Sunday, 18 September 2016

Just a little break

Hi guys, just to let you know, I've been super busy with work this past week or so and I'm off on holipops *this* week so there's not been much activity on the blog. I'll be back to normal next week and I'll fill you in on my first few weeks on a nail course and of course swatches, nail art and stuff. I post more frequently on twitter and instagram so follow me there to keep up to date.

See you soon!
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Star Wars Tsum Tsum Nail Art - Inspired by Nancy Mc Nails

Another week, another Disney-themed manicure. This week I've been inspired by the fantastic Nancy of Nancy Mc Nails and her Disney Tsum Tsum nail design. She's one of the first nail artists I followed a few years ago and I'm still amazed by the level of detail in her work to this day. This is by no means as good as her manicure but I gave it a good try I'd like to think!


I wanted to go for a different set of characters and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring out the ol' Star Wars characters. Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of the Stars Wars franchise. When the news broke that Disney had bought the rights to Star Wars, I had very mixed emotions but The Force Awakens got me on side.

If you're not sure what Tsum Tsums are, check them out here. Basically, they're stackable plushies which feature a simplistic version of your favourite Disney characters. I hope you can guess who I've decided to put on my fingers but in case you can't, from thumb to little finger: Darth Vader, Jabba the Hut, R2-D2, Princess Leia and Bobba Fett.

What Tsum Tsums would you put on your nails? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow, until next time!

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Kiko Milano Belfast Store Opening!

So on the 31st August, the first Kiko Milano store in Ireland opened its doors in Belfast. I was one of the lucky few who got to look around before the shop opened to the public. You guys know I love Kiko nail polishes and my posts about them are consistently my most popular so I was super excited to go check out the shop.

I arrived an hour before the store opened to the public and the queue was already humongous. I salute the dedication of those first few people in the queue. We don't have a lot of stand-alone cosmetics shops in Belfast so to have a store like Kiko open, it is a real treat for us beauty fans.

If you're not familiar with Kiko Milano, it's an Italian brand which owns and manages over 800 stand-alone shops around the world. All products are made in Italy, paraben free and hypoallergenic tested. You might expect the price point of products to be quite high yeah? Oh no siree, Kiko is a high street brand, with its Smart Lipsticks and Nail Laquers starting at £2.90. Its price points would be similar to Max Factor or L'Oreal. This picture is from the front table of the store which will permanently host the brand's limited edition collections which are released four times a year. This is Neo Noir, their Autumn/Winter collection.

I mean, is anyone else salivating over this? They have an extensive range of polishes and you can even swatch them with the nifty cellotape dispenser which is a part of the display. If you're not into polishes as much as I am then you'll fall in love with the rows and rows of lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations and everything inbetween.

As part of the Kiko experience, you can have complementary application. Complementary means complementary, no hidden charges or fees. If you want to try something, you can. There are testers for EVERY product so you can either try it on yourself or ask one of the trained staff to help you out. The staff I was chatting to in store were lovely and approachable, nothing like certain other make-up brands.

Lo and behold we were let loose on the store and were told we had a gift voucher to go towards purchases. I went a bit crazy and spent the voucher and a lot more but I picked up some gorgeous things. I made sure to focus more on general make-up items than nail polishes since I know I love Kiko Milano's polishes. I was going to post my purchases as well but I filmed the unboxing and it didn't turn out great so that might come a later date but check out my INSTAGRAM for a picture of it all.

If you're around Belfast then check out the new store, it's on William Street South, between Hotel Chocolat and Argos. To sum it up I'd say the shop gives you MAC counter vibes for the sheer beauty and awesome displays of products but a far more welcoming atmosphere.

Good luck Kiko Belfast! No doubt I'll be in again soon enough...
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Monday, 29 August 2016

Disneyland Paris Castle Nails + Poundland Makeup Gallery Nail Polish* Review

Continuing with the theme of Disney nails every week until I'm away, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and create some nail art using some polishes from Poundland's Makeup Gallery range that I need to review.

The colour palette of the polishes I chose seemed to match up with the colour scheme of Sleeping Beauty's castle which is in the Disneyland Paris park. All polishes used in this nail art are from the Makeup Gallery range, except for the gold and metallic blue.


