Monday, 30 December 2013

Merry (Very Belated) Christmas!

Okay so I'm a bit behind with the Christmas wishes but I had good reasons!

So the awesome present I mentioned a while back turned out to be a SensatioNail Kit with two colours which has made me the happiest person ever! Plus a £3 off voucher inside, which was spent the next day. I've already done my mums and mine with the kit and loved the results. I also purchased a tips kit in Tesco and did two sets of tips, a clear on my mum and a french on my brothers girlfriend. 

The kit is very easy to use and instructions are simple to follow and the results are always good. Although the price of the single colours is rather high at £15.00, I have looked elsewhere and found some cheaper ones off eBay which I'll review later on. 


Mums tips and silver gel

Faith's french manicure

My gels!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Much awaited Day 5!

Day 5, Sculptured Acrylic and Gel.

On Friday we learnt how to sculpt with acrylic and gel, a nice way to extend the nail without a tip. The actual sculpting was rather hard, learning how to get the right shape and look of the nail. It is a fun thing to learn though and easier to file down and shape than proper tips. I will post pictures of the weeks works in the next couple a days.


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Day 3 and Day 4!

Acrylic Nail Extensions and Nail Art

Day 3 we learnt about Acrylic nail extensions, and how they are applied. After lunch we then learnt UV acrylic, which are a lot easier and nicer looking than acrylic but harder to remove. Both types require tips to be placed on, filed, blended and buffed, with acrylic you use the powder and apply to the nail and shape it to as much of a natural nail as possible, whereas the gel goes on like a polish and you can shape by holding the finger upside down and letting gravity take its course. The acrylic needs to be soaked off, but the gel needs to first be filed and then soaked. 

Day 4 was all about nail art, a fun and relaxing day messing around with acrylic and gels, glitter and rhinestones, shapes and flowers. Making as many patterns as we could imagine, in all colours and styles. A much needed break from concentrating on extensions. 

Tomorrow is going to be a hard day, Advanced nail techniques sculpting with Acrylic and Gel! So good luck to me! But after will be a nice relaxing time in Winter Wonderland with my mum!! I've never been before so cannot wait!


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Day 2: UV Gel & Fiberglass Nail Extensions!


After a delayed journey to and from London, I'm feeling rather tired so this will only be brief. Today we learnt tip extensions, a slightly tricky thing to do but has great end results. I prefer a Gel extension to a Fiberglass extension as they look more more shiny and natural but both are simple to do once you've mastered the technique. The applying of the tip was the bit I found the hardest, getting the right angle to apply, not getting any bubbles under the nail and blending the seam to create a natural look. 

Tomorrow is all about Acrylic Nail Extensions so bye for now!!


Monday, 9 December 2013

Day 1: Manicure and Pedicure!

Good Evening!

Today was the first day of my course in London at the Nails and Beauty Academy, and it was all about the basic manicure and pedicure, a must know for any nail fanatic. A booklet was provided with a run through of tools, products and a step-by-step guide on how to carry the treatment out. We each took turns practising on one another, doing a french manicure on one hand and a colour on the other and I must admit it was a bit confusing, remembering what to do with each hand and what cream does what but it was rather fun. Tomorrow is all about UV Gel & Fibreglass Nail Extensions which I'm rather looking forward to learning.

I've also been told that I'm getting an amazing nail related present at Christmas and so am very excited to see what it is but I don't want to wait any longer!

I'll post another update of the course tomorrow. 


Thursday, 5 December 2013



Sorry about such a long wait between posts, I've been rather busy this past week and not feeling too well either. I have painted my nails twice since the last post once using China Glaze 'Elfin Around' and then again using Models Own 'Nude Beige' with a silver glitter accent finger. I will be doing some Christmas themed nails for my work party this Sunday so will post them next!


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Lovely Lavender!

Good Evening!

After an uneventful day at work I decided I needed a fresh new look on my nails and upon seeing some lovely lavender manicures on Pinterest I had my chosen colour. Rimmel I love lasting finish in 'Marshmallow Heaven' was the only lavender colour I own. So a shopping trip may be in order as it is payday tomorrow. However, after putting the colour on it looked rather boring on it's own and still favouring striping tape I searched the internet for a cool design and the lattice one stood out. The criss cross pattern looks lovely and topped with Barry M 'Blueberry Ice cream' it really stands out.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Pinstripe Delight!

It's Gone Midnight!

After an early start for work and feeling rather tired I did think about doing a quick mani but that went out the window when I saw some lovely pinstripe manicures other people had done and just had to try them myself. Collection 'French White' was my undercoat for every finger apart from both ring fingers which was Barry M 'Blueberry Ice Cream'. After that came the stripping tape, a long and difficult process, mostly trying to find the end of the tape, but after a long while and a lot of patience I finally managed to tape every finger. The white was topped with the Barry M blue and the tape quickly pulled off when still wet. To finish was Primarks Matte Top Coat, which for a pound was a great deal and works wonders. On my ring fingers I covered the blue with a coat of Models Own 'Sparkler' a silver glitter with long rectangular glitter.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Galaxy and Gradient!

Lazy Friday!

