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Mani Monday – Autumn Tips

I think I saw a picture of a similar manicure on Nails Inc’s website recently and I couldn’t get the combination of coral and burgundy out of my head so I knew exactly what colours I would be using on my nails this week.

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I began with two layers of Fire Coral by ELF which is a vibrant shade I wear over the summer months.

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Paired with that I chose Essie’s Sole Mate, my favourite autumnal berry shade. I bought a selection of nail tip stickers and decided to use my triangular ones for this look.

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All I did was place the sticker on the nail (about two-thirds of the way up), paint on a layer of the Essie polish, wait a few seconds then remove leaving a crisp line.

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I sealed the look with my new bottle of Seche Vite and love how this has turned out! x

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Mani Monday – Nude and Rose Gold Glitter

We did it – we finally caved and put the heating on meaning the cosiness factor has doubled in our house! I admit I had a hot flush about an hour after we turned it on but I always think it signifies a turning point in the seasons.

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This week’s manicure is an old favourite teamed with a newbie (which may be my new favourite glitter polish.)

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I began with a couple of layers of Innocent by ELF. This is one of my favourite nudes and I think it really suits my skin tone.

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To add a bit of sparkle, I applied a couple of layers of a new Essie glitter polish. A Cut Above is from Essie’s ‘Luxeffects’ range and has a good mix of larger, hexagonal pieces mixed with smaller glitter pieces suspended in a clear polish. Described as a ‘pink diamond’ colour, this is a beautiful rose gold when applied and I think it looks great with a nude base.

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This Week’s Nails – Purple Candy Cane Ombre

Aaaaand I’ve finished work for the year! Such a good feeling to drive home knowing I can switch off and relax for a few weeks. I started today with a little lie-in then drove over to Salisbury for lunch and present-swapping with one of my besties Cat. I plan to spend much of my holidays this way: catching up on sleep, eating and seeing friends and family!

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When pondering my manicure this week, I was slightly overwhelmed and spoiled for choice with all the gorgeous shades I am getting on a daily basis from my Ciate advent calendar. I cannot wait to get swatching them but I found these lovely little purple and white candy canes in my nail art box (yes, I have a box!)  and decided to go for a purple gradient to compliment these nail decals.

Going from dark to light I used: MUA’s Frozen Yoghurt, ELF’s Lilac, Barry M’s Prickly Pear, Hello Kitty’s Darling Pink and Essie’s Go Ginza.

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I love all these shades individually and like the look of them altogether too.

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I placed the candy cane decals onto wet nails then sealed them with a couple of generous layers of Seche Vite. They are quite raised on the nail so I wasn’t expecting them to last for longer than a few days but we are on Day 5 now with no signs of them budging…God Bless that Seche Vite!

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Time for Christmas Day nails next…pass the glitter! x

This Week’s Nails – Glittery Polka Dots

It’s been a good weekend so far; quiet, but a good’un. There have been Christmas lights, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Ian’s pulled pork and some more meal planning for the week ahead.

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Quiet weekends also mean there is more time for the things you can put off when you’re busy and that includes some pampering! I love a hair and face mask whilst soaking in a long bubble bath on a Sunday night and my weekly manicure usually happens then too.

I don’t believe you need to banish all pastel shades from your nails in the colder months, especially when you can add a little festive sparkle with some glittery polka dots!

Mint green is probably one of my favourite colours to wear on my nails. I think it looks fresh and seems to stay on trend.

For my base colour this week, I painted on two layers of ELF’s Mint Cream.

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I then took a nail dotter and Essie’s Beyond Cosy and added my polka dots in a random pattern. I even did my right hand which proves this nail art is very simple and straightforward to attempt!

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Finished off with a layer of Seche Vite, this manicure lasted me a week with only one nail chipping after some rigorous washing up.

These glittery polka dots are quite subtle on a pastel nail but I think you could swap the base colour for a deep burgundy or navy blue for a little sparkle in December.

This Week’s Nails – Matte Dogstooth

Dogstooth, Houndstooth…I’m not really sure which is correct but I do know I am in love with this autumnal manicure!

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As I mentioned previously, when Ian and I went to Palma for the day, I tracked down a Sephora and treated myself to a few sets of their nail wraps.

Over the years I have worked my way through several brands of wraps and the Sephora ones are by far the best I have ever tried. They don’t pucker, they are really easy to apply and seem to last as long as a normal manicure without any peeling.

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Here is a really quick nail tutorial on how to apply these wraps:

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  • Select a nail wrap that is the correct width for your finger, remove the top film and the peel the nail wrap (sticker) off
  • Place it on your nail, smoothing it down from the cuticle upwardsdog8
  • You can use scissors to trim the wrap but I like to use a nail file and file off the excessdog7
  • If you have tiny nails like me, you can also make one nail wrap stretch to two nails, doubling your manicures from the pack!dog2
  • Finish the look with a generous layer of top coat. I couldn’t resist using a matte top coat for this look and I think it really goes

I even persuaded Ian to let me have a go at applying one on his big toe so I could see what it would look like as a pedicure….ahhhh the things my husband does for me.

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I love this print on clothes and like it just as much on my nails. I think this would also look great as a statement nail paired with a deep jewel-toned autumnal colour.

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If you are ever in Sephora, I highly recommend these wraps – in fact, I am kicking myself for not investing in a few more designs!

This Week’s Nails – My Holiday Mani/ Pedi

We are off on holiday today so just a quick post to share my holiday manicure and pedicure.

Toes first as, let’s face it, they aren’t quite as interesting!

I don’t really tend to attempt much nail art on my toes and I wanted a bright shade that will look good with a tan. I chose ELF’s Fire Coral, a lovely coral red colour.

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For my nails, I went for another ELF shade, this time Mint Cream, which is one of my favourite colours. I was going to leave them plain but at the last minute decided to add some glitter half moons using Essie’s Beyond Cosy. I use nail tip stickers to create this effect as I don’t have a steady enough hand to paint it on freehand!

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I sealed both colours with a layer of Seche Vite and am hoping they will last the week with no chipping.

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Well I need to go and finish packing now so I will see you again in a week’s time! x

This Week’s Nails – Matte Pastels

Hello and long-time no see! Quite literally for me actually as I have been in bed for the past week suffering with a hideous eye infection (hence my absence on here.) My body seems to have punished me for working and playing too hard over the last few weeks so I have spent days in bed catching up on sleep and working my way through several books and a good quantity of eye drops!

Today was the first day I felt like myself again and I have so many cool things to blog about in the next few weeks so I thought I would start my recovery with a little nails post.

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This manicure is so summery and the matte topcoat gives it a bit of a twist.

First of all, I narrowed down five of my favourite pastel-coloured nail varnishes:

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(From left to right: Eternal Optimist by Essie, Jacuzzi by Sephora, Bloomsbury Way by Nails Inc, Pistachio Ice Cream by MUA and Prickly Pear by Barry M.

Then gave my nails 2-3 coats, depending on the formula.

There are lots of good matte top coats available now – I used ELF’s Matte Finisher which only needed one coat and lasted for about 5 days until some slight wear appeared at the tips.

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Wearing different shades on nail varnish on each finger has been a bit of a trend recently and I think this is a really easy way to wear it…my only problem was narrowing it down to 5 shades!

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Finally, I had to mention the immense delight I took in hearing that Michael Gove has been reshuffled out of Education today…I think a glass of champers is definitely in order! x