My Top 5 China Glaze Polishes

Happy Wednesday all! 👋🏻

Today I’m going to be talking about my top 5 China Glaze polishes. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that China Glaze is my favourite mainstream nail polish brand. If you don’t, I’ll be giving you insights into my polish addiction in the next few blogs.

It was hard to pick just 5 but I managed it eventually. 😂

I’m saving my absolute favourite for last, but I love them all.

First up is Shadies and Gentlemen from the 2018 Paint It Black collection for Halloween. If you don’t already know, I LOVE China Glaze matte polishes. Matte polishes from other mainstream brands never dry down fully matte, there’s always a little light reflection. And a lot of them dry to what I call a wax effect. So it’s that in between matte and glossy look. Not my cup of tea at all. China Glaze mattes are MATTE! Look!👇🏻

This is an ocean sunset in a bottle… Next up is Pearl Jammin’ from the Autumn 2016 Rebel collection. The shimmer in this is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I love it when mainstream brands push the boat out and do something different, even if it doesn’t really workout. I think China Glaze and Barry M are taking inspiration from indie brands, introducing more holographics, shimmers and glitters.

Next up is a black linear holographic from a mainstream brand… WHAT?! This is Maliboo-boo from the Paint It Black Halloween 2018 collection. This entire collection was a huge hit with me. Glitters, toppers, linear and scattered holos, shimmers and a matte!

Okay, we’re down to the final two… Can you guess what’s next? Judging from my previous picks, this probably won’t come as a surprise to you.

Combat Blue-Ts!

This has everything I love, matte and a gorgeous cobalt blue… What more could a girl want?

Here it is, my all time favourite China Glaze polish…

UP ALL NIGHT!

Look at that. Isn’t it stunning? I love almost black polishes that have really striking shimmers like this.

What do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Do you have an all time favourite China Glaze polish? Let me know!

See you next Wednesday!

Anne. X

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Polishes I Wore In January 2019

Hi everyone, welcome back.

So this segment is called Polishes I Wore In… In the first week of each month, I will write a blog about what nail polishes I wore in the previous month. This is the first one and I’m excited!

Lets get into it!

First up was on the 7th when I asked Siri to pick a random number between 1 and 300. He picked Exposed by Essie and as a topper, he chose Hay Girl Hay by China Glaze. Siri has good taste! 😂

Next was on the 10th and I wore 2Nite by China Glaze. I’m totally in love with the OMG Flashback collection.

A simple, classy look for the 13th. This is China Glaze Throwing Suede and Barry M Diamond Glitter, which is one of my all time favourite polishes, but that’s for another blog.

On the 15th I was feeling the need for a pink holo. This is Mad For Madness Sake by O.P.I with F.U.N Lacquers Diamond holo top coat over it.

Halfway through the month now and on the 16th Barry Ms Celestial Silver was calling my name.

On the 17th, I realised that I hadn’t worn a matte polish for a long time. So I tried out China Glaze Cabana Fever. This ended up being the base for a simple nail art look.

Now for the star of the month in my opinion, on the 21st I got this beauty in the post. I had been after this polish ever since it’s release. This is China Glaze Mailboo-boo.

Unintentional galaxy nails for the 23rd. This is F.U.N Lacquers Believe with O.P.Is 18K Gold top coat.

I adore thermal polishes, this is my favourite. Glacier Blue by Cirque Colors was my polish of choice for the 25th.

Holo jelly polish for the 27th! This is Where’s The Party Canon At by China Glaze.

Cindy is the model for the 29th! She’s in good shape at the moment so I thought I’d let her be the star. This is Swatch Out by China Glaze.

And finally, on the 31st was a holo glitter day. This is HOLO QUEEN by F.U.N Lacquer and Simply Nailogical.

So those were the polishes I wore in January. I hope you enjoyed this blog.

See you next week!

Anne. X

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4 Top Tips For Beginner Nail Artists

Welcome back to my blog everyone!

Today I’m writing about my 4 top tips for beginner nail artists, I think every nail artist looks back to when they first started and thinks “why didn’t I do that?” Or, “why did I do that?” I certainly do.

