Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Jolly Roger Nails


So I wonder who Roger was and why he was jolly, I don't think I'd be jolly if I were a skeleton!

Anyway, done some Halloween nails. Wasn't sure what to do for Halloween but since work are getting super strict about nail polish I thought something quite simple (says the person with skulls on her nails. ha ha).

So, I used a base coat of OPI Nail Envy* and 2 coats of Barry M in 319 Foil Effects (I could have got away with 1 but force of habit). Followed that with 1 coat of China Glaze in Fairy Dust (still disappointing) and a coat of Seche Vite to dry before stamping. I picked the skull and crossbones design from my new Vinyl Laquer plates, VL001. I love these plates the images are so big that even when my nails are quite long the design fits. This was stamped in Konad Special Black(?) and finished with Seche Vite.

Off to watch my favourite Halloween film, Hocus Pocus!

Robyn x

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Blood Drip Nails

So I'd been eyeing up this mani for awhile and finally decided to try it this weekend since its nearly Halloween. Also can't really say where I got the inspiration as everyone and their dog has done this design.

I started with a base coat of OPI Nail Envy* and decided against a base colour as I wanted it too look like a natural nail that had been jammed in a drawer. Ha ha. Sick.
I then chose Nails Inc in Tate to do the bloody tips. I used a kirby grip and dotted where the drips were to end and dragged them upto the tips, so they start blobby and end up thinner. I freehanded the tips and finished with a coat of Seche Vite.

Et voila!

I know they're not perfect but it is my first attempt and somehow I don't think dripping blood plays by the rules anyway. It does look better from far away but on the whole I am quite pleased.

Robyn x

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Halloween Spiderweb Nails

So I got a wee bit stuck for an idea for a mani but I knew I wanted to use my new China Glaze silver glitter (3 for 2, thank you Sally's), so I got my Mum to choose a design off my new bundle monster plates (even though they are for my Christmas, thanks Mum). Oh and when I say 'new' bundle monster plates they are actually the original set because I jumped into the 2011 set, if that makes sense. So she asked if I would have a spiderweb on my nails, this is because I have a severe spider phobia which I won't go into just now, but fake spiderwebs are cool so that's what I chose.

I used my basecoat of OPI Original Nail Envy* and then decided that the China Glaze wouldn't do on it's own as I would need about 20 coats, so I had to find a good silver to go underneath. I ended up choosing Colorplay by Debby(?) in number 70 (no name, sorry), this isn't a brand I have ever heard of but found it when I was in Paris and they had some nice colours so I bought a few. It is a nice chrome, mirror finish silver but I found it when on kind of streaky/bumpy which isn't great but hey ho. Anyway 2 coats of this and then I done a coat of Seche Vite to see if I could cure the bumpiness but to no avail. Next, 2 coats of China Glaze Fairy Dust. Now this is the most sparkly, glittery, holo-esque polish in the bottle under the store lights but on my nails it's a big fat fail! :( I had so much expectation for this and under certain lights it's great but under others you can't even see it at all, so don't be expecting the glittery goodness in the pictures as it just isn't there. Another coat of Seche Vite in order for it to dry before stamping and then I stamped the spiderweb from bundle monster plate BM-13 and added a spider on my thumbs from the same plate, yes I really did say spider! Finished with another coat of Seche Vite, no wonder I get through this stuff so quickly!

At first I wasn't keen, the perfectionist in me hated the lumps and bumps and the fact the design isn't perfect but as my Mum pointed out not all spiderwebs are the same, so in actually fact it's another one that's grew on me.

Robyn x

Ps - more crappy pictures, as I'm still having technical issues.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

No7 Foundation Match

So I went and got my face matched with the new No7 Foundation* Match service, which I was initially a bit sceptical about.
You see I am absolutely rubbish with foundation, picking the right one in the right colour. Over the years I have lost count the amount of foundations I have bought and hardly used because they have been so wrong for me. I am the palest of the pale with combination skin and needed help fast!

So I'd seen the adverts about this new service and read the reviews, which is when I thought I'd go for it as I'm sick of second guessing foundations.
Well I'm in LOVE! I can't believe I've finally found the right foundation for me! It's only taken about 15 years!

So I went in fresh faced, as they remove the makeup at your jawline anyway, and she tested the wee doofer (what a technical term!) at both sides of my jawline and the machine matched me with Calico, which I believe is one of the lightest shades. I couldn't believe it when it blended right into my skintone, she tried a bit at my jaw then asked if I would like to see it all over my face with some blusher so I can tell what it really looks like. So after asking some questions about my skin and what kind of finish I would like she suggested Stay Perfect* as it's a semi-matte which lasts about 16 hours. I thought I may as well take advantage of their 3 for 2 offer (not too mention I was getting double discount!) so I ended up getting the Stay Perfect Primer* and the Foundation Brush*, all 3 items for the bargain price of just around £14!
So I thought maybe it was the way the girl applied and me being a dunce would do it wrong but I totally haven't and I have been getting compliments all week. It's like me only better! Plus, I'm never using fingers or sponges to apply again, brushes ROCK!

Anyway, it's totally changed me (for the better) and I wish this service was available years ago as it would have saved me alot of time, money and humiliation.

Robyn x

PS - No pictures with this one as I don't think anyone needs to see my face that close up, plus I am having severe technical difficulties with numerous things right now.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Dino Inspired Nails

These are my themed nails. I was due to go mini golfing to Jurassic Parrr yesterday but unfortunately as usual in Scotland plans were changed due to rain. Boooo!

So I used OPI Nail Envy* as a base coat and 2 coats of OPI Who The Shrek Are You?* I used an obligatory coat of Seche Vite, to dry before stamping.
I was trying to find a plate with the nearest pattern to dinosaur skin, scales, whatever you want to call them. So I settled on BM-215 and stamped using Nails Inc Great Dover Street. Oh and followed by another coat of Seche Vite.

I wasn't sure of this design or the colour combo at first but it has actually grown on me and does have the desired effect I was going for.

Robyn x

PS - Sorry for the crappy iphone picture


Well what to say in my first blog? I started this blog as an outlet for my randomness and all the random things I love...Disney, nails, beauty, fashion, movies, travel and just all the other random facts I like to throw around.

So if anyone does happen to read this, welcome! If not at least I'll still have fun doing it.

Robyn x