Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

Hello to all my readers out there!

I've got a beauty box to review today (exciting)! Danielle from Vegan Cuts got in touch with me to review their nail beauty box and I mean who could resist?

Vegan Cuts is a beauty box that is dedicated in providing cruelty free nail products, all in which is bound together in a neat little package. You can visit their website here to see what they're all about!

Let's dig into the review of this beauty box - i'll start by visually unwrapping it all for you!


 Everything came packaged neatly in this box stuffed with some awesome zigzag shredded paper and 2 business cards.





 These are all the items in the beauty box. I'm impressed with the amount of nail products you receive in this beauty box. I have seen some others floating around with fewer nail goodies.


This beauty box included the following things:
+ 2 full sized nail polishes
+ 2 mini sized nail polishes (one thermal polish)
+ A set of nail wraps
+ Vegan Cuts nail file
+ Cuticle balm
+ Nail wipes




 Here we have the mini sized thermal polish by Black Sheep. It is a baby blue polish that shifts to white when under high heat. In the pictures you can see a slight difference in colour, but when run over hot water, it becomes white. I had a bit of issues when applying this one - it was thick and gloopy, the kind that pulls off the nail when brushed over the same spot more than once. It was even-ish at 2 coats and required light strokes for application.



 This polish would have to be my surprise favourite! It looked extremely ordinary in the bottle, but when applied is so bright and summery. This is the JRJ nail polish and it's a orange/red coral. This applied like a dream and was opaque after 2 coats. Definitely a winner for me!



 This is one of the mini sized nail polishes which wasn't labelled with a name, but it has what looks like a 'C' on the label. Similar to the Black Sheep polish, this formula was also thick and gloopy and had the same application issues. Shame because it is a bright and beautiful pinky red jelly polish with gold shimmer.  Pictures show 2 coats and a third for touch ups.



 This polish is by 'adorn' in the colour Vive Le Coquette. This is a bit of a dusty barbie pink creme polish, with perfect application - applied like a dream! It's a girly colour that I think would suit all skin types.



Here I've used one of the nail wraps by SoGlossy on my ring finger to test it out. I'm not a huge fan of nail wraps because they are extremely difficult to wrap around my nails (if you aren't aware, my nails are curvy in all directions!). These nail wraps required some heating up with a hair drier before application, which I think helped it be more flexible. This applied OK on my nails, better than I expected, but still a tad wrinkly on the sides. Removal with the hair drier or warm water was extremely easy.

The nail file is a fun girly print and is gentle on your nails - it's not extremely coarse, so it won't damage your nails. One of my other favourite items was the Lip Glosserie cuticle balm - good god this stuff is amazing and smells amazing! It is not greasy and is so easy to apply. They say good things come in small sizes :)

Overall, I like this beauty box - you get 4 bottles of nail polishes to try out (all 5-free and cruelty free) and a bunch of other nail goodies to try as well. I love the concept of a beauty box for just nails! I have searched the web for any nail beauty boxes and I can honestly say that not all of them provide nearly as much nail products as this one. Definitely one to try out!

To purchase a box, visit the Vegan Cuts website here.

Happy shopping and if you've gone ahead and purchased a box or have tried it yourself, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!



**Products provided for review** 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pastel Jewellery Inspired Nails (Born Pretty Product Review)

Hello lovely people! It's been some time and I'm here to share some products that Born Pretty has provided for me to review and create some looks with. I love a good nail challenge, so I love trying new and interesting products in innovative ways.

I've got a few different items to try out, but for today's post, I will be using 3 of the products that were provided for me to try. While looking at the products, I thought that 3 of these would create a really funky jewellery inspired design. See below for the products I used.



Here's the look I created with these items.


Base colour Kester Black in Black Rose

Like any studs, these were very easy to use and fun. I love the pastel studs for a fun touch of colour. I really thought the first wheel was an interesting set of studs too. Not quite sure what look I could do with the first wheel set, but I figured the round ones were a good centre piece for this look.

Overall, an extremely easy and fun way to jazz up your nails for that effortless look.


To purchase any of these products (Rhinestone Studs $5.42, Pastel Studs $5.31 and Leaf Shape Rhinestone $2.99) please visit the Born Pretty Store here and use the code UKG10.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

INNI Nails

Hello everyone!

I have some nail wraps by INNI to share with you all today! I was approached by Candice and Katja, (founders of INNI nails) to try out their nail wraps. I had some mixed feelings about nail wraps because

1. I barely use nail wraps
2. The thought of stretching something across my long nails downward sounded painful
3. My nails curve like Kim Kardashian

I was skeptical, but I was excited to try them out. The thing I really liked most about INNI's concept is that they have the largest collection of nail wraps, purely because they are 100% customisable. You can go to their website and design your own wraps - how genius is that?

I received my set of three nail wraps with a file in a branded envelope. It was a bit damaged on its way to me, but none of the contents were affected.



I forgot to get the picture before I started using it!

I must admit, I did not do a very good job applying these on for the first time. My nails are extremely curvy, so I wasn't sure how to get it to lay flat on my nail and secondly, I thought it might be too short for my nail length (thank god I shortened them a couple days ago, otherwise they really wouldn't have fit).

I did a pretty crappy job on my left hand, but when I got the hang of it for my right hand, it was quite easy to use. The vinyl is thick, but flexible so you can stretch it out to fit your nails. Do be mindful when stretching too much, you will shorten the sides. My first application on my left hand wasn't the best since it wrinkled a bit on the sides. Of course when I figured it out, my right hand application was a lot better (haha).

