Wednesday, 31 December 2014
It's time for the last Nailvengers challenge of 2014! I can't believe it's been a year already. I hope we continue with the challenges throughout 2015, I've really enjoyed doing them with my blogging besties! Don't forget to check them out - The Nailasaurus, One Nail To Rule Them All & Lucy's Stash (hopefully xameliax will be back with us in the new year). For my New Years Eve manicure I've ended up with what I'm calling a Glitter Tornado!
Monday, 29 December 2014
piCture pOlish 2014 Collaborations - Cyan, LakoDom and Minty Swatches and Review, plus Gloss on Top!
Hi! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Did anybody get polish? I never get any for Christmas, I think people are scared of buying me any because chances are I already have it!
Today I've got three more piCture pOlish blogger collaboration shades to show you - Cyan, LakoDom and Minty; and I'm also trying out piCture pOlish's new top coat, Gloss on Top.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Party season is upon us, and these super sparkly polka dots that I created for Barry M will be perfect for your Christmas/New Year night out! (I actually wore these on one myself and they got lots of compliments!) I was looking for a way to utilise a few of the Glitterati polishes at once in an easy to achieve way, and this is what I came up with. Tutorial ahead!
Monday, 22 December 2014
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Now, I'm not going to lie to you and say I'm a fan of the book or that I'll be seeing the film, because I won't be. But, whatever your opinion on the franchise of Fifty Shades of Grey, you can't deny it's popularity. OPI have created a limited edition collection to go along with the release of the film, and as a huge fan of grey polishes, I was excited to get my hands on it!
Monday, 15 December 2014
Hi! Today, I'm featuring a new-to-the-blog brand, Cirque Colors! I'm really excited to have them on my blog, I've admired their creations for a while (so you can imagine my glee when Cirque founder Annie asked if I would like to try some polishes!) Live It Up is Cirque's Holiday 2014 collection, made up of 5 dazzling glitter toppers inspired by holiday celebrations and classic dance hits!
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Hi! The Body Shop UK are running a charity campaign on Instagram for War Child - for every Christmas inspired nail design they receive with the hashtag #nailit4charity, they will make a contribution to enable a child affected by war to have a school lesson. It's running until the 31st of December, and this is what I'll be posting!
Saturday, 6 December 2014
There's still plenty of shopping days left until Christmas (or so I keep telling myself) and I've compiled a list of gift ideas for lovers of nail polish and nail art! If you're lacking in inspiration for a Secret Santa or a stocking filler, you might just find something here. Please note there are no affiliate links on this post, just things I think would make genuinely nice gifts, and they're in no particular order.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Hi! I've finally started feeling Christmassy (although my decorations are not up yet...it's still too early for that!) and today I've got the limited edition festive trio from The Lacquer Lab to show you, so cosy up and read on!
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
I'm a little behind with my swatches but I'm getting there! Today I've got 3 collaboration shades to show you - Fool's Gold by The Nailasaurus, Forget Me Not by Lacquertude and Sizzle by Cosmetic Sanctuary. The 4th polish that was in this release was my very own Unicorn, which you can see here!
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Hi! It's the end of the month, which means it's nearly time for December already (I swear it was only Christmas 10 minutes ago, and no, of course I haven't started my Christmas shopping!) and also time for another Nailvengers challenge with my friends Sammy, Alice and Lucie. I've gone for something simple and sparkly!
Friday, 28 November 2014
I'm a little late posting this one since Autumn is on it's way out, but there's still time! I created this autumn feather nail art using all Barry M products (they have the most PERFECT autumn colours available!) read on to find out how to do it!
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Today I have swatches of the stunning new collection from a-england, Elizabeth & Mary. Another collection steeped in history, this release consists of 5 polishes - 3 scattered holo and 2 shimmers.
Friday, 21 November 2014
I have the last of the Barry M Christmas Limited Edition glitters to show you today. I've previously showed you the Superdrug and Tesco ones, and I'm finishing with the Boots duo - Moonlight and Starlight (distinguishable by their pretty red metallic lids!)
