Custom nail decals by DIY Nails

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You may remember a few months ago I posted about some amazing custom nail decals by DIY Nails that I ordered from the wonderful Tammy … I finally used them!

She makes nail decals with any design you want on them and, obviously, I chose gin bottles. JUST LOOK AT THEM. So amazing. And only £6! BARGAIN. If you haven’t looked at the DIY Nails website, I really recommend it. There are lots of really cute things on there so have a nosey!

So how do you use these bad boys? It’s super simple. You carefully cut each decal out, getting as close to the image as you can, soak it in water for 30 seconds by which point the backing will start to slide away and you can then delicately place the image on your nails. If you’ve ever used those temporary tattoos y0u used to get in bubble gum packs it’s a very similar method! Secure with topcoat and you’re done. They’re a bit fiddly but it gets easier as you go along. By the 4th finger I was pretty quick!

I am definitely going to get some more for my hen do. Eeeee!

What do you guys think? What would you get on your custom nail decals by DIY Nails? You can get your own here.

EXCITING EDIT: Tammy (the creator of DIY Nails) has also now opened a real life salon in Glasgow. You can see more info HERE. I haven’t visited it yet but cannot wait to go, it looks so cute and quirky from the photos I’ve seen. So proud to see all her hard work pay off. If you like the look of the decals on her website, but don’t have the steady hands to use them yourself, you can just go to NAF salon and have them done for you! Bonus.

Lex

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OPI Make Him Mine

OPI Make Him Mine

This absolute beauty is from OPI’s holiday collection, the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 range. And I am in love. I thought the red glitter polish (Underneath The Mistletoe) was pretty, but OPI Make Him Mine is a whole other kettle of glitter.

This is my first OPI Liquid Sand polish and I am not disappointed. The polish is surprisingly easy to apply, I was a bit worried as some glitters are thick, lumpy and difficult to apply. Add to that a matte finish and that’s sometimes a recipe for disaster. Not so with this polish. This needed 2 layers and there was no need for a particularly light hand or any placement of glitter. It dries completely matte and doesn’t take too long to dry (although I admit I did get bored waiting, I’ve been so spoilt by the speediness of Seche Vite!)

The colour is super pretty: A rose pink with hot pink, gold and silver glitters of various sizes.

Not only is this polish gorgeous to look at, I am obsessed with the texture. The rough, slightly gritty finish makes it oddly satisfying to run your fingers over.

I have so many nail varnishes in every colour under the sun, but it’s new and unusual things like this that stick in my mind. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this has rocketed into one of my favourite polishes of all time.

Have you tried any of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes?

Lex

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My New Glasses Specspost Review

My New Glasses Specspost Review

Picture the scene: you go into an opticians and try on some glasses and become really self-conscious. You assume that everyone is staring at you thinking ‘those glasses look ridiculous’. Then the shop assistant comes up and tells you they look good and you don’t believe them because they’re PAID to say that. Then you try to do your hair in different hairstyles to see if they really DO suit you and then other customers really ARE looking at you thinking that you look ridiculous. So you leave the shop and don’t ever go back.

THIS IS MY LIFE. Yes, I am that socially awkward. I have needed glasses since I was about 14 but the whole process of getting glasses makes me feel so awkward and anxious so I have just worn contact lenses instead.

That’s where Specspost comes in! You go to their website, pick out the glasses you like, pay a deposit and have the glasses sent out to you to try at home. That way you can prance around your bedroom in them, get opinions from friends and family and stare into the mirror putting your hair up…then down…then up again… then down again (you know, to really check that you like them!)

If you don’t like them you send them back and they return your deposit. If you do like them you send them back, let them know your prescription, pay the full amount and they post them out to you.

Isn’t that wonderful? The prices are so much cheaper than high street opticians as they don’t have all the overheads and aren’t doing the tests themselves, which works out better for the customer!

On top of the low prices, I have also been given a discount code for my readers, so you can get 10% off – don’t say I never treat you… Type in TALONTED10 at the checkout.

I have picked the below glasses and can’t wait to get them back with my prescription so I can finally give my contact lenses a rest.

Let me know your thoughts on Specspost!

Lex

*This product was provided to me for review.

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Kiko Electric Blue 336 Review

Kiko Electric Blue 336 Review

*clears throat* Attention everyone! Call off the wedding! Sorry Aaron, but I have a new love and it is called ‘Electric Blue (336)’ – not the best name, I know.

And before anyone says anything, YES this is a blue polish and YES I love it. I KNOW, no one is more surprised than me. Down is up! Left is right! I love a blue nail polish!! In case you’re new to these parts, I don’t do blue nail varnish. I just don’t really get the appeal. Or should I say didn’t. Until now.

I have wanted this polish ever since I heard it was the perfect dupe for Nails Inc’s ‘Baker Street’. Even as a non-blue fan, I still cant resist a good dupe! It is a vibrant, cobalt blue that just seems to glow. This only needed 2 thin coats and was so shiny I almost didn’t top with Seche Vite (but obviously I did – it’s like a compulsion).

Is this polish the turning point in my relationship with blue polish? Would I love Baker Street even more? I am so confused!

You can buy this (and why wouldn’t you?!) HERE.

Lex

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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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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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