#NAILlinkup – Butterfly Nail Art // Butter London – Sprog

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Butter London Sprog

Good evening! I hope everyone is having a good start to the week :)

Here is a little nail art that I did – very simple, to keep it office friendly – for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup. The prompt for the second week is butterflies – I used Butter London Sprog as a base colour, and stamped a few white butterflies (harder than it looks! I did them individually) on two accent nails. As far as butterfly nail art goes, I would like to think this is a grown-up version 😉
NAILlinkup Butterflies

Butterfly Nail Art

The NAIL linkup is all about collaboration! Check out the other lovely butterfly nail art in our gallery below :) and feel free to add your own!

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Anny // Something Blue

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Anny Something Blue

I have a new polish to show you!

It’s been a while since I last added to my stash, so I couldn’t resist grabbing some new Anny polishes when I realised they are stocked in some Nocibé stores in France. Of which one is just a quick bike ride from my house :)

I only heard of Anny polish thanks to Sabrina at Polish Alcoholic. She was even kind enough to send me one! and I was really impressed with the quality, but didn’t want to order any online as the colour swatches were teeny tiny and I wasn’t sure what they really looked like in real life.

Anyway, today I have Something Blue to show you. This is a very, very pale blue, which applies smoothly (it’s a great self-leveller) and is opaque in just 2 coats. I took a photo of the brush, too, which I really like – it’s about average size, but a little bit flattened, which makes the polish easier to apply in my opinion!

Drying time is about average, and it has a lovely, glossy finish. A definite ‘must’ polish for this summer as far as I’m concerned. The very slightly lavendar-tinted blue would look great on any skin tone :)

Bottle Brush Anny

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Anny Swatch Pastel Blue Nail Polish
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#NAILlinkup// 1980’s Nail Art

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#NAILlinkup 1980s

I hope everyone’s having a lovely weekend! We’re having a very lazy time. The past two Fridays have been public holidays in France. And next week, we also have Thursday off work – so we’re really in vacation mode right now :)

Today I have my 1980’s manicure for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup to show you. I’m not a huge fan of 80’s fashion. I mean, any era has some great ideas, but the whole neon colours + abstract art just doesn’t really appeal to me. I used my most-neon polishes for this nail art and did a dry-brush mani over white. And actually, I don’t hate it!

Polish used – (base coat) Barry M – White Nail Paint / (pink) China Glaze – Pool Party / (purple) China Glaze – Flying Dragon / (orange) China Glaze – Japanese Koi / (top coat) Models Own 5-in-1

Nail Art Ideas Linkup 1980s

China Glaze Japanese Koi Neon Nail Art

China Glaze Flying Dragon Nail Art

 

Check out the other 1980’s-inspired manis in our gallery below !

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#NAILlinkup – Ombre Mani

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Red Ombre Nail Art

Hi there!

We’re going to visit a venue for the wedding this afternoon – woop! only been engaged for 10 months and we’re already thinking about setting a date, haha… yeah, we’re a real crazy pair ^_^

 

Since we have set up our themes for next month, I thought it was about time to get my Ombre Mani done for the Nail Art Ideas Linkup… behold!
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Nail Art Ideas Linkup Ombre Mani

 

Polish used – (base coat) Butter London – Nail Foundation; (L-R Below) Zoya – Livingstone; Butter London – Saucy Jack; Ciaté – Dangerous Affair; Anny – Bloody Return; A England – Lancelot; (top coat) Butter London – Hardwear.

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Check out our linkup gallery below – we have some great entries :)

 

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#NAILlinkup – Themes for May

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What will you be wearing on your nails this May? Our monthly #NAILlinkup challenge is going strong and we have some fun nail art ideas for you! As far as nail challenges go, our linkup is totally relaxed. 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! It’s easy peasy. Let’s take a look at our May NAIL themes, shall we?

NAILlinkup May 2015

Theme 1 – 1980’s Bright neons, mixed prints, big hair, punk rock… the eighties were like totally tubular! Let’s see your take on an 80’s manicure.

Theme 2 – Butterflies Butterflies are one of mother nature’s most beautiful mysteries. For this theme why not recreate some of that beauty on your nails?

Theme 3 – Expensive Polish A lot of times our expensive polishes sit there unused. You’re saving them for a special occasion, right? Well, that occasion is here. Those fancy polishes are meant to be worn. Once in a while, at least!

