their leggings. I've been trying to get photos and decide on this post for a few weeks now so hopefully it's not too rambly. This is probably the closest I'll get to ootd post, I tried, I'm just not confident enough but these photos aren't too bad.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Born Pretty Holographic Stamping Polish: Flaming Fireworks

I am actually really loving having short nails at the moment and I am tempted to keep them short for a while but I haven't decided yet. While they are short I am still going to try and bust out the huge review pile I have going on. So up today is this pretty stamping polish from Born Pretty.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Barrel Blast

Espionage Cosmetics Barrel Blast Donkey Kong nerdy nail wraps

Yep, so the inevitable happened, I had a fall and broke my nails! I am surprised I managed to get them as long as I did to be honest and the length was probably part of the reason they broke so easily. I am fine otherwise though so don't worry, and I am kind of feeling the shorter nails.

Espionage Cosmetics Barrel Blast Donkey Kong nerdy nail wraps

What better way to dress up newly short nails than with a set of Espionage Cosmetics nail wraps?! And because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released yesterday I have gone with the Barrel Blast set, gotta give DK some love.

These were exclusives for Cartridge Compact backers so unfortunately you can't buy these *BUT* Espionage Cosmetics have a series of amazing sales happening at the moment and you can get some awesome pretties for fantastic prices. Plus, if you use code PLUS10KAPOW, you can get 15% off an order of $25 or more!!! Grab yourself or your loved ones some awesome nerdiness for Christmas!

Have you bought or been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We haven't got it yet but we will be and I am most excited about having Adventure Mode back!


Friday, 7 December 2018

Born Pretty Glitter Thermal Peel Off Polish: Playmates

Taking a break from Christmas nails today because I have this gorgeous polish from Born Pretty to show you. This beauty is Playmates from their Glitter Thermal Peel Off range.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS Santa Claus is coming to town

One of the huge benefits of being a parent during the Christmas season is that you get to test all the toys and food to make sure it's "safe" for the kids and you just generally have a "fuck it, it's Christmas" attitude. But one of the major downside of this season as a parent or someone who is generally around kids is germs. Especially from kids at school, the transfer of germs is crazy and even if a kid isn't sick, doesn't mean they aren't some sort of carrier of illness. Kian is a definite carrier and in this house, the germs can sneak up on you no matter how proactive you are with cleaning, you WILL get sick. Having an autoimmune disease can mean that getting "normal" sick causes a huge domino effect with all your other symptoms.

So today I have been a bit meh about pretty much everything. I have barely moved and just want cake! I am however, determined to be better for Christmas so am going to listen to my body and take it easy.

Which means that this is my last mani for BMGLITZMAS but I absolutely love this gradient and I have absolutely NOT done it justice here. It is so sparkly and pretty in real life and I am so ready for Santa to be here already.

Polishes used: Barry M Fashion Icon, Holographic Flare, Black Forest, Ginger, Nutmeg, Siren, Cotton and Plumpy topcoat.

Stamping plates: Uberchic Christmas 01 and Uberchic Christmas 02 (I took the "Ho" from "Oh Holy Night" and did the "Ho Ho Ho")

All polishes used are currently available from the Barry M website or from Superdrug.

Do any of you still do the ISS sighting on Christmas Eve? If you have no idea what I am talking about. The International Space Station does a pass over on Christmas Eve and as long as the sky is clear, you can see the lights and you can tell the kids that it is Santa. Pop over to this dedicated website closer to the date and you can see the times that it will be visible from where you are. This has been something that has brought great joy and excitement to Kian for years, I highly recommend it if You have young kids!

Are you excited for Christmas now? Yeah, me too!


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS He sees you when you're sleeping, he Knows when you're awake...

Today's BMGLITZMAS nail art is one that is done quite often but I do love to see this type of Santa mani each and every year because it is so festive, so simple and everyone tends to have little variations. Plus, you can do this with just the nail polish and a bobby pin, and that is exactly what I did.

Polishes used: Barry M Siren, Cotton, Black Forest, Majestic Sparkle and Plumpy topcoat.

So for the, lets call it fluff, I dabbed out a blob of cotton onto my nail art mat but you can use anything for this, cellophane wrappers, old plastic cards, shiny card or paper, the lid from a coffee cup, literally anything, I gently dabbed one of the rounded prongs of the bobby pin into the polish and used it to do the dots and then I used the polish brush to fill in any gaps at the open edge of the nail.

