A England // Festive Ruffian Mani

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Holiday Nail Art Red Gold

Good morning!

Christmas is definitely coming fast this year, right? I am still frantically knitting, present-wrapping, baking mince pies… basically trying to get everything ready.

Although we only go back to the UK every other year to spend Christmas with my family, I actually feel like it’s more work when we stay in France. My mister-to-be has family that we visit, and since I’m the only English person in my workplace, and in my group of friends too, if I want to do some of the things I’ve grown up doing at this time of year, it’s pretty much down to me to get everything done. Of course, the neighbours’ kid waking me up early every morning isn’t helping either…

Anyway! I’ve got some nice, festive nail art for you today – it’s been ages since the last ruffian mani! I used two A England polishes – Holy Grail first, then Rose Bower over the top. So sparkly!

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#NAILlinkup – Snowflakes

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NAIL Nail Art Ideas Linkup Snowflakes

Good evening!

I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend. I am! We did a lot of shopping this afternoon, so even though my new boots were killing me (the heels are pretty big!) I had a great time :) and we just got a Nespresso Latissima + machine, so I made myself a cheeky Cappucino with a dash of Scotch to warm up when we got in :)

Anyway, today’s nails are for the NAILlinkup Snowflake theme :)

I wanted to go for simple but edgy, so I paired Zoya Sailor with A England Dancing with Nureyev  and the fantastic snowflake pattern from the Vivid Lacquer VL006 nail art stamping plate, and here we have it!

Have you had snow this year? We have, a little, but it didn’t “stick” – which I’m happy about, since it was mid-week, and since I don’t drive, getting to and from work is near impossible when the weather is anything but balmy.
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Picture Polish// Beige x Atomic

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It’s getting very festive around here! the future Mister Digits decorated the tree (and did a lovely job!) and my Grandma (if you’re reading this - love you) has even sent some presents already to put under it (well, maybe in a couple of weeks, so the kitties don’t have time to destroy them). So that’s why you get a Christmassy bottle shot today :)

I’m also settling in to the new job quite nicely. I have to get up pretty early (but that was the same at my last job), but I finish earlier, and it is much closer (about 40 minutes travel time) plus the work is complicated enough to be interesting, without being stressful. Oh, and my new colleagues are a bit crazy. Good crazy. Which is nice, I don’t have to worry about being a bit of an oddball!

I’m still not entirely sure about the nail polish policy though, so I decided to test the water with some gently glittery tips. And so, ladies, I present to you a Picture Polish gradient. The base colour is Beige and the tips are sponged with AtomicContinue reading →

I Love Nail Polish // Contraband

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Hi girls!

 

I hope everyone’shaving a nice weekend :)

I am – furiously knitting away to get some Christmas presents finished. Which, obviously, isn’t very compatible with painting my nails. So, this morning I decided I must do a little nail art to show you here.

I grabbed my as-yet-untried (I know, I’m a terrible person!) I Love Nail Polish Contraband, which I purchased quite a long time ago in a sale (like, in the summer I think). And wow! I just couldn’t bring myself to hide even a millimetre of this polish with nail art! So now this is a swatch post :)

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Shimmer Polish Courtney x Butter London Brummie

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Shimmer Polish Courtney Butter London  Brummie

Shimmer Polish – provided as a promotional sample. All views remain my own! Check out my Disclosure Policy here for more information

Good evening!

 

I have a simple nail art for you tonight – a glitter gradient. I love how easy these are! You don’t need any special equipment, just paint your nails with your base colour, then layer the glitter on gradually. I like to put it on heavy at the tips and work it down with the brush. Some nice glossy topcoat and you’re good to go!

Plus, with the glitter on your tips, your mani will probably last a good long time, too :)

I usually save my glittery manis for the winter, so when I saw it was snowing this morning (it didn’t stick though), I had to get some out! Courtney by Shimmer Polish  is a mix of so many colours, including silver, green, red, blue, purple… and it was set off really nicely by Butter London Brummie. I do love Shimmer polishes, and recommend checking out their site here if you like unusual mixes (though there are some classic ones thrown in there too!). The polish dries fast, applies well, and the amount of glitter in there is very generous! Also, I have several which I have owned for over a year – and the glitter doesn’t settle at all (I don’t think it has room to sink!) Continue reading →

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The jolly, holly festive month of December is upon us so that means it must be time for another Nail Art Ideas Link up! For those of you who don’t know, the N.A.I.L. linkup challenge is hosted by Craftynail, Brijit’s Digits, Eeeek! Nail Polish & Nail That Accent. It’s totally relaxed and you can do as many of the prompts as you like, at any time; just create your awesome mani and upload your picture onto the inlinkz! Easy huh?

Onto the prompts!

