Deathly Hallows Nail Art

I recently went to London to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and having had my tickets for almost a year, I couldn’t wait!

Of course, I had to have Harry Potter themed nails, so I used OPI – You’re So Vain-illa as a base, and then added Nails Inc Marylebone Mews and Models Own Nike Glow HyperGel with cling film (saran wrap) to create a parchment effect. I then added some newspaper print, and on my ring finger, the deathly hallows sign on my ring finger.

 

I stayed at The Rathbone Hotel, which was 10 minutes walk from Shaftesbury Avenue, and the room had a view of the BT Tower. Does anyone else feel super posh when they stay in a hotel where you get slippers and a dressing gown?!

   

For me, Cursed Child was incredible. I chose not to read the book, and although the plot itself wasn’t the greatest, overall I loved it. It was fun, the actors were fantastic, and the effects and surprises truly were magical. I wouldn’t hesitate to go and see it again if I got the chance in the future. #keepthesecrets

  

Lyndsey 🙂

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Gelibility Review – Day 8

I’ve been testing out Gelibility for just over a week now, and I’ve been very impressed. I wouldn’t say I’ve been taking it easy, I’m in the process of a massive declutter, so there’s been a lot of cleaning (I wore gloves when washing up or using any chemicals) moving heavy objects etc, and I also go to the gym three times a week and do weight training.

As you can see, apart from nail growth, there’s no major chips or anything, just some slight tip wear.

I did take a very small chip out of my right thumb, I bent my thumbnail back moving a box – ouch! I was amazed I didn’t do more damage!

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My only issue is that I’ve now had the same mani for 8 days and it’s driving me crazy!

Lyndsey 🙂

Christmas Decals

I know I’m a week late with this, but never mind, better late than never!

I got these cute water decals from Born Pretty, and decided to save them for my main Christmas nails.

I started with a snowy looking base, using Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens and Models Own White Light HyperGel.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Christmas Jumper Stamping

I got this stamp in my recent order from Born Pretty. I’m not brilliant at stamping, but I decided to give it a go and I was really happy with how it turned out! The only issue I really had was stamping the design on straight!

I’d also wanted something red and white, as it was the first Tyne Wear derby of the season on Sunday, which Adam Johnson nicked in the last few minutes to give Sunderland the 0-1 win, meaning we’ve now won four games in a row against Newcastle! It would be nice to make it five in April, but Adam Johnson has certainly given us all a fantastic Christmas present!

I used piCture pOlish Monroe as a base, and the white Konad special polish to stamp.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Elf Nails

I have had an absolute disaster with my nails this month, I managed to break 3 at once shutting my car boot at the start of the month! They’d just got back to an acceptable length for some Christmas nail art over the last week or so, and then I broke another yesterday, on my car boot again!

I’ve also been so busy trying to get everything sorted for Christmas of course!

Last week I had Elf nails, my inspiration was a Pinterest pin, by Adelis Lebron. I kept the design pretty much the same, but decided to do a glitter placement tree, with a star stud.

I used Models Own White Light HyperGel and Nails Inc Notting Hill Carnival and Seven Dials.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Dress Your Nails

A couple of weeks ago, Jessica from Quiz Clothing contacted me about a nail art competition they were running, which involved designing some nail art based on one of their dresses.

I originally chose the Navy Sequin Zig Zag Split Maxi Dress, which I think is gorgeous, but my first attempt, the glitter was too dark and didn’t stand out against the base, and my second attempt the striping tape was against me, so I scrapped that one, and started again!

I decided on the Pink and Blue Flower Print Crepe Midi Dress, and used Nails Inc Sugarloaf Sunset, Kensington Park Road, and Models Own In The Navy.

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Make sure you check out Quiz Clothing if you’d like to enter, the competition closes November 30.

Lyndsey 🙂

Spatter Tutorial

I really loved the blood spatter nails I did for Halloween last week, so I thought I’d give them another go, and do a quick tutorial as I did it.

Start off with your base colour, I used Models Own White Light HyperGel (I found the HyperGel’s are great for this as they’re quite thick.) Wait until it’s completely dry. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy, because it gets messier!

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You will need a straw, some scissors, tape, polish, and something to protect the surface you’re working on. Cut the straw down to size, I found cutting it into quarters was perfect. The polish I used was Models Own Blue Glint and Cerise Shine, and Pukka Purple.

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Tape off around your nails to help with clean up. I didn’t do this for the blood spatter ones, and I wish I had because this one was so much quicker to clean up!

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Drop a dollop of polish onto a piece of paper (plastic, foil, whatever you like to use) and dip the straw into it, so it creates a film across the hole. If your polish is quite thin it won’t work.

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Hold the straw above your nail and blow hard. The closer you hold the straw, the larger the spatter!

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Repeat until you’re happy with the results. I like to mix up the order, so for example I started with pink on a few nails, purple and blue on others, then the same for whatever colour I used next.

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Add top coat, clean up with acetone, use some moisturiser or cuticle oil, and voila!

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Have you tried spatter nails before?

Lyndsey 🙂

Blood Spatter Nails

Happy Halloween everyone!

I haven’t had much time to do Halloween nails this year, the last couple of years I’ve gone for more detailed designs, but this year I needed something a bit quicker, so I decided to try some blood spatter nails.

I actually did these whilst watching Dexter, which was quite appropriate! I’ve attempted the splattered look before, but didn’t get it to work, so I wasn’t sure how it would go, but thankfully it turned out well, despite how messy it was!

I used the Models Own White Light and Red Lustre HyperGels.

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Lyndsey 🙂

Born Pretty Halloween Decals

These Halloween Born Pretty water decals are a very quick and easy way of creating some Halloween nail art. There is five different designs on the sheet, and twenty overall, and are available in gold or silver.

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Like all Born Pretty water decals they are very easy to apply, just dip them in water for 20-30 seconds and the design will slide off the backing paper, and you can position it on the nail, dab off any excess water and seal it with top coat.

I just went for a simple design, using Models Own Liquorice Allsorts as a base.

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Don’t forget to use the code YDL91 to get 10% off at Born Pretty!

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Lyndsey 🙂

Born Pretty provided me with items for review, all views are my own.