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My last Halloween manis for this year! Sob!

Published October 31, 2014 by clairestelle8

This post makes me very sad! I think after Christmas Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating spooky inspired nail art this year. Though I’m some sure a few Gothic inspired manis may sneak in through the year…..
Well I promised a Halloween twist to my Models Own gradient earlier in the week and here it is! Over a gradient of the new Disco Pants collection I stamped images from Moyou plates 05 and 16 for a slightly spooky haunted house mani! And mattified it for good measure! What do you think?

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Now if you were to ask me what my favourite thing about Halloween was I would have no hesitation in saying trick and treating! Yes I may not be 8yrs old anymore but I do have a very sweet tooth so I couldn’t resist creating a trick or treat mani for my nails! I’ve heard a lot about candy corn – the traditional US Halloween treat. We don’t have it in the UK really but after trying some from an Ametican friend and loving the colours and of course the pure unadulterated sugariness of it, I felt inspired to use the vibrant colours for the basis of a gradient! I used Models Own Summer Solstice, White Light and Banana Split and then stamped some candy images from Moyou plate 16 with the very apt MO Liquorice Allsorts!! I’m hoping my nails bring me some luck while I’m out tonight!!

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Models Own can be purchased at selected Superdrugs and online at http://www.modelsownit.com and Moyou plates can be found at http://www.moyou.co.uk

Happy Halloween! 🙂 xxx

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Barry M Glitter Gradient

Published October 30, 2014 by clairestelle8

I’m a huge fan of indie nail polishes and don’t often look to the high street for my polish fix! But I have noticed recently that some of the drugstore brands are really upping their game in response to the increasing love of nail polish and nail art. My head has recently been turned by the new collections by Barry M. When I saw their new Glitterati collection I had a difficult time choosing which ones to take home with me! So I got them all. I don’t like to have favourites! And with this mindset could I decide which one to wear first? Um…. so on three went in a glitter gradient! For this I used Fashion Icon ( a vibrant violet glitter with azure blue particles), Socialite ( a barbie pink with blue and purple particles) and VIP ( a sea blue with green and gold particles).

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It was so sparkly it was very hard to capture on camera so I apologise for the awkward pose! I then decided to have a play with some straight vinyls and Barry M black polish

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I was really pleased with the result and blessed with some sunshine to show off the sparkly goodness!

You can purchase Barry M polishes at Boots and Superdrug in the UK. The straight vinyls I used were from http://www.nailvinyls.com ( @teismom on Instagram)

Thank you for reading! 🙂 xxx

A summer watermarble just in time for Halloween!

Published October 28, 2014 by clairestelle8

A short post as I’m not feeling too well today. Absolutely nothing to do with over exposure to polish fumes! Well we are having a late Indian summer. Possibly a whole two days worth of sunshine which I’m sure is more than our usual allowance for England for the entire year so I decided to make the most of it and try a summery looking watermarble. I used the gorgeous Glampolish Peace of Mind as a base and then marbled with that and Nails Inc polishes Sumners Place, Langton Street and Haymarket. It was my second ever watermarble and I was quite pleased with the result! I found the marbles were much more successful the smaller bowl I used and the closer to room temperature the water was. The designs you can create are so unique and beautiful I can’t wait to try my next one!

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The Glam Polish shop can be found at http://www.glampolish.bigcartel.com. However they are not currently shipping to the UK but you can purchase from http://www.meimeisignatures.com and http://www.harlowandco.org.

Thanks for reading! 🙂 xxx

Glam Polish Peace of Mind

Published October 26, 2014 by clairestelle8

To look at this in the bottle and on the nails, the name of this gorgeous polish is very apt. To try to capture its magic in a photograph gave me anything but peace of mind! So let me assure you now that this polish is far more special than anything I am about to show you! It really is quite elusive but maybe that is part of its magic, particularly as it is one of the Exotic Illusions Collection. In the bottle it is purple with a deep blue shift. On the nails, well it all depends on the light, but can be an azure blue reminiscent of the sea, or violet with a strong metallic pink shift. And it has a gorgeous subtle holo in the sun.

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And here it is taken in shade to show quite a different quality to it.

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As always with Glam Polishes I found the consistency very easy to work with and opaque in two coats. If Peace of Mind is anything to go by, the collection’s title “Exotic Illusions” is very apt!

Glam Polish can be found here: http://www.glampolish.bigcartel.com. They do not currently ship to the UK but they are also stocked at http://www.harlowandco.org and http://www.meimeisignatures.com

Thanks for reading! 🙂 xxx

Disco Pants Gradient!

Published October 24, 2014 by clairestelle8

Well that sounds vaguely pornographic! 😂 To clarify, when I saw the new Model’s Own Disco Pants collection in my local Superdrug, I just couldn’t resist picking up a couple or three…. Well, three for two is a difficult offer to resist in my defence! This is actually intended as a base for another Halloween mani ( getting my full holiday’s worth!) but I rather liked the effect unadorned so thought I’d keep the Halloween element under wraps for another day or two! For my gradient I used Studio 54 ( a vibrant cerise pink with a metallic shimmer in it) and Roxy which is the most glorious glass flecked purple. Application was great but drying time was a little slow.

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And this is a picture of it in direct sunlight and boy do those colours glow!

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Some Halloween faffage coming! Stay tuned! 😁

Find Models Own polishes at selected Superdrug stores, bottleshops and online at http://www.modelsownit.com/

Serum No5 Blushed and Flushed

Published October 23, 2014 by clairestelle8

Well I thought it was about time regular pink services were resumed in the Pink Princess kingdom I appear to live in! And this beauty has been sitting untried for far too long! Blushed and Flushed is a delicate and oh so pretty glitter in a pink crelly.

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This was opaque in two coats and consistency was fantastic for a glitter crelly. Absolutely no fishing required for the pink and silver glitters which were plentiful but never got clumpy. Only one layer of top coat ( my current favourite KB Shimmer Clearly on Top) was required to make this smooth and glossy. I absolutely love this and intend getting a lot more of their polishes.

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I couldn’t resist a bit of an arty faffage with some striping tape and glitter though it’s such a beautiful polish I think it’s best left in its original state!

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Serum No5’s shop can be found at http://www.serumno5.com but doesn’t currently ship to the UK. However their polishes van also be purchased at http://www.llarowe.com and http://www.harlowandco.org

Adventures in Stamping!

Published October 22, 2014 by clairestelle8

For this mani I used one of the new Barry M silks called Orchid. This is a beautiful deep purple shade leaning to cerise with a subtle shimmer through. It might be called silk but without top coat I would say it looks and feels more like velvet. I stamped some orchid images from Moyou Pro Plate XL 23 with Nails Inc Silver Foil and added some diamantes and top coat for extra sparkle!

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It certainly takes a lot of practice with stamping and for every “success” I have about ten botched attempts, but I’m hoping it’s true that practice makes a bit better if not actually perfect! Nevertheless I was pretty pleased with the end result!

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Barry M is widely available at Boots and Superdrug and Moyou Playes can be purchased at http://www.moyou.co.uk/