Friday, 21 November 2014

#QuizDressNails Nail Art Competition

Today I'm back with another nail art look especially for the #quizdressnails competition running at the moment! If you don't know about this competition, all you have to do is pick a dress from the Quiz website and create a nail art inspired by that dress. My nail art look was inspired by the 'Blue Tropical Embellished Print Tunic dress' and here they are...

#QuizDressNails Nail Art Competition


I love the different tones,ombré effects and patterns in the dress and I thought they would make a super fun nail art. 





If you want to be in the chance of winning some Quiz vouchers all you have to do is:

  1. Pick a Quiz dress that inspires you
  2. Create your nail art design
  3. Post a picture of your nails and chosen dress on your blog
  4. Follow @beautyuk and @quizclothing on Twitter and tweet your entry using the hashtag #quizdressnails
Competition closes: 30th November so hurry you have just over a week left to enter!

If you enter be sure to let me know in the comments below, I would love to see your design.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Cow Print Nail Art Tutorial

I was looking for some nail inspiration the other day, when I stumbled on a very talented nail artist known on Instagram as Sruiq. She did some super cute cow print nails which I just had to have a go at myself and here is the final look...

Cow Print Nail Art Tutorial

Cow Print Nail Art

I began by painting all my nails in a white base, apart from my ring finger which I painted in a nude shade. Next taking a black polish onto a dotting tool I created the cow print and the outline of the cows face. Going in with a light pink shade, I created the cows nose and using the white polish again, I created the ears and face of the cow. Finally I went back in with the black and white polishes to create the cows eyes and once everything was dry polished my nails off with a top coat. 

The nail varnishes I used were Illamasqua 'Boosh' & 'Scorch'; Nails Inc 'Porchester Square' and No17 'Pink Lemonade'.

Cow Nail Art

And there you have your cow nail art! What do you think of this look?

Happy Nail Art-ing!
Sam x

Friday, 7 November 2014

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lashes: Girls Night Out

As I'm sure most of you know, late last month Tanya Burr added to her cosmetics line by introducing lashes into the mix.

If you know me, you know I am a HUGE fan of lashes so I obviously had to run to Superdrug and pick up a pair! They come in a range of different styles, from super natural day time lashes, individual & corner lashes, as well as volumous evening lashes, all with really cute names. I love a dramatic lash so I went for 'Girls Night Out'.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lashes: Girls Night Out

Tanya Burr Lashes

I love that the band on the lashes is super thin, meaning you don't have to worry if you don't want a thick black liner! You can easily get them close to your natural lashes and they're super comfortable. I also found them really easy to apply!

The glue that comes with the lashes is also amazing; if you have ever tried the Illamasqua lashes, the glue is very very similar. It applies almost with a pearlised glow and dries transparent. The small glue wand/applicator makes it easy to apply to the band and dries quickly so you don't have to worry about the lash moving when you have dropped it into the right place.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lashes

Im heading out tonight so I thought I would create a makeup look and show you what they look like on. What I love about these lashes is even though they fill out my natural lash line to create definition and volume, they don't look too heavy and they definitely don't weigh my eyes down! 

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lashes

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lashes: Girls Night Out

Overall I really love the Tanya Burr lashes that I picked up and I will definitely be trying more styles - the 'Date Night' style is the next on my list!! All the styles are priced at £5.99 and I believe you can pick them up from either Superdrug or FeelUnique.

Have you tried these lashes yet or any of the other Tanya Burr Cosmetics products? What are you favourites?

Sam x

Friday, 31 October 2014

Googly Eye Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

I am SOO excited for Halloween this year! After celebrating at the #AsDarknessFalls Halloween party last week I am in the spooky spirit to do it all over again tonight! Today I created a googly eye nail art inspired by a look I saw over on the WAH nails Instagram page.

Googly Eye Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Googly Eye Halloween Nail Art

Unfortunately I didn't have the right lighting to take step-by-step photos when I did the nail art last night (definitely something I'm adding to my xmas list!). However this look was really easy to create...

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in black and leave to dry.

Step 2: Next taking the white polish onto a large dotting tool, create different sized circles over the nail, to act as the base of each eye.

Step 3: Next taking your different colours in turn, add smaller dots inside the larger white dots.

Step 4: Taking your black and white polishes onto a small dotting tool, create a further two dots inside the coloured circles.

Step 5: After you have left everything to dry completely, add a top coat to each nail to seal everything into place.

