5.11.2015

NOTD - Mint, Pearls & Polka Dots

Hello there lovely readers!

Anyone else wishing it was Friday already? ;) But I am thankful to have a wee reprieve from the office tomorrow with a trip into my fav city London for an appointment, whilst also squeezing in a visit to the FIAT garage in Marleybone & hopefully start the ball rolling in to getting a FIAT 500 into my life, something that's been on my wish list for a while! Fingers crossed! :)

Who doesn't love a hint of minty freshness? And there's definitely plenty of that going on with this super simply nail art I have to share with you beauts today with the addition of some pretty pearls and polka dots too!




I really liked the idea of mixing a cream pastel shade with some shimmery foil too for a nice contrast & I wasn't disappointed. I love this combination together!



For my pastel polish I opted for Models Own scented polish in Apple Pie, a divinely pretty pale pastel mint Green. I applied two coats on to my thumb, middle & little fingers




My foil of choice was LA Colors in Metallic Green, a gorgeous smooth pale green foil, which I applied two coats of on to the index & ring fingers. By the way did you know LA Colors polishes retail for 99p in Beauty Base?! Yes!





I then grabbed the Models Own Apple Pie again & used a double ended dotting tool to apply both small & large polka dots on to the nails with the green foil. Then using the LA Colors Metallic Green did the same but on the pastel mint nails.





Finally grabbing my nail art wheels I picked out a few pretty pearls to apply on random dots for an added 3D touch.





Finish with a slick of topcoat & that's it! Super fun & quirky design in minutes!

Like I said, I personally loved the colour combo, however my Uncle did so kindly mention that it kinda bought mould to mind when he saw these...NICE. Maybe next time Uncle dearest keep your comments to yourself...& perhaps I'll try a different colour combo...*coughs* O_o

Thanks for reading lovelies!



Lots love to ya!

5.09.2015

What I Wore...Black With White Stripes or White With Black Stripes?

Ello ello sweetpeas!

 Hope you're all having a fab weekend? This morning saw yours truly rising a tad earlier than should be allowed on a Saturday for my 1st Zumba class. But I am happy to report that I did not die & left the class intact & feeling pretty ace! Will definitely continue with it!

I think its pretty obvious that nails is the subject matter I am most passionate about here on my little space on the interweb. A fashion blogger I am most definitely NOT. Especially seeing as the majority of my wardrobe doesn't include the latest fashion trends, I much prefer prowling through sales & charity shops, or my latest addiction which is Depop, to find myself a pretty bargain!




Regardless, I thought for the fun of it why not throw up a wee outfit post of a recent get up I was particularly fond of, just to mix things up a tad. :) Featuring two of my favourite things at the moment...monochrome & animal print!




So comes the question...black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? Either way I fell in love with this cute little number of a dress when I saw it tucked away in Primark's sale racks, which I like to sift through if the mood takes me because lets face it, prowling through Primark can at times be a trying task! 





I, being the dodo that I am, didn't realise there were actual zebra's present on the print until I happened to look at my reflection in a shop mirror...I know...there are no words. But the little discovery brought me further joy to be sure.





I kept the monochrome vibe going by teaming the dress with leggings & my black & white Vogue print pumps which I picked up whilst on holiday in Portugal. Don't you love finding one of a kind, interesting pieces like that? Not so much though I guess when one wishes to replace, as these shoes are beginning to show wear as they've gotten a lot of loving!

Thanks as always for reading lovelies! 

Lotsa love to ya!
 


5.07.2015

NOTD - Unicorn Nails!


 Ello ello me lovelies! 

This week I've been sporting a 'dragged backwards through bush' look thanks to the glorious gale force wind we've been blessed with the past few days. I think if I actually attempt to run a brush through my hair it'll get lost forever in the forest of knots never to see the light of day again O_o Guess its updo's for the time being eh?!




If you caught my previous post on how to use Masking Fluid as a barrier for easy nail art clean up, you'll remember that I also shared how to do a quick & simple pretty sponge gradient. All the details on the process can be found on that post HERE!




The gradient created a canvas that was begging for a bit of extra attention so twas the perfect opportunity to test out the new DIY Nail Decals I picked up recently. The colour combination of pastel pink & turquoise blue immediately brought mystical unicorns to mind so I couldn't resist applying the fab unicorn decals!




