Meteor Shower…

So for this super simple design I used some ‘Chameleon Stones‘ from BornPrettyStore. I chose the blue ones as I liked their iridescent quality, the pictures don’t do them justice but they showed gold, green and purple too. I paired them up with a Primark polish called ‘Meteorite’ which I previously swatched here. Since then I’ve realised that even with top coat the polish chips rather quickly but for £1.50…

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Meteorite…

So today’s post does not contain any nail art. Here’s the two excuses as to why; firstly I’ve been very busy with general life, and secondly I’ve been working on designs for an up-coming stamping plate review meaning I’ve nothing else to post about.

Out of the three Primark polishes I bought last month, I’ve already used ‘Supernova’ and decided to use ‘Meteorite’ next. It’s quite a silvery, blue and not very metallic so it was a bit of a disappointment in that sense. But it did have amazing coverage, has a very smooth formula and didn’t smell horrendous. For £1.50 I’d say it was worth it!

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Marlin Fishing…

So these images are from a large, rectangular stamping plate I bought waaaay back in August last year, and this is the first time I’ve decided to use it. How crazy is that?! (Or rather disgusting, I mean surely that’s a sign that I have far too many nail art items but…)

I used loose glitter to create the blue/silver ombre: I regretted that decision after only the first nail as there was immediately glitter everywhere. For the images I used the reverse stamping technique with my clear, squishy stamper.

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Blue Rose Boke…

So this is another one from the fail folder. I’m getting worried that maybe I just can’t paint anything decent anymore, I suppose I’ve not had much practice lately so can I put it down to that?

I loved how the sponged base turned out, it had so much potential to be maybe become an ocean or a galaxy themed design – however I just seemed to freak out and add all that tack. What was a thinking…

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BornPrettyStore: Colourful Diamond Glitter…

So I think glitter placement is a must do nail design for this time of year – it just screams ‘festive night out’ to me. Although after wearing them for a few days, it’s actually starting to scream ‘any day or night will do as it’s totally fabulous to wear’.

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This tub of ‘Diamond Glitter‘* was sent to me by BornPrettyStore. It’s absolutely jam packed with the stuff and I advise care upon opening. I had a little look at all the different colours included (blues, pinks, gold, black, silver) and thought it would be perfect to a pink gradient and a blue gradient with them.

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That tub looks like hell to sift through for the specific colours, but I used my life changing picker gel that I bought a few months ago. (Look how much of it I still have left, you only need a tiny amount and its very ‘reusable’ – I just take it off the toothpick, squidge it around a bit and it’s good to go again!) It makes the job so much easier. I tip the tub out, use the picker in one hand and a normal toothpick in the opposite: the picker picks up the glitter/gem and the toothpick in your other hand helps remove it from the gel.

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So after painting a base coat and applying some slow drying top coat, it’s now time to stick on some of the glitter! Do one nail at a time, obviously, and I use my picker gel for this too. Because it’s malleable you can get it to a really fine point making the small shapes easy to pick up. All I can say is wowza – look at that glittery goodness! (If you’re not following me on Instagram then you should be as I’ll soon be posting videos of just how shiny they are.)

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I’m not the neatest as these kind of placements clearly, I mean they look fine until you take a close up picture like this and you notice all the squint ones… Below you can see a photo with the flash on, weirdly the light pink is coming up gold and the whole colour scheme looks a lot uglier. Fortunately the photos without the flash have been dead true with showing up the real colours.

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I made sure to double top coat them to seal them all in. No one wants catchy nails *shudders*. Although the diamonds are small enough to almost curve around your nail. I photographed my ring finger as, along with my pinky, it’s my most curved nail meaning that if they were to stick up it would certainly be on that nail – but they don’t!

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The colours included in the tub work fantastically together, as here’s another gradient except in blue. This one was a little trickier to photograph, as the grey looking ones are actually brilliant silver.  If I’m being honest, I think I prefer the blue. Maybe because it’s winter just now or maybe it’s because I’m not really a ‘pink’ girl. Which do you prefer?

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Remember the Diamond Glitter doesn’t have to be used like this, if you click on the link and go to ‘customer images’ there’s a heap of photos to help inspire you (the same with any item from BornPrettyStore actually). I’ve sometimes found it handy for things that I’ve liked the look of but had no idea what to do with them.

Right now, 27/11/2015, you would be able to get the glitter for $1.34 as it’s on sale. (Remember postage is free.) If you order products that are not on sale, you can use my code ‘AZYW10’ to get 10% off.

Bubbles in the Stream…

So this is a design I did a while back but wasn’t happy with the photo. It’s a little out of focus so I held it back from being published. However, I’ve not really had time to paint anything new so I’ve dusted off it’s cobwebs.

I think it looks like bubbles in a stream? Or maybe when a male Betta Splendens blows a bubble nest? I’m honestly not on drugs or anything…

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