Theme 4 – Lavender Paint your nails in a pretty purple design for this May prompt. That’s all there is to say about that!

Theme 1- 1980’s

Theme 2 – BUTTERFLIES

Theme 3 – MOST EXPENSIVE POLISH

Theme 4 – LAVENDER

*Optional for Bloggers – the following links will take you to a page where you can get the code to add the Inlinkz gallery to your blog: 1980’s / Butterflies / Most Expensive Polish / Lavender

How to Enter the May 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 May 4th through May 31st and you don’t have to do them in order. We encourage everyone to join in no matter what social 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.

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 May!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

Illamasqua – Muse

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Illamasqua nail polish Muse

Good evening !

There is one brand that I really wish was easier to get in France. I mean, they do ship, but considering the price, I would rather be able to grab a bottle here and there than have to invest in a big lot to make postage costs worthwhile. Anyway, that doesn’t stop me from loving Illamasqua! And I  picked up a couple of bottles by sneakily hiding them under a t-shirt in a TK Maxx shopping basket so that my mister-to-be would buy them for me when we were back in the UK at Easter.

So, this lovely shade of teal is called Muse – perfect for the mid-season, right?!

Teal Polish – Illamasqua / Muse
Gold Foil Polish – Barry M 
Black Polish – A England / Camelot
Stamping Plate – VL006 

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Illamasqua Muse

Muse Illamasqua

Butter London // Macbeth

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Coral Nail Lacquer

Good evening !

I’m especially glad that it’s Friday already. This week has been especially hard. On Wednesday night, our little rabbit wasn’t acting her usual crazy self, and she didn’t wake up on Thursday :( so we were pretty sad, of course. I mean, she went peacefully, and quickly, but it’s always hard to lose a friend. So, instead of being a full nail-art post, this is just gonna be a quick swatch. I’m sure you understand !

I have no idea why this polish is called Macbeth. I mean, it’s a cheery red-leaning coral – a really fantastic colour for pretty much any skin tone, and especially great in the spring in my opinion. But really, is that the best name for this colour?

Anyway, it’s a gorgeous polish. Relatively fast drying. Glossy. 2-3 coats for full coverage (about average for a bright colour like this). And pretty hard wearing (3 days = no visible chipping, maybe a little tip wear). I don’t often wear corals, but this is the kinda polish that I am just so glad to have in my stash !

Coral Manicure

Macbeth Nail Polish by Butter London


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Butter London Macbeth Nails

#NAILlinkup – Pastel Watermarble

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#NAILlinkup Pastel

I decided to do a watermarble for my pastel theme for this month’s NAILlinkup. The effect is quite subtle, but very pretty!

These last couple of weeks have seen a real heatwave in France! We are seeing 16-26°C  – that’s normally a temperature range that we don’t get until about June. So it’s really lovely and I’ve made the most of it by getting some potted flowers started. And I think I’ve picked up quite a tan – so pastels are just right to bring it out :)

I used a white base, and the pastels are all by Models Own – Strawberry TartGrape JuiceBlueberry Muffin and Apple Pie. These are all scented :)
Models Own Pastel Nail Art

Nail Art Ideas Linkup Pastel

 

Check out our gallery of pastel nail art  below – and feel free to join in !

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Bubbles When Your Nails Dry!

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This post has been a long time coming! I seem to have been planning it for months! But, well it’s one of those essential things when it comes to nail polish. Sometimes it dries with irritating little bubbles, and it can be so hard to work out why.

It’s also really hard to organise a post like this in some logical manner. So I went for the flow-chart thing. The first draft was on a MacDonalds napkin in pink pen. But I rearranged it all and added more detail. Then I spent ages trying to make a graphic that looked hand-written… until I remembered my really awesome set of felt-tip pens!

The only problem is my handwriting… so let me know if there’s a bit you can’t figure out and I will type it up 😉

oh, and do click on the image to see the full-size version!

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#NAILlinkup – April Showers

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I’m a great believer in sharing my nail art fails! I think it’s fun – and they’re never as bad as I first think they are :)

This nail art falls into that category, though. My base colour, Zoya Skylar, is much darker than I expected (I stopped buying Zoya for that reason – it’s never the colour you expect!). My camera didn’t want to play nice, my cuticles are dry and my ‘accent nail’ with the silver outline did not go to plan – and I just could not get my ‘drops’ to look neat. Ho hum, at least there are some great nail arts in the gallery below :)

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