Monday, April 14, 2014

Blossom and Sparkle

I started these nails without a plan, I just knew I wanted to try out some of my new goodies, but I actually like the way they turned out. They are feminine without being too girly. Please excuse the white stuff around my nails, it's not dry skin, it's hand cream I hadn't let soak in enough, honest!
I picked up another box of four little P.S. polishes from Primark for £2 at the weekend (this time the blues and greens assortment) and I was really attracted to the light cornflower blue shade that came in the set. Once I had it on my nails I wasn't as fond of it. It is a lovely shade and a smooth, one-coat formula, but it just didn't sit well with my skin tone and made my hands look even colder and paler than they usually do. I decided to warm the colour up a little using the nimbus technique with MUA All Nude (creamy white) and a warm purple P.S. polish from the purple and neon set. It's the first time I've used this technique and it is so simple it's almost impossible to mess up.

Last week I also bought a new Technic glitter jelly for £1 from Bodycare. It's called Amelia's Army and is an indigo purple jelly base with lots of dark purple microglitter and medium sized magenta hex glitter. I used this on my thumb and ring fingers and I can't stop looking at it! The jelly base is very sheer but the glitter is densely packed so four thin coats (which is what I am wearing in the photos) will give almost total glitter coverage. It applies smoothly and the glitter lies flat and has a delicate sparkle, and it dries fast for a glitter polish too. Ooooh it's pretty!

For the stamping I used White Konad Special Polish and tried out a new Born Pretty stamping plate M66 (bought on offer at $0.99). The plate worked well but the stamping wasn't as crisp and opaque as previous Born Pretty plates I've used, and I suspect this plate isn't as deeply etched as the others. All my nails were finished with a coat of Konad Special Top Coat.

What polishes have you been buying this week? Have you picked up any bargains?


  1. Cute! I've seen a few of the PS sets in Primark and been so tempted! I've tried the Angelica ones they sell and find them to be pretty cool. the Technic glitter looks really good. I noticed they had a few new ones out!

    1. The formula of the P.S. polishes seems to vary. Some shades are fantastic, really opaque glossy one-coaters, but other shades are a bit streaky and disappointing.
      The Technic glitter is lovely though, they always make such good glitter polish!