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

Stranger Things nerdy nails Barry M Molten Metals

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.

Stranger Things nerdy nails Barry M Molten Metals

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!

Frankenstein nerdy book nails

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.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

He Only Wants Me for My Brains


I very nearly didn't do this look because the gold in the gorge Barry M Pink Luxe was showing through a little too much for this brainy look, but, luckily I had a little brain fart (don't worry, it happens sometimes, but it tends to be very few and far between) and tried a coat of Pink Luxe over Barry M Cotton and it really made the pink stand out, thus making it perfect for this look.

Polishes used: Barry M Cotton, Pink Luxe, Blood Orange and Black Forest

Stamping Plate: Uberchic Zombie Love 01

I double stamped the images, first in Blood Orange and then Black Forest to give it a kind of anaglyph look, then I topped it off with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

I kind of love the fact that my nails are basically sparkly brain matter!

More Halloween nails to come, so keep your eyes peeled, although not literally becaused that's just a little too gory for me!


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Now bats a good mani!


I had a Batman/Joker reference going on with the title of this post originally, until Jim decided to tell me that back in his day, at his school, 'batty' was an insult, so that meant that my brain twisted it into something way out of proportion and I had to change it.

Lets talk about today's mani though.  double stamped the bats image from Uberchic Halloween 03 and then reverse stamped the bats over the moon image from the same plate.

Polishes used: Barry M, Celestial Silver, Cotton, Black Forest and Plumpy Topcoat.

I still have a few more Barry M only Halloween manis on their way and one of them is quite possibly one of my favourites ever!

Still waiting to see one that you want, let me know!


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

In The Red of Night!


As soon as I saw Black Cherry, Blood Orange and Passion Fruit from Barry M together, I knew that they would be perfect for a vampiric gradient and I bought these little fangs from Charlie's Nail Art specifically for this mani.

Over a coat of Cotton, I sponged on Black Cherry Blood Orange, Passion Fruit and Cotton to get the perfect gradient. Ok, so not the perfect gradient but it looks awesome! The colours are perfect for each other.

I then stamped using Barry M Black Forest and I filled in the coffin with Barry M Antique Gold. I filled in the adorable little vampire using Barry M Celestial Silver. I feel like this is a look that maybe Viago from What We Do In The Shadows might wear and it would be amazing!

I then topped it all with Barry M Plumpy topcoat.

Stamping Plates used: Uberchic Halloween 03
Bundel Monster BM-H08

All the Barry M polishes are available to buy through the Barry M website.


Monday, 17 September 2018

Zombies in the Glitter Mist


Zombies in the Glitter Mist is the first of my Barry M polishes only Halloween nail art this week. So it is technically an improved of my previous B-Movie Zombies nail art but I think it looks so much better now and I actually prefer it this way. Also, who else gets actual B-Movie vibes from the name Zombies in the Glitter Mist? It sounds like something that Rifftrax would have in their library and I would definitely watch it if they did.

Polishes used: (All Barry M's) Matcha, Crystal Blue, Cotton and Black Forest. Topped with Barry M Plumpy Topcoat.

I have been using Cotton as my white when stamping for a while now but I was actually surprised at how well Black Forest stamps, if you are on a budget and you need black and white polishes that are both great for regular polish and stamping, then look no further. I also stamped the radioactive image and Zombies onto my finger again (because it looks fun and I am still down for cuticle tattoos that actually work and are nerdy/Halloween related) using Black Forest.

As you may remember from my swatch here, Crystal Blue is a stunning blue polish with a green shimmer, but over Matcha and Black Forest it looks more like a teal with a lime green shimmer and I am fully in love with it.

All stamped images are from the Uberchic Zombie Love stamping plate.

More Halloween mani's on their way, are there any that you would like to see?


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Barry M Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Matcha and Black Cherry Swatches


So something awesome happened recently, Barry M sent an email asking if I would like to collaborate with them on some Halloween nail art, which will be up on here at various times this week, but Senpai noticed me!!! Obviously I said yes! Then I completely lost it and maybe even cried!

Anyway, that leads me on to these polishes. They sent me some polishes to do the nail art with and when I first glanced at these 4 Gellys I thought they were the new A/W 18 Gelly releases *face palm* they are actually from 4 different releases from years past. But, that doesn't change how grateful I am to be sent these polishes, they are all beautiful and they are new to my collection, and they are definitely worthy of a swatch.

So lets move on from this and pretend it never happened! Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Moonlight Jellies

Espionage Cosmetics Moonlight Jellies Stardew Valley nerdy gamer nails

Who else adores the game Stardew Valley? I finally bought it during the Summer and I played it non-stop for weeks. I have dwindled off a little bit now because I have been really busy but I will definitely be getting back to it soon. It's such a fun little game that anyone can enjoy it and I love the graphics.

Did you know that Espionage Cosmetics do Stardew Valley nail wraps? 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Beauty Big Bang BBBXL-019


Back to the Halloween mani's today and I have 2 nail art looks to show you using the Beauty Big Bang XL-019 plate.

