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

22 June 2015

Meg and Mog

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This is one part of a recent manicure I wore. I'll show ye the other half another day (it's completely different so I don't want to make the post too long ) I only came across Meg and Mog this year but apparently the animated show was pretty popular back in 2003 when it was first released, They are all based on books but I haven't seen/read any of them. You can buy them on Book Depository but they are pretty expensive.

The show focuses on Meg, a witch, Mog , a cat and Owl, can probably guess he's an owl. I focused on Meg and Mog for this manicure. I tried Owl but he didn't look right so I replaced him with some plain glitter nails.


For the base of the glitter nails I used 2 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous. I topped that off with a coat of Essence Nail Art twins in Bella. The blue I used on the accent nails is NYC Hudson Blue. I freehanded the characters using Sally Hansen Patent gloss in Vinyl. The yellow in Mog's eyes was OPI I just can't cope-acabana. The white is just a plain white polish, nothing special. I coated it all in Essence the gel nails Topcoat and it lasted really well. I think I  got 5-6 days of wear without any chips.

19 June 2015

Every Cloud....

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After wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Creme de la Creme for a while I decided to add a little spakle to it just to jazz it up. It's a lovely shade of milky pink, don't get me wrong, but after a while I like to play around with my manicures just to see how well different polishes mix together.

So I already had on 3 coats of Creme de la Creme. Using the brush in the bottle of Color Club  Cloud Nine I freehanded the shape and then filled it in. The brush itself is pretty straight so it's easy enough to get a fairly straight line. You can always fix it up when you fill it in anyway but it's good to have a guideline.

I skipped a topcoat as I didn't want to spoil the holographic on the tips. It's a brilliant holographic polish, the formula is spot on and it dries really quickly seeing as it's a thin (but still opaque) consistency.


16 June 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Blobby, Mr Blobby.....

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Another Twinsie Tuesday has come around and again I have cheated slightly on the theme. We were instructed to do a  Blobicure and just before I started doing my manicure I remembered this character from back in the 90's on "Noel House Party" hosted by Noel Edmonds. The thing I always thought of when it came to Mr Blobby was the Mr Blobby song. It's catchy and it will get stuck in your head for days!

For the manicure I focused on the typical colours you'd see on Mr Blobby himself. He's basically a big pink blob with yellow polka dots. He also wears a pretty big bow tie. 


 2 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 170 Pink Cadillaquer on my middle nail. 
 2 coats of Essence the Gel nail polish in Play with my mint (also used on Mr Blobby's eyes). 
Max Factor Glossfinity 110 Red Passion for the lips, nose and randomly on the other nails,
Essence the Gel nail polish 46 Black is back for the outline,
OPI I Just can't Cope-acabana for Blobby's dots, bow and randomly on the other nails ,
Catrice 130 Lucky in Lilac on Blobby's bow and randomly on the other nails

Pretty easy to do. I love the bright colours, especially over Play with my mint. It makes a beautiful base for the other colours and it still stands out on it's own. I topped these nails with Essence Satin in Matt about you. On Mr Blobby I used Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D topcoat. 

 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

15 June 2015

Micro Pedi MAN review

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**Product was provided for my honest review**


I know a lot of people don't like to talk about feet or anything having to do with taking care of them but it is important. They take a lot of battering on a daily basis and now that Summer is rolling around you'll want to break out the sandals. Cracked scaly feet don't really look all that good in the sun! I was sent the new Micro Pedi MAN to try out and I thought it was about time to get a review up just in case ye'd want to pick one up for Fathers Day or as a solution to your own rough skin needs.

Now my feet aren't the worst in the world so I tried this out on someone who badly needed it. I have tried a couple of hard skin removal products before so I had high hopes for this one. The  Micro Pedi MAN uses rollers described as a "super coarse micro-mineral roller". It is brilliant at getting through the dry skin. I'd say I spent a good 10-15 minutes using this and their feet were completely transformed. I managed to buff them down almost completely and smooth them out. There was a small area where the cracked skin wasn't completely gone but on a first try you cannot expect perfection.


I have reviewed other products like this and it does have a good few points that make it stand out from the rest. First off it's smaller and easier to grasp compared to others. Now depending on your mobility' flexibility this can be a good thing or a bad thing. I personally  liked it, it was easier for me to follow the curves of the foot and it sits nicely in my hand. The rollers are incredibly good, you wouldn't believe how quickly they worked through the mess. If I was to do it with a regular foot scrubber it would have taken me at least an hour to do the same amount of work. That's pretty impressive and it  saved me a lot of time and effort..