For the gradient I used Models Own Hypergels in Pink Veneer & Turquoise Gloss applied over a white base, I love this combo! I think I may have a new found addiction to gradients now that I know how easy they are!




For some reason I've always avoided using nail decals, I guess I was under the impression that they were majorly complicated to use. However I couldn't have been more wrong!




To apply the decals you simply choose which design you wish to use, so I picked out the ten different unicorn decals I wanted to apply & cut them out. Then doing one nail at a time, pick up your nail decal & plop it on the surface of a cup of water to soak for 5-10 seconds.




Once done simply lift the decal out of the water & wait for another 5-10 seconds or so & the decal should slide right off the backing paper, remove with the tip of your finger & position on to the nail (polish must be dry!)




Pat the surface dry with a bit of tissue then finish with a slick of topcoat to seal the design & make your decal last longer. Hello magical unicorn nails!




I picked up quite a few different nail decal sheets with funky designs from DIY Nails which I can't wait to try out! Thanks as always for reading my beauties!



Lotsa love to ya! 




5.04.2015

Tips & Tricks - Masking Fluid For Easy Nail Art Clean Up!


Happy Star Wars Day loves! May the Fourth be with you! I confess I'm disappointed in myself in that I've not done a Star Wars theme mani in honour of the day...bad form Aysh. Oh well there'll always later on this year when the new film is released, excitement is hard to contain!

When it comes to nail art, there are some techniques that can be a tad, messy shall we say? Such as sponging, water marbling etc. resulting in polish ending up all over the skin not just the nail, which can make the task off putting for most. Therefore any short cuts available to make said tasks much easier to do & clean up after are most welcome.

One method that's taken the nail world by storm is liquid latex, yup you heard me right. When I first investigated on social media the result was, lets just say quite amusing. I believe its something that was started by the brand Kiesque who released Liquid Palisade, a liquid barrier that is applied on the cuticles & once dry, simply peeled off after nail art is done. However the $22 price tag that came with did make one wince! Recently a few online polish retailers have jumped on this & begun selling little bottles of liquid latex barrier at a friendlier price. Though I've purchased one myself which I look forward to trying when it comes, I first wanted to investigate an option that's more easily available & I'd heard works just as well as liquid latex, the product in question...masking fluid.


Masking fluid is a product used by artists who need to mask areas of their work needing protection when colour is applied in broad washes. Once dry the barrier is simply peeled away. I picked up this bottle of Windsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid from WH Smiths for just a fiver. So yup, definitely a much nicer price!


The fluid is composed of rubber latex & a yellowish pigment. The formulation of it is quite runny, though not so much so that its hard to work with. It also has a slight odour to it that reminded me of stationary glue. To apply the masking fluid I dug out an old art brush.

Now water marbling is a nail art form I have not ventured towards yet, however I am becoming very much addicted to gradient nails which of course require the sponging technique so that's what I have to show you today.


Before doing your gradient you need to have a white base, here I've applied two coats of No7 Snowflake, not the best of whites as it wasn't fully opaque but it was just the first one I saw & grabbed haha!


Using the old art brush, I dipped the brush into the fluid from the bottle & applied it around the skin of the cuticle area & sides as shown. Like I mentioned, the formula is a tad runny, but not problematic to work with thankfully. I made sure to apply the masking fluid quite thickly so it is noticeable where its applied.


The masking fluid dries clear, much like PVA glue, so you know when you can start with your sponging. For my gradient I've used Models Own Hyper Gels in Pink Veneer & Turquoise Gloss. The formulation of these are quite thick making them great for sponging.


Apply the two polishes next to each other on a piece of makeup sponge then dab onto the nail, applying in an up/down & side to to side motion. Depending on the type of polishes used, this needs to be done two or three times to get a nice opaque finish. As you can see with this technique, a lot of polish ends up on the skin around the nail.


Once I'd done all ten nails & was happy with the finish, I simply grabbed a pair of tweezers & very gently, being careful not to pull the skin, lifted up the dried masking fluid, which I'm happy to say peeled off easily! Of course there were some areas I missed but this was easily cleaned up with a spot of acetone & a brush.


The end result, mess free sponged gradient nails! I'm really happy with how well the masking fluid worked & will definitely be using it again as a barrier when doing sponge gradients. However when I receive the bottle of liquid latex I've purchased online I'm eager to do a comparison to see how well it works compared to masking fluid. I'll be sure to report back!

Thanks as always for reading dolls!

Lotsa love to ya!