Green snowflake nails

So, it seems that it has been snowing all over the U.K except here in Surrey ūüė¶ I love snow days and my three year old has been so excited in anticipation but no… none has arrived. So, instead, I thought I’d have a go at a snowy mani to get me into the Christmassy mood.

I used the following:

Green polish¬†& stamping – Moyou London ‘Olive Tree

Glitter – Glam Polish ‘An unexpected Journey

White Flakes – Nails Inc ‘Kensington Church Street

White polish & stamping – Twinkled T ‘Glow Up

Stamping plates – Born Pretty ‘BP LOO8‘ &¬†‘BP LOO6

 

Do you have snow where you are?

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Born Pretty Metallic Pigment

The sun has got his hat on – hip hip hip hooray!

Today I have for you some metallic pigment 39605 and a nail stamping plate BPX-L020 from Born Pretty in shades 10 & 7.

The pigment comes in 1g clear pots with an eye shadow applicator but I applied mine using a fluffy brush on top of cured no wipe top coat on cured gel polish in different colours:

Light Pink –¬†The Gel Bottle ‘027’

Dark Purple – Gelish ‘Call me Jill Frost’

White –¬†Gelish ‘Arctic Freeze’

Black –¬†Gelish ‘Black Shadow’

 I then added another layer of no wipe top coat and cured. The instructions given on the born pretty website are as follows:

 

Instructions:
1.Prepare your nails with UV BASE COAT, BLACK COLOR GEL, UV TOP COAT, and cure it under UV lamp or LED lamp.
2.Use eyeshadow stick to pick the powder and apply it onto your nails
3.Repeat the step untill you’re satisfied with the effect.
4.Clean the extra powder.
5.Seal it with UV TOP COAT.

I love the stamping plate, there are some great patterns on there and it worked really well with my clear born pretty stamper.

A-England Kalinka stamped with MoYou Time Traveller 05

Over the weekend, I guest blogged over on nuthinbutanailthing. Claire, has decided to feature a guest blogger every Sunday which I think is a great idea. Anyway, this is what I blogged about:

Today I have for you some simple stamped nail art on an A-England base colour. I hadn’t used A-England before but fell in love with their colours on Istagram. I ordered 3 colours directly from their website http://www.a-england.co.uk but have since found that you can buy them cheaper from www.hypnoticpolish.com if you spend enough money to justify the postage.
 
O.K, back to this mani – For the base colour I have used¬†A England‘s¬†‚ÄėKalinka’¬†from their¬†‘Russian Soul Collection‚Äô.¬†It is a stunning¬†lilac toned silvery metallic¬†with hints of holographic. The formula was sightly thicker than your average indie polish so went on in two coats, in fact you could probably even just use one coat and be happy with it if you were in a rush.¬†
A England Shot

For the stamping I used Models Own ‘Chrome Indigo‚Äô with the Born Pretty transparent stamper (which is my current go to stamper) and MoYou London stamping plate¬†‚ÄėTime Traveller 05‚Äô. I‚Äôm still not great at stamping so it is a bit wobbly but I still liked the out come.

A-England Kalinka

I’d love to know what your thoughts are on A-England polishes? as at present I only own three shades.

Born Pretty Stamping Polish

Introducing Born Pretty Stamping Polish… Today I have a lovely Teal colour which I stamped over the beautiful silver holographic¬†ILNPMega‘.

Born pretty stamping

Mega is so stunning and the most intense holographic I have seen. It applied really well and get this – it looks amazing over darker shades if you just use one thin coat.

Anyway, back to the stamping. For this I used my¬†Born Pretty clear jelly stamper and scraper along with my Pet’la peacock¬†2 plate. If you’ve never seen them before, Pe’tla¬†plates are made of brass and are really deeply etched. I bought mine from a Facebook group buy but have put a link above if you are interested in buying them direct. I have a number of other plates to try from them also.

The colour scraped easily on the plate using the clear scraper, it was more flexible than scrapers I have used in the past and I seemed to get on with it better – I think this is my go to scraper from now on. The stamper picked up so well, it was amazing, pretty much no gaps in the pattern at all, the only thing I would say is that the pattern stretched when I was stamping it, but to be honest that is probably more to do with my lack of skill than a problem with the stamper.

The only negative comment I have about this mani is that the polish had a very strong chemical smell, however that said, I do have a really good sense of smell, so other people may not find it a problem.

If you’d like to buy from Born Pretty, then please feel free¬†to use my code:

Born Pretty code graphic

Enjoy the sunshine!

Colour Alike’s multichrome stamping nail polish ‚ÄėLagoon’

I was so excited to get my hands on Colour Alikes ‘Lagoon’ from the Universe Collection. I have a number of other multi chromes but seeing photos of this I was convinced this was better than the brands I already have and I was not wrong. I don’t know if it’s because it is a stamping polish but the consistency seems so much more pigmented and it is just stunning. I liked it both with and without top coat.

For this mani I I decided to use this polish as the base and stamped with MoYou Londons ‘Black Knight’. I love how it turned out. Have you tried this polish?

Colour alike Lagoon

With Seche Vite Topcoat

Colour alike lagoon closeup

I purchased it from Rainbow Connection and cost £11.50

 

Dark Pink Nails

Hello! I hope that you are all fine & dandy and enjoying the bank holiday?
My nail art today is a sheer white/pale pink base from Essie¬†which I really can’t say enough good things about, I use it so often – ‘Ballet Slippers’. This is topped with ILNP ‘My Private Rainbow’, which is so subtle it takes a number of coats to actually show up and even then you can only see the holo in bright light and sunshine, but when you do see it it is stunning. The Dark pink I’ve used is MoYou ‘Sweet Lips’ and the Holo pink is Bear Pawlish ‘Like a Virgin’ which is rich in holographic particles and a great colour. I added the dots with a dotting tool and set the tiny pearls into Seche Vite ‘Dry Fast top coat’ and the nail stamping was applied using ‘Apipila Superplaca A’

If you are U.K. based you can get ILNP & Bear Pawlish from Rainbow Connection and Boots & Superdrug sell Essie. The stamping plate is available from here.

 

Dark pink nail art