Tuesday 31 December 2013

2013 Year Review

So, we've come to the end of 2013! In this post I'm going to do a round-up of my favourite blog posts, polishes and collections from the past year, and talk about a few other highlights and general favourites of the year.


Wednesday 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

And so to my final Christmas manicure of this year! Something simple and classic in my favourite Christmas colour combination, red and gold...also Gryffindor colours. ;)


Sunday 22 December 2013

Delicate Snow

I'm happy to be able to say I am done with Christmas shopping and wrapping. Most people could probably say that weeks ago, but this is early for me! All that's left to do now is eat all the Christmas food and be fat!


Friday 20 December 2013

Models Own Midori Limited Edition Set - Swatches

Press Sample

Models Own have partnered with Midori to release this cute trio of scented polishes, and I have swatches to show you today!


Monday 16 December 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection Swatches

Today I have swatches of the Gumdrops collection from Nicole by OPI, six sparkly limited edition textured polishes inspired by sweets!


Friday 13 December 2013

Christmas Gradient

When it comes to Christmas decorations I'm kind of a traditionalist. I don't like pink/purple/blue etc, especially not on my tree! I always stick to red, gold and green (maybe a bit of silver!) and I thought together they'd make a super christmassy gradient.


Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas Jumper Nail Art

I LOVE Christmas jumpers and I can't get enough of Fair Isle print! This particular manicure was inspired by my favourite Christmas PJ pants :P 


Friday 6 December 2013

A Bit 'O Glitter

Unfortunately this is one of THOSE manicures that looked absolutely lovely on my nails, but failed to translate to camera, which made me sad :( I'm posting it anyway though because this is one of my all time favourite polishes!


Wednesday 4 December 2013

Lancôme Vernis In Love Swatches and Review

Today I have swatches of a selection of Lancôme's Vernis In Love range, a collection of 24 glossy cremes.


Monday 2 December 2013

Golden Snowflakes

And so to my first Christmas manicure of this year! I've waited until December as it would have felt wrong before. Kind of like Christmas songs in November...not right!!


Friday 29 November 2013

Models Own Show Stopper 2014 - Official Clothes Show Live Polish - Swatches

Following the success of last year's limited edition Show Stopper polish (which sold out on the first day!) Models Own have created another polish exclusively for the Clothes Show Live - Show Stopper 2014! Inspired by Jade Thompson, winner of Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.


Tuesday 26 November 2013

piCture pOlish Moody Blues by Polly Polish - Swatches

Today I'm excited to be showing you one of the brand new piCture pOlish collaboration shades! This is Moody Blues, created with Hannah of Polly Polish, and I believe it's the first collaboration with a British blogger which makes it all the more special. Hannah was kind enough to gift a bottle to me so I could try it out!


Sunday 24 November 2013

Winter Warmer

My love for Barry M's 2013 Autumn/Winter polishes, the Matte and Royal Glitter collections, is no secret. They mix and match so well together and it's easy to create simple, classic looks with them. The mattes in particular go great with small studs!


Thursday 21 November 2013

Green Distressed

I can't get enough of the Distressed technique at the moment! My Halloween take on it was my most popular post for October. As green is my favourite polish colour (and incidentally the most pain in the bum to get colour correct...typical) this combination was inevitable!


Monday 18 November 2013

Hello Sailor!

I've gone for a nautical theme with this manicure, with the help of some Born Pretty Store water decals and a MoYou London stamping plate!


Friday 15 November 2013

Coheed and Cambria Nail Art

Tonight I'm going to see my favourite band in the whole world ever, Coheed and Cambria. As appears to be the norm for me now, I did some nail art for the occasion! If you're not familiar with the band then this manicure probably will mean very little to you, so I'll give a very brief explanation of each nail (y'know incase anyone cares!)


Thursday 14 November 2013

Lacquer Lust Peridot Swatches

I'd been lusting after the Lacquer Lust (very apt name) Birthstone polishes for a while, so when Rainbow Connection got them in stock I grabbed a couple! Obviously I had to go for Peridot because it's my birthstone, and as luck would have it it's my favourite from the collection anyway.


Monday 11 November 2013

MoYou London XL Stamping Plates Review

Hi! Today I have a review of the MoYou London XL stamping plates and a cute floral manicure I did with them. Before I'd even opened the plates I was drawn to the thoughtful packaging! How lovely is it!?


Friday 8 November 2013

The Wickedest Witch there ever was...

Tonight I'm off to Manchester to see Wicked, so obviously I had to theme my nails. Team Elphaba! ;)


Thursday 7 November 2013

Sportsgirl Nail It! Speckled Mint Swatches

I don't often post single swatches any more, but I have some gorgeous polishes lying around that need a place on my blog! This one is Speckled Mint by Sportsgirl, an Australian clothing shop that's apparently kind of like Topshop, and Nail It! is their nail polish range. This was sent to me by lovely Hannah of Polly Polish!


