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My Fashion Journey

13 Jan

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I am obsessed with Fashion and Beauty YouTube videos and blogs. Instead of logging into Facebook in the middle of revision I am reading a blog post, hitting ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’.

Since it is nearly a year of Blogging about Fashion and all my musings I was sitting here looking at my page thinking about my journey. I get such a buzz out of blogging about Fashion and I want to join in on the Fashion world more and more. Since blogging I have been so much more fashion conscious than I ever thought was possible, I have also been able to utilise my love for photography.

The reason why I am writing this post is because one of my New Years Resolutions was not to let anything stop me from Posting, Pinning and Tweeting. I am always slacking off, I have so many blog post ideas in my notebook and I have not taken the photos, dressed up or posted. I always have an outfit I feel really proud about putting together and want to share but never get round to it. This time I am going to be doing so much more outfits of the day whatever the weather, and try to do them outdoor too!

I know this is going to sound really cliché but I have a feeling a really good feeling about 2013 and feel like it’s going to be my year. This past year of Blogging was just my getting started. I have so much more to give and I can’t wait for my next blog post.

If you want to stay with me this year, here’s all the places you’ll find me at…

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Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub…Scratched!

10 Sep

I have recently tried out the Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub to find out what all the hype was about. I am not going to rave about this since this is the first ever body scrub I have actually used on a routine basis so I don’t really have much to compare it to…but I do love it.

I am not really a fan of any kind of scrub whether it be face scrub or body scrub, the scrubbing bits inside them make me feel like I am being scratched ferociously. Anyway, moving back to the subject of Soap & Glory’s Scrub, I really like it. Whether it is me genuinely loving it or forcing myself to love it because it works wonders on my skin, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway, at least its working its magic and that is all we need. Isn’t it?

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I am one of those people who can’t settle for the same thing for a long period of time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my showing routine but I just love indulging in a new body soap here and a lotion there. I have a fixed and perfect skin routine, but I just want more!

This Soap & Glory purchase was my ‘more!’

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So this has been added into my showering routine.

Up close and Personal…

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…not so pretty are we?

It does look like a yucky mess but that’s because it is one of those 100% Organic things that are ugly but make you beautiful.

The first thing I noticed when applying it were the little black balls, they are the ones that act the scrubbing (or should I say scratching) mechanism. Which is good because it really removes off all the dead skin very quickly leaving a beautifying baby soft feeling to your skin. It smells very fresh and zesty but tastes like brown sugar…yes I’ve tasted it! But unintentionally, I promise!

One thing to note though, I do have to use a lot of it for it to work and coming at £8.00 I don’t think it will be lasting me very much longer.

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And that is all I have to say about the Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this review!

American Flag Nails: New Technique!

10 Sep

 

 

Remember the american flag nails I attempted for the first time? It was a bit of a gamble to promise to blog about something I have never tried and wasn’t absolutely certain it would work out. But I did it, and here’s me doing it again!

Click the image to see my old post.

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Except with a different technique! I am adding this to the ‘MODERATE’ on difficulty as this is so much more easier and quicker and mess-free than my first one.

You will need:

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– Nail Art Polish in Red and Blue (or a nail art pen in red and blue, or nail art brush)

– BarryM Matt White

– BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One

Step 1: Apply base coat.

Step 2: After the base coat has dried apply white nail polish.

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(This isn’t the blue I will be using this time. This was the old blue I used on my first post about these nails, but if you like, this is Barry M’s Cobalt Blue).

 

 

The difference: (Left) New polish, (Right) Old polish.

 

Step 3: After the white polish has dried use a red nail art pen or nail art brush to draw vertical red lines.

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Step 4: After the red lines are dried, draw on a rectangular box to the left of the flag with a blue nail art pen or brush. (If this is your left hand then it should be against the end of your nail, and if it is your right hand, it should be against the tip of your fingernails. (Left hand only is illustrated in the image below).

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Step 5: As you can see in the image above, I have filled one in, after drawing the rectangles, fill them in.

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After this, when your nails have dried, gloss over with a top coat. I used my usual BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One.

If you want to check out my old technique simply click here.

Have you just tried this out? Let me know which of my techniques suited you.

 

Topshop Nail Art Pen

1 Aug

I’ve always been using brushes for my nail art while always on the lookout for a good nail art pen. After receiving faulty/damaged nail art tools or ones that just don’t work well enough I wanted to be careful with the nail art pen I bought. Since I have heard a lot of good things about Topshop’s Nail Art pens I decided to purchase one AND they happened to have free shipping that day.

ImageThis is in black and called Nightrider, and I am thinking of purchasing some other colours.

Excited about the free shipping of course I bought other things, among them was this really exciting green shade. I’ve never seen a green like this and it is just the same colour as the picture on the website. I say ‘exciting’ because it really does excite me, there’s something about the vibrance of it.