First up is the look above. I did this look using the top right image from the plate and a bit of reverse stamping. I used Barry M Cotton as my base, then I used Moyou Black Knight for the stamp and grabbing a variety of polishes that were sat on my desk I painted the colours of the eyes. I applied this to the nail and and topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

The plate has 7 full nail images, 14 small images and one large image of a spooky tree. A lot of the images are fantastic for both regular and reverse stamping. The etching is perfect and I had great pickup on all images. There were no imperfections on my plate.

The second look I did, I went down the regular stamping road and used a couple of pumpkin images. I really wanted this look to be bright and glittery, so I grabbed Danglefoot Nail Polish Spike the Punch, a neon orange with holo and flakies and added a coat off KBShimmer You Dew You to give it a little bit extra sparkle. I stamped using Moyou Black Knight and topped with a coat of Seche Vite.


You can grab this plate here for £2.75/$3.59 and you can use code PLUS10 to save 10% on your Beauty Big Bang order.


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Have you played Atari today?

Atari retro gamer nerdy nails

The Atari 2600 (originally known as the Atari Video Computer System until the 5200 came out in 1982) came out 41 years ago today. It was the system that popularised ROM cartridges, instead of only being able to play games that were built in. The joysticks from the Atari 2600 are one of my favourite controllers and I think it has become pretty iconic when you think of controllers past.

I was swatching this perfect red (swatch photos coming in a few days) and knew I had to do these Atari nails inspired by this awesome bag from Merchoid, that both me and Jim would love to own at some point. Also really want this Atari 2600 hoodie!

I freehanded the logo and the lettering using a detail brush I bought ages ago from Born Pretty Store and immediately forgot I owned but it did make doing tiny letters a little easier. My Japanese lettering isn't perfect but hopefully it's not so terrible that the letters mean something different.

Items used: Barry M Blood Orange
Barry M Cotton
OPI Nail Envy
Seche Vite
Barry M Matte Topcoat
Lina Make Your Mark 03


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Espionage Cosmetics Serene Sketch

Kian went back to school in the middle of this week, which meant that this week has been a hectic rush to make sure everything was ready and to try to get him seamlessly back into school.

I have been saving these Serene Sketch wraps for this week because they have kind of a back2school vibe to them and the sketches are adorable. Plus, knowing this week would be busy I know I wouldn't need to long to apply these and still have cute nails for the week.

Espionage Cosmetics Serene Sketch Firefly nerdy nails

This wrap set is glossy and has vibrant colours and features cute little drawings of Kaylee, Mal and Jayne, along with Wash's dinosaurs, Serenity and Earth.

Espionage Cosmetics Serene Sketch Firefly nerdy nails

The one gripe I have about them is that there is no adorable doodle of Zoe!

These wraps are available to buy here and are currently on sale, so go grab them at a bargain price while you can.

Use code PLUS10KAPOW to save 15% off an order of $25 or more.


Friday, 7 September 2018

Retro Pop Art Inspired Nails


How fun did this mani turn out? I love the Hello Kitty heels from this pack of water decals from Charlie's Nail Art and wanted a glitter that kind of worked with the colours in the decals but didn't outshine it too much and I knew Nail Lacquer UK Choose One would be perfect.

Fun fact: Nail Lacquer UK Choose the One was my very first indie nail polish purchase way back in 2013 and the polish is still absolutely perfect.

This is the whole set of water decals, as you can see, I also used the floppy hat and sunglasses decal, it's such a fun set. They came off they're backing easily after a few seconds in water, applied to the nail easily without crumpling and when I applied Seche Vite it did not melt or bubble, which is always good. The colours stayed vibrant and did not bleed in the water or with the Seche. I was originally going to do something using the Marilyn decals but one twitch and I had ruined the decal :( 

Anyway, you can find this decal set here for 89p and don't forget to check out all the awesome Halloween stuff that is available on there. Use code CLPK10 to save 10% on your order!


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Born pretty Store Moonlit- Chameleon Pearl Stamping Polish


I've got another beaut of a stamping polish from Born Pretty Store to show you today. This is Moonlit from the chameleon pearl stamping polish range.

This beauty shifts between blue, teal and green and even has a flash of purple every now and then. I did find it a little difficult to capture all the shifts but believe me, they are there.

Obviously the nail art had to be Halloween, I've caught the bug now and you can expect there to be quite a few between now and Halloween. The images are from Born Pretty BP-L057 stamping plate from last year.

Moonlit is black based so it is looks great when worn as a regular polish too and is perfect in 2 coats. It didn't stain and was easy to clean up and remove. When stamping the pickup is fantastic, and it doesn't bleed or smear when adding topcoat. I really love how it looks stamped over a base of white.


You can grab this or any of the 7 other polishes from this range here for £4.53/$5.99 and don't forget that you can save 10% on all non sale items in your Born Pretty order by using code CBAQ10.