Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sally Hansen Fairy Teal and Green Tea mix

Here is a skittle using Sally Hansen Fairy Teal and Green Tea. It's almost like these colours where made for each other. The Nailasaurus has also done a great mani with these colours too.
I did two coats of Green Tea on all nails except my index finger, for which I used two coats of Fairy Teal. I used striping tape on my thumb to mark off the areas I wanted Green Tea to be visible and painted over with Fairy Teal. I quickly removed the tape and added mini beads in gold. I did a gradient on my middle finger using a cosmetic sponge. The ring finger is a kind of 'spun polish' look using both Green Tea, Fairy Teal and Sally Hansen Crinoline. All fingers were topped with Seche Vite.
Read on for another picture.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The nails all the bad girls want..

Here is mix and match punk rock mani using using purple colours. I wore these with a matching top and leather jacket. Very punk-rock!  
Thumb: Sally Hansen - Anemone of Mine with mini studs
Index finger: Nail Pop - Glamrock
Middle finger: Sally Hansen - Anemone of Mine and W7 - Black gradient
Ring finger: Sally Hansen - Anemone of Mine with mini beads and black and white gems
Pinky: Seventeen - Hard as Nails Black
All topped with a coat of Seche Vite.
I love how these turned out. It's such a shame I'm a picker when it comes to 3D nail art, these type of manicures never last more than a day!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone. 
Paddy's day is massive in Liverpool as we have such a large community of Irish. Every year the celebrations are incredible. If you're looking for a night out in the UK for Paddy's day, and you can't get over to Ireland, I definitely recommend Liverpool!
This mani used A-England - St George, Barry M - Ridley Road, Sally Hansen - Fairy Teal, Sally Hansen - Green Tea and George at Asda - Mermaid. I used striping tape on my index finger to create the lines. On the fingers that I used glitter on I first put a layer of PVA glue as a base coat to make the removal of the glitter easier. All topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

Friday, 15 March 2013

17 Rock Hard Nail Effects: Textured Nails Review

This past couple of months has seen an expolsion of textured nail polish's hit the nail blogging community. I personally love the look and from the swatches I've seen I think Nails Inc -Leather Effect is incredible. Leather on my nails? Oh, go on then. Nails Inc knows me too well. However, at £19 a pop (although you do get some skull nail decorations in the set...very tempting) it's a little steep on the price range. 
With that in mind I give you Rock Hard Nail Effects by Seventeen, a Boots own brand. This collection claims to give you Matt finish 'gritty' textured nails in two coats. And for only £3.99 each that's a lot more purse friendly to me! At the minute Boots have an offer on all Seventeen cosmetics; buy one get one half price. Bargain.

 Here is Black and Grey from this collection.


To me this could almost be a dupe for Nails Inc - Leather Effect. I realise there are differences in the shine and 'grittyness' but from afar, would you really be able to tell the difference? I absolutely love this polish. It's perfect for leather-jacket-wearing type girls such as myself. Application was great and it was opaque in two coats.
Read on for more pictures..

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Thank you to my sister!

My sister, Clare, is a little legend. She has made me a new blog header and I absolutely love it. We have just spend a couple of hours each creating it; me painting my nails and her photographing them and editing the image.

What do you guys think of it? Incredible, right?

Clare is a very talented photographer and you can see her work over at her new blog, Clare Johnson Photography.

Nail it this spring with TJ Hughes

TJ Hughes is a company that I love. Their affordable range of nail polish and cosmetics is what attracts me, I infact went into my local TJ Hughes only 1 hour ago! So when I was contacted by Amy who asked me to share their hand picked favorite affordable manicure colours and sets that are perfect for your spring wardrobe, I didn't hesistate. 

Spring is finally here, which means one thing - goodbye black and hello colour! To accompany your new spring wardrobe, why not be experimental with your nails and try some great spring colours on your hands and toes.

Back To Basics
If your nails are not looking their best try Sally Hansen nail treats available at TJ Hughes from only £2.99. The range includes continuous growth treatment, Vitamin E nail, gel cuticle remover and cuticle massage cream and will have your nails looking tip top in no time. Now that you have lovely healthy nails you can start being experimental with your polish...

Pop of colour
This Evie Mai Nail Set is fantastic for every occasion, with a range of bright and beautiful colours, perfect for brightening up your spring look. The set includes a great selection of 6 pastel colours and is available from only £5.99.

We also love the wide range of eye popping colours available from LA Colours at TJ Hughes, from pink, orange, green and blue, choose the perfect colour to match your outfit. We love the perfect sunset orange and summertime pink nail varnishes, available from only £2.00 each.

Magnetic Effect
For something completely different, this magnetic effect set is great. Apply 2 coats and on the second coat slowly wave the lid of the polish, which is magentised, over the nail and see the striking effect emerge before your eyes. This set also includes cuticle correctors and nail file and is only £5.99!

Shattering Nails
Be experimental with your nails this spring and try this great shatter effect nail varnish from only £5.99. With 6 shatter effect colours for you to try, this is a great way to create fun, eye catching nails without taking a trip to the salon.

For more fabulous spring cosmetics, please visit:

I highly recommend checking them out. If you have seen my recent Seven Days of Sally Hansen feature you'll also know that I got a few of them from TJ Hughes for only £1.99 each! I've also got some Essie and Revlon polishes from there cheaper than most other highstreet shops.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Polish Days: Vintage

This month's Polish Days theme is Vintage. When I think of vintage I automatically think of pearls, lace and subtle colours.  I don't know about all the other Polish Days participants but I really struggled with this theme; I did three mani's before settling on this one. It's simple and subtle and reminds me of a really classy lady. 
For this I used three coats of Sally Hansen Dorian Grey. I then added a coat of Seche Vite to each nail and while this was still tacky on my ring finger and thumb I used an orange stick to add little nail art pearls, gems and beads from a Nail Art Kit that I got from River Island.