This week’s nails are going all ‘ombre-fied’!


(Images sourced from here)

Ombre tones were a huge trend which dominated the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks of Charlotte Ronson, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani Couture. So it comes to no surprise that I had to feature this trend on my nails this week!

Here is an image of what I used to achieve my ombre nails!
From L-R Collection 2000 Hot Looks in Show Off , 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug & 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mint Choc Chip Boots.

Firstly, I applied the top coat & nail hardener as a base coat, which only takes up to a minute to dry. I then painted half of my nails with one coat of Collection 2000 ‘Show Off’. This colour is one of my favourites as it’s so bright! Afterwards I then painted the other half of my nails (from the middle to the tip) with my candy-coloured 17 polish in ‘Mint Choc Chip’, which I bought in my Boots Bargains post. Again I only applied the one coat and waited for it dry. Finally, after two minutes of drying, I created wavy lines over the middle where the two colours meet with my Collection 2000 ‘Show Off’ polish. Due to only applying the one coat of it at the beginning, it created sort of a ‘gradual’ ombre effect to the ‘Mint Choc Chip’ colour.  Then well ah!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
ombrenailsTo say that I have never attempted ombre nails, I think these bad boys are okay! The wavy lines could have been better but oh well! I have to say both nail polishes dried really fast, which is quite unusual for me as I always end up with varnishes that have a long drying time!

If you’re looking for more ombre nail ideas, one of my favourite bloggers; LLYMLRS has done an ombre post, but has painted each of her nails a lighter colour than the first, if you want to check it out here.

That’s all for this week’s nails, what do you think of my attempt? Have you attempted ombre nails before? I’d love to have a look!

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This Week’s Nails is back and going all glamorous and glittery!

You may have wondered why it has been ages since my last nails post! Well, let’s just say my nails needed a nice little detox from all that polish! Oh, and I guess working in retail doesn’t really help either – my nails always get damaged! So, onto this week’s colour of choice – a ‘razzle dazzle’ dark pink shade! It’s simplistic, sparkly and oh-so-trendy!

Here is an image of what I used to achieve my glitzy glamorous nails!
From L-RDeborah Lippmann Nail Varnish in ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (via Glossybox subscription), 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug & Long Lasting Emery Board (came in a pack of 5) £99p Superdrug.

I started off by giving my nails a good filing, followed by applying two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Razzle Dazzle’ nail polish. I received this product in December’s Glossybox, but due to the busy Christmas period (I was working a lot of hours), I sadly didn’t have time to review the box. Hey ho, hence why I have decided to dedicate this week’s nails to all things sparkly! I’m not going to lie, when I applied my first coat of ‘Razzle Dazzle’ there wasn’t much coverage, and I was a bit apprehensive as to how many coats it would take to apply. But I was proved wrong when I applied my second coat, which basically made my nails all dark and glittery!  I thought that the drying time was quite fast – which is a lot better than other nail polishes that I use, which take AGES to dry.  I then applied my trusty 2 in 1 top coat and nail hardener and ker-ching… nails done!

The glitter catches the light perfectly (though not on my poor Samsung camera) and I love how different it is to the other varnishes in my collection. There is one thing about Deborah Lippmann’s nail polish which I would love to change, and that’s the price! £16 is a lot of money for poor students like me, so I probably wouldn’t be buying anything from her website anytime soon, well until the next student loan comes in!

Despite being poor, I had a browse on the celebrity manicurist’s website, and had to show you my top three favourite ‘wishlist’ polishes!

From L-R: Lara’s Theme $16, Candy Shop $18 & I Know What Boys Like $16.

Have you tried out Deborah Lippmann’s nail polishes before? What did you think of them?

Another week, another feature on my nails!

This week I’m going all starry-eyed by painting my nails à la Dolce & Gabbana!  Their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was full of this twinkling print – from clashing star and lace dresses to sexy starry trousers – it’s clear that D&G definitely pulled out all the stops on this collection!

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Not only that but it seems that the A Listers have twinkle-toed their way to stardom (see what I did there?), by including this huge trend into their enormous wardrobes. Take note from Lily Allen, Jessie J and Mary-Elizabeth Winstead who all rocked this look effortlessly.

Now onto the nails! I recently bought Barry M nail paint in Vivid Purple and used this varnish, along with the 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener – which I always use! I love the Barry M nail colour! I currently don’t have a dark purple in my nail polish collection so this was another incentive for me to buy it! To add the stars, I used celebrity nail technician’s Andrea Fulerton’s metallic silver pen.

