14 April 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Watermarble

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Today we have something a bit different.  The theme for today was Watercolour nails but I ended up doing a Watermarble instead.Watermarbles are not my thing but it was fun to give it a try for this weeks Twinsie Tuesday challenge. I picked out some Spring-ish colours so it would be nice and bright. I had to redo my middle nail and I completely forgot to add on my base before I stuck it in the water so that's why you can see my nail line. Rookie mistake!

For my base I used Sally Hansen Miracle gel in 110 Birthday Suit. Once that was dry I used Barry m gelly hi shine in Papaya and from the regular nail paints range I used Pink Flamingo for the watermarble. They worked pretty well together but I wish it was brighter. Despite it bubbling on my index finger I think it turned out nice enough. Clean up wasn't too bad seeing as I used lighter colours.

You can see the other Twinsie Tuesday posts in the links below.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish


13 April 2015

Essence 03 I'm so Fluffy

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**Polish was provided for my honest review**


 This is the ,last polish I have to show ye from the Essence I <3 Trends release. This is another polish from the Pastels section called 03 I'm so Fluffy. The formula on this is ok. It's a bit thinner than the rest so you need 3 thick coats for full opacity. It dries so quickly so take it handy with the brushstrokes or else it will end up looking patchy. It's  lovely pinky peach colour with a matte finish.

In the first two pictures I have a topcoat on just so you can see what it's like glossy. I'm so fluffy is a great colour. As it leans more pink in real life I find it to be much more flattering on my skin than the likes of Barry m Peach melba which is a pure peach shade.


Here I have the same swatch but without a topcoat. You can see it has a lovely matte finish to it. The main reason I topcoat my polish is to help with longevity. I haven't worn these for long without a topcoat so I can't say for sure if they chip easily or not. I have gotten a good week of wear with a topcoat and it didn't chip on me at all.



10 April 2015

Streaky Stripes

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This manicure came about by pure accident. I was painting my nails and I just started adding on stripes of colour. I got about halfway across when I thought so darker colours would look interesting, especially if they went in a different direction. I didn't have any striping tape to hand so I freehanded the stripes using a thin brush. They aren't perfect but you wouldn't really see half of the mistakes unless you were looking at them up close.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Miracle gel in 110 Birthday suit. Once I had those 3 coats on and dry I starting adding on the stripes.

From left to Right: Catrice Acid/dc (lime) Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 544 Tahitian Sunset (pale orange) OPI I just can't copeacabana (yellow) . Sinful Colors Sugar Crush (light blue)

From Top to Bottom: Catrice Lucky in Lilac (Lilac) OPI Kiss me I'm Brazillian (pink) Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 671 Moheato (mint green) Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 330 Redgy (raspberry red) Sinful Colors Boom Boom (pink) Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 674 Nightwatch (navy) Sally Hansen Patent Gloss in Chic (nude) Barry m Orchid (purple) Essence I'm so Fluffy (peach)  Sinful Colors Rise and shine (Turquoise)


I topped it off with a clear topcoat to blend the colours together and to add a nice shine to it. If you have a fairly steady hand you can easily do this. Even if you make a mistake you can cover it with the next colour. By the time you have a few colours added on you won't even notice it!


Born Pretty Store Orange cuticle oil review

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**Product was provided for my honest review**


Another of the products I was sent from the Born Pretty Store is the Orange scented cuticle oil. I have used this almost daily for the last fortnight, Cuticles need a lot of maintenance so I apply this before I paint my nails, after I paint them and after I remove the polish.I use this for swatching and for my own day to day manicures. During the day I'll swipe it on if I think of it so it's pretty consistent care throughout the day.

I have to say for the price this is a pretty good cuticle oil. It sinks in nicely and it gives an instant boost to my cuticles making them look nice and smooth,. It really takes the dryness out of them. I do need to top it up with a hand cream in order to keep them looking good. That being said it's a great oil and it seems to be doing a lot of good for my nails.

I have the Orange scented oil and it smells lovely. You do need to twist the bottom before you apply and I would advise taking it handy. I needed a good 15 twists the first time I used it. I made the mistake of over-twisting it and I got way too much oil on the brush. I'm not normally a fan on the brush tips but this works well enough in spreading the oil around the nail without it being messy or spilling everywhere.


For $1.79 I would definitely recommend giving this oil a try. There are other scents in this range.. Each little bottle contains 8ml of product. As it is an oil a little goes a long way. I have a good few weeks left of use in my bottle which is great considering the amount of times I use it a day.


