Saturday, 21 July 2018

Espionage Cosmetics NEXUS: Warrior Women


The June theme for the NEXUS and NEXUS Literary was Warrior Women and instantly when you hear that, I guarantee your mind filled with amazing women that could have been in this month's packs. Wonder Woman was one of my definite hopefuls and I am so glad to see her in here.

NEXUS

Sculpted from Clay: Inspired by Wonder Woman's armour from the current movie incarnation. The gold details are all gold foil. It has a cool, glow in the dark secret.

Whamo-Camo!: A pink camo with pink and black glitter. These look awesome but I have complete brain fog as to what this could be a reference to, if you know leave it in the comments.



LITERARY

Jeanne d'Arc: Inspired by Joan of Arc, these have gold foil accents on the page wraps, with the blue wraps showing Joan of Arc's Coat of Arms.

A Girl Has No Name: These wraps are inspired by Arya Stark's 'Faceless Man' journey, They feature Ary's list along with some scribbles that have been accented with red foil! These also have a pretty cool glow in the dark secret.


BOOSTER

Warrior Princess: Inspired by another one of everyone's favourite Warrior's, Xena:Warrior Princess! These are accented with gold foil and a little bit of turquoise foil, can you find it?

I was so stoked to see the Xena wraps in there, those and the Wonder Woman ones are definitely my favourites. I want to wear them but then they are so pretty that I want to save them. Which ones are your favourite from this month?

NEXUS is $15 a month +p&p, subscription packages are month to month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month with the 12 month giving a saving of around $60.
NEXUS Literary is also $15 a month +p&p with the same subscription packages available.
The NEXUS BOOSTER is $12 a month unless you are already a NEXUS subscriber, in which case it can be added to your order for $7.

Each month the NEXUS wrap sets get put to an online vote and the winner of the vote will get put into the Espionage Cosmetics shop. The loser is then, generally a subscriber exclusive but will sometimes be put in in the Mystery Wrap sets.

If you love the idea of getting cool, exclusive wraps to your door every month, then pop on over to subscribe, August's theme is Space Odyssey and you know there will be some awesomeness in there!

Where to find the Espionage Cosmetics Subscriptions: Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

:)x

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-006

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Another Beauty Big Bang XL plate to show you today. For this nail art, I wanted something with a pop of colour and a bit of sparkle. So I decided to go for a galaxy mani. As I was about half way through, it started to look a little like geodes, then after I had finished Jim said that was exactly what it looked like, so I am torn. Which do you think it looks like most? Regardless, it turned out pretty gorge, didn't it?!


The BBXL-006 has a good selection of 7 full size nail images and 18 small images. Loads of the images would be great for reverse stamping and standard stamping with a fun base, but this time I decided to use some of the smaller images and go for standard stamping.

The plate did have a few scuffs on it but that didn't affect the stamping and none of the actual images had any imperfections. Also, I think it might be the heat, directly or indirectly causing it, but I was having a fair amount of trouble picking up images using my clear Beauty Big Bang stamper, but I had no problem picking the image up on both marshmallow stampers and a sticky stamper.

https://www.beautybigbang.com/collections/nail-art?sort_by=created-descending

 You can find this plate here for £2.77/$3.59 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your order.


I had to put up this photo of the base too because I am completely in love with it.

Polishes used: Polished by Leanne The Unknown, Polished by Leanne Neptune, Polished by Leanne, Polished By Leanne Boys Are From Mars, KBShimmer A Star is Formed and Barry M Cotton. Topped off with a coat of Seche Vite.

The Polished By Leanne Out of This World collection (sadly not available anymore) has been my go to for most galaxy mani's since my Star Trek nails using it. I love the way they look together over the dark base, and the glitters in them give the nail art a fantastic sparkle.

