Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween nail art - Incy wincy

This was actually the first Halloween design I did, but it has ended up as my last Halloween nail art post. I think as I worked on the other looks I got excited about each of those so they went up first. I did a similar design to this one last year with a spiders web, but last time I tried to use a nail art pen and I didn't feel like I had a lot of control and the lines were too thick for my liking. So this year I tried it again with my good old Sharpie.

Halloween nail art - Incy wincy

Halloween nail art - Incy wincy

Halloween nail art - Incy wincy

I know, I know, my spider only has six legs, but there is a good reason for that. In my boyfriend's bathroom there's a spider that we don't mind living there, as he's one of those ones with a tiny body and long thin legs, but we were really surprised to discover he only has five legs! I had no idea spiders could live with legs missing, but apparently they can. So now I often find myself getting confused and thinking spiders have six legs rather than eight (I've never claimed to be bright!). So my little incy wincy only has six legs and I think it would have actually been a tight squeeze to get eight on there.

I can't actually remember the name of the shade I used as a base for this, and I'm not at home so I can't check, but after a quick look at the orange shades on the Ciate website I think it might have been Hopscotch. As usual I then sealed the base with a top coat before drawing the design on with a black Sharpie and sealing it all with another layer of top coat.  In hindsight I wish I'd added a couple of small white dots to make little eyes for him. To be honest I'm not sure why I did the whole spider dangling down across the ring finger and thumb part, it just seemed like a good idea at the time!

So that's the last of this years Halloween nail art. This weekend I will be attempting a bonfire night based design and then it's on to the Christmas designs (I'm so excited!).

What do you think of my last Halloween design?

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Lush So white Christmas bath bomb

Just over a week ago I posted a Lush Christmas bath bomb haul after I decided to treat myself to some of the products from their Christmas range. After my trip to Alton Towers Sunday before last, that involved an awful lot of walking, my legs were really sore so the following Monday I decided to have a bath and try out one of the bombs. It took me a good few minutes to try and decide which one to go for, but as it was cracked and I was slightly concerned that it would break I chose So white.

Lush So white Christmas bath bomb

Lush So white Christmas bath bomb

Lush So white Christmas bath bomb

As I said in my haul post this one contains bergamot and neroli oil, rose and orange flower absolute and it smells of crisp, sweet apples. 

This is a heavy bomb so when I dropped it into the bath it plunged straight down to the bottom. It began to fizz and started to release a light foam/small amount of bubbles. I knew this is supposed to have a rosy coloured centre but after a couple of minutes I hadn't seen any sign of this. I couldn't see the bomb because it was at the bottom of the bath under the foam it was producing but I think it took so long because this bomb takes a long time to fully dissolve. I'd say it probably took at least five minutes, if not more before it was all gone. Eventually I started to see signs of a rosy colour. Although it didn't start to release a rosy coloured foam the water just started to change colour. My camera wasn't coping with trying to pick up the rosy coloured water but you can just see it in the bottom picture. By the time it had fully dissolved the bath water was a very pretty rosy pink colour. Unfortunately I couldn't really smell the lovely apple scent you got from the complete bomb and after a few minutes of sloshing around a bit the foam on top of the water disappeared, so I was just left with a pink coloured bath.

I didn't notice that my skin particularly benefited from using this one, but I did have a little accident and made the bath too hot and was more concerned with trying to cool down a bit rather than checking how soft my skin was! Would I buy this one again? I'm afraid not as I think it's too expensive for a little bit of foam/bubbles and pink water.

Have you tried So white?


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween nail art - The creepy pumpkins

I'm writing this post after having spent my evening doing my first ever attempt at pumpkin carving! When I got the top off I was surprised to find a pumpkin is actually pretty much empty, I thought it would be full of soft squidgy stuff! It took me a fair while to try and get all the stringy stuff out and there's still quite a bit left in there. I'm not sure if this will be a problem or if it doesn't matter too much? Anyway, I didn't go for a standard face I went for a cat's face and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. If you want to have a look you can find a picture over on my Instagram.

I'm not sure what inspired me to do this design. I have done another design using a pumpkin kind of shade, that I'll be posting early next week, and after I'd done that one I thought why didn't I just draw a face on each nail to make each one a pumpkin.

Halloween nail art - The creepy pumpkins
Halloween nail art - The creepy pumpkins
Halloween nail art - The creepy pumpkins
I've not shown you my thumb nail because that was the first one I attempted and it went a little wrong. I always attempt a new design on my thumb nail first as if it does go wrong I can just hide my thumb and only show you the rest of my nails! My little nail didn't quite go to plan either but it doesn't look too bad.