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I’m really excited about everything I purchased nail wise, and I am looking forward to doodling on my nails and sharing them with you. Expect to see some more nail art!

Cute Ladybug Nails

7 Jul

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I wanted to try something more simple, cute and literally light, so when I noticed ladybugs on Alexa Chung’s twitter photo I had to try them out. Doing nail designs always weighs down my fingertips because of the amount of coats needed for the design but this is lighter and also more natural looking in a way since I haven’t done a coloured background. I have actually been trying to think of ways to keep my nail clear coated but still with some sort of design because I really like the shape and tips of my nails naturally. So this is perfect and what’s more, you don’ have to wait for a layer to dry until going to the next step (until the final step when applying top coat).

I did my ladybugs at an angle and almost at the tip of my nail to create the effect of them crawling. I know real ladybugs have black on the top of their heads but I didn’t want to be too fussy about it deatil, either way it’d still look ladybird/ladybug to me.

To keep it looking natural I decided to use a clear coat as the base, I used No7’s So Bright Nail Brightener which instantly brightens up your nails, making it look more lighter brighter and healthier.

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What else I used:

Barry M Matt WhiteRimmel London Lycra Pro Coral Romance and Barry M Black.  I particularly like Rimmel’s Coral Romance as a red, it’s so bright and orangy red (simply coral really).

You’ll notice the background effect when the ladybird clashes against it.

Step 1: Apply Nail Brightener or any other base, it could even be a coloured base.

Step 2: Use your nail paint brush to create an oval shape, don’t worry about it being absolutely perfect, it isn’t noticeable when you add the finishing touches. TIP: To make sure it isn’t all blobby go over it with a hair grip removing any excess nail paint but careful not to remove too much.

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Step 3: With a nail art brush (dip the brush into your chosen colour, black) draw in the antennas, again, you don’t have to worry about perfection, this was a surprisingly easy step.

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Step 4: Add the black dots (as many or as little as you like) with a hair grip end by dabbing the end into the nail paint bottle careful not to take up too much. Dot it onto your ladybirds. Note: Application is easier when you pull the hair grip apart as shown in many of my nail art posts.

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You may want to do smaller black dots as legs on their sides, but it doesn’t really matter a you can’t see their legs when you look down on an actual ladybug.

Step 5: Give your ladybug some eyes with the same method as you did the black dots.

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Step 6: Just go over with a clear top coat for protection. Or if you want to leave it this way like I sometimes do since I hate the weight it gives on my fingernails, you can do this since this nail design isn’t all blobby with lot’s of tricky steps.

Finally…

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A closer look…

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Coming up…

Swallow/Bird Print Nails!

and

How To Wear Coloured Jeans

Colour-block trend Nails!

13 Jun

I know the last few nail art designs I have done so far have been rather complicated to do but this one is really quick and easy and I love it so much that I have done this with many other colours. I just wanted to share my more ‘tropical’ one with you. As you may already be aware that tropical styled clothes are everywhere this holiday season and this colour-block nail art adds the finishing touch to your tropical look.

You will need, ANY two colours that are compatible. I used…

– My regular Base and Top Coat.

– Rimmel London Lycra Pro in Coral Romance

– Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Tangerine Queen

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Step 1: As always apply basecoat and let it dry.

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Step 2: Apply your lightest colour.

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Step 3: Carefully apply the second colour on the other half of your nail, whichever half you prefer of course. I found this very easy and maybe it was Rimmel’s mistake free application brush that helped a lot. You may wish to use a thin nail art brush to create a neat line or masking tape as I use for some of my nail art.

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Feeling Patriotic! British Flag Nails!

6 Jun

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During the Jubilee weekend I thought of doing flag nails! To change it up a bit, I painted my ring finger all blue (although it did take an internal debate to decide whether I should choose red or blue). As it is hard to apply nail polish with your left hand (if you’re right-handed) I thought I’d just use block colours for my right hand and it still looks great!

To create this I used nail art brushes, Barry M 3 in 1 Base Coat Top Coat and Hail HardenerCobalt Blue, Bright Red and Matt White. (Photos up soon)

Step 1: Apply basecoat.

Step 2: Apply the white. (Using the white as the base instead of blue brightens up the red and blue bits of the flag).

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Step 3: Carefully line in the red cross with a thin nail art brush, make sure to do thin lines, especially for shorter or smaller fingernails.

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Don’t worry about letting the line cross over to your skin, it works better when you feel like you have one less thing to worry about.

Step 4: Draw on another cross with diagonal lines crossing over the other crosses. You can do a block colour on your ring finger if you like or have all your nails with the flag.

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Step 5: The tedious bit. Draw on small triangle lines and then fill them in, remember to not cover the entire space as you need the white parts to show as the white lines of the flag.

