Archive | April 2014

Collaboration for Autism on instagram Roar for Autism

The lovely @amcpolish on instagram decided to do a collaboration called #roarforautismawareness where those who decided to contribute did a blue mani with animal print. Such an amazing idea to raise awareness for this very much misunderstood disorder. Of course I had to contribute a design. We are not to post our contribution design until after the collaboration picture has been posted so I created my design and emailed it off.

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Then excitedly waited to see the completed collaboration.
This was my design done on my cinderella (dominant) hand.

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Kept it simple with a vertical gradient of 2 no name blues topped with CG Fairy Dust and blue acrylic for the leopard print.
And here is the completed collaboration picture.

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Can you find mine…..let me know.
Lisa xxxx

Autism Awareness Nail Art Challenge

April as some of you may know is Autism Awareness Month. Many people do many different things to try and raise awareness for this much misunderstood disorder.
As I am part of the wonderful nail community I found a challenge specifically for this.

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I am quite proud of myself that I managed to do all of the challenges although sometimes I did combine 2 into 1.
Blue Flowers

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I really love how these turned out. I used a no name nude base and everything else was done with acrylic paints.

Rainbows

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So bright and colourful with puzzle shaped clouds. Base of Sinful Colours Cinderella and the rest done with acrylic paints.

Blue Gradient / Ombre

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Simple gradient using Sinful Colours Snow me White and Colour Club Endless Summer with random glitter placement.  How hard is it to do the random placement without it looking neat ?

Puzzle Pieces

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As you can probably tell from the next picture I prepared this in advance colours is ed are on the net picture description and used acrylic paint to do the puzzle pieces.

Ruffian

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Not something I have done before and deffinately need practice. I used Models Own Duck from the Speckled Eggs Collection and Colour Club Halo Hues Blue Heaven. Accent nails I also added China Glaze For Audrey and Colour Club Endless Summer.

Awareness Ribbon

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Used a base of Freckles Polush Blue Lagoon and the rest was done with acrylic paint. I didn’t feel competent enough to try the ribbons with the puzzle pieces pattern on them so did them separately.

Blue Fishtail and Handprint (2 challenges combined)

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Really not happy with how my fishtail braid turned out as had some trouble with the opacity of one of the polishes but do want to do more of these. I followed a great tutorial from @emilynailsxo on instagram http://instagram.com/emilynailsxo and you can find her awesome blog here http://nailsxo.com. I love how braids look so will deffinately keep practicing using this tutorial. Guess you know what they say “practice makes perfect”. Quite happy with the hand prints although you can’t see them all that well.

Plastic / Saran Wrap

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A technique I have wanted to try but hadn’t got round to it. So was really happy being able to do this and loved the way it came out so much that I even did my cinderella (dominant) hand aswell. CC Blue Heaven, Endless Summer and CG For Audrey. So happy with this. Added studs from Ebay on my swatch hand in dark and light blue.

I really enjoyed doing this challenge to raise awareness for Autism as it is a cause very close to my heart as my 3 yr old granddaughter Bella has this disorder so I see and hear the negative and ignorant comments and reactions first hand.
Please take abit of time to read about Autism and make this disorder more understood in our word.
Thank you
Lisa

Freckles Polish (UK Indie ) Swatches and Review

I was asked recently by Julieann the creator behind Freckles Polish if I would like to review and swatch some polishes from her soon to be released Happy Hour Holos Collection. All the polish names in this collection are taken from Cocktails. So of course I had to say Yes Please. There are 6 polishes in this collection to be released on Friday 25th April 2014.
I have had my eye on this brand for a little while since its recent release and all of the polishes are stunning and i am so glad to be able to show you 2 of them….
First I will show you Purple Planters Punch. A gorgeous delicate holo lilac with an almost dusky appearance and subtle holo effect ( as with most light colours the holographic effect isn’t so strong as it will dull the colour ). It catches the light beautifully in the sun and looks so so pretty. A really beautiful combination of colour and holo effect. The picture below was taken in a light box….all pictures show 2 coats with top coat.

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The next picture shows Purple Planters Punch with L to R flash, natural sunlight and in a light box.

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Next is Blue Lagoon a gorgeous mid to dark blue with a strong linear holo effect. A stunning colour and holographic combination that really catches the light and complement each other perfectly.
Shown first is pictures taken in a light box and shows 2 coats with no top coat.

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The next pictures show Blue Lagoon taken in different lights ie light box, under a desk lamp, flash and in sunlight. All picture show 2 coats without top coat except the sunlight pictures.