Here is an image of what I used to achieve these stellar starry nails!
L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Dot & Flick Nail Art £3.99 Superdrug, Barry M Nail Paint in Vivid Purple £2.99 Superdrug & Long Lasting Emery Board (came in a pack of 5) £99p Superdrug.

As usual, I applied a base coat using the top coat and nail hardener, which dried within a couple of minutes. I then painted two coats of Barry M – I only needed one coat, but for my own reassurance I decided to paint on two coats. When it dried (which didn’t take long at all), I used the Dot and Flick nail pen, which I bought earlier that day. Despite applying the ‘stars’, some of them got smudged and didn’t really turn out how I wanted them to – they were more like splats or flowers than stars -but I love the colour combination!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
The lighting was really bad so I had to use flash on my camera, thus the colour looks a bit lighter than what it does in real life. As you can see, I have only painted on two stars at the tip of my nails; I didn’t really want to cover my nails in stars, so I opted for this look. If I were to attempt this look again, I probably would have bought nail art stickers, but being me, I tried to draw them on. Despite the stars not turning out the way I wanted them to, I am in love with the Barry M nail varnish, and I am going to use the metallic pen for dots (as opposed to a blunt end of a cocktail stick). Overall, I’m happy with my attempt.

That’s it for this week’s nails! What do you guys think of my attempt at going all D&G?

PS. I have been shortlisted for Blog of the Month at British Style Bloggers – so happy and excited!

(Image used in feature image sourced from here)

This Week’s Nails is all about polka-dots!

Polka-dots were featured a lot in London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, with Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and David Koma, including this spotty print into their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.

So when it came to This Week’s Nails, I had to incorporate this big trend into my ‘nail art’.

I chose a deep, dark red for the base colour and ‘dotted’ my nails with Luscious white nail varnish using the blunt end of a cocktail stick.

Here is the nail varnish I used to achieve my look:

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Nails Inc. London Nail Varnish in Tate, Free (RRP £5) via Glamour Magazine and Luscious Nail Varnish in White, Free  via a magazine I bought ages ago.

Similar to the last nails post, I used Superdrug’s 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener as my base and top coat. I then applied two coats of the Nails Inc. polish. I have to say, I love the colour! Dark red is one of my favourite colours and I didn’t have this colour in my nail varnish collection, so thanks Glamour for the freebie!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
As you can see I went for ‘big polka-dots’, and tried to cover my nails in them, rather than just having two or three. The Nails Inc. varnish had an average drying time, and I am pleased with how they turned out.

However, when I went wrong with one of the nails, the polish left a pink stain and despite using numerous amounts of  nail varnish remover and cotton balls to remove the ‘pink stain’, it was still visible. This may be due to my nail varnish remover (which is Cutex by the way), or to the nail polish itself. I will have to wait and see what the state of my nails is in when I take it off, but for now, I love them!

That’s all for This Week’s Nails, look out for next week’s post on them!

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This Week’s Nails is a new feature which basically does what it says on the tin! Every week I will upload some pictures of the ‘nail art’ on my nails. It’s a short but sweet post!

As this is the first post, I have included an image of my vintage manicure set my mum gave me, which I use on my nails.
It includes everything – from a nail file, nail clippers, cuticle sticks and scissors, to name a few! The items are packed in a beautiful brown box, which you click open at the top.

Now onto what varnishes I used to achieve this week’s animal print-effect nails!  I decided to go for an orange leopard print feel – do orange leopards even exist? Probably not, but oh well!

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Leighton Denny Polish in Do Me A Flavour Free (RRP £11) Glossybox and Barry M Metallic Liquid Eyeliner £4.79 Superdrug.

I applied a base coat using the 2 in 1 top coat nail hardener, followed by two coats of Do Me A Flavour. I felt that I needed to do two coats with this nail varnish, as the colour is quite light and you could still see the true colour of my nails through it. Afterwards, I applied a top coat of the 2 in 1 nail hardener, and then finished off with placing black dots onto my nails with the Barry M liquid eyeliner.

Here are my nails:
As you can see, the spots aren’t to perfection! I’m a bit impatient with these things, and I usually go wrong and paint my fingers instead of my nails! But to say I haven’t painted my nails in three years,  (I used to paint them ALL the time in high school) I think they look quite alright, if I do say so myself!

I thought that the Leighton Denny colour was a really nice shade of orange. It sort of goes well with my quite pale-olive skin tone. I’m not too sure about the price of it though – £11 is a bit steep for nail varnish, so I probably wouldn’t buy another varnish from there, unless I couldn’t buy a cheaper alternative to a LD colour I liked.

So there you go the first instalment of ‘This Week’s Nails’! Look out next week for another one of my attempts at nail art!

(Images for featured image sourced from here)