Flashy Nails

One young lady's attempt to master decent nail art!

My polish collection (picture heavy) October 14, 2009

Okay ladies, I am about to post pictures of my polish collection – they’re not exactly the best in terms of quality or colour accuracy but here they are.  I’m so used to looking at all my colours that I’m finding it difficult to choose what to wear when I change my polish so I would like some help!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should wear next.  I will be able to go through them one at a time to select my next manicure and the one after that etc (assuming I get any comments lol)

You may notice I have a few issues with blue/green and blue/purple colours, I have a slight colour blindness so if you think anything is in the wrong group that’s why!

Oh and to save me typing long long names, DC = Diamond Cosmetics, CG = China Glaze,  BM = Barry M, C2000 = Collection 2000,  C2000HL = Collection 2000 Hot Looks, SH = Sally Hansen and NI = Nails Inc!

Here we go:

Miss Sporty Silver | DC Matte Smoke | Maybelline Mirror Image | CG OMG | Barry M Matt White (its not matte!) | Technic Jet Black | DC Im Raven About You | DC Matte Black | Constance Carroll Wizard

Miss Sporty Silver | DC Matte Smoke | Maybelline Mirror Image | CG OMG | Barry M Matt White (it's not matte!) | Technic Jet Black | DC I'm Raven About You | DC Matte Black | Constance Carroll Wizard

Wild and Crazy Purple Glitter (Its green and black - go figure) | Beauty UK Purple Glitter | Beauty UK Silver Glitter | DC Silver Glitter | DC Opal Glitter

Wild and Crazy Purple Glitter (It's green and black - go figure) | Beauty UK Purple Glitter | Beauty UK Silver Glitter | DC Silver Glitter | DC Opal Glitter

Piggy Polish Island Hopping | BM Block Orange | Miss Sporty Yellow | Jade Suppressed Temptation

Piggy Polish Island Hopping | BM Block Orange | Miss Sporty Yellow | Jade Suppressed Temptation

Stargazer Red (no number sticker) | DC You Set My Heart Ablaze | No Name Red | BM Red Glitter | Cosmo Porsche Red | NI Knightsbridge

Stargazer Red (no number sticker) | DC You Set My Heart Ablaze | No Name Red | BM Red Glitter | Cosmo Porsche Red | NI Knightsbridge

DC Hue Are You? | DC Cheery Cherry | Miss Sporty Red | DC Blackberry | Rimmel Black Cherries | DC Matte Burgundy | C2000 Midnight Rouge | CG Lubu Heels

DC Hue Are You? | DC Cheery Cherry | Miss Sporty Red | DC Blackberry | Rimmel Black Cherries | DC Matte Burgundy | C2000 Midnight Rouge | CG Lubu Heels

DC Party Hearty | No Name Gold | BM Gold | NI Battersea Power Station | DC Yukon Gold | DC Chainmail Charm | DC Decadence | DC Joust For Kicks | NI Mount Street | NI Friendly Selfridges

DC Party Hearty | No Name Gold | BM Gold | NI Battersea Power Station | DC Yukon Gold | DC Chainmail Charm | DC Decadence | DC Joust For Kicks | NI Mount Street | NI Friendly Selfridges

DC Dont Teal My Heart Away | DC Oh, Tiff! | George Streamer | C2000HL Button Moon

DC Don't Teal My Heart Away | DC Oh, Tiff! | George Streamer | C2000HL Button Moon

DC Never So Ever-Green | Stargazer 135 | Sinful Colors San Francisco | BM Racing Green | BM Green Glitter | C2000HL Ninja | La Femme Ultra green (Major neon, doesnt look it here)

DC Never So Ever-Green | Stargazer 135 | Sinful Colors San Francisco | BM Racing Green | BM Green Glitter | C2000HL Ninja | La Femme Ultra green (Major neon, doesn't look it here)

NI Marco Polo House | DC Mystical Knights | DC Midnight Blue | BM Blue Glitter | George Indigo Dazzle

