Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Stripes, Lovehearts, and a Sprinkle of Glitter

Evening! This is my second post of the day... What is wrong with me?! Anyway, I was so impressed with my new Jacava nail polishes (see the review here), that I couldn't help but do some nail art. I kept my 'Mont Blanc' swatches as a base, and decided to add stripes, hearts and sparkles to create a pretty glittery manicure.

JACAVA London: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, I hope you're all well! Today I have a review of a lovely new brand called Jacava, a UK-based company that specialises in luxury nail polish. Jacava's nail polish 8-free. You may or may not have heard about 3-free polishes (brands such as OPI and Essie don't contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene or Formaldehyde, which are considered toxic) and 5-free polishes (the likes of Chanel and Dior are also free of Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor, which research has also proved risky). Well, Jacava take this even further by ensuring that all of their polishes are free from eight key nail varnish downfalls: there's no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, DBP, Collophane, Phthalates or Animal Testing. What's more, their bottles boast a gorgeous 22 carat gold print, so if the science and ethics don't impress you, surely the packaging does?!

Monday, 29 July 2013

e.l.f. Cosmetics Nail Cube: I WON!

Hi! Today is not a nail art post I'm afraid - instead, I want to share with you the set of nail polish I recently received from e.l.f. Cosmetics, which is a fantastic range with tiny prices. Honestly, if you haven't heard of e.l.f. before, you must have been hiding under a rock! Unlike most cheap brands, e.l.f. never scrimp on quality or variety, and I am yet to be disappointed with both their makeup and nail products. Anyway, if you're a regular reader or follow Little Tip Off on Twitter or Instagram, you will probably know that I entered e.l.f.'s nail art competition a couple of weeks ago. The theme was Rock vs. Vintage, and I decided to submit some polkadot and rose nails (you can see the tutorial here). To my absolute disbelief, I won! I soon received an email from a lovely lady at e.l.f. HQ, who asked which 14 piece nail cube I would like as my prize. They have two themes - 'Jewel Tones' and 'Brights' - and I decided to opt for the latter, since you can never have too many bright nail polishes :)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Monochrome Nails: 5 Simple Nail Art Techniques

Hey everyone. Apologies for being such a rubbish blogger recently - my dissertation is taking over my life! I managed to squeeze in a little bit of nail art this morning, but I'm afraid it's nothing special. I decided to do mix-and-match nails of a few different nail art techniques, and I chose black and white polish to keep it simple. All of these designs were achieved by using basic tools, so if you fancy having a go at any of them, make sure you keep reading :)

Friday, 19 July 2013

DIY Decals: Bluebird

Hi guys! Today I bring you a little tutorial about how to make your own decals. Recently the nail world has seen a boom in stamps, stickers, tattoos and transfers, which got me to thinking about making my own version of pre made nail art. Decals are really simple and fun to make, plus you can make them a lot more detailed and precise than painting directly on your nails. What's more, you can ensure that your neglected Cinderella hand (the one that does all the work and ends up looking rubbish in comparison, unless you are extremely skilled in ambidexterity!) looks just as lovely as the other. I Googled 'DIY decals' and adapted this technique from a range of other methods, some of which involved greaseproof paper rather than acetate. It's such a cheap and easy way to decorate your nails, and can be achieved by using household items. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Vintage Floral Nails: Polkadots & Roses

Hey everyone! I've decided to post the tutorial for the manicure I entered into e.l.f. Cosmetics' Vintage vs. Rock nail art competition. I've managed to make the shortlist for the contest, so I am very excited! (You can find the shortlist here). I know I've previously created tutorials for both polkadots and roses, however this manicure has received so much positive feedback that I think it's worthwhile  to show you the step-by-steps. To be honest, I didn't think much of this mani originally, but it's one of those that grows on you as time passes! Anyway, here's the tutorial...

Monday, 15 July 2013

Sinful Colors Haul: A New Purse Friendly Favourite

Hi everyone! Long time no see... I feel guilty for not blogging for a while, but it's been a busy few weeks. I had to squeeze in lots of Dissertation (snore) work before my holiday to the South of France, so my nails have been taking a back seat! Unfortunately I haven't had time to do a new design, but I wanted to share with you my recent purchases. I've always been intrigued by Sinful Colors, as so many of the US based nail artists I follow always seem to use it! The brand is finally available in large Boots stores all over the UK, and when I first noticed the stand in the middle of the cosmetics section, the £1.99 price tags made me a little sceptical, especially after being so disappointed with other cheap brands (*cough* LA Colors *cough*). However, after reading a few reviews of Sinful Colors, I decided to take the plunge and part with (just under) ten British pounds!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Baby Animals

Hi! Today I've created a cute baby animal design. Initially I wanted to recreate my Big Cat Nails, since I always like to try manicures again and see if I can make any improvements. However, while watching TV this morning, an advert for sponsoring endangered animals came on, and it got me thinking. There's sooooo much animal-related nail art out there, but I thought I'd be a little bit different and mix up some of the more common creatures with the underrepresented. I Googled the most endangered species (I'm not gunna lie, it was kind of upsetting), and then picked out the ones that I thought I'd be able to recreate most effectively. I went for the ever popular panda and tiger along with a koala, a seal, and an orang-utan. The animals all turned out quite chubby and cute, so I decided that they're baby animals :) 
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