Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Princess Peach Nails



I could not have a peach polish, with peach in the name and not do Princess Peach nails with Barry M Peachy Feels as the base, could I?


So I pulled out another barely used BBF stamping plate, this time BBF 76 and went to work. Aside from a few polishes bleeding into each other, I have much love for how this turned out. Peachy Feels makes such a beautiful base, you could do any nail art over it and it would be stunning.

Polishes used: (All Barry M's) Peachy Feels
Black Forest
Surfboard
LE 2013
Dragonfruit
Pink Punch
Malibu
Siren
Golden Hour
Plumpy Topcoat

I've got a few more manis coming using the new Molten Metals but these will probably be going up next week, so be on the lookout for them.

At the moment, I think I am kind of hitting my own targets for nerdy/fandom nails, which is good for me because normally I set myself targets and then ignore them completely. What characters or fandoms are you hoping to see me do this year?

Don't forget that the Barry M  Molten Metal Nail Paints are now available from Superdrug online and in store, and at BarryM.com

:)x

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Peachy Keen Nail Art


When Barry M sent over the gorgeous new Molten Metal Nail Paints, they asked if I could do some nail art to go along with them. This time, rather than trying to get multiple of the 4 polishes into one mani, I decided that they were too pretty for that and concentrated on them as the base with corresponding nail art over them. I did 5 manis and this is the first one.

With the stunning Peachy Feels as the base, the first thing that popped into my head was "Peachy Keen!". I went for writing the words Peachy Keen on my index nail and honestly, I think I am making great progress with my tiny, freehand writing, I was quite impressed with it. The N is a bit so-so but we'll ignore that.

Monday, 28 January 2019

I Can Show You The World...


I bought some absolutely stunning glitter mixes from Charlie's Nail Art recently, one of them was Arabian Nights, this beautiful mix of fine and chunky, purple and gold glitters.

As soon as I saw the name, I knew what nail art to do with this one. I have had the BBF 72 stamping plate for ages now and have only used it on a friends nails. So it was time to crack that baby out and get to it.


My favourite part of this movie is Genie! Robin Williams was so good in this role.

Polishes used: Nail Lacquer UK May 18
Nail Lacquer UK June 18
Moyou Black Knight
Barry M Cotton
Barry M Siren
Barry M Cream Soda
Barry M Starfish
Barry M Greenberry
Barry M Surfboard
NYC Lexington Yellow
Seche Vite


As you can see, I haven't used this with gel or acrylic. Although intended for those because they would encapsulate the chunky glitters, you can still get away with using regular polish. The glitter is topcoat thirsty though, I used two coats of Seche and some sneaky little glitters were still poking their pointy ends through and snagging on stuff, so another coat or two would have been ideal.

To apply the glitter I just did a thin coat of Poundland Clear Polish (I used this for stamp decals, it's great) and then I dipped my nail into the glitter, making sure to press down. Then I pressed the glitters on my nail firmly to make sure they were stuck and went over it with a fan brush to remove any stragglers that weren't stuck and that's that!

They are very sparkly too. You can find these glitters here for 75p for a 4g bag. Use my code CLPK10 to get 10% off your Charlie's Nail Art order.

Which Disney film is your favourite? I love most of them but my favourite will always be Lilo and Stitch, although if I had to choose a Disney Princess film, it would be Beauty & the Beast or The Little Mermaid.

:)x


Friday, 25 January 2019

Barry M- 4 New Molten Metals for 2019





I had hoped I would get these up last night but that double appointment day has had more of an effect on me than I had predicted. But anyway, today I am going to show you 4 new, stunning Molten Metal releases from Barry M, which they very kindly sent over to me.

This is a pretty photo heavy post but I had to try and capture how gorgeous they are! Lets get into the swatches then! All swatches are without topcoat.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Born Pretty Valentine's Day L009 Stamping Plate






As soon as I saw the Valentine's Day L009 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store, I had to have it! Those tiny, adorable little Boos got me, I needed this plate and it has not disappointed.


For my first nail art, I wanted to do something over the base of my Blooming nail art yesterday. I choose these adorable hugging figures. I added the pop art style "I love you" to my middle nail and then added some hearts to my ring fingers. All of these were stamped using Moyou Black Knight and then Born Pretty Store gold stamping polish, and topped off with Seche Vite.


They plate picked up really well straight away and is etched really nicely. There are about 20 images, although most of them can be broken up to create more images. There is also a nice mix of regular stamping and reverse stamping on the plate. There were no imperfections although I did notice one spelling error, instead of saying "Will you marry me?" in the second image on the top line, it says "Will you merry me?" but that's just me nit picking and honestly it's not a deal breaker.

Obviously I chose it just for the Boos but I later noticed that there is an 8-bit heart with a heart health bar underneath it too, which is so cute. And another image I noticed when I received the plate, that I really like because it kind of reminds me of me and Jim, the speech bubbles on the middle line, right at the end, one of them says "what do you want fartface?" it made me giggle, I love it.


