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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Life lately

Wow, this year has flown by! Already mid October, and realising I hadn't blogged for a while I thought I should check in. The last few months have been a whirlwind. Things have changed and I have changed. They haven't been easy, but that's fine. 

I have been off most social media for a long time to give myself some much needed thinking space and been catching up with family and friends. Now looking forward to the last couple of months of the year which are sure to be busy and hopefully better than the rest of the year has been. And with Halloween coming up I may even squeeze in a nail post or two ;) 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Smoosh - green and gold Model's Own

A little while ago I discovered the Smoosh technique of splodging colours together to get a swirly effect, not so dissimilar to using cling film or saran wrap. I've been using an extra big stamping head to splodge colours on then to transfer to my nails.

For this particular one I used Models Own Chrom Gold and Turquoise Hyper Gel. I adore this combination, especially with the gold and have used it to smoosh with other colours since.

What do you think of it?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter nails part 3

 Here are my final Easter nails over the weekend. I did the white stamping over a smooshy design I will show in the next post and was my first time trying it out. I used the festive 25 plate from Moyou London once more as I won't be using it again for a while.

How was your Easter? Mine was busy but fun.  The weather was crazy and I tried to avoid Storm Katie at all costs - that was some windy weather out there!
Despite that, I'm loving the longer and brighter days already and the thought it will still be daylight by the time I get home. Finally feels like spring has come!

For those of you who are back at work today may your day be short and remember it's a four day week!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter bunnies

Easter is almost over and I'm trying to squeeze in another couple of manis.  I wanted to do a simple pastel one and loved the bunnies in Moyou London's festive 25 plate. To showcase them fully I decided to go for a simple base. I chose this gorgeous pale pink from Models Own in Cashmere Rose.
I actually only put one coat on as the polish coverage was good enough with just the one. I then used Barry M Cotton to stamp the cute little bunnies!

I love how they look. What do you think of it.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter nails

Is there anything more fun than a pastel Easter mani with bunny rabbits and Easter eggs?! I couldn't resist trying out an egg themed mani this weekend.

I got a Moyou London Festive stamping plate in 25 last week and couldn't wait to try it out.  I painted my nails in pastel shades from Barry M's speedy nail paint collection then made some decals using the Magic Workshop nail mat from Moyou London. I'm still getting used to making decals and found this lot much easier especially as I did the clean up before sealing with a topcoat instead of the other way around.

I love the way these came out and the pastels have really got me feeling like it's spring even though the weather tells a different story - rain go away!
What do you think of the look?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hot pink tribal nails

I can't lie, I love pink. I go through phases of liking other colours but then I always come back to the pinks and this design has made me want to use this shade more.

It is Fluorescent Pink from W7 and is a vibrant and bright colour that really stands out, especially over white. I painted two coats of Barry M's Cotton as a base  and then used Moyou London's Explorer plate to stamp the pink over. I finished off by topping with Deborah Lippman's topcoat to give a shiny finish.

What do you think of the colour? 

31DC2015: Purple nails

Moyou London's Holy Shapes collection are by far my favourite stamping plates so they are so versatile and have so many different patterns to use. So when  it was the purple prompt for 31DC2015 I wanted to try one of them out.

I used a base in Nails Inc Bond Street, which was a lush shade of dark purple. Then I used Barry M's Fondant to stamp on the pattern on top. I finished off with a Seche Vite topcoat.

What do you think of the combination?


Saturday, February 6, 2016

31DC2015 Blue nails and white lace

Is there anything more satisfying than thinking up a design and when you stamp it it turns out better than you expected? I wanted a lace-effect for the 'blue nails' prompt of the challenge and toyed with doing the pattern in blue, but decided instead to do a base of Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Blue Grape. If you don't have this in your collection - go get it. It's a dream to apply and the colour is lush.

For the pattern I went for Barry M Cotton - a white colour which is spot on for stamping with. I used the Mandala 3 plate from Moyou London - and to date this is still my favourite plate and my favourite collection.

I loved the design so much I also used it in different colours for a friend's wedding and later for Christmas as a snowflake-type design.

