Monday, 17 October 2016

Halloween Emoji Nail Art

Say hello to the first official Halloween post on Flails and Nails for 2016! This nail art is pretty straightforward. Everyone on Twitter (myself included, follow why don't ya ;P) changes their name to inject a little Halloween spirit into things and this includes emojis! I thought popping a few Halloween-related emojis on my nails would be a fun way to welcome the season onto the blog.

I chose to follow the Twitter emoji designs since this is where the idea spawned from. The Twitter emojis are pretty 2-D looking and I was going to leave them without any outlining but I thought they needed to pop more on the nail, hence the not-really-accurate black detailing.

I used way too many polishes for this look so if you'd like the name of one specifically, let me know. I did use Nina Pro French Ivory as my base. My nails are still a little on the beat-up side after my foray into acrylics and gel polish so while I wanted a bare base, I needed something just to smooth things over. Think of it as medium coverage foundation over a slightly blemished face.

What do you guys think of the emoji look? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me on social media (links in the sidebar) Until next time!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Blogger's First Gel Manicure with Just Beauty UK*

So I have a first for the blog, gel polish! Unbelievably, I've never had a gel manicure in all my time as a nail blogger. Since I change my nails so often, I never really saw the point but when Just Beauty UK got in touch to see if I'd like to try out their Bluesky Peel-Off Gel range, I thought why not? Since I was already learning about acrylic and am considering expanding my nail knowledge, I thought an at-home gel manicure would be the best way to get introduced to the system.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Annika Nail Polish by The Edge Nails*

Hey guys, I've got a bit of news for you! As some of you might know (follow me on Instagram and Twitter to know about such japes) I recently started a beginner's course for acrylic nails. Well, I completed the course this Saturday and I PASSED! I have a qualification in nails, who would have thunk it! I'll be blogging about my experiences soon but I just thought I'd share that with you :D

I've got a new range of polishes to show you guys today. Annika Nail Polish from The Edge Nails is a range of 30 shades ranging from neutrals, pastels, brights and metallics. When asked what sort of shades I would like to try, I wanted some great autumnal colours.

Just in case you don't know, The Edge Nails are one of the leading professional nail care brands and sell mostly to wholesalers, nail salons and technicians. All of their pricing on their website is price + VAT so bear this in mind when checking it out!

L-R: Cafe au Lait, Clean Slate, Wild Side and Deep Velvet

Monday, 3 October 2016

Autumnal Brights feat. Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes*

I've got a simple nail art look to share with you guys today. We are at the beginning of October which means the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back and its all about those deep, warm shades for autumn nails. I have been sitting on a few polishes by Collection from their Solar Shine gel polish range for a while and since they were quite summery shades, I wanted to challenge myself by creating an autumnal look with mostly bright shades. I was lucky to have the lovely shade Oyster Pearl as a base to give the nail art a chic and seasonally appropriate base.

By using the red-toned coral shade Carribean Crush as a base for my ditsy floral border, it helps tone down the brightness of the peach coral Just Beachy and the pink Sunset Pink. To create the nail art, I used a striper brush and just applied the red shade randomly across the nail in some sort of floral arrangement. I then layered the pink and peach-coral shades with less intensity to peep through the red.

Since the red is quite dominant, I think the nail art is quite transitional. An ideal look for those not ready to ditch the summer brights just yet in favour of berries, mustards and greys.

I can report back on the longevity of the polish as well! As some of you might know, I recently went to Disneyland Paris and I slapped a few coats of Oyster Pearl on my nails before leaving. I wanted something simple and classic since I was rushing around the day before like a headless chicken. I had it on my nails for the entire trip (four days) and a few days after. All in all, I had the polish on for 5 or 6 days and apart from some tip wear, the polish held up well. I'd say its more similar to the Barry M Gellies than the Sunset Curing polishes or Models Own Hypergels. It's not as thick as the latter polishes but it does give you good coverage. At a price point of £3.99, it's a competitor for high street gel effect polishes. But remember, you need the matching top coat to get the full effect of the polish.

The Collection 2-Step Solar Shine Gel Polishes are available from both Superdrug and Boots and are priced at £3.99 each.

Are you in full autumnal mood yet? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to like, subscribe and follow me EVERYWHERE. Until next time!

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!

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!


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...

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.


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.


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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