 

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Theme 1 – SANTA! (if you just said that in a Will Ferrell in ELF stylee, then give yourself a high-five). Show us your best nail art featuring jolly old Saint Nick – you never know, he might just bring you an extra present!

Theme 2 – Rudolph & Friends. Did you know that Rudolph has a ton of friends? Neither did we! But it’s not just his fellow reindeers he likes to chill with, oh no! He’s BFFs with penguins, polar bears and seals too! So paint your nails with as many festive critters as you can – if they live somewhere snowy (you could paint a lion but that would be kinda weird…) then you’re good to go!

Theme 3 – Festive Jumpers. You know the ones, the kind your Grandma gave you when you were a kid which your parents insisted that you wore for the holidays but are now considered cool and ‘hipster’.

Theme 4 – Snowflakes. It wouldn’t be a festive themed linkup if we didn’t include some snowflakes! You can use stamps, stickers or freehand so each mani will be totally unique, just like real snowflakes.

Theme 5 – New Year’s Eve! Wow, it’s nearly 2015! Where has the year gone?! This prompt is pretty open; you can do a NYE themed mani or you can share with us what YOU will be wearing on your nails come the stroke of midnight! It’s up to you!

 

How to Enter the December N.A.I.L.

  1. Paint your nails using the suggested theme.
  2. Post your pics on your blog, instagram, tumblr, etc.
  3. Enter your post into our inlinkz below so everyone can see your pics.

Do one of the weekly themes, or do them all. It’s up to you! The dates for each week are only suggestions- you can post your nails whenever you want from the 1st Dec to the 4th Jan and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what platform you use- blog, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Don’t forget to share your nail pics via the inlinkz. These inlinkz will be open all month for entries. You can use hashtag #NAILLINKUP on your social media and please feel free to share our graphic.

Santa

Rudolph & Friends

Festive Jumpers

Snowflakes

New Year’s Eve

OPTIONAL FOR BLOGGERS- these links will take you to the code to add the Inlinkz to your blog page! Santa, Rudolph & Friends, Festive Jumpers, Snowflakes, New Year’s Eve

NAIL ART IDEAS LINKUP is hosted by Brijits Digits, Craftynail, Eeeek Nail Polish! and Nail That Accent!. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all! You can also read more info about our monthly linkup on our blog links below. We look forward to seeing your nails this December!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

Zoya// Charisma x Mimi

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Zoya Charsima Skittlette Nails

Good evening! (well, it is here)

I just  have my NOTD to show you today – a pink/purple glittery mashup using, (L-R below) Zoya CharismaLush Lacquer Salt’n’Peppa (now the brand is called Polish Me Silly) and Zoya Mimi (that I put over black to get the best of the glitter).

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Sassy Nails // Butter London – Come to Bed Red

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What do you do when  you have a few free days left before starting a new job? Especially when you don’t know what the policy on nail art is going to be (it didn’t seem appropriate to ask in the interview…)

Sassy nails! of course :)

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#NAILlinkup – Geometric // OMG Nail Strips

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OMG Nail Strips – product kindly provided by company for review. All views are my own. For more information, feel free to check out my disclosure policy.

Using nail strips is not cheating! It’s really hard to do geometric nail art freehand, and I didn’t have any stamped patterns that I fancied :)

So I paired Zoya Ziv with some black and white nail wraps by OMG Nail Strips. I try not to repeat myself (though I realise it doesn’t always work), so if you want my full opinion on OMG Nail Strips, you probably want to see my review post here :) if you’re not interested in reading all that – just know that I find these utterly fantastic! High quality, easy to use, reasonable price… you get the picture :)

And now for the nails!

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#NAILlinkup – Panda

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Panda Nail Art Closeup Photo

I’ve been thinking a lot about why I’m feeling less inspired about nail art recently. I have been wearing nail polish – but since I already swatched them, I didn’t see that it would be great to post them here.
I think I’ve figured out the ‘funk’, though. See, when I was working full-time, I had a very regular schedule, and it really helped me to stay focussed. Well, since I haven’t been working for a while, I got out of the rhythm and didn’t really pick it up again. Which is strange, because I still get up and do stuff… you know, the gym, putting up shelves, working on knitting patterns, making some Christmas gifts… just not nail art. It’s not like I’ve been feeling depressed (I’ve been enjoying the freedom!), I guess my time has just been spent elsewhere.

Well, the good news is that the funk is over! I have found a job. And I’m really looking forward to starting next week! I like the company, I like the people, I like the hours (and travel to the office), which are a lot more manageable than what I was doing. And I think I’ll like the job too :)

Anyway, what are you supposed to do when you can’t think of a nail art theme to follow? Nail Art Ideas Linkup, of courseContinue reading →

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