Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wizard of Oz nail art featuring Illamasqua, W7, Vivien Kondor, Models own and more!

Hi! Today I have a super busy day so I probably won't be blogging tomorrow so today's post is going to be extra long rather than split into two posts like I had originally planned! Also I changed my blog so you see the web version on mobile devices so you can see everything, let me know what you think and I'll decide whether to keep it like that or put it back to mobile view! 

Today's post features loads of polishes but the main ones are Illamasqua 'Throb', W7 'Orange crush' from their jelly bean range', Red glitter from Vivien Kondor London (only £1.49 at the moment here' and 'gold' chrome from models own

I also used; a mustard yellow (Hampstead gardens by nails inc) and a neon yellow (W7 neon yellow) mixed together, a darker mustard yellow (Chic fox by L'oreal), 'Dolly mixture' from Barry M, a red glitter polish (Ruby pumps by China glaze), an opaque gun metal  (from OPI with no name on it), a bronze with other colours reflecting through it (Firefly by Sally Hansen), dark golden yellow flock and some nail art brushes!

First I used one coat of Illamasqua in 'Throb. It's super opaque! It also applies really well, this is my new favourite red!


I then used one coat of this sparkly red from Vivien Kondor London. There's a video of this on my Instagram and Facebook pages so you can see the sparkle!


Over that I then used one coat of 'Orange crush' by W7, which is from their jelly bean range. It's sheer so it works great for glitter jelly sandwich manis and it gives a lovely glossy finish. It also smells like orange sherbet!


I finished that off with one coat of Duri rejuvacote (which I also used as a base). It made me think of ruby shoes so I did Wizard of Oz nail art!


I mixed a mustard yellow and neon yellow together and used a liner brush to paint the yellow brick road across all the nails. I then used the darker mustard colour to shade in some bricks.

On the index nail I applied the dark golden yellow flock to represent the lion.

On the middle nail I used the models own gold chrome polish and a dotting tool to write Oz on the nail. I then used ruby pumps by China glaze to for in the middle of the 'O' to make it more sparkly.

On the ring finger I used the opaque gun metal silver polish on the corners of the nail. I then applied a little of the brolly/reflective polish to the edges using my finger tip to make it look a little tarnished/ rusted to represent the tin man.

On the pinky finger I did the most time consuming thing because I didn't have any gold flitter bar glitters, I poured a little Barry M 'Dolly mixture' out into my palette and used a very pointy dotting tool to pick out the yellow ones and apply them to my nail which hopefully looks like straw to represent the scarecrow.


I took some practise photos of this, then I moved my lighting to take the real ones but I smudged three nails so I'm really sorry you have to put up with some sub-standard photos of this. I can assure you it looked great in real life ;)


Here's one where you can see my brick shading a little better.


I finished this off with another coat of Duri to seal all of the nail art. I didn't top coat over the flock though as it would flatten it and potentially create bald patches. I just top coated around that.


Tara x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Emily De molly 'Bo Peep'

Hi! Yesterday I got new lighting to take my photographs so hopefully my photographs will improve with my new setup! I haven't got any blogs prepared yet using the new lighting but you can see a photograph I posted of a polish from 'Frightfully Spectacular' on www.instagram.com/tarastalonspolish to see what you think!

Today I have a gorgeous Emily De Molly polish to show you called 'Bo Peep'. Shaun bought me this from www.rainbow-connection.co.uk which is a UK based company bringing us indie polish from around the world! You can get 5% off  your first order at Rainbow Connection UK if you follow this link http://prz.io/1dXx


Look how amazing this is for Easter!


I only owned three EDM polishes before Shaun bought me another two but I definitely want to add more to my collection. They're all stunning! They also apply well and dry quickly.


Here's a couple of photos I took so you can really see the colour and glitters of this polish.


I can't even begin to list all of the glitters in this polish. They're very pretty matte pastel colours though and go perfectly with the minty/tealy/turquoisey base.

For this mani I used three thin coats with one coat of Duri rejuvacote as my base coat and one coat as my top coat.


If you want an Easter/Spring mani that will look amazing I definitely recommend this polish!

Tara x

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Barry M speedy polishes review

Good morning :D Today I'm having a day of relaxing, catching up on TV and reading after a few busy days. I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday too!

Today I'm going to show you a mani I've done with some of my new Barry M speedy polishes which I got for my birthday. The colours of the whole collection are amazing! I really love them all and I'll definitely be using them more throughout Spring because the colours are so pretty and 'Springy'.

The colours I used from L-R are; Stop the clock, Road rage, Pit stop, Kiss me quick and Eat my dust.

Before I show you the polishes, I'm going to show you the brushes on these polishes because they're amazing! They're a flat brush with a rounded tip which fits around the cuticles so you don't have much, if any, clean up to do.


So aside from the brushes, the polishes are great. They apply well and, as they're supposed to, they dry very quickly. I was freezing when I used these polishes so they dried pretty much instantly on me giving me quite a patchy finish on the first coat. The finish is easily rectified with another coat or two and a nice top coat, so the amazing dry time makes up for the streaks!

This is one coat  on my left hand over one coat of Duri rejuvacote as a base coat.


This is two coats on my left hand.


This is two coats on my right hand.


This is three coats on my left hand.


This is three coats on my right hand.


This is three coats with top coat on my left hand.


This is three coats with top coat on my right hand.


All in all I'm very impressed with these polishes, they come in nine pretty colours, they apply well with a fab brush, they dry quickly and they're lasting well too! You can get them in store at Superdrug, Boots etc and also online at www.barry.com and www.superdrug.com

Tara x

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Models own chrome polish - Green

Hi! Yesterday I went on a bit of a shopping spree, I bought five new polishes, new bedding, a light box and some lamps! I also spent some time trying out some of the new speedy polishes from Barry M, so I'll tell you all about them soon! I hope you had a fab day too!

Today I'm going to show you another chrome polish from www.modelsownit.com, this one is 'Green'. It a very pretty Spring colour. It'll be great with some floral nail art over it, whether it's freehand, stamping or foils, it'll look so pretty! This one applies and dries the same as the others, perfectly! It also stamps well.

This is one colour coat with no base or top coat.


This is one colour coat with no base coat but one coat of top coat.


Look how super shiny this is! I love this whole collection, they're so pretty!


Tara x

Friday, 27 March 2015

George at ASDA - Sugared almond review

Hi! It's the weekend again! Woohoo! Today I'm going shopping for polish and blankets (don't be too jealous of my wild lifestyle), I hope you have a great day too!

Before I get onto the polish, I just want to let you know I'm nearly at 2000 Instagram followers so I'm planning a giveaway! I'm getting together some prizes and have been offered some donated prizes so if you want to be in with a chance of winning join me at @tarastalonspolish on instagram (www.instagram.com/tarastalonspolish)!

Today I'm going to show you a polish one of my sisters bought me for my birthday. This is the very, very pretty 'Sugared almond' from George at ASDA.


This is a very soft lilac with teeny tiny sparkle!


I have a few of these polishes (I got one the other day for just 80p in the sale!) and they're great! They apply really well and dry quickly. They don't last very long on me, around two days before they chip, but I change my polish every day or every other day so it really isn't a big deal for me.


I've taken loads of photos of this because the sparkle reflects the light back and it's hard to show it off properly! I hope you get the general idea of how beautiful it is though!


Here's a quick close up!


Tara x