So, if you’ve just started dabbling with nail polish and nail art, I hope this helps. Let’s get into it.

Tip 1:

Be gentle!

I know it’s sounds rather self-explanatory, but let me go on… This goes for everything in nail art, from nail care, to applying polish, to the art itself. For example, when I was first learning to stamp, I used way too much pressure. I couldn’t pick up the image for the life of me. So I tried just using a light roll, with hardly any pressure at all. What do you know, it came out perfect. I was also being too heavy handed when just painting my nails one colour, I kept getting patchy and streaky nails. It only needs a very light touch! This is true with everything I do in nail art, light pressure and being more careful gets much better results.

Tip 2:

A clean up brush is essential!

Everyone floods their cuticles every now and then, and cotton buds (q-tips) just don’t do it. You can’t get right into the cuticle area without messing your nail up or leaving little fuzzy bits everywhere. You can use a small paint brush, or an actual clean up brush designed for nails. I prefer actual clean up brushes because they’re designed to hold up to acetone, and none of the little bristles fall off. If you don’t clean your cuticle area, not only does it look messy, but your manicure won’t stay on for more than a few days without chipping or peeling.

Tip 3:

Don’t buy the expensive polishes and nail art products to begin with!

I know it’s tempting to buy the pricey indie polishes and other stuff, but try out some inexpensive products first, just to see if this is your thing. There’s no point in buying expensive products only to find that you don’t like nail art and that it really isn’t for you. Start off buying nail art stuff from AliExpress or Born Pretty Store, they take a few weeks to arrive as they’re coming from China. But the products are good! I love Born Pretty stamping plates. I’ve tried higher priced stamping plates like Lina, and BPS plates are just as good, and less than half the price.

Tip 4:

If you’re going to spend more money, spend it on a good base and top coat!

In my opinion, a good quick dry top coat and a good base coat is a must. The last thing you want is to have terrible staining or having to wait hours before applying nail vinyls or just going about your day. You can get good base coats, and quick dry top coats from £6 – £12 each. I personally think that spending more on a base coat and a top coat is really worth it.

So those are my top 4 tips for beginner nail artists, I hope this has helped!

Thank you for reading,

Anne. xXx

TwinkledT Glamour Mat Review

I’m alive! I don’t know how long it’s been since I last published a blog post, too long! But I’m back, and back with something really cool to show you guys.

May I introduce, the TwinkledT Glamour Mat…

Impressive right?

Now, if you’ve been a part of the nail art community for any length of time, you will know that silicone mats are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. But you will notice that there’s an extra feature here that other mats do not have… A built in collapsible cup!

This cup is ideal for holding acetone/polish remover or water marbling!

The two polishes used here are Zoya’s Derby and Ibiza.

The other really cool thing that sets this mat apart from all of the others is that it has a shiny finish. Most mats have a matte finish, this means that stamps won’t transfer unless you’ve previously applied a layer of clear polish or top coat. This mat has ten white nail templates and ten matte black.

The stamps do transfer to the black but you have to be quick! I recommend putting a top coat down first if you are going to use the black.

This mat is completely nail polish remover resistant, even acetone can be used.

You can also use a lint roller to remove dried polish.

This mat also has little circles to hold studs and jewels. This was a god send for me because I’m constantly knocking them everywhere!

The mat has six pastel colour spaces to test colour combinations, three white and three matte black. The only thing I noticed was when I used acetone on the black, it left some white streaks.

I just rolled my trusty lint roller over it and it was gone.

I paid £15 from Rainbow Connection for this mat, which I think is well worth the money. It measures 12 inches by 16 inches and it 1.8 millimetres thick.

This is definitely my new favourite.

What do you think? Will you be getting one? Or have you tried it and found a better one? Let me know!

Thank you for reading,

Anne. X

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O.P.I Glitter Off | Swatch & Review

So, as promised, here is my review for O.P.Is’ Glitter Off base coat. This can be found at most mainstream online shops (eBay, Amazon, Nail Polish Direct, Rainbow Connection ect…) for around £8 – £15. 