There was no pain or discomfort experienced whilst the machine was doing its thing. I made sure to use a good foot cream afterwards to give some moisture back to the skin. The only thing that bothered me was the way the rollers caused the dust to fly up into the air. You'd almost need a mask while you're working away (especially if you have asthma) just to be on the safe side.The rollers are still in good nick despite the amount of work they've already done. Depending on the state of your feet they could laast a good few months before they need to be replacement. You will have to  buy 2 AA batteries for the machine but I know from experience that they last a good while (longer than the rollers).


 The Micro Pedi man costs €39.99 in Boots. This includes the machine, one of the coarse rollers and a little cleaning brush. 

You can also get the Micro Pedi MAN set which includes the machine, 2 replacement rollers, a nail clippers and a little pouch to keep them all together for €59.99 (normally €69,99).

A pack of two replacement rollers cost €14.99 in Boots (buy one get one half price at the moment)

I'm pretty sure the Micro Pedi nano and  the Micro Pedi MAN are the exact same. The only differences being that the nano comes in brighter colours whilst the MAN is a dark grey.  Go for which every is handiest to get for yourself. 

12 June 2015

Tea party inspired nail art

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If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the manicure already. I took part in a nail art collab that was based on a Tea party theme. I really want to do more collaborations on Instagram but it's hard to keep up with them.

For this look I started off with 2 coats of Essence The gel nail polish in 36 Dare it nude. On my ring finder I went with 2 coats of Essence Iced Latte (I didn't have any polishes with tea based names). I then freehanded the little cups using NYC Pinstripe White. For the tea in the cup I used China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. The orange is Sally Hansen Miracle gel in 300 Electra-cute. The purple is Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure in 640 Plum Luck. The teal at the bottom is Estee Lauder Black Turquoise. 

For the bunting on the rest of the nails I used Sally Hansen  Patent Gloss in Vinyl for the outline. For the colours of the flags I have Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 240 B-Girl, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 347 Peach of cake. 375 SGT Preppy and 671 Moheato.

I topped it all off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. I ended up putting a matte topcoat on but it looked so dark in the pictures for some reason so I'm showing the glossy version instead. Not a big deal but I thought I'd point it out seeing as I generally use a matte topper for nail art.



11 June 2015

Bright and cheery nails

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Some random nail art for today. I started off with Essence I <3 trends in I'm So Fluffy. Then using a thin paint brush I striped on some random polishes including: OPI I just can't cope-acabana, China Glaze I'm with the Lifeguard, Models Own Hedonist, Zoya Paz, Sinful Colors Sugar Rush and China Glaze Love is a beach.

All of the polishes I used for the stripes are neons so it would really pop over the pastel base. I like the abstract look a lot. My nails look interesting but there isn't a particular design so I didn't get bored with it as quickly as I normally would.  You can use pretty much any colour combination you like with this, I just wanted some bright and cheerful without really having to do anything complicated. The best thing about this is you don't have to be uber careful (or have any practice in doing nail art!) It's so simple to do and it makes no difference if you lines are wonky or if they vary in size.




09 June 2015

Twinsie Tuesday- Dress for the moment

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Dress for the moment is an older Essence polish from the Colour and go range. It has the old bottle shape so it's quite a small bottle. This is my first time using this polish (I just got it) and I love it. Lilac is one of my favourite colours to wear on my nails and this is beautiful. My bottle of Barry m Berry ice cream has started to bubble horribly on me so this is my new favourite lilac polish!

As you can see from the swatch, Dress for the moment is a pale cool toned lilac. It almost has a pastel look to it. I have on 2 coats and the formula is pretty great. It dries nice and quick with a glossy finish. I thought this would be fairly similar to Catrice Sing Hey Dirty Lilah which is also discontinued. Dress for the moment has a pinker tone to it and it doesn't have any shimmer.  Either way I like them both on their own and as a base for nail art.


The other Twinsie Tuesday participants are linked 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
Kristine at Pink and Polished Nails
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision


08 June 2015

The Discworld #2: The light Fantastic

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Book number 2 in my Discworld inspired nail art series. The light Fantastic focuses on the Wizard Rincewind, the tourist Twoflower and the Luggage (one of the best characters in my opinion). Like all of the Discworld books there are a tonne of amazing characters but these are the 'main' ones.


