Archive for March, 2013

Easter nails!

Posted on: March 31st, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  1 Comment

Happy Easter! I hope you’re all having a lovely Easter weekend :) Here in the UK we get a four day weekend over Easter so we’re having a great time!

Today I decided to do a fun take on Easter. I’ve seen quite a few manicures of bunnies, chicks and easter eggs over the last week, so I thought I would have a go at it too!

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Easter nails!
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I started by painting my nails with Models Own Lilac Dream, Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, Topshop Easy Breezy and Barry M Bright Pink. I waited until it was dry and then used a tiny paintbrush, a dotting tool and a selection of nail polishes (listed below) to paint on the Easter egg patterns. I especially love my index finger!

For the bunny, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Matt White to paint the shape of the bunny and once that had dried I used Barry M Bright Pink to paint in the ears and nose. Finally I used a dotting tool and Nails Inc Black Taxi to dot on the eyes!

Have you had a go at an Easter manicure?

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blueberry Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Lemon Ice Cream
  • Topshop – Easy Breezy
  • Rimmel London – Tangy Tangerine
  • Models Own – Lilac Dream
  • Nails Inc – Black Taxi
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Copycat: Spots and Stripes

Posted on: March 29th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  5 Comments

For a while now I have been a fan of the blog Nuthin’ But A Nail Thing. Claire comes up with such wonderful nail art designs – she’s really talented! So today I thought I would start a new nail art series doing my own take on some of my favourite nail art designs, starting with Claire’s Spots and Stripes design.

Claire has such lovely long nails compared to my short ones, so I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do as many spots, but I am so pleased with the outcome!

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Spots and Stripes
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Black and pink is such a nice combo, especially as the pink has a bit of sparkle in it. I love how striking they are! I’m starting to think that this pattern would be really nice in pastel colours to give it a spring look. Maybe green and yellow or something. I can’t wait to try this again when my nails have gotten longer.

I would really recommend following Claire’s Nuthin’ But A Nail blog if you don’t already – I’m sure I’ll be copycatting her designs again in the future!

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Kiko – 277
  • L.A. Colors – Black Striper
  • Dotting tool in 2 sizes
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Review: China Glaze Water You Waiting For

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

How they come up with these awesomely odd names, I will never know.

China Glaze’s Water You Waiting For is another of the polishes that arrived in a Nail Mail package I received last week, and I loved it before I even tried it – GLITTER!!

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China Glaze - Water You Waiting For
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But seriously though, this colour really is beautiful. This polish is jam packed full of teeny tiny bits of blue and green glitter, most of the time giving off a nice turquoise colour (but unfortunately in this light it wants to be blue!). It really is special when you catch it in the light though, as it flashes more blue and green than turquoise – does that even make sense?

The formula is actually a little gloopy for my liking, and only needed two coats to get solid glittery magic. But I suppose that you have to allow glittery polishes to be a little thicker than creme polishes. It dries really really quickly though which was very nice. I’m actually starting to wonder what it would look like with a matte topcoat…

Are you a fan of turquoise polishes? I find that they look great on my skintone and probably have too many of them!

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • China Glaze – Water You Waiting For
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Wintery Springtime

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

Woooo stamping! I forgot how much I love stamping, and how it makes me stare at my nails all day. Sometimes the most subtle designs have the sweetest effects.

I fancied doing something floral today, but as it is so cold and snowy outside I wasn’t sure I could face spring colours, so opted for a smart purple and white design.

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Winter Springtime
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The really like the Barry M Blackberry. It is such a great shade of purple and it only takes one coat to get it opaque! I started by painting one coat of the Blackberry, and after using some Seche Vite I stamped these pretty flowers with Konad White (the best white for stamping EVER) before topping with more Seche Vite.

I always laugh at how diddy my little finger is. I can never fit a very bit stamping pattern on it properly so it always ends looking a little sad because it’s not allowed as many flowers as it’s friends! Haha.

Are you still enjoying your wintery colours? How is the weather with you?

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Blackberry
  • Konad – White
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Review: China Glaze It’s A Trap-eze!

