Gabrini Summer Edition ‘M101’ Nail Varnish

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.

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Collection 2000 ‘Starlet’ Nail Varnish

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.

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Nails Inc Sweets Way Review

Nails Inc Sweets Way Review

Nails Inc’s new special effects ‘Sprinkles’ collection is inspired by baking, more specifically cake decoration. There are 4 in the range and I was at the counter for AGES trying to pick which one to get. But this one kept catching my eye more than the others.

A creamy blue sheer base with densely-packed baby blue, baby pink and silver mini glitters: this is a jelly sandwich manicure in one product! In the close up photos, you can see the first layer of glitter peeking out through the second layer of sheer base. I am in love.

The glitter goes on well, you don’t have to place the glitter in bald spots. And this is 2 coats of glitter, so you can see how well it layers.

The polish dries slightly matte, which I like. But I added a generous layer of top coat as it is a bit gritty when dry. I am happy to put up with that though as it looks just like frosting on cupcakes…so pretty.

I am going to have to get the other 3 in the collection as I can’t get enough!

Lex

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Barry M Mint Green 304 Review

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.

Lex

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Collection 2000 BMX Bandit

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)

Lex

 

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LA Colours Magnetic Force NP415

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.

Lex

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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.

Lex 🙂

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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.

Galaxy Nail Art Tutorial

 

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!

Lex

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