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?

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. 

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.


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.


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.


Monday, 11 July 2016

Pokémon Go Nail Art

Everyone and their Aunt by now must be aware of the newest phenomenon to sweep the entire planet, Pokémon! No you haven't entered a time warp and emerged in 1998. There is a new app being rolled out in different territories across the world that allows you to capture Pokémon and battle (like the games) in real like using augmented reality. DO YOU REALISE HOW BIG OF A DEAL THIS IS?!? For someone who was OBSESSED with Pokémon back in the day (Pokémon Blue 'til I die!), this app is a dream come true. Unfortunately, the UK and Ireland have not been included in any of the territorial releases yet (although there are workarounds) so I haven't gotten to sample to app yet. I'm incredibly jealous of all the Facebook updates and Buzzfeed articles that keep rubbing in the fact that I'm not encountering any Zubats on my way to university. What I can do is do some Pokémon nail art featuring two of my favourite characters while I anxiously await the official release of the app here.

I do love creating nail art based on animated characters because they're so much more straightforward to recreate. What I did find difficult was my handling of my brushes when I began to outline. I really need to invest in some better quality brushes or maybe just take better care of mine because they tend to curl at the ends. In some looks, the haphazard style lends them a kind of charm but for something like this, I wish the outlines and small details were a touch cleaner.

I chose to recreate Jigglypuff and Snorlax in my manicure because they are genuinely two of my favourite Pokémon of all time. Jigglypuff was hilarious throughout the series' and Snorlax is the Pokémon embodiment of myself. I remember playing the game and secretly revelling in the fact a Snorlax blocked my way because I loved going on the little missions like finding the magic flute (no that is NOT a euphamism). Also, I'm a strong proponent of the original 151 Pokémon (Johto is exceptable I guess) and these two just epitomise this era of Pokémon for me (apart from the obvious, Pikachu and Mew Two).

I hope you've enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. For my younger readers this might not seem like such a big deal but for anyone in their 20s and 30s who got windswept into this craze, let's all rejoice together in the awesomeness of this app.

Be sure to like, subscribe and follow on the social media sites at the side, until next time :D

Friday, 24 June 2016

Diabolical Nail Polish by Firebox*

We all know at this point that I love Wes Anderson right? So when Firebox sent me their Diabolical Nail Polish set based on the utterings of M. Gustave, the premiere concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel, I was more than a little intrigued.

With names like Physically Repulsed, Enchanting Old Ruin and Dynamite in the Sack, the guys over at Firebox know how to grab the attention of any Anderson fan.

A delicate sheer pink, Physically Repulsive gives you the slightest wash of colour so your nails don't look too naked. Even with three coats the colour isn't that opaque so enjoy it for what it is. It reminds me of the delicate pastries found in Mendl's. A classy and sophisticated shade.

Reminiscent of the bare walls of the jail M. Gustave and Zero spent some of their time in, this slate grey shade will be perfect for autumn (or the dull Summer weather). I used three coats of the polish to make sure it became fully opaque but you could probably get away with just two. Also, there's no top coat on these swatches so check out that shine!

Another autumnal shade to crack out in September, Dynamite in the Sack is the same royal purple shade of M. Gustave and his fellow hotel staff's uniforms. Another two/three coater, this shade is a stunner.

Now for some technical bits. The brushes are long and wider than your average so application is a doddle. The formula of all three is quite thin, hence the three coats on all of them. Just make sure you let each coat dry enough before applying the next, otherwise it'll be streak city.

This polish set is the perfect gift for any fellow Wes Anderson fan who also happens to love nail polish. You can pick up the Diabolical nail polishes in a set (with GORGEOUS packaging) from Firebox HERE (£12.99)

I hope you've liked this post and like the .gifs. Be sure to like, comment and subscribe to all the social media on the left. Until next time :D

Monday, 13 June 2016

Kenzo x H&M (Kenzo Inspired Nail Art feat. H&M Beauty)

This post is a long time coming. I'm sure a few of you out there were waiting for H&M to announce their latest designer collaboration. After some waiting, we were treated to the news that Kenzo & H&M were joining forces to bring us a *hopefully* affordable collection with the signature Kenzo flair. I'm looking to colourful and loud animal prints and sports luxe styling.

The past few collections haven't been brought to any of my local stores so on November 3rd, I'll either be glued to my laptop or I might treat myself to a trip to Dublin which will include a visit to the flagship shop in the capital. I don't think there will be such a big rush and commotion as seen with the Balmain collection but it'll still be very popular. I wanted to celebrate the news with some cool nail art and who doesn't love leopard print?

H&M Beauty Parisienne, Models Own Sugar Rush and Barry M Cotton

My inspiration was a print from their SS16 collection (check it out here). Rather than being a conventional leopard print, it's a magnified version, with cool, almost bouclé detail at the top of the dress. Leopard print is always an easy one to do and has such an visual impact that it's usually my go-to nail art look when I couldn't be arsed doing anything else!

I hope you've liked this post and are as excited as me to see what Kenzo and H&M get up to in the next few months. Be sure to like, subscribe and follow the sites on the site. Until next time :D
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