5.24.2017

Disney Nail Art Series - Cinderella Fairy-tale Butterfly Wings!

Hello there my lovely readers,

Not too long ago I decided to begin a Disney Nail Art series on my blog, combing my everlasting adoration for the two passions in my life...nail art & Disney!

I started things off with this Beauty & The Beast manicure which I thought was quite a fitting way to begin the series as the new live action film had just been released. 


I've, rather unexpectedly I'll admit, adored ALL the live action Disney remakes that have been made so far & if my sources are correct there are many more to come! Cinderella was one of the Disney classics that was recently remade & I absolutely loved it, not just for the glorious presence of one Richard Madden as Prince Charming & the divine Cate Blanchett whom I adore as the Evil Stepmother! Lily James as Cinderella herself was a bit meh in my opinion but I still adored the movie mostly due to its beautiful consistent message throughout the film..."Have Courage & Be Kind" A motto I think everyone should live by...


I noticed in the film that butterflies were quite prominently featured so I decided to use this as my main inspiration as well as the beautiful perriwinkle blue shade I've come to associate with Cinderella. Combining these two magical properties I ended up with this finished look...Golden Blue Butterfly Wing Cinderella nails fit for a fairytale princess...


I first did Butterfly Wing nail art a lifetime ago HERE & I can't believe its taken me so long to do again as its such a pretty & fun design to create with a lot of room for experimentation with colours. Do check out my original post where I've done a step by step pictorial on how to create Butterfly Wing nail art.


Before starting on my wings though, I first needed to recreate that perfect Cinderella Blue for my base & for this I used a combination of Nails Inc Bluebell, a lavender blue creme. This was part of a magazine collab therefore no longer available which is a travesty because its so pretty! 


Then for that magical shimmer touch, I applied a coat of Models Own Indian Ocean from MO's second Beetlejuice collection a few years ago, which gave this absolutely perfect Cinderella blue, honestly I was swooning with happiness at the finish, isn't it just gorgeous?!


After I'd lifted myself back off the ground from aforementioned swooning, I then started to create my delicate gold butterfly wings! 


For this I used a fine nail art brush & this beautiful pale gold shimmer Sultry Sands by No7. As it was quite sheer I went over it with Tyra from 2True Cosmetics Sequins collection which is a stunning gold jam packed with GLITTAH!  


Following my previous step by step tutorial, I added on the mixture of curved & straight lines until you have your wing pattern !


Then for the final detail I added on a few pretty white dots on to the tips of the wings. Seal with topcoat to really bring out that shimmer & sparkle & your done! 


I'm so so happy with how this design came out & it definitely calls to my inner Disney Princess! Stay tuned for more manicures to come in this Disney Nail Art Series! If you have any particular requests then hit me up!

Lotsa love to ya!




5.17.2017

NOTD - Pastels & Rainbows!

Hello there my lovely readers!

Today's nail art that I have for you gives me ALL the happy vibes. For me nail art isn't just a passion but also incredibly therapeutic...not only does it make me feel fab when the tips of my fingers are sporting some form of funky coverage, heck who doesn't feel good when rocking pretty nails, but whereas for some it may be a chore of a task, for me the whole process of nail painting is relaxing as well.

I also find it to be the biggest mood lifter, its the little things that help make one feel not so rubbish & for me having a fun manicure is one them. After having a pretty darn down in the dumps week with my wisdom tooth extraction developing into a glorious infection which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy & trying to recall a time when I wasn't on a diet of painkillers and antibiotics, I decided I needed something to lift my spirits & as usual resorted to some nail art therapy...& this is what I came up with...


It may be pouring outside but its all Pastels & Rainbows up in here! Well this definitely succeeded in uplifting my mood greatly & would you believe me if I told you this wasn't actually even done with nail polish but in fact acrylic paints?


I've been meaning to experiment with the use of acrylic paints in my nail art for the longest time after seeing many nail artists use them in their designs, they are actually much easier to work with as unlike nail polish, acrylic paints wont go gloopy as nail polish quickly does when your working with it on a design. They also dry fast & come in array of colours to play with.


I recently discovered an amazing store in my town called The Range, how did I not know about this? Its sort of a DIY/Homebase/TK Maxx hybrid I'd say & stocks an array of everyday random bits & bobs. I initially went in to buy a bathroom rack so I can indulge in Netflix whilst soaking in the tub...I know....priorities right? Anyhoo I happened to get lost, which in this place is pretty darn easy as its humungous & ended up in the art aisle where I not only found these lovely pastel acrylic paints but a fab set of art brushes which I thought would be perfect for nail art...& for only £3?! So yup...these babies came home with mumma.


