Sunday, 17 May 2015

Neon & Glitter Chevron Nail Art

I am back with another bright nail art look and today I went for a chevron design using some neon and glitter polishes. If you want to find out how I created this look then keep on reading...

Neon & Glitter Chevron Nail Art

Glitter Chevron Nail Art

All you will need for this look is 3 coloured polishes of your choice, 3 glitter polishes, a top coat and some chevron nail stickers to make the job a whole lot easier!
The polishes I used were the Models Own 'Polish for Tans' collection in the shades 'Sun Hat' (neon pink), 'Beach Bag' (neon orange) and 'Shades' (neon coral) and the glitter polishes are from the Illamasqua 'Galmore' collection in the shades 'Trilliant' (champagne glitter), 'Fire Rose' (pink glitter) and 'Marquise' (orange glitter). The chevron stickers I used were the NailVinyl 'Chevron Minis'.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Chevron Nail Art step-by-step tutorial

Step 1: Begin by taking your neon shades and applying a different polish to each nail. Leave these to dry completely before moving on.

Step 2: Taking the chevron stickers, place two onto each nail, spacing evenly.

Step 3: Grab your glitter polishes and paint over the entire nail, switching up the shades as you wish. Remove the stickers straight after painting the glitter coat to reveal your chevron design.

Step 4: Finally once everything is dry, go in with a top coat to even out the nails and add some shine!

And there you have your bright a glittery chevron mani!

Neon Chevron Nail Art

Chevron Nail Art

What do you think of this design? Let me know what nail art you have been loving in the comments below.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Cocktail Ombré Nail Art

I was feeling bright and colourful when I created this nail art so I went for a neon ombre which reminds me of a summer cocktail!

Cocktail Ombré Nail Art

All you will need for this look is a white, yellow, orange and pink polish, as well as a small makeup sponge. The shades I used were Models Own 'Coconut Cream' on the base to brighten up the colours and Graffiti Nails 'Mellow', Illamasqua 'Gamma' and Models Own 'Sophie's Pink'.

Ombré Nail Art

Step 1: Begin by painting the base of your nails in a white polish and leave this to dry completely. By doing this it will really help to brighten up the ombré shades.

Step 2: Stripe the 3 shades onto a small makeup sponge and press this onto the nail, dabbing the sponge up and down to create a seamless ombré design.

Step 3: Once everything is dry, go in with a top coat to even out the nails and give them some shine.

And there you have your cocktail ombré manicure!

Bright Ombré Nail Art

What shades do you like to use in your ombré nail art designs?

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Winged Eye Liner Tutorial

One of my most requested posts is to do a winged eyeliner tutorial and I have finally got round to doing one! I rarely go a day without winged liner in my makeup look and after trying out many different products and brushes I have found my perfect combo.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Winged Eye Liner Tutorial

Step 1: I begin by defining my brows and applying any eyeshadow(s) of my choice.

Step 2: Next I draw a line from the very corner of my line, following my waterline up. You can extend this line as much as you wish.

Step 3: I then start at the tip of the line I have just created and drag this down to the centre of my eye.

Step 4: Applying more liner, I fill in any gaps and take the liner right into the corner of my eye.

Step 5: Next, I tightline my liner to ensure there are no gaps showing near the lashes. I then wipe my brush slightly to remove any excess product and extend the wing slightly to neaten up the edge.

Step 6: Finally I apply a coat of mascara to my lashes to open up my eye even more.

And there you have your winged liner!

What Products Do I Use?

My two holy grail products for winged liner are the Maybelline 'Lasting Drama Gel Liner' and the Sugarpill 'Precision Eyeliner Brush'. I have had problems with liner transferring onto my lid, however this gel liner doesn't budge all day and as you can tell from the photo above my pot of gel liner is very well loved! The Sugarpill brush is amazing to create a super fine line and picks up and moves gel liner perfectly. 

I hope you found this post helpful if you are new to winged liner! 

Are there any products/brushes you love to use to create eyeliner looks?

Sam xx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Avon Spring Nail Art Tutorial

As we say goodbye to the Easter holidays, it's time to the spring nail art to begin. Nothing shouts spring nails more to me that pastel shades and floral designs. Therefore, I combined the two and created a fun and easy spring nail art for Avon.

If you want to find out how I created the look below, head over to the Avon Blog or YouTube channel.

Avon Spring Nail Art Tutorial

If you check out the tutorial let me know what you think in the comments below, and I would also love to hear any spring nail art you have been creating.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Watercolour Floral Nail Art

Sorry its been a but silent around here recently! I am coming to the end of my last year at uni and so I'm crazy busy finishing off my dissertation (1 month left)! I am back with another nail art look and today is the turn of a watercolour and glitter floral nail art design...

Watercolour Floral Nail Art

Floral Nail Art

To create a similar look yourself all you will need is a light base colour, a white polish, a glitter polish, some sheer tint nail varnishes and a small nail art brush.
I am not 100% sure what the base colour of my nails is as it wasn't my polish and I forgot to look at the name (I am pretty sure it was an OPI shade though!). I used Models Own 'Coconut Cream' for the white base of the flowers, Illamasqua 'Harsh' to add some glitter and OPI 'Sheer Tints' to create the watercolour effect.

