This is not a manicure for the faint-of-heart! My nails practically stood out from a mile away. I wore this for much longer than I usually wear my manicures because I couldn't bear to remove it!
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
Instead of showing it on its own, I decided to use it in a tape manicure. After painting on two coats and letting them dry thoroughly, I placed a lightning-edged French tip guide diagonally on each nail and painted over with Barry M Silver Foil. Turquoise and silver is one of my favourite colour combinations - it reminds me of Navajo jewellery.
The only disappointment was that Haymarket stained my nails, so I'd recommend doubling up on basecoat when you use it. It's a shame because my nails had just grown out from their previous staining (I'm looking at you, OPI Fly!). Ah, well.
Friday, 27 July 2012
White - OPI Alpine Snow
Blue - OPI Dating a Royal
Yellow - LA Colors Shock
Black - Nails Inc Black Taxi
Green - China Glaze Holly-Day
Red - 17 Risky Red
It's all freehanded (as you can probably tell!) using a striper brush and a little brush. It's kind of wobbly and wonky, but still better than I thought it would turn out. I added a Union Jack as an accent nail just in case there was any doubt as to who I would be supporting! XD
Will you be watching the Olympics opening ceremony tonight? I'll be watching with curiosity and some trepidation to see how on earth sheep and whatnot are going to feature in it!
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
I've been a fan of painting my nails for as long as I can remember - when I was very young I used to paint my nails with a Polly Pocket pink water-based nail polish that was intended to peel off your nails. When I was eleven, my parents gave in to my persistent begging and let me get my first proper nail polish. I got rid of it years and year ago, but I remember that it was by Rimmel and was pale blue with silver glitter - not exactly a conventional polish for your average eleven-year-old!
Once I got my first Saturday job when I was sixteen, I began to buy more polishes and accumulated quite a collection of Barry M ones. I used to like doing skittle manicures and paint each nail a different colour of the rainbow. Regular customers at my next Saturday job (in a supermarket...fun times) began to comment on them and tell me they looked forward to seeing what colour I would paint my nails next.
Then, about three years ago, I went to London on a shopping trip and walked past a Nails Inc salon, and I'd treat myself to a manicure. The colour I chose was St John's Wood, and I liked it so much that I left with a bottle of it. I Googled Nails Inc when I got home and bought some online. Then I bought more. And more. They were more expensive than I was used to paying for a single nail polish, but I couldn't believe the amazing formula. Two years ago, I subscribed to Grazia magazine and got five OPIs free. Then I bought more. Last year, I moved to the Isle of Wight for a summer job, and I stumbled upon a salon selling China Glaze. I had never heard of this brand before, so I Googled it... And the wonderful world of nail blogging opened up before me.
I've discovered a lot of incredible nail polishes since then, but St John's Wood will always hold a special place in my heart/collection. It's a stunning dusty blue/purple creme that is impossible to photograph correctly. (Just look at how different it appears under the two lighting conditions!) It applies like a dream and is so pigmented that it's almost opaque in one coat, but needs two to look perfect.
So that's my story! Sorry I rambled a bit. XD I would be really interested to hear how you got into nail polish and/or nail blogging. :)
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Grey Matter is a medium to light grey (duh) creme that covers perfectly in two coats. Honestly, it has the nicest formula - I didn't have to do any clean-up! I then used a top coat (I hate nail glue) to stick a square rhinestone to the top of each nail near the cuticle. Voilà!
Summer weather has finally begun in the UK, and so far I am not loving it. While it's nice not to have rain any more, I don't function well when it's very hot and humid outside. Claude seems to be suffering too - he has taken to sleeping in his little plastic house with his balls sticking out the window to cool them down. Seriously. I took a photo of it because it's so amusing/gross, but I won't show it to you because trust me, it's not a pretty sight (sorry, Claude).
Monday, 23 July 2012
First up is Ocean Rush. It's a bright blue linear holographic. It's quite pigmented and only needed two coats. The holo effect is very strong, even in the shade.
Ultra Violet is a blue-toned light purple linear holographic polish. I used two coats again.
Sometimes when I see a really hot guy or a really cute puppy my brain just sort of stops working for a moment like it's gone into
cardiac arrest, because it simply can't handle the gorgeousness... These polishes have the same effect. They're just too pretty! I'd be hard-pressed to pick my favourite of the two. Layla recently released some more holographic shades, and while I haven't bought any of them yet, my resistance is waning!
Sunday, 22 July 2012
So more than three months after I first bought these polishes, I have finally been ruthless and chosen the best photos. Today I'm showing you two of the polishes, and I'll show you the other two tomorrow. The swatches show no base coat or top coat.
First up is Layla Mercury Twilight, a classic silver linear holographic polish. I don't have any other silver holographics to compare it to, but it looks pretty darn holographic to me. I found the formula to be a little lumpy, which I've heard can be a problem with some linear holos, but I then shook it well and this got rid of them. It was also a little sheer; I used three coats.
Layla Flash Black is, as the name suggests, a black linear holographic. It was more opaque than Mercury Twilight and I only needed two coats. I think I like it more than MT - I'm a huge fan of unusual black polishes. It also wasn't lumpy!
I got these polishes from Simply Occasions, the UK supplier of Layla polishes, for £11.25 each. They were dispatched very quickly and came with a free Layla nail buffer, which I used to prep my nails before painting them. Even having done this, I found that I still had to be careful when painting each coat not to press too hard or it would create bald spots. Still, I think such gorgeous nail polishes are worth a bit of hassle!
Do you have any of the Layla holographic polishes? What do you think of them?
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Saturday, 21 July 2012
I've been showing quite a few Nails Inc swatches recently, mostly because I have so many of their polishes and I haven't actually worn half of them before! Hopefully I'll catch up eventually and have swatched them all. Today's Nails Inc is one I bought on eBay recently at the same time as Regent's Park Road. Garrick Street is a blue/purple duochrome, which shows best in the final photo:
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with chrome finish polishes. Some of them just don't agree with me. Sadly, this was one of them. It's such a gorgeous nail polish and my photos really don't do it justice, but it was such a faff to apply. It took quite a while to dry, too, hence the dent in my index finger. Boo.