08 April 2015

Born Pretty cuticle clean up

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**Product was provided for my honest review**


Today I have a Born Pretty Store review for ye. Technically this is supposed to be an eyeliner brush but I've been using it for cuticle clean up. It's the perfect shape to get about your cuticles leaving a nice clean line.

I've been using this for the past fortnight now and it's really good. It fits my nail perfectly and removes the excess polish without ruining my nails. It's definitely comparable to the Elf brush that so many polish bloggers rave about .  The brushes cost $1.94 each which is great as they will wear down after a couple of months so they can be replaced easily and at a low cost. I'd definitely recommend this brush. The handle is good and long so I can dip it into the nail polish remover without a problem. A clean up brush is essential after painting your nails so the cheaper they are the better. There is no need to spend a heap of money on one.



07 April 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Seasonal Opposite

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Back to my least favourite nail art process. Gradients are messy and rarely turn out well on my nails. I do think they look good on other people and some are really beautiful but it doesn't work for me. I take no joy out of doing them, especially when you are left with the horrendous cleanup to do afterwards. I still want to get the hang of them so I try to give it a go every once in a while.

This was the only thing that came to mind when I thought of a seasonal opposite manicure. I have to say this wasn't too bad to do. I started off with Orly Liquid Vinyl. This is 2 coats. Once that had dried I sponged on Catrice Marilyn and Me. I topped it all off with a coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle gel topcoat. I love black and red together, they really compliment each other.


 Check out the other Seasonal Opposite manicures down in the links below:

Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas

06 April 2015

Born Pretty Store high grit nail files review

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**Products were provided for my honest review**


My current nail files have just burnt out after a good few months of heavy use. The Born Pretty Store sent out their 4 pack of nail files for review so I'm just getting around to trying them now. These are quiet a high grit (120/1250) so it takes no time at all to file down my nails. I tend to prefer high grit files as they last longer and they can deal with my nails without breaking them.

I can use all of these files without a problem but I tend to use the curved ones more often on my fingers seeing as I have a more curved nail shape. It allows me to get into the sides of my nails to even them all out. I have used these a fair bit already and there is not a bother on them. They don't look used at all. These should last me at least until the end of the year but more than likely well into the next year.

This set of 4 costs $2.76 and you can find them here.

Essence Hope for love

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**Polish was provided for my honest review**


Another polish from the I <3 Trends release from Essence. This is from the Nudes section and it is called 07 Hope For Love, Now the name is not my favourite but the colour is really pretty, It's a rosy pink and it's the most opaque of the ones I've tried recently.

This is 2 thicker coats. It does dry glossy so I left it as it is. The formula is great on this, I had no troubles at all with applying it and I didn't need any clean up. This is a colour you could wear all year round without a problem. Be sure to let this dry before adding on your second coat as it tends to drag a bit leaving bald spots. It's not bad at all though and it does dry quick quickly so it shouldn't really be a problem.



03 April 2015

Bunnies and Easter eggs!

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So to round of this week I thought I would post my Easter nails! These were pretty fun and full of Spring colours. Unfortunately my topcoat did make some of the colours run but it wasn't really noticeable in person so it didn't bother me too much. Here are the polishes I used:

Blue (Sky) Sinful Colours Sugar Rush,
Green (grass and Easter egg stripes) Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure 671 Moheato,
Nude (bunny base and Easter egg) Barry m Lychee,
Raspberry (Easter egg and stripes) Barry m Raspberry,
Orange (Easter egg) Nails inc Atomic,
Darker Blue (Easter egg and stripes) Barry m Cyan Blue,
Peach (Eater egg and detail) Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure 547 Peach of cake,
Yellow (Easter egg and polka dots) OPI I just can't cope-acabana,
Lilac (Easter egg) Barry m Berry Ice Cream.
Pink (Bunny ears and nose) OPI Kiss me I'm Brazillian.


There are a fair few polishes in this manicure. Of course you don't need half of them. It's very easy to simplify these nails and have them look great. I was asked to do these nails so I thought I'd dress them up as much as possible. Believe it or not but the hardest part was actually the bunny! I'm sure if I had a better white polish it would have been a bit smoother but this was the third attempt at getting it to look relatively normal. I did wear this on both hands so it look pretty fun and I got a good week out of this manicure without chips and minimal tip wear. It was definitely worth the effort.


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