Mani Monday #11

Welcome to Mani Monday! This weeks post is bought to you by our special guest blogger, Clare. She is equally as beauty obsessed as we are, and well, she loves a killer mani!

As of last week Models Own had a 6 for £20 offer on their products in Boots and well, who could refuse? Lots of my girlfriends have recommended their nail polish to me and although I’ve already got a few, I ‘ve been dying to try out the new HyperGels released earlier this month.

So far I have to say I’m impressed! Even though the selection of colours is limited to ten, they cover a range to suit everyones taste. The most exciting part for me is the Blue Glint colour, which is my ultimate favourite colour, but as it’s St Patrick’s day I just had to go with Turquoise Gloss – the greenest of them all.

Back to why they impress me. Firstly, they look like a professional gel! You have the mega-shine and the smoothness of a salon paint job. Although it needs two to three coats for even application, it dries without imperfection!

Secondly, the drying time is pretty quick. I’m used to taking an hour out of my day to give my nails drying time (usually on the couch while The Voice is on because my saturdays are that exciting). Shortly after painting I decided to “test” them with a bag of prawn crackers and as you can see in the photos there are no smudges or imprints! Though still slightly tacky for a time after, they are dry to the touch.

All in all, I’d suggest you get to boots and buy yourself a bottle! Especially if you find your nails don’t last long before chipping. The only downside is the brush applicator and the fact that you need to apply two coats for an even look.

I couldn’t resist a small clover to finish off the St Patrick’s Day theme . To create the flower I used a toothpick and a fine paint brush trimmed down. The toothpick also comes in handy while to help clean away any varnish around the cuticle to keep a clean professional look.

– Happy St Patrick’s Day! Love, Clare x

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Mani Monday #10

Today’s manicure is another cutesy one, courtesy of Primark and their a-ma-zing budget nails.

Last week’s post was inspired by the lovely Zooey Deschanel and her pretty daisy nails, and well, when I saw these bad boys for £1, it just had to happen!

Look how cute they are! Primark are usually good with their nails, so I hope the pattern will last at least a few days before it starts to fade.

After my usual routine and using the amazing nail glue that is now a permanent fixture in my nail goodie box, as I explained in this post, it is safe to say I am a huge fan of Primark’s nails.

These nails will brighten up my Monday at least!

– love Carla x

Mani Monday #9

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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

 

Mani Monday #7

Welcome to Manicure Monday!

Today’s manicure was definitely a bit of a cheat, but at £1 for fake nails, I’m not complaining! As I explained in this post the key here is a good nail glue.

Now, this set does come with nail glue which lasts around 2-3 days, but in that time a few of the nails will pop off. However, if you invest in the Elegant Touch Brush On Nail Glue from Boots, your manicure will last well past a week.

I think they look cute and add a touch of elegance – you really can’t beat a classic french manicure.

The standard length of these nails aren’t too long that they’re unbearable, but not too short that they don’t serve their purpose.

I definitely recommend Primark’s fake nails for a quick-fix, as we all like to feel we have put in more effort than we actually have.

Happy Monday!

– love Carla x

Mani Monday #6

Welcome to another Mani Monday!

I am so very excited to bring you this week’s post, as it required a huge amount of effort – and I’m not going to lie – I feel pretty smug about the results.

It took a lot of patience, but I feel it was worth it.

So, here is how I did my leopard print mani:

Using No 7’s Nail Varnish in Beanie as the main browny colour, I then opted for Barry M’s Pink Glitter as a nice contrast on the ring finger – and as you can see, they contrast well as the spots.

After three layers of each, I randomly dotted the varnish on to each nail, and let it dry thoroughlyit’s very important it’s completely dry before you continue the next step.

Once it’s all dry, carefully use your black nail art pen (or in my case a Poundworld special with an extra long brush – making being precise SO much harder) to outline the spots on either side, but not completely.

You can also add small black spots if you have some odd gaps to make it look a little more leopard-y.

Finally, let the varnish dry properly before sealing with a topcoat or the black will smudge and seriously ruin all of your hard work!

Et voila – You now have fabulous nails!

– love Carla x

Mani Monday #5

It’s Monday, you know what that means…Another Mani Monday!

This week I went a little girly and had a pink mani with the prettiest glitter for the ring finger, and for once, there is NO Barry M nail paint AT ALL. Not one bit. – I do like to be a rebel sometimes…

So this post is dedicated to Collection 2000, No 7 and erm… Asda glitter.

Basically I love glitter and as gorgeous as some glitter polishes can be, nothing quite does it like actual glitter.

Just look at how pretty.

So here’s how:

After cleaning, priming, and base-coating, I used the pale pink from Collection 2000 (I’m unsure of the shade as it’s faded) and painted 3 thin layers to get a good coverage and no smudging.

For the ring finger I used my favourite base coat – Sally Hansen’s Continuous Growth Treatment – and while it’s still sticky, sprinkle the glitter on and gently push it in so it really sticks.

Next I used the No 7 Glitter Top Coat as it is very close to the colour of the glitter, and adds some depth to the shine. You could also use this as a top coat over the pink as it is a very subtle glitter, but I really wanted the ring finger to stand out.

Buying a pack of glitter comes in handy for your nails, especially at Christmas, as you can really make them stand out.

I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

– love Carla x