Yes, hard to believe but I’ve been doing this for 2 months! When you’re being bombarded by my Twitter posts about nails and manicures it probably feels like a lot longer but sadly not!
I always enjoyed painting my nails but only started taking it ‘seriously’ and trying out nail art about 3 months ago. A few people on Twitter (including my ridiculously supportive and understanding mani-widow boyfriend) suggested that I start a blog with my nail art and here we are!
Thank you for reading, commenting and inspiring me. I really appreciate it. I will be scheduling a few more posts this weekend as a bit of a celebratory nail extravaganza so please keep popping in to see what’s new.
Thank you again,
This was another of the polishes bought for me by my lovely friend Gemma for doing her manicure.
It is a gorgeous jade green and applies beautifully. I only have one other polish by LA Colours which is the black I use all the time. They are pretty cheap polishes but go on so well, dry fast and are pretty opaque. This mani only needed two coats which is better than I expected for the price. The only negative point is that it doesn’t last too well: chips and lifting after 24 hours, even with top coat.
The above picture shows the true colour better than the first one. It’s a lovely blue-green jade, rather than the rich green it appears as under artificial light (as in the first picture).
Love this colour so much, pretty enough to keep me interested whilst still being a fairly ‘conservative’ manicure!
Not so happy with the fact my thumb looks like a massive sausage there! I look like I’ve had some kind of hideous allergic reaction to something and I’m swelling! Never a good look… Note to self: your thumbs apparently have good and bad angles.
At the weekend I went to visit my boyfriend in Hereford. He stupidly let me go into Boots alone and I came out with 7 new nail varnishes! Oops.
17 polish was on 3 for 2 so I went a bit bananas. I found 2 more magnetic polishes (separate post tomorrow for those bad boys!), which made a lovely change from hunting for them in London only to find that every available bottle has been sold!
The above polishes are so pretty and very spring-themed. I couldn’t resist. Also, I got to the counter and ‘Bolt From The Blue’ was in the clearance box for £1 as it’s being discontinued…it would’ve been rude to leave it there!
I love how all of these look on. ‘Chaperone’ looks paler in the bottle which annoyed me at first, until I realised that it’s a cheaper version of Models Own ‘Grey Day’ which is a firm favourite. Always nice to find a cheap dupe!
All the polishes go on really well and dry really quickly. However, like with many pastel colours, they are quite thin and the above picture was after 3 coats.
I decided to do a mani in ‘Chaperone’ with an accent nail in ‘Woo Me’. And I love it! I kept staring at it. My boyfriend found it hilarious!
I will do swatches on the Magnetized polishes as I now own green, grey and lilac! Whoop!
Magnetized Green by 17
You are looking at the most difficult-to-find nail varnish I have ever owned. I went to 6 different Boots stores today trying to find any of the 17 range’s Magnetized polish. I went all over London and even braved Oxford/Regent/Bond Street on a Sunday afternoon. Nothing. As a last resort I tried the new Westfield at Stratford and they had 3 polishes left! VICTORY!!
The basic principle of this polish is that it contains tiny magnetic particles. Inside the bottle lid is a magnet which you use to create patterns in the polish. Such a clever idea and I’ve been wanting to try some for ages.
The range includes a gunmetal grey, a blue, a lilac and teal (which is the one I found). The polish itself is gorgeous: a beautiful colour, even before you use the magnet, and it applies beautifully.
The picture below shows the lid of the polish (which detaches from the brush so you’re not waving that around). The magnet is on top and there is a small curved rest at one end to help you keep your fingers steady.
After reading a few reviews online I picked up some tips. Apply the polish one nail at at time. While the nail is still wet, rest your finger on top of the rest at the end of the magnet and hold it over for 10 seconds. I found that I had to move my nail around to get the pattern to cover the whole nail, but this may just be as I have quite curved nails.
Obviously I used the other hand to hold the magnet over the nail, but for the purposes of the photos this is how close you hold it to the nail.
I absolutely adore this nail varnish and it was definitely worth traipsing all over London to find it.
In Boots, it is on an introductory offer at £4.99 but will go up to £5.99 after this ends. Bargain!
Total nail varnish crush.