Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Essie Merino Cool with Elegant Rose Decal

As a V.P.P (very pale person) it's SUPER hard finding neutrals that look any good next to my skin tone.  Essie Merino Cool was a great find, a dark taupe with grey tones, and perhaps even a hint of lilac (is it my imagination?) I love this colour, especially in October/November.


Essie Merino Cool Swatch Review


It applies like a dream, two coats and you're good to go.


Essie Merino Cool Swatch Taupe Neutral Nude


I've been eyeing up some rose water decals from bornprettystore that The Nailasaurus has shown on her blog.  I finally placed an order and oh my goodness they're beautiful!  I had a little trouble with the final finish, they look a bit wrinkled even after topcoat so either I need more practice or I'll wear them over shimmery polish next time to disguise it.
After that I added some 1.5mm and 2mm steel coloured rhinestones to the other nails, from THIS seller on ebay UK.


Essie Merino Cool Neutral Nude Taupe Swatch


A super sophisticated, elegant mani!

Thanks for stopping by, 

Arcadia  xx


I purchased all the products in this post, the opinions are my own.



Sunday, 29 September 2013

Swatch: Autumn Duochrome - StarGazer 307

I'm very seasonal with my nail polish, so even though I'm sad summer is over here in the Northern Hemisphere I'm excited to start wearing autumnal colours again!  My first proper 'autumn mani' perfectly captures the season, a cheap but fabulous duochrome from UK brand StarGazer, number 307.


Stargazer Duochrome 307 swatch and review

Stargazer 307 is a sheer polish densely packed with micro glitter.  The term 'duochrome' comes from the fact that it shows as two different colours depending on the angle you look at it, as you can see in the bottle shot above.
Consequently trying to capture it in a photo is super difficult, so here are 2 shots of the gold to purple duochrome away from direct light.....

Stargazer 307 swatch review

Stargazer 307 Orly Space Cadet Swatch

...and now in the light it looks more like a sparkly purple polish.  


It's very sheer...to wear it on it's own would take 3-4 coats so I prefer to layer it.  You can layer over black but it makes the overall effect deeper.  Instead I went for 1 coat over China Glaze Jungle Queen, a murky dark purple which brings more warmth to 307 and matches it perfectly.

It's said that Stargazer 307 is a dupe for Orly Space Cadet, so if you're loving the look but can't Stargazer in your neck of the woods, try looking for that instead.

I bought it from ebay, for less that £3.  Bargain.

Arcadia  xx



Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Swatch: Water You Waiting For by China Glaze

I'm off on a 2 hour river cruise so what better polish to wear than Water You Waiting For by China Glaze!

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Water

It's filled with predominately blue glitter, with a sprinkling of smaller mint green glitter in there too, all suspended in a transparent dark blue polish. The photo above and below were taken in daylight where you can really see the individual glitters...

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Collection Water

It's chock full of glitter which honestly ended up getting on my nerves, so in the end I added thinner to make application easier.  I did 2 coats, with 2 layers of topcoat as it does dry quite bumpy.  Here it is indoors where the sparkle and deep blue base colour take over...

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Collection Water

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Collection Water

An impressive, super sparkly blue polish.  The green glitter makes it extra special and I'm so happy I was able to capture it in a photo!

This is my first basic swatch blog post, if you enjoyed it let me know and I'll start taking more snaps of my collection.


Arcadia  xx







Friday, 23 August 2013

Nail Polish Collection and Storage!

After a year of 'putting it off til the next time' I've FINALLY made my nail polish collection video!

I decided to do an in depth look at my polishes, storage ideas and swatches...if a job's worth doing it's worth doing well and all that.  Consequently I ended up with 2 hours of footage that's been edited down to 40 minutes, still bloody long but I guess it had to be.  I talked about different brands, swatching my collection, favourites, least favourites and acrylic paints.

Nail varnish collection and storage ideas

So settle in, get a cuppa and some snacks and prepare to be suffocated under an avalanche of polishey goodness ;P




Arcadia  xx


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Fading Summer Garden Nail Art Tutorial with Konad Butterfly & Gradient

Today's design was inspired by an ident created for UK TV channel ITV3 (watch it HERE), a beautiful scene filled with leaves, flowers and butterflies.

Ombre Summer Flower Gradient with Butterfly

I've recreated it with an acrylic paint gradient, white leaves and flowers and a konad butterfly. It's not as hard as you may think, check out the video below to learn how to do it!

