03 July 2015

The Book Look: Nails, Nails, Nails!

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**Book was provided for my honest review**


Along with the Sally Hansen Summer nail polish I was also sent Nails, Nails, Nails! 25 Creative DIY Nail art Projects by Madeline Poole. It has pretty much all you need to know about the basics  from Nail art tools to the anatomy of your nail. It's 127 pages long and it has step by step picture tutorials to help you through the design.

The designs included are varied and will suit all nail shapes really. You will need a few tools before you begin which are listed in the book. All in all it's a really nice beginners guide to nail art. I decided to recreate the Triple Eclipse design featured in the book.



For this look all you need is nail polish. You can pick any colours that you like. I went with 2 of the polishes from the Essence the gel nail polish range and a Sally Hansen Miracle gel polish because the brush tip is rounded meaning you'll get the curved look with very little effort.  The polishes I used are:

Essence Love is in the air
Sally Hansen Pink Cadillaquer
Essence Play with my mint 

It didn't take long to do this look seeing as you only need the the polishes. It's an easy way to decorate your nails without making too much of an effort. 





02 July 2015

Montage Jeunesse review and giveaway!

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**Products were provided for my honest review**

Today I have a Montagne Jeunesse review. I haven't done one of these in ages as most of the shops near me stopped stocking them. Montagne Jeunesse got in contact with my and I was sent 2 of their new masks to try out.


The first mask I tried was the 7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off mask. This contains Laver seaweed and Sea Buckthorn berries. I love peel-off masks in general so I was excited to give this one a go. This claims to be an ultra Deep Cleansing mask and it was definitely needed! I applied a thin layer all over my face and I left it for a good 30 minutes to allow it to set. You can see how thinly I applied below. This worked perfectly and I managed to get the whole thing off in one go. I would recommend keeping it a bit away from your hairline and eye-brows though. Despite being uber careful a bit got stuck to my eyebrows and I genuinely thought I had peeled them off! 

I really liked this mask on the whole. I noticed a difference straight away. My skin looked more even and it was a lot softer than before. You can get 2 good uses out of a packet or 3 if you just focus it on certain areas. That's pretty good seeing as they cost around €1.99 depending on where you get them. 




The next one I tried was the Brazillian Mud Fabric Masque. This mask contains Purple Brazillian mud, Acai Berries and Avocado. I've heard great things about all of these ingredients and I expected good results from this mask. This is my first time using a sheet mask and it fit me pretty well apart from around the chin. It stayed put for the whole 30 minutes I left it on (I wasn't really keeping an eye on the time!) and it was very easy to wash off the little bit of mud that stayed on my skin.


I didn't notice any difference in my skin after using this one. It was a lovely experience, I really enjoyed the way the sheet felt on my skin but once I took it off it was like I hadn't used a mask at all.
I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this one. Out of the two I'd go for the Black Seaweed peel off mask for sure.

Montagne Jeunesse are vegetarian friendly meaning they are cruelty-free which is great. You can pick up a whole variety of these masks in different scents and forms from Boots in particular and also pharmacies, Dunnes and Pennys nationwide.

 They kindly provided 30 of the new masks to giveaway. The link for the giveaway is down below if you want to enter. Montagne Jeunesse will contact you if you are one of the lucky winners. Best of Luck!

Giveaway link!



01 July 2015

Chipmunk nail art- Alvin, Simon.... Theodore!

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This is part 2 of the manicure I mentioned last week in the Meg and Mog post. A few people asked me to do different designs on my nails hence the hodge podge of different characters in one manicure.

I started of with the original (and the best!) chipmunks: Simon, Alvin and Theodore. Toad and Bowser are on my pinky and thumb, both from the Super Mario franchise. I love Mario nail art and I've managed to do a fair few of the different characters now.


I used pretty much the same polishes here to make it a bit easier for myself:

Illamasqua Monogamous (base on all nails)
Models own Hedonist (for Toads spots and Bowsers hair)
OPI I just can't cope-acabana (Toads Shirt)
Nail the Bytch- Lick or ish bytch (For their tongues and Alvin's Hat)
GOSH Silver (Bowsers neck)
NYC High line green (Bowser)
Sally Hansen Patent Gloss in Vinyl (Outline, glasses and facial features) 
Sally Hansen Miracle gel Topcoat


It was hard enough to do this I have to say. This is my second attempt at painting the Chipmunks on my nails and it's a vast improvement on the last one! It's not perfect but I'm glad it's improving a bit.

