Friday, 31 January 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday - Dots

Thursdays prompt was dots. I think I need more practise doing dots. It's harder than it looks, honestly I want perfectly smooth round little dots of polish heaven. What happens in reality is an uneven blob that just looks out of shape and awkward.

I'm so pleased with how they turn out!! I love this dotted gradient effect. simple yet visually stimulating. I was going to do this design on a white base, I'm so pleased that I decided not to. The colours stand their own again Utopia which is like a pale creamy concrete.

I've used 8 Oldies, some pinks, some purples and neutral. From left to right:
Models Own, Utopia. Models Own, Purple Imperial, Simple Pleasures, Purple (unnamed). Models Own, Lilac Dream. Simple Pleasures, Pink (unnamed). Ted Baker, Pale Pink (unnamed) Models Own, Lill's Pink and Models Own, Pink Fizz.

GOT, pink, purple, dots, gradient, models own, linziino

GOT, pink, purple, dots, gradient, models own, linziino

GOT, pink, purple, dots, gradient, models own, linziino

GOT, pink, purple, dots, gradient, models own, linziino

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - Glitter

Glitter is this name of the this week.

I love glitter, I love seeing swatches of all the amazing indie glitters polishes and I'd love to add more glitter to my everyday life. I just cant seam to find a happy compromise with glitter on my own nails. Love the look, love the sparkle but I just hate taking it off!

I've used Models Own pro, Jack's Black for my base. This is the only colour that I have from MO Pro range. I like the smooth the application and glossy finish but it does have a strange smell that just hangs around in the air. I've used this little gem by Pretty that I picked up from a recent £1 shop! It's truly stunning because it has tiny gold glitter and larger gold hex glitter the finish it gives is amazing. The clear formal is thick but wow the shine is stunning.

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Thank you xx

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge, Glitter, Models Own, Black, Gold
Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge, Glitter, Models Own, Black, Gold


Friday, 24 January 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday - Blue

I thought it was Wednesday yesterday so when I realised that in-fact it was Thursday making today Friday it was a bonus, but it does mean I'm late for Golden Oldie Thursday - because its now Friday :)

This little beauty has been in my collection for such a long time I'd forgotten about it. This is one of the benefits of this challenge because it makes you really think about what's in your polish stash.

I've fallen back in love with stunner from Models Own. Its from their Beetlejuice collection, Aqua Violet. When the sunlight hits, it glistens and sparkles, the blue tones light up and shine through. It has undertones of purple, hence the Violet in the name but to be honest I see more blue than violet or purple.

GOT Models Own, Aqua Violet

GOT Models Own, Aqua Violet

GOT Models Own, Aqua Violet

GOT Models Own, Aqua Violet

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White.

I love White nails but often find them hard to keep them plain. Its like a blank piece of paper waiting to be drawn on. For this reason I opted for nails studs to add interest without distracting from the white.

I've used Manhattan Quick dry, White. This has a super smooth formula and only needed two coats for an all over even finish. The drying time was fast so the clean up was a little tough - only because I waited too long! I used Seventeen nail studs which I found in my local Boots store for 50p.

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Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White

Busy Girl Nails, Winter challenge - White
please ignore my weird shaped pointer fingernail. it's starting to flake and peel a little bit at the edge. Not really sure why its starting to do this - I've always had strong straight nails but this little bugger decided to start flake :(

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday, Stripes

Thursday 16th January and the prompt today is Stripes. I love stripes but after a long day at work and a few glasses of wine I have no patience left thin nail tape!!

The tape wasn't being helpful at all, it kept curling up, not sticking to my nails and just not laying still. A nightmare.

The polish on the other hand did it's job. Perfect coat in one application. Lovely colour and great coverage. This little bottle of Rimmel 60 seconds, Purple Reign has been in my collection for such a long time - I cant remember when I even got it. I don't have many Rimmel's and I always forget how good they are. The brushes are great, the polish goes on smoothly and the colours are stunning so I might have to add a few more to the collection. any recommendations??

