Christmas Nails

Hello my loves!

So this year I have really been struggling to get into the festive spirit so I thought what better way than Christmas nails.

I don’t tend to use my gel products that often as the formula tend to dry out my nails which is the last thing you need in the colder months but what better occasion than Christmas to do something a bit special.

I didn’t want to go too crazy and out there with the design so I decided on French Manicure meets Santa with a it of festive sparkle.

It was fairly simple to achieve with first brushing on the classic French Mani and then waiting for it to be completely set with the UV lamp. I then used a bit of nail tape to cover the majority of the nail to prevent the glitter from creating a mess. You can get gel colours that already have glitter in the colour but I have always found that using loose gives a better finish and sparkle even though it is the more fiddly option. Simply layer/pat the glitter over a clear base coat till you get your desired look then apply a top coat.

The finished look did come out a tad messier than I desired but overall I’m happy with it.

What nail looks have you gone for this Christmas?

Tasha x

Manicure Monday

barry m - personal best

Hello my Loves ­čÖé

For this week’s nail colour I’ve chosen Personal Best by Barry M.

With the sun finally making an appearance in Scotland this week I’m getting into the spirit of summer which for me means getting out the pastel nail shades.

The colour is from Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry spring Range.

I would describe Personal Best as a dusty muted lavender, it’s a lovely shade as it’s not too bold and bright but rather a pretty and ┬ádelicate way to have a pop of colour on your nails.

I found the formula and application really easy, some drugstore nail polishes can be slightly on the thin side but I only needed 2 coats to get a nice even opaque finish.

They have a few other colours that I have my eye on so you my see more from this range.

Have you tried any of Barry M’s Spring Colours?

Tasha x

Manicure Monday

shellac creekside

Hello my loves!

It’s been a while but I am finally back with another Manicure Monday.

I’ve decided to be lazy and go back to my shellac roots as it’s just so much easier to maintain than constantly worrying if my polish is going to chip.

This time I decided on the gorgeous Creekside which is a stunning pastel blue. I’m usually quite cautious when it comes to blue shades as in my opinion they tend to wash me out a tad (I think it’s because I have blue undertone) but since I have decided to embrace summer with a bit of fake tan I think it doesn’t look too bad. The colour is coming off a wee bit paler on camera than in person, it looks more blue. It’s such an easy shade to apply as you really only need two coats for it to be fully opaque which is a plus for when you’re in a rush. and don’t want to sit and cure it.

What colours are you loving at the moment?

Tasha x

Manicure Monday

barrym almond

Hello my loves!

So before I start I first want to apologise for my shoddy application ( I never realised how bad my cuticles were) you would never believe I’m a trained beauty therapist from this shot.

I’m currently giving my nails a wee break from their usual Shellac as I’ve noticed they’re getting a tad dry so it’s given me a chance to actually wear some of my nail varnish collection.

This week I went with Barry M Almond from their Gelly Collection

Almond is a pale mauve almost taupe colour. It’s a┬áchic easy to wear shade and has that sophisticated greige tone. It applied nicely with 2 coats easily giving it a good opaque colour.

Also I did find the formula of this seems to be quite thin in comparison to most polishes. I actually think a lot of people will prefer them this way as it will make them easier to apply for those that found the others too thick – unless you’re like me, I love thicker formulas, I think when your used to doing gel in the salon you tend to favour a thicker formula as it’s quicker to use by only needing 2 coats.

What nil colours are you liking for Spring?

Tasha x

Manicure Monday

Hello my loves!

Very surprisingly for me my last Shellac Manicure lasted almost 2 weeks, I know shellacs meant to last this long but being a Spa Therapist and having to do nail treatments doesn’t usually allow this luxury.

So for this week’s shellac Manicure I’ve actually gone for a mix of two colours, this is one of my favourite things about shellac. If the salon doesn’t have the exact shade your looking for you can actually layer two polishes together to get an entirely new colour, ┬ájust ask your therapist and they should know the best colour combo’s as were usually the first to experiment with them.

This weeks colour is a ┬ábase layer of Rose Brocade with everyone’s festive fave of Ruby Ritz on top.

I think the base layer of the rose really helps tone down Ruby Ritz which is usually a very bright Christmas Party Red.

What colours are you wearing on your nails this week?

Did you know you can layer your Shellac Colours?

Tasha x

Manicure Monday!

rubble nails

 

Hello My Loves

This week for my nails I’ve gone for a very seasonal colour in CND Shellac’s Rubble. I think this colour is suited perfectly to the weather we’ve been having in Scotland lately, is anyone else excited as I am about the snow? I think this shade is great as it goes with everything especially big cosy jumpers and sweaters that a definitely needed at the moment. I also love how it’s a quite subtle shade that makes me feel more grown up compared to my usual bright choices.

Do you like this colour? Also what shades are you loving at moment?

Tasha xx