Hello! And happy Halloween weekend 🙂

Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a film’ and I had so much fun thinking of potential films. However, when I found out this mani fell on the weekend of Halloween I was decided – the Nightmare Before Christmas nails had to be done!

I’ve seen lots of NBC manis so these will be nothing new to anyone, but I love them. Fiddly but fun!

My right hand (below) is my bad hand and I need so much practice with my paintbrush. I am still so shaky!

Hope these made you smile!

Lex 🙂

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Magnetized Green by 17

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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!

Magnetized Green by 17

Total nail varnish crush.

Lex

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WARNING: These nails have been tagged ‘fail’ as I am really disappointed with them. If they weren’t for the challenge, I would have taken them off and pretended they never happened!

The theme was delicate print and one of my friends on Twitter suggested a mehndi print. I adore mehndi patterns, they’re so intricate and beautiful so thought it would be a fun challenge. IT WAS NOT FUN. I have never been so full of rage whilst doing a manicure! It kept going wrong and the end product makes me sad! Massive nail fail today.

In case you’re insane and want to copy this mani: I did 2 coats of nude polish and a layer of top coat. I then used a paintbrush and Barry M ‘Mushroom’ to do the pattern.

I will no doubt have another go at this as I hate not being able to do something and I think if I do perfectly it that it could look absolutely beautiful.

Tomorrow is tribal print, which I’ve never tried before. I’m hoping that will go better than today!

Lex 🙂

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Good afternoon!

Flowers was today’s theme. I’ve done roses on this blog already so I thought I would try something I’ve never done before. I love sunflowers anyway but looking at pictures of them on Google became almost hypnotic…go look for yourself and you’ll see what I mean!

I did 2 layers of nude polish (Rimmel’s French Ivory) and then used Barry M’s Mushroom polish to do circles in the corner of each nail. I then used a thin paintbrush and a bright yellow polish (Miss Sporty 301) to do the petals.

Then I used my spotting tool to paint the seeds on. I used the same mushroom polish but mixed in some black polish so the seeds were slightly darker.

I mixed the yellow polish with Nails Inc ‘InStyle Orange’ to do the detailing on the petals.

A layer of top coat and I am done! Really pleased with how these turned out, very summery and cheerful.

Tomorrow is delicate print and I can honestly say I have no idea what to do!! Should be interesting…

Lex 🙂

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Today’s challenge theme was ‘polka dots’. As I’d already done basic spots the other day for the rainbow theme, I wanted to do something a bit different.

I did a nude base coat (Rimmel French Ivory) and then used a spotting tool to do dots of various sizes over all nails, overlapping some spots as I went. There are too many colours to list but if you desperately want to know any, just let me know 🙂

This mani looks a lot better in natural light, but it was so cloudy here the pictures don’t really do it justice. I would love to do this again, but next time I’ll try keeping it to more pastel colours as I think it’d look more subtle. This kind of reminds me of party balloons for some reason!

I hope you liked today’s manicure. Tomorrow is stripes. And I have an idea…!

Lex 🙂

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Today’s challenge is ‘metallic’. I’m not the biggest fan of metallics as I think they look a bit teenage-y so I knew that I wanted to do something that wasn’t a simple mani.

I put on two coats of a Miss Sporty gold (I think it’s just called 312…we’ve spoken before about my hatred of polishes with no names, I won’t go into it again!). It was looking very 80s and not in a good way, so I added the GOSH matte coat.

After this had dried, I simply added the black tips (using L.A. Colours ‘Circuits’).

I tried to take the photos in different lights to show the effect of this mani. I really love the contrast between the matte gold and the super-shiny black polish.

Tomorrow’s theme is ‘Rainbow’ which doesn’t leave many options for doing something different, but should at least be colourful!

Lex

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I missed a day! Which is quite poor seeing as it hasn’t even been a week yet. But! I have an excuse. I had a job interview yesterday and my wonderful boyfriend made a surprise trip to London so that he could meet me afterwards and take me for food and obscenely expensive cocktails. I also got the job! Whoop!

So, yes, apologies, but I have done two manicures today to make up for missing yesterday. I know, I know, I spoil you!! 😐

The theme for day five of the challenge was blue. I only own one blue, as I’m not a huge fan of the colour in general. I used a Miss Sporty creme navy, which I love as it dries super quickly which was helpful with this mani. I did two coats of the blue polish and then added the GOSH matte top coat.

I then cut out triangles of tape, covered one side of the nail, and painted another layer of the same polish over the top.

I love the way this mani looks, it really catches the eye. Excuse the lack of clean-up, I was trying to take photos before it got dark so was rushed!

Lex

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