Saturday, 31 August 2013

Mechanical Nails: Inspired by Models Own & Ford Fiesta

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I bring you a review of a new Models Own set, and some funky mechanical-inspired nails. My favourite nail polish brand and Ford Retail have recently teamed up to develop an A/W collection, and the colours all match the new Fiesta shades. These varnishes are perfect for petrol-heads with a penchant for pretty polish!

First up is 'Candy Blue'*, which I adore. I have a thing for blue and turquoise polishes, and this is a lovely edition to my collection. Once applied it has more of a green tint than the bottle suggests, and there's a gorgeous fine glitter throughout. This only took 2 coats and it dried nice and quickly, like all Models Own polishes. My only gripe is that the consistency was rather runny, but this always tends to be the case with subtle shimmers.
Next is 'Fashionista'*, which I hate. I have never come across a nail polish colour that I dislike so much. I knew as soon as I saw it that it would NOT be a winner, and once I applied it, I was so unimpressed that I had to remove as quickly as possible! There was just something about the colour that didn't sit right with me. I tend to like my golds really rich and lively, but this has more of a greenish tint. The finish was also streaky, and it took quite a while to dry so I smudged it a lot. 
Finally is 'Hot Magenta'*, and I'm so gutted that my iPhone camera doesn't do the colour justice, because it is gorgeous! It's a deep burgundy with a very subtle red shimmer throughout, and it only takes 2 coats for a perfect, smooth finish. This cheered me right up after my 'Fashionista' woes, and I loved it so much that I kept it as a base for my manicure!

So, as I said at the beginning of the post, Models Own and Ford Retail have recently partnered in the creation of a new collection - the 'Glam It Up' set - which will be exclusive to test drivers of the new Ford Fiesta throughout the month of September '13. To get your paws on a set, all you have to do is register your details with Ford, visit one of their new car showrooms, and take a car for a test drive. Then this set will be posted out to you! The whole concept developed from the new Ford Fiesta's contemporary style, with every feature designed to make for a state-of-the-art, fashion forward driving experience. 

I wanted to do some car-inspired nail art for this manicure, so I Googled 'car engine' and used the images as a starting point. It would have been reeeeally difficult to recreate an actual engine on my nails, so I kept it a bit more simple and just took inspiration from the components. My manicure ended up looking quite tribal, but I still think it echoes the cogs and contraptions of a combustion engine, and the added bits of glitter make it very girly!

The equipment:

Models Own 'Hot Magenta'*
Rio gold nail art pen
Rio silver nail art pen
e.l.f. 'Dream Maker'
Tiny dotting tool
With my rich red base, I began to add details using Rio nail art pens. I used the striping brush ends for the lines, and then added more details using the pen nibs. I combined stripes, dots and dashes, and then carefully added the larger sequins from 'Dream Maker' using the dotting tool. 
I wasn't too sure about this manicure at first, but I really like how random and funky it is. I also love the gold and silver details on top of a red base, it's very autumnal! What do you think? Do you like Models Own and Ford Retail's "road-worthy nail polish collection"?**

*'Glam It Up' will be exclusively available to test drivers of the new Ford Fiesta for the month of September. To book your test drive visit These products were sent to me for review, however this has not influenced my opinion in any way. As always, I have been 100% honest about my experiences with the product.

**Quote Ford Retail's Group Marketing and E-Commerce Director, Celia Pronto.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint: 'Papaya' & 'Greenberry' Review

Good morning! Today I bring you a review of Barry M's Gelly polish, which I have only just got around to purchasing. A lot of the girls on Twitter have been talking about it for a while, so I decided to find out what all the fuss is about, and popped into Boots to treat myself to 'Papaya' and 'Greenberry'. The polishes are a bargain £3.99 each, and I took advantage of Boots' 'Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price' offer, so it was even better for the old purse strings. Initially I was worried the formula would be gloopy and take ages to dry, but I was pleasantly surprised!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Rosy Russian Dolls

Hi! I'm finally home after a week away, and I'm so glad to be back to my nail-arting ways. Today's design was suggested by a friend, and it was such a good idea that I had to have a go. This is actually my third attempt at Russian dolls (the first two didn't go down very well), and I discovered that simplicity is DEFINITELY the way forward. I also made use of my brand new nail art brushes, which you will see pictured below...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Galaxy Nails: A Nail Art Classic

