Mani Monday #19

Over the past week, I have caved into getting an Xbox One (let’s not start a whole argument over which console is better)…

We are an Xbox household – clearly now until death apparently. Therefore, Can you guess what this week’s inspiration had to be?

I’ve been dying to practice my free hand even though I lack the proper equipment (Mum, Models Own just brought out a nail art set and my birthday is soon…).

In fairness, my fine paint brush trimmed isn’t too shabby but we always seek perfection.

Xbox One Mani Monday

To fulfil my mister’s desires, I pulled out my black nail varnish with full knowledge of it’s staining ability. To help replicate the matte vs gloss look on the Xbox controller, I turned to my Essie Matte About You topcoat.

I love matte nails and its so effective with black varnish. It’s not perfect I know, but it’s not a bad first attempt and if it’s enough to inspire others to pick up a brush then I’m happy.

We would love to see your nail art too, send over your quirky designs for us to share!

– love Clare x


Mani Monday #12


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