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October Tri-Polish Challenge Part 3

Hi everyone!

When I first saw the colours for this month’s tri-polish challenge – yellow, orange and green – I was pretty unsure and I struggled to think of cool ideas. But this is proof that sometimes it works to just TRY something, because I love the design I have for you today!

gradient with essence colour & go flashy pumpkin, wanna be your sunshine, and we rock the green stamped with m66I started with a sponged gradient of my 3 colours for the month – Essence Colour & Go Flashy Pumpkin, Wanna be your Sunshine, and We Rock the Green. Then I took out my Essence stampy polishes in Stamp me! White and Stamp me! Black and had fun with my new plate m66 from the Born Pretty Store.


Tape Mani Monday: Silver and Studs

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It’s Monday again, time for another tape mani! This weekend I helped babysit my boyfriend’s nephew and niece, who are the sweetest kids, but it did mean I didn’t get that much nail time, so I had to pull one out of the vault for this. That means poor photography, lousy photo editing, atrocious cleanup, and execution which leaves a lot to be desired – but at least the idea behind it was sound, haha. nails inc cambridge terrace with electric lane holographic topcoat with striping tape and studs (more…)

Born Pretty Store Holo and Stamping

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I can’t wait to enjoy a relaxing weekend 🙂

A few days ago I was excited to finally receive my first ever Born Pretty Store parcel, after a long wait with shipping and customs delays. It was filled with so many goodies I didn’t know what to try first! But since I’ve been lusting after holo polishes, the first thing to go on my nails was a holo.

born pretty store holo polish #10This is Born Pretty Store Holo #10. Isn’t is beautiful? It’s a lovely cyan blue with scattered holo – and do you see how it pulls a little green on my thumb? Love it! This is 2 coats without a topcoat.


Needle Drag – Tri-polish challenge October part 2

Hi ladies!

Today is the second Tri-polish challenge day for October. This month’s colours are yellow, green and orange.

needle drag using essence colour & go flashy pumpkin, wanna be your sunshine, and we rock the greenAnd that’s what I did! My first ever needle drag! This is one of those techniques that for some reason, I didn’t think I’d like, so I put off trying it for ages. Now that I’ve tried it, I just might be hooked! It’s amazingly easy and makes some really pretty nail art!


Guest post: Tyler from Polished Tickles and Beauty

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As a new blogger I am constantly looking for ideas both for my nail art and for my blog itself. Last month, I got some inspiration for nail art I wouldn’t usually think of by taking part in the 31 day challenge. Once that was over, I got to thinking about what new things I could do. Last week I started a ‘Tape Mani Monday’ feature where I get to use one of my favourite techniques every week and it keeps me in check to be sure I’m creating some decent nail art. The next thing I thought of was guest posts. I love discovering new blogs when I see a guest post and it also means YOU get to see a different style and perhaps some nail art I’ve never tried before! So, I got in contact with a few different South African bloggers and they agreed to guest post for me! Tyler from Polished Tickles and Beauty was the first to send me some awesome nail art, so that’s what I am sharing with you today.



October Tri-polish challenge Part 1: Tigers!

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I almost skipped the tri-polish challenge this month because I mistakenly thought the first posts had to be up last week and I hadn’t done anything yet. Luckily I was mistaken so I had a chance to put something together!

This month’s colours are orange, yellow and green. Not my favourite combination, but it is very Halloweeny. For the challenge, you have to use at least 2 of the 3 colours per design (and all 3 on at least one design) and you may add black, white, gold, silver, and glitter toppers. Here’s what I did:

tiger water decals over saran wrap essence flashy pumpkin and wanna be your sunshine stamped with BM-223 (more…)

Tape mani Monday: Textured triangles over neons

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So another Monday has rolled around… UGH! The good news is I have another manicure which I love to show you, once again using my trusty striping tape.

tape mani triangles nails inc leather effect noho over essence flashy pumpkin LA colors mint nails inc holland park and kensington park roadTa-daaa! I loved wearing this on my nails! I started off by creating more-or-less triangular shapes using some neon colours – Nails Inc Kensington Park Road (blue) and Holland Park (purple), L.A. Colors Color Craze in Mint – although it’s a neon light green and not really mint at all – and Essence Colour & Go in Flashy Pumpkin.


Water marble over silver

Hello ladies!

Today I’m excited to show you a water marble I’ve done. I’ve always been amazed by those who can control the patterns of their water marble (and I still am), but I think with enough practice maybe I can do it too! So even though I’m not there yet I am very proud of the one I’ve done today:

water marble nails inc cambridge terrace essence walk on the wild side sally hansen scarab sinful colors neptune and cinderellaI love this look! Water marbles always get a lot of compliments from friends and The Boyfriend loves them too, nobody realises that they’re actually not that hard to do 🙂


Sally Hansen Sugar Coats: Dotted Gradient

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Yesterday I promised you some nail art using by brand new Sally Hansen Sugar Coats and that’s what I have for you today! A simple but pretty dotted gradient.

dotticure gradient sally hansen sugar coat sour apple and razzleberryTa-daaa! Textured polishes are perfect for all sorts of nail art! I started off with 3 coats of Tip Top Nail Chic – Cream Puff and then used 3 different sized dotting tools to apply first Razzleberry and then Sour Apple from the Sally Hansen Sugar Coats. This is super simple nail art but I really like it on my nails!


Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Swatches

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As you may remember from my last post, I was very excited to find Sally Hansen Sugar Coats in Clicks a few days ago. I love textured nail polish so I couldn’t wait to test it out and I got swatching! There are 8 colours available: Cherry Drop, Razzleberry, Sugar Fix, Cotton Candies, Sour Apple, Bubble Plum, Lick-O-Rich, and Sweetie. I got the first 6 of those – the two I didn’t get are Lick-O-Rich, which is a black texture, and Sweetie, which is yellow. I decided I don’t need another matte black texture since I have Nails Inc’s Leather Effect one and although it’s textured in quite a different way, I doubt I’ll ever use them both up. I also steered clear of the yellow since yellow doesn’t suit my skin tone, but I’m sure some people like it 😉

All swatches shown below are two coats, and the colours were pretty consistent. They applied easily and the texture developed as they dried. The white had a slightly thinner formula but it still applied well and looked good after two coats. And here we go:

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Cotton Candies swatch (more…)