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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.

Mani Monday – Rainbow Dots

I really love this manicure! It is subtle yet fun and really easy to do.

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I began with a nude base colour – I chose Ciate’s Cookies & Cream which is a lovely grey-taupe shade.

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Next, with a dotting pen (which you can pick up for about a pound on ebay), I added a little dot just above my cuticle in a range of different colour.

From the thumb to the little finger I wore: MUA’s Bold Blue, ELF’s Lilac, 17’s Miami, Natural Collection’s Antique Coral and Ciate’s Big Yellow Taxi.

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I love the effect a little dot of colour can give and I want to experiment more with different shades.

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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 – New Year’s Nails

It’s my last day off before work starts again tomorrow so I am trying to get on top of things and do all the work I had planned to do over these few weeks off. I have really enjoyed getting back into blogging again recently and hope I manage to keep it up when school starts to take over again! I’m aiming for 3-4 posts a week which I think I will be able to do – a mixture of foodie, beauty, travel and lifestyle pieces.

My first nail post of the year is the manicure I wore for New Year’s Eve. It’s not a particularly glitzy look but one I think turned out well.

I used a Seventeen Supreme Shine nail colour in the shade Miami. This claims to last 10 days and it is actually very longwearing. I also used some Elegant Touch nail wraps in Kaleidoscope on two nails to add a bit of interest. These nail wraps are great and have a cool geometric design with tiny diamantes on.

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Mani Monday – Navy and Gold

I have now finished work for Christmas so am feeling relaxed and eating my body weight in mince pies and party food on a daily basis!

I really love this week’s manicure. I think the combination of navy and gold is lovely and the dusting of glitter makes the nails looks really Christmassy.

I started with a base coat of Essie’s Style Cartel, my favourite navy blue. I looked for ages to find this shade and every time I wear it I’m reminded of how much I like it.

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The glitter is a Nails Inc bottle in Chelsea Embankment. I wasn’t prepared for how packed with glitter this formula was so needed a very light touch to get this effect. I basically packed glitter on around the cuticle, gradually fading out how much I used as I reached halfway along the nail. As always, some nails look a bit better than others but I am really pleased with the overall effect.

Mani Monday – Holly Nails

I was desperate to have Christmas nails for the last week of term as I enjoy a Christmas dinner with my class followed by a festive curry with my colleagues. I bought some holly wreath nail stickers which were a really quick and easy way to add a festive twist.

I went for a silvery, pearl-white base using Essie’s Cabana Boy. I love this colour and it always looks so clean and fresh.

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On each nail I added a sticker which has holly leaves and berries on with a layer of Seche Vite to seal the look. I think they are subtle enough to not look too over-the-top yet still a little special and fitting for the time of year.

Mani Monday – Pink and Leopard Print

This was a very short-lived manicure, lasting about an hour! I wanted to use these leopard print nail wraps that I picked up from the Boohoo website and I paired them with Eternal Optimist by Essie, a pretty, creamy rose colour.

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The nail wraps seemed quite thin and flimsy when I was cutting them to size and they started to pucker almost as soon as I applied them. Within an hour, the edges were peeling backwards then one of them slid off my nail completely.

I have to say that I have had really bad experiences with Boohoo. The quality of their things seems so poor and cheap and these nail wraps were no different.

Luckily, I got a few pics but then repainted them all in the pink shade.