28 April 2016

April Showers - AWDR

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April Showers was the theme for this weeks A Weekly Dose of Rainbows challenge. I started with 2 coats of Catrice 114 The Sky so Fly. Once that was dry I added some grass to the bottom with Barry m Greenberry. For the clouds I used Essence 53 Rock my World!. Finally I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 300 Electra-cute with OPI I just can't cope-acabana.


I thought about adding rain but it did not look good! I tried it on one nail and it just looked like I threw on some random polka dots. It definitely needs something to fill up the gaps but I have no idea what to add in so I left it at that.




26 April 2016

Twinsie Tuesday- Monochrome nails

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This week we are shifting away from the bright Spring colours and going with a monochrome design instead. It's nice to take a break from all the bright polishes for a while. I've kind of worn myself out of the spring colours lately so I'm looking forward to wearing some darker polishes for a while.


I used a plain white polish with Sally Hansen Patent gloss in Vinyl for my black polish. I kept one plain nail just for laziness sake. I couldn't think of anything else to add on that nail and I don't have a white glitter so it stayed nice and plain.


Check out the other Twinsies posts in the links below:

Alaina (The Little Canvas)
Alice (Nail Art in Wonderland)
Amanda (Amandalandish)
Amanda (Fashion Footing)
Amber (Nails Like Lace)
Chelsea (Nailed Blog)
ChiChi (I'm Just Me...ChiChi)
Claire (Kerruticles)
Lisa (The Polish Playground)
Marisa (Polish Obsession)
Marisa (Polish Those Nails)
Megan (A Beauty and the Business)
Róisín (Cuti-CLUE-les)
Sara (The Call of Beauty)
Sarah (Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Lacquer)
Savannah (Addicted to Polish)
Steph (Lovestruck Lacquer)

21 April 2016

Bubble nails

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For the bubble technique I started off with an all white base. I picked out Essence the gel nail polish in 27 Don't be shy (lime green) and 31 Electriiiiiic ( cobalt blue) for the deisgn as they compliment each other pretty well.


I dotted the colours onto my nail using a dotting tool. I tried to use cotton buds dipped in acetone to get the bubble effect in the centre of each dot but it wasn't working. I resorted to using a brush dipped in nail polish remover and swirled around in the dots to get a similar effect. It's not my favourite manicure to say the least! I love the colours but this technique really doesn't suit me. It was fun to try though!

19 April 2016

Twinsie Tuesday- Tulips

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Today we have another Twinsie Tuesday post with a pretty typical spring theme of Tulips. I really like the end result of this one. It was pretty simple to do and it looks so pretty on the nail. I added on an accent nail and I think it was the right way to go about it. It made the other nails pop.


I started with 2 coats of Essence I <3 Trends 01 So lucky. Once that was dry I used the polish brish to draw on two half circle like shapes on both sides of my nail. I used Essence the gel nail polish in  12 Mandarine Bay (coral/orange) and 21 A Whisper of Spring (lilac) for this. I then outlined each nail using Giorgio Armani 301 Gio on the coral nails and Essence 61 1001 Party Night on the lilac nail. The coral nails are coming across way brighter on camera. In reality they are more toned down and match the purple nicely.


Alaina (The Little Canvas)
Alice (Nail Art in Wonderland)
Amanda (Amandalandish)
Amanda (Fashion Footing)
Amber (Nails Like Lace)
Chelsea (Nailed Blog)
ChiChi (I'm Just Me...ChiChi)
Claire (Kerruticles)
Lisa (The Polish Playground)
Marisa (Polish Obsession)
Marisa (Polish Those Nails)
Megan (A Beauty and the Business)
Róisín (Cuti-CLUE-les)
Sara (The Call of Beauty)
Sarah (Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Lacquer)
Savannah (Addicted to Polish)
Steph (Lovestruck Lacquer)

18 April 2016

Essence 61 1001 Party Nights (Spring 2016)

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**Polish was provided for review**


I actually don't get the name of this polish at all but Essence 1001 Party nights is another release from their Spring 2016 line. Again it's a darker polish but unlike Need your Love you can definitely tell this is a purple polish on the nails.

1001 Party Nights has a great formula. Opaque in 2 easy coats. I had no trouble with bald spots or dragging. Like the others in this range is dried nice and glossy and it didn't stain upon removal which is good. I'm glad it's not a deep dark purple as they can sometimes look dreary in the nice bright weather. This colour is the perfect inbetween shade.




14 April 2016

Rainbow stripes

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Rainbow stripes was the prompt for A Weekly Dose of Rainbows, the nail art group that posts on Instagram once a week. I love striped nail art anyway so this was a fun one for me. I picked out a mix of darker and lighter colours just to mix it up.


I used SoSu Poison Apple as my base. I then added a stripe of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 372 Greige, Essence the gel nail polish 24 Indian Summer, Catrice 114 The Sky so Fly and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 310 Shock Wave. I went with thinner lines so all of the colours would stand out on their own.



12 April 2016

Twinsie Tuesday- Spring Gradient

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This week for Twinsie Tuesday we are doing a gradient + stamping design. If you read my posts last week you would know that I lost my stamping supplies so I just went with the gradient with some glitter on top.


I started off with Essence Colour and Care 02 I care for you. Once that was dry I dabbed on Essence I <3 Trends the nudes 07 Hope for love. I kept this mainly on the middle up to the tips. I topped it all off with Essence the gel nail polish 43 Girls Best Friend.


Instead of a glossy topcoat I used Essence Gummy topcoat which helped the glitter colours stand out more. I like it but I think it would look  nicer on shorter nails. My nails aren't that long but it just didn't look right at the length they are now. Personal preference really.


Alaina (The Little Canvas)
Alice (Nail Art in Wonderland)
Amanda (Amandalandish)
Amanda (Fashion Footing)
Amber (Nails Like Lace)
Chelsea (Nailed Blog)
ChiChi (I'm Just Me...ChiChi)
Claire (Kerruticles)
Lisa (The Polish Playground)
Marisa (Polish Obsession)
Marisa (Polish Those Nails)
Megan (A Beauty and the Business)
Róisín (Cuti-CLUE-les)
Sara (The Call of Beauty)
Sarah (Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Lacquer)
Savannah (Addicted to Polish)
Steph (Lovestruck Lacquer)


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