Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Nail Art Inspired by Xbox Socks

Xbox Numskull Geekstore Socks Nerdy Gamer Nails

Numskull recently released their new Xbox collection which is for sale on Geekstore, and one of the items in that collection was these really socks. I instantly loved the design on them and wanted to do some nails. The pattern I have done isn't exactly the same but I think I have gotten close enough, what do you think?

This post is not sponsored in any way, I just really like the pattern on the socks.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Egg-Citing Manicure

Espionage Cosmetics Egg-Citing Manicure Easter Eggs Nail Wraps

I know we're already almost through Easter Sunday but I completely forgot to put this post up yesterday. I have been saving these nail wraps for a year after I received them in the March NEXUS a little after last year's Easter holidays, so I had to wear them this weekend.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Wikkid Polish Custom Trio Inspired by Stargate


You may have seen that I am currently running a giveaway over on my Instagram because I recently passed the 2k followers mark and I was/am pretty stoked about it. All of the items in the giveaway were purchased by me, except the trio of polishes from Wikkid Polish. Sarah very kindly offered to sponsor my giveaway and made this stunning trio of polishes, inspired by Stargate. Not only that, but she also made a trio for me and gifted them. So obviously I had to swatch them to show you how beautiful they really are, and to tempt you to pop over to my Instagram and enter the giveaway.

So let's have a look at these beauties.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! Supposedly.


So, they say "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" which is utter bullshit clearly and I would like a refund on all the apples I have bought over the years hahaha.

All of my photos on my camera are coming out with a weird tint on them, most of the time it's a blue tint and it doesn't colour correct very well, so I am sorry if the colours sort of look weird. I know I have said this many a time before, but I really should learn all the ins and outs of my camera. I am just a lazy camera user.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Espionage Cosmetics A Girl Has No Name

Espionage Cosmetics Arya Game of Thrones A Girl Has No Name Nerdy Nail wraps
 disclosure

GAME OF THRONES IS BACK!!! Have you watched the first episode yet? We watched it first thing this morning so we didn't get any spoilers, and I'm not going to spoil it for anyone else but I am so stoked for this season. It's going to be pretty amazing!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-069 Stamping Plate

Beauty Big Bang XL-069 stamping Barry M Moyou Black Knight

The weather today is the type of weather that I love just being curled up in bed with a Netflix binge happening but, alas, my brain will not let me chill out, I have to get stuff done. So instead, I have been trying out this very pretty stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Be a Dragon! Game of Thrones Nail Art

Game of Thrones Be a Dragon Nerdy Nails Daenerys Targaryan

So a week today, the final season of Game of Thrones begins and it promises to be amazing. I may have another Game of Thrones mani to wear next week but today I got a little flicker of inspiration while scrolling Jordandene's website.

I think maybe I went a little too subtle with the dragon scales on this one, and it hasn't photographed particularly well, but I am sort of proud of my thumb, which is why I am still posting this.

Game of Thrones Be a Dragon Nails Daenerys Targaryan Jordandene

Although I don't own this design of Jordan's, the "Be a Dragon" design is pretty awesome. I tried to get my letters as close to the Jordandene design as possible, and you all know I hate doing small letters, but even though it's not perfect, I love how it turned out.

Polishes used: Barry M Black Forest
Danglefoot Nail Polish Crazy Ice King
Barry M Cotton
Moyou Black Knight
Moyou White Knight
Seche Vite

Stamping Plate: Messy Mansion MM21

Are you ready to get your heart ripped out and shredded on Sunday? Who are you rooting for? I am Team Daenerys all the way!

Oh, and FYI, all Marvel Jordandene designs has been brought back for a limited time in the run up to Avengers: Endgame. Just in case you wanted to grab some of the retired designs before the also rip out your heart!

Hope your Sunday has been awesome!