Items used:

White polish - Whirlwind White by Sally Hansen Insta-dry
Acrylic paints by FolkArt and DecoArt
Flakie polish - Pearl-spective by Color Club
Konad plate m20 and Konad White Special Polish
Seche Vite Topcoat (but I much prefer Poshe topcoat over stamping tbh)
Striper brush from an art store, detail brush part of a nail art brush set from ebay



Arcadia  xx



Monday, 5 August 2013

Double Layered Shatter & Crackle Nail Art Ideas

Let's face it, shatter is SO 3 years ago and many of us have half used bottles lying around.  In an effort to fall back in love with them again I started playing around with them, and created some double layered crackle/shatter designs....and it worked!

Shatter polish ideas

I'm a little obsessed with creating new colour combinations and can't get enough of the look.  The grey/aqua/black combo is my current favourite, it's like a rock formation or camouflage.


Shatter Crackle Nail Polish Grey Green Black


Take a look - 


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Party Confetti Nails, Birthday Nail Art Tutorial

Today's design is confetti covered nails, perfect for birthdays, parades or any kind of celebration!

Birthday Party Confetti Nail Art

Base colour - Evolution by Color Club
Iridescent polish - Rainbow by China Glaze
Glitter - Snowglobe by China Glaze
Acrylic paints by FolkArt and DecoArt
Topcoat - Cheap one by Color Club that I don't really like tbh.

Learn how to do the design in the video HERE or click below...


Arcadia  xx


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Fun Summer Beach Nails (optional stamping)

It's scorching hot here in the UK, which made me think of summertime, beach inspired nails.  Bright colours and fun prints are combined in this design which is totally stamping optional, so don't worry if you don't have any stamping supplies.  You can switch the pattern for polka dots, simple flowers or even wavy lines.

Beach Nails Bundlemonster Stamping


Fun fact - the design was inspired by a top a hooker was wearing in an episode of Law & Order, Season 13...yup.

Items Used -
Barry M 'Blueberry Ice Cream'
Orange and White Acrylic Paint
Konad White Stamping Polish
Bundlemonster plate BM 215  (from amazon)
Seche Vite Top Coat
If you're short on time simply do the design on your ring fingers, and paint all the rest solid blue!

Take a look at the video below, or click HERE.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Illamasqua Raindrops and Faux Pas, Swatches and Review

I recently bought my first Illamasqua polishes, and I've been really impressed with the formulas and colours.

Illamasqua Faux Pas Matte Polish

Illamasqua Raindrops

I tried a grey creme/jelly with flakes called Raindrops and a satin Purple called Faux Pas, check them out in the video below or click HERE!


Saturday, 22 June 2013

How I Fixed My Peeling Nails

A nail care video has been highly requested in the last few months, which isn't a coincidence because since January I've been doing a new nail care routine.

My nails have always peeled terribly, as bad as it could get with the entire white section peeled back 2 or 3 layers on almost all my nails.

Well, they're fixed! 

Find out how I did it in the video below....



Extra information and links to the products I've been using can be found in the description box of the video over on Youtube.

Arcadia  xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Chic Chanel Inspired Nails

I was SUPER excited to receive my first ever Chanel polish for my birthday along with a mirror compact. The packaging was so elegant and special with the Chanel ribbon, tissue and box it inspired me to make a design based on their classic combo of black, white and gold.

Chanel Inspired Designer Nails

The cross is made of 2 colours fading in to each other, gold in the centre as if it's glowing then white at the tips of the cross.

I used:

Black polish - Wet n Wild 'Black Creme'
White polish - China Glaze 'Frosty'
Gold and Silver Glitter - Orly 'Halo'
Topcoat - Poshe

Chanel Inspired Nails


To learn how to create the design, click HERE or on the video below!


Arcadia   xx


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Indie Brand Sonnetarium - Samurai Princess, Blueberry Yogurt, & Raspberry Sorbet Swatches

I recently treated myself to some new polishes from the Independent Brand Sonnetarium and of course I HAD to make a swatch video of them!


I've been searching for my perfect black and white glitter for a while, many brands are making them but none of them were quite right....most have really big glitter in for a start and although I like large glitter, I only want to wear it now and then.  Samurai Princess from Sonnetarium has a fabulous mix of glitters and none of them are too big, as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one for me!

