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 🙂

 

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!

 

July 2013 Glossybox

Yay! I’ve been really excited to see what i got in this month’s glossybox and i was really pleased with what i got! I have already used every single item and i only recieved it yesterday! I think it fits the theme very well and i love the seaside looking box. I’m using it to store my sun creams and after sun care etc.

On to the items!

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Sleek Pout Paint in Peachy Keen

RRP: £4.99

Available here: http://www.sleekmakeup.com/lips/lip-colour/pout-paint

When i initially tried this on, it seemed uber bright like something you’d see on ‘The only way is essex’ but it turned out i a) put too much on! and b) didnt mix it like it was intended. Once i mixed a small amount in with an even smaller amount of another pout paint i was able to make my own shade of lip pigment which is how these are intended to be used. I am really happy with this actually as it’s so versatile and i was pleased to get a good make up brand like ‘Sleek’ as opposed to something like Collection 2000.

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Sleek Pout Paint in Peekabloo

RRP: £4.99

Available here: http://www.sleekmakeup.com/lips/lip-colour/pout-paint

When i first saw this i thought ‘oh no’ who on earth is going to wear blue?! But when i read the glossybox info on it, it said that you mix it in with another colour. So as i said before i mixed it with Peachy Keen and it worked out a treat! I like the versatility of these a lot. I would recommend getting the blue or silver colour to mix in with one of the other shades otherwise they are very stark or bright.

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Anatomicals Spray Misty For me Facial Spritz

RRP: £6

Available here: http://www.anatomicals.net

I was happy as this was my third full sized product so yay!  have been meaning to get one of these for ages so it was great to get one in a glossybox. It smells really nice and is very cooling in this current heat. I’ve been keeping it in my bag for when it gets really hot. There’s also a picture of Clint Eastwood on the back which amused my date last night. I will probably be using this as a summer staple!

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Coola Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented

RRP: ( full size) £29.99.

Available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Organic-Suncare-Collection-Sunscreen-Unscented/dp/B0019H65FC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1373816739&sr=8-6&keywords=coola+organic+sunscreen

I need a little SPF 20 for my burnt nose at the moment and this is quite a handy size…it’s 7ml so it’s not very big compared to the 50ml full size ones. Depending on how i get on with it i may get a scented full size!

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Alterna Haircare Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist

RRP: ( for full size) £23 or £4.60 ( for sample size included)

Available here: http://www.lookfantastic.com/alterna-bamboo-style-boho-waves-tousled-texture-mist-125ml/10601048.html?rws=1&rcs=bhg

I tried using this…i found it was slightly sticky. It had a really nice bamboo scent too which was nice. It also made my hair a bit shinier and revitalised it quite like a bit of dry shampoo. I’m not one for hair care products but i will probably use it again.

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Essie Sleek Sticks in A to Zebra

RRP: £9.99

Available here: http://www.boots.com/en/Essie-A-to-Zebra-Nail-Stickers_1293416/

I have been dying to try out some nail wraps for ages! I love Essie so i was really happy to get nail wraps by them. I loved the style i received too and put them on with the help of a very very patient and long suffering fellow who pretended to be interested and helped me cut them to size haha. I think once on correctly they look quite professional and are good for people like me who aren’t so good at nail art. Despite the price i would probably try them again. Only issue i have found is that they scuff slightly at the edge of your nails after a day or so of wear.

All in all i am VERY happy with the July box. More so than i was the June box! I am a bit bummed i didn’t get a Ciate Nail Polish but the Nail Wraps make up for it!

You can buy your own glossybox here: http://www.glossybox.co.uk/