Thursday, 29 January 2015

A 2 Z: L Is For Lines

Hello! Firstly, I would like to apologise for my blogging schedule of late. I find it simply too much of a faff to sit down and think of something to write about every manicure and I know all that leaves you with is the A 2 Z challenge once a week and a PR post here and there, and maybe a NOTD post once in a blue moon if I can be bothered. I didn't want for my blog to end up like this and I do feel guilty that I have given up on it somewhat, but please stick with me my friends, I love you, and I promise I will at least try and get back into the swing of things one day.

Now, with that out of the way, let's get busy! The letter and theme for this weeks A 2 Z Challenge is "L is for Lines". I actually found this to be quite an ambiguous theme - there are lines everywhere, in all kinds of forms, and the more I thought about it, the more ways I could have interpreted it. Eventually I settled though. I applied a base of Nails Inc "Baker Street" (two coats):

And then I stamped some jagged lines using two images from Bundle Monster plate BM-208 and Barry M "Silver" Foil Effect Nail Paint, and finished with top coat:

What do you think? This reminds me of the crazy paving in my front garden and I love it, and yay Baker Street, one of my favourite blue polishes.

As always, the A 2 Z Hub Page is where you will find everybody else's contributions, and come back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

A 2 Z: K is for Kitchen Sink

Hello everybody! It's A 2 Z time, woop! This week's theme is a quirky one: K is for "Kitchen Sink". A kitchen sink manicure is basically one which has a little bit of everything thrown at it - be that different colours, textures, designs, techniques, whatever - it literally should have everything but the kitchen sink (Note: we also have an alternate theme of "Kitschy" for those who didn't want to do Kitchen Sink)! Now, I have to admit, I really couldn't be bothered this week and very nearly pulled out, but I gave myself a stern talking to, got a strong cup of tea, and went for it. And do you know what? I am so glad I did, because I am actually in love with my finished manicure!

I decided to use a different nail art technique on each nail, while sticking to one colour theme for a bit of consistency. I chose black and white, and I have used striping tape (which failed miserably - you'll see), stamping, dotting, a gradient, a Ruffian, and have both shiny and matte finishes! The polishes I used were OPI "Alpine Snow" and a black polish I got from ebay by a brand called S.H.C. Nail Polish (this is the black polish I always use if I'm doing black stamping), and the stamping image is from MoYou London Pro XL plate 20. Shiny top coat: Seche Vite; matte top coat: Freckles Polish "You Make Me So Matte".

Picture time!

What do you think? Is this an idea you might implement on your nails? I'm normally a "same thing on all nails" kind of girl, but I really, really love how this turned out, despite the striping tape fail! 

Don't forget to check the hub page to see everybody else's take on this theme, and come back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Freckles Polish Swatches & Review

Hey everybody! Today I have some lovely new Freckles Polishes to show you. There are four shades from two separate collections: "The Coven Collection", inspired by American Horror Story: Coven; and "The Love Me, Love Me Not Collection", which is a Valentines collection based on the fact that you don't need to be in a relationship to have a good time on Valentines Day. There is also a matte top coat too!

Info on where and when you can buy will be at the end of the post, so let's go!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A 2 Z: J is for Jewel

Hi everybody! It's Thursday again, so it's time for another A 2 Z post! This week's theme is "J is for Jewel". I had plans for something special, but I had to scrap that and go simple for reasons I won't bore you with.

I chose to use polishes with jewel-themed names for this manicure: Barry M "Diamond Glitter" and Barry M "Amethyst Glitter". I started with a lilac base (Rimmel "Ultra Violet") and then applied one coat of "Diamond Glitter" to all but my ring finger nails, on which I applied one coat of "Amethyst Glitter", and finished with top coat:

And here is a gratuitous shot with one of my many rings, which matches this manicure perfectly! :D
(Blurry pic is blurry, sorry)

And there you go, my take on "Jewel" nails! It's not the most inspired manicure ever but I like it, and I hope you do too :)

Don't forget to check the A 2 Z Blog Series Hub Page to view the full archive, and come back again next week!

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 8 January 2015

A 2 Z: I is for Inspired

Yyeeeeaaahhhh we're back, baby! A 2 Z is up and running again!

This week our letter is I and the theme is "Inspired". I thought for a while about things which inspire me, but then in the end I chose to take my inspiration from another A 2 Z member. Morven of Pretty Quirky fame created a wonderful gold glitter manicure with black stamping back when we were on the letter G (click here to see her blog post), which I absolutely adored, so with her permission I have decided to give my own spin on that manicure, creating something similar without being an outright copy.

I started by applying two coats of F.U.N Lacquer "King" over a plain gold base (the gold base isn't necessary but I find it easier to get a neat finish when I have a base colour to guide me):

And then using black polish I stamped a bold swirly design from MoYou London Pro XL plate 20, and finished with top coat:

Sorry there aren't many pictures and that they aren't the best quality, the light is unpredictable here today and my daylight lamp doesn't really do this manicure much justice.

Mama Bean isn't very well at the moment so she is taking a bit of time off from the A 2 Z Series, hopefuly she will return at a later date though.

As always, everybody else's contributions for this week and all previous weeks can be found on the A 2 Z Series Hub Page, and I hope you will join me again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading, and many thanks to Morven for being my inspiration :) x