9.13.2016

Block Colour Stained Glass Nail Tutorial ft True Brit London!

Hello there lovely readers!

On the hunt for some nail-spiration recently I found myself looking at different types of stained glass nail art looks as its a design I've been wanting to try for ages. After having a play this is the finished look I came up with 


Rather than using foils or shards that everyone's been going gaga over, which does indeed look fabularse & I do wish to try at some point, I instead wanted to create a vibrant block colour design using cream polishes & for this I reached for some of my favourite True Brit London shades to achieve it.


Creating this look is super easy too & to show you how you can create these yourself I've done a step by step pictorial showing each of the stages for you to get your stained glass look nails!


Start off with your base colour, as mentioned I've used only True Brit London polishes to create this look, here I've used The Summer House which is the perfect nude creme.


Next grabbing a nail art pen in black or a thin brush with some black polish, apply a thin black outline along the edge of the nail.


Now, still using your brush & black polish, apply two small angled lines on the tip end of the nail, coming to meet in the middle in a triangle shape.


Then from the top point, continue with the black line, going in both directions to the bottom end of the nail, so you have a cross design that is longer on the top & shorter at the bottom like shown.


On the larger side of your cross, add on two more angled lines inside the space, meeting in a point at the cuticle like shown. This is your stencil for the stained glass design & its in all the triangle spaces you've just created where we can start adding some colour!


Starting with the pretty purple toned pink True Brit London 'Coat Of Arms', I used a thin nail art brush to apply the polish into the two side triangles


Next I reached for the beautiful baby blue creme by True Brit London 'British Blue' & applied this shade in the two bottom triangles


Finally I used pretty red True Brit London 'Portobello' to fill in the centre triangle, leaving the tip alone as I still wanted some of that lovely nude to show. For a final touch I add on a pretty glass rhinestone which I felt really enhanced the stained glass look!


Once you filled in all your colours, its time to just go over the black lines one more time, as some of the coloured polish may go over & you want that neat sharp finish.


Leave to dry for a few minutes before sealing with topcoat to avoid your black polish dragging & ruining all your work, which as you can see I was STILL a bit impatient with (whoopsie) & you're done!


Hope you like this design dolls, I definitely want to try using foils or shimmers for a true stained glass look next time! FYI you can get 10% off True Brit London polishes using my code TRULY10 ;) Thanks as always for reading! 

Lotsa love to ya!




9.09.2016

Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea at Cutter & Squidge!

Hello there lovely readers!

Oooh its been a while, these past weeks have been all manners of madness as I recently moved closer to my work. But things finally seem to be falling into place & normality can resume! Though don't get me started on how much I'm missing my furbaby Miss Kitty who had to stay with the folks as I may become a sobbing wreck!


Anyhoo speaking of kitties (oh god...my little munchkin...*sniffs*) my darling Saf & I recently spent a lovely day in our capital where we had the pleasure of partaking in Cutter & Squidges special Hello Kitty themed afternoon tea! The moment I heard of this you can be sure I booked in ASAP to get a slot ;)


Cutter & Squidge is an adorable wee cafe situated in Soho about 10 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. Our booking was for 11am (yes kinda early for afternoon tea I know!) so I arrived at our destination to find Cutter & Squidge opening their doors as we were one of the first bookings of the day.


After I had a moment to swoon over the beautiful baked goods on display, I was handed refreshment in the form of a cute milk bottle filled with pink lemonade & led downstairs to our table which was set in adorable surroundings of greenery & Hello Kitty themed walls. 


Poor Saf was a tad delayed due to silly trains so I parked myself at the table & perused the menu, including the different teas available, such as the scrumptious sounding Apple pie tea which I decided to sample whilst waiting.


Once my chum had joined me we ordered some more tea, though the apple tea was pleasant, I opted to switch to good old English Breakfast which always compliments afternoon tea well, which was brought out to us in stacked bamboo steamers, definitely different! Our lovely waitress then proceeded to let us know what treats were hidden away in each section.


First up were the sandwiches, some of which were cut into adorable hello kitty shapes, I fully believe sarnies taste a hell of a lot better when cut up in fun sizes ;) The selection was lovely, including cream cheese & cucumber, hummus & red pepper, cheese & pickle & salmon with chives, all of which can be replenished.


In the next steamer came the scones, these ones being savory making a nice difference to the usual sweet ones that are an obligatory accompaniment to afternoon tea. These were cheese flavored & were served with red pepper relish & cream cheese...NOM.


Now on to the sweet things of which there were plenty for sure! In the first sweet steamer section came strawberries (these were meant to be chocolate dipped but ours were plain? Not sure if they just forgot the chocolate haha!), cake truffles, jumbo cubes of pink lemonade marshmallow & little mango jellies.


In the next sweet steamer we had chocolate brownies, strawberry milkshake hello kitty biscuits & little macaroon biccies served with chocolate & matcha green tea dips


And in the last sweet layer came chocolate mud pies & apple pie mouse with vanilla biscuits.....hooooo mama *cue sugar overdose* I think at this point we were probably hallucinating real life hello kitty's.