What do you think of it?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

31DC2015: Green nails

Have you ever painted your nails a colour and when you look back at the photographs it looks nothing like it does in real life? Well this is one prime example. The prompt for day 4 was green nails, but the pic above looks more blue than it did in person.

I used Block Your Green from Rimmel for the base and then topped with Revlon's Hypnotize for the gold colour.

The pattern was using Holy Shapes plate 5 from MoYou London - I was getting a lot of use out of this collection's plates and love the patterns included!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

31DC2015: Yellow

Day 3's prompt of the 31 day challenge was yellow nails. I went for Cute as a Kitten Heel from Rimmel, which is a vibrant neon yellow, for the base.

I stamped the pattern from MoYou London's Holy Shapes collection using plate number 11. Unfortunately I was keen to topcoat it and ended up smudging the pattern slightly, but it turned out good overall.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello 2016

Around this time every year I assess the year gone by and make plans for the future, make resolutions I always end up breaking, but all around try to improve myself and be a better person.

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2015 wasn't my year. I'm glad to see the back of it for many reasons, but thankfully it ended better than it started so I'm grateful. Here's a few things that I learnt and will take with me into 2016:

Share things with those closest to you. I bottled a lot of things up and tried to deal with them myself. When I did share with others they often gave a different perspective to what I'd been thinking and invaluable advice that helped. 

No one is perfect. Despite looking happy on the outside and seeming to lead the perfect life it doesn't mean people always are. You don't always know the struggle they are going through, so don't compare yourself to them. Just be you in the best way you can.

It's ok to make mistakes. We are all human and don't expect to always get things right the first time. It's unrealistic and through your mistakes you grow. Being wrong is sometimes part of the process, but do remember to say sorry if you have wronged someone else. 

You are stronger than you realise. This was one of the biggest realisations this year. It's not until you are tested, sometimes repeatedly, that you realise actually you can do this. You learn to cope, to deal with it and become more resilient because there is no alternative. 

If 2015 was like putting a band aid on,  2016 will be like ripping it off and letting the wound heal. 

Looking ahead, I'm thinking of goals rather than resolutions or a checklist. My focus will be on my health, fitness, wellbeing as well as learning and being more creative. 

Rather than dieting, I will continue to eat healthy like I did last year. Through doing a Sky programme about losing weight this time last year I learnt so many useful tips on how to make lifestyle changes rather than quick-fixes or fad dieting. I'm pleased I haven't put the weight on that I lost and aim to continue with this. The same goes with fitness. I took a number of classes last year and have learnt I prefer doing exercise with others and I am more likely to stick to it this way than doing it alone, that's why I prefer going to Zumba or Bollywood dance classes with my cousin or friends than the gym alone.

In terms of wellbeing, I'm not good at taking time out for myself. I kid myself I'm having some me time and actually end up cleaning, tidying, cooking or something else productive but that isn't actually for ME. I need to learn it's ok to actually chill and watch Netflix instead of doing something. It's ok to just stick music on and sing along to it instead of using it to pass the time while cleaning. It's ok to read a book, and not just on the commute to work. It's ok to spend time on me. 

Being creative and learning. I'm going to stick these together as I think they link up well. My mind is constantly active and I find it hard to switch off, see above -finding it hard to relax. I'm happiest when I'm creating something, whether it's sewing, crocheting, painting, writing, but definitely doing something. I will carry on doing this and trying to improve. Linking this up with learning, I want to open my mind more. Whether it's taking a course so I can improve my sewing, learning how to write In a new style, taking cooking lessons or a course related to my work. I'm aiming to have new experiences and try new things this year. 

Here's to 2016. May yours equally be filled with happiness and all you wish for. Xxx 

Friday, January 1, 2016

31DC2015: Orange nails and chevrons

For day 2 of the 31 day challenge I used this orange from China Glaze as a base. It is beautiful to paint on and opaque in one coat, but I added a second for good measure.

For the pattern I used Black Knight to stamp on patterns from the Holy Shapes collection (plate 7) - both from MoYour London. It's a little messy, but I like how the pattern turned out as it looks distressed. What do you think of it?
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