Friday, 29 May 2015

Something New....

...... Hey everybody! As you may remember from my previous blog, i sadly had to withdraw from the next challenge set-up after the end of the A 2 Z. My reasons still stand, it was just a little too much to think about at the moment, but i do still want and need some kind of structure in order to keep my blog alive and give me something to look forward to each week. So with that in mind, mama Bean and i have decided to do our own little weekly challenge. It won't be elaborate or fancy, we will simply pick a different inspiration each week and paint our nails accordingly - our prompts so far range from simple nail art techniques to colours and finishes. We won't be breaking any new ground here, it is designed to be easy and fun, and we hope you will enjoy seeing what we come up with each week!

So for our first challenge we chose "dots" - a fun and easy look to ease us in gently!

I chose to create a red and white "Minnie Mouse"(or toadstool!) inspired design!

Products used:
Base coat - Orly Bonder;
Red - Rimmel "Ready, Aim, Paint!";
White - S.H.C. Nail Polish "28";
Top coat - Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat.

And here is mama Bean's very cute take on "dots"!

Products used:
Base coat - Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat;
Pink - Collection "Candy Floss";
Dots - Rimmel "Pop Art Top Coat";
Top coat - Seche Vite.

And so we end our first mama & Anna Bean challenge, we both hope you have enjoyed it and that you will join us again next week!

Thanks for reading :) x

Monday, 25 May 2015

Freckles Polish "Back To The 80s" Swatches & Review

Hello friends. Firstly, my apologies for the lack of blogging lately, I have had a bit of stuff to deal with in my personal life, and life always comes first. Also, as I mentioned in my final A 2 Z blog post, there is a new challenge, which is already under way. However, due to the reasons for my lack of blogging, I have decided to pull out. I simply don't have the motivation at the moment, and I felt it was a step too far for me. I am going to try my best to continue blogging on a semi-regular basis, but don't be surprised if I disappear every now and then. You can always keep up to date with my daily nail posts on Facebook and Instagram though :)

Now, with that out of the way, let's get on to the good stuff! Freckles Polish will be releasing a new collection very soon, entitled "Back To The 80s", and I have four shades from that collection to show you. The collection in its entirety will consist of four neons and four holos; I have two of each. Shall we have a look?

**Before I start, I must mention that I swatched the first two shades - both neons - on a very, very humid day, which caused all sorts of problems: I couldn't even get my base coat to behave, let alone anything else. As a result, I did encounter some bubbling issues.**

Freckles Polish "Rockin' A Perm"

"Rockin' A Perm" is a neon yellow shade, far more neon and yellow in tone than my pictures show - I haven't found a neon yet which will allow itself to be photographed accurately! Think yellow highlighter pens or hi-vis jackets and you'll get the idea. The formula was very, very densely pigmented, which made it a little tricky to work with. It is fairly thick and a little streaky, as you may expect from a neon. I applied two coats, which covered well, but I would probably recommend three thin coats to eliminate any streakiness, and leave a little longer between them to avoid bubbles. Or if you prefer, you could apply a white base and apply this over the top. Dry time was good. Swatches show two coats with top coat.

Freckles Polish "Jelly Shoes"

"Jelly Shoes" is a hot pink neon, and I can confidently say that it is THE MOST NEON polish I have ever seen, I can't even find the words to describe just how ludicrously bright this is, my pictures certainly don't show it, so if you like neons you will have to take a chance and trust me on my word! Formula was very well pigmented, nice and fluid, and easy to apply with just a little care required to avoid over-thick coats (and thus bubbling). Coverage was wonderful, I have had other neon pinks which were nothing without a white base, but not this. Dry time was good, and as with most neons it dries with a matte finish, which is counteracted with top coat. Swatches show two coats & top coat.

Freckles Polish "Scrunchies"

"Scrunchies" is a bright greeny yellow shade which I wouold describe as pineapple coloured, with the signature Freckles Polish scattered but vivid holographic finish. Formula was flawless: fluid, easy to apply, intensely pigmented, quick-drying. Swatches show two coats & top coat.

Freckles Polish "Stilettos"

"Stilettos" is a hot pink shade with scattered holographic finish. The holo is slightly less vivid in this than in "Scrunchies", but it is still very evident. Formula again was perfect, so typical of Freckles Polish holographics. Swatches show two coats & top coat.

These shades and the rest of the "Back To The 80s" collection will be released on Saturday 30th May. You can buy from the Freckles Polish Etsy Store, and also keep up to date with all the news on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

**Products provided for honest, unbiased review**

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Nails Inc Bruton Mews & ILNP Supernova NOTD

Hello everybody, how is your Sunday going? I am tired and have so far done chuff all, so i decided to try and be a bit productive and blog today's NOTD!

It started life as Nails Inc "Bruton Mews", a beautiful deep "countryside" green, two coats & top coat:

And then my itchy fingers got the better of me and i had to faff, with one coat of ILNP "Supernova", and top coat:

Thanks for reading! :) x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Ditsy Floral Stamping NOTD

Hey friendlings! Just a quick little NOTD post today!

Nails Inc "Baker Street" Gel Effect, the iconic cobalt blue in Nails Inc's amazedicks gel effect formula, is how i started this manicure, two coats & top coat:

And then, using a white polish, i stamped this cute ditsy floral image from Cheeky plate CH16, and finished with top coat:

Thanks for reading! :) x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A 2 Z: Z is for Zigzags

Well this is it, friends. The final installment of this A 2 Z Blog Series, can you believe we started all the way back in October? It honestly feels like it was just a few weeks ago. 

Our final letter is obviously Z, and the theme of "Zigzags". I chose to create a neon splodgy manicure, by sponging different colours over a white base, and then stamped a zigzag pattern over the top in black. Product info after the pictures. Also, new nail shape, yay! And special 'thanks' to Nails Inc for their hideous flat, scrubby topcoat brush, which smudged my stamping :|

Bonus UV shot!

Products used:
White base - OPI "Alpine Snow;
Colours - Models Own "Flip Flop";
Models Own "Sun Hat";
Models Own "Bikini";
Barry M "Damson";
Nfu.Oh "FS16";
Black stamping - cheapie black polish from eBay;
Bundle Monster plate BM-202.

So there you have it, my dears, the 26th and final A 2 Z Blog Series manicure! I hoped you've enjoyed the journey. I can't say it's been all plain sailing for me, I struggled for motivation and inspiration for a fair bit, but I have enjoyed it on the whole and I am really very sad that it's come to and end. Sadly mama Bean couldn't join us for one final time, she is very poorly at the moment :'(

As always, check the hub page to see how everybody else has ended the series, thanks for reading, and come back again soon (there may or may not be another Blog Series on the horizon..... ;) ) x