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Jagged stencilled zigzags using OPI Miss Universe 2013 collection

I have another smART nails stencils manicure today. This one is P017, and I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s a sort of zigzag, but looks like some scary pointed fang teeth as well! Actually, I’ve just checked on the smART nails website, and they’re called “big teeth”, so I was right! I […] Read more

Yellow Gradient with Stamping (52 Week Challenge)

It’s either wild animals or yellow (or both) for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge. I stuck with just the yellow theme and started with a pale yellow to mustard gradient. I used my palest yellow, Max Factor Mellow Yellow; then Collection 2000 Lemon Soda for the central yellow; and finally Barry M […] Read more

Blue and Pink Curved Sections: C is for: Copy Cat

In the A2Z series challenge we’re on to C and the theme is Copy Cat. I’ve copied a manicure from one of my very favourite nail arstists, NAILBamboo. She’s Russian and so I rarely read what she writes (Google Translate is not much help), but her photography is exquisite and her manicures are flawless. I’ve […] Read more

Cream with Stencilled Pink Swirls

I’ve bought and used smART nails stencils for my manicures quite a few times before, and the company that makes them noticed and asked if I would review some for them. I decided to try out one of the more complicated stencils. This is P053, which has some swirly lines on it that go off […] Read more

Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

I’ve been saving these water decals to wear until today, Remembrance Sunday. They were sent to me for review by Born Pretty Store. I’ve only used a few water decals. These seemed a little more “plasticy” than others I’ve used, but were no less difficult to apply than any I’ve tried out before. You just […] Read more

Diagonal Stripes: Three Blues (52 Week Challenge)

For this week in the 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge the choices are domestic animals or three shades of blue. I didn’t fancy putting cats or dogs or rabbits on my nails, so went with the three blues prompt. I’ve done some diagonal stripes. Diagonal isn’t a very common thing for me. I’ve created […] Read more

Multi-Coloured Stripes: B is for: Bold

So for this week’s A2Z series challenge theme, Bold, I have created some bright stripes. I started with a white base as I was initially going to do some coloured squares over white, but changed my mind. I picked out some colours that I thought went well together and started by adding the blue, Barry […] Read more

SpaRitual First Snow

SpaRitual has released a new winter collection, called Snow Globe. It consists of three top coat polishes: Snow Globe, First Snow and Starry Winter Night. I received First Snow to review. It’s a clear polish, dense with holographic glitters, and with a sprinkling of tiny white square glitters. I love square glitters, and who doesn’t […] Read more

Zoya Storm, Dream and Payton: 3 Dark Colours (52 Week Challenge)

The themes for this week’s 52 Week Pick n Mix Challenge are 3 dark colours or the 80s. My formative years were the 1980s. As the decade dawned, I became a teenager, and by the time they ended, I had completed university and was a couple of years into my first job. So you’d think […] Read more

Three Colour Loose Glitter Gradient

I received some loose glitter for review from NYK1 Secrets and created a glitter gradient. I happened to create this over an existing manicure of Barry M Ballerina, but you can’t see that through the glitter, so you could easily do this over bare nails. The plain nails are three coats of Deborah Lippmann Call […] Read more