If we weren't stuffed enough, we were then treated to the last stage of the tea which was some Mr Whippy style ice cream cups with chocolate or strawberry sauce. A nice cool yet filling end to our tea. We had to have some of the treats packed away as we simple couldn't put it all away!


Overall we had a lovely time experiencing the Hello Kitty themed afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge, the staff were lovely & attentive, the treats offered delightful & uniquely different to your usual afternoon tea affair.


However there were couple of points that let things down ever so slightly, first is the time frame of 1 hour & 20 minutes, of course I understand there are booking slots, however I did feel that the tea was rushed & afternoon tea is always nicer in a relaxed atmosphere with at least a couple of hours to enjoy fully...for me anyway. Second was the price of £40 pp...quite a hefty price tag, especially if you consider the amount of time spent there. Having said that though I'm glad we got to try the Hello Kitty afternoon tea experience, which I believe is still happening until mid September if any of you fellow Hello Kitty fans want to try it too!

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


8.30.2016

NOTD - Art Deco Nails!

Hello there lovely readers!

Hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend? Yay for a shortened working week!

I seem to be having a phase at the moment & find myself reaching for the pink polishes more of late! I do that sometimes...but you really can't beat a pretty pink mani can you? If your in the mood for pink nails but after something a bit edgy & different then why not try this Art Deco design that is so much simpler to do than it looks!


To start you need your pink, here I've used Models Own HyperGel in Pink Veneer, a really lovely marshmallow pink creme. To create the triangle shape I used some square pieces of cellotape which you place on the nail, next to each other at an angle to create your guide.


Fill in your gap with polish & peel away the cellotape immediately whilst the polish is still wet. Don't worry if your edges aren't completely sharp & clean as this will get covered.

Next, either using a black nail art pen or fine brush & black polish, start by applying a thin outline of black along the outer edge of your pointed pink triangle.


Once done, using the same brush/pen apply horizontal lines angled upwards along the bare space left on the nail, either side of the pink triangle starting from the top going all the way to the bottom, you should be able to squeeze in about four lines either side.


Reaching for my beloved Pink Fizz, gods I cannot express my adoration of this champagne rose glitter bomb, its definitely goes under the “if you only own ONE polish in your life then it must be THIS” category.


I finished the design with a couple of wee dots of Pink Fizz, one at the bottom & a smaller one at the top of my triangle using dotting tool.


Apply your obligatory topcoat & you are done! Told you it was easy eh? Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


8.19.2016

Olympics 2016 TeamGB Nails!

Hello there lovely readers,

Now I wasn't actually planning on doing an Olympics themed manicure dolls! But unless you've been living under a rock these past few weeks, its hard NOT to get absorbed in the goings on over in Rio right now, especially the incredible performances from the Team GB athletes! Seriously how amazing have they done & it really is so great to see so much positivity & inspiration in a time where there seems to be so much sadness going on in the world. So in honour of the Olympics & a subtle nod to Team GB I've done a suitably styled mani which I'll show you how to create as well!


As you can see I've gone for some GB flag tips with some Gold, Silver & Bronze medals thrown in there too & its honestly so easy to do :) First things first, gather together the polishes you'll be using. Here I've opted for some Nails Inc, KIKO & Models Own to help create this design.


To start things off you'll need these nifty little french mani guides which you can get super cheaply of Ebay. I always make sure I have these in constant supply! Place a guide on each of your nails,about a quarter of the way down as you'll only be painting the top part of your nail.


Now begin with applying your blue, this is Nails Inc Denim, a nice thick opaque blue crème so only one coat is needed. Wait for the blue to dry as now you'll be adding the white detail of you flag & the last thing you want is the blue running into the white!


I used the KIKO french manicure for white tips nail lacquer which I LOVE & has replaced ALL of my nail art pens. The thin brush is perfect for detailed nail art, I only hope they still do it as I want to stock up on these babies!


Using the brush, apply a line along the bottom edge (so right above by the mani guide) & one horizontal line in the centre going up to the tip.


Then add two diagonal lines going up from either side of your horizontal line.


Now grabbing your red polish & a thin nail art brush, I've used Nails Inc St James, apply a thinner line on top of the white, making sure you still leave a bit of white showing.


Aaaaand finally, because y'all know I am a sparkle FIEND, as an additional touch I went over the red with a bit of red glitter courtesy of Nails Inc Trafalgar Square.


Now you can (slowly) peel off your mani guides, don't worry if you have any smudges or your edges aren't perfect, this can easily be rectified with a small brush & some acetone. And you have your GB flag tips!


You can leave these as they are but I couldn't NOT put some medals on too, so using a dotting tool & Models Own 25 Carat Gold, Sonia Kashuk Smoke & Mirrors & Models Own Cherry Pie, I added me on some Gold, Silver & Bronze medals along the cuticle.


Finish with topcoat & you're done! Told ya it was easy.


Hope you liked the mani dolls, how are you celebrating the Olympics this year? Thank for reading & keep up the awesomeness Team GB!


Lotsa love to ya!