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Rainbow of nail varnish! How many colours do you own? Have you used them all?

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Nail Art: January 2013

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Let me know what you think of this nail colour!
Base is Teal by Barry M
Glitter is the Superdrug Xmas 2012 special (Barry M)
Top coat is Barry M too.

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A x

Indecisive nails!


Had a few comments about the nail designs over the past week, so I tried a couple out!

The colours used are (thumb to little finger)

Revlon: Fuchsia Fever 040
Natural Collection: Nail Tip Whitener

Topshop: daydream (pink)
Topshop: peaches and cream (pale coral)

Essie: Mint Candy Apple
Barry M: Fuchsia 302

Barry M: Gold Foil
Barry M: Gold Glitter
Barry M: Black

Barry M: Blue Moon
Barry M: Navy

Let me know what you think!!

A x

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Purple hair and diagonal nail art

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I recently changed my hair colour…again!! Going from blonde to dark purple was definitely a shock, but I’m loving it now. The bottom right picture isn’t my hair, but it’s a look I’m aiming for – through extensions and highlight.

What do you think?

I tried some nail art recently, with some on trend colours – oxblood/raspberry and black. I’ve wanted to try the diagonal manicure in a while, but hasn’t found the right colours to experiment with.

What colours would you use? I’m thinking gold and black next 🙂

Let me know what you’ve been up to, and what colours you’ve been experimenting with.

A x

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White Glitter

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As you know I love experimenting with nail colours, and I recently bought a gold glitter by Barry M.

However, when I used the glitter on a pale nail – the glitter wasn’t a solid look, and it looked almost patchy.

So, I looked around (mostly at Pinterest) and saw some great pastel shades teamed with a glitter top coat.

So, here is my take on this trend. Simple white varnish with a thin layer of gold glitter – I think it really makes the gold stand out!

What do you think? Have you been wearing glitter recently?

Let me know,
A x

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Outfit – Lost


Been driving round and round some random back roads in the middle of nowhere trying to find this weeks football pitch – finally here!

This week I’ve seen lots of great berry shades – deep reds and purples look fab with black. So, I’ve teamed a berry skater dress with leggings and black faux leather boots – and a FAB leopard print bowling bag, it is sooo useful – from New Look

My hair is really fickle, as soon as its a bit windy it goes wild. So…I’ve clipped my fringe back and sprayed hairspray onto a brush before I combed it through, to keep my hair relatively straight, and it’s worked so far!

I’m also testing some 10 day nail varnish from Bourjois – I’m writing another blog on that in a few days, I’ll let you know how it gets on then!

Let me know what you think, and what your wearing this weekend. Also, post links to your blogs in the comments below for me to check out 🙂

Happy Saturday!

A x

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A French Mani…with a twist

I love a french manicure. Peach or nude are my favourites, but either way – it will always be a classic look.

I’ve always experimented with colour, and recently I wanted to see what shades would work well with a French manicure.

I’d tried dark raspberry and black before, but the colours/shade was so similar that it didn’t stand out…although it did look great as subtle style. I finally went for a gold and black mix, after becoming inspired by the A/W trends baroque and dark/gothic, with the luxe gold detailing and black leather tailoring.

I used Barry M Black for the main part of the nail, and Barry M effects Gold Foil for the tip. One tip I picked up from doing home French manicures is to make the white, or coloured, tip shape match the curve of your cuticle, to ensure a more natural finish. I finished with Barry M clear/topcoat.

Let me know what you think! Have you experimented with coloured French mani’s? Post a link to your blogs/images if you have, or for any other nail trends/colours.

Thanks for reading!
A x

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Nail Colour Trends


I have A LOT of nail varnish. I seriously love the stuff. It makes it so easy to change an outfit – It’s like a quick accessory that you can use to match pretty much any style. 

The only problem is…when you have sooo many colours (I have over 10 different shades of pink!) it makes it that much harder to choose!

I recently asked my Facebook friends and Twitter followers what their favourite Nail Varnish brand is. The posts had barely been there 30 seconds before I was inundated with a majority response of…Barry M! 

Now, I did get some other responses, too, such as Nails Inc (fab) and Kiko – special mention to Bourjous for their 10 day lasting varnish – but most of my friends all agreed that Barry M was the best!

Barry M do have an amazing range of colours, from pastels, neons, darker shades to nail art designs. It could also be because they are quite cheap too. What ever the reason is, it’s obv that I love them…and that I’m not alone!

So, I’ve just wiped off the last specs of the black glitter from this week (without fail, I change my nail varnish AT LEAST once a week – I get bored easily…) and I’m now about to undertake the challenge of deciding which colour to choose.

After just watching Zoella’s latest Monthly favourites vlog, It’s persuaded me to try a new colour I recently purchased – Shade 136 Tangerine by Barry M (Shock! Haha). Its a shimmery neon orange, almost close to being a coral. 

Prior to applying the base coat (Barry M Clear), I used a fantastic product called Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I rubbed a small amount into my cuticles, and left for 30-60 seconds before applying a single base coat.

It. Smells. AMAZING. Seriously, lush. Like…really fresh, with a hint of lemon? Not too overbearing.

Now…the only problem with applying nail varnish is I am notoriously rubbish at painting my nails with my left hand – they smudge and I get the varnish all over my fingers. When I lived in Halls at Uni, my flatmate used to rinse me alllll the time about how hideous my nails looked after I changed the colour! 

Below is a pic of the finished product…let me know what you think. Also, comment on this post any nail colours or brands that you are loving at the minute, and any nail art trends you are working.

For example…are you loving pastels right now? Do you think that come A/W2012 with the fab goth/biker and dark florals trends, that pastels will change to dark, romantic nail shades…or would a pastel colour pop work great with a darker colour pallette?? Please, let me know how you plan to rock nail art this A/W.

Thanks for reading!

A x

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Ps. Just logged on to YouTube and saw that ViviannaDoesMakeup had just posted about Essie nail varnish – another fab brand def worth checking out. Check out her video here.