Tuesday 5 November 2013

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot...

Happy November the 5th, aka Bonfire Night aka Guy Fawkes Night aka get wet and watch some fireworks night! I think I'll be staying in tonight, the weather looks crap and I'm an old lady who prefers a blanket and a cup of tea ;) I have however done my nails for the occasion!


Monday 4 November 2013

Green and Purple Nimbus

Today I had a go at the Nimbus technique, as seen on The Nailasaurus. Mine turned out quite differently but that's the beauty of tutorials, you sometimes get many different outcomes! Alex pointed out in the comments that this looks like a Bokeh effect, and I agree!


Thursday 31 October 2013

Pink Scream

Happy Halloween! My final Halloween manicure features nail strips from OMG Nail Strips. I've had these for a little while and thought now would be the perfect time to bust them out!


Tuesday 29 October 2013

Perilous Pumpkin

I love pumpkins. I'd have a house full of them all year round if it was up to me! I seem to be in good company because my neighbours appear to have gone all out this year, I've seen one family with 7 pumpkins in their garden!


Monday 28 October 2013

Feather Water Decals

I've found that I'm a bit partial to water decals lately, they're so much better than stickers! I have these cute feather ones from Born Pretty Store to show you today.


Saturday 26 October 2013

Models Own Lipstix - Ravishing Red

Before anyone freaks out, no, I am not branching into blogging about make-up! For one, I don't have the expertise (or the application skills!) - my knowledge lies firmly with nails. I'm merely sharing a product with you that I tried and loved and outing my secret lipstick obsession!


Wednesday 23 October 2013

All Bloodied Up

If you're squeamish, this particularly gross Halloween mani will do you no favours, so best not to read on!


Monday 21 October 2013

Distressed Halloween Gradient

I love Halloween, I love Halloween nail art, I love pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls and witches...you get the idea. On to to my first Halloween nail art of this year! This look is inspired by this post from Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. 


Saturday 19 October 2013

OPI Purple-iscious - Special Edition Polish Swatches

I have a special polish to show you today! 2013 marks the 20th birthday of QVC, and OPI have designed a new polish especially for QVC to mark the occasion!

Thursday 17 October 2013

Rimmel Space Dust Swatches and Review

The Rimmel Space Dust collection consists of 5 glitter texture polishes (think Liquid Sand) and I have 3 to show you today!


Tuesday 15 October 2013

OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps Review

Here is the next installment in my quest for the best nail wraps! Today I'm trying out OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps.


Sunday 13 October 2013

Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a lot of bloggers have done pink nails to mark this super important campaign. Here's mine!


Friday 11 October 2013

Striped Tie-Dye Tutorial

Here is the tutorial for the nails I did in this post!


Wednesday 9 October 2013

Striped Tie-Dye

Does anybody else ever accidentally schedule their posts for AM instead of PM? I keep doing it! I scheduled this one for 6am instead of 6pm, so quickly deleted it before realising I'd have to write it again. I need to give my head a wobble. Anyway, I've named this one striped tie-dye, because that's what it reminds me of even though that isn't what I was originally going for!


Monday 7 October 2013

2true Sequins Nail Polish Review

2true have been stepping up their game lately with new and updated ranges, I've already documented a few in this post and today I have a couple of polishes from the Sequins collection to show you.


Saturday 5 October 2013

My Blog Awards Nails!

Finally, here is a more detailed look at the nails I did for the Cosmo Blog Awards!


Friday 4 October 2013

My night at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013!

Today's post is a bit of a special one - pictures and details from my night at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! The picture above is probably my favourite of the night - Sammy, Lucy, Me, Alice and Amelia all crammed in a photobooth! Read on if you want to see more pictures from the night.


Saturday 28 September 2013

Barry M Berry Cosmo and Crystal Glaze Swatches and Review

I'm a little later with this than I wanted to be, but finally I have swatches of the new Barry M Berry Cosmo polish and the new Crystal Glaze top coat!


Thursday 26 September 2013

Barry M Royal Glitter Nail Art

All of the new Barry M Autumn/Winter shades go so well together, the mix and match possibilities are endless! The Royal Glitters particularly look nice as an accent nail with the Mattes, for example. Today I've done a tape mani using 2 of the Royal Glitters!


Tuesday 24 September 2013

Floral Buttons - Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Nail Art and Swatches

I'm back! My holiday was great and it's nice to have a little break now and again. Big thank you to my guest posters, Sammy, Danielle and Hannah! 

I have some nail art today featuring colours from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez collection, along with some swatches.


Friday 20 September 2013

Guest Post from Polly Polish - Gloomy Grey-dient

My third and final guest poster is Hannah from Polly Polish. Hannah was probably the first person from the blogging world who I began speaking to regularly outside of social media realms, and she's become a good friend and I appreciate having her around to vent to and discuss ideas with! She's also a fantastic designer and has been known to furnish me with wonderful nail mail. She does lovely tape nail art and gradients, and I'm happy she's created one for my blog today.