Kian's school breaks up tomorrow and I am not prepared for dealing with that and the heat. I am hoping he puts a lot of work into his Youtube account, which we have recently let him start. If you are feeling generous and haven't already done so, please could you pop over to his account and give him a like and subscribe, we would really appreciate it. He has Aspergers and can find social situations tough, this seems to have given him a boost of confidence and we would love if the community could help boost him a bit more. Thank you in advance if you do and thank you so much to those that already have.

You guys rock!
 :)x


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-007

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I have been super low in the motivation department this last week! The heat is messing my body functions up really bad and is making me feel super shit, both physically and mentally. I went to Kian's award assembly yesterday and for the rest of the afternoon and evening, and even this morning, I have been feeling pretty crap. So I pushed myself to do Unicorns. Unicorns are good! I needed Unicorns. I am also completely in love this gradient.


This stamping plate is the BBB XL007 from Beauty Big Bang. It has 12 large images and 4 small images. The pick up is great, the images are all etched nicely and there are no imperfections.

https://www.beautybigbang.com/collections/nail-art?sort_by=created-descending

You can find it here for £2.75/$3.59 (which is a bargain) and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off.

Polishes used: Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream, Barry M Greenberry, Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream, KBShimmer You dew You, Barry M Cotton, Barry M Sugar Plum and Moyou Black Knight.

I have found that I am running out of loads of my Barry M creme polishes, most of which they don't do anymore, and these are most of my creme polishes. So which brand of cremes are your favourite?

:)x

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Improbable Romance


Ok, so the 2 things in the photo above have absolutely no relevance to each other. Except for the fact that I wanted a speedy but pretty nail look before my BBQ and Espionage Cosmetics nail wraps tend to be the answer to that. And I have been waiting to wear these beautiful, ripply wraps.


As you might remember from literally last week, these wraps were from the Summer Nights NEXUS Literary. They are (I think) inspired by The Notebook and the water ripples have glitter on them to make them look extra pretty when the light hits them. I only just managed to capture the glitter. I was kind of rushing because... burgers, mmmmm!

Don't forget that you can use code PLUS10KAPOW for 15% off your first order of $25 or more when shopping with Espionage Cosmetics, some of them are on sale at the moment so it's the perfect time to grab yourself some pretties.

Anyway, have an awesome weekend, you beautiful people!
:)x

Friday, 6 July 2018

Beauty Big Bang BBBXL004 stamping plate

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Today I have 2 simple mani's to show because the heat is sapping any and all of my motivation. But this plate from Beauty Big Bang has some fantastic images on it for both simple stamping and reverse stamping.


For this nail art I used Barry m Spring Green and stamped over with Barry M Watermelon, then I topped with a coat of Seche Vite and a Coat of Barry M Matte topcoat. I love this leafy print and I think this one would be fantastic for reverse stamping, lots of different greens and maybe some glittery ones.


For this mani I used KBShimmer PT Young Thing and a coat of KBShimmer A Star is Formed for some extra added holo, then I stamped using Moyou Black Knight. For this image I turned it around different ways on all the nails. I was kind of going for a smashed mirror look, not sure I achieved it but my nails sure are sparkly! This stamp would be great for a stained glass window effect.

The plate has 14 different, full nail images on here and each one of them are pretty big so would be good for most nail sizes and shapes. The images are etched nicely into the plate with no flooding so the images picked up nicely on a stamper straight away. There were also no imperfections.

https://www.beautybigbang.com/collections/nail-art?sort_by=created-descending


You can find this plate here for £2.71/$3.59 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your order!

I am currently planning my first barbecue in about 6 years, what are your plans this weekend? Whatever they are, stay safe.

:)x

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Beauty Big Bang Unicorn Holo Stamping Plate Holder

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Holo! I hate admitting it but I have been really struggling in this heat. My tremors are much worse, muscle spasms too, not to mention all over muscle pain and stiffness, but that's all day every day tbf! Cog fog is mental (bahaha), the dizziness is a big ol' dick and the fatigue is pretty hard to push through, it's like wading through quicksand with a thousand souls trying to pull you down to the underworld and you are fighting with the last inch of your ability to not let them get you. So on that cheery note, no nail art today, but let's have a butchers at one of the best things to look at on a sunny day, holo!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Born Pretty Store Astral Realm


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This is my final Born Pretty item for this month's reviews. This is Astral Realm, a stunning, magnetic polish from their new range.


