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Stamping with L’Oreal Versailles Gold and Cheeky CH-11

I thought I would freshen up yesterday’s manicure with a bit of stamping.

There are special polishes that work with stamping plates. They’re thicker and more pigmented. But there are plenty of other “regular” polishes that work just fine.

Without knowing if the colour I chose would be one of those or not, I took a bit of a risk and went ahead and started stamping.

I chose L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold. It’s much more of a light copper or a bronze colour than gold I feel, and I thought it would go perfectly over my base of L’Oreal Café St Germain.

Well, I got lucky. Versailles Gold does indeed stamp brilliantly. Certainly using the Cheeky plate I chose, which was CH-11.

Versailles Gold CH-11
L’Oreal Color Riche Café St Germain, stamped with L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold, using Cheeky plate CH-11. Plus one coat of Seche Vite

I didn’t stamp my little finger very well. In fact, none of these nails was brilliantly stamped. I did my right hand after this and did a far better job. I guess it helped to have practised a bit on the left hand. But, I can’t for the life of me manage to photograph my right hand as I’m not left-handed and I can’t hold the camera very still. So you don’t get to see it. Hey ho.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Café St Germain
  • Stamping polish: L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold
  • Stamping plates: Cheeky plate CH-11
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

L’Oreal Cafe St Germain … and a repair to a broken nail

I woke up this morning with wrecked nails.

Yesterday’s manicure had come off (OK, I had picked it off), but worse than that, I had a broken nail. I was having too much of a good time (and too much to drink!) and caught my hand on someone else, breaking off the top of the nail at an angle.

The break was below the finger line, but still above where the nail meets the nail bed. I had two options. I could:

  1. File down the nail, or
  2. See if I could repair it in some way

I didn’t want to lose my lovely long nail so I wanted to see if I could repair it. I’ve done repairs to split nails before (using nail glue and a piece of tea bag) but haven’t ever repaired a nail where most of it has broken off.

After a quick internet search, I found a local nail bar that was open on a Sunday and headed off to see what they could do.

The nail technician advised me to leave it to grow out and said it wouldn’t take that long, but I was a bit panicked at having one stubby nail ruin the look of my nails, so asked if she would repair it, which she very obligingly did.

She added a tip and then covered the nail with acrylic. I had perfect looking nails once again and promptly returned home to polish them!

Which brings me to today’s manicure: L’Oreal Café St Germain. I love this colour and wear it quite a lot. In fact, it’s one of the few polishes I own that I want to buy a back up bottle of, because I would hate to run out of it or for them to discontinue it.

L'Oreal Cafe St Germain
L’Oreal Café St Germain

The broken nail isn’t in the picture; it was my right index finger, but I can gladly say that it looks no different from the index finger on this, my left, hand.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Café St Germain
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect

Caviar Nails: MUA Nail Constellation, Leo

We had an anniversary party to go to yesterday, and I had decided to accent the ring finger of each hand with a “caviar” manicure. This look was first created (and then commercialised) by Ciaté, but has been widely copied since.

I was excited to do the manicure and it was really easy. I used MUA Nail Constellation in Leo. You simply paint the nail with a top coat, then use the applicator to puff on the tiny, coloured beads. Once the nail is completely covered, you press down onto the beads to firm them up, then just leave to dry. I’ve seen some manicures that have used a top coat, but the bloggers all commented that this dulled the beads, so I chose not to add a top coat.

In retrospect, that was a mistake. Within an hour, a few beads had pinged off (OK, I admit it was because I ran my fingers through my hair), and that was the start of it. I kept looking and touching to see if more beads had come off, which off course loosened them and caused them to fall off. Soon, our table at the party was covered in micro beads and I was left with patchy fingers.

Then, I ended up rubbing off all the beads , which also took off some of the base polish. The end result was that my manicure was ruined. (I didn’t care so much; I was having a great time dancing and drinking 🙂 ).

Anyway, here’s a hastily-taken shot that I grabbed just as the nails were completed and we were heading out. I didn’t get a very even edge with the caviar, but after I took this photo, I brushed off the offending beads to make the edge more uniform.

Caviar Nails: MUA Constellation Leo
Caviar Nails: MUA Constellation Leo, over eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good

Even though I knew this look would only last one night, I didn’t ever think that it wouldn’t last more than an hour or so. I think it would be great if you’re the kind of person who is able to leave well alone, but I’m not. Once a few beads had pinged off, I just couldn’t leave my nails alone, and I am completely to blame for the destruction of my manicure.

Still, it was fun to try. What do you think? Have you tried the caviar look?

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect
  • Nail art: MUA Nail Constellation in Leo

Eye Candy It’s All Good: it’s not so good after all

In yesterday’s post, I was praising eye CANDY LONDON’s It’s All Good. But despite finishing my manicure (three coats and a top coat) by early afternoon – I woke up this morning with sheet marks on my nails. I have never had that before. They did say they don’t use “fast drying formulations”, well I thought 12+ hours would have been enough!

Not impressed.

But another coat of top coat has saved the day 🙂

Eye Candy – It’s All Good

I was going to put some glitter over the Purr-fect Plum I’m wearing from yesterday, but then changed my mind and decided I would try out some dotting instead. My attempts were particularly woeful though, so I took it all off and started with a new manicure altogether.

This is eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good. It’s a bright magenta sort of tone, and the finish is really shiny. It’s quite sheer on first application, but a second coat evens things out a bit. I thought it still looked a bit too sheer, so I did go with a third coat to avoid having a visible nail line.

I didn’t know anything about eye CANDY LONDON, apart from the fact that I’d only ever seen it in Sainsbury’s, so I looked them up on the web. I found this about them on their Amazon listings:

eye CANDY LONDON is a contemporary beauty brand encompassing the spirit of the “Best of British” … Created with the highest quality professional nail enamel, using premium componentry and created by our very distinctive and innovative flair.

… From luscious traditional rich colours to those mixed with speciality pigments and new technology using unique particle mixes of high reflection glitters and colours to give an  [sic] outstanding reflective finishes. This is what allows eye CANDY London to offer the widest range of high quality professional nail colour to rival all other leading brands but at affordable prices.

… We don’t use cheap fast drying formulations as we believe that the colour and wear ability is more important … We are 100% proudly sourced, created, designed and manufactured in the UK!

I’m not sure that I like their use of the word “componentry” – that’s puffed-up PR speak (and I should know). What’s wrong with saying “ingredients”? But apart from that, it all sounds good.

And I like the bottle. It has the same removable cap as the Chanel polishes, which reveals just a smaller, cylindrical handle for the brush.

Its All Good
eye CANDY LONDON Its All Good. Three coats with top coat.

Anyway, I chose this shade because I am going to a 10th wedding anniversary party tomorrow night and I wanted to use something different on my nails. I have had a bottle of MUA Nail Constellation for some time, and haven’t used it yet. I’ve heard that it can be a bit frustrating as the beads do tend to get knocked off, so I thought a party would be a great occasion to try this look, even if I do end up taking it off the next day. Anyway, It’s All Good matches the “Leo” MUA Nail Constellation beautifully, so that’s why I chose it.

[EDIT – read what happened to It’s All Good overnight]

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect