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Published December 2, 2014 by clairestelle8

I am obsessed with all things Disney so I was incredibly excited when Glam Polish brought out a Disney inspired collection called Never too Old to be Young. This gorgeous glitter topper is from that very collection and is named after a song from Cinderella! And you really do feel like you are fit for the ball when wearing it!

It is a clear base packed with turquoise, pink, periwinkle and holo silver glitter in various fun shapes! So versatile I had so many ideas what to do with this but in the end I decided to pick out the various colours in a gradient. I used Nails Inc polishes in Power Pink, Chelsea Physic Garden and an unnamed Instyle periwinkle. I then popped on just one coat of the glitter topper. There were no issues with application and no need for fishing. Glitter perfect!


I love the stars in particular! What do you think?


Such a versatile polish! I have too many ideas what else I can do with this! Expect to see this featured again!

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Green and gradient and stamping oh my!

Published November 30, 2014 by clairestelle8

Okay so sometimes I can’t quite make up my mind what to do so I end up doing having a dozen things all together! And this how this mani evolved! I love Barry M gelly polishes. They are so vibrant and easy to apply but could I decide which shade of green to paint? Well no! So I decided to create a subtle gradient with Key Lime, Guava and Green Berry.

I used to really struggle with gradients until I realised I was using the wrong sort of sponge. The key for me is to use one that is quite open pored, not very dense like some make up sponges and then sponge several layers allowing each to dry in between so as not to lift the layers

And of course then I felt it cried out for stamping! So using a black polish and Moyou London Pro plate XL 23 I stamped an abstract floral design so the various colours of the gradient peeped through.


I was quite please with the end result. It felt so cheery on a dreary November day. What do you think?

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A summery gradient just in time for autumn!

Published November 7, 2014 by clairestelle8

So it seems as though autumn has settled in and made its nest here in England but I’m still in denial! So when we had an unexpected half hour slot of sunshine, I couldn’t wait to dig out my Models Own Polish for Tans neons for maybe the last time this year! I love this collection. They are the most vibrant glowing shades and suit even the fairest skin tones like mine even thought they are marketed for tanned skin. I would say they arena little thick on application so be careful not to overload your brush but the end result more than balances out any negatives in my opinion.

I decided to create a gradient with three of them: Sun Hat, Shades and Beach Bag sponging the colours so they got progressively darker towards the free edge. When it was dry, and drying time is slow I will admit with these, I added some wavy chevron vinyls and painted over with Models Own White Light.



I was really pleased with the result. And the glowing colours really cheered me up. What do you think?

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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?


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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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).


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



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 ( @teismom on Instagram)

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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.



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


Some Halloween faffage coming! Stay tuned! 😁

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