Wednesday, 30 October 2013

CND Shellac Nail Art - Halloween Mix'n'Match

Good old Gemma. I can always rely on her to test my nail art capabilities! Her penguin mani from last Christmas is still one of my favourite designs to create (here) so of course this Halloween she went all themed out, with some glitter too of course!

As a base colour I used Asphalt and then I added a dark grey glitter paste to her middle and little finger (made up of Silver VIP Status, Gosh 03 Grey Moonstone and Gosh 01 Silver Nail Glitters). After curing, I painted the cobwebs and spider with Cream Puff and two little Blackpool dots for the spider's eyes.

The little pumpkin (my favourite I think!) was made up of two different glitter pastes. The green stalk was Silver VIP Status and Gosh 08 Emerald Green (not available in the UK) and the pumpkin was Silver VIP Status and Gosh 04 Fire Opal (also not available in the UK). I used a very small dotting tool to create the curved vertical lines down the pumpkin before I cured the glitter, then after curing used some Blackpool to add the eyes and mouth.

On her thumb, she simply had the orange glitter paste used for the pumpkin.

Most Gosh Nail Glitters are available from Superdrug in the UK for £4.99 (only the 02 Gold is online, the other colours are all in store). Although two of the colours here I had to purchase from the states as they never released them here.

Disclaimer - I purchased all the products used for this manicure myself, and if you want more info about myself and CND Shellac then check out my disclaimer page here. What's not to like about nail art that actually lasts?!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

CND Shellac Intimates Collection 2013

Back in August you may have seen my Forbidden collection post that mentioned the new Fall colours for 2013 and a brief look at some new nudes set to join the ever expanding Shellac catalogue.

Well they are finally here. This is the Intimates collection and they have some pretty interesting names which make your google searches seem much more risque!

Photo from Blog Me Beautiful
Photo from Blog Me Beautiful
From Left to Right we have:
Blush Teddy - opaque iridescent light pink
Nude Knickers - semi-sheer light nude opaque
Bare Chemise - semi-sheer light nude
Satin Pajamas - opaque taupe beige

In all a gorgeous set of romantic shades - that will look amazing alone or with some pearl/glitter nail art! Now to get my mitts on these lovelies...

Disclaimer - Photos are not my own, they are courtesy

New CND Shellac Christmas Charmed Collection 2013

Ah the holiday season is almost upon us! And what better way to get into the festive spirit than with a suitably seasonal manicure?

Introducing the new CND Shellac Charmed collection:

From Left to Right we have:
Frosted Glen - a metallic sage green
Scarlet Letter - a bright scarlet red
Ice Vapor - a shiny silver glitter
Serene Green - a rich festive green

Photo from Blog Me Beautiful
As for a release date - around late October or early November seems likely. And make sure you stock up as these are rumoured to be limited edition again like last year. Oh, and good news! They are also re-releasing the popular Ruby Ritz from last years limited edition duo (here) in early November - rumour has it this may well end up a permanent member of the colour collection!

Now Christmas wouldn't be complete without some new additives thrown into the mix! So to join the 4 new colours CND are also releasing 4 limited edition additives in Silver Frost, Gilded Gleam, Blush Bronze Frost and Icicles.

For some great swatches check out - she's done some fab swatches of the additives over Blackpool.

Disclaimer - Photos are not my own, they are courtesy of the CND press release here and

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Superdry Nail Paint in Punk Pink

Yesterday I posted about a the new Superdry Beauty range, in particular the Bento Beauty-Box, on Brush Up and Make-up!

In this gift set came a gorgeous little polish, a Superdry NailPaint in the prettiest fuschia, Punk Pink. Well you know by now that it's rare I wear 'normal' polish on my fingers but I couldn't resist this perfectly bright shade. I slapped it on quickly over a clear nude base of Shellac, so that it didn't affect the colour but my nails still had strength.

One coat gave pretty good coverage but to be truly opaque two coats would be better. It dried really quickly and I love that it's also very glossy without topcoat - but to extend wear time and shine I highly recommend a quick slather of Seche Vite over the top.

This colour came as part of the new Bento Beauty-Box (£25) launched later this month, but other Nail Paint colours are available now in Superdry Stores and online.
Disclaimer - This product was given to me as a PR sample for my consideration and review. The above review is 100% honest and of my own, unbiased opinion.
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