Sonnetarium Samurai Princess Swatch

I also picked up 2 polishes from this Spring's Fresh Collection, Blueberry Yogurt and Raspberry Sorbet.   They're available from their site, Sonnetarium.net.


Sonnetarium Raspberry Sorbet Swatch

Sonnetarium Blueberry Yoghurt Swatch


To see all 3 polishes applied and to hear my review of them, click HERE or watch the video below.





Arcadia  xx





Friday, 24 May 2013

From The Archive: Cute Cupcake Nails

Cupcake Nails

Here's a tutorial from last year that I needed to re-upload this week.  I think every channel has done cupcake nails as some point, but I held back until I could figure out something a little different.

My version has a cute little face with chubby cheeks, and random candy coloured dots on the other nails.  As you can see it works really well on short nails too!

Click HERE or on the video below to watch the tutorial  :)



Pink base - Something Sweet by China Glaze
Artwork done with acrylic paints by FolkArt and DecoArt and a detail brush.

Arcadia  xx



Monday, 13 May 2013

Smiley Face Nail Art Tutorial


Here is my version of smiley face nail art, a design I've been meaning to do for AGES...

Smiley Face Nails inspired by Rihanna

It was supposed to have some fimo smiley faces in it, however when I tried to use them they just seemed too big and were difficult to curve around my nails.  I got in a huff and just did a freehand version instead.

I have little patience for fimo slices to be honest  :/

Anyway, here are the details, and as ever, click on the video to watch how it was done..



Red Polish - SpaRitual 'Hunk of Burning Love'  3 coats
Yellow Polish - Barry M 'Lemon Ice Cream' 5 coats (which is ridonkulous!  I've ordered Lemon Fizz by China Glaze because it applies in 2 or 3 apparently)
Topcoat - Color Club, pretty much hate it but I'm using it up for tutorials.
Acrylic paints by FolkArt and DecoArt (FolkArt are way better)

Brush - Teeny tiny one from an art store with most of the bristles chopped off.

And of course if you're rubbish at doing your other hand just paint them all red with the polka dots and leave it at that!

Thanks for watching

Arcadia  xx


Monday, 6 May 2013

Holographic Polishes by Layla - Swatches and Review

One of my lovely viewers suggested that instead of focusing on new collections (which I can't really afford right now) I could instead make a swatch video whenever I buy myself some interesting polishes....so here are some holos I treated myself to last month from Layla.

I chose silver and black, and bought them from amazon.co.uk.

Layla Holographic Silver Polish Swatch

I love them, see what you think in the video below (where I list the pros and cons)
Thanks for watching!


Arcadia  xx




Saturday, 27 April 2013

Easy Hazard Tape Effect Nails

Hello!

I've spent the last week messing around with striping tape trying to see what new ideas I could come up with, and this is what I created!  I don't know why I thought of hazard tape, no doubt it's because I was playing with the striping tape while watching CSI Vegas lol.

Caution Tape Crime Scene Nail Art


You can of course use regular clear tape and cut it in to strips, but be aware that 2 coats of polish over regular tape can create bleeding lines.  Two coats over striping tape works very well (if you count to ten before removing it), but sometimes you'll get blurry lines with the clear tape.  I'd recommend using a dense opaque polish that's a one coater over it if you're having trouble.


Arcadia  xx

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Faded Butterflies Stamping Nail Art Tutorial

I've done some stamping this week using a beautiful butterfly image from Bundlemonster, but you could also re-create it with a flower or leaf image too.

Butterfly Bundlemonster Stamping Nail Art

I thought it'd be cute to paint my little finger lilac and added a butterfly rhinestone to it as a finishing touch!



Items used -

White - Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 'Whirlwind White'
Lilac - OPI 'Done Out In Deco'
Pale Green - Essie 'Maximillian Strasse Her'
Blue/Grey - Colour Club 'Shabby Drab'
Topcoat - Poshe Topcoat

Image Plate - Bundlemonster BM-205 from the 2011 set of 25 plates (available on amazon and bundlemonster's website)

I hope you like it!

Arcadia   x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

OPI OZ - Softshades Collection 2013

Here's a mini-swatch video of a couple of polishes from OPI's latest collection of Softshades polishes inspired by the Disney movie 'OZ The Great and Powerful'.

OPI OZ Softshades 2013

I was given Glints of Glinda, a beige caramel coloured nude polish with a crème/jelly formula, and When Monkeys Fly!, an awesome gold and holographic layering glitter...

