Mani Monday #12

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I’ve noticed recently a lot of people doing stone effect nails and I adore it! The main style and the one I love is the effect that replicates the look of turquoise.

And, even better – it’s actually a really simple effect to create using cling film.

First choose your colours wisely; I’m sticking with a traditional powder blue colour, Chanel Nouvelle Vague and a dark silver, L.A Colours Tropical Storm.

However, you can shake it up if you’re feeling brave and I know gold works really well for a vintage gilded effect.

Paint your nails with your chosen base colour, tidy the edges with a toothpick and leave to dry. As always make sure they are fully dry before the next step – catch up on an episode of Friends or begin the whole process by putting on a film.

Next you want something to use as a paint palette as you will want to drip your second colour on to it for dipping. I personally use the lid off the butter (obviously when you have finished with the tub).

Grab your cling film and scrunch it up, lightly dip it into your varnish and apply to your nails using a dabbing technique – I had to go over mine a few times but the trick is to take your time. Don’t worry about making a mess as you can clean up with a cotton bud and a touch of nail polish remover.

To finish I use a matte top coat (Essie) and Voila! Perfect stone effect nails! Couldn’t be easier (or quicker!).

– love Clare x

Beauty Wish List

I like fashion (I say fashion, I mean shoes), but I’m a beauty girl at heart. Some females may coo at dresses and handbags – I get my kicks from a good lipstick.

So, here is my beauty wish, want, need list:

Beauty Wishlist

Real Techniques Collection // Estee Lauder Aries Zodiac Compact // Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Varnish // Lush Vanillary Gift Set // Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick  //  Bumble and Bumble Spray Chalk in Cobalt

What’s on your beauty wish list?

– love Stef x