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Fireworks for New Year's Eve? Erm, Holo?!

What I can't understand is why do we celebrate New Year's Eve in such close proximity to Christmas. The fridge is STILL packed full of leftovers and it is very likely that I've gained a stone in the past week. Oh and I'm supposed to wear a bodycon dress tonight. Fantastic. 

OK so New Year's Eve might not be my thing but I tell you what is, fireworks! I might resemble a balloon tonight but at least my nails are 'fit' for the occasion;) 

foil holographic pink bornprettystore colourblock striping tape nails
Foil from bornpretystore.com without top coat


Santa Comes from Polishville. Fact.

I swear I wanted to go for something absolutely ridiculous for today's Weekly Nail Art Challenge. Just about anything vaguely Christmas related was going to end up on my nails. But I'm afraid all the Christmas preparation and gift wrapping got the best of me and I couldn't face anymore festivities! What's happened, I became a Scrooge! 

christmas jumper sweater festive metallic christmas nail art


Winter Icicles

The weather has seriously been killing me recently. Yes, it's warm. In fact, it's been so warm I spotted a guy in shorts yesterday. Awesome, my question is: where is the bloody snow?! I just can't feel festive when the snow it's not here. So today I'm going on strike and I'm bringing the snow to you...or rather, the ice! 

ice icicles blue ombre winter nail art tutorial


Pink Christmas

Have you found yourself thinking: why is her hand so tanned all of a sudden? Don't worry, I didn't have an unfortunate self tan incident. I mean, what, that would just be weird...I NEVER had one of those...<nervous laugh>. No seriously, the reason why my hand is browner than usual is because I made this manicure in July. See, a perfectly good explanation. And not weird AT ALL.

christmas jumper stripes glitter moyou london festive 06


Stars In My Eyes

For today's Weekly Nail Art Challenge 2015  my mind went blank! The prompt for today is stars and I kinda had this idea to do some form of gradient but the gradient gods were not watching over me...in fact, nail gods are completely blowing me off today! Add to that the fact that I have a flu and you can't blame me for going for something simple today. 

christmas #wnac2015 studs arrowheads rhinestones true brit


December Mix

I am a big fan of the design I'm about to show you. It's simple but I feel like it combines winter, snowflake and even Christmas themes. And let's just all take a minute to stare at the sparkle! 

winter christmas snow sparkle blue jelly nails


Monochrome Christmas

My Christmas jumper obsession continues. Today I decided to use my MoYou London plate that I was talking about a few posts back. I was trying to figure out another way to use this plate for today's #wnac2015 and I came up with this little number.

christmas jumper stamping monochrome moyou London opi


Jumpers For Life

This time last year I was all about the reindeers, penguins and just about any creature from the animal kingdom you associate with Christmas and winter. This year I'm all about Christmas jumper designs! I am obsessed I just.can't.stop. I've already shared some with you but there is more to come so don't say I didn't warn you ;)


Metallic Wonderland

This month I decided to take part in the Weekly Nail Art Challenge because well, there are a few reasons. First, I always wanted to do it and second, all the themes for this month revolve around Christmas and winter. Erm hello? I'm all over it! 

purple gradient delicate metallic snowflakes freehand nails


Blooming Flowers

Me and the flower design are on speaking terms at the moment but let's face it, it won't last! I decided to take advantage of it and created another floral manicure. My last flower mani had a spring-summer vibe and I thought it's only fitting I should do an autumn-winter one. This one is also a lot simpler and there is a step by step tutorial too.


Size Matters

There are literally no words to describe how excited I was to finally use my MoYou London festive plate. I swear I was subconsciously brewing some Christmas nail art ideas since June and most of them involved this plate. Last year I used it a lot and I was really looking forward to it this year. It was only when I actually got it out this morning that I discovered one *tiny* problem. Last year my nails were half the length of what they are now and this is not an XL plate....To all of you who are new to stamping it basically means the stamps are too small and don't cover my entire nail bed. Ugh, seriously?!

christmas design pattern jumper sweater french nails


Fair Isle Inspired Nail Art

I was so happy when the recent issue of Nail It magazine finally landed on my door step a few days ago. As you can imagine it was mostly Christmas themed and since I am a Christmas freak, it was right up my street! I spotted a tutorial for a Fair Isle design by @ninanailedit and I knew I had to give it a go.

fair isle christmas glitter pattern reindeer nails


Mani Swap

Ah the dreaded flowers! I can't tell you how many times I failed at this design. If you don't believe me, have a look at any of my feeds. You will find exactly ONE decent floral design. It won't surprise you then, that when the awesome @Nailmachine asked me to do a mani swap with her, I chose to recreate one of her floral manicures. I think I just love making life harder for myself!

floral flowers manicure delicate vintage spring


A (Milky) Way To My Heart

Ok, here's my thing with galaxy nails. It's been done a million times and I was kinda over it. But then this one time, my boyfriend came from a trip to town with some food shopping, a new haircut and oh, a few Barry M polishes...?...?....?!?!?! Well, I'm not going to complain! One of them was a gorgeous limited edition Sparkling Amethyst and it was just begging for galaxy nails. So even though I've done it a few times before, here are some space nails!

galaxy space cosmos sparkle stars nail art


Glamming up!

