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.

Lex

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This is one of the polishes mentioned in my previous post. It was a gift for doing my friend’s manicure. We went to a beauty wholesale shop near my house which is full of treats. This place has huge baskets full of polish: I wanted to dive into them and swim around! This one caught my eye straight away as I love glitter (I think I may have been a magpie in a previous life). But in the bottle it looked matte which appealed to me.

And it is absolutely beautiful. The photos cannot do it justice. It dries matte but still shiny, if that’s even possible! It is the most beautiful holo polish I have seen in real life.

AND it was 99p. Ninety…nine…pence. I’ll leave that to sink in for a moment….

99p!! Madness.

Anyway. This was 3 coats of the polish as the glitter takes a while to build up to full coverage.

I had never heard of this brand before, but according to Google it’s Turkish! I’m going to keep an eye out for more of it in that shop because if they do a whole range of holo polishes that are as pretty as this one, I NEED THEM.

Lex 🙂

P.S. 99p!!

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It is 1.30am and I can’t sleep until I’ve blogged this! I am so happy with this mani, I think it’s my favourite ever.

Inspired by old school tattoos, this mani has ‘Love’ and ‘Hate written across the nails. At some point this weekend, I’m going to do an anchor on one thumb and a swallow on the other. I don’t have time now, seeing as I have to be up for work in…5 hours. Ouch.

I did two layers of white polish and applied a fast-drying topcoat. I then used a paintbrush to do the black detailing. I used the same brush and the pink (Urban Princess by Rimmel) to do the accents on the letters.

And done! Quite fiddly with the fine lines, but it looks so amazing! One bonus of the nail challenge finishing is that when I do a great mani, I get to keep it for as long as I like rather than starting all over again the next day!

Hope you like this manicure too and thank you for reading my blog, it means a lot!

Lex 🙂

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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!

Lex

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Good evening 🙂

Today’s theme was ‘Inspired by fashion’ and I immediately thought of the below top by Balmain. It is so beautiful I would consider selling my own mother to get it.

I did 2 coats of white polish (Rimmel) and applied fast-drying top coat (ORLY Sec ‘n’ Dry). I then used 17’s ‘Fury’ and some strategically-placed tape to achieve most of the straight lines. I used a tiny paintbrush to freehand the rest.

I applied another layer of top coat and then used my favourite glitter polish (Models Own ‘Judge Jools’) and a spotting tool to go over the gold.

The above pictures are artificial light as the glitter showed up better in that for some reason. I took the ones below in natural light.

For my right hand I did 2 coats of the white polish and then topped with one layer of the Models Own glitter. It looks so Christmassy!! I love it!!

(Again, first pic in artificial light, no flash, and second pic in natural light)

Lex 🙂

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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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