My base for this look is again a Ciate shade, all of my Halloween designs have featured shades from last years Mini Mani Month advent calender! This time I used Encore, which is described by Ciate as a muted orange, and is part of the Dragonfly collection. I would describe this as a toffee apple shade, or an autumn falling leaves kind of shade. It's really too dark to be a genuine pumpkin shade but I think it actually works quite well.

All I did after applying my base was apply a top coat to seal it and then used my black Sharpie to draw the faces on and then gave them plenty of time to dry before sealing with a top coat. Sharpie's are amazing for precise nail art but you do have to be careful as they do smudge very easily when you apply your top coat. If you want to try using Sharpie's my advice would be to leave a good length of time before applying your top coat, maybe half an hour to an hour, and them cover your nail as quickly as possible, if you can manage it one or two quick brush strokes is best.

Unfortunately I had to remove this quite quickly, as I was in the running for a hand modelling job, but I think this was my favourite Halloween design, it looks amazing on your nails!

What do you think of The creepy pumpkins?


Thursday, 23 October 2014

DKNY Women Eau de Toilette

This is by no means a new fragrance, in fact it's been around for many years now, but it's one of my all time favourite fragrances. So when I was having a wander round Boots a few days ago and noticed that the 30ml size was reduced from £30 down to £14.99, I decided to treat myself.

I just adore this fragrance and although it doesn't bring back memories as such it does remind me of being on holiday, as my last bottle I bought in duty free on the way out, and just smelling that familiar scent makes me happy. It's quite strange how a fragrance can do that, I actually find being able to smell this comforting. 

I haven't got a good nose for fragrances but checking a stockist tells me that this has top notes of citrus blend, chilled vodka and tomato leaves, heart notes of water lilly, coral orchid and daffodil and base notes of white birch and tulip tree wool. I always describe this scent as fizzy, but I think what I'm actually referring to is the citrus blend. It's a very fresh smell, that some might people prefer to wear in summer, but I love wearing this all year round and I find it lasts well on me. If I remember correctly I think this is one of the longest lasting fragrances I've tried.

I've been thinking about this fragrance a lot recently and I think the reason for this is because a few months ago I was having a sniff of some Jo Malone fragrances in Selfridges with Rose from Mixed gems (who is the Selfridges Birmingham beauty personal shopper) and Blackberry and Bay instantly reminded me of this fragrance. If Blackberry and Bay had been a dupe I would have probably bought it there and then but as I'm sure you're aware Jo Malone fragrances are quite pricey.

I'm so pleased to have this back in my life and I can see this being the only fragrance I will wear for at least the next couple of weeks and also over Christmas. As I said this is currently £14.99 in Boots and it's also on offer on over Escentual for the even better price of £13.50 (but you will have to pay £1.95 P&P unless you spend over £30).

Have you ever tried DKNY Women?


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween nail art - Day of the dead

Ok so in this one there's only actually some nail art on my ring finger, but I really like the one nail I did so I've decided to feature it. I could have done a similar design on all of my nails, but that would have taken quite a while and I didn't have that long to do it.  So I just painted my other nails with a black nail varnish containing a very fine silver shimmer, to fit with the Halloween theme. I'm sorry my pictures aren't very good but I didn't check them before I removed this and I unfortunately I don't have time to do them again before Halloween, and there's not much point doing them again after!

Halloween nail art - Day of the dead
Halloween nail art - Day of the dead
Do you ever decide you like something and then become a little obsessed with it? That's what I've done recently with Sugar skulls! I've not really taken a lot of notice of them before but as we're approaching Halloween various makeup looks are popping up and I took a shine to Sugar skulls. I then thought that as long as I could get the design small enough, it would look great as nail art.

Obviously as skulls are white I used a white base and went for my faithful Barry M Silk in Pearl as I didn't want a flat white, despite the fact that bone isn't slightly shimmery! I started off by placing the eyes first so I could work out how much space I had left for the rest of the features and any decoration. I wanted the eyes to be flat black rather than shimmery so just used a standard black and a dotting tool for the eyes. I then drew on the nostrils and the mouth with a black Sharpie. This years Halloween looks appear to be in association with Ciate as I used Boudoir (what I used for the blood in my dripping blood look) and then also used Ciate Electronica. I wanted to use a bright red and then couldn't decide on what other colours to use so pretty much went for the first one I picked up.

It may only be on one finger but I'm really pleased with how it turned out and it looks amazing, if I do say so myself!

What do you think of my Sugar skull nail?