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33DC Day 3: Tape Mani

My two most recent polish purchases are L’Oréal Color Riche Amazon Flower and NYC Blue Sky (which, like every other bottle of it I’ve ever seen, is mis-labelled as Raindrop). As the two newest, they are swatched next to each other on a nail wheel. I thought they complemented each other nicely, so chose them […] Read more

Pink and blue watercolour nails with Barry M polishes

I wanted to try a spotted water marble, using some bright colours over a white base, but it just wasn’t working for me. I’m not sure what was wrong … the water temperature, the polishes I used, or the hairspray I used. But my polish wasn’t spreading well on the water and I couldn’t get […] Read more

Holiday nails

You may have noticed – or you may not – that I haven’t posted in a while. Well, it’s because I’ve been away on holiday to France for a fortnight. I had a fabulous time. We stayed in a converted barn in the Charente Maritime. It’s an area we’ve been to before, and love it. […] Read more

White and pink daisies

Sally Hansen The Sky’s The Limit, which has been on my nails since Wednesday, is very close in colour to the background of a pretty floral top I have. Inspired by that, I decided to try to recreate the pattern (somewhat) on my nails. I used my Barry M White Nail Art Pen for the […] Read more

DIY transfer nails using a laser printer

Inspired by newspaper nails and map nails, I thought I’d try to see if I could make my own transfers (or decals or tattoos or whatever they are called). To my great surprise, it was a real success. This is a manicure in honour of one of my clients, whom I’m meeting with tomorrow. (Hope […] Read more

Butterfly nails with Chanel Azuré and Chanel Bel-Argus

Inspired by the name of the summer 2013 collection – L’Été Papillon, meaning summer butterfly (or is it butterfly summer?) – I decided to try out some butterfly nails for the first time. After applying two coats of Azuré, I sponged on Bel-Argus towards the tips of my nails. I had thought that this lovely […] Read more

Union Jack accent nail for the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation

Today across the UK, many people are celebrating The Big Lunch. It’s a chance to get together with neighbours and have lunch in “a simple act of community, friendship and fun”. Our road is holding a street party, and as today also marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, we’ve also had a bit […] Read more

Barry M Confetti Nail Effects Marshmallow

I didn’t think I’d like the “hairy” polishes, you know, the ones with bar glitter. The new trend for these polishes packed with matte bar glitter was passing me by because I just didn’t think I liked them. So I ignored the launch of feather effect polishes from Nails Inc., and then ignored the launch […] Read more