After a lovely lazy day I decided to be ambitious and attempt some awesome looking nails. After deciding on a galaxy and gradient design I needed to find a tutorial easy enough that I could follow and settled on ones from 'The Nailasaurus'. 

For the Galaxy Nails, I used Miss Sporty 'Green Lemon', W7 'Fluorescent Yellow', Barry M 'Blueberry Ice Cream', Rimmel 'Marshmallow Heaven', Hedy’s Ma.Nish.Ma Holographic Nail Color in 'Space Silver' and Primarks Matte Top Coat. 

And for the gradient nails I used Rimmel 'Marshmallow Heaven' and Barry M 'Vivid Purple', with Collection 2in1 Top Coat.

After following the tutorial I got some pretty cool results!


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Happy Friday! (Nearly)

Finally A Day Off Tomorrow!!

After a long 8 days at work and having naked nails, I decided my nails needed some pampering. I recently found in my local 99p Store OPI and China Glaze crackle effect nail polish for 99p and 3 for 99p. So obviously I had to get some. Gold, silver, green, purple, red and black were the choices available and for 99p how could I not?

For my undercoat I used BK nail polish number 15 which is a matte black I ordered from China and on top was China Glaze Crackle in 'Platinum Pieces' a lovely shiny glittery silver. To finish I used Matte Top Coat from Primark.


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Gothic Glam!


Sorry about such a long wait for a post, it has been a busy week with work. At the beginning of the week I bought three of the Collection 'Gothic Glam' set, numbers 1, 2 and 4. For this manicure I used number 1 'Dramatic' which is a lovely deep red with a shimmer to it. The polish goes on nice and easily and a couple of coats is enough. However I found the plain red a bit boring so decided to add a glitter to it, Barry M 'Pink Sapphire' which is a pink an silver mixed shape glitter that has good coverage and has a lovely finish.


Sunday, 10 November 2013

To Polka Dot or Not

Good evening!

After a busy couple days at work preparing for an inventory, my cupcake nails had taken a slight battering and therefore needed to be changed. I tend to mull over a few ideas before finding one that I believe is right and suits my mood at that time. This time around I decided on polka dots, something I haven't done before as I'm not good at using my non dominant hand at doing dots. Even with a dotting tool I found it rather hard to make the dots even and neat. The colours I have used are Barry M 'Shocking Pink', Constance Carrol 'Neon Lime', Miss Sporty in red, Barry M 'Blueberry Ice Cream' and Miss Sporty in yellow. The white dots were Collection 'French White' and stand out very well against the base colour and create a funky effect.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

It's Nearly The Weekend!

Tonight I decided to do some cupcake nails to celebrate the new '2 Broke Girls' series that started here in the UK tonight. I started off with a base coat and then applied Barry M Textured Nail Paint in ' Kingsland Road' which is a very pretty pastel pink that dries with a nice bobble effect and becomes opaque in two coats. Applying the varnish is a bit difficult due to the little bits in the polish that like to stick to the end of your nail and coverage isn't as even on the sides as it is the middle of the nail. But overall the polish is very good and a lovely colour.


Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday Blues, Well Mocha!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend! Unfortunately the Barry M 'Guava' did not last very long and was chipped by the end of Friday and and nearly non existent by Sunday night, which is a shame as it is a very nice colour. For my Monday blues I decided to try Barry M Matte in 'Mocha' which is a very nice milk chocolate colour that dries very dull. The varnish goes on easily and will need two coats before it's opaque. However without a top coat I am wondering how long this colour will last.


Friday, 1 November 2013

Its the weekend!

Time for some nice weekend nails and for this I chose Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in 'Guava' a nice bright blue. The polish goes on easily and becomes opaque in two coats with a reasonable drying time it makes for easily applied paint. A top coat coat is not needed due to the high shine of the colour, but to make it last longer I have applied one, adding a hint of even more shine. I'm hoping this polish will last a while and remains chip resistant.


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Good Evening!

Today has been a lovely lazy day off and some lazy nails to match! To start off with Collections 2 in 1 Base Coat & Ridge Filler, then Constance Carroll Diamond Gloss 'Neon Lime', Rimmel Lasting Finish 'Black Cherries', City Colour 'Red', Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours in blue and Barry M 'Shocking Pink'. Finally topped with Laushine Shatter polish in pale green. The Shatter polish creates a nice effect with only a thin coat and dries super quick. However without a top coat the shatter pattern has faded over the day. Excuse the state of my hands, caring for them is difficult with a job thats hands on all the time. 


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Quick Hello!


Thanks for visiting my blog! 

I fell in love with nail varnish back in April and have been polish mad ever since. My collection, although small compared to some people, has grown to over 70 bottles in a few short months and the amount of times I've spent painting my nails is countless. I tend to change them every couple of days, mostly because I get bored of the same colour too quickly but also find that day to day work chips them. I'll aim to post something new every few days but as work keeps me busy that may not be possible. In December I'm going on a nail course, 'Masters Diploma in Nail Technology', held in London and run by the Nails and Beauty Academy and am looking forward to it! 

My nails are never the same length and never perfect but I love to paint them regardless. I'll post different patterns each week, nothing too complicated or hard, just fun little patterns. 

Feel free to comment!