:)x

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Born Pretty Dipping Powder- Sahara Eye





I seem to have definitely lost my mojo with these powders. Before I was just using a cheap, gel topcoat to wear these but I had started to struggle and couldn't get them to work, and I had heard that the no-wipe topcoats were better, so I bought a Black Heart and a no-wipe topcoat from Kiki London to use this gorgeous Born Pretty chameleon dipping powder, they are both fab but I still couldn't get it to work the regular "rubbing" way. So I did the stamper method, where you rub the powder on a stamper until it looks blended and then stamp it on to the nails.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands 3 Espionage Cosmetics Nail Wraps Nerdy Gamer Nails

OK, before I get your hopes up, these are, in fact, fairly old nail wraps. But with all the Borderlands chatter recently, I just had to dig them out of my collection and finally get them worn. Are you excited for Borderlands 3? Are you playing any of the older ones in preparation?

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Pirate Cove Nails






These were super hard to photograph but as the sun has been out for part of the day, I decided it was definitely some time for holo glitter. Yes, it turned out that this was maybe too much gold for one mani to handle and that may have been part of the reason the photos look terrible but it's pretty, so nyah!

Saturday, 30 March 2019

A Bit of Boy Wonder!

DC Comics Robin Batman Comic Book Nerd Nails


It's the 80th anniversary of Batman today and who better to wish him a happy birthday than his faithful sidekick, the one and only Boy Wonder, Robin!

Before you say anything, yes, I have mixed some of the "ingredients" of Robin's because I have some serious tremors today and my freehand was terrible, see middle finger, so I used the Robin symbol stamp that I had on MyOnlineShop MJ XLVIII. Dick Grayson is my favourite Robin, just in case you wanted to know that fact, who is yours? And I have realised that outlining things, especially with tremors, is harder than tiny writing!

Friday, 29 March 2019

Maniology Women's Empowerment Stamping Plates

Maniology Women's Empowerment Stamping Plates




If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story showing the Maniology Ambassador goodies I received. In there were these 2 Women's Empowerment plates, which I love! There are so many different mani's that you can do with each plate but let me show you what I did with them.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Beauty Big Bang Clear, Rectangle, Silicone Stamper





Due to this being the Mondayest of Tuesday's, and a massive migraine and neuralgia flare, you are getting a look at this Beauty Big Bang stamper today. Not that this is a bad thing, this stamper is pretty decent and if you know me, you know I have a shit ton of stampers and I am never going to be mad about adding another. How many stampers is too many stampers?

This is the clear, rectangle, silicone stamper from Beauty Big Bang. It measures roughly 3.8cm x 2.6cm, has an open end at the bottom and has Beauty Bigbang printed on the side. It also comes with the standard, credit card sized, flexible scraper.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Prism Power


Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are having a great day so far. I wanted something pretty and pink this weekend and these Prism Power nail wraps from the Espionage Cosmetics NEXUS OP Planetary Princesses random spawn.

Friday, 22 March 2019

My Nail Care 101



I don't really like to do this type of post normally because even though I have been at this a while now, I wouldn't ever consider myself an expert of any kind, but I do often get asked what products I use so I thought it was about time to put up a post detailing my own personal dos and don'ts. If you have anything specific that really helps you that I don't mention, let me know.

This post is very long, so strap in and get ready to read a lot.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Mani X Me Monthly Express Kit March 2019 Aloha, Beaches!

Maniology Mani X Me March Express Kit 2019 Aloha Beaches subscription

Hi. My name is Chrissie and I have no idea what to do with flowery stamping plates! Which is very annoying because the plates in the Aloha, Beaches Mani X Me box are so bloody pretty!

So Maniology are based in Hawaii, which is kind of cool and makes a lot of us, I'm sure, pretty jealous. So this month, they decided to give us all a taste of paradise with some Hawaii themed plates and, if you bought the main Mani X Me Monthly box, 2 Hawaii inspired polishes. The extra this month was a pretty decent sized tin of Surfers Salve.

Lets have a look at my terrible attempts at using these beautiful plates.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Mr. Stark, I Don't Feel So Good!

