Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Born Pretty Store gold square embellishment review


Hi :) I've been doing some nail art designs the last few days so today I have a really simple nail art design to show you!

To do this mani I used a nails inc polish called 'Hanover Square' which was free with Glamour magazine recently. I also used some gold square embellishments which I was sent from Born Pretty Store to review (please see my disclaimer page for more info).

You can get these embellishments here (http://www.bornprettystore.com/ultarthin-tiny-square-matt-glitter-powder-sheets-tips-nail-decoration-p-16763.html). If you use the code TS10K31 you'll also save 10% off your order! 

First I'll talk about the polish! It's a beautiful deep, rich burgundy polish which is perfect for Autumn! I love it for a quick and classic mani or pedi so I think this will get a lot of use this year!

Once I had applied two coats of the nails inc polish, I worked one nail at a time to apply top coat. Before it dried, I used a wax pencil to pick up the gold squares and apply them to the base of the nail. I did this on all my nails except my ring finger which I covered in the gold squares leaving a small burgundy margin around each one. I didn't coat in top coat because I didn't want it to pool between the embellishments and not dry but these are secure enough without it so it didn't make any difference to the design.


The squares are very thin so it's fine wearing loads on one nail but as they are flat, they don't sit completely flush on the nail in all areas. At the base of the nail they were sitting quite flat but obviously the higher I placed them or as I placed them to the left and right, they sat slightly off the nail so I'd advise applying these after your tights ;) It probably isn't an every day design to wear them all over the nail but it's very wearable to wear one or two.



Tara x

Monday, 24 November 2014

My mani is practically perfect in every way

Hi :) I hope you had a good weekend!

Today I'm going to show you a Mary Poppins inspired mani I did recently!


My pinkie nail is inspired by her outfit, my ring finger is inspired by her scarf, the middle finger is inspired by her flying up into the air and my index finger is inspired by her hat!


To do this mani I used tons of different polishes as well as brushes and dotting tools so far too much to list here! But I did use the Ciate matte top coat to finish it all off as I didn't want a shiny finish and the Ciate top coat mattes really well in one coat.


Tara x

P.S don't forget to enter my giveaway here!

Friday, 21 November 2014

W7 gel nails kit and polish review

Hi! In one of my local shopping outlet places there's a beauty shop which had the W7 gel nails kit and polish for just £39.99 for the starter kit and £5.99 for the polishes! I bought the kit and two polishes. I the kit you get the light (which is glittery), everything you need to do and remove a gel manicure and three polishes; a base/top cot, a bright pink and silver. I also bought a light pink and a beautiful purple!


I haven't really used gel polishes before so I was really excited to try this! I was even more excited when I realised the light cures/dries each coat in just 30 seconds! These are the steps I followed;

Shape nails, push back cuticles etc.
Using very thin coats and taking extra care to keep away from my cuticles I applied the base coat to both thumbnails and cured for 30 seconds.
I then applied base to one hand, cured for 30 seconds and then repeated on the other hand.
I then repeated those two steps for two colour coats and top coat.
I used the cleanser and a lint free pad to remove the tacky layer and my mani was complete!

I find it easier to do both thumbs first as your whole hand doesn't fit in the light and you can keep both thumbs flat if you do them separately anyway!

This is the result of my gel mani!


I love having such a fast drying and long lasting mani so I'll definitely be using this more! Especially over Christmas when I'll be more prone to chips wrapping (and unwrapping) presents etc. Also gel nails are fab because you can use a neutral colour for work, add a glitter/nail art for the weekend, remove the glitter/art and keep the base on! I'll show you more shades soon! In the meantime you can buy your own W7 kit gel nails kit and polishes here (http://www.w7cosmetics.co.uk/product/gel-nail-salon-kit/)

Tara x

P.s Don't forget to enter my giveaway here (http://tarastalons.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/giveaway.html)

P.p.s I have now added a 'For sale' page to my blog. I will be destashing polishes and stuff here but at the moment I have pigments and glitters for making or customising polishes and using for nail art, crafts etc for sale. You can see all the info here (http://tarastalons.blogspot.co.uk/p/for-sale.html)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

GIVEAWAY!

Hi! Last month was my two year bloggerversary! To celebrate that and Christmas coming I'm now running this giveaway! Details of the prizes and the terms and conditions are all listed below! 


Good luck!

Tara x


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Friday, 14 November 2014

Preview of the W7 advent calendar!

Disclaimer - this product was sent to me to review, please see my 'disclaimer' page for more info.

Hi! I'm so excited! I received this W7 advent calendar a couple of days ago to review! I'm going to tell you a little about it today and then I'm going to review it in full throughout December!


This calendar is just £19.95 on the W7 website! (http://www.w7cosmetics.co.uk/product/countdown-to-christmas-advent-calendar/) and such great value for money! The calendar itself is really pretty and Christmassy! It's a lovely shiny red with snow and snowflakes all over it!.

Inside you get ten polishes, three lip glosses, three pots of glitter, three lipsticks, three eyeshadows, foundation and mascara! That's brilliant value, especially as W7 products are really good quality!

I'll show you what I get and review each product throughout December so don't forget to check back!

yesterday I went to the beauty outlet shop near me (which is also stocking these calendars!) and bought the W7 gel nails set and two of their gel polishes so I'll show you that soon too!

Tara x