You can find Polly Polish at - Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook



I hope I'm not the only nail polish blogger for whom the awful affliction of cack-handedness strikes at the most inopportune moments. I had such grand plans for this guest post because I'm so excited to have been asked by Allie - she's bloody amazing so I feel quite honoured. What you see here is my 6th attempt at creating something worthy of appearing on Brit Nails, and I'm still not sure I achieved that target. Nevertheless, these are my gradient nails for you today, in my favourite colour, grey.

Even sat here writing this I am wearing a grey dress, cardigan and slippers. It might make some people sad, but I love it. The gloomy effect of these nails is particularly apt given the turn in the weather lately too.


Thursday 19 September 2013

Guest Post from The Nailasaurus - Pastel Galaxy

My second guest poster is Sammy from The Nailasaurus. I'm sure most of you, if not all of you, are familiar with Sammy's blog already! The Nailasaurus was one of my first inspirations when I started out blogging and still is today. Sammy is a master of studs, stamping, striping tape, gradients and tutorials, amongst many other things. I'm always excited to see a new post from her in my feed! Recently she's been doing amazing galaxy nail art and she's created some just for my blog which I'm very happy about!

You can find The Nailasaurus at - Blog | Facebook | Instagram 


Hello readers of Brit Nails. First off I have to say a big thanks to Allie for inviting me to post for her and putting her trust in me today! I’ve decided to show off some pastel(ish) galaxy nails. I’ve been completely obsessed with this style of nail art recently. The bright colours make a nice change from the traditional dark and mysterious galaxy nails, especially in the summer months. My obsession combined with how easy this nail art is makes it one of my go-to styles when I’m short on time or inspiration.


Tuesday 17 September 2013

Guest Post from Totally Nailed - Monochrome

I'm on holiday for a week as of yesterday, so I've arranged 3 guest posters to help me out while I'm gone! I was planning on having more, but I left it a bit last minute and was, as always, disorganised. I'll arrange it better next time! (so she says). 

The first post is courtesy of Danielle from Totally Nailed. I came across Danielle's blog a little while ago and I love her nails and clear pictures. She posts lovely nail art and mixes it up with swatches too. She also does a very good spray marble which I wish I could achieve! 

You can find Toally Nailed at - Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 


Hi Readers!

I am very happy to be doing a guest post for the lovely Allie, she is of course one of my favourite blogger ladies and so, so talented! It’s quite the honour. I have been dying to do some monochrome nail art for a while now, so what better time than today.


Monday 16 September 2013

Barry M Royal Glitter Collection Swatches and Review

Press Sample

Here is the next installment of my swatches of Barry M's Autumn/Winter releases! Today it's the turn of the Royal Glitter collection, 5 sparkly glitter texture polishes all with Royal inspired names.


Sunday 15 September 2013

Sparkling Windows

Happy Sunday! I decided I wanted to do some nail art using the new Barry M polishes, and this wasn't exactly what I had in mind but I ended up liking it anyway, so here it is!


Friday 13 September 2013

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Swatches and Review

Press Sample

If you're anything like me, you'll be more than happy to wear bright colours on your nails all year round, but there's something very palette cleansing about neutral Autumn and Winter shades, and we all need something to go with our cosy chunky knits and boots! Step forward Barry M's matte polishes, 5 sophisticated, warming shades that you'll almost definitely be able to wear at work!


Tuesday 10 September 2013

UK Indie Polish - Hairy Legs London

Hi! I have a UK indie brand to show you today. It's great to see UK indie polish springing up, for so long there was nothing at all! I considered starting one myself around a year ago but I realised I am far too lazy, so I'm happy to see motivated talented ladies around the UK doing it. 

This particular brand has the best name ever...Hairy Legs. Not a name you'll forget in a hurry! I also can't resist the quirky logo on the bottle stickers. Hairy Legs creator Sanita sent me 4 polishes to try.


Sunday 8 September 2013

Dance Legend Chameleon Collection Swatches and Review

Today I've got swatches of the new Dance Legend Chameleon multichrome polishes!


Friday 6 September 2013

Tribal Triangles

I'm excited and nervous today because I've just sent my RSVP for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! I'll be heading down to London in October to meet with some amazing bloggers, Sammy of The Nailasaurus, Lucie of Lucy's Stash and Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All. It'll be like some sort of nail blogger invasion. Can't wait!

Today's nail art was inspired by my slightly strange love of triangles. My base colour is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and I freehanded all of the little triangles with a small nail art brush. Colours used are Barry M Pomegranate and Barry M Guava


Wednesday 4 September 2013

Models Own Fireworks Collection Swatches and Review

Today I have swatches of the Models Own Fireworks collection to show you. Lots of pictures and info ahead!

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