NI Marco Polo House | DC Mystical Knights | DC Midnight Blue | BM Blue Glitter | George Indigo Dazzle

SH Chic Cobalt | DC Metallic Blue | BM Blue Glitter | Rimmel Azure | C2000 Hello Sailor

SH Chic Cobalt | DC Metallic Blue | BM Blue Glitter | Rimmel Azure | C2000 Hello Sailor

DC Midnight Passion | NI St Johns Wood | Orly Cashmere Cardigan | C2000HL BMX Bandit

DC Midnight Passion | NI St John's Wood | Orly Cashmere Cardigan | C2000HL BMX Bandit

BM Vivid Purple | DC Metallic Venom | DC Monarch Masquerade | Stargazer 125 | NI Buckingham Palace | DC Drift Away | DC Hi Ho Silver

BM Vivid Purple | DC Metallic Venom | DC Monarch Masquerade | Stargazer 125 | NI Buckingham Palace | DC Drift Away | DC Hi Ho Silver

Revlon Night Light | Milani Cloud 9

Revlon Night Light | Milani Cloud 9

Miss Sporty Pink | Massini Sheer Denim | DC Iced Plum | NI Fulham Road

Miss Sporty Pink | Massini Sheer Denim | DC Iced Plum | NI Fulham Road

No Name Pink | C2000HL Hoola Hoop | NI Brompton Road | NI Regents Place | NI Kings Road | C2000HL Dynasty

No Name Pink | C2000HL Hoola Hoop | NI Brompton Road | NI Regent's Place | NI King's Road | C2000HL Dynasty

C2000HL Vixen | SH Plum Sequin | DC Sparkling Sherry | BM Shocking Pink | DC Feelin Groovy | DC Matte Mulberry | No Name Purple

C2000HL Vixen | SH Plum Sequin | DC Sparkling Sherry | BM Shocking Pink | DC Feelin' Groovy | DC Matte Mulberry | No Name Purple

So that’s my whole collection (well not counting Konad polishes etc)  so please, PLEASE pick me something to wear!  (Feel free to choose a colour to go under a glitter if you’d like to see a glitter.)

Thank you!

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Hello Ladies! October 4, 2009

Today’s post is a bit of a mixed post.  I would like to show you my current manicure (which will be Konaded later on today if I remember/can get motivated).  I have copied the one finger different style I have seen on a few blogs lately and basically went for the opposite of what Skye did inThis Post. I really like it:

Nails Inc Brompton Place (pink) and Nails Inc St Johns Wood

Nails Inc Brompton Place (pink) and Nails Inc St John's Wood

Now St John’s wood seemed to be a dupe for Orly Cashmere Cardigan, which in turn is also a dupe for Collection 2000 Hot Looks Button Moon (one of my favourite polishes ever).  So next week if I remember I will swatch the three of them side by side to see what they look like.  But I also realised, when contemplating the similarities of St John’s Wood and Button Moon that in fact Brompton Place reminded me of Collection 2000 Hot Looks Hoola Hoop, thus:

Lr- Hoola Hoop, Brompton Place, St Johns Wood, Button Moon (and a hella lot of sun!)

Lr- Hoola Hoop, Brompton Place, St John's Wood, Button Moon (and a hella lot of sun!)

And this in turn reminded me of an old post I did where I used Button Moon and Hoola Hoop together, amnd they’re really not dissimilar to the post I have put up today with my current manicure.  Here is the old manicure

Well if you’re still reading after all that, and not horribly confused, then you’re doing better than me! lol

I also wanted to point out that Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter ROCKS, especially over Black or very dark Blue.  I have a couple of pictures taken from my Diamond swatchboard, but they don’t really show the awesomeness very well and I’m not so hot at describing things, but see what you think:

Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over Diamond Cosmetics Im Raven About You

Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over Diamond Cosmetics I'm Raven About You

Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over Im Raven About You

Diamond Cosmetics Opal Glitter over I'm Raven About You

See, Fantastic, the blue-yellow-greenness is so gorgeous!  I think this may be a great contender for some slightly less OTT Halloween Nails!

