NOTD: Flower Power Nails!

Flower Power nails

Credit for this design goes to MissJenFabulous!

I have watched her YouTube videos for a couple of years and am always inspired by her designs.

I used:

-NailsInc Black Taxi (Black)

-OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (Off White)

– NailsInc Notting Hill Carnival (Yellow)

– NailsInc Royal Botanical Gardens (Blue)

– NailsInc Hyde Park Square (Pink)

This took me only an hour from start to finish! A really easy nail design for the summer!

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Favourite spring polishes

Spring nail polish favourites 2014

From L – R

NAILS INC ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS | This is a beautiful minty blue colour with a cream finish and was from their 2013 spring collection

OPI YOU CALLIN ME A LYRE? | This is a beautiful pale pink colour with a semi sheer finish. This was from OPI’s New York City Ballet collection. This gives the nails a beautiful healthy and natural look

NAILS INC NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL | This is a true bright yellow colour with an opaque finish. I am not sure which collection this was from

NAILS INC HOLLAND PARK GARDENS | This is a beautiful pale green with a cream finish. This was from their garden party collection and is simply beautiful

OPI KISS ME I’M BRAZILIAN | This is a new favourite for me which is a hot pink with a slightly nude undertone which makes it much more wearable than  neon. This is from OPI’s latest Brazil collection

ESSIE FIND ME AN OASIS | This is a beautiful pale blue with a  semi sheer finish, however you can make it opaque in 3 coats. This is from Essie’s Resort Fling collection which is spot on trend

NAILS INC MAYFAIR LANE GEL EFFECT | This is a pale pink in a gel effect finish. This is a beautiful all year round colour with a fantastic high-gloss finish

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A very naughty haul!

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I went a bit shopping mad this past week and ended up with this little lot!

First of all the scarf…….. I love the contrast of the grey and bright pink…….. absolutely perfect for spring! I picked this up in Primark for £4!

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Next up is this beautiful nude lipstick. I have been looking for the perfect nude lip but all the ones I have tried haven’t hit the mark, whereas this colour is perfect. This is from L’Oreal Paris’ Color Riche Collection Privee in the colour Doutzen’s Nude. It is the perfect nude that is not too brown but not too pink!

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Boots had 3 for 2 so I also picked up this Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Mascara! I accidentally picked up the waterproof version and I am so disappointed with this mascara. After I had applied two coats my lashes barely looked different to having no mascara on. Maybe the non-waterproof one would be better!

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The last item I picked up from Boots 3 for 2 offer was this L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique concealer in Light. I didn’t think that this concealer had very good coverage but I like it for applying over another concealer to highlight the under-eye.

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I have always wanted to try Physicians Formula but it is not normally available in the UK. However, I discovered this in TKMaxx. It was the only product they had by this brand but I am so glad that I found it. The bronzer is lovely and surprisingly it isn’t too orange for my pale skin and the blusher is a lovely coral colour. This product also has the added benefit of having a mirror and small brush underneath. I am definitely looking forward to trying more products from this brand!

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I picked up some more Invisibobble hair bands. I have these in the yellow and they are amazing. They do not dent your hair and they prevent getting tight hairs when your hair is up! If you wear your hair up often then definitely check these out!

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Beautybay had an extra 10% off over easter weekend so I picked up these two summer colours. The pink is from the Brazil Collection and is ‘Kiss Me I’m Brazilian’. The purple is ‘You’re such a Budapest’ from the Euro Centrale collection! These are both must have colours for spring/summer and have a fantastic formula!

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Last but definitely not least, Nails Inc had an 8 piece special collection for only £20……. I couldn’t resist!

From L – R (Top) : Hay Hill, Weighhouse Street, Providence Court, Adam’s Row

From L – R (Bottom) : Palace Gate, Beaufort Street, Kensington Square, St Catherine’s Dock

There is not one colour in this collection that I am not in love with! They are all beautiful colours with fantastic formulas so keep your eyes peeled for some NOTD’s using these beauties!

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Heart Nail Art

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I did this manicure for valentines day but it is cute enough to wear any day!