And there you have your googly eye nail art!

Googly Eye Halloween Nail Art

Googly Eye Halloween Nail Art


I hope you all have an amazing Halloween tonight! Let me know in the comments below what you're doing to celebrate!

Sam x

Pumpkin Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Im back with another Halloween nail art and today is the turn of the ever famous Halloween Pumpkin! I LOVE pumpkin carving, however uni has taken over a bit this year and I haven't had time to whip up a pumpkin creation. I guess painting a pumpkin nail art is nearly as good! If you want to find out how I created this look keep reading...

Pumpkin Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Pumpkin Halloween Nail Art

All you will need for this look is nail varnish in the shades: orange, yellow, black and gold glitter. It will also be handy if you have a dotting tool and sponge to hand.
I used Illamasqua's 'Boosh' (black) and 'Gamma' (orange); Graffiti Nails 'Mellow' (yellow) and Barry M 'Yellow Topaz Glitter' (golden glitter).

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Pumpkin Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: To begin paint all nails in a base of orange and leave to dry.

Step 2: Next taking the yellow nail varnish onto a small sponge, create a mottled effect over the nail.

Step 3: Taking your black polish onto a dotting tool create the pumpkin faces.

Step 4: Next, taking the yellow shade on the sponge carefully apply this on top of the black detailing to create some texture.

Step 5: Now its time to top the pumpkin faces with the glitter. I did this using a dotting tool.

Step 6: Finally, once everything is completely dry apply a top coat to each nail.

And there you have your pumpkin nail art!!


What do you think of this nail art look? What are you guys up to this Halloween?

Happy Nail-Arting!
Sam x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

The other day I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Daily Mix #AsDarknessFalls Halloween Party. Along with my makeup being a half sugar skull look, I also did a sugar skull nail art and thought I would share it with you!

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art

Along with some nail art dotting tools and fine brushes, you will also need nail varnish in black, white, pink and a glitter polish. Also to add even more sparkle to the nail art look you will need some small gems. 
The shades I used for this look were Illamasqua 'Boosh', 'Scorch' and 'Obsess' and L.A. Colour 'Jewel Tone'. 

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by painting all nails in a base of white polish.

Step 2: Next taking the black polish onto a large dotting tool, create two eyes on each nail.

Step 3: Next taking a smaller dotting tool and the pink polish, add tiny dots around the edge of each large dot.

Step 4: Then taking your black polish onto a small dotting tool create two adjacent dots for the nose. Next take the black polish again and create a series of black dots in a line. Once dry take your white polish and add a smaller dot to the centre of the black to create the mouth.

Step 5: Taking the black polish add three small lines above the eyes. Also taking the pink and black polish create some small dots to add detailing on the cheek area. By placing a small dot of top coat just above the centre of the eyes, take a small gem and press this on top.

Step 6: Finally once everything is dry, take a top coat and add a layer to each nail.

And there you have your sugar skull nail art!

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art

Sugar Skull Halloween Nail Art

What do you think of this nail art? Have you created any looks for halloween this year?

Happy Halloween and Happy Nail Art-ing!
Sam xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

FOTD: Glamorous Evening Makeup

Glamorous evening makeup is by far my favourite. Its an excuse for me to go crazy with contouring and smoke out my eyes. I attended an evening event last week, so I thought I would share with you the look I created.






Eyes:
My eyes were all about neutral smokes. I used the Crown Brush '28 Nude Eye Shadow Palette', blending deep brown shades through my crease and under my lower lash line. I added a super dramatic winged liner using my all time love: Maybelline 'Lasting Drama' Gel Liner and finished off with The Body Shop 'Super Volume Mascara' and  '100' lashes from Eyelure. I also used Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in 'Peek' to define my brows.

Face: 
For my skin, I created a medium coverage base using Illamasqua 'Skin Base' Foundation and covered up problem areas using my Collection 'Lasting Perfection' Concealer. To contour I used Nars 'Laguna' bronzer and created a dewy highlight on my cheek bones using Illamsqua Gleam in 'Aurora'. I finished off my skin by adding a subtle coral blush using the orange shade in the Collection 'Shimmer Shades' blusher palette.

Lips:
I went for a deep raspberry lip using Illamasqua 'Magnetism' which is my go to berry shade. 



What do you think of this evening makeup look? What products do you like to use when you're creating glamorous smokey makeup?

Sam xx