J-trip…

So… I’m in Japan! Or at least I should be. I scheduled this post before I left, as well as the next few weeks worth. I have no idea if I’ll have proper access to the internet over there but let’s face it, checking my wordpress is hardly going to be a top priority. No offence intended it’s just that my priorities look more like this; eat sushi, drink sparkling sake, shop at the pokemon centres.

I’ve tried to make each nail reflect the area I’ll be visiting; grey and silver for the buildings of  Tokyo, mountain ombre for our traditional Ryokan stay at Mount Fuji, red and brown to convey the traditional buildings of Kyoto and a blue ombre to reflect Osaka being a port city.

Japan Trip Nail Art.

Reverse stamped spookies…

So I just cannot pose with my left hand, how embarrassing! I was only able to achieve any sort of design on it due to using reverse stamping meaning my right hand only had to perform basic tasks. Even then it still managed to smudge the spookies upon top-coating. I think I’ll just stick to painting my right hand from now on…

Reverse Stamped Ghosts Design BP-L057

BornPrettyStore: Peacock Powder…

So today I’m going to show you some ‘Peacock Holo Powder‘ in option LG-04 (sent to me by BornPrettyStore). But if you follow me on Instagram this’ll be no surprise as you’ve already had a sneak peak at it!

Peacock Powder Packaging

The powder comes in a screw-cap tub within a little bag, and at first I was shocked by how little there was – I genuinely thought it hadn’t been filled properly. But! Upon looking again at the description it does state 0.2g so actually that’s about right.

You will need a no-wipe gel top coat to be able to use this powder as it won’t ‘stick’ to normal polish. I gave mine top coat 25 seconds curing time leaving it just very slightly tacky but safe enough to touch without leaving marks. It is also suggested that the powder be applied on top of black polish so that’s what I did.

Black Base Coat

It’s beautifully smooth and a little goes a long way, I can see why 0.2g is a perfectly acceptable amount now. I can also understand why it’s full description is ‘Peacock Holographic Chameleon Mirror Chrome Powder‘, what a mouthful right BUT LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS! It displays all of those qualities;

Black Base Peacock Powder
Black Base Peacock Powder Shade shift
I decided to test it on a lighter colour and it still works perfectly well! It gives it a slightly different under tone. (To reiterate just make sure you’re applying the powder to a no-wipe gel polish or regular polish that’s been gel top coated.) Unlike other chrome powders I’ve tried, this one is very easy to control. It’s not as messy in it’s application meaning it doesn’t end up sticking to your skin or cuticles – no clean up, no latex barrier bonus!

Different Base Colour
Black VS Pink Base Coat

I chose to top coat the powder with my usual, Seche Vite, which has a terrible habit of melting metalics, foils and chromes but it did an amazing job at staying strong. If anything top coating the powder made it sparkle and holo even more, you can’t deny that that shine ^ is awesome.

For one last test I chose to use a blue base. I think you could have a lot of fun trailing this powder on loads of different colours, and I don’t think any of them would come out dissapointing. Has anyone else used this powder, what were your results?

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I really could have sat and looked at my nails all day. The ‘Peacock Powder‘ is amazing and it looks exactly as it’s described. At first the 0.2g may seem disappointing but a little goes a long way, it applies well and it’s at a very reasonable price.

LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS! (But ignore the fluff, whoops…)

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If you’d like to try this product or anything else from BornPrettyStore, use my code AZYW10 to receive 10% off any full priced items in your order.

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Handmade Burger Co…

So yesterday my partner and I had a dinner date and we chose to dine at a ‘Handmade Burger Co’ restaurant. Anyone else eaten here? I’m not a massive fan of beef burgers, which might seem strange to visit a burger restaurant but what’s cool about these guys is that instead of having two or three measly chicken options they actually have a chicken burger menu which has eleven options. So thoughtful and tasty!

(Apologies such an out of focus photo but I did these at the last minute meaning it was a little bit of a rush to get out the door in time – no time for lengthy photo shoots!)

Handmade Burger Co Nail Art

Teal Tartan…

So I went with some stamped nail art today as I didn’t have much time for anything else. (I was  spending most of my time today printing my new bag design which I’ll reveal next week!) The tartan/plaid image is from a BornPrettyStore stamping plate, unfortunately they no longer seem to sell it, and I paired it with a Models Own polish named ‘Teal’.

Teal Tartan Nail Art.

Mushrooms Silhouettes…

So I actually took two days to do this nail art. I painted the mushroom silhouettes yesterday but they just didn’t look complete, something was missing as there was just too much empty space – less was not more in their case. Today I settled on painting some dots in hope that they looked like a swarm of fireflies but I suppose they could also be taken as fungus spores!

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Autumnal Needle Drag…

So this is my first design for Autumn! I spent today changing my house decor; in to the cupboard went the cactus ornaments, bright flowers and flower press frames and out came the pumpkin garland, auburn leaves and wooden candle holders.

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I’ve never done a needle drag before and it was made a lot easier by my silicone nail art mat as I was able to make some decals. Two thick coats of base colour, splodge on some dots in another colour and whilst it’s all still wet gently drag a needle through it in whatever fashion you wish. Ta-da!

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