NOTD: Orange and Gold Grid

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I wanted to do a NOTD post as I haven’t done one in a while, but I was struggling to find inspiration. I eventually decided on some sort of grid pattern using a new Barry M Nail Art Pen. I fished in my nail polish bag for vibrant colours and discovered a shocking lack of anything bright. All of my colours are generally summery pastel shades.

I settled on No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Tangy (orange) as a base coat. I painted two coats of this and let it dry overnight, deciding to have a hunt in Boots the next day for a nice bright green. I had in mind something I would describe as “forest green”, like the colour of foliage, not a mint or an apple green. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything in the small shops around me that was quite right, but I did spot a gorgeous new gold colour from Collection – the Collection Hot Looks polish in No. 66 Aztec Gold.

I used Sellotape as a guide to help me paint individual squares of gold. I then drew in the grid lines with the black pen and finished everything with a top coat. It took a lot of patience waiting for each section to dry but in the end I think it was worth it because I think it looks really pretty. I need a bit of practice with the Nail Art pen as my lines are a little wonky though, especially when I had to use my left hand. Any tips on improving, or is it just a case of practice, practice, practice?

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Recent Boots and Superdrug Goodies

I haven’t been on a big shopping spree in a while, but I have picked up some exciting new bits and bobs on several different cheeky shopping trips. I thought it would be fun to combine them all into one post and show you what I’ve been buying!

Trip one was to Superdrug for nail goodies. I have been getting more into nail art recently so I liked the look of the Barry M Nail Art Pens. They don’t have a great range of colours at the moment so I stuck to the staples of black and white. Expect to see some (no doubt terrible) attempts at nail art with these in the coming weeks! I also fell in love with an amazing Jewel Glitter Nail Paint in the shade Pink Sapphire.

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The next trip was to Boots where I picked up a strange assortment of different goods. I stocked up on fun, thick tights for Winter and bought a new Eco Tools Powder Brush. I thought the Veet Easywax Face Precision Wax & Care sounded interesting and I think it might be fun to try waxing my eyebrows instead of plucking. I’ll put a review up when I’ve used it. Finally, I spotted the Champney’s Exfoliating Mitt as I was heading to the till and grabbed it because it looked like a great alternative to Boots.

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My last recent purchase is also from Boots and it’s something I’ve had my eye on for a few weeks now – the Boots Beauty Advent Calendar! If you haven’t seen this already, it has products from a great range of brands including Nails Inc, Mavala and Vichy. I finally caved and ordered it from the Boots website. I can’t wait for 1st December now! I plan to group together 4 or 5 days’ worth of items at a time and then put up a post to show you what I got!

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Bonfire Night NOTD

Bonfire night, or Guy Fawkes night, is just around the corner in the UK and to celebrate I decided some themed nails were in order. I’ve gone for a “bonfire” on my thumb nails and “fireworks” on my fingernails. I think the thumb could do with a better clean-up but I’m pretty pleased with the finished look. Let me know what you think!

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NOTD #5 Triangular Ombre

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SAM_1127I asked my boyfriend what I should do with my nails for this post and he voted for a triangle ombre look so that is the subject of today’s post!

I started with a Sally Hansen base coat and then applied 2 coats of white polish to my nails (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip polish in Natural White). I then took strips of Sellotape and placed them on my nails in a triangle shape.

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I took a damp cosmetic sponge coated in 3 different polishes to create a red-orange ombre. The polishes I chose were Jessica Nail Polish in No. 386 Dynamic, No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in No. 220 Tangy and Barry M Nail Paint in No. 318 Peach Melba. I finished with a Sally Hansen top coat.

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The 4 Elements: Air

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I am so excited about this post. I have collaborated with three amazing beauty bloggers Sam from Little Beauty Buddha, Daisy from Cava with Daisy and Kate from Lead with the Hips to bring you four different posts inspired by the elements.  When the girls have uploaded their posts I will be sure to edit this post to link them all so you can read them too, but for now I suggest you check out their blogs, they all post really fantastic product reviews and beauty looks.

I was allocated air and I immediately wanted to do a nail look.

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After a base coat, I used two coats of Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry.

Once that was dry, I trimmed a cosmetic sponge so that it was a small, manageable size. I soaked the sponge in water and then squeezed off any excess. This helps prevent the sponge absorbing too much nail polish.

I then painted a small amount of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip polish in Natural White onto the sponge. I dabbed at random spots on my nails to create a cloud effect. I let this dry and went over some of the spots so that some ‘clouds’ look denser than others. I think this looks more natural.

I then finished with a clear top coat.

Let me know what you think!

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NOTD #3 – Magnetic Nails

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I recently saw magnetic nail polish on Lou’s Labyrinth and I thought it looked so cool that I had to find some and try it myself!

The polish I chose was Barry M Instant Nail Effects Magnetic in No. 345 Neptune Sea which is £4.99. I was surprised how easy it was to use and it was really fun as well! Definitely a great alternative to spending hours on original nail art if you are in a hurry!

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Budget Beauty Haul

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Hi guys! As you know by now from my numerous mentions, I went to a hen do a week or so ago. Before we went, I had to go and pick up some cheap products to add to my make up collection ready for a game called Make Over the Bride! I thought I’d share with you what I bought.

First of all I bought some Cosmopolitan make up sponges and a Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Nail Colour in the colour Popcorn which is a really lovely summery yellow. This was not for the hen do but for my recent nail look NOTD #2 which I have linked below. I was really pleasantly surprised by the Miss Sporty polish bearing in mind how cheap it was. The first coat is a bit streaky but after that it evens out really well and seems to wear quite well.

I also bought a Miss Sporty mascara in black for the hen do. I haven’t used it myself yet so I don’t know whether it works well or not. If you’ve used it, let me know in the comments below.

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I don’t wear a lot of bronzer myself so I didn’t have one to take with me. The one I bought is from MUA and is shade 1. I am excited to try it myself and see if bronzer suits me.

The three lipsticks I bought are two by MUA in shades 10 and 11 and one from Barry M in the shade 147 Peachy Pink. There are swatches of all three below. I wore the Barry M lipstick the other day and I was really impressed. The colour is a really lovely subtle coral which is one of those fantastic ‘your lips but better’ colours. It dried quite quickly, didn’t smudge and lasted quite well.

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From top to bottom: MUA Shade 10, MUA Shade 11 and Barry M 147 Peachy Pink

  • Notd #2 (aperfectmasquerade.wordpress.com)