Saturday, 29 September 2012

Nail narcotics Giveaway Challenge!


Hi all! This is my first attempt at any sort of challenge in the blogosphere, so I was quite excited. The challenge can be found here so be sure to check out the other entries as well as the prize that is up for grabs! The theme for the challenge is food!!!! Yay! I love food and so then found it really difficult to choose what food should be on my nails! Eventually I thought I would attempt some free hand nail art of my favourite junk food.

Ok so my fingers look upside down here, I just find it easier to paint that way but the second picture you can see them the right way round :)


From my pinky finger to thumb I have painted: a pretzel, a cupcake, some fries, a burger and a can of coke. Mmmm lots of calories there and not so healthy, maybe we should encourage nail narcotics' husband to blog some recipes ;) 


I hope you enjoyed my entry and I look forward to taking part in a few more challenges in the future.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Drag marbling

I haven't been posting as much recently, been nursing a cold :( 
So for this mani I used Kiko gold rosy brown and dark chocolate with some Barry M gold foil. The gold rosy brown is one of my favourite polishes at the moment, you can see swatches of it at the bottom, it is a beige nude with a hint of gold shimmer in it. I created this look by using my dotting tool to place the dark chocolate and gold dots while the base polish was still wet, then using a needle to drag. It isn't as neat or even as I would have liked, but I was in a bit of a hurry trying to put the dots on while the polish was still wet. My favourite is the ring finger.

Natural light:


Indoor light:


Gold rosy brown:


It was a bit difficult to capture the gold shimmer in this polish as it is quite subtle but it does look great in real life. 



Sunday, 23 September 2012

Kiko, Stamping and kiddie nails

For my first choice of swatch from my Kiko haul, I decided to use the camouflage green, it seems like an appropriate autumn colour. The application of the polish is smooth with two coats giving good coverage. I then stamped the shattered glass image using BM-208 with Barry M silver foil. 



While I was home, I painted my two little sisters nails, they were easily pleased as my Mum doesn't really let them wear polish yet. I painted little red hearts on the pink nails and stamped lilac silver stars on the purple nails. I was hoping to show you my other sister's nails, but she is too fussy and I gave up (no doubt she will call me to moan after reading this :p)




On a side note, I have noticed my photo's are not appearing in the blogger home feed, I am not sure why this is happening, has anyone else had this problem? It could be because I was blogging from my iPad and using the Picasa Web album rather than uploading them directly. I don't seem to have that problem if I blog from my laptop. 

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Kiko Haul

Apologies for the absence, I went home to visit family in London for a few days and got busy. While I was there I finally managed to visit the Westfield in Stratford and popped into a few shops. I was most excited about visiting the Kiko store, I think I went a little crazy in there, but at £1.50 a bottle who could blame me? They have been running the promotion for a while, with some of the other cosmetics reduced too. I got 8 bottles from the range and I also got two from the Lavish Oriental limited edition collection. The limited edition ones are all holographic and come in four colours and are priced at £4.90.


From left to right:
401-Peacock green
400-Steel grey
371-Gold rosy brown
355-Canary yellow
337-Periwinkle Violet
328-Gray
375-Bois de Rose
214-Pearly white
348-Camouflage green
324-Dark chocolate 

I really had to control myself from not buying more, although if I decide I need some more colours I might ask my little sister really nice (or just raid her stash like I usually do). I haven't got around to swatching all the colours yet, not sure which ones to do yet. I do have pictures of the peacock green holographic, although the pictures do not really do it much justice. It is a very sparkly and has a great holo (-ness? I am not quite sure what the word is). For some reason in the first two pictures which were taken in indoor lighting the blue/green doesn't really show through but you can kind of see the holographic effect. You can see the colour a little better of the pictures taken in natural outdoor light.





Which colours do you think I should swatch next? 



Monday, 17 September 2012

GOSH Holographic Hero

Look what I found in Superdrug today!!!!! I was unaware Gosh cosmetics were going to relaunch a holographic polish. I admired the original holographic photos that were online and had given up hope of ever owning a bottle after seeing the ridiculous prices on eBay. This was the last bottle there so I had to get it and when I got home I did a bit of research and from reading other blogs this isn't the same formula, there is a great comparison here. However for £4.99 a bottle you can't go wrong for a holographic polish. I only own one other holographic - color club worth the risqué.


