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Mani Monday – Pink and Red Hearts

I have been playing around with a new kit. The Alexa Edit from Nails Inc came out a while ago but I have only just got around to testing the products out and am planning a more in-depth blog post on it soon.

The first combo I tried was this delicate pastel pink with mini red hearts.

The pink is part of the Cashmere range – named Cashmere Pink – and has a lovely, slightly textured and pearlescent finish. It is really well-pigmented and one that I will definitely use again.

I have had really mixed experiences with the next type of product with many of the nail decals not sitting flush to the nail meaning they ping off and last about a day. However, I was really impressed with these little red hearts. They were small enough which meant they didn’t stick up on the nail and both the nail varnish and all 10 of the hearts lasted a whole week which is a big thumbs up from me.

This was a very pretty manicure and given the quality of both Nails Inc products, I look forward to using them both again.

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Mani Monday – Easter Hues

What do you do when you can’t decide which pastel shade to use over Easter? Use them both!

My nails grew so much when I was on holiday and I was in desperate need for a manicure when I got back. I trimmed and shaped my nails then chose these two shades from Ciate to apply.

I began with my Rococo base coat then applied Double Bubblegum on most of my nails and Ahoy Sailor on my ring fingers.

I finished with a Calvin Klein topcoat and I really like this pastel combination. I do however plan on furniture moving and gardening this week so I will really put their staying powers to the test!

Mani Monday – Disco Nails

I always feel good on Monday nights, like I’ve got the toughest day of the week out of the way. I did struggle to get up this morning but once I was in the shower, I felt back in my usual routine. I went to Pilates for the first time in a few weeks today and although I will ache tomorrow, it felt really good to stretch and move again. Next step, back to the gym!

I am currently having a good sort out of all my make-up and in my nail art box (yes, I have a box for this!) I rediscovered these jazzy nail wraps. They are from Avon in the design Check You Out.

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I like the fact that you can still see the nail underneath the wraps and the colours look great too. I’m not sure whether these are losing their effectiveness as they only stayed on for a few days this time but they still looked fab while they lasted. x

Mani Monday – Frozen Yogurt

I did a bit of a lucky dip in my stash of nail varnishes this week and picked out this lovely grey-purple shade. This is Frozen Yogurt my MUA and is really good for a budget nail brand.

I only needed two coats and it lasted for a good five days before the usual weekly wear and tear appeared.

As a sidenote, I have continued using the Rococo base coat and my nails are definitely feeling healthier.

Mani Monday – Classic Red

Yes, I’m a day late with this but nevermind! I have Pilates Monday night so it’s always a bit of a squeeze to fit everything in.

I fancied going back to basics with a classic red and picked this one from Mavala. I think I got this in a Boots advent calendar a few years ago and it is a lovely shade – slightly deeper than a bright, post-box red.

I have been using this base coat by Rococo and I feel it’s better than constantly exposing my nail to colour. I only needed two coats of the Mavala polish (I think it’s just called ‘53’ – I couldn’t find a shade name) and it seems really lovely quality.

I wanted to add a bit of sparkle so reached for my favourite Essie glitter, Beyond Cosy and finished with a good layer of Seche Vite.

 

Mani Monday – Etude House Ice Cream Nails

My nails are not in great condition at the moment so I decided to cut them really short and pile on the conditioning treatments last week. They seem to be slightly healthier looking but when they are short, I don’t like wearing dark nail varnish and when I was looking through my stash for a nude, I rediscovered this bottle from Korean brand Etude House.

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This is such cute packaging, something which is commonplace with Korean products. I am actually going to South Korea this summer for a day as part of our Japanese cruise and I plan on stocking up on unique beauty items when I’m there.

This ice-cream bottle contains the shade Strawberry Stars Candy: a pale pastel pink with pink, purple and blue glitter pieces. I like the speckled finish this gives as you add more layers and it always reminds me of Mini-Eggs (sidenote: I have already spotted these and Creme Eggs in supermarkets!)

I used two layers of polish and then finished with a layer of Seche Vite which helped smooth down the odd piece of glitter that wasn’t sitting flat against the nail.

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I’m planning on only wearing nail varnish for half the week (or when my manicures usually start to chip) then having a few days ‘off’ applying treatments to try and remedy my rather sorry-looking nails.

Mani Monday – Grey and Pink

This wasn’t the look I had in mind but I actually quite like how it has turned out! For my base colour, I applied two layers of Howick Place by Nails Inc. This is a lovely, creamy slate-grey shade that applies really nicely.

On top, I wanted to do some bright pink glitter tips using Candy Cane by Ciaté. However, this isn’t glitter suspended in a clear gel but rather pink glitter in a pink-toned gel. This meant when I tried to apply the glitter to the tips, it didn’t look quite right so I decided to paint the whole nail with the glitter.

I quite like the finished result although it feels very glitzy for a week in work! I sealed the look with Seche Vite which smoothed down any stray pieces of glitter and gave a lovely glossy look.

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