Gabrini Summer Edition ‘M101’ Nail Varnish
I have blogged about my love for Gabrini nail polishes before but lets recap: they are a Turkish brand that I discovered in a tiny beauty shop in North London. I can’t find anywhere online where you can purchase them but they do have a website with their collections, which you can find HERE. This polish has been in my collection since last summer and I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t worn it before now.
Collection 2000 ‘Starlet’ Nail Varnish
Yes, I am *still* ploughing through the Collection 2000 nail art competition prize, they seem to be never ending. I think I’ve liked every single colour I won so far and this one is no exception.
Barry M Mint Green 304 Review
Pastels are an eternal love of mine. They cheer me up and make me feel summery even when it has been raining (seemingly) forever.
This mint green is perfection. It only needs 2 good coats (rare for a pastel creme polish), dried quickly and resisted chips very well considering it’s a fairly cheap brand. I also love that it looks almost neon in some lights, it’s so bright. It’s a pastel with a bit of a kick! You can get this polish HERE.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Barry M, I salute you.
Collection 2000 BMX Bandit
This is another lovely Collection 2000 polish that I didn’t think I was going to like…but that has proved me wrong. Blue polish isn’t one of my favourites. I don’t know why I just don’t ever feel drawn towards blue so I wasn’t particularly excited about trying this. But this is an interesting cornflower blue with a slight purple tint that gives it something extra.
Collection 2000 is perfect in 2 coats, and has quite a shiny finish but these photos show the manicure topped with Seche Vite.
(EDIT Feb ’16: It looks like this nail polish is no longer available but you can see the current nail varnish range HERE)
LA Colours Magnetic Force NP415
The super lovely @FabFingertips1 sent me this beautiful polish as nail mail and I swatched it ages ago but completely forgot to take photos. So here it is, finally! LA Colours Magnetic Force NP415 is a coral pink creme polish with a gorgeously summery gold shimmer when it catches the light. LA Colour polishes are very affordable (I think they’re about £1 in the places near me which is ridiculous).
This polish is perfect in two coats. If you can get your hands on some LA Colours, I really recommend them. You can see the full range on their website HERE.
SWATCH: Collection 2000 ‘All That Jazz (50)’
I am not usually a big fan of silver nail varnish as I think it looks a bit… teenage. But this surprised me. It has an almost foil-like finish and has a hint of purple mixed in with the silver that makes it a bit more grown up and classy.
Like all Collection 2000 polishes, this had full coverage in 2 coats and dried really quickly.
Galaxy nail art tutorial
I made this Galaxy nail art tutorial aaages ago and forgot about it, but here it is finally: a super simple tutorial for a galaxy manicure.
You will need: A few nail varnishes (you can choose your favourites after playing around a bit but for this particular look I chose black, navy, light blue, pale yellow, green, orange and white), a sponge, and a top coat.
1. Paint your nails with the black nail varnish and, using a small section of sponge (cosmetic sponges are perfect), lightly dab on some dark blue polish
2. Then dab a lighter blue onto the nail in swirls, covering about 75% of the darker blue patches.
3. Add highlights in whatever colour you like: I used green and orange.
4. Add further highlights in the centre of the lighter colours: I used a baby yellow
5. Use a dotting tool to add some stars in white polish. Finish with a generous layer of top coat to smooth it all out.
There you go! Galaxies in 5 easy steps. The best thing about galaxies is trying it out for yourself with any colours you like. Each time I do these, they turn out completely different.
Let me know if you try out this tutorial, I’d love to see your galaxy manicures!