Friday, 31 October 2014

Hallowe'en 2 - Bleeding Zombie Fingers!

About two months ago, I saw this pack of temporary tattoo things in Accessorize, and snapped them up! Finally this week I got the chance to use them.

These were £4 for a pack of 14. As you can see, there are a variety of sizes of dripping blood designs. The instructions are simple - you peel off the covering plastic, place them on the fingers, press down with a wet piece of fabric or kitchen roll and then peel off the paper.

First I painted my nails - I started with a base of Barry M Vanilla, and then sponged over a whole variety of splodges, all with Barry M colours. I used Mustard, Black, Grey, Berry Ice Cream and Blackberry, in varying amounts for that bruised and battered effect.  I then added a coat of Barry M Matte Topcoat. 

The transfers came out looking really shiny and blood-like, which I think looked fab! I loved how gory these look!

I like how the slightly gluey bits where they touch my cuticles in places actually make them look more realistic. 

I had hoped to keep them on all night and then wear them for work tomorrow, but sadly, the shiny finish was a bit sticky, and they got quite grubby rubbing against clothes and so on. I think if you were at a party or something, and only handling drinks, then you'd be fine, but these don't last overnight!

Still, I was pretty pleased with this look! 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ruby Wing Crowd Surf - with Gold Stamping

I got this polish for my birthday last month from a friend who KNOWS ME WELL! I've worn it a few times, but realised I'd never actually got round to blogging about it.  I wore this for a day on its own this time but forgot to take a photo. 

Crowd Surf is a bright pinky purple creme that dries with a satin finish. It's a lovely quality - very smooth and even and pigmented, and applies really well. It is meant to change colour in the sunshine, but I've not been able to get much colour change out of this. But then, it is nearly November and I haven't been outside in daylight!

This is two coats of Crowd Surf. I've then stamped over it using one my yet-another new plates from MoYou London, Pro XL 14, and Barry M Gold Foil. 

I love this design - it's so pretty!  I reckon this design is really versatile. You could make so many different looks with different colour combinations.

Crowd Surf is a lovely colour even without the colour changing effect. It's quite opaque, so I wonder whether actually I could stamp with it?

I'm really pleased with how these came out!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hallowe'en Cobwebs and Other Spooky Stuff!

It's time for Hallowe'en nails! Everyone is doing them, so I thought I'd join in. 

Today I've done a variety of designs. My starting point was with the Cobweb Nail Stencils from She Sells Seashells which I bought recently. You can buy them here.  I used a couple, with two different combinations of colours. 

On my ring finger is two coats of OPI Push and Shove as a silver base, and then OPI 4 in the Morning combined with the stencil. On my middle finger is a base of 3 coats of Barry M Rockstar, with 4 in the Morning.  Rockstar is the black one from the Glitterati collection, and is a sheer black polish filled with silvery holo glitter that shows all sorts of colours. It's really sparkly!

On my little finger I had a base of OPI 4 in the Morning, and was making a pretty, geometric design using orange glequins. But then half way through I accidentally caught the edge of the pot and tipped them everywhere, so instead it's a thick pile of glitter in a random not-pattern!

On my index finger I have two coats of Essence Flashy Pumpkin, which is a fabulous neon orange that's lovely and glossy and opaque. I used a Barry M Nail Art Pen to draw a simple spider, and added black sparkly eyes with glequins. Apparently I had forgotten that spiders are meant to have 8 legs! Oh well. My spider is so vicious that she lost two legs in combat. 

On my thumb is two coats of OPI 4 in the Morning and a nail charm from She Sells Seashells. I just love this skeletal hand! I love the combination of shiny gold, sparkly diamante, and a gory subject. Lovely.  On a practical note, this charm is curved at the back so it sits really comfortably on the nail, and although it's fairly raised up from the nail, it doesn't have any rough edges or odd bits that catch. It stuck down perfectly easily with a couple of dots of nail glue. 

I never thought my battered old shed would be seen on my blog, but I thought it suited the nails! 

I quite like how these turned out! I didn't want to do cobwebs on every nail, as there are only ten on the sheet, and I wanted to keep some for next time too!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Models Own Microdots and a Stripy Skittle

I bought Models Own Microdots ages ago and hadn't worn it yet because I just didn't know what to do with it. Tonight I thought it was about time to use it. 

Microdots is a clear base with tiny matte glitter pieces in royal blue, turquoise, red, orange and yellow.  I started with a base of two coats of Models Own Coconut Cream, which is my favourite off-white, and it smells fab to boot!

I then used tape stencils from She Sells Seashells to make bright stripes using 4 Barry M Gellys - Mango, Blood Orange, Greenberry and Blue Grape. 

