Acorn Avalanche…

So even though it’s not technically Autumn (the equinox isn’t until later this month) I’m already in an Autumnal mood. My house decor has already been switched over, I purchased a jumper at the weekend and I’m so over blended ice drinks – roll on Chai lattes and hot chocolates!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I’ve been crafting myself a new phone case. It includes acorns (as well as a hedgehog and mushrooms) so I just sort of felt in the mood to wear some acorns on my nails too!

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When life gives you lemons…

So I was having a rummage through my nail art supplies and came across some lemon water decals that I’ve not used since last year. I decided to pair them with some simple gingham-esk lines to create this super cheery look, great for brightening up the week!

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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 Β£1.50…

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Happy Birthday Gran…

So today is my Grans 90th birthday! We’re planning on taking her out for the day to South Queensferry (it’s a picturesque harbor village) where we’ll have tea and cake, before going on a short boat cruise of the River Forth to look at the bridges. I’m going to get her one of those massive birthday badges to wear, if I can find one for 90, because I think it’s quite an impressive age to reach. Maybe a 9 and a 0 side by side would work if push comes to shove…

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BornPrettyStore: Cute Animal Plate…

So I’ve not written a review in a long longΒ time, apologies! Genuinely, does everyone still find my reviews interesting or at least inspirational?

I received this ‘Cute Animal stamping plate‘ from BornPrettyStore and there are some seriously cute patterns to use. A lot of them are ‘stamp and go’ meaning there’s no need to faff about with reverse stamping and the likes so it’s perfect for pros and beginners alike.

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Being a bit of a dinosaur fan, it was an easy call as to which image I was going to use first. I created a very simple background, using scrunched up tinfoil to dab polish on to the green base and started to stamp with the dinosaur image. It only took two practice pick-ups for the plate to warm-up (it’s kind of like breaking in new shoes), meaning what you see below is the third: how crisp is that!

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Granted, I was using Konad stamping polish meaning it’s highly pigmented but still pretty impressive especially the dinos tails, spikes and horns.

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The next image I chose to use on the plate was one that I could use create a stamping decal with. The rabbits seemed pretty fun, and I like the addition of the broccoli and carrots – cute! Some of the finer lines on the rabbits faces were a little trickier to pick up but nothing too noticeable once it’s on the nail.

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Pretty cute huh? This is another example of a BornPrettyStore plate that’s suitable for a variety of themes/holidays. For example rabbits for easter, penguins for winter, hedgehogs for autumn and bats for Halloween.

The last design I created was again a quick stamp and go one, featuring some giraffes. Now on the plate the giraffes are actually part of a pattern, but I chose to discard the surplus animals leaving one on the stamping head at a time. Just because an image is etched in a certain way doesn’t mean you need to use it as such!

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If you feel like trying this plate out for yourself, remember to use my code ‘AZYW10’ to receive 10% off any full priced items in your order. The plate is currently (31/7) half price and BornPrettyStore does free shipping so why not go for it!

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Pokemon Theme: Mewtwo and Mew

So, IT’S FINALLY DONE – I’ve painted all of the original 151 pokemon! (I’m embarrassed to say it’s taken around 3 years to complete) I’ll be putting all the nails together to take a photo of the whole collection, so stick around for that later in the week.

Even though Mewtwo and Mew do not directly evolve from one another, it felt right to paint them as a pair as Mewtwo was born from Mew.

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Lonesome Lizard…

So for the whole time I was in Majorca, I was constantly searching for lizards! Apparently you should be able to see them just chilling or scurrying about and I love looking out for foreign wildlife. (I saw a hellish looking flying insect by the pool which turned out to be a not so scary ‘Mud Dauber‘) Therefore I was super disappointed when I saw not a single one, not even a flash of lizard tail or anything. The closest I got was purchasing a lizard magnet for my mum for a souvenir.

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