Friday, 16 December 2016

Nail Art #55 | Christmas jumper nails

Hello everyone! Christmas seems to have rolled round faster than ever, I can't believe it's next weekend. I've got all my presents wrapped and ready to give out. I even have presents for my dogs in their own Christmas stocking. This Christmas I hardly have time to paint cute designs onto my nails due to working so much in retail. It just gets busier and busier as the days head towards the new year.

I bought this MoYou Festive nail stamping plate #06 in the Black Friday sales. Their designs are so intricate. I used 'Fishnet Stockings' by Essie, a ruby red, as the base colour, and 'Cotton' by Barry M as the stamping polish. I found it quite difficult to stamp; the designs would stamp wonky, or do a weird tacky thing when I rolled the stamper across the nail. Not sure how to fix that problem, so if anyone has any suggestions please leave them in a comment below or tweet me!

I loved all the designs on this plate, I didn't want to showcase just one. This is one of the easiest ways to get detailed festive nails.

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Nail Art #54 | Leafy Greens

Hey everyone! Today's manicure has a little tropical feel to it. I was stuck for nail art ideas when I had a look at my stamping plates. I realised I hadn't used any of the designs from MoYou London's Enchanted Stamping Plate, in #13. I hadn't used it because it's so delicately detailed, I just didn't know where to begin. My mind is just overwhelmed with ideas when I look at the plate.

First, I painted 2 layers of Essie's Fiji, a very pale shade of pink. Then, I picked a simple leafy design, using Model's Own Edamame stamped over all the nails. Then I picked a vine design scraped with Model's Own Green Tea, stamped onto my thumb, middle and pinky finger. Topped it off with a fast drying top coat (I used Essie's Good to Go) and there you have it. A very simple leafy manicure. You can barely see the Edamame coloured leaves, but in person they're there, and they look super cute.

Let me know what you think about my latest post in the comments!
Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Nail Art #53 | I'm Late! Nails

"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!"

Earlier this month it was my birthday, and my boyfriend surprised me with a limited edition 6 piece OPI Alice in Wonderland collection from QVC. If you don't live under a rock, this collection was to tie in with the new Alice in Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Now he's seen me watching QVC when certain brand are on, and I had no idea he'd get this for me! I didn't even see it on TV! And they're all full sized! 

I used A Mirror Escape, a gold glitter, as the base, and What's a Hatter with You, a beetroot pink, as the stamping polish. I used a rabbit design on plate 13 from MoYou London's Suki range. I painted two coats of A Mirror Escape, then I applied a top coat to seal in the glittery bumps. I did this so the stamped design would go on smoothly. After, I did the stamping steps - add polish, scrap, roll stamper, stamp - and sealed the design with a top coat. 

I haven't seen the film yet, have you?
Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Nail Art #52 | Pink Marble Nails

Hello everyone! This week I've created a pink marble nails. They're super easy to do, and require only three shades of polish, two brushes and one steady hand.

I'm using Essie's Fiji as the base, Splash of Grenadine as the middle, Funny Face as the darkest colour. To create the marble, I used the dry brush technique and painted Splash of Grenadine in one direction across the nail. I used a thin nail art brush to create tiny, broken lines with Funny Face. I then dipped a clean up brush in nail polish remover and lightly swept it across the whole nail. I sealed it with a fast drying top coat to complete the look. 

If you don't use a top coat, then you'll have a weird texture on your nail from the polish remover, so please use it! I think it makes the marble looks way better when sealed with a top coat. 

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Nail Art #51 | Candy Pink Nails

Hello everyone! Sorry that I haven't been posting much, a mix of waiting for my nails to stop splitting and being at work. And my work means having a lot of broken nails. I'm trying out different nail care products to see what currently works best for me. So while I've been waiting around, I've picked up some nail polishes and been frustrated that I couldn't paint my nails for the blog because of how short they were becoming.

OPI released these Hello Kitty polishes awhile ago now, but and I managed to get my hands on them recently when I saw them for a very good price. The polish is quite a thin consistency, and you'll need 2-3 coats depending on how well you applied the first coat. If you don't apply the first coat well, you'll definitely need three, maybe four, to hide any uneven spots.

This shade is 'Look At My Bow'. It is a candy pink colour, a shade that is not too pale and not too bright. An all round good shade, it's just a shame about the consistency. 

Do you own anything from the OPI x Hello Kitty range?

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Nail Art #50 | Naked Nails

Okay so my nails aren't actually 'naked', but they are coated in a nude polish! I love nude shades. They effortlessly look brilliant, and look great whatever the occasion, whatever the outfit, whatever the weather. This shade by Essie is 'Ballet Slippers'.

Some brands of nail polishes I found, have a consistency that doesn't work with me any more. Their new releases just don't seem to apply as well as their older stuff, which is why I'm hesitant in trying newly released polishes. Hopefully O.G. nail polish brands like Essie won't flake out on their future releases.

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Nail Art #49 | Daisy Nails

This week I've been trying out Model's Own Luxe polish, I only have one shade so far, and I don't think I'll be getting any more. It has a thin consistency, and you need about three layers to make it opaque. It doesn't apply well -- it's difficult to get an even coverage because it's so thin. I love the shade (Princess Pink) but damn! I just hate when a polish is like that. Don't get me wrong, their normal ranges of polish are amazing! 

I used MoYou London's Suki stamping plate #13 with Barry M's Gelly in Grapefruit, which was much more opaque, and works great for stamping too. And yes, I'm aware I need to work on my stamping technique but this is my second time stamping! I think I did okay. 

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Nail Art #48 | Chinese New Year Nails

Hello everyone! Happy Chinese New Year! So the date that Chinese New Year fell on was pretty special for me. I booked my driving test for 11:11am on the 8th of Feb. 11:11 where you're meant to make a wish (and lots of other spiritual meanings), and the number 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture. I actually booked my test on this date without knowing it would be Chinese New Year, and it was the earliest Monday that I could book my driving test for. Anyway, it all worked well in my favour as I had passed my driving test!

I'd like to think I did everything I could to get some luck for the day... I painted my nails red, my instructors car was red and I was wearing red. Red, in Chinese culture, symbolises luck. I definitely went over board with my superstitions.

For this look I've used Essie's Fishnet Stockings, a gorgeous deep red, and Barry M's Gelly Nail Paint in Cotton. I'm also using MoYou London's #07 Fashionista Plate for the nail art. I'm new to stamping, I've always been against it, but it's such a quick and easy way to make a basic manicure into something a little different. 

Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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Monday, 18 January 2016

Nail Art #47 | Pink Tweed Nails

So I've been away from the blogging world for a few weeks; retail work over the holiday period meant less time for nails and more time in the store. But now that's out of the way hopefully I'll have more regular nail posts. This is also why I choose to paint nail art onto false nails, so I can get back to them when I'm not at work. I used to paint nail art on my natural nails, but I'd always rush them and they'd never look how I wanted them to. 

I've been obsessed with tweed style nails for a while now, but I've never found a colour combination that I liked, until I saw one on Instagram and was instantly inspired. I tried doing a tweed pattern horizontally and vertically but I didn't like how it turned out, so I stuck with small, horizontal stripes. 

For these nails, I used six different colours to achieve this look. I used Model's Own Luxe in Princess Pink, Model's Own Hypergel White Gel, Lilac Sheen, Cerise Shine, and Ciate's Big Yellow Taxi.

What do you think of this look? Love it or loathe it?
Lots of love, Jenny xo - Follow me on: Twitter / Instagram / Bloglovin
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