Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sugar Apple

I have been loving my newer Barry M Gelly polishes and this is another one I tried out the other day. When I picked up this colour it looked quite pale which was what I was going for but I was slightly worried before I put it on that it would be too pale and you wouldn't really notice the colour but I was wrong. 


I think this kind of looks like a paler version of Barry M Greenberry which is my favourite colour so I'm really excited about that. Formula wise I know I love the Gelly polishes, I have used two coats here but if I'm in a rush I can get away with one because they're not streaky which is the main thing to me.


Gelly polishes pride themselves in their shine compared to the normal formulas, I think they do have a nice shine to them however because I always use a topcoat, that element isn't too important to me.


The more I look at this colour the more I love it, I really want to get more of these Gelly polishes because all of the ones I've tried out have been great but because I'm not a major fan of dark colours, I might have to wait until spring for more lighter shades to come out.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

French Roses

As you may know I love my water decals and when I saw these french manicure ones from Born Pretty Store I knew I needed to try them. I love florals and I love water decals so these were the perfect combination.


I wanted to keep this design simple so I didn't use a colour as a base I just used a sheer which was Sally Hansen Peachy Keen. I then applied the water decals to the tips of my nails and simply finished with my topcoat. If you want to see more of these decals and what I thought then keep reading below.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Pearl Bracelet

The other week I saw Kelly from Base Coat Top Coat do this look and I absolutely loved it so I tried it out myself.


I decided to do it a bit different from Kelly so I left some of my natural nail showing through by each of the lines. The yellow I used is Rimmel Cute As A Kitten Heel and the red is Barry M Coral. The light blue is Barry M Huckleberry and the white is my normal Sinful Colors Snow Me White. If you want to see how to create this look then check out Kelly's tutorial here.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lady Crappo

I'm sure you all know of my guest poster today, Lady Crappo has taken over nail art on tumblr which is where I first saw her amazing work so I'm really excited to have her on my blog for you guys today. 

Hi folks!  I’m Emily of Lady Crappo (@ladycrappo on Instagram).  I was honored when Charlie asked me to do a guest post—her own nail art is so bright and beautiful, and she’s had a lot of very talented guest bloggers.  Today I’m rocking some autumnal nails.  As a Midwesterner currently living in Texas, I’m suffering from major fall withdrawal, and I felt like some nail art would help.  I’ve also got a little tutorial on how I paint freehand stripes, like those on my middle and pinky fingers.



I love doing striped nails, and I used to always use striping tape for them.  However, as I’ve gotten more confident with freehand art, I find it’s easier to do them this way.  Especially if I want stripes of many different colors, which is really tricky with tape.



1) The first thing I do is use a white striper polish or a striper brush with a light-colored polish to lay out some lines across the nail.  As you can see, these are very rough guidelines!  They don’t have to be perfect and they don’t have to exactly match where my stripes end up, but it helps me to have a grid to work on, since the hardest part about stripes is keeping them even. 


2) Next, I start at the very bottom of the nail and fill in the first stripe with color.  I look at both the guidelines I painted and the shape of the cuticle to try and make the line even.


3) I work up from there, adding one strip at a time.  For each stripe, I use a striper brush dipped in polish and start out with a single thin stroke, pulling the brush across from one side of the nail to the other.



4) Then I thicken it into a wider stripe.  This way, if it starts out wobbly or tilted I have room to smooth it out.


5) I paint however many stripes it takes to fill up the nail.  I usually don’t totally know in advance!  As you can see, I end up totally painting over my guidelines.


6) There are usually some uneven or patchy areas, so I go back with a few colors and neaten up the lines.  


7) I clean up around the edges and then smooth it all out with topcoat.  You can also I decided the bottom stripe should be pale green, not cream, and painted over it.  (Indecisively messing around with your design is optional.)


I hope that was helpful, and thanks so much for having me, Charlie!



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Monday, 20 October 2014

Hyper Fruit

Since fashion week was recently I thought I'd look for some inspiration and found this outfit by Au Jour Le Jour. I'm not letting go of summer and I love the fruit print so I decided to recreate it today.


The base colour I chose was Barry M Sugar Apple, I didn't have the exact same shade but I wanted to try this out for the first time. For the strawberries and cherries I used Barry M Passion Fruit with Sinful Colours for the seeds and shadows. The grapes are Essie Devil's Advocate dotted on and layered on top I mixed it with some white to give it some depth. The oranges are done with Barry M Mango with Models Own Tangerine Queen as a highlight. The peach is Barry M Papaya with the highlights being Papaya mixed with white. For the pineapples I mixed Barry M Yellow and Tangerine Queen with just the orange for the definition lines. Finally for the bananas I used Rimmel Cute as a Kitten Heel with some of the pineapple colour for the outlines. Also all the leaves and stems are done with Barry M Sprin Green. I know that's a lot of polishes but I really wanted to make sure I used highlights and shadows for this look as you can really see them in the clothes. And as you might be able to see I couldn't resist using my matte topcoat from Born Pretty Store to finish off the look.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Confetti

I just wanted to do some really quick nails today so I decided to use my nail art pens as I hadn't done anything with them in a while and they're super easy to use.


The base colours I used were Barry M Yellow and Bright Pink as well as a white polish from Born Pretty Store I thought I'd try out. I then used the Barry M pens in white, black and pink and this yellow one from Born Pretty Store. I enjoyed doing this as it was quick and the nail art pens are so easy to use that I'm glad I had some lying around.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Blank

One polish I seem to be using more frequently recently is Blank by Topshop. This is my first Topshop polish and I think my first off white in this shade and I'm happy to say that I've enjoyed both.


As you can see by the pictures this is a yellow toned off white, I don't know what other polishes would be similar to this as I'm not too into off whites however I think that might be changing as I've found it really fun to use it as a background colour because it makes designs look less boring and two dimensional.


As far as constancy goes this is a very nice creme polish, I've used two coats and you can see there aren't any streaks. I don't think you'd be able to get away with just one coat of this but I think when it comes to whites/off whites not being streaky is the main thing.


The brush is nice and I get a clean application because it fits my nail well. Topshop polishes are a bit more expensive than what I like to pay for polishes but this one has been worth it as I've been using it quite a bit. I'd recommend this if you can get your hands on Topshop polishes and are looking for one with a yellow tone. I prefer this warmer tone to a grey toned one such as O.P.I My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Let me know in the comments which your favourite off whites are as I'd love to maybe try them out and see what other ones are good.

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