Thursday, 18 October 2018

High Spirits Nail Art

If you've been following me for a while you might have seen me mention High Spirits before! It's one of my favourite movies, and I especially like to watch it around this time and while the movie makes me laugh and I find it absolutely hilarious, this one scene used to freak me the fuck out when i was a kid! When I knew it was about to switch to this scene I would fully hide behind a cushion or duvet in preparation for it.

If you've seen the movie, you'll hopefully know exactly what scene this is and if you haven't seen the movie I recommend trying it out if you get the chance. It's not everyone's cup of tea but I think it's great. It stars Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenburg, Liam Neeson, Daryl Hannah, Liz Smith and many more names and faces you might recognise. It's about a guy named Plunkett who is down on his luck with money and his Castle, so he lies about it being haunted to try and drum up some business and when some American tourists come to stay, he and his staff create and elaborate but cheesy hoax, but the guests realise he lied and faked it, all of them, O'Toole included, are surprised to find out that they have angered the real ghostly residents, and pandemonium ensues.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

From The Embers of Hell

Ok, right off the bat I'm going to say that I consider this a nail fail! I'm not sure why but I'm just not feeling it.

As soon as I saw KBShimmer Take It or Leaf It, it reminded me of burning embers, especially over black and I wanted to use these Charlie's Nail Art skeleton hand charms that I bought in a fun Halloween mani. So ignoring the fact the hands are both the left hand, that could have been one of their hellish punishments, imagine a skeleton or demon clawing it's way up from the depths of hell!

Items used: Barry M Black
Barry M Cotton
Barry M Dead Heat
KBShimmer Take It or Leaf It
Seche Vite
Charlie's Nail Art Skeleton Claws

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Monday, 15 October 2018

KBShimmer Take It Or Leaf It

As soon as I saw the swatches of Take It Or Leaf It from the KBShimmer Falloween Collection, I knew I had to own it. It looked amazing and let me be very clear here... it is amazing!!!

It is Autumn in a bottle, with metallic flakies shifting from red and pink, to orange, to yellow and gold, to green and even purple!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Redrum

Is there any other carpet from any movie that is as famous as the carpet from the Overlook Hotel?

Every year I go through a list of my favourite horror/Halloween movies and pick out the ones that are appropriate for Kian to watch this year. The Shining is one of the ones on the list that I really want to watch with him but he is definitely not quite old enough for it yet! Although, if you ask him, he's not scared of anything at all and could watch any horror movie ever!

This pattern is pretty recognisable to most but even if you don't get the reference they still look really cool and retro.

They are a glossy wrap set but I added a coat of Barry M Matte topcoat.

Of course they glow in the dark too, with the spooky message of REDRUM and it looks fantastic.

I adore these wraps and if you do too, pop over here to grab some for yourself! Don't forget to use code PLUS10KAPOW to save 15% off an order of $25 or more!

What are some of your favourite movies for this time of year? I'm currently watching High Spirits, one of the best films ever!


Friday, 12 October 2018

Beauty Big Bang XL-020 Stamping Plate 

It's a fairly quick post today, fatigue has hit me pretty hard and I am just trying to get this post up before I am completely useless.

So today I have got the Beauty Big Bang XL-020 stamping plate to show you. This plate has 10 full size images and 7 small images. Again it has a great combination of stamps good for regular stamping and stamps good for reverse stamping.

All of the images picked up easily and well on the first go, the images are etched perfectly and I had no imperfections on my plate.

For this look I used Prism Polish Scaligero for the base. As soon as I saw this polish I knew it had to be used for something to do with a dragon. For the stamping I used Moyou Black Knight and for the eye I used Barry M Extravagant and I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

I love this look so much. I used a base of the gorgeous, autumnal Barry M Mustard and a coat of Barry M Fairy Lights (the 2018 Boots exclusive). I stamped using the paisley image and Moyou Black Knight , then I topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

You can find this plate here for £2.73/$3.59 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your Beauty Big Bang order.


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Beauty Big Bang XL-018 Stamping Plate 

I do really like stamping plates that have larger full nail images but also a lot of them. The Beauty Big Bang XL-018 is one of those plates, it has 12 full nail images that are both pretty long and pretty wide, then there are 4 smaller images. Most of the images would be great for reverse stamping giving lots of different variations of nail art to do with this one. All of them are pretty cool skull images, perfect for Halloween and lovers of the gothic look.

For my first look I used the Beauty Big Bang Crystal Diamond polish in black and I stamped using Barry M Cotton and 2 of the images, one full size and one of the smaller ones.

I love how it looks over the textured polish and you can see how long the images are based on how I have placed the lace image on different nails.

For my second look I used 1 coat of Barry M Black Cherry and topped it with Wikkid Polish DeFlakingLicious. Then I reverse stamped the skull with roses for one nail and on the other I used the inverted tiny skulls with roses. I love how the flakies peep through this one.

I had absolutely no problems with this plate and had fantastic pickup straight away. The images are etched perfectly with a great selection, perfect for regular stamping and revers stamping! There were also no imperfections on this plate.

