Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Geometric Negative Space Nail Art

Hey guys,

Today, I have some nail art that was inspired by a picture I saw on instagram (unfortunately I can't find the image). I decided to use some holographic polishes as it was sunny (for once) in England and I wanted to see the full effect of the holos. Get ready for lots of pictures of these beautiful polishes.

I used striping tape to map out where my lines would be. I then filled in each space using a detail brush/the brush in the polish bottle. I think I would have liked the negative space to be slightly wider but I still like the effect that it has. 

Colours I used are:
A England - Sleeping Palace
Lilypad Lacquer - Tanzanite Twinkle
Ciaté - Sugar Plum

I cannot get over how amazing these polishes look in the sun, they catch the light so perfectly and really show the spectrum of colours in the holo. What are your favourite holo polishes?

Love Emily x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Essie - Leading Lady

Hey guys,

Here is a swatch of a new polish I got a couple of weeks ago but has been sat in my 'need to swatch' pile until now. This is Essie Leading Lady.

Leading Lady (in the bottle) is a red glitter in a deep red base. However on the nails, I feel as though it's more just a dark red polish with a bit of glitter that doesn't really show up. To me, it looks more like a textured polish than a glitter. Let's just say I was disappointed. I did 3 coats with a top coat.

Here is a close up shot, I think this best shows the colour and texture of the polish. As you can see, it's not very glittery, sure there are lots of glitter pieces but it just doesn't shine on the nails.

Overall, I'm not blown away by this polish like I was hoping I would be. I love the colour but the glitter has let me down. 

Has anyone got this polish and thinks differently? Let me know - maybe I just got a dodgy bottle?

Love Emily x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Birthday Nails!

(I'm just going to pretend like I haven't been away for over a month, okay? Okay.) 

Hey guys,

As many of you won't know, it was my birthday on Tuesday (1st July) and so of course, I had to paint my nails for the occasion. This was the first time in a long time that I had sat down and done some proper nail art (aside from dotting and striping) and so I'm not really pleased with how these nails turned out. 

The nails were inspired by this blog post I saw ages ago and had saved in a my favourites as I knew I wanted to use the design at some point.

I used the ring finger design from Heather's nails as my main design. I began by painting my thumb and little finger in  solid pale/bright blue.The rest of my nails received a glittery base. I then used a detail brush to draw on the balloons and outline them, adding a 'string' to each. I finished everything off with a coat of my glitter topper and a coat of shiny top coat.

Here is a close up shot of my artwork nails:

The colours used are:
(Base) Rimmel 60 Seconds - Too Cool To Tango
(Base) Essence - Space Queen
(Balloons) OPI Brazil Collection - Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, Amazon...Amazoff, Live. Love. Carnival, I Just Can't Cope-acabana

Who else had a birthday this week? I'd love to see some more birthday nail art so leave links in the comments and I'll check them out!

Love Emily x