And both the paints & the brushes have exceeded my expectations above & beyond! Lets just say I'll be using acrylic paints a hella lot more & I'm so over the moon at having found great quality yet CHEAP brushes for nail art! 


For this design I used one of the brushes from the set & got to creating my rainbows. I first applied a nude base using China Glaze Innocence, which is a very sheer, barely there nude but I just wanted a base to work on really. For the clouds I still used nail polish, just a random white, & using a dotting tool, applied a bunch of four to five dots overlapping each other to resemble a cloud.


Now for the rainbows! Grabbing each shade in turn, I picked up my brush & simply applied a curved line starting halfway on the nail, slightly overlapping the cloud. So I began with bright pink first, then next to that added a line of the pretty lilac, which actually has a metallic finish, a pleasant surprise indeed. Then came the vibrant yellow & the pastel pink before finishing with the baby blue.


The brushes are as so soft yet sturdy making drawing fine lines so easy. Finish with a thick coat of topcoat to seal & add shine as the acrylic does dry matte and your done. And the acrylic paint can be easily removed using polish remover just like nail polish!

I hope you liked this cheerful mani, thanks for reading! Till next time!

Lotsa love to ya!


5.15.2017

Klenspop SW4 Grey Circle Lens Review

Hello there my lovely readers!

It seems the theme at the moment will be deemed grey, looking out the window right now this seems quite fitting! Seriously though May...you broke hun?

Following on from my last post of fun & flirty Lace & Grey nail art, today we are focusing on the eyes as I have another gorgeous circle lens to share with you from my fail safe good old chums at Klenspop! I adore their lenses muchly not just for their wide range of circle lenses to choose from but also their affordability, comfort & fast shipping also wins them major brownie points! You can check out all of my previous Klenspop contact lens reviews HERE.


I think out of all the different colour tones I have tried, Grey definitely remains a firm favourite with me as its super flattering on all skin tones. I have worn the Klenspop Ruby Queen Grey lenses to death & always get asked about them when wearing so I was more than happy to try another pretty grey offering from Klenspop, this time we see the turn of the *SW4 Gray Lenses.


You receive your lenses securely & safely packaged in plenty of bubble wrap within the pretty pop art packaging that is familiar with Klenspop.


The lenses are stored in their glass bottles along with the case & plastic tweezers which are used to remove the lenses safely & hygienically from the bottle to the case. Here's a wee breakdown for you on the SW4 Grey Lenses.

Diameter: 15mm
Graphic Diameter: 14.8mm
Basic Curve: 8.6mm
Using Period: 6 months
Water content: 38%
Manufacturer: Vassen


On to the testing! I usually share with you a full face mugshot of myself with my natural eye colour but in my eagerness I forgot to take one but I'm sure y'all know by know what I look like with my baby browns! So lets just dive straight in with how the SW4 Grey lenses look...


I noticed immediately that these were slightly larger in diameter to the previous Ruby Queen Grey lenses not that I mind this at all, I really dig the enhanced doll eye look so I'm all for that ;)


On to the colour itself, which I LOVE! Including a few traces of brown & blue through there as well I was happy to see that these are most definitely a full on grey that comes out really nicely on my naturally dark eyes & still achieve a delicate bright eyed look.


As has always been the case with all the previous Klenspop lenses, these were very comfortable to wear, however I do need to top up the moisture occasionally using the Mesmereyez Milk Eye drops which are the BEST eye drops for lenses I have ever come across, if you are a regular dabbler of lenses like moi then you NEED these ASAP.


I can comfortably wear these during the day, but I do try to only keep lenses in for a time frame of 6 hours max, especially if I'm in front of a computer screen, as my eyes do tend to get dry & irritated after a while.


Overall I absolutely adore these! Whether it be for casual everyday wear or parties these will be dug out on both! To be fair I've yet to come across a lens by these guys that I DON'T like. Which just goes to show that you need to give them a try beauts.


You can shop the SW4 Gray & the whole range of Klenspop lenses online HERE. If you'd like a peek at some of the lovely lenses they have to offer then you can check out all of my Klenspop reviews HERE.

Thanks as always for reading! Until next time!


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! :)


5.10.2017

NOTD - Lace & Grey

Hello there lovely readers!

Grey can be considered dull & dreary yes indeed but I confess I've grown a certain fondness for wearing it on my nails. Far from depressing it can work very nicely as a classy & on trend shade to wear.

And if going for a block colour grey is not your thing well then...why not jazz it up a tad like I've done here?


You'll be surprised by what a difference simply adding a few strategically placed lines & dots can make & transform an otherwise ordinary mani into something more fun :)