I really like how this turned out! It looked nice glossy, but I thought I'd try it matte, so I added a coat of Barry M Matte Topcoat.

These make me think of deck chairs and beach huts for some reason. Not particularly seasonally appropriate, but there we go. The topcoat made the red bleed slightly, but it's not too obvious, so I'm not too bothered.  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Orly Color Blast Amber Luxe Shimmer, with Gold Holo Stamping

I bought this orange polish a while ago now, but hadn't got round to wearing it. I saw a new display in a large Boots in Sheffield - everything looked fantastic! I ended up buying three. I think these were £9.50 each. 

This is Amber Luxe Shimmer. 

This is three coats, with topcoat. Whilst the end result is pretty stunning, and I do like the effect (glowy shimmery orange, it's right up my street!) I don't think I'm particularly impressed with this.  Application is tricky; the first coat is very streaky, and this dries so quickly that it wasn't easy to get a totally smooth finish. The second coat made parts of the nail opaque, and parts still really sheer, so the application is also quite patchy. 

This is really pretty, but I don't think it's nearly as good as OPI Take the Stage, or China Glaze Riveting or Bend Over Backwards, which all look similar but have much better formulas. As you can see, there's also a really interesting greenish gold duochrome appearance in parts of the bottle too, but that doesn't translate to the nail. 

I then decided to stamp over this using the lovely gold holo from the other day, Freckles Polish Kicking Up Leaves (see swatches here) and MoYou London Mother Nature plate 02.  

The contrast isn't particularly pronounced, but I think this makes a really pretty finished effect as it's quite subtle.  I found this almost impossible to photograph clearly.

What do you think?   

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Lightning Bolt Mani with Barry M Glitterati

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a whole load of different nail vinyl stencils from She Sells Seashells (see the fab shop here) but hadn't got round to using any yet. I also had the entire Barry M Glitterati collection which I hadn't tried...

Aren't they beautiful?  So tonight I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use the lightning bolt stencils and the Glitterati in one go. 

I started with two coats of Barry M Pearl, the white one from the Silks collection. Then I used the stencils on each nail - they're much nicer to use than sellotape as they're a lot more flexible and stronger. You just paint over the stencil and peel it off again. 

From thumb to pinkie, this is Fashion Icon, VIP, Catwalk Queen, Starlet and Socialite.

These glitters are beautiful! They all have a coloured jelly base with loads of fine glitter and holo particles. They dry quickly and with a slight texture to them. I added topcoat for this design. 

Starlet looks a little coral here, although it isn't really. I think that's because it's on the sheer side and it's over white. On its own it's much pinker, honest.

As you can see, I haven't used the black one yet. I'm saving that for something else!  



Friday, 17 October 2014

Freckles Polish - Kicking Up Leaves

You may remember that I posted recently about winning a couple of prizes in the Digit-al Dozen giveaway. I posted about one of my prizes, Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake, here.  Tonight I'm showing you the other!  I won a polish of my choice from Freckles Polish, plus a matching pendant!

Freckles Polish is a UK indie brand, made by Julieann, and can be found on her Etsy shop here. She has some gorgeous colours, but I chose this beautiful brownish gold holo called Kicking Up Leaves. 

Kicking Up Leaves is a stunner! This is two coats, with topcoat.  Application was perfect, and it dried easily.  

Isn't it lovely? So perfectly autumnal. In general office light it looks like a nice tasteful, natural colour, but then in sunlight or more direct light, it really comes alive with the linear holo particles. 

I like this so much! I've worn it for two days running as well, and it still looks perfect. No chips or peels or tip wear or anything.

The necklace is really nice too. It's more ornate than the things I usually wear, but I think that works really well with the colour. 


If you haven't already entered my birthday giveaway, you can do so here - entries are open for another week. 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Elanor's Nails Birthday Giveaway!

Elanor's Nails is THREE years old this month! I really can't believe I've been blogging that long - I still feel like a total newbie!  

I wanted to have a big giveaway to celebrate, and to thank my lovely readers. I really appreciate the support I get from you, especially the people who take the time to get in touch in various ways. I've made lots of new friends through this blog, and lots of new and inspiring nail people, and it seemed a perfect chance to thank you.  Lots of really lovely companies who I've reviewed for over the years have also been spectacularly generous, so I am really excited to have so many awesome prizes! 

I mean - just look at all this which you can win!  Because there is polish, I'm afraid I can't post outside the UK, so this is limited to UK entrants only, I'm sorry!  And because I can't post more than 4 bottles at a time, I've split this huge box of goodies into seven separate prizes, which means I'll be able to have seven separate winners. 

So, here are the prizes!