Monday, 17 November 2014
Hi! Hope you all had a good weekend, I can't believe it's Monday already! I've been a bit quiet lately due to computer issues (the issues being my computer is about 6 years old) but I'm really hoping to have a brand new one soon, so fingers crossed!!
Today I'm showing you the latest additions to the popular Models Own HyperGel range - 5 brand new shades for Autumn/Winter, all deliciously dark and glossy!
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Friday, 7 November 2014
As you read this, I'll be at Alton Towers for the Fireworks Spectacular! I'll be praying to the rain gods that it doesn't rain all day, but I'm determined to have a good time even if it does. I can't wait to go on The Smiler again!
I can't get enough of retro colours this Autumn/Winter, and I've incorporated some more from the Barry M Gelly range into this easy tutorial. Read on for the steps, and if you recreate it don't forgot to use the hashtag #lookbritnails on Instagram so I don't miss it!
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Hi! I have some more Barry M Christmas glitters to show you today - this time Christmas Tree and Jingle Bells, which are exclusive to Superdrug and contain STAR glitter! Which, I'm pretty sure, we've never seen in a Barry M polish before (correct me if I'm wrong) This post feels far too festive to have at the beginning of November, but I wanted to show you them ASAP because they're perfect for instant Christmas party nails!
Friday, 31 October 2014
Happy Halloween!! I've already broken into the sweets meant for the trick or treaters (aren't fizzers just the best sweets ever?) Anyway, I'm back with the Nailvengers this month for a Halloween theme! I've gone for a less traditional sort of Halloween design, no ghosts or pumpkins in sight, and I love how it turned out.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
Novella is the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection from The Lacquer Lab, a collection of 5 cremes and a glitter topper in beautiful wintery hues! I have swatches of all 6 to show you today.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Today I've got another tutorial created with Barry M, this time a design incorporating retro colours with a 70's vibe! This bold colour combination may not be to everyone's taste, but you can easily switch up the colours to something that suits you better. Read on for the steps!
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Today I'm showing you Twilight, a limited edition Barry M glitter polish that's exclusive to Tesco!
Monday, 20 October 2014
Thursday, 16 October 2014
More Halloweeny polishes today! I have swatches of two shades from Apocalypse of Colour, China Glaze's Halloween 2014 collection. I think I get excited by Halloween collections more than any other! This collections looks particularly fun because it has a zombie theme, and well, zombies have never been more popular have they? ;)
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Monday, 13 October 2014
British boutique brand The Lacquer Lab has relaunched with a brand new website and brand new bottles! And guess what...I'm the new resident swatcher! My little old nails now feature next to each polish on the website, so make sure you head over to have a look! There's new goodies in store too, with the upcoming launch of the Novella collection (my post on that will be coming soon) and the new limited edition Halloween polish I'm showing you today, Teen Witch.
Friday, 10 October 2014
If you're looking for something a little glitzy and glam for Christmas, the new Disco Pants collection from Models Own might be for you. Turning away from traditional Autumn/Winter collection shades, Models Own have jumped straight into the Christmas party mood!
Monday, 6 October 2014
I've created a few easy to follow tutorials for Barry M, utilising their Autumn/Winter 2014 Gelly shades (along with a couple of other Gellies too!) for some autumnal looks. The first one is this leopard print design, which may not feature typical autumn colours but the soft neutral look is perfect for this time of year! Read on for the steps...
Friday, 3 October 2014
Barry M are known for their amazing seasonal collections and their hugely popular Gelly range, but at the heart of the Barry M line are their Classic Nail Paints - the core collection of polishes that have been a familiar staple of Boots and Superdrug visits for as long as I can remember. The last addition to the core line was Berry Cosmo all the way back in September 2013, so I'm pleased to see some new additions for A/W 2014!
Today Models Own have announced another new range of polishes - the Disco Pants collection! Inspired by famous New York nightclubs, the collection consists of 3 metallic shades and 2 gorgeous glitzy shimmers. They are:
Sound Factory - Deep sapphire blue
Paradise Garage - Mesmerising emerald green
Studio 54 - Pretty pink diamond
Copacabana - Shimmering gold topaz
Roxy - Majestic purple amethyst
These will be available on the Models Own website from 17th October, Bottleshops from 18th October and Superdrug stores from 22nd October. I have a few more bottle shots ahead, swatches will be following ASAP!
