Monday, 25 March 2013

NOTD - Easter Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly sorry I've been a little absent for the last week or so. I just haven't had time to fit in my blogging and nothing particularly exciting has been going on my nails other than a one colour manicure. So I thought I'd do a little Easter themed design. Even though the weather outside is horrendous, (well it is here in West Yorkshire) I like to get the pastel colours out at this time of year and generally live in them until I absolutely have to stop when it gets round to winter again. 

So for this design I used Barry M Berry Ice Cream which is a pastel purple and Revlon Colorstay in Buttercup which is pastel yellow. Both are perfect for Spring and Easter if you ask me.

I used my usual Base Coat and then applied three coats of Barry M Berry Ice Cream to all my nails except my ring fingers on both hands, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. I did the same thing for my ring fingers except I used Revlon Buttercup on those. After my 3 coats I waited 15 minutes to make sure they were completely dry; then I took my number 4 Dotting tool and used the larger end to create my design. I blobbed a small amount of Buttercup onto some cardboard and dipped the dotting tool into it, dotting randomly onto all of my purple nails. Then I did the same with Barry M Berry Ice Cream on the yellow nails. I waited 15 minutes again for them to dry before applying my Top Coat to seal it all in.

Excuse my red skin, I had just done the washing up in really hot water and quickly applied my hand cream before photographing my nails. I love this design, it is so cute and reminds me of yummy Easterness. Somebody told me it reminds me of Party Rings (those little biscuits with the holes in the middle that come in pastel colours) so I was happy enough with that. Also I don't get much use out of the Revlon Buttercup polish as it doesn't suit my skin tone on its own so it was nice to be able to use that colour. 

Have you tried any Easter nail designs? Do you have any ideas of designs you would like me to try? Do you struggle with using yellow polish? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Monday, 18 March 2013

Follow Me on Bloglovin

Hi Glossies! So seeing as though we are saying goodbye to GFC and Google Reader in July I thought I would just keep you all updated on where you can follow me. I haven't quite got the hang of how to use Bloglovin yet but practice makes perfect and you can find me at I'm also on twitter so you can tweet me or follow me on @glossypolish. I have Instagram too @rachaelsmith89 if you'd like to follow me on there. I don't yet use any other platforms but I've seen a few bloggers using She Said Beauty and a few other sites, I'm not sure yet I may just stick to Bloglovin but if anybody has any recommendations for what to use then please let me know. How sad as it that we will no longer have Google Reader?! Have a good week and thank you for reading xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

NOTD - Matte Vs. Glossy and Short Nails

Hi Glossies! Firstly it was a devastating week last week for me as my thumb nail on my right hand broke when I was filling up my beloved Pheobe (my car) with fuel. So when I went to the salon for my cuticles sorting out (I don't know the appropriate term for cuticle treatment in manicure's... possibly removing, there we go!) I knew it was time to get all my nails filed down to the same length. I usually shape my nails myself but I was already going to the salon so I thought why not get the lovely Jess to shape them for me. So I've gone from super long rounded nails to short square nails. My fingers feel short and stumpy but I'm sure my lovely nails will grow back soon enough. Moan over... sorry guys.

So on to my nail design. A few weeks ago my auntie gave me two Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers from the Pure Color range. She got them as gifts but she never paints her own nails so she gave them to me. I was like a magpie with a shiny object, the bottles on these polishes are so pretty; I would happily have a shelf full of them on display in my bedroom as they are just so eye catching. The colour I used in this design is E1 Black Iris. 

I applied my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat to all my nails. Then I applied 3 coats of Black Iris, leaving 10 minutes drying time between each coat. Next I applied my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Top Coat and again waited 10 minutes for them to dry. Finally I applied my glossy tips by using my Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat to the tips of my nails. I held the brush over my nail and rolled my finger rather than the brush so to keep the line as straight as possible. And this is how they look: 

The camera doesn't quite pick up the glossy tips as much as I would have liked it to but you can see it better in the second photograph. What do you think of my short squared nails? Do you like matte and glossy together? Do you have any of the Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers? I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Friday, 8 March 2013

My Every Day Face Of The Day

Hi Glossies! I hope you're all having a great week. Today I'm going to share with you my every day makeup routine. To some of you this may seem like the most boring makeup ever because I like to look natural 99% of the time and I like my skin to be able to breathe as much as possible. So here are the products that I use for this look:

I start by applying my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin. I like this BB Cream because it evens out my skin tone and gives me a healthy glow. It also prevents me from getting too shiny throughout the day as it is oil free and specifically targeted at combination to oily skin. It contains SPF 20 so my skin is protected from the harmful effects of the sun. I apply this by putting a small amount onto the back of my hand and using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to buff it into my skin.

