Sorry, I’ve been rub-a-dub-ish at posting lately. Well, I was in Ibiza for a week (yes, amazing) but I’ve been back for a while so no excuse really.
So this is a quickie just to show you another great shellac colour, the greeny/yellowy (more yellow really) neony one. It looked really good and I got quite a few compliments from randoms actually, which is always nice innit? Ibiza was fab as always, the bight colour went great with a bit of a tan and the backdrop of neon lights. Weirdly enough as I was on the tube to the airport I realised my nails kind of matched again, maybe this could be a theme! They lasted a full week with 0 chips then v. minimal chipping for a couple of days but obviously the sun, sea and sun cream meant it was never gonna last as long. Anyway as you already know I’m a happy bunny when it comes to this brand (see past posts for details) they are cheap as chips and do the job nicely. Got a burgundy one to try for Autumn/Winter so updates on that as and when.
And of course the classic tube, Line Camera shot (can something be a classic after only one previous? Lets go with yes.)
The neon-ness doesn’t really come across in the pics annoyingly, just looks like normal yellow but they were wells rave-tastic, honest!
Ok so thats it. More videos soon come, hopefully with a better camera. Had a few people go out and buy that Sally Hansen polish so I must be doing something right…?
EEEK, my first video! Soz about the terrible quality etc. I want to start doing more vids so hopefully I’ll eventually have some better equipment. It’s kind of a trial run as I’ve never done one before so please don’t get all up in my grill about how rubbish it is (I already know!) Practice makes perfect y’all.
Just a quickie to show you the 2 new gel polish shades I bought from eBay (which I mention in a previous post.) I’ll let the picture do the talking first:
Um, hiyaaaaaaaaa how fit are these acid brights?! PERFECT for Summer… Ok Summer’s nearly over but I’m going to Ibiza soon so… yeah. I’m yet to try the green so I’ll be rocking it over on the White Isle fo’ sho’.
Consistency wise the orange was a bit less opaque than some other polishes and I applied it quite thinly, which I think contributed to it having a few small chips within a week. Most blogs I’ve read or YouTube vids I’ve watched recommend you apply v. thin coats to stop it chipping but I think this may be a weaker formula than the name brands and would benefit from having one of the coloured coats applied thicker. I had a few chips after a week but the thing is they are sooooooo cheap and have way more colour options than I’ve ever seen before so I don’t really mind that they don’t last as long as my actual branded Gelish colour (which has been known to last 3 weeks, boom!) I think it may just be a case of adjusting my technique slightly to find how to make it last as long as poss. But hey, a whole week without chips is still gut enough for me! Plus a massive saving of around £30 by DIY-ing? Not too shabby at all my friend.
Anyhoo, the day after I was on the Overground to Hackney and realised my nails matched the train! So I made this beautiful work of art with my new favourite app, Line Camera…
That’s ‘so cute’ for those of you who don’t watch Happy Endings (what are you doing with your life? Go watch it NOW!)
Hola! I’m back from holiday! Well actually I got back like 3 weeks ago and guess what I discovered on my return…?! The place I was working full time has now closed down, so I am (f)unemployed once again! Woo effing hoo. So this should mean more frequent posts but probably actually just means more time to sit around watching ‘Suits’ in my PJs.
Anyway, I thought I’d kick off with a mini post about my holiday nailzz. I bought a new shade of gel polish from Ebay. A really pretty peachy/coral that’s also almost a bit neon. Then I went for good old Pastelchio from Lime Crime on my toes. They made a really good combo and I got quite a few compliments. I was worried about the new gel polish as it was really cheap, only £3.50. The brand was ‘Gel Polish’ but the packing has almost exactly the same branding as ‘Gelish’ bottles and I think it came from China or somewhere so I was like, hmmm is this some kind of a knock off? Anyway I was really pleased with it. The actual colour was really close to the colour advertised in the pic, which in my experience is almost never the case. It lasted pretty well too. Obviously on holiday you’re in and out of the sea and constantly putting on sun cream which is all going to contribute to your polish chipping (even if it is gel) but mine were good for just over a week. Heres the link to the sellers page, there are a shit load of colours to chose from including GLITTERY ONES! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140994664381?var=440135800956&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
And here’s a pic for your viewing pleasure…
Look how they go with my super cool Primark towel!
I’m a big fan of gel/shellac manicures. They look super shiny and last ages which is pretty much everything you want from a good manicure. However they ‘ain’t exactly cheap. My local salon does them for £30 or £35 if you’re also having a previous manicure taken off and £30-£35 a month adds up!
So when I saw an offer from Millennium Nails in Company Magazine I was very intrigued. It was kind of long time ago so sorry if the details aren’t exactly right but I think it was 70% off their UV gel kit (pictured above) which included:
UV lamp with set of bulbs
UV gel cleanser
Acetone polish remover
Pack of lint free wipes
Top and base coat
Your choice of 4 colour polishes
With the discount all of the above came to a mere £80 (approx.) which is an absolute bargain if you ask me!
I went ahead and bought it with the intention of saving money on my own manicures and offering them to friends and family. Now, I’m not a professional nail technician, I don’t have any qualifications or anything but I wear nail polish a lot and have had a few manicures in my time so I know the basics.
On the whole the kit is very good (especially for that price!) One thing I will say is, some of the colour examples they give on the site are slightly different to what you receive (I later ordered a 5th colour which I thought was a baby/pastel pink but the actual colour was more of a fuchsia and is very similar to the pink I chose in my original 4.)
I’ve had the kit for a few months now so my technique is definitely improving. Though my first attempt (shown below) was somewhat shaky, I found the kit very easy to use- the website has basic instructions you can follow and I was happy with the results as they lasted nearly a full 2 weeks.
The second attempt was on my housemate’s nails and hers also lasted 2 weeks however this was not always the case. One friend had hers chip after less than a week, others said theirs lasted up to 3 weeks and a couple of my own chipped within a week. Everyone’s nails were properly prepped before hand (cleaned, buffed, filed etc.) and cured under the lamp for the correct amount of time so I’m not really sure why the results were inconsistent. It could have been a number of things I guess (me getting used to using the kit, the condition of each persons nails, what they were doing with their hands or the quality of the polishes.)
In any case I’m really happy with the kit. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it and saved myself a few quid in the process so I’m really glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it for personal use. Some examples of manicures I’ve given to friends can be seen in this blog’s header and a more recent personal attempt is shown below. As you can see the finish is a lot neater now!