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Step 6: Do this with all nails, and again, don’t worry about it being all messy, a cotton bud with a little nail polish remover can fix that. Then go over the nails with a top coat which will keep the flags from smudging.

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Step 7: Finally, the block nails. Don’t forget base coat!

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Daisy Nails with Elf’s Mint Cream

27 May

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To go VERY pastel I decided to combine my most loved spring colour; the mint green with my yellow and white in one nail art design to create FLORAL NAILS! The floral trend doesn’t have to stop at your dresses or shorts, you can dress up your nails too!

Elf’s Mint Cream provides the perfect background and base for this flower design, it does all the work with an all over pastel finish. I’m loving my daisies, so I can’t stop doing daisy nails all the time!

To achieve these nails, you will need:

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I used: Barry M 3 in 1 Clear, Elf Mint Cream, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda, Barry M Matt White

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…a hair grip pulled apart which I used to create the petal dots.

Step 1: Apply base coat

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Step 2: After base coat has dried, apply Elf’s Mint Cream

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Step 3: After the mint green is dry, dab your hair grip end into you yellow nail polish (Collection 2000 Lemon Soda)

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Instead of directly putting the hair grip into the bottle I took a bit from the brush, that way I can see and control how much I take, you only need a little.

Step 4: Carefully dab small dots (I would recommend three spaced out yellow dots to make room for the white petals, it all depends on the size of your nails too)

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Step 5: Time for the almost-finished-and-I’m-so-excited part.

Do the same with the white petals but I would suggest first letting the yellow to dry otherwise they can run into each other. Do 5 – 6 dots. I stuck with 5, and maybe just 2 on your little finger.

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And the end result!

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This post is an entry to the Elf Friday Favourites Competition. If you want to enter the elf competition to be in with a chance of winning e.l.f Nail Polish in Innocent and their Cuticle Nail oil, simply click on the button below. Have fun and Good Luck!

Me, my e.l.f and I

Feeling Mellow GO YELLOW

15 May

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I had never thought to try out yellow nail paint of all colours. I simply never thought it would look good on me. season has been all about change and trying out new looks for me; I’ve been daring myself a lot. From dressing up, and looking at the most – what I would have called – “outrageous” outfits, I have learnt a lot about what I love about this seasons picks and about myself and my own image in terms of fashion.

It was when I was looking for a colour for the middle of my daisies in my Daisy Nail Art Tutorial when I thought, ‘hang on, I could use this as just a plain nail polish for my whole nail’ and that’s when the magic took effect! It looks amazing and I got compliments. I think it was just that stand-outishness of it that got people’s attention.

 

See Daisy Nail Art

Go American Inspired!

8 May

As promised, I bring you American inspired nail art!

You will need:

All BarryM

3 in 1 Clear & Matt White

Bright Red & Cobalt Blue

(You don’t have to use the colours I use, the american flag has been incorporated into so many different things in so many different shades)

You will also need to cut masking tape into teeny tiny little strips the same measurement and thickness to each other, like this…

I apologies for not having a separate photo but I think this photo pretty much demonstrates the size (I recommend  3-4 mm).

Step 1: Apply basecoat, let it dry

Step 2: Apply the white nail polish

(I really don’t like this white and regret buying it, it’s all blobby, I recommend any other trusted brand.)

Step 3: Stick on the masking tape, make sure to apply it so that you don’t trap any air and that it is firmly stuck to your nails. (I tried to remove the masking tape when my nails felt like they were dry but when I removed the masking tap it peeled off all my white nail polish!) I would suggest waiting 25 minutes before putting on the masking tape.

Step 3: Very carefully apply the red nail polish but make sure to only have a light amount on the brush.

As you can probably see, I went with a very BIG chunk of masking tape on the end, but it was ok for this as it was the red stripe on the end. After doing this wait for the paint to settle before removing the masking tape (you don’t need to wait for it to completely dry, but do wait for it to settle as it would cause your red to run if you don’t.)

Step 4:

 Place two new strips of masking tape like so.

Continue with this for the rest of your nails…

…it can look very nautical.

Step 5: After all the red has dried…

All you have to do is accurately and on the correct spot (to the left of every nail) apply the blue. If you don’t believe you will be able to do this accurately, don’t worry, a little bit of a wobbly line won’t be noticed, but if you really think you need some help, try using making tape for this too, to create the perfect rectangle. Remember, since all your nails ar a different size, cut individual sizes out for this part particularly. It doesn’t particularly matter with the strips bit if you’re a perfectionist then by all means perfect!

And that is all!

Let me know of what you think of my method and if you have tried it and been successful with it.

Have you seen? Floral Print Nails?

Or my previous post on Delicate Jewellery?

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