After the first coat I could immediately see the holo loveliness shine through. It is a little streaky in application and does require 2 to 3 coats. Please excuse the messy application, I could barely contain my excitement! It is much more holographic than the color club I own but not as holographic as the original Gosh holographic but I am still pretty happy. Oh this one is called holographic hero #549. 





So get down to your local Superdrug (UK readers) and get it while you can, hopefully they won't discontinue this one. As for my international readers, I shall keep my eyes peeled for this when I am next in and maybe we can arrange a polish swap :) 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

PS3 nails

My last few posts have been quite short, so I thought I should put a bit more effort into this one. Firstly I have been seeing swatches of the new Barry M Gelly nail polishes about and they look so nice! Check out Allie's blog for swatches - link here I can't really decide on a favourite but maybe the blue or purple, really looking forward to getting a bottle or two! 

So onto the nails, as you may have gathered from my blog name, I'm a bit of a gamer possibly a little bit addicted but I find painting my nails and playing work really well together. I can paint my nails and while waiting for them to dry between coats I play a game of demolition on MW3, that way I'm not getting impatient or end up with a gloopy mess. I think I might do a call of duty nail art mani soon but apart from a gun and grenade I can't think of what else I could paint, any ideas? 

These are my ps3 nails with my lovely blue controller (blue is my favourite colour plus it makes a nice change from the boring black ones). 



Any other fellow ps3 gamers out there? Drop me your psn username in the comments and I'll add you :) 


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Chelsea FC nails

These nails have been inspired by one of my other loves, Chelsea football club. The pinky finger is the club's initials, ring finger is the champions league trophy (coz we know what we are, champions of Europe!), the middle finger is the Chelsea lion and finally the pointer is a football in the goal net. I painted it all free hand, hope you enjoy them as much as I do :) 


Friday, 14 September 2012

Matte and studs

As requested by my friend I did a mani using the Rimmel matte top coat. Using a teal I got in a Hello Kitty set at Xmas from Boots. When dried I added the matte topcoat then added some studs. I like the shiny metallic studs against the matte background. I haven't managed to perfect the shiny and matte combo in a mani yet, anyone have any tips?



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Purple Gradient


Using Rimmel 702-Marshmallow Heaven and 420-Aqua Cool I attempted a purple gradient. I painted aqua cool as a base and then sponged the marshmallow heaven. I really like the colour combination.


I have been trying to use a stamp at every opportunity and test out which of my current polishes stamp well. In this case I think the mani looked better before the stamp. I used plate BM-206.













Sunday, 9 September 2012

BM-203

As the base colour I used Rimmel 420 - Aqua Cool, it's a really pretty bluey lilac pastel colour although it does take about three coats to get a good even coverage. 


I then used plate BM-203 with color club-worth the risque which is a silver holographic polish, I bought it off ebay but it was a bit expensive. I don't really like spending more than a fiver on a bottle of nail polish but I thought I could make the exception for something so pretty.



It is quite difficult to see all the colours from the holographic polish but I will try and use this polish in another post so you can see how pretty it really is. 


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Studs!

So I had to try out something from my nail package yesterday so I decided studs. I was inspired by nailasaurus' mani Here, she has such fun ideas and her designs always look so sharp and creative. Also the quality of her pictures are great and you can really tell how neat and professional she really is.
 I used my small silver square studs and was trying to come up with a good colour combo, I'm not really a big fan of bright colours but I didn't want to to go too dark all over either. I finally decided I wanted a light grey but the only grey I had is quite dark, it's 17 smoke signal. I decided to make my own by adding some of the smoke signal to white. For the other side I used 17 midnight sapphire. I used some clear polish where the colours meet and while it was still wet and tacky placed the studs. They weren't as meticulously straight as I would like but I didn't want to risk smudging the polish to fiddle with them too much. I then finished with top coat. 

I really like this mani and quite like the feel of the studs, I thought they would get in the way or get caught in clothes but so far so good. :) 

In natural light:




Indoor light:



Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Born pretty haul


I received my package from born pretty today, I ordered a few bits from their eBay store. The first thing on my list were a set of brushes. I got 15 for £3.39. There are some nice brushes in there as well as a dotting tool. I'm not too sure how or what the fan brushes are used for. 



I ordered some striping tape to neaten up lines when doing nail art. Got a roll in silver.