When Monkeys Fly! Swatch

Glints of Glinda Swatch


Check out the video to learn more and see how they apply!



Arcadia xx



These polishes are press samples that were sent to me for review

Thursday, 11 April 2013

From The Archive: Floral Damask Nails

Before I started this blog I uploaded lots of nail art videos to Youtube, so I thought I'd share some of them with you every now and then.

One of my favourites is this floral design painted entirely in black over a duochrome polish.  In real life the effect is stunning, but sadly on camera it was super hard to pick up.  As a result the photos kinda suck....even running around the house for 20 minutes taking snaps in every light condition at all angles wasn't enough to capture it.

Elegant Floral Nail Art

I used a Stargazer polish for the background, number 307, with black acrylic paints for the details.  I love the finished look but if you're not into such dark colours, try painting the flowers in white over a lighter background.



Arcadia  xx

Friday, 5 April 2013

Bejewelled Nails inc. Removal

I've been wanting to do a full on rhinestone design for a long time and I really like the result!  Also included is a guide to removing them when you're done :)

Rhinestone Nail Art


The effect is like having jewellery on your nails, it looks gorgeous and once your used to it it isn't uncomfortable at all.

Rhinestone Covered Nails


It's easy to do, and if you add a fresh layer of topcoat every day it should last for 2-3 days.

Here's the tutorial...


Arcadia   xx


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Simple Flower Chain Nail Art

Technically Spring has sprung but you wouldn't know it in the UK with all the snow outside!  So there I sat shivering and wearing gloves during the editing of this summery flower design lol.

Easy Flower Chain Nail Art


In daylight the base colour is much less green, and has a grey hue....


Simple Flower Chain Nail Art Daylight


I used China Glaze 'Sea Spray' for my base, and FolkArt and DecoArt acrylic paints for the art work.
I finished it off with Color Club topcoat although I'm not keen on it, I'm just using it up.  My favourites are Essie Good To Go and Posche topcoat :)

Here's the tutorial....




Arcadia  x

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Oh Dear...Brushes of Models Own Mirrorball Collection Are Screwed :(

Six months ago I made a swatch video of the Models Own MirrorBall collection.  I had only ever bought one of their polishes before so was excited to see what they'd be like, and on first impressions I was pretty pleased with them considering the price.




I've bought so many polishes recently so they've stayed sat in a drawer for the last few months, only being used once.

Well, today I open them to find that 3 out of the 5 have totally unusable brushes!  I've taken a photo as you can see...

Models Own Mirrorball Glitter


They're actually worse than they look when you start using them.

I'm mad because this just shouldn't happen.  The quality should be good enough for the polishes to last in an acceptable condition for years, not months.  The bristles must have reacted badly to the polish and have curled, making it very difficult to paint on the polish.  I'll have to use a nail art brush to apply those 3 from now on, and won't be surprised when the other 2 go weird :(

This seals the deal for me on Models Own now.  The very first time I ever used them I thought 'hmm...they smell like the polish I used to use as a kid'  i.e. not that great and probably containing some of the chemicals that other brands take out nowadays.  I can't confirm this, just a hunch from the smell.

The quality of the polish itself is okay, but the fact that I've had one bottle smash as I unscrewed the cap, another's brush became unstuck on the first use, and now this, I won't be buying any more.

Besides, I can buy a bottle of China Glaze for less than a fiver from a US seller on UK ebay.  Sure I have to wait a week or two for delivery but the quality of the polish and the brushes/bottles is FAR superior.  In my opinion anyways.

Arcadia  xx





Saturday, 16 March 2013

Retro Space Nail Art

Galaxy nails have been done by tonnes of people so I decided to do a different take on it and make a retro space design, inspired by 1960's cartoons with a rocket ship and stylised star.


Space Nails by Arcadianailart


If I could do it again I'd make the star on my ring finger smaller and more irregular like the one on my thumb *doh*

Remember that the purple polish (Creative Fantasy by China Glaze) is more pink in real life, so the finished look is more violet toned off camera.  I used acrylic paints by FolkArt and DecoArt for the images.




Arcadia  x



Friday, 8 March 2013

Faux Studded Nails

Lots of people are loving nail art studs right now, but they're not very practical to wear and you may not be able to get hold of them.  I was inspired to create my own version using purely nail polish, it's very easy to do and just uses metallic polishes.


