Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art

Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art

These were done using Seventeen Lasting Fix polishes in ‘Woo Me’ (lilac) and ‘Fairy Cake’ (baby pink). I love doing gradients, they are so fun. You can treat yourself to some Seventeen nail polishes HERE.

Plus, I am LOVING my new shape. My nails are making me so happy at the moment (I am sad, I know. Don’t mock me).

I did a tutorial for a gradient nail art manicure, which you can find HERE.

Lex

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OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You Nail Art OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You Nail Art OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You Nail Art

OPI ‘Be A Dahlia Won’t You’ Nail Art

I got a few OPI polishes free when I subscribed to a magazine and they arrived on Friday (this may or may not have been what finally swayed me to subscribe…). One is ‘Suzy Says Feng Shui’ – which I already owned – and the other is the pink used in this mani – ‘Be A Dahlia Won’t You’.

This is a vibrant bright pink polish with glass flecked glitter. This only took two thin coats for full coverage, although it did take quite a long time to dry even with Seiche Vite which is unusual for OPI polishes.

Unfortunately I am just not in love with this polish. I like pink but this is just TOO pink for me. The full, one-colour manicure of this nail polish was not doing it for me, so I decided to liven it up a bit with some nail art.

I painted half the nails white (using a Natural Collection polish – my top tip for an opaque, affordable white polish) and used a black nail art pen to do the tribals, leopard print, triangles and stripes. I did the reverse on the other hand (white detail on black background) but my hands are super shaky today (I’m dying of a hangover!) and I just wasn’t happy with the right hand so I’m hiding that picture!

I really like this mani and am definitely going to try it with some other colours.

Jan ’16 EDIT: I think this polish is now discontinued, but there’s a similar colour HERE.

Lex

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Did you know that H&M did nail varnish? Me neither. I tried them out for you. I know, I know I’m so selfless. So here’s the H&M ‘Beauty Bandit’ and ‘Wanna Pepperoni’ Nail Varnish review, live and in your eyeballs.

H&M Beauty Bandit and Wanna Pepperoni Nail Varnish

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OPI ‘Thanks A Windmillion’

OPI ‘Thanks A Windmillion’

This is the second of the polishes I got from the O.P.I Holland collection. It is a pretty dusky sage green creme polish and is a perfect shade for Spring as it fits the pastel trend very well but has a bit of edge to it.

Unlike ‘A Roll in the Hague’ (you can read my review of that polish HERE), this polish went on perfectly and dried super quickly. I think ‘A Roll In The Hague’ may have been a dodgy bottle as usually you really can’t beat OPI for great application, I could have spent a fortune on this range!

You can buy this polish HERE if you love it as much as I do.

Lex

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Another example of my bespoke nails. A lady wanted the Radiohead bears on two sets of nails. These are the most intricate nails I’ve ever done and they were pretty difficult but I’m very happy with how they came out.

The website, if you would like some more information, is www.facebook.com/TalontedLex

Lex 🙂

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Revlon Whimsical nail varnish Revlon Whimsical nail varnish Revlon Whimsical nail varnish

Yes! You heard me! Revlon Whimsical nail varnish now sits proudly on my display rack. And it…is…so…PRETTY!! Along with everyone else, I adored Deborah Lippman’s Glitter In The Air (or GITA as people affectionately nicknamed it) so I was thrilled when Revlon brought out this amazing dupe. I don’t own GITA, but you can see swatched all over the internet so you can compare if you like.

However, as with all good dupes, it soon became as hard to locate as the original! I searched all over the UK (that is not an exaggeration!) but no luck. So I resorted to eBay. I’m so glad I did as it is stunning.

It’s a sheer baby blue polish with: large baby pink and baby blue hexagonal glitter, smaller silver hexagonal glitter and teeny tiny baby glue circular glitter. I layered this over 17’s ‘Chaperone’ which is a light grey and it looks amazing. I only needed one coat of Whimsical for this coverage, but did have to use the brush to arrange some of the larger glitter as it had a tendency to drag.

I love the way the glitter layers though: smaller hexagonals on top of the larger one, the tiny glitter glowing through the sheer blue polish. ARGH SO PRETTY!

And as if it couldn’t get any better, after a day or two of wear, I added a matte top coat (GOSH’s one) and it looked even more amazing. A bit more sophisticated than the glitter (don’t get me wrong, I love glitter but it can sometimes look a bit ‘young’) and the glitter still shines but in a different way. Love it.

If you can get your hands on this polish you will not regret it. I adore it. This nail varnish is now discontinued *sobs* but you can see Revlon’s current glitter range HERE.

Lex

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