Friday, 23 September 2016

Summer Neon Gradient

I wore these bright gradient nails for four whole days this week, because I liked them so much. 

I used four of the Models Own Polish for Tans for these - Sarong Wrap, Beach Fire, Barrier Reef and Island Hop.

These blended so easily, they were so easy to make a gradient with. I added topcoat for shine and longevity. 

I was planning on stamping some kind of tropical flower design over these, but in the end never did, because I liked them as they were.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Pink Stamping

Here's the next of my Bow Thermo Topcoats. This is the pink one. 

I started with a base of two coats of Bow Thermo Topcoat Pink. This is another one which is almost invisible when it's really warm - it's just a translucent polish with a slight glittery shimmer, which then becomes bright pink when cold. 

I stamped over it using Barry M Pink Punch and MoYou London Pro XL06.  I also added Seche Vite topcoat for extra shine. 

I love stamping over thermal polishes like this, so that the pattern disappears and reappears through the day!  I know the visible nail line in the warm state isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm fine with it. 

The pink is a really nice shade too, and so pretty!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Purple Stamping

Today I've been wearing the second of my Bow Thermo Topcoats.  


This is two coats of Bow Thermo Topcoat Violet. I then stamped on top of it using MoYou London Flower Power XL06 and Barry M Blackberry. 

The Violet Thermo changes from a translucent polish with a hint of lilac when warm to a dark purple when cold. Like yesterday's Red Thermo Topcoat, there is a really pretty shimmery glitter running through it. 

When my nails are cold, they are almost completely plain purple. For most of today though it's been really hot, so my nails have been the paler lilac base with the purple flowery pattern showing in full. 

I really like these thermals! They're so pretty!


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bow Thermo Topcoat - Secret Stamping

I recently bought 5 of the Bow Thermo Topcoats - the black, purple, blue, pink and red ones. I have used the red one for today's nails.

I started with a base of the red thermo topcoat (I know! It's all the wrong way round, but there we go...) and then stamped over it using Barry M Blood Orange and MoYou London Flower Power XL06.  

The Bow Thermo Topcoats are slightly sparkly thermal polishes that go from an almost invisible translucent when warm to a bright colour when cold. This one is almost the same shade as Blood Orange, so when cold, the stamping hardly shows. When warm, the stamping is clearly visible. 

I added Seche over the top for added shine. 

I love combining stamping with thermal polishes!  The thermal effect is really strong in these Bow polishes, and I really like the sparkly finish!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Jacava Black Forest Gateau with Roses

For the last couple of days I've been wearing this beautiful dark red Jacava polish, Black Forest Gateau. Today, I painted roses over it for a different look. 

I used three Barry M Gellys for the roses - Pink Lemonade, Rose Hip and Acai Smoothie, and two MoYou London stamping polishes for the leaves - Spring Green and Key Lime. 

I've topcoated over everything for smoothness and shine. 

I don't think I'll ever get bored of doing floral nails!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Jacava Purples

Recently Lauren from The Naily Mail has been having a polish sale, and I took the chance to snap up some more Jacava polishes. I LOVE Jacava, and they seem to have gone out of business, so I was really happy to get these. 

I used three of these for this look, all purples. I started with a base using Purple Promise (the dark creme) and Blueberry Muffin (the lilac creme) and then used Marrakesh Nights (the dark purple shimmery one) and some tape for the triangles.

Marrakesh Nights is a bit too dark to really show over Purple Promise in these photos, but in real life it's a bit more visible.

Both the cremes are the usual excellent Jacava quality - Blueberry Muffin is a one coater and I used two for Purple Promise. 

I love the Jacava brushes as they're very narrow, which works really well for me, and the long handle makes them really easy to control. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Neon Watermarble

I wore these for a couple of days at the end of last week. I used 6 of the Models Own Polish for Tans for this watermarble.

I started with a base of Models Own Coconut Cream, and then used Island Hop, Barrier Reef, Boat Party, Sarong Wrap, Beach Hut and Beach Fire to watermarble over the top. 

These polishes spread so easily on the water and are perfect for water marbling. I imagine I'll be doing plenty more of these in future.

 I love how these came out!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pink Roses

I've done freehand rose nails before more than once, but it's something I end up doing fairly regularly, because I like them so much.

The base for these nails is Barry M Rose Hip and Huckleberry. I then used Models Own Coconut Cream, Island Hop and Barrier Reef to paint the roses, and MoYou London Spring Green and Key Lime for the leaves. I then topcoated over everything for a smooth finish.

I'm pretty pleased with the right hand too - although don't look at my messy cleanup and dry cuticles! Somehow I can paint my nails on the right hand, but not do the cleanup!

I'd love to know your thoughts! Comments are lovely (even if you have criticism!)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Neon Spirals with Models Own Polish for Tans

SOMEHOW, I mysteriously acquired these fabulous Models Own colours today. They just fell into my basket when I wasn't looking. 

I mean, oof. Look at them! Some of them are from the new 2016 Polish for Tans range, and a couple (I think the yellow and the bright orange) are from older ones that I didn't have. 

Anyway. This is what I did with them.  I used the base colour I was already wearing (Barry M Fondant) which had been on for a couple of days) and some What's Up Nails vinyl stencils, and sponged on random blobs of all the new polishes.

I love how this came out!  The stencils were a bit fiddly to use, especially on my other hand, but I'm happy with the result, and I'm hoping I can keep these on for a couple of days. 

There are one or two splodgy areas where the polish went under the stencil, but I'm choosing to pretend you can't see them.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Inspired by an Elephant: Rhinestone Skittle Nails

I live near Sheffield, and there is currently a fantastic art installation and charity fundraiser going on across the city, called the Herd of Sheffield. You can read more about it here. To cut a long story short, Sheffield is full of elephants - the big ones have been created by various artists, and the small ones have been made by local primary schools.  There is SO MUCH nail art inspiration amongst them all!

Today's nails were inspired by this theatrical baby elephant, Nelly Noodle, who is inside the Crucible (my very favourite Sheffield place!). I LOVE her toenails. 

I did a simple skittle using Barry M Guava and Key Lime, Illamasqua Prosperity, Essence Flashy Pumpkin and Barry M Blood Orange. I then used topcoat to stick on my smallest rhinestones in a random colour order.

I realised afterwards that I'd got the purple and the orange the wrong way round, but never mind!

I love rhinestones! I haven't worn any for ages, but now I see these, I can't think why! Look how they're reflecting in the sunshine!

So sparkly!

People always ask whether rhinestones are really messy and impractical, but if you stick them down with topcoat and then topcoat over them, they pretty much stay in place through a normal day. 

I will not be leaving it so long til I use rhinestones again! And I will definitely be doing more nails based on the Herd of Sheffield elephants!

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