Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Coco a-go go

During a trip into town I popped into £1 shop for some essentials. I scanned the beauty section and look what caught my eye, this Sally Hansen Instra-Dri, Coco a-go go. for only £1 I was very happy to give it a try. I've never used any Sally Hansen products before so I didn't know what to expect.

This polish defiantly keeps to it's name and has a fast drying time. I did one coat waited 30 seconds or so and was happy to do another straight after! The whole painting time was only 5 mins.base layer of Rimmels 5-1 Nail treat, Two coats of Coco a-go go and then finished of with a top coat of Rimmels 5-1 Nail treat.

The wand and brush is thinner and flatter than other polishes I've used which took a little time to get used to so, I decided to test the polish on paper before starting on my nails, I'm glad I did this as it really helped to get accustomed to the weight and the angle of the brush.

The Colour is beautiful, copper bronze with a shimmer of subtle gold. I wish I has some gold or even black studs to ad to this mani as although I love the colour I do think it needs a little something extra.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Winter blues

So the UK has been hit hard with lots of snow. I hate driving in the snow but you have to admit it does look so nice and magical. We had so much snow my garden gnome makes an appearance, looking good Mr Gnome!

In honour of the snow I've done a snow/winter theme on my nails. I had started with the idea of stamping snowflakes but I just could not get the hang of stamping. This I feel will have to be project for the future to keep practising.

I used some new polish I was given at Christmas. La Femme Beauty, Aqua blue for the base. This is a clean sky blue colour. a little runny but covers well in three coats. I used two coats to create a thin light blue colour. Using an old sponge I added Barielle, Going to the chapel onto the tips for a frost effect. To finish it off I layered La Femme Beauty, Silver glitter over the top to act like snow.

My left hand pointer finger got smudged as I was reaching for my hot chocolate, which was soo very yummy! I was so annoyed with myself, freshly painted nails rule one: Don't move to touch anything for 10 minuets! I think though its not too noticeable so I haven't taken it off, but it does look a bit strange.


Monday, 14 January 2013

New start, naked nails

Ooops it's be been nearly 6 weeks since I last posted something. Wow Christmas and work really did get in the way!! I had hoped to post a few Christmas themed nails but since it's mid January it's not acceptable so I'll keep them safe and try again next year.

I now have no valid reason for not post regularly other than laziness or not being planned enough so here to being pro active, forward planning and just being on top of it all :)

As I enjoy painting my nails I do tend to change the polish nearly everyday and strong and stain free can be a bit of a challenge. In the spirit of new starts and clean slates here are my naked nails *gasps*  I don't very often have no art art or no colour on them so they really do feel naked!

It is only once I've taken the photo and the day light had faded I've realised I'd not done a very good job with the clean up, a few bits of blue polish on my cuticles and strange blue ring under my smile line, must have had polish underneath the nail with out knowing it ( tut tut ).

I don't like the feel of moisturiser on my hands so I don't moisturise as often as I should, I try to remember to use cuticle oil which I find with as all the polish remover I go though really does help. I also do however use a scrub on my hands and I find this combination of scrub and cuticle oil is all my hands and nails need.

Using a 4 way buffer is another tool I regularly use and this helps to smooth and even out the surface of the nail plate and then using the buffer to bring out the shine shine and gloss which I assume is from all the oil I use.

My pinkie and ring both have 'white bruises' from when ..... well to be honest I'm not entirely show when but I was just a bit trough ruff taking of a glitter polish that I just rubbed, scrubbed and hacked at when taking it off. Have I mentioned how must I hate taking glitter polish off. It's stopped me buying any more glitter polish until I've tried and tested the PVA Glue method.

So you've seen my naked and bare nails, next post I'll have polish on and the journey can begin (again)