Mr Stark, I don't feel so good! Spider-Man nerdy nails, Marvel Avengers Infinity War


Too soon? It's still pretty gut wrenching to think about but I kind of had to do it. I wonder how many of you thought the same thing yesterday, when you saw the Beauty Big Bang XL-067 stamping plate, if you did, you may recognise part of one of the images on my nails.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-067 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day nails using Beauty Big Bang XL-067 Zoya Elphie


I am having quite a lot of little flare ups lately so it's been quite tough getting stuff done but I had to push myself to get this plate up for today! It's very pretty and perfect for the occasion.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Marilyn Monroe rhinestoned nails

I had more usual, regular Blood tests on Monday but where as before it would take me the rest of that day to recover, it's now taking over 48 hours to recover. Today I felt well enough to actually get some stuff done, but it was a bit like trudging through thick mud again. I went with a fairly easy, one polish, water decals kind of look but added some gems too, and to make it better, I added them to my middle finger so if I give someone the finger they know I am not only pissed off, but a little bit extra hahahaha!

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Espionage Cosmetics D20 Lace

Espionage Cosmetics D20 Lace nerdy nail wraps

I have been trying since yesterday to get some good photos of these beautiful D20 Lace wraps from Espionage Cosmetics but my photos definitely DO NOT do them justice!

If you're like me, the moment you bought your first set of dice that was it, you were down the rabbit hole of needing every collection ever! There is something about these little numbered shapes that makes me happy! I keep mine all mixed up in a corked jar and I love the way it looks on my shelf, but I will always need more. So these wraps were perfect for me.

These wraps are glossy, transparent wraps with a black "lace" design featuring lots of D20's.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-042 and Some Extraordinary Nail Art

Beauty Big Bang XL-042 stamping plate


Today I have the Beauty Big Bang XL-042 stamping plate to show you and for my first look I used a base of Wikkid Polish Lavender although I completely forgot until now that this beauty is a thermal and my hands are so cold that it was just all, constantly purple. I then stamped a few images on my nails using the Beauty Big Bang Gold stamping polish and topped with Seche Vite.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-040 stamping plate





I read somewhere that dark florals are very in at the moment, not that I have any idea about the world of fashion and what is "in", I live in Wild Bangarang leggings and Jordandene tank tops because, well, comfy. But, when I saw the XL-040 stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang I really wanted to do something "on trend" with some dark floral nail art.

I started with a base of Barry M Black Forest, then I pulled out what was left of my old Danglefoot Nail Polish neons from the Live Colourfully collection way back in 2016 and got to reverse stamping. I am looking forward to seeing what neons come out this spring/summer. The end result didn't turn out exactly as I had imagined it but I am still kind of here for it.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Training to be Batman

Batman Nails comic book inspired nerdy nails


It's been a hot minute since I did a Batman mani but I saw the combination of these 2 water decals sat on my desk and I thought it was time for another one! And it just so happens that I am, in fact, training to be Batman! Well, I'm pushing my workouts to a new level anyway and I feel pretty badass about them most of the time, so I at least like to think that I am training to be Batman!

I used the Batman decal from this set on my ring finger, then on the rest of my nails I used a base of NYC Lexington Yellow, stamped using Maniology BM-412 (10% off PLUS10KAPOW) and Moyou Black Knight, then I outlined each yellow nail with a brush and Barry M Black Forest, then I added the comic book callouts using decals from this set.

The callout decals really impressed me! They are super vibrant and look amazing on dark colours too, look at the 'POOF!' decal on my pinkie where it crosses over the black, or the 'AARGH!' green on my index where it crosses over the black. They lay flat instantly and were so easy when it came to placement and getting it exactly where I wanted it. I love these, I'm so glad I bought 2 packs now.

I topped it all off with Barry m Matte topcoat to give it more of a comic book page look and I am pretty in love with it tbh.

You can use code CLPK10 for 10% off your Charlies Nail Art order, and don't forget to check out the new Easter nail art items, there's some super cute stuff in there.

