Saturday, 16 August 2014

Kooky Nail Fashionistas Wraps

I don't have a great track record with nail wraps - I've always found them quite fiddly and not as effective as I'd like. I'm always tempted by them though, as sometimes the designs are so fab!  So when I was contacted and asked if I'd like to try some Kooky nail wraps from their new Neon Me collection, I was torn! On the one hand, there's my rubbish track record. On the other hand... just look at the designs!

So that was an easy decision! I was sent a pack of the Camera Flare Neon Pink design, which is a design of neon pink, black and metallic silver dots. It's really metallic and SO shiny!

The instructions say to use the Kooky Dehydrator to cleanse the nails before application. I didn't have that, but I assumed it was basically acetone, so I cleaned my nails thoroughly with that, and went ahead applying them. 

It was a bit fiddly to find the right wraps for each nail in terms of size. Several of the wraps were just a touch too narrow, or a bit too wide, so I had to do some trimming, which was a bit awkward. It meant that there are one or two spots where the shape isn't totally smooth round my cuticles. 

I think the overall look is fab! They're so shiny and bright, which I really like. 

You can buy these from My Retail Beauty where these are currently on sale for £4.50 and also have free shipping. Some of the designs are really gorgeous! I especially like this one, which is a sort of neon/metallic ruffian which I could never do myself!

I'm still not convinced by wraps, I have to say. I think these are much, much better than wraps I've tried previously (which were thick, and ended up wrinkled and weird) as they are thinner and more easily moved around and smoothed out. If you're the kind of person with very evenly shaped nails, or quite flat nails, I bet you'd find these really easy to apply.  The designs are great, the price is excellent, and the quality is really good. However, I still find them quite fiddly on my narrow, curved nails, so I couldn't manage to get them absolutely smooth in every spot, which I did find annoying.  Maybe it just needs practice though! There are plenty of wraps in the pack (16 - all of which are enough for at least two nails) so I'll be able to have another go later!

These were provided for review purposes. Please see my Disclaimer for more details. 



Friday, 15 August 2014

Rainbow Accent Nail

This week, one of my colleagues went to get her nails done at a salon, and asked for a rainbow accent nail. Apparently, they told her it couldn't be done! (They did a lovely skittle mani for her instead, but it was no rainbow!)  So I decided to do a rainbow accent nail myself. 

The main colour is Barry M Mist, one of the lovely Silk range. I then used a lot of different colours and lots of striping tape to make the accent nail.

Left to right in the photo above (I think!) are:  Models Own Pukka Purple, Rimmel Ultra Violet, Barry M Pink Punch, Barry M Blood Orange, OPI Roll in the Hague, Barry M Yellow, MoYou London Spring Green, Barry M Huckleberry, Barry M Guava, Barry M Blue Grape, and Models Own Pukka Purple again.

I'm really chuffed with how neatly this came out! It's a million times better than the first time I tried to make rainbow stripes!
What do you reckon? An improvement?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy: Pink Week! (And I have gone crazy!)

This week is the Colour Me Crazy PINK week, and well... I have gone a bit crazy this time round! 

I couldn't decide whether to do a gradient, or stamping, or stripes, or flowers, or sparklies... so I did ALL THE THINGS! Wooo!

It is possible I went a touch too far!

So, from thumb to little finger, here's what I did.
Thumb: base of Barry M Rose Hip, freehand roses with Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream, Barry M Pink Punch, Models Own Sun Hat and Models Own Coconut Cream.
Index: base of Barry M Pearl, striping tape, sponged gradient of Rose Hip, Strawberry Ice Cream and Models Own Bubblegum, and a neon stud from the Born Pretty Store.

Middle finger: base of Barry M Rose Hip, stamped with Jade Deja Vu and MoYou London Mother Nature plate 11. I was a bit disappointed that the gorgeous holo in Deja Vu doesn't really show here - the polish was too thin to stamp really.
Ring ringer: base of Barry M Blossom, embellishment from Original Sugar (see post with full review here.)

Little finger: base of Barry M Rose Hip, striping tape and Models Own Sun Hat.

Well! I kind of wish I'd also used some glequins too! If you're going to do it, do it ALL THE WAY I say!  What do you think?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Neon Stripe Nails - Take 2!

I loved yesterday's neon stripe nails (see post here) and today I wanted to take it up a level with even more stripes!  So I got out the striping tape and OPI 4 in the Morning, a lovely matte black with a bit of hidden shimmer, and got busy. 

This took surprisingly little time, and I really like the end result!

I'll be honest though - I haven't done this follow-up on my right hand! I'm not going out today, and I want to do something else for work tomorrow, so nobody will know that I didn't bother. Well... apart from you, obviously!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Neon Stripe Nails

Today I wanted something colourful and bright, and as I'm a huge fan of stripes, I went for that. I started with a base of Models Own Coconut Cream, 2 coats. I am using Coconut Cream all the time recently! It's such a good base for things.

neon stripe nails

I then used striping tape to make fairly irregular stripes, and painted them using a bunch of bright polishes. I used Models Own Pukka Purple, Bubblegum and Bikini, Barry M Blood Orange and Blue Grape,China Glaze Turned up Turquoise, and a mini OPI orange whose name I can't remember. 

neon stripe nails

I was pretty pleased with how these came out! 

neon stripe nails

I don't know why I don't do stripes on my nails more often.    
neon stripe nails

The stripes might not be perfect, but they are cheerful, and they remind me of my living room rug, which I love. There are lots of stripy things in my house!
Fergus and Mickey!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Beach Gradient Sand Mani!