If you have any ideas for future nail art please let me know below. I'm struggling to come up with anything new at the moment.

30 June 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Splatter

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I'm writing this as I am doing my post. Normally I have everything prepared but this week I am so far behind on everything it's not even funny. It doesn't help that splatters are one of my least favourite manicures to do. It's a bit messy, hard to get right the first time around and they always end up looking a bit dodgy on certain nails.


For this splatter I started off with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 430 Créme de la Creme. Once that was dry I added on the colours: 
OPI I just can't copeacabana, 
Essence the gel nail polish in 24 Indian Summer and 
40 Play with my mint. 


I added on a matte topcoat, Essence Satin Matt 26 Matt about you!, and I have to say it doesn't look too bad! It's not something I'd go for typically but it looks nice and colourful. The off  white/pink base colour really makes it Summery with the bright colours on top. It looks almost crisp despite it being a splatter. 


  Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas


26 June 2015

Gelling together

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Another Chevron mani but this time it wasn't as sucessful as the previous Holographic one I featured last week.  I used the wrong polishes as the brushes were more rounded at the tip making it a lot harder to get nice even lines. I do love the colour combination though so I kept it on for a while.

I started with 2 coats of Essence the gel nail polish in Love is in the air. On top of that I added the triangle of Essence the gel nail polish in Play with my mint. In order to fix up the slightly dodgy lines I added a white border around the mint section. Although it didn't fix it completely is masked it fairly well.

I topped it all off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-dri which gave it a nice glossy finish. Pretty easy to do but next time I'll definitely use polished with straight brushes just to make things neater.




24 June 2015

Sally Hansen Gel shine 3D topcoat review

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**Polish was provided for my honest review**


I've been trying out quite a few topcoats recently and I've had a mix of hits and misses. Unfortunately the Sally Hansen Gel 3D shine topcoat falls into the later category. Now I am a big fan of the Sally Hansen range, from the regular polish line to the topcoats, but this was a let down.

I'll start with the positives. It's a nice big bottle with the typical wide brush that you find in the Complete Salon Manicure and the Miracle gel polishes, I prefer a wide brush for topcoats as I have wider nails. It is a thicker formula but it's very easy to work with. It glides on your nail and it leaves a nice glossy finish (thanks to the thicker formula it covers up all the lumps and bumps). So far so good.

Dry time is where this topcoat is a let down. Even with a good 45 minute wait (after leaving my nails to dry for 10 minutes beforehand) this still isn't rock hard. I go to bed and I still wake up with smudges.

The dealbreaker for me is the fact that it drags your nail art. I tend to have some kind of nail art on at all times and I hate when it drags, it can completely ruin your nails depending on what kind of design you've done.

Polish dragging and a slow dry time combined means this is not the topcoat for me. It's just more hassle than it's worth in my opinion. A little part that bugs me is the fact that the bottle has that reflective coating on it. While it looks pretty I can't see how much product I have left in it so I'll never really know I'm running low until it's too late.


The Sally Hansen Gel shine 3D topcoat retails for €8.49 and it's available in selected pharmacies nationwide.


23 June 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Motion of the Ocean

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I was stumped for this weeks Twinsie Tuesday challenge. Shimmer was the prompt which doesn't really give you much to work with. I came across this wavy nail art by Sasse's Stamping Stampede and I thought I'd recreate it.

I started with 2 easy coats of Catrice Blues Brother Vol. II. I'm pretty sure this has been discontinued but don't quote me on that. Catrice have a tendency to bring back polishes without any warning so you might be able to get a bottle. Once that was dry I freehanded the waves using a thin paint brush and some white polish. I did the swirls first and then filled it in when I was happy with the shape. I topped it off with the Sally Hansen 3D Gel shine topcoat (review on this coming up!)

Pretty simple but it looks quite pretty on the nail. The shimmer in Blues Brother Vol. II is beautiful. It's like China Glaze Blue Years Eve but not as strong on the shimmer.


Check out the other Twinsie Tuesday links down below:


  Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

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