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Barry M have released a whole host of new nail paints for Autumn/Winter 2014, and I'll be showing them to you over the coming days! I'm starting with the two new additions to the Aquarium collection (reviewed here back in March) because I just couldn't wait to try that purple!
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Melange is just so pretty I couldn't bear to part with it, so I did some simple stamping over the top before it was time to remove (blogger's curse...never much time to keep a polish on!) the colour I chose to stamp with ended up being a pretty much perfect compliment to Melange.
Monday, 22 September 2014
I've long been an Illamasqua fan (I currently own around 30 bottles of polish and a good few lip and eye products) and it's always exciting when they release a new collection; everything is always so well thought out and beautifully executed. Not to mention the stunning imagery that accompanies every new release! "Once" is the new collection for A/W 2014 and I think they've outdone themselves here...especially with this new nail polish!
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
My fifth and final guest post is from Natalie of Nailz Craze. I'm so excited to have Natalie on my blog, she has some of the most amazing photography in the blogging world (I'm constantly in awe of it) and her nails are flawless! She's also the creator of a range of gorgeous stamping plates which I really need to get my hands on one day (one has a unicorn!) her blog contains a mix of swatches, nail art and beauty reviews so be sure to have a look!
Hi there, dear Brit Nails readers!
First let me start by saying how flattered and honored I was when Allie invited me to do a guest post for her blog, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my nail art with her lovely readers! I hope you will like the nail art I prepared for this post.
So there it is, my red-black-gold mani with a hint of a devilish touch! I don’t know if it’s the colors or the almond nail shape (or maybe it’s just me), but you can see what I mean, right? ;)
Cirque Holdfast Base Coat
Ga-De #363 Geisha (red)
Cirque Memento Mori (black)
Sally Hansen #420 Liquid Gold
Cirque Liquid Laminate Top Coat
Natalie aka Nailz Craze
Natalie aka Nailz Craze
Sunday, 14 September 2014
My fourth guest post comes from Hannah, aka Polly Polish. This is Hannah's second appearance on my blog - she created these nails for me last year. I can never say enough how great Hannah is, I don't know what I'd do without her on a daily basis for a good rant, and her help with tweaking code is indispensable (the woman is a genius) so I'm super happy to have her back on my blog, especially as she's created some adorable nail art with my piCture pOlish shade!
I know I'm taking a bit of a gamble with this post for Allie. She's not the sort to blow her own trumpet, using her piCture pOlish creation 'Unicorn' could backfire on me, either if she doesn't like my design, or is just a bit embarrassed. Well, tough titties Allie, because despite her insistence that this wouldn't be 'my kind of colour', it's a brilliant creation. She could've made a brown polish and I'd still buy it, use it, and love it.
So, here's Allie's 'Unicorn'. I have swatched this previously so I know it's a three coater. I wanted to show how bright and fun it can look using just one coat over a white base. The base here is Models Own Hyper Gel 'White Light' which I masked off with some right angled nail vinyls and painted over with 'Unicorn' before removing the tape and covering with a top coat that I can't yet reveal because I'm testing it for a brilliant brand. Suffice to say this top coat is also a winner. You could get the same pattern by applying the white over a base of 'Unicorn' but I think the white being underneath makes the turquoise base of this polish sing that bit more, as well as showing off the pink and silver glitter, along with a subtle pink shimmer. 'Unicorn' is a terribly cute polish that really lives up to it's magical name.
Friday, 12 September 2014
My third guest post is from Danielle of @nailsbydaniellet on Instagram. You may well already be familiar with her by now, she's been steadily gaining popularity on Instagram, and so she should - she does beautifully detailed nail art and has the cutest nail shape ever. Danielle doesn't have a blog yet but I'm hoping she decides to create one soon because I enjoyed reading about the process behind these nails. I'm a big fan of her work so I'm really excited she agreed to a guest post!