Prize 1 
The winner of this prize will get one pair of Pedi-Sox and one bottle of Sof-Spa foot cream by Pedi-Sox (see reviews here), one Models Own Hair Chalk (see review here), one pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqués (see review here), two bottles of Jacava polish, one bottle of Jacava Prestige Top Coat and one bottle of Jacava Prestige Base Coat (numerous previous reviews of Jacava polishes here, although not these colours as they are brand new!) 

Prize 2
Winner number 2 will get a pair of Pedi-Sox, a bottle of Sof-Spa cream, a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base Coat, and two Jacava polishes.

Prize 3

Winner number 3 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base Coat, and two Jacava polishes.

Prize 4

Winner number 4 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, and the three China Glaze polishes pictured (Get Outta My Space, Polarized, I Herd That).

Prize 5

Winner number 5 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, and two of the new Models Own Diamond Dust collection, Princess Pink and Heart Red.

Prize 6
Winner number 6 will get 4 Jacava polishes, and 4 different nail vinyls by She Sells Seashells - one stripes, one lightning bolts, one chevrons and one set of spiders' webs. (I bought myself a whole bunch of these, see blog post coming soon, so these are a little extra from me!)

Prize 7

And finally, winner number 7 will get a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base coat, and two Jacava polishes. 

I want everyone to have lots of changes to win something, so there are loads of entry options in the Rafflecopter widget below. Enter as many or as few as you like. I wanted a little something to go to people who've been following the blog for a while though, so prize number 2 will go to a random person selected only from the correct entrants to my NAME THAT POLISH question!
All 5 polishes in this photo have been shown on my blog at some point over the last 3 years. All you have to do is name them! Leave a comment on this post naming them from thumb to pinkie, brand and colour name please.  If you're stuck, the first letters of each polish name, from thumb to pinkie, spell out something that looks good on nails!  I have turned on comment moderation for the duration of this giveaway, so that people can't see others' answers. If you leave a comment as Anonymous, please make sure there's some way for me to recognise you from the comment!  The photo above shows 2 coats of each polish, with no topcoat, basecoat, base colour or anything else. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All prizes kindly donated by companies or their PR, with the exception of the two Models Own polishes and the She Sells Seashells vinyls, which were bought by me.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Models Own My Midori Hair Chalk

Did you know that Models Own made hair chalk? I didn't!  You may remember a while ago when I reviewed some limited edition polishes, the My Midori collection (see review here). Well, these hair chalks are part of the same collection.  I was a bit dubious about them, as I've tried hair chalk before with no success at all. My hair is quite dark, and the chalk I tried last time wouldn't show up at all on my hair. 

The chalks come in a simple card packet. The chalk itself is in a cute little green plastic holder, which is really good because the shape is perfect to fit your hand, so that you can apply the chalk whilst not getting it all over your hand.

The process is pretty simple - wipe it onto your hair, spray with hairspray to fix. Wash off later with shampoo.  Easy peasy. The chalk itself is quite soft and creamy, so it was really easy to transfer to the hair. 
This is my hair before:

As you can see, it's quite a dark auburn colour, not something that I'd imagine would easily take on a colour like pale green... 

Haha! It's pretty effective! Not exactly PRETTY, but it certainly works. 
Do you like my pyjamas?

Now, I'm in my forties and not really the kind of person who can get away with going outside with green hair, so I don't think I'll actually be wearing hair like this anywhere! But I do think that this would be perfect for a Hallowe'en party or something, especially for kids, and especially for people with lighter hair. 

To go with my glamourous green hair tonight, I've been enjoying a lovely Midori cocktail! I love Midori - it's a Japanese green melon liqueur, which tastes sweet and tangy. I used to drink it back when I used to be really into cocktails, a few years ago. I haven't had any for a year or two though.  So I was really excited when the company also sent me some Midori to go with my hair chalk! How CUTE is the mini bottle?
I'm wearing three coats of Models Own My Midori, as reviewed in my previous post. I love this polish, it's so bright and juicy and smells lovely. 

Then I made this cocktail, called a Green Demon.  The recipe calls for 1 measure Midori, 1 measure white rum, one measure peach juice and a dash of lime juice.  I couldn't find peach juice anywhere for love nor money, so I used pineapple juice instead.  I shook the ingredients over ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.  And let me tell you - it tasted FAB. 


The Models Own My Midori nail varnish was a limited edition, so I don't think you can buy it any more. You can buy the hair chalk on the Models Own website for £5.99 though. It talks on there about it being ideal for summer festivals, so I don't think it's a totally new thing. I think it would be fab for Hallowe'en!  

If you like the sound of the hair chalk, I have some more to give away to my readers in a very exciting giveaway coming in the next few days! Keep an eye on the blog for your chance to win all sorts of goodies!

The hair chalk and the Midori was provided by the company or their PR for my honest review. Please see my disclaimer for more information.


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