Astral Realm is a pink to gold duochrome with a strong magnetic effect. It has a gorgeous light formula, that applied beautifully and was opaque in 3 thin coats. It dries super quick and to a glossy finish.


The magnetic effect looks great and one of the strongest I have seen in a normal polish, it makes for some gorgeous and easy nail art. As it magnetises the polish around it darkens and becomes almost black while the magnetised effect is duochrome and sometimes looks like there are 2 lines.

Photos show 3 thin coats with a coat of Seche Vite.

There are 6 colours in this collection, including Astral realm and you can find them here for £3.91/$5.39 each. Don't forget to use code CBAQ10 to get 10% off all non sale items.

:)x

Monday, 2 July 2018

Born Pretty Coconut Cuticle Oil

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I have another new/re-branded product from Born Pretty to show you today! This time it is this Coconut Cuticle Oil pen. No nail art today.


It comes in the new, pretty, white and gold packaging and the pen is a shiny silver, which was shrink wrapped for hygiene. I have gone through a couple of different cuticle oil brands in my blog time and this lives up to most cuticle oils I have tried.

The pen form is quite handy and great for keeping in a bag as it is pretty much no mess, which is what I am going to be using it for. You literally just twist the top until a little bit of oil comes into the nib, then rub it on your cuticle area and you're done, you can pop the lid back on and pop it in your bag.

The oil itself is a blue tint and is coconut scented. I love coconut scented things but I think too often they can stray into smelling really synthetic, this oil manages to avoid that problem and the scent isn't too overpowering.

I oil my cuticles pretty regularly, so they weren't dry but this oil felt nice and moisturising. It soaked nicely into the skin and didn't leave a greasy feeling behind afterwards.

https://www.bornprettystore.com/nail-c-268.html?filter=new_arrivals


It comes in 5 fragrances including the coconut and you can find them here for £2.17/$2.99 and don't forget to use code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.

:)x

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Heart of Serenity


These Kaylee Frye inspired wraps, the Booster from the Summer Nights May NEXUS, are just too awesome and pretty not to wear straight away.


They perfectly encapsulate Kaylee's style, from her patches to her parasol, and I obviously had to do a glossy topcoat to keep everything shiny, Cap'n!

What is your favourite Kaylee scene? There are quite a few to choose from but I do really like her scene with Wash when she asks him to tell her she's pretty. She is brave, smart and apologetically girly!

Don't forget. if you haven't bought any awesome nail wraps from Espionage Cosmetics yet, you need to pop your butt on over and check out the pretties and you can use code PLUS10KAPOW for 15% off your first order of $25 or more! If you've got a fandom, they likely have it covered! Plus, have you seen their awesome Bombsheller collab leggings based on some of their nail wraps? They are amazing, I especially like the Nerd Misfit and Pizza in Space ones.

Right, I'm off to spend my credits on a fluffy dress!

Stay shiny!
:)x

Friday, 29 June 2018

Espionage Cosmetics NEXUS: Summer Nights


The May theme for NEXUS and NEXUS Literary was 'Summer Nights' and I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite this month.

NEXUS

Free Spirit: a pastely, tribal and paisley print with rose gold accents

Summer Nights in the Garden: a flower print with a gold glitter trail and a glow in the dark secret


Literary

Boats Against the Current: A black Great Gatsby inspired, art deco style with gold foil and gold glitter accents

Improbable Romance: The Notebook inspired, ripples in water accented with silver glitter


Booster

Heart Of Serenity: A print inspired by the patches and umbrella that Kaylee from Firefly has.

