Mani Monday #24

At the beginning of the year there was a big push for textured nail polish – everything from matte nails to sugar coated. Naturally, my interest was piqued but particularly by feather effect polish.

The first feather effect polish I saw was Nails Inc On The Money Feather Effect polish – which made me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night – what else could make my nails look like that?

Unfortunately, I never did buy it. However, a few weeks ago I walked into my local Boots and came across Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat. I couldn’t leave without it.

What do I think now? I should have brought Nails Inc.

Firstly, it’s like a glitter polish when applying… It takes some time and thinking to have an even distribution.

Secondly, it sort of melts the base coat, which means it takes time to dry. If you smudge it you can’t save it. You can see from the pics why you need to let it dry completely.

In saying all this, I do love the texture and it’s a great style to use either to highlight one nail, or you can do all nails for a bold look (I recommend 2-3 coats).

I don’t see Van Gogh though, and that’s really where my disappointment stems from.

Have you had much luck with this polish, or can you suggest a better one?

– love Clare x

Mani Monday #9


This week’s Mani Monday is inspired by the lovely Zooey Deschanel and her daisy-inspired nails courtesy of celeb nail technician, Tom Bachik for L’Oréal.

She sported the cutesy daisies for the Golden Globes, so I though if she can have them, so can I… harder than it looks people…

But I tried, and that’s all that counts!

Unlike Zooey, I fancied a base coat, so since spring  is still trying to make an appearance, I thought I’d go for a pretty pastel colour, Ming Green by Barry M.
20140302-123847.jpgI personally feel with a colour behind them, it makes the daisies stand out that little bit more.

I used yellow gems for the centre of my daisies – for a tutorial on how I attach the gems please see this previous Mani Monday post.

The daisies are pretty hard to do, and even harder when you’re using your non-dominant hand. Because of this, I only put daisies on odd finger where I fancied really, there was no order and I placed them in different places on the actual nail, so they weren’t all centred.

This gave it a pretty cute look actually, and well, I’m pleased with myself!

Have you tried this mani?

If you have any pearls of wisdom for me, get in touch, I’m always willing to learn!

Happy Monday!

– love Carla

Mani Monday #8

This is by far the easiest, classiest manicure you can have. Best bit? Super easy, simple to maintain, and it looks oh-so-cute!

20140224-090838.jpgThe guides were from Boots and I think these are the better ones, I have used cheaper ones in the past, but these really stick to your nails so you get a nice clean line and no puddles near your skin.

Make sure you clean your nails properly and treat them. To get the best results, my usual routine is here.

My nails are prone to chipping, especially on the edges, but I have found with this mani it is seriously reduced, probably due to the amount of varnish going on the very tips of the nail.

For this I used Barry M Matte White for the tips, with a sally Hansen nail hardening top coat, it really is that simple!

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Just use two coats to get the pure white finish and you’re set. The best thing about this simple mani is you can jazz it up with gems however you wish! Just use a decent nail glue and follow the steps to nail gem application in this post.

Happy Monday!

– love Carla x


Pretty in Pink

“May I admire you again today?” – Duckie (Pretty in Pink)

I know I have already posted a shopping guide for spring in pretty pastels but on my hunt for new dresses, I saw so many pretty pink things that I just couldn’t resist sharing.

I can’t pull off pink, well not in the OTT way that I would love to, but it can’t hurt to look now can it?

Here are some of my favourite picks from the best high street stores the UK – and the tinterweb – has to offer.

What will you be buying?

– love Carla x

Mani Monday #4

Welcome to Mani Monday!

Now, today is supposed to be the most miserable day of the year. It’s cold, we’re all tired, and well… it’s Monday. But that is no excuse to have fancy nails! So here is my attempt at some budget velvet nails.

I purchased the velvet pots from Poundland, so I thought I’d team it with my favourite Barry M Navy Nail Paint.

Here’s how to do it:

First clean, scrub, soften and protect your natural nails and have a decent base coat.

Then add two thin layers of your chosen colour nail polish and let them dry thoroughly.

Finally, put on a nice layer of your top coat, and whilst it’s still wet sprinkle the velvet over your nail, and gently press it in so it sticks. I used the plastic tray that the pots came in to catch all the waste, it gets messy!

Et voilà! Here is the finished product:

navy velvet nails

Whatever you do, DO NOT drop the velvet pot with the lid off. This happens:

Poundland velvet nail pots mess

It’s no fun cleaning up, so be careful!

– love Carla x

Mani Monday #3

Welcome to Mani Monday!

This week I wanted to share with you another Primark bargain, by way of a Matte Top Coat, £1 – you don’t get much cheaper than that!

I went through my usual routine of Sally Hansen’s cuticle cream to soften cuticles and aid in gently pushing them back, then use the revitalising growth formula followed by the strengthening base coat.

I then did three very thin layers of the black nail paint, as this helps it to dry quicker and has less chance of smudging – I’m a smudger!

Next I used a layer of Elegant Touch Brush-On Nail Glue, £3.10 from Boots, and apply the gems – which I purchased from Poundland – by using some clear varnish on the end of a cuticle stick to make it tacky so that the gems stick to it.

Gently pushing the gems on to the nail glue, I used the clean side of the cuticle stick to wiggle them about and lined them up before the glue dries.

Finally – the Matte Top Coat – you can see from the pics how good it is, and for £1 you can’t really go wrong. I have never used nail varnish from Primark before, so I thought this would be a good place to start!

I went for rainbow gems as I thought they would really stand out from the black – and they do.

All in all I’m quite impressed, I just hope the top coat lasts longer than a day. I will update this post when it starts to chip.

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Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream // Sally Hansen Natural Nail Growth Revitalizer // Sally Hansen Continuous Growth Treatment for Natural Nails // Primark Matte top Coat // Barry M Nail Paint in Black

Hope you have a fabulous Monday!

– love Carla x

Mani Monday – Barry M Magenta Glitter

Barry M Sally Hansen Nails

Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream // Sally Hansen Natural Nail Growth Revitalizer // Sally Hansen Continuous Growth Treatment for Natural Nails // Barry M Nail Paint in Magenta Glitter

Welcome to Mani Monday!

This week I’ve gone for a super sparkly pretty pink look.

I always start by cleaning any dirt from my nails – I actually use a toothbrush and whitening toothpaste so my natural nails stay stain free.

Then I rub Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream on to my cuticles to soften them before using an orange stick to gently push them back.

Next I use Sally Hansen Natural Nail Growth Revitalizer to make my nails stronger (nine years of waitressing has ruined my lovely strong nails) as they can become quite brittle and tear easily. I will be posting a tutorial for fixing tears without cutting your nails shortly.

I then use the Sally Hansen Continuous Growth Treatment as a base coat to really strengthen my nails.

Now for the good bit…

I absolutely love love love anything that comes from Barry M, and their nail paint is at the top of my list. They are definitely hard-wearing and are super cheap for such high quality.

Glitter polishes are a pain to get off (tutorial for an a-maz-ing-ly easy way to remove glitter coming soon), but when you have to build up so many layers for the perfect look, it can be even harder, but totally worth it!

Here’s the glitter polish after just one coat, and then the final product after four coats.

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Happy Monday!

– love Carla x