I also used the bobby pin to do the glitter belt buckle and I even pulled off the little nobble at the end and used the exposed end to do the outline of the Santa hat on my thumb. They're pretty handy things to have you know.

Have you used a bobby pin in any of your nail art?


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS Merry Christmas From Rudolph

I can't really fault the traditional red and gold colours for Christmas, it does make a stunning pairing but it's not usually one that I gravitate towards, the last time we used red and gold decorations was nearly 10 years ago. I much prefer to go towards colours that remind me of a winter wonderland, like white, silver and maybe even an icy blue in there for good measure.

So when faced with Christmas nail art and some Barry M nail paints that included the gorgeous gold glitter, Majestic Sparkle, I had to do at least one mani that paired it with the, also gorgeous, Siren. They are so pretty together and I wouldn't even be mad if I had to wear this pairing all through Christmas.

Polishes Used: Barry M Siren
Barry M Majestic Sparkle
Barry M Frost
Barry M Black Forest
Barry M Nutmeg
Barry M Ruby Slippers
Barry M Plumpy topcoat

Stamping Plate: Uberchic Christmas 01
Uberchic Christmas 02

All these polishes are currently available from the Barry M website and from Superdrug.

What colours do you have your decorations?


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sundays With Kylo: WarmaAPet Thermal Mat from B&M

We aren't really sure of what Kylo's age actual is. When we got here we were told that she was about 2 but nobody knew what her date of birth was, so I called Petlog to find out when she was chipped. Normally, puppies are chipped from at least 6 months old and Kylo was chipped in March 2013, so if we say Kylo was 6 months old when she was chipped, then she was likely born in October 2012, so she would be 6 years old now. So she is approaching her senior years. And given that she has health issues, she does feel the cold quite a lot now. We have noticed that it has really affecting her lately, so we are pretty much ready to give anything that is safe a go. And I don't trust electric blankets or pads at all, so they are definitely out.

So when we saw this WarmAPet thermal mat in B&M we decided to take a punt on it. If it did what it said on the packet then it would be exactly what we were looking for.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

BMGLITZMAS Winter Wonderland

So I am fully hyped now and I apologise if I post way too much Christmas stuff but I am absolutely 100% deep into it now. The one thing that I need now is snow, and not fake snow or sleet, I want actual, full sized, chunky snowflakes falling fast and heavy from the sky!

For this snowy, winter wonderland look I used a gradient base of Barry M Damson, Laguna and Cotton, which turned out to be a gorgeous gradient. Then I topped with a coat of Diamond Glitter to give it that extra bit of sparkle.

I stamped snowflakes from Born Pretty Store BPL-032 and Barry M Cotton and I topped with a coat of Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

This adorable little penguin is from Uberchic Christmas 02 and I stamped him using Barry M Black Forest. His beak and feet are Barry M Ginger and his belly and eyes are Barry M Cotton.

From the same plate I stamped "Winter Wonderland" using Barry M Black Forest and I finished it all with another coat of Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

This year I have a Warwick & Co candle advent from Jim's mum, and the moment I opened the 1st door this morning I could smell them lush scent of Vanilla and Sugar Cookies, which was gorgeous. I can't wait to smell the other days. What advent calendar do you have?


Friday, 30 November 2018

BMGLITZMAS Snowflake Sparkles

Who has their decorations up? I always put mine up on the last weekend of November, although this year I have decided to wait until the last day. And then I realised that I can't do it all in one day any more, I have to do it in stages, so I only managed to really get the Christmas tree up and finished today. I might have it all done by next year haha. But the tree does look really pretty and has put me even more in the mood for Christmas.

And that brings me to my next BMGLITZMAS mani. This time using the stunning and sparkly Fashion Icon for the base. My photos seriously do not do this polish any justice, it is so so sparkly. Keep in mind, all polishes used are Barry M polishes.

Then I stamped over it with Cotton using Uberchic Christmas 01. The snowman was stamped from Born Pretty Store BPL-032 using Black Forest, then painted using Cotton. The scarf is Blood Orange and his nose is Ginger.

I topped this all off with a coat of Plumpy topcoat.

This mani is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas and will definitely distract you from day to day stuff, I highly recommend Fashion Icon as a must buy for the party season.

All polishes used are currently available from Barry M or from Superdrug.