It’s been a while since I’ve considered my nails in good enough condition to paint, but they’re finally just getting long enough that I can bear to see them coloured! With all the grey light at the moment, I was feeling ready for a pop of colour, but still lusting after the darkened jewel tones that autumn seems to call for, and I knew I had the perfect thing: Jessica Nails Gorgeous Garter Belt, a deep, rich peony pink. It’s much more sophisticated than the terrible name would suggest.
Anyway, enough talking, on with the pictures!
While I was packing up my room at the end of term, I took the opportunity to go through a lot of my stuff and get rid of a lot of things. One of the areas I tackled was my rather large nail polish collection!
I forced myself to be quite realistic and get rid of anything that I never wore or always took off straight after applying (does anyone else do this?). I admitted to myself that I don’t like bright pink nail polish, or glitter in a clear top coat, and despite the prettiness of the bottles, cleared those out too. Now all my polish fits in one box (with the exception of A England, which I will never cull, and which I’ll show my collection of another day). Continue reading
Today the sunshine made me reach for my brightest, springiest polishes for a sweet skittle manicure! This is much more striking and cutesy than I would normally wear, but I have to admit, it’s making me smile.
Coral: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Papaya
Yellow: Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
Turquoise: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Greenberry
Blue: Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream
Purple: A England Guinevere
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Quite a lot of Barry M! As always with pastel/light colours, there’s a certain amount of streakiness meaning that several coats are needed of most of these: the coral and turquoise are three coaters, the purple is two, blue is (impressively) only one, and the yellow is the worst polish I’ve ever used, needing five coats. It’s already smudged on my right hand, because five coats is just waaay too many to have on your nails, however long you give them to dry! The other colours are fairly impressive, though.
What do you think of this mani? A bit too childish, or perfect for a spot of sunshine?
The simplest of all nail art! Paint your nails with a base colour (mine’s Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream). Unfold a kirby grip, dip it in the second polish (mine’s Essie Mezmerised), dot over your nails. I’ve jazzed this up with a zigzag of reversed colour on my middle finger, and topped it with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat, et voila.
There’s something about A England polishes that makes me want to photograph them whenever I wear them! I’ve been wearing Galahad, a beautiful dusty turquoise, on its own for a couple of days, and this morning I felt like jazzing it up a little, so I’ve added a sort of frill of St George, a deep teal holographic.
Pretty, don’t you think? These two polishes are among my favourite few A Englands (no way could I choose one favourite!), and I think they work really well together.
In honour of St George’s Day (23rd April), I painted my nails with his namesake polish from A England, a beautiful dark teal holo. I really think this might be one of my favourite polishes! Of course, I couldn’t leave the dragon out, so I added a basic tape checkerboard on my ring finger with Dragon, an olive green holo that’s prettier than it sounds. Continue reading
I’ve never tried a gradient before, but I’ve always thought they looked super pretty. Today when it came time to choose my nail colours for the next couple of days, I knew I wanted to wear purple, but thought that I wanted something a bit more exciting than plain colour. So, I whipped out my sponge (19p for 5, thank you Tesco!) and had a go at a gradient!
I love A England, and plan to do a little post about my whole collection of them quite soon (just waiting for good sunlight to swatch all the holos!). For this look I’ve used Guinevere, a pretty pale purple, and Elaine, a very dark purple. Continue reading