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Application was amazing and so easy.  Brush was very accurate to work with as was the prefect formula of these polishes.  Drying time was only a few mins for the first coat and abit longer for the second. 2 coats gave perfect coverage. Packaging and presentation are perfect with a personal touch that always impresses me.
You can find Julieann and her impressive UK indie brand Freckles Polish here
http://etsy.com/shop/frecklespolish

http://instagram.com/welshforhill

http://twitter.com/missjules87

http://facebook.com/frecklespolish

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I couldn’t resist doing a gradient with these 2 polishes as they go so well together.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review and please go and check out Freckles Polish as it is well worth investing in these high quality beautiful polishes. 
Lisa xx

Review and Swatches of the Disney Themed Collection from Foxy Paws Polish

I was very lucky recently to win this collection from Foxy Paws Polish.
I was not asked to review these polishes as they were a prize but I decided to share my thoughts with you all.
These were the prizes that arrived. My first OPI Avojuice hand moisturiser in Winterberry, my first Poshe base coat and strengthener and the 4 Disney Themed Collection polishes from Foxy Paws L-R “I See The Light “, “Once Upon a Dream”, “Tale As Old as Time” and “Part of your World “.

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First is “Part of your World ”

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A beautiful Teal / Green packed with different sized red glitter and hex plus blue and silver glitter. First coat is deceptive as slightly sheer but is perfect after 2 coats. Application, brush and presentation are perfect. Shown is 2 coats plus topcoat.  Absolutely gorgeous with a wonderful sparkle.

Next is “Tale As Old as Time ”

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A lovely Chocolate / Taupe colour with different sized gold glitter, dots and hex with the added addition of holographic dots. This was probably the only one in this collection that I wasn’t sure about as it’s a colour I would not normally choose,  but the combination goes perfectly and looks beautiful on. Again application was easy. Shown is 2 coats with topcoat. Great and unusual colour combination but work perfectly together.

Next is “Once Upon a Dream ”

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A stunning glittery blue with pale pink / lilac dots and hex. Shown is 2 coats plus topcoat. A mid tone blue that glitters in the sunlight. Application and drying time were perfect. Love the colour combination in this polish.

Last but not least is my overall favourite of this collection called “I See The Light”

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A stunning dark blue jelly with a gorgeous combination of violet glitter, hex and dots, copper and silver glitter and copper hex. This looks absolutely stunning on with this amazing colour combination. Shown is 2 coats with topcoat.

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An amazing collection with gorgeous colour combinations. Drying time and application are perfect. All of these 4 polishes I will deffinately be wearing again and again.
Foxy Paws Polish can be found
Instagram http://instagram.com/foxypawspolish
Shop Website http://foxypawspolish.com
Twitter @foxypawspolish
Charlotte has once again outdone herself with this collection and i would highly recommend any of her polishes to all
Lisa xxx

Review of Taras Talons Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil

Taras Talons products are part of The Tara Emporium. This is one of our UK’s longest running Indie Polish Brands and has recently expanded to include hand and nail care, bath and beauty products, nail art accessories, her own indie polish brand, clothes and jewellery. 
I had been looking for a good cuticle remover and cuticle oil for a little while as I felt the one I had been using wasn’t working that well so decided to buy some from Tara at her website.
They arrived quickly and were well packaged as always, and included a sweet that my boyfriend so kindly commandeered. 
I wanted to use these products a few times before reviewing to really see how well they would work.
These are how the products look

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I set about my usual cuticle care and remove all traces of nail polish.
I then soak my fingers in warm soapy water for 5 – 10 mins before applying the cuticle remover and letting it soak in for a few minutes before using an orange stick to GENTLY remove any excess cuticle from around the nail. I then rinse my hands and dry before applying the cuticle oil and letting that soak in again for a few minutes before massaging around the nail and also onto the nail itself. If required I repeat this depending how dry my cuticles and skin around my nails are due to frequent use of acetone.
The pictures below are before using ….

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As you can see my cuticle need doing and are quite dry.
The next pictures are after using Taras Talons Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil.

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As you can see there is a huge difference from before and after.
These products not only smell nice and are not overpowering like some, the oil is lemon scented and the remover has a very nice subtle scent, but do the job they are designed to do gently and effectively. These will be the ONLY products I now use for my cuticles and i can’t recommend them highly enough to everyone. I have used them not only on my cuticles, but my toes, my boyfriends toes ( yup you read that right ) and my daughters cuticles as well with amazing results. We were all so impressed.
You can find Tara and her amazing products here
http://thetaraemporium.co.uk
http://etsy.com/thetaraemporuim
http://facebook.com/thetaraemporuim
http://instagram.com/thetaraemporuim
I cannot thank Tara enough she not only sells and created amazing products but is a wonderful lady who is always glad to help.
Well i hope you enjoyed this review and will go and check these amazing products out.
Lisa xxx

Last day of the Nail Art Challenge March on Instagram is Chevron

Oopppsss sorry I am abit late posting this but had quite a few things going on…..
Right well the very last day of the #nailartchallengemarch on Instagram was Chevron …..not something I had done before so gave me a great excuse to have a go….
Started with a base colour of Foxy Paws Polish in I See The Light from her Disney Themed Collection and used acrylic paint for the free hand chevron and added a couple of purple gem stones …..I wasn’t overly happy with how it ended up but I know i need more practice in this design …..

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As you can see my free hand chevrons are far from perfect and uneven ….
Well this is the March challenge completed. I am participating in another challenge for April and also one for Autism so going to be very busy nail art wise so keep an eye out for my posts. ..
Bye for now
Lisa xxx