Friday, 25 July 2014

Watermelon Summer

I swear I saw everyone last week doing watermelon nails and not to be a copycat but they seriously got me wanting to do some myself! These are quite similar to my strawberry picnic nails but clearly I think mini fruit looks cute with gingham.

I used two coats of Sally Hansen Polar Bare as my base colour, I was inspired by Nina's guest post and her sheer white base for this. I then used Barry M Coral to start on the watermelon pieces. I then took Key Lime and went around the top edge followed by Spring Green. I then finished off the watermelons with Sinful Colors Black on Black for the seeds. For the gingham nails I mixed Key Lime with some clear polish to make it sheer and more jelly like, I then mixed Key Lime with a bit of Spring Green for the overlapping squares. I'm really pleased with how these turned out, I think they're super cute and they make me feel really summery.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wondrously Polished

Today I have a guest post from Wondrously Polished and she's done floral nails which is what I've been obsessing over recently so hopefully you'll love her style as much as I do.

Hello, all! I'm Lindsey from Wondrously Polished and I'm so excited to get to guest post for Charlie today! She always has such lovely manis to share with the world so I'm honored to get to blog along side her today.

If you've ever stopped by my blog, you might have noticed that I LOVE painting floral manis. The endless color combos, styles, and flower types will keep me busy for years to come. So, I decided to create a floral look to share with you all today!

While searching for inspiration, I came across this flower print on Pinterest and fell in love. The grungy "sketched" look is one of my all time favorite ways to present flowers. I love that the linework looks almost messy, but is still very much a flower.

Color Club's Look, Don't Tusk was my base polish, and I used acrylic paints to add in the flower details. I started with pink and magenta blobs randomly on each nail and then came in with the pops of green. I added in the grungy grey streaks going down the nail next, and finished the look off with the black detailing.

I figured a shiny top coat would veer too much from the distressed look of this mani, so I finished it off with a matte top coat. What do you think of this mani? Are you a floral fan like I am? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you again to Charlie for letting me stop by and feel free to check out my Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with my manis!

Happy Polishing!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Suki Mix & Match

A few weeks ago was the first time I tried stamping so I thought I'd give it another go and I was really looking forward to using this plate from MoYou London. I love Asian style things so this plate is right down my alley and I love pattern as well so it looked perfect for me.

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White as my base colour. I then stamped on Barry M Acid Yellow using MoYou London Suki plate 6. The colour I used was a bit light but hopefully you can see the design but I wanted to add some more colour so I took Barry M Papaya and went over some of the lines and sections. I'm really pleased with how this turned out and if you want to see more of this plate and all of the stamps then keep reading below.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Daily Charme Nail Mail

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook then you might have seen I got some goodies from Daily Charme, this would be my second order from them within a month simply because I am obsessed with their items! I'm looking for new things to put on my blog and I thought about starting nail mail posts so put the idea out there on my social media. Having thought it over I thought I'd give it a go so here it is.

Daily Charme posted on their Instagram recently that they had changed their packaging to be more colourful so this order I got had the new design. You can see how they used to look, the order I got just before had the polka dot design which I loved because I'm a sucker for polka dot but I like the colours in the new design.

This is just a couple of the things I got from Daily Charme, if you haven't heard of Daily Charme before then you seriously need to go check them out. It's set up by two bloggers, Ailee Fei and Cici Wu and as you might have guessed by the name, they somewhat specialise in nail charms. That being said, their water decals are by far my favourite I have tried and I'm always getting loads of their designs.

Daily Charme have just released mini studs and as I have smaller nails, I'm always looking for small things to put on my nails. When I ordered some things a few weeks ago, I thought I'd try out the mini triangle studs, fell in love with them and this is how this order came about. I got more of the triangle studs in silver and gold, I also decided to get the mini marquise studs in silver and gold and these square studs that have circular centres, I'm super excited to try those out. Daily Charme also sell Swarovski items which normally can be quite expensive to find but the ones I got were very reasonably priced. I emailed them having seen multiple designs using the Swarovski items to see which ones they were using, and then picked two more out. I ended up getting the rhinestones in White Opal, Chrystolite Opal and Crystal AB all in 1.8mm.

One thing I always think is important when ordering things is the packaging and presentation and Daily Charme always get it right. All the times I've ordered from them, I've received a free gift based on what was in my oder and a hand written note thanking me for my purchase. It's the small things like this that show me that Ailee and Cici love their work and brand which makes me love it even more.

Let me know what you thought about this nail mail post and if you want to see more, hopefully you enjoyed it and hopefully you check out Daily Charme and show them some love.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Vintage Portraits

I got some really cool retro/vintage style decals from Daily Charme so I thought it would be interesting to try to create portrait nails. They didn't turn out exactly how I had hoped and I think they could be better but I didn't have much time to do them.

For my base I used the same sheer pink from W7 as I did on Monday, I then used Barry M Foil Effects in Gold and stamped on a swirly design. I used this plate which I'll be reviewing soon so I won't go into too much detail. Next I applied the water decals on my nails then drew on some corners around the decals to make them look more like portraits. I then took Barry M Gold and went over the corners to make them glittery and stand out more before finishing off with Rimmel Matte Finish Topcoat. The gold didn't really stand out from my base colour enough for it to photograph well which I think is the problem and I wish I could have some roses on there but I didn't have any rose decals or the skill to paint roses. I like the matte look though as I think it really adds to the vintage feel.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Peachy Keen

I haven't swatched and reviewed any polishes for a long long time and I've been meaning to start it back up again so here it is, I'll be posting my swatches every other wednesday so it will be alternating with swatches and guest posts.

Today's swatch is Sally Hansen Peachy Keen which is my favourite polish right now. Since I got it I have been obsessed with using it and I'll tell you why. This is a perfect nude colour for me, with it being sheer, it's not too obvious so I can wear it while having it look like I have nothing on rather than a creme.

In the picture above, I only have one coat on which I like to do just to cancel out any discolouration or to give me the quick 'natural' nail look. It looks great with one and two coats and doesn't go on streaky which is also amazing.

This was an impulse buy for me which doesn't often happen with Sally Hansen polishes as they're more expensive but I am so glad I got this. I'm a fan of Sally Hansen brushes as they're rounded and quite wide which means that I get a neat application around my cuticles.

I haven't noticed anything special about the drying time but as it'd not streaky, thing layers can be used which always shortens drying time. I would recommend this polish to everyone, it might not be your perfect nude like it is for me but I think it's the best I've come across for a quick base colour.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Glitter Drops

When I saw this round glitter from Born Pretty Store, it looked really different to me so I knew I wanted to try it out. This isn't a shiny glitter so it almost looks like paper but it is plastic.

For my base I used a sheer pink/peach from W7. I then took the glitter and started placing it on my nails while the polish was still wet. I used the larger glitter pieces first which are 2mm and then put in the 1mm pieces in between. As you can see I outlined three of my nails and then did full glitter nails as accent ones, I then put a 3mm gold shell stud on my thumb and top coated.  If you want to see more about this glitter then keep reading below.