Easy Studded Nails


I'd recommend using 2 or 3 colours but if you don't have that many you can always mix one with some black to produce a darker shade.

Here's the video....



Arcadia  x

Monday, 4 March 2013

Music Notes....a collaboration

I'm working with ProfessionalDQ again on our third collaboration together!

Music Note Nail Art


We chose to do music note nails, I went with a more elegant, classic design and ProfessionalDQ chose to do a bright colourful rainbow version, take a look...

My Design



ProfessionalDQ's Design





It was so much fun working with Beth again, if you haven't found her blog yet you take a look HERE.

Thank you so much for reading, and watching....bye!

Arcadia   x


Friday, 1 March 2013

Money Saving Nail Art Tips

Getting all the tools and supplies that most nail artists use can cost a lot of money, not to mention buying nail polish, so here are some tips to save money and create great nail art on a budget!

I was inspired to write this post after seeing a tweet from ChalkboardNails about a wonderful idea that she's judging from moneysupermarket.com, where bloggers are asked for their best money saving ideas.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

Polishes & Acrylic Paints


You really don't need a huge catalogue of polishes at your finger tips. Every time I do a design I mix the colours I need from the polishes or acrylic paints I already own, and when I first started out I simply bought some super cheap polishes from the supermarket in green and yellow (the colours I didn't already own) to use specifically for mixing new colours.

However for painting nail art acrylic paints are by far the best and cheapest option around. Buying a few basic colours is inexpensive, and from them you can make any colour you like.  The shelf life of acrylic paints is much MUCH longer than that of polishes, and of course they can also be used for other craft projects.   They never streak when you put topcoat over them like polishes can often do, can be wiped off if you make a mistake, and one bottle will last you for years and years.  I recommend FolkArt, Apple Barrel or Americana, if you can't get them try children's paints as they will be non-toxic and safe to use just as those afore mentioned brands are.

Tools


By far the most daunting aspect when you start out is knowing what tools you will need.

The absolute basics in my opinion would be a good detail brush and a dotting tool.

My favourite detail brush comes from a cheap set of 7 nail art brushes I found on ebay. You can also try buying a small brush from an art store, but make sure the bristles are long, not short.  Somehow the length of the bristles makes a huge difference, and this is the only tool that you will ever really need for nail art.  Stripes, dots and everything inbetween can be created with it.  You can see the brush I use in this video below -




Dotting tools are extremely cheap on ebay or amazon, but you can also make them easily.  The tip of a toothpick is perfect for fine dots, and just chop the toothpick in half and file the end smooth for making larger dots.

Very big dots can be made with the end of a chopstick, wooden kebab skewer or the end of a paintbrush or pencil.

Probably the cheapest nail art tool is sticky tape!  I used it in this starburst tutorial below, and it's a wonderful way for beginners and those who can't paint freehand to enjoy nail art.





Using Up Old Polishes 


When you're trying to save money, seeing all the old unwanted polishes in your collection and totting up in your head how much you spent on them can be heartbreaking.

Fear not, there are ways to use them up!

If the consistency is still good I use up varnishes I don't like for water marbling, and I'll paint colours I'm not keen on any more on my nails and then put an amazing glitter polish over the top to transform them in to a brand new (and unique) manicure.  Also, iridescent polishes and sheer polishes can completely change the appearance of a colour you no longer like when added over the top.

Sometimes old polishes end up goopy and unusable, so you should throw them out right?

NO!

I have a little section in my drawer for just those offenders....many can be saved by using nail polish thinner (never use nail polish remover, it destroys the polish!), but for those that can't be saved or that I don't like there is another use.  They're great for removing nail polish!

If your nails split, peel or break easily it has no doubt occured to you that your nail polish could be to blame.  Well of course it can be, but have you thought about the nail polish remover you're using too?

Nail polish remover (especially those with acetone) contain nasty chemicals.  They have to to remove all that nail polish so well.  This can of course sink in too your skin which isn't very healthy, and also sink in to your nails.  

My nails are very weak and pathetic, so to try and keep them healthier this is what I do to remove old manicures - I use a thick layer of those thick goopy polishes over my nails and wait 5 minutes.  It will sink through your polish melting it to the point where you can wipe off a couple of layers and therefore halve the time you'll need to spend using regular remover.  This tip is especially good if you're trying to remove a glitter polish.