When I feel a bit poorly and just meh in general, a good pampering session can sort me right out. I'm sure a lot of you ladies out there would agree! A nice bath, face mask and a glass of wine should just about do it for me. Oh and a new design on my claws, obviously! To feel all glammed up I always reach for black and gold. To me these two colours put together are the epitome of glamour!

glam nails stripes glitter half moon tutorial studs


Autumn Quirk-Fest

Have you ever been mushroom picking? My house back home is at the edge of the forest and as a child I used to pick mushrooms pretty much every Autumn. I always make the effort to go home at that time so I can do just that and see my family. And of course, let's be real, it's low season so flights are dead cheap! This year I haven't had a chance to go so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact it's STILL Autumn and create a quirky rustic mushroom design.

mushroom design nails tutorial quirky matte


October Goodies - Nailbox Review

It turned out that while I was blissfully unaware on holidays in one of the most amazing places on Earth I have missed a parcel or two. I finally managed to make my way to the post office depo to find my newest Nailbox waiting for me and I have seriously never been this excited in my entire life! LOOK AT ALL THESE BEAUTIES! This month they seriously *ahem* nailed it *ahem*.

nailbox october review essie nails inc opi rimmel


Born Pretty Store Water Decals Review

Sometimes I like to stick to the current trends and do themed designs. A good example would be Christmas. It's coming soon and I will bombard you with festive designs, so prepare yourself! But today is not that day...yet:p. In the meantime, how about some pastel green nails?

water decals bornprettystore native striped nails nail art


HJ Manicure Review

I'm a genius! I finally figured out what to do during those nights you can't sleep because jetlag is killing you. Paint your nails! Ok, so it doesn't actually 'cure' jetlag but it's definitely a more enjoyable way to pass the time than laying in bed, tossing and turning. I have so many new polishes to try and today I want to show you this little trio from HJ Manicure.

hj manicure subzero coco alpine green review

HJ Manicure is a 5 free, vegan friendly and cruelty free brand. Their range of polish is gorgeous and I love the simple but sophisticated bottles. All the polishes have very long brushes which I am very happy about. I can't tell you how annoying it is to paint long nails with a short brush! I never have enough polish on and it always ends up a bit bumpy. Not a problem with this brand! One thing I'd point out is that you probably need a bit less polish then usual because the brush is so long you may pick up too much and flood your cuticles. Once you realise it though, there is no problem. Let's take a closer look, shall we?


Major Trippin'

I'm having some major holiday blues. Someone take me back to New Zealand! I've been looking through the hundreds of pics I took and completely forgot I took a (very rushed) shot of the design I was rocking on my holidays! Well, the 'rocking' part didn't last much past the take off but I'll get to that in a minute!

beige nails inc colville mews stamp moyou london


Hardly a gloomy matte(r)

This is one of those quick I'm-out-the-door-in-five kind of designs. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I liked it when I made it. It was delicate but 'gloomy', does that make sense? I think it works well as an Autumn design. However as I'm writing this I am in the most beautiful place on the planet and erm, Autumn-who? I've done these a few days before my trip. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I'm currently in New Zealand and although it's not been too warm so far the views are compensating BIG TIME. Also it's surprising how productive you can be during 12 hours long flights/waiting for your boyfriend to hire the car...

damask lace matte nails grey spooky moyou london


Leafing Halloween Alone!

I only need to look at my feed on any social media to know that the nail community is obsessed with Halloween this month. I see Halloween manis everywhere but I have to admit they are pretty awesome and it's hard not to be inspired. At the same time I've already done 2 festive designs and wasn't really feeling it again. I'm kind of into gradients these days so I decided to have a go at this beige-to-burgundy one that doesn't scream Halloween at all...

halloween leaves leaf stamp autumn blood gradient


MoYou Halloween Contest: Forest Fright

Let me start by saying that when I bought my recent MoYou London Enchanted plate, I had a COMPLETELY different vision on how to use it. It all revolved around cuteness, soft pastel shades and lots of matte top coat. But then I spotted a 'Cute Halloween' contest...

