Holo’ween Spookies…

So believe it or not that silver looking polish is actually a holo top coat – doesn’t really look that impressive but trust me it does shine and shift in reality. I ‘dry brush’ applied it after I’d painted the spookies to give them that sort of shrouded in mist look that every ghoul wants to achieve at this time of year.

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Folded Fox…

So I thought this mani turned out super cute, but unfortunately it got chipped after only like 2.5 seconds of arriving in to work. Why do the pretty manis never survive yet ugly ones seem indestructible – it’s not fair!

The fox is from an amazing BornPrettyStore plate. Why is it amazing? Because it has so many usable images and I’ve previously reviewed it here, it’s definitely worth purchasing.

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What a hoot…

So this is the first time I’ve used this owl image, and I’m not sure why because it’s pretty darn cute! Don’t you agree? It’s a hehe plate and it includes the ‘hoo hoo’ and a few more owls in different styles.  I chose to use a matte top coat as I felt it matched the feel of the design better.

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Thanks Masuka…

So they say inspiration can come from anywhere, therefore I’d like to thank the character Masuka from the TV series ‘Dexter’. He’s well known for sporting terrible shirts, maybe that’s unkind so let me re-phrase that – shirts that are not to my taste. In this particular episode whilst I was pondering how to paint my nails he was wearing a turtle patterned, purple shirt *light bulb moment*. I’d like to think my turtle pattern has a much better colour combination, and wouldn’t actually be that bad printed on a shirt.

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BornPrettyStore: Origami Stamping Plate…

So I am seriously in love with this plate! (Sent to me by BornPrettyStore) Please tell me that you guys are too? It has such a variety of cute images and they’re so darn versatile – you could honestly use it for any mood or season. It has it all; flowers, hearts, animals, patterns. Because of the variety of images and endless designs that could be created by using all the different stamping techniques too, I spent a few days creating four completely different looks with it.

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But first up lets have a look at the plate itself. How satisfyingly shiny are new plates once you peel off the blue film! It kills me to have to do this as I’m a bit of a freak, I still have the protective film on my phone screen and one of my watches…

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I’m really digging bees at the moment so the origami image of one was irresistible. I decided to do some ‘reverse stamping’ with it and pair it with an origami tulip. I used one of the patterns from the clouds as a subtle background.

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As you can see the plate performed incredibly well – the images are very crisp and even without a stamping polish, the background pattern worked too. A cute and simple design to start off with!

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Even though the plate is full of origami designs, I chose to avoid them for my next mani. I picked out the little strings of hearts and dots and rather sickeningly paired them with red. It’s no where near valentines day which is maybe why it made me feel so sick but it was to demonstrate that you can use the images for any occasion. Again credit where credit’s due the images are crisp and bold. This time they are stamped with black Konad stamping polish.

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The next image I chose to focus on was the origami star. If you look at the plate, it’s very close to the sting ray and frog so I wonder if it’s intended to be a starfish but I chose to use is an actual star. It would work either way! I kept it very simple, an easy ‘stamp and go’ design. Sometimes I feel, especially with stamping, people show you magical designs that aren’t in everyone’s skill range (or time frame). This is do-able for everyone! Linking back to the seasonality, this would be a suitable design for christmas or the new year?

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For my final design from the plate I went back to reverse stamping, by this I mean stamping the image, ‘colouring’ it in whilst still on the stamping head, then transferring it on to my nails. Roses aren’t really my thing but I thought I could make them cool by placing them on an ombre and using a rough background pattern. I couldn’t get over how crisp the rose picked up, those lines are on point! (That’s what cools kids say yeah?)

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So out of all four designs, which one turned out to be your favourite? Surprisingly for me, my favourite turned out to be the rose design closely followed by the bee! If you would like to try the plate out, BornPrettyStore offer free shipping and the plate is currently on sale – hooray! If you add anything to your basket that’s full priced, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to receive 10% off.

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Swimming Gala…

So you may or may not already know that I work as a swimming teacher. At the weekend we held a fun swimming gala for everyone. (With emphasis on the fun, everyone got a participation medal regardless, but also place ribbons in their race.) For the beginners there were noodle horse races and the more advanced swimmers swam either widths or lengths of proper strokes. It was a really good day which ran smoothly only because there was a lot of preparation and thought went in to it (kudos to the boss).

All the swimmers seemed to love it too. It was a nice taster to the competitive world for some of the older children who maybe hadn’t thought about club swimming before, and a pat on the back to all the children for working hard at lessons.

So, confession time who out of you lot can/can’t swim?

Here’s the nails that I wore, they were greatly admired!

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