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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Models Own Dare to Bare Hypergel Swatches*

Hi everyone! The Dare to Bare collection from Models Own has been making waves in the blogosphere these past few weeks. A complete make-up collection celebrating all thing neutral, Dare to Bare contains lipsticks, eyeshadows, pressed powder and yes, new Hypergel shades.


I was lucky enough to be sent all five of the Dare to Bare Hypergels to swatch for you guys. You'll see just how hit and miss nude polishes can be if paired with the wrong skin tone. For full disclosure, I have very fair, cool-toned skin so if you have similar skin tone, then know that the polishes that look good on me will probably look good for you.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

The Little Mermaid Nail Art + Tutorial

For anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram, you'd know that I'm heading to Disneyland Paris in a few weeks *SO EXCITED* I thought I'd get in the mood (not that I need any excuse) by doing some Disney inspired nail art with tutorials for anyone else who is also heading to the happiest place on Earth.

My first Disney manicure is of Ariel, the Little Mermaid. I thought the summery colour scheme would be fitting with the last few weeks of Summer (not that we've had much here). I actually did a version of these nails on my friend Emma who I went with to Disneyland last year. The look is relatively simple and takes about an hour. Follow me for a .gif and step-by-step tutorial!


Colours you'll need: A turquoise, purple, lilac, orange-red, nude, black, white and a holographic top-coat (Models Own Turquoise Gloss, Lilac Flush, Lilac Sheen, Naked Glow, Watermelon, Barry M Coconut, Black and American Apparel Holographic Topcoat)

1. Paint your thumb and little finger turquoise and your other three nails a nude shade.
2. Paint a holographic topcoat over the turquoise nails
3. Using a dotter tool and detail brush, create little eyes on your middle finger
4. With a striper brush, outline and fill Ariel's red hair. Add highlight details and a little purple starfish.
5. On your index and ring finger, outline and fill the top of Ariel's shell bikini in opposite directions.
6. Add black outlines to Ariel's hair and the shell top. Add highlights and low lights as well, what ever you fancy.
7. Add a top coat to seal and enjoy!


And it's as easy as that! Let me know if you'd like to see more Disney tutorials over the next few weeks. Who's your favourite Disney character?
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polishes* Review

For the past week I've had the pleasure to wear test Wet N Wild's latest polish release, their 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polishes. I'd like to thank the lovely girlies at The Publicity Loft for letting me try them out. I have two shades to show you, Pretty Peas and Coral Support. 


The 1 Step Wonder Gel range is Wet N Wild's entry into the no-light gel effect polish like so many brands on the high street have launched. The bottles are opaque to protect the polishes from daylight so the outside colour represents the shade inside. With a name like Pretty Peas, you'd expect a pretty green mint shade but it's more blue-toned, almost a duck-egg blue. Coral Support is more pink-toned than it looks on the outside, especially after application but it could be my ghostly pale skin tone which could make it look so pink. 
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Deco IT! Nail Decal Review*

A few weeks ago, I received a delightful parcel from iZ Beauty of London, filled with a variety of nail decals. Since I'm usually one for hand-drawn nail art, I don't have all that much experience with decals but I can see how they are a great option for someone not very confident or who couldn't be arsed with nail art (like me some of the time LOL).


I had so much choice but I went for the steampunk set because I really fancied using a metallic base. For reference, I used Crabtree & Evelyn Copper.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Meebox Review - Rio* + Nail Art

What's that? You want to see another Meebox? This one is themed around Rio, the host city of this year's Olympics. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would have seen my unboxing of the Meebox (including a real gasp when I saw one of the products). I'll show you guys all the individual items which were included in the box as well as the nail art I created from the three shades in the box.


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Monday, 25 July 2016

Models Own Polish for Tans 2016 Swatches*

For the past three years, Models Own Polish for Tans range has become as synonymous with summer time in the British Isles as rain and disappointment. This year's additions to the range provides us with a much-needed injection of bright neon colour that will make your tan pop. Now, as you can see, I am not a tan person and never will be. I'm probably not the best person to attest to the polish's power to make your summer tan pop BUT I am here to show you that the polishes aren't just for the sunkissed amongst us but they also suit us ghostly kids who hide in the shade for fear of becoming the most delicious shade of raspberry pink. Models Own were kind enough to send these over so continue on to see some swatches and read about how I got on with the shades.



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