11 February 2016

A Weekly dose of Rainbows- Love!

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Another Valentine-y nail polst but this time it is for A Weekly dose of Rainbows. The theme for this week was Love so I went with the the nail design I love to wear the most: Polka dots!

I started with 2 coats of Essence Valentine- Who Cares? polish in 03 Crew love is true love. I used one thick coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 430 Creme de la Creme on my accent nail. For the polka dots I used a smaller dotting tool with Creme de la creme.

I topped it all off with Sally Hansen 3D gel shine topcoat to blend it all together and give it that gel look.

09 February 2016

Twinsie Tuesday- Romantic

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Fail! I tried to do some hearts using my dotting tools but I just cannot get the hang of it. I do like the bigger individual ones on my middle and pinky finger but the group of hearts on the other nails look messy :(

I used the new Essence Valentine Who cares? polish in  02 Talk to the hand for my base. On for the hearts I used OPI Kiss me I'm Brazillian which is a lovely bubblegum pink. Nice and bright but not too garish.

I topped it off with Sally Hansen 3d Gel shine topcoat and that's all there is to it!

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08 February 2016

Essence Valentines who cares? collection- L.O.V.E blah blah blah

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Today I have one of the 4 polishes from the Essence Valentine Who cares? Collection to show ye. This collection takes a different route to most others that are released around this time of year. Instead of reds and pinks it includes an army green, denim blue and pale gold along with a cherry red.

L.O.V.E blah blah blah is the first in the collection. It is a matte army green creme. The formula on this is great, 2 easy coats and it is easy to apply. The formula is slightly thick but very easy to work with. It dries to a matte "Latex" finish.

I did two coats without a top or basecoat for the swatches above. I used one coat of the Sally Hansen 3D gel topcoat for the swatches below. It is a lovely polish and it looks beautiful either way. I wouldn't personally go for this kind of colour but I do like it.

The collection is available now with each polish costing €2.29 each for a slightly smaller 9ml bottle. The brush is thin and short but I had no trouble using it. It is very easy to get around your cuticles without flooding them and I had very little clean up to do on any of the polishes from the collection.

04 February 2016

Tribal nail art

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It's been a while since I tried some Tribal nails so these might not be all that accurate but hey ho!

I started with a neutral base so the colours on top would really pop. For that I used 2 coats of Essence the gel nail polish 05 Sweet as Candy. Once that was dry I freehanded the design using Barry m Denim. I like the matte finish on this polish but with a topcoat the shimmer really stands out. It's very pretty and super opaque. I thought it was looking a little bare at this point so I filled in some of the areas using Giorgio Armani 301 Gio. I added on a topcoat which helped smooth out the lines and make it look a bit more blended together and that was it!

Pretty pleased with it now, the colours look pretty together and it doesn't look too OTT thanks to the neutral base. Tribal nails used to be pretty common but I don't see them all that often on the blogs that I follow here or on instagram. It's funny how quickly nail designs go in and out of popularity.

02 February 2016

Twinsie Tuesday- Mix and Match

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Mix and match nails are the theme for this week. I decided to go with mix and match textures so I used a creme and a textured polish for my manicure.

I started off with a coat of Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure in 674 Nightwatch (always reminds me of the Discworld characters!) I then striped off the nails diagonally using some striping tape. Seeing as I was using a pretty dark base with a lighter colour on top I used a base colour before adding on the textured polish. The base I used was Essence the gel nail polish in 38 Love is in the Air. Once that had dries I added on a coat of Barry m textured nail polish in Station Road.

I love these two colours together. The contrast is pretty striking even without the textured effect of the yellow.

01 February 2016

Dior 338 Mirage swatch and review

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Dior Mirage is described as a gel shine polish that is long wear and let me tell you that is accurate! Mirage is a slightly muted berry with an incredible formula. 2 coats on long and short nails and you are good to go. It does have a beautiful shine to it but I always topcoat my polishes to extend the wear time.

The brush on the Dior gel polishes is massive! It spreads out way more than the Sally Hansen brushes in the Miracle gel and Complete Salon Manicure range. It is perfect until I get to my pinky finger and then I have to be a bit gentler so I don't flood my nail. Otherwise is makes for great application.

2 coats, no streaking or bald spots. It wears like iron too. I managed 6 days with no chipping and very light tip wear before I took it off. It really is amazing. I  don't know how the other polishes in the line match up to it but first impressions are great for this line. Plus I love this particular colour. Perfect for all seasons.

28 January 2016

Water Colour nails

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Not your traditional water colour nails. I decided to go with "the colour of water" inspired nails. What I thought of was the way the sea sparkles when the sun hits it. It's a mix of colours with blue/ teal shining through the most.

I used Essence the gel nail polish in 25 Prince charming as my base. This is a turquoise with blue/green shimmer. On top of that I added a coat of L.A Colors Color craze 653 which is a blue tinted base with green and teal glitters. I used this over Sinful Colors Rise and Shine before and I think it looks better but seeing as I was adding on so much glitter I didn't see the point in changing it.

Finally I added a coat of Essence nail art special effect topper in 10 glorious aquarius and a topcoat which made the job of this mani. Glorious Aquarius has a sprinkle of small hologrpahic glitter in it so it sparkled beautifully. I wasn't loving it before this step but after it was really transformed.  These pictures were taken at night so ignore the redness of my skin. That is all the cameras fault!


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