The other week, after a particularly difficult few days at work, I took an impromptu day off (I had to use up one more day of annual leave before the end of the academic year) and went to the seaside! I'm not a fan of traditional beaches and sitting around sunbathing - I prefer wild beaches with long walks, that sort of thing. I went to Gibraltar Point near Skegness,  walked for quite a long time and had a small picnic.  Whilst there, I kept looking at the sky and sand and thinking about a nail design... 

I also lay in the dunes for a bit and dozed, and started thinking about how pretty the sand was, and about 'liquid sand' nail varnish, and wondered what sand would look like on nails. I took a handful of sand home with me in a pocket, and today, this is what I've made.

This is Barry M Huckleberry and Vanilla, made into a gradient. On my ring finger, I painted a coat of Vanilla and then dipped my nail into the sand. 

In the end, the gradient doesn't actually look much like the actual sand/sky on the day, but I still like it. I think pale blue and pale brown go really well together. And while it isn't as sparkly as I'd hoped, I do like the way the sand looks. I hadn't really realised how many colours there are in sand!

The sand felt really secure, and I'm pretty confident it would have held up for a day on my nails, but I decided to add topcoat, hoping it would making it really shiny. 

I was a bit disappointed with this though - it does look like wet sand, but it's less shiny rather than more shiny, and it looks a bit muddy. Oh well, it was a fun experiment!


Monday, 4 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy! Blue Stripes

While my post for Green week in the British Nail Bloggers Colour Me Crazy challenge was only just done on time, my post for Blue week is ready early! 
For Blue week, I decided to make stripes. I used all Barry M polishes for this look.

I started with a base of Barry M Huckleberry, and then added two strips of striping tape across each nail. 

I painted the middle section with Cyan Blue, and the tip of the nail with Blue Grape. 

I then removed the tape, added topcoat and a rhinestone, and left it at that. 

I love striped nails, but have never been able to make a stripy look that I was particularly happy with, somehow. But I'm pretty pleased with these! I even managed to get my other hand looking clean and crisp, which doesn't usually happen when I do tape designs on my right hand!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Colour Me Crazy! Green Week - A-England Dragon

I have just about managed to post this one in time! The British Nail Bloggers Colour Me Crazy challenge is up to week 4, Green.

I received the STUNNING A-England Dragon in my recent swap with Ananka, and knew I wanted to use this for green week. Although it's a stunning polish on its own, I decided to try it out for stamping!

I started with a base of MoYou London Spring Green (this is a stamping polish, but applied superbly as an all-over colour) and then stamped over it using Dragon and MoYou London Mother Nature plate 11. 

I love the way this came out!

The holo in Dragon is most effective outside in sunshine, but it's actually a bit overcast today, so the photos don't look as amazing as this actually looked in the sunshine this morning. Oh well!  

Check out the rest of the British Nail Bloggers' contributions to Green Week here:

Friday, 1 August 2014

Binky London Review

Today I have some really nice new polishes to show you. This is a new polish brand called Binky London. Apparently they're something to do with a celeb from a reality programme, but I'm old and don't watch that kind of thing, so I have no idea! But when I was offered some review samples I jumped at the chance. I have two different polishes to show you, Gold Rush and Blue Denim.

To start with, this is ONE coat (yes, really!) of Gold Rush. This is from the textured glitters range - there are currently five colours, and wow, the purple looks amazing! 

Application was a little tricky to start with, as the brush is quite wide and flat, and some of my nails are very narrow, but once I got used to it, it was easy peasy. The polish is quite thick and very opaque, and one coat was perfect. 

This glitter is really sparkly, and the texture is nice - rough, without being lumpy or snagging on things. I think without topcoat, this was a subtle enough glitter to wear for work (if you're one of those people who can't wear bright colours for work. Not me - I wear anything, anytime!)

I then wanted to see what it looked like with topcoat, and WOW! Just look at it! Isn't it beautiful?

I stamped over it too (see this post) and it looked even better. I really REALLY like this gold!

The second polish I have to show you is Blue Denim, a shimmery blue polish with a satin sheen finish that mimics denim. 

Again, this is ONE coat. This is a highly pigmented polish that covers easily. It has the same flat, wide brush, which I found easy to use now I'm used to it!

I like this, but I'm not such a huge fan of blue so it's not as me as the gold one. It's quite similar to the Barry M Denim blue as well. 

Look at it with topcoat though! Oooooh! So pretty!

Not content with just wearing these like this, I wanted to combine the two polishes together into one look. I used tape to make this simple design. 

This shows how full the coverage is with the gold - this is painted over the blue, and is fully opaque.

I'm really very impressed with these polishes! The quality is excellent, the brush is nice, the bottle fits perfectly on my shelves with Nails Inc and Models Own bottles, and I like the Union Jack on the bottle. 

You can buy these online from My Retail Beauty, where they cost £4.95 each. The site also has free shipping, and discounts if you spend over certain amounts. I probably wouldn't have considered buying these unless I'd seen them in a shop and was feeling the need to buy more nail varnish (although let's face it, I always want to buy more nail varnish!) but having tried them, I'm definitely a convert. There are some really nice colours in the range, especially in the textured glitters. The whole range is also 5-free, as it does not contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

These polishes were provided for review. See my Disclaimer for more details.     

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Nails Round-up

I've been playing around with the collage feature on Picasa, and ended up using all my July 2014 nails for a quick round-up post!

You can see all these nails on my blog in posts from this past month - thank you for reading and for your comments, they really are all appreciated!

I think my favourites from this month are the gold-orange gradient (bottom left) and the Wimbledon nails. What are your favourites? 

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