Taras Talons ‘Curacao’ and Unicorn ‘Stick’ Swatches

Hello! I thought i might share with you today a lovely mani i did last night using two great polishes by my favourite indie brand Taras Talons! I used my ABSOLUTE favourite blue which is called ‘Curacao’ that i bought some months ago. I then topped it with a recent purchase, ‘Unicorn Stick’ which is a very very sheer white with greenish blue squares ( think toothpaste!) and white and hot pink hexes. The use of this over the blue polish made it almost a minty green colour but it still clearly blue. The white base in this polish is so sheer that i can layer it over almost any colour and instead of being white, it just slightly lightens the colour beneath giving it a lovely shimmer.

If you’re not aware of this already, Taras Talons makes one-off polishes, so unfortunately neither of these are available to purchase 😦 ( because i got my greedy mitts on them first muahahaha). However if you browse Taras store on Etsy she has a multitude of polishes and nail art supplies which gets updated every Sunday! I’m aware that she currently has some polishes with Mickey Mouse glitters in them, so be sure to check them out! But for now, here is a swatch of my Taras Talons mani 🙂

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You can buy from Taras Talons here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons

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Pastel Stripe Mani

I saw a great mani by Rachel over at Racho’s Nail Love. It was green, yellow and red stripes with a black crackle effect over the top. I thought it looked awesome and decided to recreate it using pink, blue and green pastel shades with white crackle!  I decided i was quite pleased with my stripes so thought i’d show off my mani BEFORE the crackle effect was added as well 🙂

Warning, picture heavy 😉

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These were my three stripe colours. From L-R:  Essie Navigate Her, OPI Pink Friday and Taras Talons Curacao.

Here are my nails when i had finished the stripes and applied a top coat.

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Now, here it is with crackle! The polish i used was a white Barry M Nail Effects Polish

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When finished, i later went back and added a matte top coat over two coats of Seche Vite, i decided the shiny look wasn’t quite working. It looked much better matte 🙂

I hope you liked my post 🙂

 

Nail Lacquer UK and ‘Snow Dreams’ Swatch

Hey, being the silly busy bee i am, i haven’t had a chance to show you a relatively new UK Indie Brand. UK indies are popping up like crazy, yay! For those of you who hate to pay ridiculous shipping fees for indies from places like the US and Australia, these little brands are a great way to get more polish for you money! I have included on several occasions the UK brands ‘Pocket Money Polishes’ and ‘Taras Talons’ and decided it was time to give Nail Lacquer UK a try! There are a few more UK indies i am yet to jump on, but my next Indie Brand review will likely be Nelly Polish.

Anyway, back to the topic in hand. Nail Lacquer UK is a brand which sells on Etsy, and includes lots of the sorts of thing us nail addicts like, including glitter, glitter and more glitter. I ordered a 10ml Grab Bag from the store as i was spoilt for choice for what to get, so decided to surprise myself. I LOVE the polish i received, a lovely sheer off white with small blue glitters and medium-large sized blue circle glitters which are gorgeous! My order also came with some nail art bows which match the polish perfectly, which i thought was a lovely personal touch! The name of this polish is ‘Snow Dreams’ and feels really cool and wintery!

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You find Nail Lacquer UK here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nail-Lacquer/314679331968618?fref=ts

And the Etsy Store here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NailLacquerUK?ref=pr_faveshops

Barry M and Taras Talons Block Mani

I thought i would try a block mani using some new Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Shades i picked up, along with some gold striping tape from Taras Talons ( you can find it here: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons?section_id=14011786 ). This was pretty tricky and i still don’t think it really came out right! But i spent so long on it, that i thought i really should show you guys my hard efforts :P. I also used one Essie shade and a white by Sinful Colors underneath to make the colours brighter.

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The Green is Essie- Navigate Her, the Blue is Barry M- Blue Grape, the nude is Barry M- Lychee and the Pink is Barry M- Grapefruit.

I rarely attempt nail art which explains why it isnt great! I hope you like it none the less!

 

Oopsie Daises Nails

Today i want to share with you an indie brand i find it hard to believe that i haven’t shown you guys already! Oopsie Daises Nails are one of those brands that has something for everyone. Their polishes come in every colour of the rainbow! These are all very wearable shades, with a few that i would consider to be office friendly. Here is what i’m loving:

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Bluebird

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Applied to a false nail

I really love this polish as i think it’s a perfect duck egg blue, it reminds me of speckled egg shells and whilst a lot of indie polishes can be similar to one another i think this is one of a kind.

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Conversation Hearts

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(left) Applied to a false nail

I love all of the pastel glitters in this one, if you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know i love anything pastel, bright or neon and this one ticks two out of three boxes.

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Ladybug

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Applied to a false nail. (l-r) one coat, two coats, three coats

I think Oopsie Daises Nails is a great indie brand and would definetely recommend that you support them!

Polishes available here: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/OopsieDaisiesNails

Fourth of July Indie Polishes

As we are fast approaching July i thought i would take today to show you guys some great indie fourth of july inspired polishes! Born and raised in the UK, the fourth of july isnt a holiday i celebrate which is quite naughty considering i am half American! Naturally, these polishes all carry a red white and blue theme, so if you’re a fellow Brit you can also use these to celebrate your own national pride!

First up is this gorgeous duo by Franken Frosting

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Applied to a false nail

You can purchase on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/154296940/limited-time-4th-of-july-duo-nail-polish?ref=shop_home_active

Or on the Franken Frosting website:

http://www.frankenfrosting.com/product/limited-time-4th-of-july-duo

Next up is this super patriotic glitter polish by Starrily

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You can purchase ‘Patriot’ on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/106510504/patriot-handmade-nail-polish-full-bottle?ref=shop_home_active

Whilst not specifically designed as a fourth of july polish i think this one still fits the bill, the cute little glitter hearts really make this polish. Here is I Love Nail Polish’s ‘Candy Gram’

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This photo shows a ultra mini bottle and not a full sized polish

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Applied to a false nail

You can purchase the full sized bottle on their online store here:

http://www.ilnp.com/nail-polish/candy-gram.html?

These are just a few Fourth of July polishes, you can find tons more at the links provided below:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/110972483/custom-blended-nail-polish-stars-n?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153542568/1776-fourth-of-july-glitter-nail-polish?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/154052527/grand-finale-4th-of-july-glitter-nail?ref=shop_home_active ( new indie polish creator so show some support!)

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153866565/le-grand-finale?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153861480/le-firecracker?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153868163/le-fireworks-in-a-bottle?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153866091/le-stars-and-dots?ref=shop_home_active

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153860718/le-america?ref=shop_home_active

Sorry for the link heavy post! Hope you find some great fourth of july polishes!

Polish Shopping Spree!

Just went on a polish spending spree and bought 8 gorgeous new shades from Franken Frosting and Tara’s Talons. Here’s what i bought!:

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Cloud Nine

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Pink Sherbet

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Ice Princess

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Curacao

These are one off, one of a kind polishes. You can find more from Tara here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons

If you didn’t already notice i’m a fan of glitters, pinks, blues, whites and pastels 🙂