3 Things You’ve Been Doing WRONG When Applying Magnetic Polish!

Wednesday is upon us again, so it’s blog time! This week I’m going to show you three mistakes that you’ve been making when applying magnetic nail polish, and how to fix them!

So magnetic polish has been around for a long time now, most nail polish addicts will have them. When I got my first magnetic polish, I was seriously underwhelmed with the effect. It looked great when I took the magnet away and a few minutes later, it looked like a gradient gone wrong… Sound familiar? Let me help.👇🏻

Mistake number one: You didn’t hold the magnet over the polish for long enough.

I know this sounds ridiculously obvious but bare with me. Most companies will tell you to hold the magnet for 15 to 20 seconds, the problem with that is when you pull the magnet away, the polish is still wet. As the polish dries, that magnetic line will soften. The trick is to keep the magnet over the wet polish for at least a minute. This way the polish will be mostly dry when you pull the magnet away. I count to 60 for each nail. Yes this may sound like a load of faffing but honestly, you won’t regret it. I did this trick for these nails.👇🏻

Mistake number two: You used the magnetic polish by itself.

Magnetic polishes are sheer, and usually thin in consistency. Most magnetic polishes take at least three coats to become fully opaque. This takes away a lot of the colour in the magnetic polish itself. The line won’t be quite as striking. Use a black base colour to layer the magnetic polish over. You will only need two coats. Plus, the shift in multichrome magnetic polishes will be much stronger and the line will be more defined. I used that technique in the mani above also.☝🏻

Finally, mistake number three: You put a top coat on expecting your magnetic mani to remain the same.

It most definitely will not. Allow me to explain, quick dry top coats in particular penetrate the layers of polish underneath the top coat. Thus, making them wet again. As I said before, the magnetic line will soften as the polish dries. To stop this from happening, hold the magnet over the wet top coat for 30 seconds, hold it for a minute if you’re not using a quick dry top coat. And hey presto! You’ve got a perfect magnetic manicure.

Go and try it! If you used these tips tag me (@annes.nails) on Instagram so I can see!

See you next week!

Anne. X

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Barry M New Molten Metals

Happy Wednesday all! I hope you’re all okay. 😘

So along with my China Glaze obsession, I really love Barry M nail polishes as well. I love their polishes because they’re not your usual creams or shimmers, they do everything from glitters to multichromes to linear holos. Sorry, Barry M products are only available in the UK and Australia. Everyone else forgive me!

In the last couple of weeks, Barry M released four new Molten Metal polishes, if you’re unfamiliar with the Molten Metals, they’re basically metallic shimmer polishes. Most of them are quite sheer because they’re packed with tiny metallic shimmer particles. The latest releases are more geared towards spring and summer.

First up is Ice Queen, a white shimmer with very light silver flakes running throughout. This is quite sheer so it took three coats to reach full opacity. You could use one coat as a topper also. It has a cold glow effect to it, does that make sense? 😂 In certain lights you can see a blue/purple flash.

Next up is Peachy Feels. I was really impressed with this one, it really isn’t what you’d expect from a mainstream brand. This is a peachy metallic with a very strong gold shimmer. Again, a three coater. You get a stunning lit from within effect.

Now for Golden Hour, a darker gold base with a slight pink tone to it. It also has a gold to green shifting shimmer. This is my least favourite out of the four. This one is more opaque, it only needs two coats.

Now for my favourite, I adore this shade. It’s called Fuchsia Kiss. This is a beautiful magenta base packed with silver shimmer. This one was the most opaque out of the bunch. I’ve been wanting Barry M to release a Molten Metal in a shade like this.

So what did you think? Barry M polishes just get better and better in my opinion.

See you next Wednesday!

Anne. X

Products mentioned in this blog were purchased by myself unless stated otherwise.

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

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

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.

Born Pretty Store Cotton Claw | Product Review

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t written an actual blog in a long time, but I’ve been focusing on my nail art videos. Which are going really well. 

So today I have my first product review for you! The Born Pretty Store cotton claw. 
I’m not going to do the traditional, write a lot and only at the end I say whether or not it’s good, thing. So I’m going to say, right off the bat, it’s brilliant. 🙌

So, if you don’t want to read on. Here’s my quick video of using the product. 👇

So, basically this is used to clean up stamping plates. We all know the frustration caused when we try and clean the stamping plate with a nail polish soaked cotton ball and our bare hands, only to have bits of cotton stuck to your slowly drying, freshly painted nails. Then you try and fix it and only make it worse… 👿 Yes, we’ve all been there. So, when I bought this handy little contraption, my prayers were answered! If I didn’t have Fibromyalgia, I would have been jumping for joy. 😝 

So, it looks like a posh pen. Until you push down the end, and it turns into something that looks like a form of medevil torture. 😂 The claw itself extents a fair bit. It’s plenty big enough for the average cotton ball. It’s sprongs are very sharp, I found out the hard way… 😒 I found that tearing each cotton ball in half allows the nail polish remover to soak into the cotton a lot easier. When you haven’t torn it in half, it’s too dense and you end up using twice as many cotton balls, and a lot more nail polish remover. 

All in all, this is a genius product and it’s saved many of my manicures. I would highly recommend buying this product. You can get it from Born Pretty Store for £2.10. Or, click the link below. 👇

http://www.bornprettystore.com/manicure-saver-cotton-claw-clean-nail-template-nail-stamping-tool-nail-tool-p-32220.html
Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment and share. 

Anne. X