There was no way I could say no to that! The competition is hosted by MoYou London and the idea behind it is simple: create nail art that's Halloweeny but cute. And let's face it, what can be cuter than tiny, fluffy forest friends? Exactly. 

Halloween neon reciprocal gradient decals MoYou

Autumn Leaves

You know, sometimes it's nice to break from the usual. I was prepared to hide my bright polishes away until next summer but then I thought to myself: why? What, because Autumn started? Well I fancy bright, red and sparkly nails so I'll have bright, red and sparkly nails, dammit! Whatever the season.

autumn leaf nail art sparkle tutorial red


September Nailbox Review

It's October and you know what that means, Halloween is shoved in your face everywhere you go! I thought it'd be a good idea to carve a pumpkin this year because (prepare yourself) I've only done it ONCE before. Of course all the pumpkins are already gone in my local Morrisons. I mean, seriously people, it's still like another 3 weeks to go!

nailbox september 2015 halloween polish brushes


Party Animal

Have you noticed all the awesome nail art competitions going on this month? I mean seriously there are so many and I want to take part in all of them. I can't of course, because after the 31 Day Challenge I need a breather!
snake skin pattern mosaic chrome metallic nails


31 Day Challenge: Honour nails you love

I can't believe that the 31 Day Challenge is almost over! Although I had my ups and downs during this challenge l actually really enjoyed it! I'm not going to lie though, I'm looking forward to having my life back!

#31dc2015 doodles gradient mint free hand nails


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a tutorial

I was spoiled for choice today because there are about a million tutorials that I'd like to try out! I was in the mood for stamping so when I remembered the gorgeous nails I saw on Instagram by Sveta_Sanders I decided to give them a go!
#31dc2015 partial stamping marble swirls MoYou London


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by supernatural & MoYou Nails Review

I am a bit gutted that today's 31 Day Challenge theme is 'supernatural' but I already (accidentally) did Pokemon nails yesterday. Bummer!
#31dc2015 moyou nails image plate 308 stamping

31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a flag

You know, I really wanted to add a stud right in the middle of this design. I just really fancied a bit of bling. I didn't though because I couldn't help feeling it would look like a pokeball rather than a flag of Poland. Yep, I've gone a bit patriotic for today's 31 Day Challenge.

patriotic independence nais block colour #31dc2015


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by artwork

I was so excited about today's 31 Day Challenge theme! I found this really cool looking artwork online (as you do) and couldn't wait to recreate it on my nails. And I finally did. There is just one, tiny little problem. It's a fail! So annoying when things like that happen. Grrrr!

#31dc2015 chevron geometric modern nail art


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a pattern

If you follow this blog then you know that I was expecting a sofa delivery for, like, forever. The day has finally come. The sofa is here! Woo! I'm already snuggled up on it with my fluffy blanket. That made me think of comfy oversized jumpers and this is what inspired the pattern for today's 31 Day Challenge.

#31dc2015 studded knit pattern winter autumn nails


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by fashion

I wasn't too sure what to do for today's 31 Day Challenge prompt. I like fashion fine but I'm not really into the latest trends. I know what style I like and whenever I go shopping I'm just picking bits and bobs to complement it. So I decided to do today's mani based on handbags that I really like.

#31dc2015 quilted nails 3d pearl charm matte


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a book

Uh oh, something's watching you...you better run or you'll be sorry, muahaha! Ok, enough with the creepiness, it's not Halloween yet!

#31dc2015 stamp MoYou London creepy halloween nails


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a movie

I took me forever to choose a film for today's challenge. I just couldn't decide! In the end I was scrolling through pictures on Google and got inspired by clothes that were featured in one of my favourite films 'Pride and Prejudice'. It was all about soft dusky colours, lace, ribbons and jewels!

#31dc2015 furious filer lace pastel green embelishment


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a song

#31dc2015 stamp MoYou Kitty 11 stripes monochrome

Fun fact! When I was a teenager I was obsessed with Nirvana. I had tops with Kurt Cobain on them and all the CDs I could get my hands on. CDs?! Jeez, now I feel old! One of the songs I loved was Heart-Shaped Box and it was my inspo for today's 31 Day Challenge 'Inspired by a song'.


31 Day Challenge: Inspired by a colour

I've had one of those bad nail days again. Seriously?! I've only had one like 3 days ago! Anyway as today's prompt for 31 Day Challenge isn't too clear, I attempted a few different designs and they were all crap! In the end, I managed to compose myself, found some patience from god knows where and attempted to create something decent one last time.

