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


Butter London Macbeth

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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Easter Break!

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Hiya!

Just a little note to say, we’re off back home for a week. This year, my lovely mumma’s birthday falls on Easter, so we’re making the most of it and getting the ferry back to the UK to visit. I have to say, I hate packing. I mean, I take forever just deciding what I want to eat at the next meal… how am I supposed to know what clothes I will want to wear in 4 days’ time? and that’s without even starting on how many pairs of shoes I can reasonably bring back for a short visit… anyway, it will be fun to see everyone :)

I’ve been struggling to come up with the time to do a little nail art all week… and bam, this morning I broke a nail pretty badly ! So I’ll leave you with my Easter nail art from last year (which, frankly, I’m very proud of, I still think it rocks!). If you would like to see the full post, click here

Have a great week, I’ll see you all again around the 11th or 12th April

Big love.

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#NAILlinkup – April Themes for Nail Art Ideas Linkup

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Hello April! I’ve been waiting for you for what feels like an eternity. Enough of winter, I’m so ready for you Spring! If you’re feeling the need for some nail art inspiration to help you transition into spring, then join our easy and stress free monthly nail art challenge Nail Art Ideas Linkup. Worried about the time you need to commit? Don’t sweat it. Join in when ever you want – do as many or as few prompts as you like. All you need to do is create an awesome manicure and upload your picture onto the inlinkz page!

Let’s look at our April prompts:

nail linkup,

Theme 1 – Easter Think chickies, bunnies, chocolate, eggs and anything else whimsical and fun. Don’t celebrate Easter? That’s ok – what about passover? Share what’s important to you for this time of year.

Theme 2 – April Showers Did you know that April Showers bring May flowers? So they say…No matter how much it rains in april, we’re not going to let it get us down. Embrace the showers by painting your nails!

Theme 3 – Pastels A theme that’s been prominent on all the fashion runways for the last number of years, pastels are here to stay. Yummy pinks, minty greens, soft blues – what’s your take on pastels?

Theme 4 – Spring Flowers It’s not May yet but I bet you’ll see some buds springing up around you this month. What’s your favourite spring blossom?

Theme 5 – Ombre Ok so we’re not totally original on this one but don’t you just love ombre nails? We do! So show us your best ombre manicure.

How to Enter the April 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 30 March – 3rd May 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.

 

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APRIL SHOWERS

PASTELS

SPRING FLOWERS

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*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: Easter / April Showers / Pastels / Spring Flowers / Ombre

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 April!

Happy painting,

Brijit from Brijits Digits

Jacqui from Craftynail

Jemma from Eeeek! Nail Polish!

Lindsay from Nail That Accent!

What Happened to the Crackle? // Barry M – Croc Nail Effects

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Barry M Croc Crackle

Am I the only one that is still rather fond of crackle polish? It’s such an easy, quick nail art fix! My favourite is Barry M Croc Nail Effects Paint in black – but I did love the classic crackles, too. I’m wearing my black crackle over two coats of A England Encore Margot, and my accent nails are painted with a Different Dimension polish called Black Delilah – which doesn’t seem to be available any more, but they do have several other lovely sparklies!

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Nail Art Ideas Linkup // Gold #NAILlinkup

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Don’t you just love gold nails?! so blingy :)

For this nail art, I used a different technique – I put on my base colour, then pressed gold glitter into it while it was still tacky. I love the slight texture that this gave, and think it looks especially great over black! Also, usually when I do a leopard nail art, I use a dotting tool or nail art pen. This time, I used the bottle brush, carefully wiped off and actually, I prefer this look! it’s a little more splodgy (maybe more realistic?) and looks so fun over the gritty texture of the glitter!

Don’t forget to go right to the bottom of the page to see our gold nail art gallery!

Products Used 

Gold Foil Nail Paint – Barry M

Copper Foil Nail Paint – Barry M

Black polish – Camelot by A England

Gold Holo Glitter (no brand, from closed store NailDelights.com)

Base Coat – Butter London Horse Power

Top Coat – Seche Vite

Gold Leopard Nails

Gold Nail Art

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Gold Glitter Mani

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Cirque – Sky Woman

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Cirque Nail Lacquer Sky Woman

I have a swatch post for you today!

I don’t do swatches very often recently – that’s because I don’t have very recent polish to show you, especially since we’re saving up for the wedding :) This is a special one though – it’s my very first Cirque nail polish!

This post is a little photo heavy…. Sorry about that – the light was just so fantastic, it made me fall in love with my camera all over again, haha

Sky Woman is an incredible linear holo in a shade of blue that I think is best described as blue jean. Although, it’s also a bit like periwinkle. Or like a really bright blue piece of plastic that has been left out in the sun all summer. Very pretty, right?!