For my next nail art, I obviously had to use the Boos. I did a base of Barry M Berry Ice Cream and stamping with Barry M Sugar Plum, I stamped a circuit board pattern using the Uberchic Geek Love 01 plate. Then I reverse stamped the Boos and their speech bubbles using Barry M Cotton and I reverse stamped the 8-bit heart using Models Own Luminous Red.


I kind of wish I added the health bar hearts to the thumb too but I really like how this whole mani turned out. It's so cute!

You can find this plate here for £2.26/$2.99 and don't forget that you can use code CBAQ10 to get 10% off all non sale items.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

:)x

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Born Pretty Store Blooming Polish- Flowing Fire





I was very interested in trying this Blooming Polish from Born Pretty Store to see what it was like. The photos on the website look so pretty and it looked like it gave a really cool, alcohol ink effect. Well I was right, in a way, because it is alcohol ink but it is still a pretty cool idea and can work, once you get the hang of it, for all sorts of nail art looks.


As you can see, I tried several different ways of trying to see what I could do with it. I tried just moving the bottle brush, with lots of ink on there, across my thumbnail from corner to corner. I tried painting the whole nail with it, waiting for it to dry, then going back in with the bottle brush and dotting several bits of the nails. Then I tried just dotting onto the middle of the nails to try and get a smokey shape to appear. I tried going across from corner to corner with minimal ink on but only barely touching the surface of the nails. And finally I tried painting the whole nail again and dotting with minimal ink on the brush. After these had dried a little I went back in with a small nail art brush and took small amounts of the ink on it and dotted onto different parts of the nails. Then I added topcoat and I really like the way it looks, especially my ring finger.

Born Pretty recommend 'smudging' it with a transparent blooming polish, which kind of gives it the smokey effect I saw on the website. I would think that rubbing alcohol would probably work to give that effect too and all you have to do is kind of dot it onto the bits you want to look more sheer.

If you have several colours it would look pretty lush. Now I know how to get the right effect with this and that I needed the extra ingredient to get the effect I was looking for, I am definitely going to practice more.

You do have to be a little careful though as these can stain your skin a little and I expect dark colours will be little buggers to get off. It was very easy to remove though.


If you are up for a new challenge, you can find the Blooming Polishes here for £2.26/ $2.99 and don't forget that you can use code CBAQ10 for 10% off all non sale items.

Have you used alcohol inks in your nail art before? What did you find was the best technique?

I have done a little nail art for another review using this mani as the base, hopefully that will go up tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.

:)x

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Constellations


I have been absolutely struggling today lovelies. The last few days my insomnia has been pretty bad and today my fatigue has been playing up an absolute bugger, I have proper struggled to get through today and I am honestly surprised that I managed to get these knocked out but I did, woop for me, but sorry if the photos are pretty shit.

I have my bed right under our bedroom window, for 2 reasons, I need the cold air on me through the night and when I can't sleep, I like to open my curtain and look up at the stars. The sky has always been something that cheers me up a bit. It's always beautiful, shit weather, good weather, day, night, there is always something about it that reminds me of the beauty in the world that can seem so lacking in every day life. So, as it was cloudy last night and I couldn't see any stars, I thought I would put them on my nails.

These beauties are Constellations from Espionage Cosmetics. They were in the Space Odyssey NEXUS. They are normally glossy but I added a coat of Barry M Matte topcoat to them.


And they glow in the dark! You can't really tell, because my ability is serious lacking atm but the whole nail wrap except the constellations glow and it makes for a really cool effect. Perfect for if you are looking for stars during an overcast, sleepless night.

Anyway, you can get these here for $8. Don't forget to check out their featured sale and grab some bargains while you are there but also check out their new, adorably awesome stickers too. Oh, and remember, if you spend over $25, use code PLUS10KAPOW to get 15% off your order.

Sending good sleep vibes to everyone tonight! I'm off to bed right now, well, to watch Supergirl in bed!

:)x

Friday, 18 January 2019

Beauty Big Bang BBB-008 Stamping Plate





Dudes... there has been snow in the UK!!! By now you probably know that I love snow! I love how pretty it looks, I love how quiet and peaceful it is when it has snowed and I love seeing people have such childish joy building snowmen and having snowball fights and not forgetting the zoomies that Kylo gets, it's adorable. It's a-coming, or at least, it better be!

So when gazing upon this nail art, see it not as a Christmas scene, but as a snowy, finally-winter wonderland, with UFOs and planets because space and snow= yay! I am a teeny, tiny bit disappointed that my little log cabin didn't turn out better but I do kind of really like this mani.


This plate is the BBB-008 stamping plate from Beauty Big Bang. It's a standard sized round plate but rather than have separate images, this plate kind of has one scene on it that is made up of different elements, that you can separate and make you own thing. And there are so many bits that you could do something different every time.

As you can see, mine was pretty  focused on the top half of the plate.

The images are etched nicely, and I got good pick up each time on different types of stampers. The whole plate is basically good for regular stamping and reverse stamping.

Polishes used: Barry M Plum
Wikkid Polish Electric Blue
Barry M Crystal Blue
Barry M Cotton
Barry M Spring Green
Barry M Watermelon
Nail Lacquer UK May 18
NYC Lexington Yellow
Seche Vite


You can find this plate here for £1.53/$1.99 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your Beauty Big Bang order.