I decided to buy some nail studs, gold circle ones and small square gold ones but they look silver to me. The square ones are very small and I think I would buy bigger ones next time. They do come in different sizes which is nice if the big ones seem a bit intimidating. 



Finally, I couldn't resist getting this disc of small gold and silver balls. I might have to attempt caviar nails with them. 


The items were really reasonable priced with most of the items costing a couple of pounds. There is so much choice in their store, I had to really control myself, but I know I will probably be back for more! 




Monday, 3 September 2012

BM-201





I think this may be one of my favourite plates, I like every single image especially the swirly one.
I decided to use black and gold, both from Barry M as you can see below.


This is the final result. I really like this mani think I will try it again with other colour combinations.


Bundle Monster stamping plates

I bought some bundle monster stamping plates last week from amazon. The Konad plates seemed a little expensive on eBay and I wanted something just to get me started with a variety of designs. I got 25 plates in total which provided me with lots of designs ranging from little Halloween pumpkins to leopard print. I've been doing some experimenting with my current polishes to see what polishes work for stamping. I have also been having a little trouble with the scraper.



So my first attempt I used the BM212 plate with the peacock looking design. I used Rimmel 700 Block Your Green as a base coat and Barry M gold foil effects which stamps really well.


I then added dots using Rimmel 702 Marshmallow Heaven and No7 Poolside blue. I think it would have looked better using a darker purple. 

Picture of nail polishes I used:




Sunday, 2 September 2012

Random nail art

Here are some of my previous attempts at nail art before starting my blog so please excuse the low quality of pictures.

 This was one of my first attempts at a gradient using the sponging method, I am not really a big fan of pink so this isn't a mani I would be repeating.


The next one I really wanted something teal and gold but I was lacking imagination. This mani kind of reminds me of a super hero cape.


The next two are the same sort of pattern which although can be time consuming I enjoy doing especially when I can't decide which colour I want to use. The red  reminds me of a stained glass window.




I was determined to try gradient again and I discovered nailasaurus' method of gradient (link here). This picture really does it no justice, I used a beige nude and peach nude and it looked really pretty, it is one of my favourite combinations to do.


 And finally this is my attempt at ombre nails with a reverse moon mani. I used a pink polish with varying amounts of black and white to darken and lighten accordingly. I really like the reverse half moon but I think I need a bit more practise on this one or maybe some of those sticker guides but due to how impatient I am I can never wait for drying time and eagerly peel off the sticker too early!


 Well I hope you enjoyed reading this post and would appreciate any feedback :)

Max Factor fantasy fire

I thought I would start off by showing what I am currently wearing on my nails. I was in Boots a few days ago and had my usual browse of the polishes and there I saw the last bottle of fantasy fire so I just had to get it to see what all the hype was about. I couldn't see all the different colours in the bottle at first. The application was very smooth and sparkly but quite translucent and would probably require a few coats to get an opaque finish. So I thought I would apply it over a dark blue I had - 17 Midnight sapphire.


Here is midnight sapphire without fantasy fire. It's a gorgeous dark blue with a slight shimmer to it and takes about two coats.


Now here are the pictures of fantasy fire over the midnight sapphire.

In natural light - there are hints of purple and green



In artificial light - you can really see how sparkly it is and along with the purple and green there are also hints of orange.


I have to say I was pleasantly surprised the application was smooth and dries quick which is a big plus for me as I can be really impatient waiting for polish to dry. I have tried lots of tricks like cold water and the rapid dry sprays but I still manage to smudge them but none with the fantasy fire (just a bit of a messy application). Also for the price I would say its a great addition to the collection, usually when reading blogs and I see the latest must have polish they are usually hard to get in the U.K and as a result work out to be quite expensive. 








Saturday, 1 September 2012

Testing, testing....

Hello blogosphere! Here goes my first blog.

I decided to start this blog, inspired by all the pretty nail blogs particularly nailasaurus. I am slowly building up my nail polish collection and attempting some nail art. I have just discovered the fun of stamping and hopefully practise will make perfect.

I also enjoy gaming on my ps3 (hence my blog name), reading, cooking and of course slacking so I will probably be posting some other random things in between.

So stay tuned and wish me luck, I hope to meet some fellow bloggers real soon and would appreciate any tips or advice.