Step 1: Begin by painting the base colour onto each nail and leave this to dry completely.

Step 2: Next take your white polish onto a small nail art brush and map out your flower design (I varied between 1 and 2 flowers on each nail).

Step 3: Taking your glitter polish, add this to the centre of each flower and drag towards the tip.

Step 4: Taking the sheer tints, add them randomly over each flower.

Step 5: Finally once everything is dry, go in with a top coat to seal everything into place!

And there you have your watercolour floral nail art!

Glitter Floral Nail Art

What do you think of this nail art look? Have you created any nail art designs recently?

Happy Nail Arting! Sam xx

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Drugstore / Highstreet Makeup Haul

So I have been waiting for forever for my local boots to stock up on the new Bold Metals Real Techniques collection and when they finally arrived back I couldn't help but make a few other makeup purchases, along with a bargain buy from Superdrug too! I thought I would put everything in a haul and tell you my initial thoughts, so if you want to find out what I picked up then keep on reading...

Drugstore / Highstreet Makeup Haul

Real Techniques Bold Metal 300 Tapered Blush Brush

So my first purchase was the long awaited Real Techniques Bold Metal 300 'Tapered Blush Brush'. I had heard so many great things about this brush and I really think its worth the £24 price tag. The gold metal wand is stunning, the brush hairs are super soft and synthetic, making them so easy to clean. I also love the way the brush is tapered almost to a point at the top, making it perfect for contouring the cheeks and placing your blusher just where you want it, blending the product out beautifully! I have only used this brush with powder products so far, but I also think it would work great with a cream contour and blush and I can't wait to keep using it to create different looks!!

L'oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara

After my brush splurge, I was wandering around the makeup stands and saw that L'Oreal had a 3for2 offer on all their makeup. I have been wanting to try a few of their foundations for a while now, so I also picked up the Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara. I am a big fan of the metallic pink packaging and I also love the mascara. I found it was really great and operating and lengthening my lashes. It didn't add a huge amount of volume to the thickness which I was expecting, but I still really liked the finished look.

Loreal Foundation

So, as I mentioned, for a while I have been wanting to try out some L'Oreal foundations in the hope to find a new holy grail drugstore base makeup product. I picked up the L'Oreal True Match shade in C2 'Rose Vanilla' and the Infallible 24hour foundation in the shade 120 'Vanilla'. I aways struggle picking out my perfect shade in drugstores so these foundations are both a little dark for me, however with a bit of tan on and when summer finally comes around these will be perfect.

My favourite of the two has to be the True Match foundation. At first pump the consistency was quite runny, which I didn't think I was going to like. However, it blends beautifully onto the skin using a buffing brush and looked amazing when I built up a few layers to create a flawless base! I was also really impressed with the lasting power, and with a little touch up of powder half way through the day and I was ready to go with no movement or patchiness. I didn't like the Infallible foundation too much as the consistency was quite thick and I found it to go a little patchy on my skin (maybe I was having a bad skin day). I will definitely let you know if my impressions of this foundation change, but true match is definitely worth a purchase if you haven't tried it yet!

Revolution Flawless Eyeshadow Palette

Next up is my Superdrug bargain purchase. Im sure most of you have heard about the new affordable range from 'Revolution'. This eye shadow palette was just £8 and for 32 shades and a mixture of matte and shimmer, thats not bad going! I got the 'Flawless' palette of warm golden, brown and red toned shades. I have been so impressed with this palette. The shades are super pigmented and although I did find I had to build up the shades to make sure they didn't move through the day, they blend beautifully and last really well without creasing and smudging. I will definitely be purchasing more of these palettes in the future!

Sorry this is quite a lengthly post! I hope you've enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments what you have been loving from the drugstores recently.

I have also created a makeup look using all these products, so keep your eye out on my blog for that post coming up very soon!

Sam x

Drugstore Makeup Look

You might of seen my last post all about what I picked up from the drugstores. I really wanted to do a makeup look using all the products, so you could get a bit more of an idea about how the products look 'in action'. I was off out for a family meal so I went for a berry smokey eye and quite a strong contour!

So for the base I used my new L'Oreal true match foundation which I loved and covered any blemishes and dark circles using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. To contour the cheeks I used Illamasqua's Sculpting Duo (slightly cheated with the drugstore theme here!). To add a subtle colour to the cheeks, I used the Collection Shimmer Shases blush and to highlight I added the Seventeen Shimmer brick. I used my new Real Techniques Bold Metal Tapered Blush brush to add the contour, blush and highlight and it blended all three products beautifully onto the skin!

To create the berry smokey eye look I used my new Revolution palette, taking the shades 'Smudge', 'Raw', 'Universal' and 'Burgundy Nights'. I created a winged liner using my fav Maybelline Gel Liner and finished off the eyes with the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume mascara.

I lined my lips using the Nyx lip liner in Mauve and then topped this with Topshop lipstick in 'Innocent'.

What do you think of this makeup look? What are your favourite drugstore products to use in your makeup routine at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Sam x