Have you had snow where you are yet? Are you a snow lover or a snow hater?

:)x

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Beauty Big Bang BBB-009 Stamping Plate





Admittedly this isn't my best work, I am still working through some review stuff and trying to make the resulting manis as un-Christmassy as possible, but all while battling through cold intolerance caused by the weather and heat intolerance from the heating, one day I will find my Goldilocks temperature. During the stamping process of this nail art, I had a few tremors, this much is clear but I kind of like how that made it look. It's a little grungy and unfinished looking, which I love.


The Beauty Big Bang BBB-009 stamping plate is a standard, round plate size. It has 4 full nail images and 4 small, related images. All of which are good for regular stamping and reverse stamping. The images are a good size, etched nicely and pick up pretty well.

For this mani, I used the full nail stars image to the left and the stars part of the bottom full nail image.

Polishes used: Barry M Black Forest
Beauty Big Bang Gold Stamping Polish
Barry M Matte topcoat


You can find this stamping plate here for £1.55/$1.99 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your Beauty Big Bang order.

:)x

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Maniology Rebel Yell: Nail Stamping Starter Kit


I bought this starter kit as a treat for myself before Christmas because I saw one of the stamping plates that is in it, fell in love with it, found out you can only get it in this box, and consequently bought it. So I thought I might as well show you the whole box in one post and I have done a few mani's using the items in here, some are sort of bad and some are sort of awesome, or at least I think so.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-034





The Beauty Big Bang XL-034 stamping plate has some super cute images (although I'm not quite sure about that Santa at the bottom, his face is kind of creepy) but the task of trying to do not so Christmassy mani's with a Christmas stamping plate is quite a difficult one.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Sundays with Kylo: FURminator


We would like to tell you about THE most amazing brush we have ever owned. The FURminator!

We bought this a little while ago from Zooplus for £19.49. Yes, I know, super expensive for a brush and I have never spent that much on a brush for my hair, so we were seriously expecting something amazing, especially after reading reviews, but we were also very dubious, as I’m sure you are. But we were really hoping it would help reduce the amount that Kylo moults around the house, it’s a nightmare to get her hairs out of the cream carpet on the stairs.

Let me tell you now, I was very, very, VERY impressed! The above photo is after a 2 minute brush after it arrived. It doesn’t seem to pull hair out and just picks up loose hairs under the coat. I was very worried I might hurt her if i did it wrong but it’s very easy to use, she didn’t seem uncomfortable at all and it wasn’t hurting her, so all in all a pretty good start. Even on the first brush stroke it picked up a load of hair and I had to empty it before doing the second.

Since then I have brushed her a couple of times a week for a few minutes and each time we end up with a small dog sized pile of fur! It’s also reduced the amount she scratches, not that it was a lot but it’s almost reduced to nothing.

They have different brushes for long hair and short hair and for dog sizes. We bought the Short Hair M, and at 20kg, it is perfect for Kylo. I didn’t think it would be but it’s well worth the money and I highly recommend it. If you buy it or have bought it, tweet me photos of your hair pile!

:)x

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Espionage Cosmetics Amazonian Princess


Aside from a few blips here and there, I honestly feel like I have started off the year strong. So, what other nail wraps could I wear this weekend aside from these Amazonian Princess wraps from Espionage Cosmetics?! Inspired by the unconquerable warrior herself, Wonder Woman, I'll hopefully be taking this strength with me through the rest of the year!

These wraps are currently out of stock but if you pop here then you can add your email address to a stock alert but if you want your nails to look super awesome now, then they have a lush set of Wonder Gal nail wraps, close enough right?

Don't forget that if you spend over $25 you can use code PLUS10KAPOW to save 15% off your order. Don't forget to check out the featured sale section, where they currently have $6 Licensed Sonic wrap sets, plus BUY3GET2FREE on 14 wrap sets.

:)x

Friday, 4 January 2019

Beauty Big Bang BBB-006





For today's notd, I have one of Beauty Big Bang's small, round stamping plates to show you. There are a few different things I could have done with this plate but feeling pretty drained today, I just went with a simple design.


This plate has 3 full nail images, 8 small, snowflake images and then one image up the top that can be spread across multiple nails to make a scene. The plate is etched really well, and each image picked up perfectly on different types of stampers, no problem. The plate also had no imperfections on any images.


I use a gradient of Barry M Glitter Gelly's Sparkling Amethyst and Sparkling Ruby. These are stunning polishes and I really wish they would revisit this range. I stamped the images using Moyou White Knight. and then topped with Seche Vite.


You can find this plate here for £1.18/$1.49 and don't forget to use code PLUS10 for 10% off your Beauty Big Bang order.

:)x

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Beauty Big Bang XL-033





Today has been a bit of a slog tbh. I've been feeling a fair bit of fatigue this week but I want to just push through the last of the Christmassy stuff as quickly as possible. Today I have the Beauty Big Bang XL-033 stamping plate to show you.