Next I apply my MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NC15 under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes I may have. I again put a small amount onto the back of my hand and apply underneath my eyes using my ring fingers to pat it into my skin. I cover blemishes and apply around my nose by using my Real Techniques Detailer Brush to dab it on and then pat with my fingers to blend it. This is not the best concealer for coverage, I went to MAC wanting the Studio Finish Concealer but the lady talked me out of it saying my skin was 'too nice' for such heavy coverage and that Moisture Cover was the best idea for a multi tasking concealer. It does a reasonable job but once it runs out I am tempted to try the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that I've read good things about.

Next I comb through my brows using the comb end of my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil. I then use the pencil to fill in my brows very lightly and then comb through again to make sure they look natural. I am not confident at filling in my brows and could do with a lesson really. If anybody has any tips or videos then leave me a comment below with your links. I use the colour 002 Hazel as I have quite light brows for a brunette. 

Next up I apply my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over my lids using my fingers. It just gives a light wash of a pinky colour and prevents my lids from looking oily throughout the day. First impressions of this product weren't great for me; you can read my review here. But I have persevered, learnt to love it and now use it every day. I then apply my Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Pencil in 005 Nude to my waterline to brighten my eyes. I love this liner it just makes you look so much more awake than you actually feel at 7 in the morning. I like to curl my lashes again to make my eyes appear more open and brighter, so I use my Shu Uemura lash curlers to do this. 

Lastly for my eyes I apply my No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara to my top and bottom lashes. The wand has one side with longer bristles so I use this for my top lashes and the other side has really tiny bristles so it is perfect for bottom lashes. I got this in a set at Christmas so it is only a mini version but I will definitely be purchasing the full size when it runs out as it is perfect for natural looking lashes.

To finish off my skin I apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent using my Real Techniques Powder Brush. I gently swirl the brush in the powder pan and then tap the brush on the back of my hand before applying to my T Zone and chin. I don't like to look too matte and my BB Cream is already mattifying  so I just apply the powder where I need it. I also use a tiny amount of this powder on my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it underneath my eyes to set my concealer. I intend to buy the Real Techniques Setting Brush for this purpose but the contour brush is small enough to do the job for now. For Blush I use Rimmel Powder Blush in Pink Rose. It is the perfect peachy pink that just goes with everything. I apply to the back of my cheek bones in an upwards swirling motion using my Real Techniques Blush Brush.

For my lips I quite often just use a colourless lip balm but if I'm feeling like a little bit of colour I use Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 206 Nude Pink. I think this is more of a summery colour but it is a really pretty shimmery peachy coral colour with gold in it and it just adds a bit more colour to my face. 

And here is the finished look (If you can call it a look, it's not really a look)

I hadn't realised until I just wrote it all down that my favourite brand is clearly Rimmel, I just love their products and they're so affordable. Do you use any of these products in your daily routine? Leave me a comment with links to your everyday makeup. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx

Saturday, 2 March 2013

NOTD - Barry M Textured Chevrons

Hi Glossies! Last weekend I bought two of the Barry M Textured Nail Paints. Superdrug had them on an introductory offer of 2 for £6 so how could I refuse? (I think they will normally be priced at £3.99 each) I got them in Shade 1 Atlantic Road and Shade 3 Kingsland Road. They're such pretty colours, pastel blue and pastel pink, I couldn't wait to try them out. 

There are 4 Shades in this line, all named after famous haunts where Mr Barry Mero began his early working days in the markets of South and East London. The other two colours are yellow (Station Road) and Aqua (Ridley Road) and I may have to buy these next time I pop into Superdrug or Boots. The formula itself Barry M describes as 'a grainy, matte formula' that creates a unique textured effect for a grunge-chic look. I think of textured wallpaper when I look at them on the nails but that's just me.

So onto the design. I thought I'd do a pretty design with both colours, it's kind of a Spring look but hey it's the 2nd March, that's Spring enough for me. I started by painting all my nails with my trusty Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Basecoat. I waited 5 minutes then applied 3 coats of the pink (Kingsland Road) Textured Nail Paint, making sure to leave 5 minutes drying time between coats. I then waited half an hour for my nails to completely dry before adding my chevrons to my nails. I used two strips of masking tape to tape off the chevron shape at the tip of each nail. Then I applied two coats of the blue (Atlantic Road) to the tips of my nails, I did these two coats one straight after the other and then waited about 1 minute before removing the tape. I find if you wait until the polish has dried to remove the tape it just pulls part of the design off with it, so it is best to remove when still wet. I waited about 10 minutes for my nails to dry before applying my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Topcoat just to seal it all in, at first I thought I had ruined the texture as it appeared to smooth it out; but then once it had dried the texture was still there.

So there is my first Spring manicure of the year. I'm really happy with it and I love these Barry M Textured Nail Paints. I think they will be on my nails a lot over the coming months; they just add something a little bit different. I've had quite a lot of comments on my nails since I did this design so thumbs up from me. I'll be rushing off to Superdrug as soon as I can to get my hands on the other two colours.

Have you tried the Textured Nail Paints? What do you think? Maybe you've tried Nails Inc Leather Effect? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of them, or if you have any ideas for designs I could do using these textures. I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading xxx