GOT Stripes Rimmel

GOT Stripes Rimmel

GOT Stripes Rimmel

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Busy Girl Nails Winter Nail Art Challenge - Teal

I'm joining in with another nail challenge, this one is Busy Girl Nails, Winter Nail Art Challenge.

I have started two new challenges recently but I've not been on time for either! This wasn't my intention, I had planned to have things in place and ready to go but this sadly just didn't work out.

This challenge is mainly on Instagram but I still wanting to post it here. Please follow the group and see all the other people's art. @its_linzi #busygirlnails

So here's my last minute entry, I know, I know, I know..... there's no nail art on my nails but there is teal, Totally teal. I had started to do a design but I just wasn't happy with it so I decided to go back to basics and keep it simple. this is two coat of No7 Totally teal. it's just perfect, it doesn't need a topcoat as it's super shinny and glossy without.  

Totally teal

Totally teal
Totally teal

Friday, 10 January 2014

Golden Oldie Thursday, pink waterfall

Time for a new challenge? OK. This is Golden Oldie Thursday, GOT for short. This challenge is from Crumpets nail tarts. (only 1 day late)

The rules are simple:
The polish you use should be at least one year old
* if you haven't been a polishaholic that long, you can use the oldest polishes you have
* the polish should be previously used, but if you're stuck, you could free a yearling from Mount Untried
* you can use more than 1 polish as long as it fits the theme and the rules

I've used La Femme Beauty, Misty rose for my base. Its a shimmery pale pink but the camera has made it look really strange, honestly it looks soo much better in real life! I've then used L.A. Colors Art Deco White and Pretty nail art pen in hot pink to add the 'waterfall' effect.

The Hot pink didn't stand out as much as I was hoping,perhaps I should have had a white background and then used different shades of pink to create the waterfall effect. That being said it wouldn't have kept within the rules of GOT! I'll re-create this mani sometime soon and hopeful make an improvement on it :)




Monday, 6 January 2014

Blue stained nails

The down side of my favourite deep blue, Sally Hansen Navy baby is that it stains, and boy is it's hard to get rid of!

I did a comparison to show you the aftermath left behind. On my left hand I used two coats No7 So Strong and one coat on my right hand, Boots No7 So Strong is a great base coat because as it's name suggest it's strong which adds a tough layer of protection over my nails. Whenever I get the money of No7 make-up vouchers I do tend to get another one or two to add to my stash :)

My right hand (one base coat)
My left hand had two layers of base coats and there is considerably lower staining compared to the other hand which had one base coat.

side-by-side shot to show the levels of staining.
This is after 10 minuets of scrubbing using my white block - so much better!
The lesson in this story is when using a polish that stains double up on the base coat!



Saturday, 4 January 2014

Christmas nail presents

Happy Belated Christmas and Happy and Healthy New year!

I was lucky to be given some great nail polishes this Christmas. I want to try them all now but I'll restrain myself and perhaps try an new one each week :)

An order of 7x stunning polishes from Illamasqua - this is a gift from me to me :) 

Models Own
Models Own, Headkandi collection, Bora Bora. Models Own, Amerthyst and Models Own, Sardonyx

Ciate Chalkboard manicure set,

Nails inc, Christmas Crackers
Looking forward to playing with my new gifts, keep an eye out for the reviews and their might even be some more treasure from the January sales!?!

Night-time sky

It's the 3rd January and I've just got around to posting my new year eve nails!

I've used Sally Hansen, Navy Baby which is hands down my most favourite deep blue. It's just perfect for an evening night sky. I didn't want to use black because the sky where I live isn't black due to all the street lighting :(  To add the sparkly stars I've used 17 Nail Xtras, glitter top coat which I think really works. I had planned on added fireworks over the top but decided not to do so, I'm glad I didn't because I love how these nails turned out. Simple understated but very clearly the nights sky.