I’m going to start by saying that buying this product can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. If you search ‘peel off base coat,’ this product probably won’t show up. Purely because, this is not listed by O.P.I as a peel off base coat. It is listed as Natural Nail Base Coat (peelable nail polish.) Most of O.P.Is’ base coats are called ‘Natural Nail’ base coats. The only noticeable difference when searching for this product is the cap. Which says ‘Glitter Off.’ So, I would suggest searching ‘O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat,’ this should give you the best results. 

Anyway, here is my swatch video. 👇

Pretty impressive right? 

I also tried this peel off base coat with glitter on for 24 hours and, just like in the video, there was no chipping or lifting anywhere. 

Application:

The application with this product is good, it is on the thinner side and will easily flood your cuticles if too much is applied to the nail at once. The brush is great, unlike most polish brushes, this is short. The bristles are short and a decent width so the three stroke technique can certainly be used. 

Drying:

This base coat is glue based, so it goes on white and streaky, but dries clear. It dries a little matte, and very smooth. It does take about 4 – 5 minutes to dry. Which, in my books, isn’t too bad.

Wear:

As said above and in the video, this is very durable. I washed up and took showers without anything chipping or lifting. With both glitter and ordinary nail polish.

Removal:

The removal is very easy. As you saw in the video, I just used an orange wood stick (wooden cuticle pusher) and started from the cuticle to the tip. I had to push quite hard to get it to lift at first, but then it came off in two clean pieces and left no trace. I have had them come off in once piece to.

All in all, this is my new favourite base coat. I don’t like using nail polish remover so this was the answer to my prayers. 

This peel off base coat gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

I hope you enjoyed my swatch and review blog. As always, if you have any enquiries, you can email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Anne.

Nail Art On Short Nails

So, this is my first blog in a while. I mean, a proper blog. No nail polish or product reviews today. I wanted to talk about nail art on short nails. A kind of confidence boost for those of you that aren’t happy with the length of your nails.

So, this picture. 👇 Is a picture of one of my first nail art designs. I didn’t shape them, I didn’t put fancy base coats or oils on them, in fact, I think when these were done, I didn’t even own a base coat. And clearly, I hadn’t even heard of a clean up brush! 😂 

At that point, I was aspiring to have nails like Christine’s from Simply Nailogical, or Sveta Sanders and twi_star. Compared to theirs, my nails looked nothing special. But, I’m a positive person, so, I looked for the positives. They were beginners at one point! I bet you any money you like that they, at one point or another, got frustrated with all nail art and didn’t pick up a nail polish for a week or so. What I’m saying is, this happens when you’re starting anything new. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Having patience and acceptance is great for slowly building yourself up. 

The picture above was taken just over a year ago, this is one of my latest designs. 👇

I would say that I’ve come a long way in a year. After a lot of time, dedication and money, I’m really starting to get somewhere. I started pages on most social media platforms for my nail art. I tried my best to get myself out there. It’s paying off. Recently, my posts have been liked by Sally Hansen, Orly, Floss Gloss, Tux Polish, Barry M and more… I’m not bragging, I’m saying that it took me over a year to get this far. I guess the moral of this story is don’t be so hard on yourself! 

I see a lot of hate messages online from people commenting on posts saying ‘your nails are too short’ or ‘you should use some oil.’ Which, in this day and age is inevitable, but, completely unnecessary. I don’t understand why people don’t like nail art on nails that don’t reach the end of the finger tip. What’s so wrong about it? I can’t grow my nails very long at all. They get to about two thirds of a centimetre above my fingertips, and then, if I try to grow them longer, they break. It has always happened. So, I don’t grow them any longer than that. But some people can’t have longer nails at all, they find them awkward and easily breakable. Which, I can completely sympathise with. 

I went through a phase of hating the length of my nails, so I used fake ones. 

Which now, I deeply regret. Only now, my nails have recovered. I still have a few ridges. I learnt my lesson there. Embrace what you naturally have.

I think that anybody can do nail art, with any length of nails. It’s just a case of making the most of what you have. I like the length of my nails now. Yes, they break, yes, they’re relatively short. Yes, occasionally I do have to cut them right down and let them regrow. But, they’re easy to manage and I still have plenty of nail art space on them. 

Love your nails! 😘

I hope you enjoyed this blog! 

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Anne. X