Hi everyone! For the next two weeks I'm super-duper busy so my posts will be short and sweet. I'm back at my parents' in York for a while, and unfortunately it was neither appropriate nor physically possible to bring all of my nail polishes with me! But never mind, because I've got another set of falsies to share with you.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Dots and Daisies: A Simple Floral Technique

Hey everyone! Today I've got a little post about some nails I did recently. Normally when I do floral designs I stick to pinks and roses and girly bits-and-bobs, but I thought I'd try something different. I hadn't mattified in a while either, so I decided to combine some abstract daisies and dots with a real clean, matte manicure.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sloths 'n' Dots

Hello everyone :) As you may or may not be aware, I've decided to start selling hand painted false nails. There's been quite a lot of interest over on my Facebook page, but I wanted to make sure all my lovely blog readers are kept up-to-date as well! My own nails are still refusing to play nice - I really did abuse them while working on my dissertation :( I think I'm going to have to invest in some quality products to get them back in shape! Any suggestions?

Anyway, since my own little tips are far too ugly (and naked) to share with the world, I thought I'd show you another one of my designs. If you've been a regular reader for a while, you will probably know that I did a 'Sloth' design during my 7 Deadly Sins theme, which you can find here. I've got quite a few friends who are sloth-obsessed, and they're such funny little creatures (sloths, not my friends...), that I decided to recreate the manicure on falsies!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Little Tip Off Falsies: Launching Soon!

Hi guys! Sorry I've been MIA for a while. The last few days were spent frantically trying to finish my dissertation, get it bound and hand it in. Honestly, I have never felt such a huge sense of relief in my life! Unfortunately, my nails have been suffering through the diss-drama, and the hours bashing away on my keyboard combined with stress-induced nail biting means they're looking a bit worse for wear. Hopefully after a little bit of TLC they will be in a good enough to condition to paint (and photograph) again! Anyway, since my own nails have been short and naked for the past week or so, I've been channelling my nail art energy into another little project... Hand painted falsies!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Retro Sweetie Nails: Liquorice Allsorts

Good evening! Today I've created yet another food-related design... What is wrong with me at the moment? Anyway, this manicure is inspired by Liquorice Allsorts (my mum has been demanding it for a while). Now, I really don't like liquorice at all - in fact, I'd go as far as to say that I hate it. However, it's one of my mum's favourite sweets (along with Turkish Delight... Again, YUK!), and I knew it would make for a really bright, funky manicure. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Ice Lolly Nail Art: A Few Of Your Childhood Favourites

Hi guys! Well I've been suffering with the WORST nail artist's block (it's a real thing, honest) recently. Ever since I did my cocktail nails I've been racking my brains for something new and exciting. I love recreating old favourites, and I'll never turn my nose up at a good old leopard print design or a floral mani, but sometimes it's nice to try something totally different. Anyway, I had a little moan over on my Instagram account, and quite a few suggestions were made. I decided to go with the ice lolly manicure that my friend suggested, and she proceeded to list what I should include (as well as explaining to me what a Nobbly Bobbly is!) After quite a bit of googling and sketching, I settled for five different lollies on my nails: the infamous Nobbly Bobby, a Fruit Pastille lolly, a Fab, a Twister, and finally my childhood favourite - a Mint Feast.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Cocktail Nails: Tipples on Your Fingertips

Hi everyone! My manicure today was inspired by one of my favourite things... Cocktails! I love cocktails because not only do they taste amazing, but they look amazing too. So much care is taken in the preparation, and they're always really bright and pretty and packed with fruit and straws and umbrellas and what-not. Anyway, I decided to recreate some of the most popular cocktails on my nails - Sex on the Beach (yes, I said sex on my blog), Appletini (for all the Scrubs fans out there!), Raspberry/Strawberry Daiquiri, Blue Lagoon, and a Lemon Drop. Unfortunately I had neither the time nor the patience to create a step-by-step tutorial, but I've still included lots of photos and a few explanations.

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