I used two coats with a regular base and top coat, and when the polish is dry, it is a little funny textured – like a metallic that is very slightly grainy. Anyway, with top coat it is super shiny, of course.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that this polish doesn’t wear off easily at all. I have been wearing it for 4 days, and my day job involves a lot of typing. Yet, I only have the tiniest bit of tip wear – and the holo really packs a punch! Of course, it isn’t so visible in low light, and just looks like a silver dusting to the polish. But in sun light or under a lamp – bam! all the colours really come out :)

Application was fine, the first coat felt a little odd and patchy – but then bright blues often do. The second coat was fine though. I noticed that to start with, there were sometimes darker blue streaks, but I think that the holo particles settle out again just fine, as long as you apply fairly quickly and don’t mess with it – but then if you mess with any polish as it’s drying, you are likely to get lumps! I did get a picture of the brush though, because to me, that’s a really important part of a good polish – the Cirque brush is fairly classic, relatively long and not really thick or thin. One particular thing I noticed, is that it is super flexible, so it’s really very easy to get a smooth, even application. I can definitely see why this brand is so beloved of nail bloggers the world over <3

Cirque Nail Polish Bottle Brush

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Blue Holo Nails
Cirque Sky Woman Blue Nail Polish

Cirque Sky Woman Swatch

Closeup Photo of Sky Woman by Cirque

Closeup Photo of Sky Woman

Holographic Blue Mani

OMGNailStrips // LED Nail Decals!

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

 

Well, I am a lucky little blogger! The nice people over at OMG Nail Strips sent me a very cool new product to try! LED Nail Decals! I saw these on Instagram and was very impressed – they work using NFC technology, and I was lucky enough to get two packs to try – I think that this is the link to the exact product, which retails at $5.99 (free shipping – worldwide!). These are really cute LED lights that work with NFC technology. That’s got something to do with electro-magnetics, apparently! Anyway, it’s a technology that some places are starting to use to let you pay for small purchases with your phone, buy or validate travel tickets, or, in my case, when I get in from work, I bump my phone on an NFC tag to get music going on my little bluetooth speakers!

 

The LED strip is a little tiny chip embedded in a clear gel-like strip. I would recommend holding it over your nail and cutting down the cuticle-end to size before you place the LED on your nail. I made the mistake of ruining a pack by just whipping it out and sticking it down. Then deciding I wanted to trim it. And I don’t know if the adhesive stayed on my nail, or if my base coat came up and stuck to it, but it did stop it from sticking down again. So, take note – these aren’t easily repositionable. They do seem to be designed for a long-term use, though, so that’s to be expected.

 

Also, since I’m admitting to my failings, I’m not the most technologically-minded of people. The LED didn’t seem to want to work with my phone to start with. So I installed a free ‘NFC Card Reader’ app, and as soon as that was activated, it worked perfectly! I suspect it depends on the model of your phone, but I have a fancy Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, and I found that the LED worked within about an inch of the chip in my phone. It does seem to blink more strongly and faster when it’s really close, though. It would be so fun to try these with a NFC card reader! Apparently that’s what the cool Japanese nail art enthusiasts are doing, especially since NFC technology is already more in use there than it is here in lil’ ol’ France. And, if you do have trouble using these, I’m sure that you can send an email to OMG Nail Decals – they do seem to be happy to help!

 Of course, you can decorate these however you like, be it with nail polish or decals, or whatever! I opted to use the cute little pink rose decal – which came included in the pack, along with a little butterfly, hearts, flowers, a snowflake…  and it’s not just adorable, but it also makes nail art easy, and I decided it would look great with a pale grey and some stamping. I did get red chips in my packs, but the pale grey polish went over the gel strip and covered the basic chip colour really easily.

When the light isn’t blinking, it looks a kind of pale yellow colour. When it does flicker on, it is really quite bright for such a little thing! It won’t blind you or anything, but it is definitely eye catching. It definitely is tricky to photograph, though, since of course to show off the decal, you need quite strong light, but that makes the LED look less bright… Anyway, do be aware that it is brighter than in my photos – although in the photo below, the LED is off – just so you can see what it looks like :)

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If I have one criticism – and I think that this is a very detail-oriented company, so they might already be working on this – it’s that the decal seemed to lift a little (especially near my cuticle, where the nail bed is most curved). It pushes back down quite easily, and for a longer use, you can definitely use some nail glue to get them really stuck solid. Maybe if it was a bit more flexible, it might have stayed stuck to my nail better. Also, I have a rather strong curve to my nail, both side-to-side and tip-to-cuticle, so I don’t think this will be a problem at all for most people.

And, on the up side, these LEDs are tough! After a lot of messing around, and even using (acetone-free) polish remover, it still worked! So you can definitely get quite a bit of use out of each decal.

Also, I love how the decal doesn’t look too flashy or ‘weird’ for every day use – it’s a classic nail art design, and only lights up when you want it to – which, if you like messing around with these things as much as I do – is a lot! I spent a good few hours playing with these – both in the pack and on my nails, and I didn’t see any sign of the LED tiring out :)

Nail Art LED Stickers

You may also be interested to know, that the adhesive didn’t damage my natural nail in any way. Of course, I used a base coat, but just one coat of a basic clear one. When it came to removing the decal, a little residue was left, that came off very easily with polish remover, and that was all – not even a scratch from where I had pushed the LED firmly to stick it down.

To see other designs, you may want to take a look at the Instagram feed, the Facebook page or the website. Of course, OMG do make nail decals, too – I was lucky enough to get some to try last year – you can see my posts here and here :)

Other products used (all purchased by myself) :

- pink nail polish : Barry M – Fuchsia

- white nail polish : Barry M – Matt White

- multi glitter polish : Barry M – Amethyst Glitter

- pale grey nail polish : Zoya – Dove

- top coat : Seche Vite

OMG LED for nail art

OMG Nail LED decals


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

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