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  2 Comments

Last week I got some rather exciting Nail Mail! I received a few China Glaze polishes through the post to have a look at.

I’ve wanted some China Glaze polishes for so long now. They’re known to be such a high quality brand with a great selection of types and colours available – including plenty of glitters! And just my luck, the polishes I received we glittery ones!! Woop woop!

So today I have a review of It’s A Trap-eze! for you. It’s A Trap-eze! is a polish with a white creme base, packed full of shiny pink, blue, red, yellow and green glitters in a variety of sizes.
Looking at the bottle, my first throught was of what a lovely spring polish it is! I’m hoping that it’ll get warmer soon and so this polish would look great with some summer dresses!

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China Glaze It's A Trap-eze!
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When I first started applying this polish, I was a little disappointed that the white wasn’t as opaque as I had wanted, so I knew that it would take a few coats to get a decent colour. The amount of glitter was great though – not too much or too little, but I did have to do a bit of glitter blobbing as per usual with sparkly polishes.

What I should have done was to paint my nails with a white base coat before applying this polish. It would have had a much greater effect that way. None the less, I really did like this polish. It is quite different to anything I have seen before which is great in a market full of dupes! It actually reminds me of those little white chocolate buttons that are covered in sprinkles!
Any polish that makes my nails look likes sweets is good by me!

You can buy China Glaze polishes for only £6.95 from Beauty Bay. I quite like the look of the new Hologlam polishes! I’m definitely going to have to keep my eyes out for those!


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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • China Glaze – It’s A Trap-eze!
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Review: Barry M Lychee

Posted on: March 24th, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  No Comments

This is a polish I’ve had my eye on for a while. I’m a big fan of the Barry M Gelly Polish series and have quite a few of them, so I was pleased when they brought out some paler colours.

I’m not usually one to go for beige/tan polishes as I have such fair skin they tend to wash me out and make me look even paler, but this polish is actually quite nice on me I think. And it’s SO SHINY.

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Barry M Lychee
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This polish really would be a great one to wear around the office if you’re not allowed more extravagant polishes to work. It’s such a lovely shade and is really elegant.

It’s also quite a thick consistency as well, which makes me think that it would be great for stamping – I’ll have to make sure to try this out in the future!

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Barry M Lychee
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I bought Lychee from Superdrug for only £3.99 which is pretty good, but you can also get it in Boots or from the Barry M website. Superdrug and Barry M both have a 3 for 2 deal on at the moment so take advantage of that if you can!

Do you own any of the new Barry M Gelly Polishes? Are there any you would recommend?

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • Barry M – Lychee
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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Review: beautyuk Smokey Lilac

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013 by shewhodoesnails  5 Comments

I’m baaaacccccckkkkk!
Oh goodness it’s been too long. Wedding planning and work (and general laziness) have prevented me from posting for a while, but I have missed it so much and am so glad to be back painting my nails for you all to see again!

Unfortunately, my nails haven’t coped too well with the harsh weather we’ve had here in London over the last few months, causing them all to break and then I stupidly started biting them again. But thank goodness I came to my senses and stopped biting them, and they are now gradually growing again. So please excuse the shortness of my nails in the posts over the next few weeks.

Today I thought I would start off simple and decided to review a new bottle of polish I have just bought by beautyuk. It’s called Smokey Lilac, and is a really lovely soft colour perfect for the upcoming spring (although it’s hard to believe that it’ll ever arrive!).

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beautyuk Smokey Lilac
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The colour is really nice and I actually loved it on my skin tone, even though I do tend to prefer brighter colours. The formula is also really quite nice – I mean, it’s very very thin and did require three thick coats, but it dried down relatively thin and didn’t end up looking gloopy on the nail.

I think it would look perfect with silver glitter over it to make it a bit more glitzy – but you know what I’m like!!

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beautyuk Smokey Lilac
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I bought this polish from Superdrug for only £1.99 which is an absolute bargain, and I’m really tempted to go back and get a couple more from their selection. I especially like the look of their Posh Polish collection. GLITTER!!

Do you own any beautyuk polishes?

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  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • beautyuk – Smokey Lilac
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat

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