Ok, maybe the Heart of Serenity ones are my favourite this month but if I had to pick another, it would probably be Improbably Romance, those water ripples are so pretty.

NEXUS is $15 a month +p&p, subscription packages are month to month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month with the 12 month giving a saving of around $60.
NEXUS Literary is also $15 a month +p&p with the same subscription packages available.
The NEXUS BOOSTER is $12 a month unless you are already a NEXUS subscriber, in which case it can be added to your order for $7.

Each month the NEXUS wrap sets get put to an online vote and the winner of the vote will get put into the Espionage Cosmetics shop. The loser is then, generally a subscriber exclusive but will sometimes be put in in the Mystery Wrap sets.

If you love the idea of getting cool, exclusive wraps to your door every month, then pop on over to subscribe, July's theme is 'Rags to Riches'

Where to find the Espionage Cosmetics Subscriptions: Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Stay shiny and I'll see you in the NEXUS! (<---- references ftw!)

:)x


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Nail Lacquer UK Challenge- June 18 - Playstation Nails


I didn't post last month's challenge mani to here because it was basically just a re-do of my Hulk nails from last years FCBD but that purple was crying out for a Hulk. I'll post a photo of them at the bottom of this post so you can see them, just in case you don't follow me on social media.

Anyway, Ave of Nail Lacquer UK made up some gorgeous polishes and set up a monthly challenge. Each person chosen would get 4 polishes named after the coming months (it started with May) and you would have to do a mani using that polish for something special/good that happened to you in that month, then post them before the next month starts.

This polish is June, a gorgeous baby blue with a light green shimmer and silver flakies. The only thing special that happened to me this month was Kian's 12 birthday. He's almost a teenager, though you would think he already was with the attitude he has. He's getting into clothes, hair, girls! And he is officially taller than me. At 12! he's taller than me at 12 years old! And he is growing out of stuff the minute after you buy it, I'm not even joing on that one.


Most of Kian's birthday stuff was themed around Fortnite. He is obsessed with it and just like me and Jim, Kian is a gamer, he's our Player 3 (even if MS has pushed gaming aside a little bit for me). My original plan was Fortnite nails but I struggled to get them right (maybe in the future) so I, on a whim, decided to do these Playstation nails. I was kind of winging this and coming up with it as I went so I am really glad they came out this cute and it's all freehand.

Polishes used for the button symbols: Barry M Sugar Plum, Barry M Cyan Blue, Barry M Greenberry, Barry M Papaya, Barry M Cotton and Barry M Black Forest.
The mini controller was done using Danglefoot Nail Polish Gallifrey and it was topped off using Seche Vite.


Here was last month's beautiful polish and here are my Hulk nails using that polish.


I used the Hehe Superhero 003 plate for this mani and a random Cheeky plate and Moyou plate for the thumb.

You can see Ave's original blog post about the challange here.

What special/awesome/fun things have happened to you this month?

:)x

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Born Pretty Irregular Stones Wheel

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I've got this lush wheel from Born Pretty to show you today. It is packed with irregular and coloured stones for 3d nail art. I had the above idea straight away, I wanted to try a kind of 'pebble beach' look. I kind of love it but I am also filing it under nail fail because I think the stones are a little bit too big for this idea.


But the stones are very pretty. In the wheel you get 2 compartments of each colour and there are 6 different colour types. They are different shapes and sizes and there is quite a lot in each compartment. For the above look I used the pastel chameleon stones. They are solid and if you are not using glue, they can often be cleaned and reused. I didn't find them catching when on the nail either, which is really good.


Because I thought my pebble beach look was a bit of a nail fail, I tried something else with the stones. This is a look I would normally do with studs but I love how the misshapen stones look and gold against black always works really well.

https://www.bornprettystore.com/nail-c-268.html?filter=new_arrivals

If you fancy giving these a go, you can find them here for £1.88/$2.59 and I would love to see what you come up with using them too. Don't forget that you can use code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items on bornprettystore.com.

:)x