The lovely @FabFingertips1 sent me this beautiful polish as nail mail and I swatched it ages ago but forgot to take photos. So here it is, finally! It is a coral pink creme polish with a gorgeously summery gold shimmer when it catches the light.
This is perfect in two coats. If you can get your hands on some LA Colours, I really recommend them.
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.
I got bored of the yellow Rimmel nails and decided to jazz it up a bit with some pink polka dots.
I made these additions sat in the Starbucks in St Pancras International station and got stared at by passersby as though I was mental!
I like the yellow and pink combination: eye-catching but pretty. However, I tried out my new top coat ‘Out The Door’ and it smudged my dots like a mofo. So disappointed. So please excuse the messy dots!
SWATCH: Rimmel Sunshine (280)
This polish is from Rimmel’s summer range and, even though we aren’t really having much of a summer here in the UK, I still love this colour. It is such a vibrant yellow and applies beautifully. It also has a slight golden shimmer to it which gives it some depth that other yellows I have tried have been missing.
I woke up this morning and I had passed 1,000 followers! I actually squeaked! Before coffee that is pretty miraculous!
I was thinking about my blog yesterday and had a bit of a realisation…
Sometimes I feel a bit silly when people ask about my hobbies and I say ‘I do a nail art blog and spend an inordinate amount of time doing my nails’. I realise that nail art ISN’T changing the world, it isn’t something that is furthering my career (my actual career!) and it isn’t something that 99.9% of the world appreciate. Most people see nail art and think it’s frivolous and it’s something that is seen as a bit self indulgent.
However, most people I’ve come across have been very positive towards my hobby. Either that or just very polite to my face.
But I will always remember an anonymous message I got on here when I first started that said ‘Is this a joke? Or are you about 14 and think this is cool?’ I was really shocked by that. It seemed quite needlessly mean for something so harmless as nail art! (Welcome to the internet, I know right!)
To them, and anyone else, I say ‘No, actually, I’m 28 but yes, I think it’s very cool. It’s my hobby and my life. It’s not a joke, but it’s certainly not serious. It makes me happy and that’s all that matters surely?’
To all those who have followed me, said encouraging things, inspired me and just generally been nice - THANK YOU!
Now excuse me, I have to run around the house screaming.
Galaxy nails tutorial
I made this aaages ago and forgot about it: a super simple tutorial for a galaxy manicure.
1. Paint your nails black and, using a small section of sponge (cosmetic sponges are perfect) lightly dab on some blue polish
2. Dab a lighter blue onto the nail in swirls
3. Add highlights in whatever colour you like: I used green and orange
4. Add further highlights: 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.
This is another polish from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Collection - ‘Skull & Glossbones’ (LOVE THAT NAME). Although I have no desire to ever (EVER) see this film, the nail polish collection has really impressed me.
This is a very light grey creme polish with a slight sage green tint. I love grey polishes in all their forms but this one is my new favourite. It is a perfect, classic nail varnish with an unusual twist. What’s not to like?
I feel like I haven’t done a swatch in ages! I’ve been going a bit mad with stocking up my store and neglected my polishes.
I have swatched some of the other Leighton Denny polishes I have and each time I am surprised at the awful consistency and application and I don’t really know why. I should really expect it by now!
The polish starts to dry really quickly, which makes the polish drag. But this quick drying doesn’t make the whole manicure dry fast…oh no, that would be too helpful. They take ages to dry, even with Seche Vite. Just awful nail varnishes.
However, this colour is BEAUTIFUL. A coral pink that really suits my super pale skin. It’s just such a shame that the consistency is so terrible.