You can find this plate here for £2.72/$3.59 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 to save 10% on your Beauty Big Bang order.

Which is your favourite look from today?


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Charlie's Nail Art Monster Mash Water Decals

I feel like I am permanently having one of those weeks. Just when I thought I was on track with things, it all starts slowly tumbling and it's all feeble attempts from me to keep up with it. I am definitely putting way too much pressure on myself but then I always do.

Also, when looking for easy nail art to do, water decals won't always be your friend! I completely melted a massive hole in one of them with the Seche and had to completely redo it and trying to get them in the right place when your arms have different ideas about what being still means.

But these Monster Mash full nail water decals from Charlie's Nail Art are both bright and Halloween appropriate!

Grab these decals here for 89p and don't forget to use code CLPK10 to save 10% off your Charlie's Nail Art order.

So who fully decorates their house for Halloween? I really want to have a Ghostbusters theme but I am struggling to get stuff I want/need for it both here in the UK and on a budget! Lemme see your Halloween decorations!


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Espionage Cosmetics 13th Regeneration

What else would I be wearing this weekend?! These are the 13th Regeneration nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics. They are a glossy wrap set based on the outfit of the new regeneration of Doctor Who and they have gorgeous teal glitter accents.

I decided to add a little something to these wraps and stamped Gallifreyan over the glitter using Moyou Geek 05 and Barry M Silver Foil and it looks gorgeous. That glitter wrap peeking through is so pretty.

And they glow in the dark too! As usual the glow is pretty strong and really stands out, especially when charged up.

These are available right now and you can grab them here, plus they are on sale right now too!!!

Use code PLUS10KAPOW to save 15% on an order of $25 or over.

Are you going to be watching?


Friday, 5 October 2018

Beauty Big Bang Crystal Diamond 007 Polish

I have another lush polish to show you today. This one is black from the Beauty Big Bang Crystal Diamond range. Every photo on their website shows the Crystal Diamond polishes with a topcoat, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it dries like a textured polish and it looks gorgeous, so that's how I decided to wear it.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Thundercats Mumm-Ra nails using Born Pretty Halloween L003 Stamping Plate

Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to MUMM-RA, THE EVER-LIVING!

When I first spotted the Born Pretty Halloween L003 stamping plate, my eyes went straight to the mummy wraps stamp. I had an idea in my head but when I tried to do it, it just wouldn't work. I was getting pretty frustrated and when Jim asked what I was trying to do, I explained it to him and he said 'MUMM-Ra!' and it all just clicked into place. It made my brain come to life and I knew exactly how to do what I wanted to do. 

I used a base of Barry M Cotton and sponged on a bit of Barry M Lychee here, there and everywhere. Then I stamped the mummy wraps over 4 of my nails in Moyou Black Knight. I did 2 extra stamps of the mummy wraps but left them on the stampers and I painted a couple of the strands that were not touching each other, in Barry M Blood Orange and left them to dry.

I started to paint my other nail while they were drying, I used Barry M Laguna for the base, then I stamped the circle using a different plate and filled it in with Barry M Blood Orange. Once that was dry, I flipped it over and painted Mumm-Ra's 2 headed snake symbol, or at least something that closely resembles it, from far away, hahaha, and I popped it onto the nail.

Then I went back to the red strips I had painted and one by one I peeled them off the stamper and placed them in position on my nails. Weirdly, they looked so much better before I added topcoat and as you can see I must have been a little heavy handed in some places because I managed to smear it when I added topcoat (Seche Vite) but I still think it turned out awesome.

Now to the nitty gritty of the plate. I had to do a little bit of testing with this one because I was going to do a second lot of nail art using some of the smaller images but try as I might I could not get any of them to pick up at all with my clear stamper. So I grabbed my marshmallow stampers, my sticky stampers and my firm stampers and tested with them all. On all of these I still only managed to get partial pickups. I was really disappointed because my second mani was going to be a Nightmare Before Christmas one and there are some super cute little images there.

Now, I honestly think this might just be my plate. And I don't think it was my stamping technique because I tried it by having the scraper in different positions, doing it quickly, using the roll method and the firm press method, I just couldn't get it to work. It happens. Plus, I have seen a few people put up adorable manis using these small images, so please don't let that put you off buying this plate as it has some great images on there.

You can find it here for £2.26/$2.99 and don't forget that you can use code CBAQ10 to get 10% off all non sale items from Born Pretty!


Monday, 1 October 2018

Prism Polish Scaligero

Having had a hospital appointment last week, which had a tough journey there and back, had an anxious run up to it and was a pretty tiring appointment itself, I have had a rough time recovering from it. It's now day 4 of resting up and I am getting pretty annoyed with myself or not posting anything. I know, I know, I shouldn't be. I should always listen to my body and rest when I need to. I'm getting better at it, but you all know that I am not that type of person. So today I am giving you a mediocre (but still pretty) swatch of the gorgeous Scaligero from prism Polish.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Geeky Clean- D20 Bath Bombs, Yes Please!