There is a grey section at the bottom of the wraps that help determine the size you need for your nails. This was extremely handy, because all you need to do is wrap it around your nail and you can easily see which one will fit on your nail. They do suggest that if you can't decide between 2 sizes, go for the smaller size, but I went for the bigger size because I knew I would be doing some stretching and the larger size when stretched will accommodate for the sides of my nails.

Also, as you can see, there are so many sizes available, so you can rest assured you will find a size that fits!


See the difference? The right one was a lot smoother than my left attempt.

My verdict - I really like the idea of having customisable nail wraps. They were easy to use and definitely something fun to try when you are looking for something durable with low maintenance. As for wear, I will come back to this post and update. I most definitely will be looking to get a set with my adorable pugs on it!

You can create and purchase your own set of INNI nail wraps on their website.

Spread the love and go check them out!


Linda

*Products were supplied for review*

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Constructivism Nails!

Hi everyone! I haven't had a chance to really do some awesome on my nails and now that I have, I will be sharing it with you all!

I was thinking of some things to do for my nails and I couldn't quite decide what I wanted to do. After some looking around and brainstorming, I decided on an art movement that I liked back in the days - Constructivism. There was always something I admired in this art movement, whether it be the bold colour or the geometric shapes, I just thought it was an interesting way of art that can very easily be translated onto the nails.

I selected some iconic works from this period, so some of you artsy people may recognise it!





I really liked how they turned out and sadly for me, I did better with my left hand than my right hand. My theory for that is that my right hand is the guinea pig and when I've had sufficient practice, my left hand starts busting its moves haha. Ridiculous - I know. Base colour was OPI My Boyfriend Scales Wall and accent Essie Sand Tropez. All detail was done with acrylic paints.

I've also got some swatches to post up of some polishes I bought recently. I haven't actually bought many online for a very long time, so I probably missed out on some super awesome polishes. Hopefully they have some pretty cool stuff locally (fingers crossed).


Rate it or hate it? Let me know below!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Announcement!

I know I'm still not very regular with my posts - I will start committing a certain day for posts and what not, so that I can keep my blog running. I did have some swatches on my camera, but unfortunately it is not with me so they have to wait till I get my hands on my camera.

That aside, I do have an announcement for you all - a bit pre-mature, but nevertheless, I thought it'd be a good idea to mention it first :)

I am deciding to run a nail workshop in a few months time (yay!) for those who are interested in learning how to paint nails and do some basic nail art for starters. I have planned to make this an ongoing event occurring every couple of months or so. There is a lot of things to prepare; things such as supplies, venue and perhaps some advertising for it on my blog, Facebook or any other appropriate social platform.

I decided on a place in the city (though, if anyone knows any other good locations for a workshop in Sydney, Australia, please let me know!), which is a bit dear to hire for a couple hours, but it is a place that everyone can get to I suppose.

This is where I had planned to hold the workshop


I am pretty excited to host my first ever workshop, but I am a little nervous at the same time. It would be great fun and a fantastic way to get to meet new people.

What do you think about this venture? Would you be interested in attending? Let me know below!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

White Galaxy Nails & Nail Come back!

Oh dear lord, it has been a very long time.

Sorry for the 'lack of notice' - I took a very long break to accommodate work and house renovations, so I haven't been able to keep up with my blog. Not to mention, my blog domain was taken by some one and I couldn't get it back, so I had to purchase another one.

SO much has happened since I last posted here! I've had a change in jobs and some personal things have happened, but nevertheless, I am quite happy - oh and guess what? My bf and I have 4 adorable doggies! We have 2 Pugs and 2 puppy German Shepherds. I will post some pics at a later time to show you just how adorable they are!

Alrighty, let's get down to business! It's been a while that you've seen some nail pics from me (I know). I have also opened an instagram account for those who wish to follow, please click here. I have posted some pics there that I haven't on here because it was a lot faster :)

I will be doing a whole new blog look too - changing my layout, design etc, so keep an eye out for that!

Today, I decided it would be fun to do a reverse galaxy nail art. I'm sure you've all seen the typical black galaxies and I have also seen some pastel ones, but I didn't seem to find any white ones - fun idea right there! I really love how it looks, it's a bit candy-like, but the white gives it great contrast. Here are the pics:
I used about 6 shimmery colours to achieve this look. Instead of white stars, I added black ones (hence 'reverse' galaxy), dabbed on some holo glitter polish and finished with a quick dry top coat.

*Notice I've changed the shapes in which I display my pictures? I love geometric things, and I believe my new layout will be something of the sort. I thought it would be cool to tessellate the images for swatching!

What do you think of this look? Have you seen anything similar on the web? If so, let me know, I would love to hear your thoughts!



Take care!
Linda

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunset Gradient Nails

Hello lovely readers!

Tonight I have some pictures of a sunset gradient that I did. I felt like doing something simple and pretty and have always wanted to try a gradient with orange, pink and purple. It turned out well and I really like the end result!

I used 2 Heart nail polishes in Pansy Purple and Pretty Orange and OPI You Only Live Twice. They all have very similar shimmery finishes, so they blended quite well together. I decided to jazz them up a bit by adding a shower of glitter dots on 2 accent fingers.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure :)






And here's the video tutorial on this look! I can't seem to get my videos up on here, so I'll leave you the link to the video!


Watch the Sunset Gradient Nail Tutorial here!


What do you think of this mani? Would you try it? Have you already tried it? Let me know below! Till the next post, take care :)


Linda