Peach Nails with Daisy Filigree

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For todays nails I have used Peach Polish – MoYou London ‘Skin Silk’ which is a stamping polish but it’s fine for normal application.

Over the top I have used All That Jazz ‘Daisy’ Filigree stickers – available from here which are great quality – you simply apply and trim to size, I love them, they are available in about 20 designs and all sorts of colours including some gorgeous metallics. It’s best to wait for your base polish to dry fully before applying the stickers or use a fast dry top coat to avoid smudging of the polish or of course use over gel polish. I finished with a good quality top coat.

I liked these so much that I wore them on my wedding day!

8 Quick tips for Flawless Nails

Now most of my followers are nail people but I just wanted to put something out there for those non nail people struggling to achieve a great looking mani. So here we go:

1 – Always follow hand washing and using hand sanitisers with an application of lotion. See my recommendation here for a cheap but effective lotion.

2 – Try to apply cuticle oil at least twice a day. For an idea of which oils do which job, have a read of one of my previous posts here.

3 – Cleanse the nail plate before applying base coat to remove any grease that could make application uneven.

4 – Invest in a good basecoat to prevent discolouration of your nails and fill any ridges you may have. A lot of basecoats now have the added benefit of additional nutrients to help nail growth.

5 – Apply polish in thin layers and allow a bit of time to partially dry between layers.

6 – Use a brush and nail polish remover to clean up any spills and smudges on your cuticles. Something like this would be ideal.

7 – Use a fast dry top coat to avoid smudging. I love ‘Seche Vite’.

8 – Go to bed before a special occasion with your hands slathered in intensive moisturiser wrapped in cotton gloves.

Picture Polish bright striped Nails

Over the weekend, I was very lucky to meet up with an old friend who was visiting from Australia, I know that she has so many people to see while here, so it meant a lot that I got to catch up with her and her other half plus – she very kindly agreed to bring over with her a small order I placed with piCture pOlish meaning they were a lot cheaper than buying them in this country – how amazing is that! She also bought me some glitters over, but that’s for another day!

I got five polishes and ‘Peel Off Glitter Base’, I have used four of the lovely polishes here in this mani.

Now all of the polish consistencies are on the thicker side (but completely manageable), and cover in two coats. The stripes are hand painted using a very fine brush.

The colours used are:

Lilac – Eerie

Sky Blue – Salt Water

Green – Honey Moon

Raspberry – Shocked

Picture Polish stripes

Then topped off by my fave top coat Seche Vite.

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 ‘Kalinka’ from their ‘Russian Soul Collection’. 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’ with the Born Pretty transparent stamper (which is my current go to stamper) and MoYou London stamping plate ‘Time Traveller 05’. I’m 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.

Glam Polish – ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! If any of you lovelies are in the U.K. I hope that you are getting chance to enjoy the sunshine, isn’t it glorious! although some would say too hot. I can’t quite believe that it was still 22 degrees at 2.00 this morning!

Todays polish was released earlier this year in March and is from the 9 piece ‘Love Marilyn’ Collection from Australian indie brand – Glam Polish. Each polish is Marilyn related in some way and here we have ‘Happy Birthday Mr President‘. When I saw a swatch of this stunning pink polish on Instagram a while back I just had to try it! When it arrived I had to remove my existing perfectly good manicure and put it on straight away, it is jam packed with holo glitter, so much so that you could almost get away with just one coat, but here I have two. It glided on really well, dried quickly and I finished with top coat. The sun was brightly shining and so I went over to the window and was just blown away by the sparkle almost smiling back at me.

Glam Happy Birthday Mr President

The cost of this was £9.50 but my supplier no longer has it in stock so it would be silly giving you a link. However here is a link to the companies website.

Right, I’m off to dip my toes in the paddling pool… Ta ta for now!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Up for review today is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I was sent a couple of colours and the top coat to try out and review.

Saly Hansen Prod shot 2

The colours I was sent were ‘120 Bare to Dare’ a gorgeous cream nude and ‘400 Smartease’ a girly pink. To be honest the pink isn’t really my sort of colour but I loved the cream nude. I applied 2 coats of the pink and 3 of the cream for full coverage, the first coat was streaky but do persist, as you can see it resulted in a Gel “look” manicure.

Sally Hansen 2 colours

I applied it thinking it would dry pretty fast as I had seen reviews on Amazon saying so, however my experience wasn’t like that at all – I spent around 15 mins waiting for it to dry after applying the topcoat but it was still tacky, I then had to drive somewhere, I got into the car and put on my seatbelt really carefully and drove for a further 15 mins in bright sunlight and it was a warm day so presumed it would dry in that time but it was still pliable, I then had to pick up my son and unfortunately it still wasn’t dry enough and it got dented so I had to start again later. I found that in the end I was too busy to sit around waiting for it to dry completely so I used my Seche Vite fast drying top coat over the top which helped to speed up the drying time a little, however it was still not rock hard but pliable for a while, but it helped. This is the official reasoning behind this technology direct from Sally Hansen:

“The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light.”

S.H. Bare Dare

I’m not that keen on the colours which the first photo shows, this is a more accurate image of ‘120 Bare to Dare’

As for claim that this product lasts longer than the average polish, I tend to agree. I personally had the 120 on for seven days (before I had to take it off because I was going into hospital) and a friend who works in catering also tested it out for me, polish only usually lasts one to two days on her but she got five out of this. I am pretty sure that you could get more time out of it if you were gentle on your nails and don’t have a lifestyle which puts your nails under a lot of strain all of the time. So overall in conclusion, I’d say, if you have time to let the product dry properly e.g. while you are watching a film or something then it is definitely worth buying, also using a fast dry top coat over it seemed to help so that is worth keeping in mind and looking after your nails as best as possible goes without saying.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried it – how many days did you get?

*Kindly note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review

Nicole Diary Leafy Manicure

I have recently been sent a few packs of Water Decals for nails from new company Nicole Diary who have both Amazon & Aliexpress online stores.  I chose this leaf design because it is a colour that I hardly ever wear and it looked lovely & fresh.

The decals applied well, you just cut to size, soak in water so that the backing slides away, place the decals on your nails and trim to fit perfectly. Finally top coat to keep it in place for as long as you want your manicure. Ta Da!!! Done.

I used a combo of green polishes to come up with this colour as I didn’t have an exact match. I used Alessandro ‘Call Me Hero!’ and
Morgan Taylor ‘Ivy Applique’ All finished with my go to Seche Vite top coat.

You can buy this product from here

Nicole diary leaves

 

* Please note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for my unbiased review