Which superhero is your favourite? Or is it a villain that is your favourite? Have I done nail art for them?

:)x

Friday, 1 March 2019

I'm a Clam, Beach! Using Barry M Under the Sea Polishes

Barry M Under the Sea nail polishes




Here is my final nail art using the Barry M Under the Sea polishes and I kind of, really love this one.

My cog fog fully took over on this one and I honestly got clams and oysters confused! I know, right?! I was trying to do a fun play on the name of the pink polish, Oyster Beach and by the time I realised that oysters and clams were different, I had already planned the whole mani and was invested. So even though the name didn't work out, the nail art turned out really pretty.

So I did these over a black base again because I love how the polishes look over black, the gradient is of Sea Turtle and Dragonfish.

Polishes used: (All Barry M) Black Forest
Sea Turtle
Dragonfish
Cotton
Coral reef
Oyster Beach
Plumpy topcoat

Stamping plate used: a Finding Nemo plate from AliExpress
I can't remember what plate I used for the swirls.

These beautiful polishes are available now from BarryM.com and Superdrug instore and online for £3.99 each.

:)x


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Galaxy nails using the Barry M Under the Sea Polishes

Barry M Under the Sea nail polishes




When I saw how pretty the new Under the Sea polishes from Barry M are, I really wanted to test them in some galaxy nail art, and it's been a while since I've done one, so here we are.

I used a base of Barry M Black Forest with a coat of Diamond Glitter, then I sponged Cotton lightly across the nails. Once that was all dry I went in randomly sponging all 4 Under the Sea polishes.

I did go in a bit heavy with them but the colours all came out beautifully. To finish it all off I did some dots of Cotton and painted a couple of larger stars on, I stamped a galaxy swirl from Maniology M001 then topped with a coat of Plumpy topcoat.

Polishes used: Black Forest
Diamond Glitter
Cotton
Oyster Beach
Sea Turtle
Coral Reef
Dragonfish
Plumpy Topcoat

These polishes are now available on BarryM.com and from Superdrug online and in stores.

Don't you just love a good galaxy mani?

:)x

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019

Ariel Nail Art using Barry M Under the Sea Polishes

Disney The Little Mermaid nails Barry M Under the Sea





I got serious Little Mermaid vibes from the 4 new polishes released for the Under the Sea range from Barry M, so I had to do some Little Mermaid nail art for these beauties.

I used all 4 colours and incorporated them into this fun Ariel mani, with a little help from some other Barry M polishes.


I even added Flounder and a dinglehopper! Although my dinglehopper has definitely seen better days.

Polishes used: Coral Reef
Oyster Beach
Dragonfish
Sea Turtle
Black Forest
Silver Foil
Supersonic
BLE 2013
Cyan Blue
Plumpy Topcoat

Stamping plates used: hehe 005
Loja BBF Mini M1

I am in love with this mani, so much that I am doing it on my friend's nails tomorrow night. It turned out so cute, if I do say so myself!

The new Under the Sea nail paints are currently available on BarryM.com and in Superdrug store from February 28th.

:)x

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Don't Panic

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy nerdy nails Don't Panic


There is nothing I would like more at the moment, than to be sipping a cup of tea, with some finger sandwiches, reading Vogon poetry, in a quiet corner of Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe! OK, so maybe not Vogon poetry, it's a bit tough to get through, 3rd worst in the universe didn't you know?

Friday, 22 February 2019

Barry M Under the Sea 4 new shades Feb 2019






Barry M sent me over the 4 new, beautiful polishes for the Under the Sea range. I actually don't have any of these polishes in my collection and I have no idea why! These 4 have made me want the whole range now.

First of all, who else is getting Little Mermaid vibes from the colours? That's the first thing I thought of when I saw them.

The 4 colours, from left to right are Oyster Beach, Coral Reef, Sea Turtle and Dragonfish. All of them are beautiful, peralescent and sheer polishes with a gorgeous shimmer. Lets get in to the swatches, shall we?!