On Instagram, it is really difficult to avoid finding awesome new companies that make awesome things but also make my bank account cringe. One of the companies I came across was Geeky Clean and I was instantly drawn in by their D20 bath bombs. I love having a bath bomb and am a sucker for novelty stuff, especially when it includes D20s. So I had to do a cheeky little order just to see how I got on with them. They dispatched it very quickly and it was well packaged aside from one blip which I will mention in a moment.

This post has been sat in my drafts for a good few weeks now. I have been having serious anxiety about posting anything other than nail stuff, for various reasons but mostly because at the moment, my brain is not it's most articulate and I am having problems with word finding and remembering stuff, which frustrates me a lot. But I am trying to just push through and get stuff done, so bear with me if it sounds like I have no idea what I am talking about.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Things just got stranger in my neighbourhood

Ok, this has to be my favourite Halloweenie mani so far, pretty much ever! When I was trying to come up with ideas using only the Barry M polishes that I was sent over I tried stamping them all to see what I was working with. When I saw that Celestial Silver stamped looked kind of grey I remembered that I had the awesome Stranger Things stamping plate from NerdNailsPlates (who are coming back soon, check out their Instagram) and I knew I had to do a Stranger Things mani with these.

Polishes Used: Barry M Cotton, Black Forest, Celestial Silver, Blood Orange and Plumpy Topcoat.

Stamping Plate used: NerdNailsPlates Stranger Things acrylic stamping plate.

So I sponged on a gradient of Barry M Black Forest and Barry M Cotton, then over the Black Forest I lightly sponged on Barry M Celestial Silver. Over the Cotton I stamped trees using Celestial Silver. Then over the dark part of the gradient I stamped trees in Cotton first, then I stamped the trees again in Blood Orange. I stamped the figures using Black Forest and on my thumb I stamped the Stranger Things words using Black Forest and Blood Orange. I topped this all of with Barry M Plumpy Topcoat.

I have another mani that I am trying to work out using some of the polishes I was sent over but I am not quite sure on it yet, hopefully I can work it out. But, this is not the last Halloween nail art you will see from me, so stick with me if you fancy seeing more.

All of these polishes are available from the Barry M website for £3.99 each.


Sunday, 23 September 2018

I Ought to be Thy Adam!

I am one of those people that get annoyed with the whole Frankenstein/Frankenstein's monster thing, I know, it's terrible but for arguments sake, Frankenstein is the creator and his creation's name was never revealed in Mary Shelly's original novel, however, he does at one point, turn to his creator and say 'I ought to be thy Adam' in reference to the first man in the Bible. Since the publication of the original novel, Dr. Frankenstein's creation has been known by many names, most commonly Frankenstein or The Monster and has had many different personalities to that of the original articulate and eloquent Frankenstein's Monster.

For this nail art I used a base of Barry M Matcha, then I stamped from Moyou Literature 07 using Barry M Black Forest. I also grabbed some of the stitches from the Gothic 01 plate and stamped those in Black Forest and Barry M Blood Orange,

Then I sponged around the edges of both middle nails using Black Forest coming a little further down around Frankenstein's Monster's head. I topped this all off with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

I have never done a negative space, half moon mani before and I am not sure if it suits me but I really love how these turned out. I have been knocking out some of my favourite Halloween mani's this week. I have one more Barry M only Halloween nail art coming tomorrow, but don't worry, that will not be the end of the Halloween nails.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Espionage Cosmetics I Heart Corgis

Today has been one of those days where time just seems to get away from me. I had loads I wanted to get done today but feel like I didn't get any of it done, so have Corgi butt, haha, I love these wraps from Espionage Cosmetics, they are so adorable.

It's a glossy wrap set and the wraps on my middle nails have little teeny bits of white glitter on the bones and paw prints. I topped them off with Barry M Plumpy topcoat. These are still available to buy here and if you spend over $25 use code PLUS10KAPOW to get 15% off.

Hope you're having a good weekend, back to Halloween nails tomorrow!


Friday, 21 September 2018

You've Got Red On You

It's not the Halloween season unless you see thousands of blood splatter nails out there on the interwebs, is it? I have never actually done a blood splatter mani before and while I have opted for the cleaner option of stamping rather than splatting, I still love how it looks. Feel a little bit like the opening credits to Dexter.

Barry M Blood Orange was the perfect red for this, it stamps really well and looks so bright and bold over Barry M, keeping it's red shade for the most part instead of looking pinky once stamped.

Rather than just having the blood splatter, I wanted it to have the hand print smear that you see in most horror movies, where the victim is trying to escape but stumbles and uses the wall/door/car/any surface really for support.

Polishes used: Barry M Cotton, Barry M Blood Orange and Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

Stamping plates used: La Qin An Y020 and an unnamed plate purchased from AliExpress.

This may be a relatively simple and super popular nail art look to do but I really like it and it's pretty bold.

Have you ever done a blood splatter mani the messy way(the straw method)? I have never actually used that method for any look, that might be one I have to try sometime though.