There Are Some Things Worth Spending Money On...


Finding the perfect base coat, top coat or nail strengthener for your specific nail type will take time and cost money.  There's no way around that especially if you have issues with your nails.

My favourite top coat could perform terribly on your nails and visa versa.  Everyone is different and there's not a polish out there that will work for everyone.

I've bought dozens of products trying to find what's right for me and I'm close to getting there, but yes I have spent a lot of money in the process.

My advice would be to read recommendations, reviews, and ask for advice from either the online nail polish/nail art community or your friends and family.  Don't forget the best prices are often found online,  I live in the UK and buy most of my nail products from American sellers on the UK Ebay site as I save the most money that way.  Sure I have to wait 2 weeks to receive the products but the saving is worth is for me.

I hope some of these tips have helped you, and of course if you have any questions or indeed any tips or your own, share them with us in the comments!


Arcadia  x






Friday, 22 February 2013

The Easiest Way To Clean Nail Art Brushes

I'm often asked how I clean my nail art brushes, so I've made a video showing you how.

When I first started nail art I wanted to use the easiest, laziest way to clean the polish off my brushes and started using this method...




How do you clean your brushes?  I'd love to hear any other methods, especially if they're easier to do!

Arcadia  x

Friday, 15 February 2013

Indie Spotlight - Happy Hands Nail Polish

Today's Indie Spotlight video is all about Happy Hands Nail Polish.  I had the chance to swatch and review 4 of their polishes, called Afternoon Thunderstorms, Flowers on the Highway, For You My Love and The Worst is Over.

Happy Hands Nail Polish Swatches

Below are the photos taken of all the polishes, to see them swatched and to learn more about them check out the video at the end of the blog post!

Happy Hands Afternoon Thunderstorms Swatch
Happy Hands Nail Polish - Afternoon Thunderstorms

Happy Hands Flowers On The Highway Swatch
Happy Hands Nail Polish - Flowers On The Highway

Happy Hands For You My Love Swatch
Happy Hands Nail Polish - For You My Love

Happy Hands The Worst Is Over Swatch
Happy Hands Nail Polish - The Worst Is Over

And here is the video in which I swatch and review them all - 




Happy Hands Nail Polish is available at their website, HERE, and also at harlowandco.org.  I received these polishes for free for review purposes, but all the opinions are my own and are always honest.

Arcadia   x


Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Easy Polka Dot Hearts Nail Art Tutorial

Hi everyone!  To celebrate Valentine's Day I worked with another Youtube channel called BeautifulYouTV to bring you a combined nail art and make-up look.

Polka Dot Hearts Nail Art

My part of the collaboration was a simple heart collage design, inspired by nail wraps and a lamp shade I saw in Ikea!

If you don't have the time you can do the design on your ring fingers, and paint all of your other nails red.

It's very easy to do, just follow the steps in the video below -




I used -

Sally Hansen InstaDry 'Whirlwind White' (one coat)
then China Glaze 'Frosty' (one coat)

The hearts were made with red and white acrylic paints from FolkArt and DecoArt.

Arcadia   x


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Easy Starburst Nail Art Tape Tutorial


Easy Starburst Nail Art using tape


I don't often use tape for nail art, I don't have the patience to wait for the base polish to dry lol.  It is an awesome effect though so here is a design using invisible tape.  Many other youtubers use painters tape, masking tape and regular sellotape however I much prefer the clear/invisible tape as it's soft and flexible, sticks well without leaving any gluey residue and leaves good clean lines.

I regret using the silver polish (China Glaze 'Cheers To You') as it showed up every imperfection, even the polish the glitter is stuck down with is super visible under the topcoat. If I could go back I would've gone with black instead, much more forgiving.  Oh well.





Try it with blue/white, green/black, yellow/black and a million other combinations, the bigger the contrast the better!


Friday, 4 January 2013

Indie Brand Spotlight - Shimmer Polish

Indie polish brands are getting more and more popular, but they're also multiplying like rabbits!

Buying from an individual maker can be a bit daunting, never really knowing what you're going to get until it's too late.  With that in mind I'm hoping to make a new series of videos introducing you to lots of indie brands.  You'll be able to see what all the fuss is about and exactly why some of them are so wonderful.

I've started with Shimmer Polish, a range of incredibly complex glitter formulas that are available on Etsy, just click HERE to see the store, and watch the video below to find out all about the brand!