Hello everyone, I’m Danielle from @nailsbydaniellet on Instagram and I am so excited to show you my autumn inspired manicure today! I’ve been following Allie’s work for a couple of years and I have her stunning swatches to thank for my rapidly growing polish collection- I’m sure you can relate! I was so honoured when she invited me to create a blog post to share with you all (I may have squealed a little) and in anticipation of autumn, I thought I would attempt the toadstool nail art I've been thinking about for so long.
For this manicure I used Essie’s ‘Sand Tropez' for my base and acrylic paint for all of the details. I started by painting the heads of the red toadstools, then mixed a few different yellow shades to create some dimension for their chubby stems. Once the focal point of each nail was done, I fitted in a mixture of smaller, neutral-toned mushrooms, dandelion seeds and added extra plants for pops of colour around them. To outline the toadstools and mushrooms, I watered down my black paint and used a finer nail art brush (professionally trimmed with nail clippers) very lightly to define them
My thumb rarely makes a full appearance but I often quickly try out a design on it first, so I thought she deserved a mention and a photo with my trial toadstools.
I am really happy with the way these turned out, and SO ready to go and buy the entire Barry M Autumn/Winter Gelly collection (again, thanks to Allie!) then throw myself into a pile of autumn manicures. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post, I really hope you enjoyed it. I would love to hear what you think and of course, feel free to visit my Instagram and have a look around!
Thursday, 11 September 2014
My second guest post comes courtesy of Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All. I'm sure you're familiar with her work already! I've met Alice a couple of times now and we've become good friends. Alice is a tutorial queen and you may have used one of her tutorials yourself - I always try to make mine as good as hers but they never quite are! ;)
You can find One Nail To Rule Them All at - Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
You can find One Nail To Rule Them All at - Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Hey everyone! I’m so happy to be doing this post, Allie is probably one of my closest friends in blogging, we speak almost everyday, along with Hannah, and we've met a few times too, so it’s nice to finally post from the inside! I’m definitely jealous of her going away on holiday, I’ve been looking at last minute holidays wishfully, so I know she’s going to have an ace time, and I’m happy to be able to fill the time for you whilst she’s gone. For my guest post I just chose to do simple floral/gem combination. I really love floral designs and with this I just decided to see where it took me, and I quite like the end result, I’ll let you decide for yourself!
For these I used Barry M – Watermelon as a base, and Graffiti Nails – Ice White then I used studs from Born Pretty Store, finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.
What do you think? Thanks again to Allie for having me!
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
By the time you read this, I'll be in Turkey, sunning myself and taking advantage of the all inclusive food and cocktails...so I've organised some guest posters to take over my blog until I'm back! First up is Dahlia Nails, a blog ran by Emma and Jo, two really nice girls who I had the pleasure of meeting and having lunch with at an event in London. A blog ran by two people is pretty unique, and they manage to make it work so well! You get a good mix of styles between the 2 girls, and they're definitely worth checking out.
We are so honoured to guest post for Allie, aka Brit Nails, as we're massive fans!! We hope you don't miss Allie too much today and enjoy our work.
Ok, we'll admit it, we're totally in love with the new Autumn/Winter Gellys from Barry M. We were feeling a bit sad about letting go of our summer brights, but this gorgeous range left us itching to create some more muted designs. You can see full swatches and reviews of the whole range on our earlier blog post, here, and Allie's swatches here.
We received a couple of requests to create some nail art with the range, so have happily obliged. Today we used Mustard* and Chai* two of our faves from the collection (although the others only trail a teeny bit behind, ah it's so hard to choose!)
Starting with the patterned nails we painted a base of two coats of Barry M - White. Once this was dry we used a dotting tool to add medium sized dots in Mustard*, as close together as we could get them. A couple of dots ended up touching but thankfully you can't really tell in the end. To complete the design we painted the remaining two nails in solid grey Chai* and topped it all with trusty Seche.
Are you looking forward to bringing out your autumnal shades?
Love and hugs,
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