The colours I used are:

– Nails Inc Totes Pink (limited edition in Instyle magazine)(Pale pink)

– Nails Inc Leonard Street (Hot Pink neon)

– OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (White with blue/grey undertone)

– Barry M Pink-Silver Glitter

I applied 2 coats of the pale pink on all fingers except for my ring fingers, on which I applied the Barry M glitter (I had to do 4 coats for full coverage)

I then used a small dotting tool with the neon pink to draw small hearts at the edge of the nail. I draw 3 dots in a triangle and then join them up

For the heart on the ring finger I used a heart punch and sticky tape strips. I punched a heart in the sticky tape strip and applied this to the nail once the glitter polish was completely dry. I painted over the tape with the white polish and let it go tacky before removing the tape

I finished the manicure off with a coat of Kensington Caviar Top Coat by Nails Inc. I always use a top coat but it is especially important when doing nail art as not only does it prevent chipping but it makes the finish look much smoother and professional

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Autumn/Winter Nail Polish Favourites

 

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From left to right:

OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvelous

Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus

Nails Inc Redcliffe Road

Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane Leather Effect

Nails Inc Boltons Place

OPI Stay the Night Liquid Sand Effect

Nails Inc Victoria

OPI Mrs O’Learys Bbq

Nails Inc Motcomb Street

Nails Inc Tate

I like to wear darker colours in the winter and brighter colours in the summer

The best thing about dark colours is that they look fantastic with a glitter topcoat to transform them from day to night

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus darker colours look better when glossy rather than matte.

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OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvellous
Gunmetal with silver flecks

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Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus
Pinky Red

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Nails Inc Redcliffe Road
Deep plum purple

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Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane
Deep red leather effect

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Nails Inc Boltons Place
Muted grey

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OPI Stay the night liquid sand effect
Deep red with red glitter

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Nails Inc Victoria
Deep burgundy red

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Nails Inc Motcomb Street
Deep navy

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Nails Inc Tate
Classic red

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus a darker shade looks better glossy rather than matte.

I should point out that I am not a fan of the liquid sand effect, however I love this colour so much that I add my Nails Inc Gel effect top coat over the top to smooth down the effect.

 Mrs O’Leary’s Bbq by OPI is my number one favourite colour for autumn/winter. It is just the most beautiful burgundy colour!

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Deep burgundy

January Nail Polish Haul: Nails Inc and OPI

This is an overview of some of the new nail polishes that i’ve purchased in january.

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I purchased this set off QVCUK.com. If you are not familiar with QVC, they are a shopping channel where each day they have one product at a special price for that day only. They still sell the product on their website but the price goes up after the first day. Including p&p this set cost me around £30 but if bought from NailsInc direct would cost over £70!! Some of the colours in this set are exclusively made for QVC so are unavailable to buy anywhere else.

The colours in this set are (from left to right):

– Royal Botanical Gardens

– Campden Hill Road

– Henley Feather Effect

– Express Nail Polish Remover pot

– Lowndes Court

– Belgravia Gardens

– Shoreditch Lane Leather Effect

The Leather effect polish will not be available to buy from NailsInc.com until March 2013. You will either love or hate the leather effect polishes. Personally I love them!! The great thing about the leather polishes is that you can either wear them with the leather effect or you can put a top coat over to make it into a normal dark red polish, so if you’re not sure whether you would like the effect then it would not be a waste of money. As far as I know the leather polishes retail at £12 individually.

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One of my favourite effects of 2013 is the feather effect polish. The Bling it on Feathers set is one of my favourite sets from NailsInc so needless to say I was excited when I saw this feather polish. The polish is made up of silver, black and bronze strands of glitter. I painted mine over NailsInc Black Taxi polish but it can be used on it’s own. I had so many compliments when I was wearing this polish and it is truly one-of-a-kind.

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The final polish that I have swatched is the neon pink Campden Hill Road. I am not usually a fan of neon pinks but this colour has an almost nude base to it which makes it more wearable. A fantastic colour for spring/summer 2013!! On my ring finger I have a Leighton Denny silver glitter.

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I would definately recommend buying this set from QVCUK.com! Your nail wardrobe for spring 2013 will be sorted with the neon tred colours aswell as the special effect feather and leather polishes! Even at the normal QVC price this set is a bargain!!

I have only recently discovered OPI polishes as I always put off by the bottle (they never looked as trendy as NailsInc bottles) however I googled some swatches and fell in love with so many colours. The UK retailer of OPI is LenaWhite.co.uk and when I went on to have a look at the new Mariah Carey collection I discovered that they had a sale on. So I purchased a couple of polishes.

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From left to right the colours are: Skull and Glossbones, Metallic 4 Life and Save Me.

I only purchased one full size polish myself as my mom was buying herself the other colours that I had my eye on.

The full size polish was £7 reduced from £11 and the two mini polishes were £2.50 each. This is a great way to try OPI without spending a lot of money.

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This is skull and glossbones with Save Me on my ringfinger. After the first coat the polish looked very patchy however after the second coat it was great coverage. It was difficult to get a picture that reflected the true colour of skull and glossbones as it is a nude, greeny/grey colour. Very unusual but gorgeous!!

If anyone is unsure about trying a new brand I would recommend looking at the website now as there are many sales still on. OPI are good coverage and good quality nail polishes with a huge variety of colours to chose from. For me, the only thing that lets OPI down is that there glitters do not provide as good coverage as NailsInc.