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! 



5.02.2015

NOTD - Floral Trellis Nails


Ello ello beauts! Happy Bank Holiday weekend! 

Three day weekends just seem to make the world a better place non? The comfort that you won't be getting those Monday blues, instead just a tad delayed for an extra day. And can you believe we are in May already? Almost halfway through the year, where is the time going?


Still feeling much love for florals at the moment, how can one not in Spring? I love finding inspiration in the things around me & today's manicure twas inspired by a trellis of beautiful sweet-peas that papa bear currently has growing around the shed door in our garden, so pretty! :)


For my base I used this gorgeous lime green crème polish from a random foreign polish brand that a friend brought for me from abroad. Here I've applied two coats.


To add a bit more depth to the manicure I applied one coat of Claire's Funky on top of the lime, a fun, vibrant green tinted glitter topper filled with small & large hexagonal green holographic glitters.


For the trellis bordering the nails I used a fine nail art brush & Models Own Green Tea to free hand some green branches around the edge of the nail.


Then for the little sweetpea floral element I used Models Own Bubblegum Neon polish & a dotting tool to add on my little flowers higgledy piggledy like around the branches.


Finish with topcoat for a lovely glossy finish & that's it :) I'm so chuffed with how this design came out, I'm definitely tempted to go hunting in the garden for some more floral inspiration!


Thanks as always for reading lovelies! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!



4.30.2015

Hair talk - Current Hair Care Routine featuring Trilogy Shampoo & Scruples Hair Masque

Greetings lovely readers!

So after the disaster you may recall that was my experience with Horse Shampoo, it would seem my hair care routine was in a dire need of a change to rectify the damage done & mend my now straw like hairs! Thankfully it was around this time some Trilogy hair products came through my letter box to try, so twas perfect timing to give them a whirl! Verdict? Happy hurrr!

This is what the face of a normal human (kind of) with happy hair looks like
I was already familiar with the brand Trilogy being a long term fan of their cult award winning Rosehip oil, which has somehow mysteriously disappeared from my room (Yes I am on to you mother)


I had no idea Trilogy also did hair care products within the range so I was eager to see how they'd fare! I've been using the Refresh and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner* for a good few weeks now & can report that my hair feels smoother, shiner, swishier & in a much improved condition to how it was before which I am chuffed about! 

 The inclusion of Keracyn, Rosehip and Calendula in the ingredients may have something to do with this as they all help to soothe, protect & brighten the locks. 


The products lathered up nicely, I always include an extra intense conditioning treatment in my routine as conditioner alone just doesn't cut it with my hair. For the past few months I've been using the Scruples Pearl Complete RecoveryTreatment Masque* (RRP £14.95) which is BLOOMING marvellous, helping improve the ends of my hair immensely & making my hair much softer. 


I just run a small scoop through the length of my hair & leave in for a good 10-15 minutes before rinsing out. Scruples hair products can be found in a selection of professional hair salons however finding your nearest stockists can be done by contacting 0161 477 2234.


My only downer is that I usually only need to wash my hair once a week, however with the Trilogy range I did find that the hair began to lose its lustre after about 3 days, perhaps this is due to my hair type & I'd be better suited to using the Smooth & Nourish range as its aimed for those with dry hair.


The Trilogy shampoo & conditioners retail for £12.50 each, which is a pretty steep price I'll admit, therefore I'd probably use them every now & again for when my hair needs a nourishing boost, or even mixed in with another shampoo. I'm not the only weirdo who does that right?


Thanks as always for reading lovelies! Have you tried anything from Trilogy? If you have any fav shampoo recommendations I would love to know!

Lotsa love to ya!


Disclaimer - * products featured were sent to me for my consideration. I am not affiliated with the brand nor paid for this post, this review has been as always my 100% honest opinion! :)

4.28.2015

NOTD - Rose Gold & Daisies

Hey there my loves, hope the week is treating you all well?

I'm truly loving rolling out the Spring vibe mani's at the moment, florals make me happy & they are in abundance this time of year, so I try & incorporate them in to everything I can, including outfits, accessories & of course...manicures!

Today we have some fresh Spring daisies adorning the nails using one of my favourite polishes this year so far as a base, Models Own Rose from the Chrome collection...hello rose gold nails!


If you're familiar with my blog then I'm sure you'll know of my love for this brand & their fab collections that continue to blow me away. However they really did good with their Chrome range of metallic foils, which features this beauty that satisfied my rose gold addict needs! Who doesn't love a bit of rose gold & now that I can rock it on my nails I'm a happy bunny!


I applied two coats of Rose on top of bare nails which I had buffed slightly before hand to create a smoother surface as this is how it is recommended to apply these polishes & pretty much all foil polishes in general.


Application was lovely & smooth with thankfully not much streaking as can be common with metallics. Its advised to apply a good 2-3 coats for foils, however as I was going for a bit of nail art as well, I've stuck with my obligatory two.


The daisies could not be easier to do & I just love how simple yet so pretty this design is! Just grab your dotting tool or if you don't have one then whatever DIY tool you have at hand i.e. a bobby pin, ballpoint pen etc. Dip into white polish & simply dot on a circle of 5 dots to create your petals.


You can then use a yellow or gold polish for the centre of your daisies but you know how I love my rhinestones so using a dot of clear polish, I added on some pretty yellow stones to give my daisies a 3D effect.


Not forgetting that all important top coat to seal your design! Didn't I tell you it was easy? Thanks as always for reading my loves!

Lotsa love to ya!