Seeing as I featured Rincewind and Twoflower in my previous post I was stumped for a while on who to pick for this one. In the end I had to go with the Luggage seeing as it is quite prominent on the cover and it is just a brilliant character.


For the base I went with Barry m Atlantic Road. This is a textured polish so I thought it would be a bit more interesting. On top of that I drew the Luggage's little feet using a small paint brush, NYC Pinstripe White and dotting tools for the toes.

On my middle nail I have Barry m Mushroom as the base. The gold outline is Catrice Oh my Goldness. The black detailing is Essence Black is Back and the white is  NYC pinstripe white. I topped it off with a glossy topcoat but only on this nail. I didn't want to ruin the texture on the other nails so I left them without a topcoat of any kind.


 This was one of the easier manicures to do so far but I really like the way it turned out.


04 June 2015

Essence the gel nail polish topcoat and basecoat review (including wear test)

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**Polishes were provided for my honest review**


Following on from the Essence the gel nail polish reviews I have the topcoat and basecoat that were released as part of the range. I've been using both of these products since getting them with the Essence the gel nail polish and other brands to see how well they work. Just like my review on the Sally Hansen Miracle gel polishes and the Essence gel nails at home set I did a wear test using all products from the gel nail polish range.



I started off with the Essence the gel nail basecoat. This is a quick drying basecoat that claims to help make your manicure last up to 60% longer. This was based on a test using 30 people using both the topcoat and basecoat.  Side note: For a really accurate number you'd want a higher number in your focus group (at least 100+). I get that the results are more favourable with a smaller number in your test but it doesn't look as impressive especially if you including it on the actually bottle.

The basecoat dries to a matte finish which I really like. I give it 2-3 minutes before I add on the colour. For the wear test I picked out 09 #Lucky.  I have on 2 coats. I then put on one coat of the Essence the gel nail polish topcoat. This is a quick drying topcoat that leaves  a really glossy finish on the nail.


After 7 days I took off this manicure and here are the results! No chipping and only a minimal amount of tipwear. I could easily wear this for a few more days but I like to give my nails a break after 5-6 days of wearing polish. It still looks great, even around the cuticles. I am pretty hard on my nails so this is really impressive.

As I mentioned before, I use both the basecoat and topcoat for all of my manicures and I haven't had any problems with it so far. I'm not that fussy with basecoats anyway so I probably would buy this one again given how affordable it is. It does level out my nails a bit so the polish applies smoothly so that's always good.

**EDIT: The basecoat seems to leave a red-ish stain to my nails which I thought was related to something else but thanks to a comment from Purple_Rain it seems to be down to the this. It's not overly noticeable but I think it's worth a mention in case this might put others off **

The real stand out for me is the topcoat. It works so well for me! It dries quickly, far quicker than my Sally Hansen Miracle gel topcoat. It is so glossy. I haven't had any problems with it after 2 plus weeks of using it exclusively. I think this is my favourite topcoat and I will be buying backups of this asap. It is so good! The one thing I do not like about it is the bottle. It's silver and you cannot see through it which I hate. I never know how much I have left until it gets to that gloopy stage where you have to tip the bottle to get enough to cover your nail.


For around €3 each I think the quality is unreal. I don't normally like Essence topcoats but this one is a real gem. I doesn't drag my nail art half as much as other topcoats I have tried which is really important for me seeing as I do a lot of it. I highly recommend picking up both of these but definitely try the topcoat if you can get your hands on it.

03 June 2015

Moheato on the dots

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One of my recent manicures that I ended up really liking is of course a polka dot design. This was actually an accident. I had planned on recreating a mani I came across on Instagram but it did not work out at all. I wanted to do something quick but I didn't want a plain polish. Polka dots are the easiest design to do and you don't need anything special for it.

I started off with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Moheato. I used a plain white polish on my middle and ring fingers. Once that was dry I used a small dotting tool to add on the dots. I thought about using different colours for the dots but I couldn't decide on one and it was just easier to use the same colours that I used for the base. I topped it off with the Essence the gel nail polish topcoat. Pretty simple! I ended up wearing this for a good few days without any chips.


I will more than likely recreate this using different polish combinations. It's a great design to do if you don't have a huge amount of time but you want something a bit different that's fun to look at.

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