Hope you enjoyed!  Sorry I haven’t posted for a while.

 

Swatch/Review – Vixen July 12, 2009

I didn’t expect to be posting a new swatch today, as I only did the swatch of Dynasty yesterday, but when I went to bed last night I noticed I had some Dynasty on one of my cuticles and, being the little tinker I am ( I still haven’t grown out of picking at things I should’t, like scabs for example), I decided to pick it.  To my surprise and vague horror, I peeled almost the entire nail of polish off in one big sheet!  It happened on most of the other nails too.  Well needless to say this left with the desperate need for a new manicure, but not before giving my fingernails so tlc this morning.

So here we are, I’ve gone for Vixen today because when I was thinking about what I wanted to do with my nails, I was thinking I fancied something a little bit punky and I had the perfect idea, inspired by my husband, all will be revealed further down the post!

This is Vixen:

It’s a really nice colour, and didn’t have as much of the applcation issues that I found with Dynasty.  However ad you can see on the second picture, there were all these little lumps in the polish after I’d finished applying it.  Now I’m not sure if these are possibly just little bubbles, as I painted it on pretty thick.  I guess they probably are, but I was glad I was going to be putting Konad over the top of it.  It did the annoying going tacky really fast and then never seeming to dry much more than that, like Dynasty, although not quite as bad.  I left it alone for about an hour before I started the Konading process.

Ok so my Konad was inspired by a little gift that my husband brought me yesterday, which was this:

I love Hello Kitty, and Pucca and other such cute things (I’m wearing a My Little Pony Tshirt as I type this!) and yesterday he went climbing for the day with one of his brothers and a friend, in the Lake District.  He saw this at a Motorway Service Station on the way home and decided to buy me it.  Aww 🙂  So, I thought I’d do a punky Hello Kitty design today.  I have a rucksack which is black and fuchsia (and which I can’t find a picture of online and it’s buried in a cupboard upstairs so I can’t go take a picture of it) and it added to my inspiration……I won’t keep you in suspense any longer!!

I LOVE THIS KONADICURE!!!!!  I didn’t really like the colour of Vixen on its own, it’s not really a colour I’d wear just plain (although that doesn’t really matter as I never ever just wear my nails with just a base colour on them, there’s always something else) but now I’ve added to them, I’m amazed at the results!  They don’t look like something I’ve done at all.  I used the Fishnet from M57 as well as the Pastel Pink special polish, and the Hello Kitty from the Fauxnad plates with Black Special Polish.  Then I added hot pink and black rhinestones the the middle parts of Hello Kitty’s bows.  On some fingers the fishnet didn’t quite go on fully/tidily and neither did the HK’s but as I was after a punky look, I decided it didn’t matter.  I tried to be as random as I could manage (I’m really not good at random, I prefer patterns) when I was stamping the Kitty’s on my nails.  I’m really pleased with it.

I think it’s interesting how Konad TC changes the colour of the polish underneath it.  I’d be irritated if I had a polish I loved and it made it look a lot different but I like what it’s done to this colour.  It now kind of reminds me of my wedding dress:

Yes that’s the actual dress I wore when I got married.  I’m not one for tradition.  Anyway, enough of my babbling.  Posting that picture has made me want to show you guys more of my wedding pics! Would you like to see some?  Also It’s made me want to do one of those “All about you” survey things, would you be interested in reading it?

Thanks for reading (If you didn’t fall asleep by now!) 😀

 

…And with some Konad… July 7, 2009

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I finally got around to Konading over the super amazing glittery red, the red didn’t suck all the gloss out of this badboy!  Yay!!

The Konad Top Coat has made it super SUPER shiny and glittery and red….I’m even more in love with it now!