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

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!

 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine- Plum Swatch with Taras Talons Nail Art

The second Barry M Gelly polish i tried out was Plum. I’m not quite sure if i like this colour on me but i did like the formula and i’m sure i will find a way to use it again! I used some cute little glue-on pearls from Taras Talons who do nail art supplies now! ( check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons?section_id=14011746)

I love what they add to a boring mani ( which to me, is a mani without glitter!)

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My camera didn’t capture the colour very well. It is much more purple than shown and not quite as dark. Hope you like 🙂

Taras Talons New Mini’s

Hello! As of midnight this morning Taras Talons have added mini nail polishes to the mix. These are 5ml polishes selling at £3.50 ea or a custom made mini at £5.50. I was lucky enough to be able to provided two mini polishes designed with me in mind by Tara herself! I love the little bottles and they remind me so much of the ones used by Pocket Money Polishes ( if you haven’t checked them out already do so here: http://www.pocketmoneypolishes.co.uk/Retail.htm) . Today i am going to show you one of these mini polishes i was provided which i really love!

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Here is a picture of the bottle alongside the other polish ( which i will swatch shortly).

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And lastly, a size comparison with a regular Taras Talons nail polish ( Toy Train if you’re wondering, i believe it is still in Tara’s store 🙂 )

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I love the price tag on these and will maybe definitely be taking advantage!

Tara has also added a ton of nail art supplies to her store so be sure to take a good look around!

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

OPI and Tara’s Talons Swatch

Hey guys!
Today i want to share you with a swatch i did about a week ago. With the lovely weather i thought it was about time i started wearing some lovely coral and orange shades. I decided to wear my favourite Summer shade: OPI Call Me Gwenever from The Amazing Spiderman collection released last year. Along with that, i added a diagonal gold stripe on each ring finger using Tara’s Talons Goblin Gold!

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Let me know what you think! 🙂

UK Indie Brands

First of all i would like to thank Cazzy at Special Girl Nails for helping me find some of these! Check out her blog here: http://specialgirlnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Unfortunately due to the lack of supplies and opportunities to make nail polish, there is a very small number of UK indie polish brands which makes me sad…us Brits love our indie polish just as much as our American and Australian counter parts. For us, however these polishes are more of a treat or a luxury as we have to ship them in from other countries with shipping costing anywhere up to £10 for a single polish.

I think it’s really important we support British polish creators as they are few and far between and we rely on them for our indie polish fix! Shown below are all the indie polish brands situated in the UK i am aware of, if you find anymore PLEASE let me know!

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Clowning Around by Taras Talons

The first indie brand in the UK i ever heard of was Taras Talons, honestly i can’t remember how i came across Tara but i am glad i did. Taras Talons is probably the largest indie polish brand in the UK at the moment and is relatively small compared to a lot of American brands!

‘Tarastalons is a UK based indie nail polish and nail art creator shipping worldwide! All nails are hand designed and all polish is handmade and limited edition, with a maximum of ten polishes of each shade being made and more often only one of each shade being made!’

The fact that SO few polishes of each kind are created makes buying from Tara such a special experience. You know that nobody else in the world has the same polish as you, so it is truly unique. The most of any polish created i believe is ten. Tara introduces collections on a really frequent basis and has a huge variety of different shades and glitters. I think there is something for everyone. I decided to use ‘Clowning Around’ as a representative image of Taras Talons as it is one of-if not- the most popular shades in her store.

A massive thank you with hugs to Tara Clapperton for her beautiful store.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tarastalons?fref=ts

Blog: http://tarastalons.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Website: http://tarastalons.co.uk/tarastalons/Welcome.html

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

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Pea Soup by Iconic Effect

I don’t know a huge amount about Iconic Effect other than the fact that the glitters in their polishes are to die for! These are the sort of shades we expect to find the US as they are so unique and beautiful. At £6.50 a bottle the price is very reasonable and i can see myself picking up one or two of these polishes. It’s so nice to buy an indie polish and not have to wait a month for it to arrive! I also noted that this is a relatively new brand, opening their store just this month, already with a pretty decent amount of sales! I see big things for this indie brand and can’t wait to see what else they come up with!

Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/IconicEffect?ref=seller_info

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When i’m old i shall wear purple by Pretty Little Nails

This is a brand i know even less about! I can only comment on what i see in their store and i think this indie polish creator delivers so beautiful sparkly polishes! I’m excited to see what else shop owner Amelia comes up with!

Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/prettylittlenails

There is only one other indie brand in the UK that i have heard of, and that is Pocket Money Polishes who can be found here: http://www.tbeanz.com/PMP/

I hope that together with Cazzy i have helped you find some brands in your own country that you weren’t aware of and fall in love with!

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More From Tara

Tara from Taras Talons has now started added mini collections on a frequent basis, today i thought i would show you her most recent one added less than 2 hours ago.

First up, a gorgeous bubblegum pink with different size blue and teal hex glitters.

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Polish Is What Feelings Look Like

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Applied to a false nail

Second, is a slight concrete grey colour with lots of tiny multi coloured glitters and some larger hex glitters.

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I See Polish

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Applied to a false nail

Third, is a dark grey almost iron coloured polish with black holographic pigments and lots of multi coloured glitters

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Believe In Polish

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Applied to a false nail

And last but not least! A white coloured based filled with rainbow hex glitters in different sizes. This polish reminds me of clowns, i don’t know why.

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Polish Favours The Brave

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Applied to a false nail

I think these are gorgeous! I love white bases with glitters and Tara delivers every time! Beautiful colourful polishes…Tara is probably my favourite indie polish creator and i have quite a large Taras Talons polish collection!

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

Tara’s Talons

Here is one last brand for me to recommend for today i am sure you will love. Tara’s Talons provides gorgeous one of a kind, limited edition polishes so you will be wearing a polish nobody else has! Tara also has an option for a custom listing where she works personally with you, via email to create your very own polish at an incredible price. I have already ordered mine and it is fantastic! I have my eye on a few goodies in her store right now, take a look at what i’m checking out:

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Curacao

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The Park

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Sandcastles

Be sure to check out these truly gorgeous creations at the Tara’s Talons etsy store here:

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

Use this fab coupon provided for my followers/reader by Tara for 20% off at Tara’s Talons!

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