#31dc2015 marble jasper stone nail art gold


31 Day Challenge: Watermarble

#31dc2015 watermarble delicate sweet pearls 3d

Water marble used to be my idea of hell. I say, used to, because I was desperately trying to make this technique work for me and I think I finally got it! I haven't tried watermarble in a very very long time so anything could have happened today. I think the only way to ensure I was taking part in today's challenge was to be smart about it and play to my strengths! I think it worked well and I'm so in love with this design! So here are a few tricks I used...


31 Day Challenge: Galaxy

Ever had a day where no matter what you do or how hard you try you can't even paint your nails properly? Not to mention attempting any nail art! Well, I've had one of those today. I tried so many designs and none of them worked! I just couldn't get my shit together.

#31dc2015 galaxy nails star stickers black glitter


31 Day Challenge: Half Moon

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to today's challenge because all I see lately are half moon nails! There are EVERYWHERE! My feed on any social media is full of nail polish companies posts from London Fashion Week and yep, you've guessed it, half moon designs are heavily featured! I guess they're just very in at the moment?

#31dc2015 spike spiral vinyls half moon nails


31 Day Challenge: Glitter

In moments like these, I wish I was home looking through my mum's nail polish stash. My mum is without a doubt a glitter queen. I don't think she owns a single bottle that doesn't have at least a dusting of glitter in it. I on the other hand have 3 glitter polishes. Clearly I was spoiled for choice for today's 31 Day Challenge...
glitter dust #31dc2015 marble effect nails


31 Day Challenge: Geometric

Today's manicure has a lot going on. There is glitter, metallic, bright colour, stamping...yep I've gone a bit cray cray.
#31dc2015 stamping MoYou London Holy Shapes glitter


31 Day Challenge: Delicate Print

For some time now I have been seriously digging the whole delicate nail art thing. It might remind you of spring in which case you'd be thinking that I have some serious issues. Let me explain! During this time of year for me it's all about knitted soft jumpers, fluffy socks, a cup of camomile/raspberry/mint/lemon (circle the appropriate) tea and snuggles on the sofa. Actually, scratch that last one. I'm currently sitting on the WORST sofa ever! I'm awaiting a delivery of a brand new one but until then, no snuggles...even sitting on it is fairly risky! So what could complement all of this? A nice delicate mani! Or a speedy delivery? Just a thought.

#31dc2015 feather stickers bps review pink nail art


31 Day Challenge: Flowers

I don't know what possessed me but after my last less then ideal floral manicureI'm at it again! I could have done stamping or water decals, but no, I had to make life harder for myself and attempted free hand yet again. This was inspired by the awesome Lacquer Style and of course it looks nothing like her design. But I was watching her tutorial very carefully and kind of managed to create a floral manicure that I actually like! Woohooo!

#31dc2015 flower delicate blue cornflower nail art


31 Day Challenge: Animal Print

For today's #31DC2015 I prepared something simple, a delicate (snow) leopard print. I had this idea of white-silver-grey animal print brewing in my head for a while. I tried a few different colour options but it just didn't work for me. I wanted it to be really soft. Unfortunatelly, I own only one grey polish so I had to get a bit crafty!
#31dc2015 leopard print outline monochrome sparkle


31 Day Challenge: Stripes

These better pass as stripes because that's today's #31DC2015 prompt! Not to mention they took way too much of my time. I didn't really know where I was going with today's prompt, I had no vision, which is probably why it took me forever to paint it. About half way through I suddenly remembered the super gorgeous design by Lacquerstyle and decided to recreate it. 
#31dc2015 art deco silver puple nails mint


31 Day Challenge: Polka Dots

Today's post is rather special because it features some cool polishes I won in a nail art competition. This is the first time I have ever won a nail art competition and I can't help but think I'm rather lucky to recieve such an amazing goodie bag. Scroll down to have a look!

polka dots bow stamp decal cute nails inc.


31 Day Challenge: Gradient

Today I'd like, I mean, I'm forced to show you my very own, home brewed, good old #nailfail. Are you excited?! Thought so.

reciprocal gradient #31dc2015 nude dots nails


31 Day Challenge: Rainbow

Do you remember when I said that my blue nails were my favourite of my #31DC2015 creations? Well, I've changed my mind! Please, don't make me take these off tomorrow! Sometimes, very rarely, a design comes up so much better than I imagined it and I'd like to hold on to it a bit longer.

rainbow stripes gold stickers bps glitter nails


31 Day Challenge: Metallic

I will never ever crack horizontal lines. NEVER! Every time I try it's such a fail I can't even..anyway. This design was inspired by Paulina's Passions. Her design was totally cute and neat and it lured me into a false sense of security. There I was, thinking I can totally pull that off and failed miserably!
#31dc2015 metallics models own mauve stripes