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Happy Halloween everybody!

This is a Dracula-themed design. I created it using Barry M Gelly in Lychee (which gave Dracula an unusually healthy skin tone; in retrospect I would have used a white!), Nails Inc Victoria for the eyes, and Rio nail art pens in black and white.

If you’d like to see my other Halloween posts, you can  click here



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GOTpolish Challenge: Skittle


Today’s mani was inspired by W7’s Lava Flow nail polish

More after the jump…
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GOTpolish: Dots

The original plan was to do a Minnie Mouse inspired design today, but then that became a guest post over at Brijit’s Digits, so a new design was in order!


The blue is 17 in Heart Beat, which I picked up for 50p in the Boots clearance recently, so it was something of a bargain! I’m still yet to work out why a pale blue is called heart beat though, as a blue heart normally means no oxygen, so i’s not beating …aaand I’ll leave it there. Maybe they pick the names out of a hat.

I then did a row of overlapping white dots in OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, followed by a line of black dots in Nails Inc New York Noir. Finally, in the centre of each black dot I added a smaller dot of Heart Beat.



If you’d like to see my other GOTpolish designs, then click here.

I’m also something of a fan of polka dots, and there are loooads more designs here.


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New Year Fireworks


This is a gradient dot design that’s kinda similar to one I did for Bonfire Night, which you can see here

Created using Nails Inc New York Noir, Nails Inc Soho Silver and Bourjois 1 Seconde Gold, with the gold and silver applied using a dotting tool.

You can find out what everyone else from the Nail Linkup has been doing here http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=345418


Happy 2014 everyone!

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DIY Chalkboard Mani

So, firstly Ciate brought out their own Chalkboard manicure kit, which retails for £25 at Selfridges. It includes a matte black paint pot, a mattifying top coat, and four nail art pens.

One of Ciate's promo images

One of Ciate’s promo images

Now, to be fair, that’s not bad value if you don’t own any nail art kit, but Revlon has brought out its own version for £7.99 a pop at Boots

The Revlon offering

The Revlon offering

But, like many of you out there, I already have all the kit I need to create the same effect! So, I used a regular black nail polish (Nails Inc New York Noir) as a base coat. I then used a nail art brush to add some different designs using other colours of regular nail polish (Barry M Gelly in Mango, Rimmel Hot Shot, Rio nail art pen in white, Sinful Colors in Innocent and Barry M Gelly in Blueberry). Finally, I topped off the whole design with my favourite mattifying top coat – Bourjois So Matt – and the design was finished!


Bourjois So Matt top coat


Anything Ciate can do I can do… just as well for a fraction of the price!

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Christmas Lights… That Really Work!


The fairy lights on this mani really work! The wonders of glow in the dark nail polish… Unfortunately, I thought I’d got some pictures of it, and when I came to upload the pics a few days later none of them had come out 😦 So, you’ll just have to trust me that when I went to bed, I really did have fairy lights glowing back at me!

To create this look, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white background. I then used a nail art brush to add the string, using Nails Inc New York Noir. For the lights, the blue and yellow ones were simply – I used BK glow in the dark polish in blue and yellow (it’s a strange Chinese brand that I found on eBay and smells like it’s full of all sorts of noxious chemicals…). For the red, I used Nails Inc King Edward Street, which isn’t glow in the dark, so I overlayed it with a bit of BYS’ Glow in the Dark top coat.

I think this is going to be my last Christmas themed mani of the year, but you can check out the rest of the collection here

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Tutorial: Santa


Created using Nails Inc King Edward Street (red), OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (white), Nails Inc New York Noir (black) and Bourjois 1 Seconde Gold.



Want to see more Christmas nails? Click here
More tutorials here

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Liquid Gold


So I decided to experiment a bit with my polishes, and see what I could do. I’ve never seen anyone else use this technique, so I like to think that I’ve invented it, though someone else probably got there first!

To create the look, paint a coat of black nail polish (I used Nails Inc New York Noir) onto one nail at a time. Whilst it was still wet, I used the normal brush from a bottle of nail polish to drop bits of gold nail polish onto the nail. It naturally self-settles and flattens out, leaving a black line between each dot. Leave to dry, and finish with a top coat.

Pro tip: give the bottle of gold nail polish a good shake first, as this gives the drops a sharper edge.

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Swatch: No7 Twinkle Glitter



It turns out that this is a really difficult polish to photograph! I love it in real life a lot more than I do in this picture. It’s lovely for the Christmas party season.

No7 Twinkle Glitter is a limited edition and currently sold out online at Boots, but I was able to find some in my local branch. However, if you can’t find any then don’t fret! It’s kinda similar to China Glaze Lust and Lush, and Nails Inc Burlington Arcade.

It’s an iridescent flakie that mostly flashes blue shades, but that can vary depending on what colour you layer it over. The colours I tried out were

  • Index Finger: Barry M Gelly in Blueberry
  • Ring Finger: Barry M in Red Wine
  • Middle Finger: Nails Inc in New York Noir
  • Little Finger: Rimmel Lycra Pro in Navy Seal
  • Thumb: Essie We’re In It Together

All of them made Twinkle Glitter flash predominantly blue shades, but the pink was a little different, as it turned it more of a pink shade.

You’ll need to add a couple of top coats over the top too, as otherwise it’s prone to lifting a little at the corners of the flakes, but it’s a lovely top coat.

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Old McDonald


Not many people know that I used to work on a farm, with the livestock (no, really) – and I rather miss it in a way. I kept ‘productive pet’ chickens for six years, too (before it was fashionable, if I want to claim hipster status!).

This barnyard collection consists of a bee, a chicken, a pig and a cow. Why a bee, you ask? Because not many people appreciate how important bees are to agriculture and because sheep are really difficult.

Bee: basecoat of Rio nail art pen in yellow (I don’t have another yellow!) with other detailing in black and white Rio pens.
Chicken: basecoat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, detailing with Rio pens
Pig: basecoat of Nails Inc Elizabeth Street and detailing in Rimmel Hot Shot
cownail1. Start with a basecoat of white polish (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls)
2. Using a dotting tool and Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, create a nose
3. Use a smaller dotting tool and Nails Inc New York Noir to create some black patches around the face. This is the fun bit, as you can basically put it wherever you like so long as you leave space for the eyes.
4. Add two circles for eyes using a nail art brush, and create two nostrils using a small dotting tool and Rimmel Hot Shot.
5. Finally, add in the pupils with a dotting tool and black nail polish.

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